2018/10/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 19, 2018

 

 

— ASL as victim of language discrimination

A new phrase is language discrimination. It refers
to people looking down on ASL. North Carolina State
University was mentioned in the story about
language discrimination, saying that less than
50 of the 35,000 students register with the
Disability Resource Office as deaf and in need
of interpreters. While the story did not mention
it, one has to read between the lines in that
there are more students that are deaf but won’t
admit their need for interpreters and assistance.

 

— these impatient doctors

A research study said that many doctors lack patience,
and would rush things through with their patients
before moving on. This is scary for deaf patients
stuck with slow interpreter communications. By the
time the deaf patient understands, the doctor has
already left the examining room.

 

— a worry about our relay services

The FCC wants to reduce reimbursement rates
for text-based relay services. This is a worry
because many deaf users of relay servces rely
on text and not on videos. The impact can be
huge if text-based relay services close shop,
unable to deal with declining revenues.

 

 

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2018/10/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 18, 2018

 

— one of six Netflix movies that was a bad stink

There was a story today about six Netflix movies
that was a bad stink. That movie was Sierra
Burgess Is a Loser. It was a big surprise that
the movie stunk. Critics thought it would be
the best movie ever but it turned out to be
the worst movie ever. The plot was about
Sierra playing as a fake deaf girl so that
she would not have to talk at all. No one
liked that movie.

 

 

— high school ASL class students quickly become interpreters

A story in today’s newspaper said:

Students at one high school are taking their American Sign
Language abilities outside the classroom and using them to
interpret for the deaf

 

ASL students becoming interpreters without taking all
these certification exams? Most ASL students do not
really sign that well. Did the writer know what
he was writing about?

 

— a hearing-invented sign language

Hearing people inventing a sign language for the deaf? It
has happened in Bengkala, a small jungle village in Bali,
Indonesia. A group of natives are seventh-generation deaf.
To accommodate this deaf group, the hearing villagers have
invented their own sign language that everyone in the
village can use it to communicate with each other,
both hearing and deaf!

 

 

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2018/10/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 17, 2018

 

— another important Sears product for the deaf in the past

Yesterday’s DeafDigest mentioned an obsolete ear trumpet
in the 1903 Searsscatalog. There was another one – during the
early eighties – Closed Captioning Decoder Boxes. In
these days TV sets did not have built-in decoders, forcing
the deaf to buy decoder boxes. Sears made it available
for anyone that wanted it, thus making closed captioned
TV programs more popular.

 

— Subway customer’s creative solution to communications

Graham Wade, who is deaf, is a sandwich maker with
Subway in Port Aransas, Texas. He is the best sandwich
maker one could find. A regular customer, who admires
him, came up with something for him, a 2 by 4 poster of
many pictures of all Subway ingredients. A customer
would just point at the pictures, telling Graham
what he wanted in a sub! This has made Graham
an even better sandwich maker!

 

— Language activist says that interpreter not enough in court room

Zakeera Docrat, not deaf, is a language activist. She made this
comment:

All accused persons have a right to a fair trial and to be legally
represented. But can a legal representative defend the accused fully
when they communicate through an interpreter? No

 

This is her opinion. She is from Zaire. In USA we have Certified
Deaf Interpreters that do their best to make sure the accused
deaf understand the charges and accusations in the court room.
And for deaf people who do not understand sign language, there
are sign language experts that use gestures and body language
to try to get the point across to them. Not easy, though!

 

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2018/10/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 16, 2018

 

— infamous Texas deaf legend we never knew about

Texas, a big state, is full of cowboy legends. One
such legend was Deaf Charley (real name Camillo
Orlando Hanks). He was deaf and in the early 1900’s,
he worked for the infamous Butch Cassidy gang. His
job was to be a lookout when Butch and his gang robbed
railroad passengers. His job lasted only a year and
half, as a sheriff confronted him in a saloon and shot
him dead!

 

— travel ID card not enough for the deaf

A ferry company has come up with a disability ID
cards to enable the staff to help the deaf and
the disabled. But is the card enough to help
the deaf? The ferry company said the card
helps the staff identify the deaf that
can lipread. What about sign language?
It wasn’t mentioned in the company
press release!

 

— Sears and the deaf

Sears may disappear for good. The world famous
Sears catalog has disappeared years ago. Any
deaf stuff in the Sears catalog? There was
one – the 1903 catalog listed for sale –
an ear-trumpet to help the deaf to hear better.
Yes, this was before the hearing aid made
the trumpet obsolete.

 

 

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2018/10/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 15, 2018

 

— famous scientist was afraid of switched DNA’s

The late Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s most
famous scientists, was afraid of switched DNA’s
creating a race of superhumans. Could a deaf superhuman
race be created by doing the same thing?

 

— a network of over 1,000 radio stations sued over no captions

A deaf man filed a lawsuit against the National Public Radio
(NPR) for not captioning its videos. This is interesting because
NPR was created by an act of Congress and signed into bill by
past president Lyndon B. Johnson. While not a federal agency
it is surprising that a national network, helped by the
federal act of congress, would not caption its videos!

 

— playing in the dark

Deaf gamers have complained about lack of captions
on some of the video games they played. Why not
just use eyes? Can’t! Some of the games are played
in total darkness. Hearing gamers can listen for
sounds. Deaf gamers can’t. This is why a group
of deaf gamers are making efforts to force
game software programmers to put in captions on
all of their games.

 

 

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2018/10/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 12, 2018

 

— a hearing person is anti-captions

A hearing person wrote in a newspaper editorial
that she is anti-captions. Her reasons – captions
interfere with voice dialogue; captions steal her
eyes from the film action; captions require
refocusing of eyes while watching the film;
captions interfere with the film movement;
captions cut off parts of the screen. Does
DeafDigest editor feel sorry for the hearing
woman? No – if the woman hates captions she
should look for non-captioned movies!

 

 

— seeing a trend; more flashing devices at work

Years ago, not too many work places had flashing
devices for the deaf. Deaf employees (office or
factory or garage, etc) just had to use their
eyes. There have been stories recently of
flashing devices on fork lifts for the benefit
of deaf operators, and of printing presses having
these devices for the benefit of deaf pressmen.
In a perfect world, all deaf work places are
fully outfitted with these flashing devices,
even at offices where deaf employees sit on their
desks!

 

 

— deaf apartment renters or deaf house owners

There was a survey, saying that more deaf people
rent apartments as opposed to buying homes.
Big reason is that buying a home is more complicated,
requiring use of interpreters to deal with realtors
and during the settlements. Renting an apartment
is less complicated. True or not true? Do not know.
But – buying a new car is almost just as complicated
as buying a new house (these hated paperwork moments)
yet there are many deaf people buying new cars!

 

 

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2018/10/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 11, 2018

 

— past governor lost to a deaf man

Arnold Schwarzenegger is well known as action actor, past California
governor, professional bodybuilder, etc. He lost to a deaf man – Lou
Ferrigno for the role as Hulk in the TV series. Lou won because
he was bigger in size than Arnold! Both men are friends now,
but in the past, they were rivals.

 

— be careful when wearing a certain T-shirt design

A deaf man was wearing a deaf-theme T-shirt. A hearing
man didn’t like the T-shirt because he thought it was
gang-related. As a result the deaf man was assaulted.
The deaf man was not able to explain to the angry
hearing man that it was a deaf-theme and not a
gang-related theme. The hearing man was arrested
and sentenced to a term in prison; he previously
was never in trouble!

 

— research says 50 percent of deaf employees have been mocked by hearing

A research said 50 percent of deaf employees have been mocked
by hearing employees? True or not true? 50 percent or higher or
lower? Hard to say – but is it mocking if a hearing person mouths
“deaf mute” with someone else while talking about that deaf person
who happened to lipread that word?

 

 

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2018/10/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 10, 2018

— Dragon Prince: choice between deaf and hard of hearing actress

Aaron Ehasz, not deaf, produced a Netflix fantasy –
Dragon Prince. He had a choice – use a sign language
deaf cartoon character wtih a cartoon interpreter
speaking out for her – or to use a hard of hearing
cartoon character that would sign and speak for herself.
He chose the deaf character with an interpreter character.

 

— hiring a language officer

A language officer was hired by a city council.
That officer will oversee various languages,
including sign language. His job is to make
sure all public announcements, visual displays,
and visual postings are announced in these
different languages. Language Police? Sort of!
That city council is Belfast City Council in
Northern Ireland; it didn’t say if the
language officer must be fluent in sign
language!

 

— deaf poker player at World League Poker Championships

Richy Mackie, who is deaf, will be competing at Las Vegas’
World League Poker Championships. It is his third
participation at the championships. He plays poker
full time, saying “Poker has become somewhat more than
a hobby”

 

 

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2018/10/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 9, 2018

— a cop in Ohio understood the weapon gesture

A deaf man came to a cop that was patrolling the
Youngstown, Ohio downtown and used a gesture
to indicate a gun. The cop caught the gesture
and followed the deaf man to a nearby store
where a robbery was in progress. The robbers
were arrested. It took place in the 1950’s.
If this same gesture was used nowadays, would
the panicky police officers draw their
weapons on the innocent deaf man who was trying
to say something?

 

— a deaf movie with a terrible plot

A new South Korean movie is titled Bo-ri.
It revolved around a hearing girl, the only
hearing member of an all-deaf family. She
feels rejected by the family because she
is not deaf like her family members. She
does everything to make herself deaf –
listening to loud music and diving into
deep sea. Rescued she was sent to
a hospital. She wakes up as a deaf girl.
The critics have said it was a bad movie
with a bad plot.

 

— helping the deaf hear the light, not hear the sound

Does light create noise? Well, a group of German
scientists is trying to come up with a special
device that would help the deaf to hear the light.
Not exactly sure how it works, but these scientists
say it works.

 

 

 

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2018/10/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 8, 2018

 

— a hearing employer grateful to have deaf employees

A hearing employer has several deaf employees. He said
he was grateful to have them. They come to work and do
the job. Hearing employees? Forget it, he said. They
don’t show up on time; they take time off without
advance notice; they don’t work hard.

 

— strange promise by a national park in Rwanda

There are gorillas at the Volcanoes National Park
in Rwanda. The park staff said they give extra
special attention to deaf tourists. Extra special
attention? Not sure what it means – an interpeter
fluent in tourists’ sign language; or a tourist
guide gesturing to the deaf; or deaf tourists just
given printed scripts of guide’s speech? So,
vague, the park is.

 

— understanding and not understanding the interpreter

A deaf man was arrested. He was given an interpeter;
he said he understood what the interpreter was saying.
But in the court room, this same deaf person said he
did not understand the interpreter, meaning he also
did not understand his rights. Is he telling the
truth or just faking it in hopes of avoiding a
jail sentence. This is the issue the judge, the
prosecutor and the attorney are fighting over.

 

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