2014/08/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 20, 2014

– unusual cell mate for a deaf prisoner

A deaf woman, sentenced to jail on a 120 day sentence
because of drunken driving, requested an unusual cell mate.
Her request was granted. It is her own hearing ear dog!
She argued that with the dog she is given equal accommodations
in the prison system.

 

– cost to convert movie house to a captioned system

What is the cost to convert an old fashioned movie house
to a captioned movie house? It is $650,000. This amount
was spent by a movie house owner in the Washington, DC
area. He could afford it; owners of small town movie
houses cannot afford it and as a consequence, close it
for good.

 

 

– a job interview at Google

Google is one of the world’s premier high technology firms.
Jobs there are in demand. What is a typical question asked
of job applicants by Google interviewers? How would you design
a phone for deaf people? Those that can successfully answer
are hired; those that are not are turned away

 

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2014/08/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 19, 2014

 
– a deaf man is one of nation’s longest serving football coaches

As a young man in the early sixties, Gary Klingensmith, who is
deaf, was a well known football player at Penn State. He turned
down a New York Jets contract to coach football at Gallaudet
(1965 thru 1967). He then became a coach at Juniata HS in Pennsylvania.
He is still at the same high school, his 46th year on the job. He
is so deaf that he relies on his eyes instead of earphones from
press box assistant coaches to keep up action on the field.
Penn State? Yes, in case you are asking, Joe Paterno was his
backfield coach! Did Gary like Joe? Gary hated Joe!

 

– loopholes can prevent captions at movie houses

The law says movie theaters must provide captions – no matter if
it is open captioned or rear window captions or Google Glass
captions, etc. There are two loopholes that can prevent captions.
If cost of movie captions causes a movie house to go broke, then
it is OK for them not to caption! If the movie house cannot be
adapted to show captions, then it is OK for them not to caption!
Scary for us? Yes!

 

– A deaf police officer with many honors

We have a deaf police officer – sheriff’s deputy Susie Cambre,
a small town officer in Southeast Louisiana. She has been
a police officer for many years. Some of the awards she has
won are – President’s Child Protection Award, Valley
Forge Freedom Foundation Award, National American Legion
Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Kiwanis Club Law
Enforcement Officer of the Year and Neighborhood Knight Award.

 

 

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2014/08/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 18, 2014

– no captions on a nationally televised football game and FCC complaint

DeafDigest editor, in his hotel room in Lancaster, PA, was watching
the Baltimore Ravens-Dallas Cowboys football game. It was aired on
the ABC network – and it was not captioned. The local commercials
were captioned; the national commercials weren’t. A complaint was
posted on-line with the FCC. A simple no-captions complaint? No.
The on-line form was complicated with so many questions. Anyway,
hopefully the FCC will immediately respond to the complaint and
“punish” the ABC local station (Harrisburg, PA) for not turning
on the captions. In case you are curious about the on-line form,
it is at:
https://esupport.fcc.gov/ccmsforms/form2000.action?form_type=2000C

 

– EMTs’ communication kit

The deaf communication/information sheet is available in the
ambulances in the Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan. It is for
EMTs that need to communicate with deaf patients. It lists
sign gestures, printed questions, instructions on getting
interpreters, etc. Do ambulances everywhere in the world
have this kind of information? What about ambulances in USA?

 

– chess is a dangerous sport

The World Chess Olympiad is an event where world’s best chess
players compete and try to win the championship. It is
dangerous for health of some players. On the last day of
the event, two players died! One of the two players was
Alisher Anarkulov of Uzbekistan. He is deaf. Why is
chess dangerous. Sitting down for seven hours a day
every day for two weeks – without rest is stressful.
For some players, their health cannot take it!

 

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2014/08/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 15, 2014

– good news on TV for the deaf

All TV sitcoms close after a number of years. This is the way
it is in the TV industry. The good news for us is that ABCFamily
has agreed to extend the run of “Switched at Birth” for another
year. This means the program will be 4 years old. This program
has won many awards.

 

– We don’t know of an active deaf taxi driver …..but

We don’t know of any active deaf taxi drivers … but we know of
one deaf Uber driver. It is Philip; his last name is not known,
but he has been an Uber driver for one month so far in the
Vancouver, Washington area. He said Uber gives him his choice
of work hours and that his customers are nice to him. Do keep
in mind, there are taxi cab-Uber wars in many cities and there
may be new laws that would put Uber drivers out of business.

 

 

– More about the deaf restaurant in Toronto

The Signs Restaurant is making many newspaper stories for its
all-deaf staff. The owner Anjan Manikumar is not deaf. But
what led him to establishing that new restaurant? He was a
manager of a pizza eatery. One of his regular customers was
deaf. The manager got to know the deaf customer better and
liked him as a person. This led Anjan to the idea of an
all-deaf restaurant!

 

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2014/08/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 14, 2014

 
– another deaf player in pro football championship game

We have a deaf player – Derrick Coleman, playing in the
Super Bowl. Now we have another deaf player in a
pro football championship game. Tony Tatum, a past
Gallaudet player, is with the Cleveland Gladiators
team in the Arena Football League. His team is
playing Arizona Rattlers for the ArenaBowl
championship on August 23rd. The Arena Football
League has some players sign NFL contracts.

 

– a promise of 100 percent captions

Right now it is:
100 percent – in USA, per FCC mandate on future programs
100 percent – in Great Britain
85 percent – in Australia

In New Zealand, it is just 25 percent; deaf MP Mojo Mathers,
running for re-election, has made 100 percent captions (by
2017) as her campaign promise. Election takes place next
month.

 

– a bad interpreting situation at a hospital in Oregon

A deaf man went to the hospital emergency room in
Salem, Oregon. He had to wait 4 hours for an
interpreter to show up. The interpreter did not
understand his signs. Another time, he was in the
same emergency room, and the hospital would not
give him an interpreter. Instead they set up a
Video Remote Interpreter (VRI) for him. Same thing
- he and the interpreter could not communicate. The
angry wife researched and found out that the VRI
interpreter was not certified! The hospital has
promised to improve on its interpreting services.
Will it improve?

 
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2014/08/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 13, 2014

 
– deaf not allowed to have a bank account

Deaf people have their own bank accounts. Are we lucky?
In some African nations – Kenya, Somalia and Uganda,
deaf people are not permitted to have bank accounts!
There may be other African nations on the list.

 
– deaf confused in future Sioux Falls?

Will a visiting deaf person be confused in Sioux Falls,
South Dakota of the future? Half of the old South Dakota
School for the Deaf campus became the Communications
Services for the Deaf CSD). Then CSD moved to Austin,
Texas. A developer now wants to use the former SDSD/CSD
land for a retail center with townhouses, apartments,
office space, coffee shop, sub shop, fitness center and
other stores.

 
– best way for deaf to watch movies

A deaf man, that loves watching movies, said that he prefers
movies with subtitles than moves with captions. Why? Foreign
movies have subtitles, and stories are less violent. Hollywood
movies are often violent. And wearing the captioning glasses to
watch the Hollywood movies will “squeeze” his head! Yes, it
all depends on the city. Some cities do not have foreign movie
theaters.

 
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2014/08/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 12, 2014

 

 
– a hero for some deaf medical school students

For some deaf medical school students, Norma Miller, of
Vermont, was hero. She is not deaf, and is not an interpreter.
As a CART operator, she transcribed classroom lectures
for these deaf medical school students. How many deaf
medical schools did she help graduate and become doctors?
Seven of them! Not sure if she got to meet with them in
person or if she worked out of her office at a long distance
from the classroom.

 



– still more on the Zombie Walk case

We have read about the deaf driver, frightened by the
wild Zombie Walk crowd, hitting a woman and driving
away. Well, there is talk about lawsuits being
filed in San Diego, possibly against the city
government. Why? There was no police around to
control the automobile traffic. There was no police
around to control the crowd of Zombie Walkers.
And there was no police around to protect the
deaf family when the crowd went wild and jumped
at the car. And also, the woman who was hit, may
also file a lawsuit.

 

 

– Air Force can, Army can’t?

A young deaf man wanted to join the Army but
couldn’t. But for the Air Force, a California
legislator is trying to introduce a bill to
allow the deaf to join the Air Force. Why
Air Force and why not the Army? Do keep in mind
that during the Civil War, we have had deaf
fighters fighting for the Northern and the
Southern forces. But that was over 150 years
ago when weapons were primitive.

 

 
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2014/08/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 11, 2014

– a real dumb deaf criminal

A deaf man from Dickinson, Texas, was angry with the
League City library for some reason. What did he do?
Used the servics of an interpreter to inform the library
of a bomb being planted there! The library was
evacuated, and no bomb was found. The police tracked
arrested him for making a terroristic threat. He
is in prison, awaiting bail.

 

 

– unfairly accusing the deaf of Jamaica

There is an accusation going on with the deaf of
Jamaica. Some hearing people are accusing them
of faking their deafness! This is weird because
deaf people use sign language and their speech
would give themselves away as deaf. Maybe it
has something to do with deaf people being
invisible with their disability.

 
– an unusual hobby of some New Zealand deaf people

There is a group of deaf people fascinated with a hobby
that most of us are not interested. It is looking for bats
in caves! A person that works with cave bats made that
comment in a newspaper, saying he was surprised at the
large number of deaf people interested in bats.

 
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2014/08/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 8, 2014

 
– Famous movie star may not smile for the deaf

Kirsten Stewart, a promising young actress that has been
playing in the The Twilight Saga films, was written up
as the one that never smiles – only when paparazzi tries
to take pictures of her. Will she smile for deaf fans
that want to take pictures of her? Deaf people are very
sensitive to non-smiles and may not like it when Kristen
gives them a dirty face.

 
– 3D printing may help the deaf

DeafDigest mentioned that 3D printing cannot work with
CI – but it may help the deaf in another way. It may
print a “perfect” hearing aid mold – the one that never
whistles and never makes your ear feel sore. We will
have to wait and see if it really will work!

 
– deaf driver had a reason for running people down

Deafdigest mentioned that a deaf driver drove through
a mob of hearing people that were celebrating the
Zombie Walk in San Diego. The car hit a nearby woman,
who was not part of the mob. In a public interview,
the deaf driver explained that one person jumped
on the hood and smashed the front window. Another
one opened the rear door. Frightened for the safety
of his deaf family he tried to escape through the
mob. The public interview was a surprise. Defense
attorneys normally advise their clients to keep
quiet until their time comes up in the court.

 
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2014/08/07

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 7, 2014

 

– Washington, DC police department is different

In Washington, DC, there is a special police unit
that is called the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison
Unit. This unit communicates with the deaf and
the hard of hearing on serious issues. They can
be found on the Gallaudet campus during big events.
Do other cities have it? Yes, there are police
officers in other cities that know ASL, but are
there special units that work with the deaf?

 
– hottest deaf law firm in USA

the hottest deaf law firm in USA is Stein & Vargas,
based in Frederick, MD. And there is an irony,
deaf clients rarely come to the office to discuss
their cases! Attorney Mary Vargas, who is not deaf,
is the one that takes care of the Frederick office
whereas her partner Michael Stein, who is deaf,
operates out of Rochester, NY, where he teaches at
NTID. Vargas worked with the NAD on law cases before
she branched out on her own with Stein. They handle
cases that deal with discrimination, especially with
ADA issues.

 

– more deaf signers or more deaf non-signers

Do we have more deaf people that use sign language
or do we have more deaf that don’t sign? This was
the issue brought up in a special program on the
British Broadcasting Corporation TV network. The
truth is that we have much more deaf people, either
in USA or in United Kingdom, or even anywhere,
that do not use sign language!

 
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