2017/01/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 18, 2017

 
— deaf person in brown jacket

A deaf person in a brown jacket went
to a sub sandwich place to order a
cheesesteak stub. See the picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/brown-jacket/

 

— trial of deaf man dropped for one reason

A deaf man in Oklahoma was supposed to
stand a trial on charges of resisting
arrest by a police officer. After much
thought the prosecutor and the judge
agreed to drop the trial. The defendant’s
attorney asked for six interpreters,
including Certified Deaf Interpreters
because the deaf man only had a limited
knowledge of ASL. Since the deaf man
was well known in the deaf community,
the CDI’s had to come from out of
state. All that would cost too much
money for the court to pay – and
so, the trial was dropped!

 

— Beethoven surprises we didn’t know about

A hearing musician who is a Beethoven
historian said there were some surprises
about Beethoven. His music was never
recorded, just his written notes.
He was flexible with each performance
depending on audience responses.
He only played in Vienna, never traveling
to concerts in other nations. He loved
studying Indian and African music.
His music, especially the Ninth
Symphony was a blend of different
kinds of music, It was not just
Viennese music.

 

Latest deaf jobs & also opportunity with Deaflympiccs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf diplomat with Department of State
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

1/15/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/01/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 17, 2017

 

— one of the world’s best wine tasters

Wine is popular all over the world, especially
these Italian wines. The most important person
in the wine industry is the wine taster. If
he decides the flavor is bad, it practically
dooms that wine. One of the most famous
wine tasters in Italy is Giulio Gambelli.
He is deaf. He commnicated with everyone
with eyes, facial expressions, and gestures.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-wine-taster/

 

— three best deaf actors named by entertainment web site

Who are our three best deaf actors according to an
entertainment web site (zimbio)? The top three are
Marlee Matlin, Linda Bove and Russell Harvard.
Do keep in mind we have many other great deaf actors;
Zimbio just only named three of them. This being
said, this is not a reflection on those not
selected.

 

— a scary thing with interpreting laws

Word is going around in Great Britain that the
Interpreter for the Deaf Licensure Act may
be repealed. This law asks for specialized
interpreting (legal, medical, oral, etc).
If it is repealed, then agencies could look
for lowest cost interpreters regardless of
their skills and specialized knowledge.
Could this happen in USA? This is the scary
part!

 

— opportunity with Deaflympics
go to: http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— levels of sign language skills
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

1/15/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

2017/01/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 16, 2017

 

— a deaf musical surprise

We have a some deaf people that are recognized
for their musical skills – two examples, Eve
Glennie and Sean Forbes. There is another one and
it is a surprise. Douglas Munyendo, who is deaf with no
residual hearing nor speaking skills, is becoming
a sensation in Kenya, with his rapper music.
He goes by his musical name – Lal Daggy. He
has his work recorded at a top Kenyan
musical studio, and performs at concerts
and night clubs. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-kenyan-rapper/

 

— be careful when entering a side door

A deaf man went to the court house to pay his
parking ticket. He made one mistake – entering
the court through a side door instead of through
the front entrance that had security gates.
Several sheriffs confronted him and physically
threw him out onto the street. He incurred
injuries that required medical attention.
He did tell the sheriffs he was deaf, but
they just threw him out! He filed a
lawsuit – and after a five year battle,
reached settlement with the province
of Alberta. The sheriffs who roughed
him up were fired.

 

— walking with eyes, not with ears

A deaf writer gave this advice – if you
go out for any reason (errands, eating
out, etc), make sure to use eyes.
Look all over to see who is in front
of you and who is behind you. Make
sure you have full vision; if something
is blocking your vision, such as a tree,
them move around until you get full
vision. While walking, look at people
and where they are going. Hearing
people do these things – with their
ears; we just have to do with our eyes!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— old national deaf program at CSUN
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

1/15/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/01/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 13, 2017

 

— deaf in a TV contest program

A new TV show is coming up in Great Britain –
The Big Painting Challenge. The judges will
look at the paintings of amateur artists
and decide which one is the best. One of
the contestants in a future program is
deaf. This is great because we do not see
too many deaf participants in all of these
TV contests. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-in-tv-contest/

 

— a big irony with a deaf school budget

Budgets are always a big issue with deaf schools.
And there is a big irony – The Montana School for
the Deaf and the Blind offered to return
$250,000 to the state. It is four percent of
the school budget. The state government
was complaining about making budget cuts
with different state departments. Did
the state grab $250,000 from the deaf school
budget? No! The state government more or
less was embarrassed by the school offer.
That amount represented four teaching slots
at the school that went unfilled.

 

— Deaf during the Super Bowl Day

We look forward to the Super Bowl. We wonder which
TV commercials are captioned and which are not.
And we wonder if the TV will show the ASL signer
of the National Anthem or ignore it (as usual).
And there is a Super Bowl performer that is deaf.
It is Doobert, a deaf puppy that will participate
in the annual Puppy Bowl. Will Doobert score a
touchdown or make us laugh?

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— a deaf civil war story, fact or myth
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

1/08/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/01/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 12, 2017

 

— big “deaf” role in a new movie

A new movie is coming up – Finding Mom.
It is a French comedy about a family being
surprised by a deaf stranger knocking on
their door. This stranger said he is
their son! They couple felt the deaf son
was a scam – but the woman accepts him
as the child she never had. It didn’t
say, however, if it is the real child
or if it was a scam. Anyway DeafDigest
is disappointed that this “deaf” son
is a fake-deaf actor, not a real
deaf actor. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/real-parents-or-fake-parents-of-deaf/

 

— District Court rules against the deaf

There was a lawsuit filed by a group of deaf people
that live in The Villages in Florida, saying
that the Villages District and Villages Charter School
have discriminated against the deaf. The District
Court supported the decision of the lower court,
saying ADA laws were not violated. Next step –
Supreme Court? Or just forget it? Court said
that defendants are not a service nor a program
or an activity, and therefore not subject to ADA.
The big issue was lack of captions and lack of
interpreters in these Villages programs open
to Village residents.

 

— deaf hikers lost and rescued

A deaf couple from Southern California, along with
their guide, hiked the trails at Crater Lake National
Park in Oregon. A surprise snow storm trapped
them, forcing them to seek shelter in a
trails rest room. They were rescued by a
search party – and all is OK.

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Civil War and the deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

1/08/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/01/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 11, 2017

 

— deaf text helps hearing

Two burglars broke into a house of a hearing person.
This home owner heard the break-in but was
afraid to call police on emergency phone number
because the burglars would hear the voice.
Instead he texted the police on deaf emergency
number. The police quickly came over to arrest
these burglars. It happened in France. The
deaf emergency text is 114, which is same as
our 911 text. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/making-the-arrest/

 

— cruise complaint

A deaf couple went on a cruise. During the
cruise, they complained that the TV on the
pool deck was not captioned. They asked
the cruise director to turn on the captions,
and he refused. A hearing person told the
deaf couple that voice on the deck TV
was also turned off! So, deaf discrimination
and hearing discrimination are equal.
ADA? Cruise was outside of USA waters.

 

— Cheesecake Factory’s mistake

DeafDigest mentioned a while ago that
Cheesecake Factory hired a deaf employee
and quickly fired him few days later.
That fired employee filed ADA discrimination
case against Cheesecake Factory. It was
learned that Cheesecake Factory thought
they were obeying ADA by using written
notes to communicate with the deaf
employee. They were wrong because the
deaf employee, himself an immigrant,
struggled with written notes.

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Sand artist, world’s best
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

1/08/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/01/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 10, 2017

 

— a way for the deaf to serve the military

We have several young deaf men that want to
serve in the military but cannot – because
of their deafness. There seems to be a way
around – while not directly serving in
the military! There was a story about a
member of the Ohio Military Reserve.
This unit helps support the National
Guard, and it was the deaf man’s best
option.

A picture of a famous deaf person,
while undergoing military training:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-military/

 

— sign language chat with a pharmaceutical company

Sanofi, the largest pharmaceutical company in France
is now doing something for the deaf – establishing
a sign language chat line for deaf consumers. The
deaf can ask about dosage, treatments, and possible
side effects of medicine they are taking. This
is a big deal because we don’t see Pfizer, Merck & Co,
Eli Lilly & Co and others offering this such ASL
chat line in USA!

 

— an electro-mechanical fingerspelling hand

An engineer posted on his resume an idea of a
an electro-mechanical fingerspelling hand
to help the deaf-blind with communications.
Will it work? There was a federal grant
during the early eighties to develop a
special fingerspelling device for the
deaf-blind. Plus there were several other
attempts. All of them did not work.

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Supreme Court and Deaf Education
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

1/08/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/01/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 9, 2017

 

— Seattle Times story about the cash register

The Seattle Times printed a comment about the
cash register and the deaf. See the picture at

http://deafdigest.com/cash-register-and-deaf/

 

— big irony with a deaf businessman

Mark Wafer, who is deaf, owns seven Tim Hortons
(like our Dunkin’ Donuts) in Canada and hires
the deaf. As a kid growing up, he wanted
to play soccer, but was not allowed. People
in his home town town thought soccer was too
dangerous for the deaf. The irony is that
he was allowed to race cars, and he did for
few years!

 

— TV network for the deaf

Karen Graham, former Atlanta TV news
anchor, is planning to start a deaf ASL
TV network. In case one is wondering, it
is not the first-time deaf ASL TV network.
The honor goes to the Silent Network
which started in 1979. It merged with
the Americas Disability channel to become
Kaleidoscope Television in 1990. Five
years later it became a 24-hour channel.
When it closed in 2000, Davideo restarted
it in 2000 and it continues under the
direction of David Pierce (DeafDigest’s
Old Fogey cartoonist). One can read
the history at:

www.thesilentnetwork.tv

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— cost of accommodating the deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

1/08/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

2017/01/06

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 6, 2017

 

— two way radio and deaf job applicant

Deaf people cannot use two-way radios. A
deaf person applied for a job. The
job description required use of two way
radio. Deaf person was not offered a job
for that reason. He filed a discrimination
lawsuit – and won! The judge said that
the employer must find a way for the deaf
person to function on the job – without –
using two-way radio. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-and-two-way-radio/

 

— newspaper story is unfair

A newspaper story said:

Why some people turned down a ‘medical miracle’ and
decided to stay deaf

This is unfair. Placing a CI on an older deaf person,
who has never learned to understand speech, is not
a medical miracle. Yes, that person may hear loud
noises – but will not understand voices (face to
face, telephone, radio, etc). CI is ok if the
deaf person wants to follow loud noises. But if
the deaf person does not want to be bothered by
loud noises, then CI may not be the best idea!

 

— Netflix’s 2016 best horror movie

DeafDigest has mentioned Hush, as a horror
movie involving a deaf character (unfortunately
played by a hearing person). This “deaf”
horror movie was mentioned in a press
release as Netflix’s best 2016 horror movie.
Just wish it was played by a deaf actor.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf customer service representative
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

1/01/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/01/05

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 5, 2017

 
— lucky deaf apprentices in factories

The Department for Education (in Great Britain)
passed new rules, that allow young deaf people
with British Sign Language skills to qualify
as job apprentices. In the past they had
to read and write satisfactorily. Do keep
in mind many hearing apprentices do not
read and write that well. DeafDigest has
one concern – what if the factory calls
for a last-minute staff meeting to discuss
new manufacturing procedures? Waiting
for an interpreter can take a long time,
and what if the apprentices struggle
with written notes from volunteers?
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/british-deaf-apprentice/

 

— bad, bad super-thin TV sets

Super-thin TV sets are bad for deaf people
that either wear a CI or a hearing aid.
A high tech expert said that these
super-thin curved flat screen TV
sets do not produce good sound!
Doesn’t bother the non-CI or
non-hearing aid deaf, though!

 

— strange captions

Some hearing people, watching captions that
were turned on TV, said sometimes it would
show something like:

%*&)#%)@!)))#?|{

A programmer said it was a programming
error in the captioning machine. Anyway
it can be quite frustrating.

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf optometrist
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

1/01/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/