2015/05/01

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 1, 2015

– a reason why the Hulk (Lou Ferrigno) never talked

Deaf actor/strongman Lou Ferrigno (the Hulk)
had speech lessons for 15 years, and as a result,
his speech was good. Yet, while he was performing
as the Hulk, he never talked. Why? Born in
Brooklyn, NY, he learned to speak with a
Brooklyn accent. For that reason, the Hulk
director never allowed him to talk. A Brooklyn
accent would make him look foolish on TV. Lou
wasn’t too happy about it!

 

– a radio station brings up a sticky issue

Wbat is a sticky interpreting issue? That an interpreter
will interpret a speech by a political leader – with no
deaf people in the audience! This issue was brought up
by a New Jersey radio station, hinting a waste of interpreting
resources.

 
– end of a 60-year family separation

Sixty years ago, the South Carolina social services took
away a deaf one-year old baby boy from his family. He
eventually grew up in Florida and became the father of
two sons. He had wondered for years why was he so lonely.
What he didn’t know wat that his two older sisters spent
60 years looking for him. They only turned to Facebook,
posting up pictures of themselves, hoping that face
recognition would connect them to their brother.
260,000 shares later, the connections finally made -
with assistance of a forensic investigator, and the
West Palm Beach Police Department, which confirmed
the identity. A joyful reunion is being planned
next week.

 

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2015/04/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 30, 2015

(this is an early edition; DeafDigest editor is
coming home from vacation today and wanted this
distribution out of the way)

 
– no more Rubella?

Many babies became deaf years ago because of rubella.
No more rubella? The last serious cases of rubella
took place in 1964-65. Several American and worldwide
health organizations said yesterday that this disease
is no longer a threat.

 
– the Deaf Math on Martha’s Vineyard

We have known about Martha’s Vineyard having so many
deaf people that everyone used sign language years ago.
But exactly how many people were born deaf? According
to a story, Martha’s Vineyard had one deaf birth
out of every 155 births. Outside of Martha’s Vineyard,
it was one deaf birth out of every 5,728 births!

 

 

– Starbucks hiring the deaf

Starbucks hiring the deaf to serve coffee for hearing
patrons? Do hearing patrons have patience dealing
with deaf baristas especially when the line is long
and sometimes outside the door? Well, Canary Wharf’s
Starbucks in Great Britain has hired two deaf
baristas – Manu Sulaiman and Christopher Foster.
Business at this Starbucks has been great.
Actually it was the deaf that helped the deaf. There
were so many deaf patrons at Starbucks, so the
decision to hire deaf baristas was easy!

 

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2015/04/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 29, 2015

 
– a tale of a Deaf Hero and a Hearing Villain

Deaf Matt Hamill and Hearing Jon Jones. These two
ultimate fighters faced each other once few years ago.
Jones, the champion, beat up on Hamill but was
disqualified for an illegal hold. Fast forward now -
Hamill is praised as a hero for stopping and holding a
wrong way driver, a woman who was drunk and on drugs
with a child in the car. He waited for the cops to arrive.
Jones was stripped today of his UFC title because of hit
and run accident. Deaf Hero and a Hearing Villain.

 

 

– Sorenson given a new Wall Street rating

Moody’s, an important Wall Street rating service,
just gave Sorenson a new rating. Sort of good
news. Moody’s upgraded – just a notch – Sorenson’s
rating, and described the business as stable.
Instead of a Caa2-PD rating, it is now Caa1-PD.
It is sort of like improving a college grade from
2.0 to 2.1, still an improvement, but a long way to go!

 

– a Restaurant City gets a new Deaf Restaurant

A big attraction in Vancouver, BC is great restaurants,
some of which are the best in the world. And there
is a new deaf restaurant that will open up on May 7th.
The name of the eatery is Deafined. ASL waiters; ASL
chefs. According to a newspaper story, the dishes
are supposed to be delicious, but didn’t say which
fare it is – Italian, Seafood, Steaks or just
simple, comfort food.

 

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2015/04/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 28, 2015

 
– a magazine says ADA hurts the deaf

The Economist is a worldwide magazine read by people in the
business, finance and economics fields. This magazine
ran an article that said ADA is helping the attorneys
get rich with these lawsuits, instead of helping the
deaf! It says more attorneys are interested in Disability
Law because it makes money for them.

 

– two deaf women are big winners

In Japan, the elections took place, and there were two
big winners – both deaf women. Rie Saito, a former
nightclub hostess, won the election for a seat in
the assembly of Kita Ward, Tokyo. The second one was
Atsuko Yanetani who won the seat on the city assembly
in Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture. Already the Japanese
Federation of the Deaf is celebrating this double
victory.

 

– the deaf in the insurance field

Gallaudet announced that the Maguire Foundation is
setting up the Maguire Academy of Risk Management
and Insurance Funds as a new major. It is supposed
to prepare the deaf for careers in the insurance
field. First time? No! We had our own insurance
company – the National Fraternal Society for the
Deaf (1901-2010). It was a million-dollar company
before it closed. And we had a deaf man in the
insurance field – Al Van Nevel.

His bio is at:
http://deafdigest.com/al-van-nevel-unusual-deaf-insurance-executive/

 

 

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2015/04/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 27, 2015

– a deaf connection with Bruce Jenner

There is a deaf connection with Bruce Jenner.
Years ago Bruce, a former Olympics decathlon
gold medal winner, attended an event. He met
future wife Linda Thompson during that event.
They got married and had two sons. Deaf
connection? The event was a fund raising
celebrity tennis tournament hosted by the
John Tracy Clinic! They stayed married
for only 5 years, though.

 

– the Marriott hotel irony in Belgium

DeafDigest editor and his wife stayed at the
Marriott in Brussels, Belgium. A fire alarm went
off. DeafDigest editor didn’t know about it
until he was told about this false alarm. Hotel
room had no fire alerting signaler. ADA rules?
Only in USA! Marriott Irony? Stephen Marriott,
Jr, a former senior vice president with the
Marriott hotel chain, is deaf. Did he insist
that all Marriott hotels be outfitted with
deaf devices? Probably not.

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http://deafdigest.com/no-fire-alarm-for-deaf-at-brussels-marriott/

 

 

– lucky to bump into a deaf group at train terminal

DeafDigest editor and his wife arrived at the train
station in Brussels, Belgium. There was no tourist
information center to help the confused tourists.
Luckily there was a group of deaf people – obviously
they were meeting at the station for a group trip
somewhere. DeafDigest editor asked the group for
directions to the hotel – just a five minute walk
away. If not for the deaf group, probably an
unneccessary cab fare! Their sign language
same as our ASL? No – but gestures and common
sense helped.

A picture of some of the deaf Belgians:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-belgians-at-the-train-terminal-in-brussels/

 

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2015/04/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 24, 2015

– deaf heights fear in Luxembourg?

DeafDigest editor is spending his last day
in Luxembourg before continuing on his travels.
Today he toured the Luxembourg fortress. One can
view it from the top or from the bottom – as the
fortress is located at the bottom of the hills
in middle of the city. Those with fear of heights
may find the view scary. Are deaf people afraid of
heights? Probably no more than the hearing,
but we have deaf people with Spinal Meningitis or
with vertigo or with Meniere’s disease. People with
these conditions may find heights scary. How
terrifying is the fortress heights? Take a look at:

http://deafdigest.com/luxembourg-heights-scary-for-deaf-with-dizziness-problems/

 

– before Marlee Matlin, we had a great deaf actress

Audree Norton has departed us. Many young deaf people
do not know who she was. During the early days of
TV in the fifties, she had several acting roles.
She also was a TV model, appearing in Royal Crown
cola commercials. She drank so much cola during
these camera re-takes that she hated it for life.
And she was the only deaf actress to be blackballed
by Hollywood! She protested the wicked Hollywood
tradition of using hearing actors for deaf roles.
As a result, no one – directors and producers
would give her roles! She deserves thanks for
paving the way for our future deaf actors and
actresses.

 

– a new Wells Fargo commercial on TV

Going on right now is a new Wells Fargo TV
commercial. It is about a deaf female couple
adopting a deaf girl. This deaf girl role is
played by a real deaf girl, not a hearing girl.
For that reason, DeafDigest applauds Wells Fargo.

 

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2015/04/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 23, 2015

– deaf hands at a public park in Luxembourg

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially in
Luxembourg. Entering a public park in that city,
there was a sign at the entrance, showing six
different symbols. The one that caught DeafDigest
editor’s eye is the symbol on the bottom right
corner. Not sure exactly what it means but it looks
like deaf sign language. Look at:

http://deafdigest.com/luxembourg-park-deaf-hands/

 

– 911’s deaf rule

There is a rule – at least in Fort Myers, Florida,
that if a 911 dispatcher does not hear a voice
on the emergency call, he will wait for a few
moments bit before deciding that the caller is
deaf. When that happens, the deputy takes over
the call. Not sure if other 911 centers follow
this procedure, but it is followed in Fort Myers.

 
– deaf fans honor a hearing person

Liverpool FC plays in the British Premier
League, the world’s #1 soccer league (same as
NFL). Deaf fans root for their favorite teams,
including Liverpool. For years, a hearing person
would run around the field during the games,
carrying a big sign. It shows the jersey number
that tells the Liverpool deaf fans which
substitutes have entered the games. It was
important because the scoreboard had no captions
and the PA system is useless to the deaf. This
hearing man was honored by deaf fans at an event
for his many years carrying these game signs.

 

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2015/04/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 22, 2015

– deaf at the Oklahoma City Bombing

We are mourning the victims of the Oklahoma
City Bombing in this 20th anniversary week.
It was just learned that one of the emergency people
was Ken Brown III, a deaf 20-year old volunteer
fire fighter. After the bombing his fire
department asked him to rush to the scene.
He was everywhere – helping people, kids
and victims. Twenty years later, he is
employed by the state Bureau of Investigation.
Because of his deafness he couldn’t become a
full time firefighter.

 

– three deaf drivers in one car race!

Long time deaf car racer Greg Gunderson was
written up in a newspaper story today. It was
learned that last year, he raced against
two deaf racers in one race – Ricky Beebe,
of Illinois and Lucas Hanning, of
Missouri! They plan to race against each
other again sometime this year. Gunderson is
fortunate. After being on his own for a long
time, the Krulls Racing Team, of Sioux Falls,
SD, accepted him as a new team member in 2010.
This allowed him to race without worrying about
finding sponsorship funds. Every day he is
at the Krull garage, working on his car.

 

– the deaf in Luxembourg

DeafDigest editor is vacationing right now in
Luxembourg, one of the world’s smallest nations.
To be deaf in Luxembourg? He bumped into a young
deaf woman on a street in Luxembourg and chatted
briefly with her. She is a native of Croatia, but
moved to Luxembourg to escape Deaf Oppression;
deaf employment in Croatia is impossible. She has her
own apartment and works as a full time babysitter.
She loves the city. The deaf in Luxembourg? None, she
said. Her deaf friends are from Germany and she goes
there often to socialize with them. Why not live
in Germany? She prefers Luxembourg. A picture of her
with DeafDigest editor is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-croatian-young-woman/

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2015/04/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 21, 2015

– to hate or to love Comcast

Many people hate Comcast, this huge cable,
telephone and internet provider. But does
Comcast love us? Comcast announced the
formation of a customer support group
that will deal with the needs and concerns
of the deaf! This a pleasant surprise?

 
– a comment by an actress

Grace Gealey is an actress with the daytime
soap opera program – The Doctors. She said that
hearing people treat the deaf like 3 year
old kids. How does she know? She is a Coda
and has always felt bad how her deaf parents
have been treated badly by the hearing all
their lives!

 

– English in Europe

DeafDigest editor traveling through the Netherlands,
Luxembourg and Belgium this week. Something
interesting about the hearing tourists. Two tourists
may be speaking to each other; one is Dutch and the
other Swede, but when they realize they cannot
understand each other’s language, they immediately
switch to a third language – English. Hearing
people can do that but the deaf cannot switch to
ASL if they don’t understand each other’s sign
language!

 

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2015/04/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 20, 2015

– captioning laws are confusing

We have three different laws that require
online captions. Yet we are seeing more
lawsuits. Why? These laws do not give
clear guidance for providers on what to
follow. Confusing and a big mess!

 

 

– interpreters annoy a college professor

A college professor has several deaf students
in his classes, each with their own interpreters.
What annoys the professor is that during classroom
exams, the students are quiet, working on their
exam answers, while interpreters talk too much
with each other, and interrupting the hearing
students!

 

 

– a very angry police officer

In Auburn, Washington, a deaf driver saw a police
car, with lights on, behind him. This driver
stopped in front of a driveway. The police officer
shouted on the PA system to move the car so that
it would not block the driveway. The deaf driver
had no way of knowing it – and the cop got very
angry, walked overĀ  and gave him a lecture. The
driver told him of his deafness. What did the
cop say?

I had no way of knowing of your deafness and that
you should always follow the instructions.

Dumb cop? Yes! Did the deaf driver get a ticket?
Yes.

 

 

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