2016/05/02

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 2, 2016

— one state follows another state

It was not too long ago that Hawaii became the first
state to have this Open Captions movie law. Very
possibly Rhode Island will become the second state.
There is a bill that requires movie theaters to
show open captions at least twice a week per movie.
Introducing the bill is Rep. Arthur Handy. Why is
he so interested in that bill? He is a Coda and he
saw for himselves how much his deaf parents
struggled with the heavy captioning equipment at
movie theaters! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.net/arthur-handy-rhode-island-delegate/

 

 

— nfl draft was not perfect

Fans of pro football were hooked to the NFL draft
that was shown on TV for three days over this past
weekend. Only one thing ruined the televised
draft – On Saturday, the last day of the draft,
the program began at noon – a football person
was speaking on the program – without captions!
This went on for about 5-10 minutes then
captions suddenly appeared. Did an engineer
fall asleep and forgot to turn on captions?
Complain to FCC? Forget it!

 

 

— involving a deaf child in a hearing business

Many business owners do not involve their deaf
children with the business operations, thinking
the deaf cannot do it. It is different with
La Bonita, the tortilla making business owned
by a husband and a wife. It is popular in
Kern County where they have several big
accounts with supermarkets. They have a
deaf daughter, currently in high school.
Instead of keeping her out of business
operations, they involve her. She attends
business meetings where vendors see for
themselves how she helps out with the
family-owned business.

 

 

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2016/04/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 29, 2016

— union interested in deaf drivers

Uber is pushing for more deaf drivers – and
it may lead to an interesting development.
Teamsters is planning to organize Uber
Drivers Association, including these current
deaf drivers. Good or bad? Normally when
employees are unhappy with working conditions,
their first thoughts is to get support of the
unions. We shall see what will happen. A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/union-for-deaf-uber-drivers/

 

— medical offices rude to the deaf

Are medical offices rude to deaf patients?
Medical staff show impatience when dealing
with the deaf; would not slow down their
communications; would not hire interpreters;
and slamming pen and pad on the table when
a deaf person asked to write notes. And
in one case, a nurse asked a deaf person if
she was an idiot. ADA? No, it is happening
in France – where culture of rudeness towards
the deaf is commonplace. We are so lucky
we are in USA.

 

— bringing up these Super Bowl complaints

When people are unhappy with what they are
seeing on TV, they turn to FCC, hoping this
federal agency would help improve things.
But FCC does not pay attention when a deaf
person sings the national anthem in ASL and
is cut off on the TV screen. This was the
issue raised in a recent web posting.
While not posted, there is another big
issue – some commercials are not captioned.

 

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2016/04/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 28, 2016

— deaf chef that kitchen people love

Kristofer Jonsson is a deaf chef with the
restaurant at the Christchurch Casino
in New Zealand. The kitchen staff loves
him because he never screams at them
even when things go wrong with anything.
He said, in a TV interview, that because
of his deafness, he sees no point in
screaming at his staff! He is fluent
with New Zealand sign language and
the TV interview was interpreted for
him. See his picture, with an irony,
at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-chef-loved-by-kitchen-staff/

 

— a highway we may love or hate

If you are driving through Brantford, Ontario
you may be surprised to see part of Highway 403
as the Alexander Graham Bell Parkway. This
is not a joke. This was an act enacted by
the Ontario Transportation Department.
Reason – honoring the invention of the
telephone.

 

— fate of a deaf restaurant

With much hoopla, Deafined, a deaf restaurant
in Vancouver, BC opened in May 2015. The
waiter staff was all-deaf and they taught
diners how to communicate in ASL. Few
months later it closed up for good. Why?
Lousy food or discomfort with all-deaf staff
or too much competition with these Vancouver
restaurants?

 

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2016/04/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 27, 2016
— deaf emergency kit vs interpreter’s emergency kit

Deaf people joke that their emergency kit is pen and
small notepad. Interpreters are supposed to have their
own emergency kit, and it is not a joke with them.
To take a look at the emergency kit, go to:

http://deafdigest.com/interpreter-emergency-kit/

Do every interpreter carry their own emergency kits?
Do not know!

 

— unusual deaf film

Film director Andrew Keenan-Bolger, not deaf, is coming
up with an unusual deaf film, titled – Sign. Two actors
play their roles in that film; it is 100 percent silent,
no voices at all, except for music. The deaf actor
and the hearing actor communicate with each other in
ASL. This film will be shown at short film festivals
across the nation this summer.

 

— comment from a real-time captioner
A realtime captioner told DeafDigest editor:

I’m not sure exactly how open captions can be
corrected. Live captioning in realtime requires very
quick reactions. Even if a captioner made corrections
five seconds after something wrong appeared on the
screen, it would be difficult for a deaf person to
follow what is being said. If the speaker is speaking
quickly, then a lot of the context might be lost

My feeling is if they just took that $500,000 and
applied it to the cost of captioning live events
they could have many, many live events captioned
with high quality captions!

 

 

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2016/04/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 26, 2016

— Charlie Chaplin hearing aid mystery

During the 1928 premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s movie –
The Circus, someone was caught on camera talking
on something that looked like a cell phone.
It was not invented until 1973. Many people
think it actually was some kind of an
amplifier so that the deaf person could
speak to someone. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/hearing-aid-mystery/

 

— deaf given once-in-lifetime permission

The Supreme Court never allows cameras
and cellphones in the building. But
when 12 deaf attorneys were sworn in
during a very special ceremony, the
Court allowed cellphones. The next
day, it was back to normal – no cameras
and no cellphones!

 

— earthquake app

The southernmost part of Japan is prone
to earthquakes and other weather disasters.
There are deaf people living in these parts
of Japan. To accommodate them with information
updates, a new app – Koetora – has been
developed at no cost. That app converts
voice to text (in Japanese language).

 

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2016/04/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 25, 2016

— crook says money hidden in deaf agency

Roger Munro, not deaf, is a crooked Australian
investment manager. He is accused of stealing 65
million dollars from investors that expected high
returns. The Australian Securities and Investments
Commission has been questioning him, and he told
them money is in the banking account of an
American deaf social services agency! The
Australian agency looked everywhere for the
money and cannot find it! Is he telling a lie?
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/he-said-he-hid-money-in-deaf-agency-bank/

 

— five more to go

How big is the planned Deaf Grassroots Movement? Rallies
will be taking place at 45 different state capitals. This
means five more state capitals to go to make it 100
percent. Rallies? To make legislators aware of rights
and needs of the deaf.

 

— a donation to a deaf person

The Australian movie – “We Can Be Heroes” has a scene
where a donation to a deaf person is rather unusual.
In the plot, are twins, one deaf, one hearing. The
hearing twin wanted the deaf twin to become
hearing. Did he donate a hearing aid? No. Did
he donate money for a CI? No. He donated his
ear drum, hoping the deaf twin will become hearing!

 

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2016/04/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 22, 2016

— Uber settles on lawsuits

What is worrisome for our deaf Uber drivers was
that Uber reached settlement on lawsuits in California
and Massachusetts. The issue was – are drivers
considered employees or contractors? The agreement
is that all Uber drivers are contractors – meaning
no employee benefits (health insurance, annual
leave, annual raises, etc). This is the same as
deaf drivers delivering pizzas for big pizza chains.
It is never good news when deaf people work for no
benefits. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/this-is-how-uber-operates-with-deaf-drivers/

 

— our deaf attorneys

How many deaf attorneys do we have. It was always thought
we had approximately 150-175, but latest count showed
it to be approximately 250. Do keep in mind very few,
if any of them, maintain their own private practices.
And many of them do not use ASL. What this means is
that ASL deaf, needing legal assistance, may be
stuck with hearing attorneys, of course, with
interpreters! There are few hearing attorneys,
though, fluent in ASL.

 

— must avoid certain deaf people

There is a group of deaf people that must be
avoided at all times. They are scammers,
promising great financial rewards if you
invest your money with them. It has happened
too many times in the past – and it is
still continuing – as a story came up in
today’s newspapers about a deaf man
cheating deaf people of about $500,000.
Police in Los Angeles are still working
on this case. This is so sad.

 

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2016/04/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 21, 2016

 
— orange poster at Safeway

Kirsten Ward, who is deaf, is a check-out cashier
at two Safeway supermarkets in Vernon, British
Columbia. When she applied for the job, the
Safeway people did not know what to do with her,
and asked her many questions. Eventually she was
hired. Her biggest problem is not dealing with
hearing shoppers; her problem is the same as
with other hearing cashiers – memorizing all these
cash register codes! Orange poster? It is mounted
next to her cash register, telling the shoppers
of her deafness. Do shoppers actually read the
poster? No, she says! A picture of her is at:

http://deafdigest.com/orange-safeway-poster/

 

 

— a 4-word knowledge of sign language

Chief Justice Roberts was written up in the newspapers
saying he used sign language to greet the 12 deaf
attorneys as new members of the Supreme Court bar.
The extent of his sign language knowledge
was just four words –

Your motion is granted

It was not as if Roberts was fluent with sign
language. It is the same as a hearing person
learning to say in French – good morning, good
afternoon, hello, goodbye – and people say he
is “fluent” in French!

 

 

— a famous woman did not make it

There was a drive to have deaf-blind Helen Keller’s
face on a $20.00 bill. The Department of Treasury
did not select her – chose to select Harriet
Tubman’s picture.

 

 

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2016/04/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 20, 2016

— a national salon champion

Charlotte Visor, a deaf British woman, defeated
thousands of competitors to win the the Association
of Hairdressers and Therapists nail art national
championship. Fussy and not satisfied with her
original nail design, she changed it the day
before the championships took place – and
won. Hopefully the championship will get
new business from hearing patrons that
need to get their nails done. Her picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/national-champion/

 

— one person dropped out

The newspapers today were full of stories of Chief of
Justice “learning” sign language to deliver oath
to a group of deaf attorneys becoming members of
the Supreme Court bar. Did one deaf attorney
drop out? The original story said a group of
13 would be sworn in, but today’s story said
12. Anyway, over the years the Supreme Court
only heard just a handful of deaf cases. And
almost all members of the Supreme Court bar
spend a lifetime as attorneys without
arguing a case at the court.

 

– Uber works with a deaf agency

Uber is now working with a deaf agency to try
to recruit more deaf drivers. DeafDigest
hopes this all works out – because if more
hearing and more deaf drivers work for Uber,
it only means one thing – less rides for
them, and less income! Something to do
with glut of Uber drivers competing for
a fixed number of daily customers that need
rides.

 

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2016/04/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 19, 2016

 
— a tale of revenge deafness

Is there such a thing as “revenge” deafness?
People in India love to watch strange plots
on TV and movies. And in the TV program
“Thapki Pyaar Ki” the plot involved Revenge
Deafness! A rival, wearing a hearing aid
suddenly could not hear anything at all.
Shraddha was angry at her rival, getting
her revenge by throwing out his good
batteries and inserting dead batteries!

A picture of very angry Shraddha is at:

http://deafdigest.com/actress-in-revenge-deafness/

 

— a shocking arrest in Jordan

Jordan is not heavily involved with the turmoil with the
Arabian nations. But the Jordanian police arrested
20-year old Rami Al-Sayed for terrorism; he tried to
join a terror group in Syria. Why is it shocking?
Not only because he is deaf, but also deaf-blind!
The Syrian terror group welcomed him, not realizing
his double-disability. They quickly returned him
to Jordan after realizing he was useless to them!

 

— an important rule for deaf during job interviews

A true story took place during the 1970’s. The NAD
was interviewing applicants for a high level job.
One deaf woman brought her mother to the interview.
Not surprisingly, she did not get the job despite
her qualifications. DeafDigest is mentioning this
because there was a job fair interview in
Washington (state). A deaf person showed up at
the job fair interview – with his interpreter
(that is ok) and with his parent (definitely
not ok). DeafDigest hopes this deaf person got
the job despite bringing his parent to the
interview!

 

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