2016/06/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 28, 2016

— cop suspended for mocking the deaf

There was an incident involving a deaf passenger
on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
train platform. The cop, who confronted the
deaf passenger, was so angry about it that she
posted on her Facebook page, mocking his
deafness. The angry officials immediately
placed her on paid annual leave. See the
picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/angry-police-officer/

 

— oral deaf person pleads guilty in court case

This is a true story. An oral deaf person
that knows no ASL and depends on lipreading,
was in a traffic court, fighting a speeding
ticket. The judge knew that the person was
deaf and offered him an interpreter. He
refused. Offered him CART, and he refused,
and told the judge he can lipread. The
judge gave up and asked him a question.
Not understanding the question, the
oral person said yes. The question
judge asked was:

Are you pleading guilty?

Everyone in the court room laughed,
even the judge. Fortunately for
the deaf person, the judge, knowing
he didn’t understand the question,
changed it from guilty to not guilty!

 

— hearing person has reason to love captions

A hearing person has a big reason for
captions. He loves to watch iPad
shows while in bed with his wife.
He turns on captions because he did
not want to wake up his wife who
is sleeping! This is another example
of a Deaf Device that helps the
hearing.

 

 

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— Edison’s 400 lightbulbs
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2016/06/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 27, 2016

— deaf has a best way to show cops

In Michigan, there is a new communications card that tells the cops
how to communicate with the deaf. The card has two sides –
one side tells the cops the person is deaf and has icons
(Interpreter, Texting, No lip-read, etc) that the deaf
person can point to. The other side has icons for the
cops to point to (license, insurance card, registration
card, etc). Is it perfect? Hope so because different
agencies agreed with the design. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/two-sided-cop-communications-card/

 

— Hot Sauce competitor

The 2nd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo 2016 ended last
week. One of the competing hot sauce makers is Rasool,
who is deaf. High River Sauces, the host of this expo,
received over 100 entries, some from Panama, Australia,
New Zealand and Mexico. Not every one can enter the
competition, as the cut-off number of entries is 36.
It shows how serious the hot sauce competition is,
hence a great honor for a deaf competitor to be entered.

 

— not enough

A deaf person was arrested in Minnesota. He asked for
an interpreter; the cops refused to get him an
interpreter, but communicated with him through
notepad and pen. The judge said notepad and pen
is not enough, and that he must be given an
interpreter, and awarded him $30,000. This
$30,000 is really a joke because half of it
goes to his attorney!

 

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— CIA officer, deaf
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06/26/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/06/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 24, 2016

— a bear on deaf school campus

Bears are everywhere, and not just always in the
woods. One such bear strayed on the campus of
the Kentucky School for the Deaf. Danville people
were alarmed. Fortunately, the bear went back
to the woods. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife
said the bear was just looking for “free food” and
finding none, went back “home”! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/bear-on-deaf-school-campus/

 

— Deaf British Brexit Fear

The Brits voted for Brexit. What is the Deaf
British Brexit Fear? That the new European
Accessibility Act will not apply to them.
This act promises full sign language rights
for the European deaf. What will the
British government do with it? Will
the government ignore it or support it?
We will not know for the next 2-3 years
until the British government makes up its
mind!

 

— Bad, bad Chicago law

Chicago had a law that banned disabled people
from walking on the city streets. This
law also included the deaf. A joke? No,
in 1881, alderman James Peevey proposed
this law and it passed. For 93 years this
law continued on the books – until it
was repealed in 1974! Did the cops
really enforce the law to block the
deaf from using the sidewalks? No.
At least one less law insulting the
deaf has been removed.

 

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— Bell vs Edison
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06/19/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/06/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 23, 2016

— Deaf Art: Deaf Hands

In the early eighties, the NAD commissioned deaf portrait
artist William Sparks to do a painting of late deaf leader
Frederick C. Schreiber. One of the first things Sparks asked
for were pictures of Schreiber’s hands, saying it was
the key to the planned portrait. Hands? Well, there was
a story today of Jennifer Nelson, Gallaudet professor of
English, who is doing a summer residence-in-training in
Deaf Art in Minnesota. She said the same thing that Sparks
said years ago – Hands are important to deaf people. A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/hands-important-to-deaf/

 

— the hearing car salesman was a jerk

This is a true story. A deaf man entered an automobile
dealership, looking to buy a new car. The deaf man
agreed on the price of the new car and was ready to
sign papers. The salesman led the deaf man to the
office of the sales manager. The salesman who liked
to joke around, said something innapropriate about
the deaf, thinking the deaf man wasn’t watching him.
The deaf man saw the sales manager’s weird body
language (in reaction to the inappropriate joke),
suddenly turned his head and lipread these words.
What happened? The deaf man walked out, without
signing papers – and the salesman lost his sale!

 

— hiring only the deaf

Todd Hubbard is a deaf architect in Louisiana,
owning his own archictural firm. He works
with metal structures in buildings and houses,
and is currently working on a restaurant building.
His policy is simple – hire the deaf. If they
want to work hard, he will hire them.

 

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— library fingerprinting, deaf publications
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06/19/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/06/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 22, 2016

— making it big at a major Italian modeling event

Honors never stop coming Nyle’s way. He recently
modeled a line of Giorgio Armani clothes on a catwalk
in Milan, Italy. This modeling event is considered
to be one of the most important in the world. A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/nyle-on-catwalk-in-milan/

 

— tricks with job application

A deaf person revealed his trick for filling out a
job application form. Instead of mentioning his
deafness, he wrote that he knew sign language.
Another one is to bring your own interpreter
instead of taking a risk with an inexperienced
interpreter that is a stranger to you. Another
trick is to never discuss “ADA requirements”
because these employers know it but may be
very defensive about it. Will these tricks
work? It worked for that deaf person, but
it may not work for others!

 

— a surprise with statistics

One state ran a set of employment statistics and
found out that it has 14 times more relay
operators as compared with other states. These
stats were based on 1,000 employees per job
description. This state is Utah and which is
where the world’s biggest relay operation is
located. Do statistics tell the truth or do
statistics lie? Possibly a bit of both!

 

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— patents employee to the rescue
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

06/19/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/06/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 21, 2016

— a deaf owned brewery

A while ago DeafDigest mentioned Richard Emerson, a
deaf owner of a restaurant in Dunedin, New Zealand.
He just opened doors to a new $25 million brewery.
While we have a list of deaf-owned restaurants,
a deaf-owned brewery is probably a first. Patrons
entering this place will be able to order meals
at the same time order beers straight out of
the brewery. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-owned-brewery/

 

— another deaf pharmacist

Samantha Hert, who is deaf but speaks orally, just
graduated from the South College’s School of Pharmacy
in Tennessee. We do not have that many deaf
pharmacists in the world – as discrimination is very
strong in the medical field. Hopefully Samantha will
find a job at a pharmacy and be able to serve deaf
patients, especially those that use ASL.

 

— Flashlight basketball

Flashlight basketball, as in playing basketball at
night without lights? No.

The referee uses the flashlight to tell deaf players
that play has stopped because of a foul.

Silly? Impossible? Weird?

Well, the referees in India used the flashlight
in a recent basketball game among deaf players.

It more or less is an experiment.

 

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— Civil War, deaf fact or myth
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2016/06/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 20, 2016

— young deaf man wants a military career

During the Civil War, we had many deaf fighters
on both sides – the North and the South. Since then,
it became impossible for the deaf to serve in
the military. Trying to convince the Pentagon
that the deaf can fight is Cole Moore, who is deaf.
He served in his high school Naval JROTC program,
rising to the second in command. He has asked
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-2nd District (NC)
to use her political influence to help him enroll.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-wants-to-serve-in-military/

 

— deaf banned as immigrants

In one nation, the immigration law, in part, says:

“bans the entry of any person who is deaf and dumb
or deaf and blind, or dumb and blind”

It is Belize, a small Central American nation.
Keep in mind Belize has deaf people, but they
are native-born, not naturalized citizens.

 

— federal judge turns down Indiana’s discrimination

Last week Indiana appealed the ruling which said the
state discriminated against a deaf person by refusing
to give him an interpreter during a child custody
case. Indiana appealed – and the federal judge ruled
against Indiana. Will Indiana go to the Supreme
Court, claiming that their judge that discriminated
was correct with it? This may be important, so lets’
hope Indiana gives up and goes away.

 

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— University golden eras
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2016/06/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 17, 2016

— Putin and the deaf

Do we trust Russia’s Putin? Valery Rukhledev,
a deaf Russian activist, was appointed to the
United Nations Committee on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities. What is Putin
going to do if Rukhledev becomes too
demanding with the rights and needs of
the deaf, and the disabled? Or will he
be less demanding, actually scared of
Putin? A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/united-nations-deaf-advocate/

 

— deaf and Deaf Crows

Deaf Crows? It is not a cultural group, but a
play featured at Thom Collegiate, a school
program in Regina, Saskatchewan. Hearing
kids, while growing up do not realize
the deaf cannot play Hide and Seek,
Telephone (a whispered message game
where children pass along a message
from one ear to another ear and so on),
and other such voice-based games.
To educate the hearing public on what
the deaf can do and can’t do, a play
called Deaf Crows has been produced and
shown at the school. It won newspaper
raves.

 

— deaf herbs

Many people believe that herbs, by using plants,
are great medicines. Some deaf people
talk about herbs. But do we have a deaf person
that owns a herbs clinic? There is one – in
Louth, a small town in United Kingdom. It
is owned and operated by Jane Dewis, a
deaf woman. According to people that work
with herbs, she is the only deaf herbalist
in Great Britain.

 

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— strangest deaf hire
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06/12/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/06/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 16, 2016

— afraid of new Colorado law

Colorado has a new law, requiring all police stations
to tape voice interviews between police and suspects
in certain felony cases. This is to prevent false
confessions. In the case of deaf suspects, interpreters’
voices, based on deaf responses, will also be taped.
DeafDigest is afraid that unqualified interpreters
may misinterpret what the deaf suspect said. A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/police-voice-interviews-of-suspects/

 

— deaf arrested for dialing relay 911 in a domestic issue

Christine Stein, a deaf North Dakota woman, was arrested
after making a relay 911 call to deal with a domestic issue
involving a hearing person. Police arrived and instead
of helping with the incident, arrested her. No interpreter
was given her at any time. Eventually all charges
were dropped. She is still angry and has filed lawsuits
against several police and law agencies. She said she
wants to see that it never happens again to any
deaf person.

 

— voice in silent movies

MIT researchers are working on a project – to insert voice
in silent movies (from late 19th century thru the 1920’s).
They say voice quality is so “perfect” that today’s viewers
would not realize these were faked voices. What about captions
based on these faked voices? If hearing people can listen to
these “faked voices” then we have the right to watch these
captions based on faked voices!

 

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Interpreter not available at sales presentation
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

06/12/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/06/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 15, 2016

— New Jersey taxi company hangs up 3 times on snowy night

A deaf woman had a relay service ask the Clifton Taxi
and Limousine Inc to pick her up. She normally takes
the bus but the night was snowing and the bus did not
arrive. The taxi company hung up on her three times;
the final hang up was with this comment – Please
stop calling. As a result the state of New Jersey
has filed a lawsuit on basis of discrimination.
See the picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/taxi-wont-pick-up-deaf-passenger/

 

— directory says 250 deaf-owned businesses across USA

There is a directory that lists deaf-owned businesses
across the USA; the count is 250. Do we have
that many deaf-owned businesses or are there
many, many other deaf-owned businesses that
are not listed in the directory? Very hard
to say. Many deaf people that work full
time at their day jobs also own their
own businesses that they operate during
their free time. Many deaf people sell
stuff for profit on Ebay and at auctions.
Would that qualify them as a deaf-owned
business? So many questions!

 

— Facebook captions

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg had an interview;
one of the questions he responded was that Facebook
could read postings and then convert these to
captions. DeafDigest has a question – what
would be the quality of these captions?
Perfect captions or sloppy captions?

 

 

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— TV death of deaf characters played by deaf
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