2016/07/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 29, 2016

— display of sign language on TV

Retired Iowa senator Tom Harkin, the father
of the ADA, which incidentally just celebrated
its 28th birthday, gave a speech at the
Democrat National Convention. Harkin’s deceased
brother is deaf, hence the senator’s lifelong
interest in helping the deaf. Take a look
at the audience sign language at:

http://deafdigest.com/democratic-party-audience/

 

— national fast food chain, good or bad

DeafDigest has mentioned that Taco Bell in
New Jersey invited a lawsuit by a deaf
woman for refusing to serve her at the
drive in window. Taco Bell bad? Well,
there was another story of a Taco Bell
hearing employee, knowing ASL, helping
a deaf customer place order. The deaf
patron needed an explanation on the food
he wanted to order, and the hearing
employee used his sign language to help out.
So, Taco Bell, good?

 

— deaf winner, Samuel Adams Brewing competition

The Samuel Adams Brewing American Dream Pitch
Competition in Mission Beach, CA, took place
this week. There were two winners; one of them
is deaf – Rasool Raheem, Deaf Man’s BBQ. His
reward is a chance to compete for $10,000 in
the national championship in Boston. Along
with the cash, he would get one year free
mentorship from business experts. He had
to sign ASL in two minutes to impress the
judges that his Deaf BBQ is the best.

 

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2016/07/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 28, 2016

— greedy nurse and her three deaf children

Cheryl Henwood is a British hearing nurse, and
a mother of three deaf children. She cheated
the British government of nearly $135,000
by claiming disability benefits for her deaf
children. The money she got illegally was
spent on holiday trips, a jet-ski and a pet
horse. She, and her husband were both earning
comfortable incomes from their jobs! She is
now facing court charges with possible
forfeiture of her bank account, dismissal
from her job as nurse and possible
prison time. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/greedy-british-nurse/

 

— movies on international air flights

DeafDigest editor vacationed in Portugal
and flew by United Airlines. Technically
airlines are not subject to ADA regulations
(captioned movies) if flown over foreign
land. It was a pleasant surprise to
be able to watch a few subtitled movies
that United carried! Deaf passengers
need to click on “international films”
and look for films that are subtitled,
and not dubbed in voice.

 

— deaf in political party conventions

There is a story of a group of deaf people
attending the Democratic National Convention,
with interpreters and with captions. What
about the Republicans? There were no
newspaper stories about the deaf at the
Republican National Convention, only of
the Democratic National Convention?
Why? DeafDigest editor will not draw up
conclusions!

 

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2016/07/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 27, 2016

— big chain changes its ways for the deaf

A typical Starbucks outlet is chaotic. Customers
shout out their orders; baristas write down order
and customer name on the cup; baristas also shout
out the customers’ names for them to pick up
their orders. Can get quite confusing, noisy
and chaotic. In Malaysia, this chaotic system
has been stopped – for the sake of ten deaf
baristas that want to take orders. For that
reason, digital screens have been posted on
the wall. See the picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/new-digital-menus-at-starbucks/

 

— most unusual deaf traveler

Deaf people love to travel and Isaac Liang, a
deaf man from Singapore, is probably the
most unusual traveler. He will travel to
China and Taiwan despite not knowing
Chinese language and traveling alone.
He depends on gestures to get directions
since written notes are useless. He does
not want to travel with a group. His
goal is to travel everywhere. Will he
beat the late Irwin Bosch, who has
traveled to 106 nations before
passing away.

 
— ASL-like hearing people at airport

DeafDigest editor, waiting for his airplane
trip to Portugal, saw a large group of
hearing passengers, seemingly communicating
with each other in ASL. These people
were going back home to Madrid. He
remembered visiting Madrid few years
ago and just about everyone in the city
would gesture out every word, which
looked like ASL! It was an interesting
cultural shock.

 

 

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2016/07/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 26, 2016

— best TV series that represented the deaf

There was an article that praised the old Star Trek
series as the best for using deaf and disabled
actors. It mentioned deaf actor Howard Seago
as Riva, using telepathy to communicate with
his three interpreters. And that when Captain
Picard spoke to the interpreter, Riva scolded
him for bad manners. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/star-trek-riva/

 

— classroom clapping not permitted

Deaf people wave their hands instead of
clapping. At a school in Sydney, Australia,
classroom clapping is not permitted. Why?
The teacher is deaf and the school
administration wanted to show respect for
her deafness!

 

— Australia not allowing deaf jurors

There is a case in High Court right now in
Australia (equivalent to our Supreme Court)
concerning Gaye Lyon, a deaf woman, not
allowed to serve on jury. Well, there was
a big case in Pennsylvania during the
mid-eighties on the same thing. The
deaf woman won and was able to serve on
a jury. It came at a big price – $5,000
in legal fees. If it happened today,
it would be $15,000-$20,000.

 

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2016/07/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 25, 2016

— deaf may flunk out at old University of Salamanca

DeafDigeest editor is touring Portugal and
visited the University of Salamanca (in Spain,
but near Portugal). It was leearned that
lectures at old University of Salamanca campus
were in in total darkness. If a deaf student
took classes, then darkness may prevent him
from success. The new University of Salamanca
campus, however, is modern. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/dark-classroom-lectures/

 

— deaf shocked by bad news

The deaf people of Connecticut had interpreters
for years. Suddenly – no more. Governor Dannel
Malloy is trying to save money by laying off
interpreters. This sudden shutdown came with
no warning. DeafDigest hopes Malloy will realize
his error and restore full interpeting services
This shutdown has become a nightmare for
him because Deaf Community is fighting back.

 

— DC actors angry at Gallaudet University

People love watching plays at Fringe theaters
anywhere in USA, especially in Washington, DC.
For the first time, plays are being shown on
the Gallaudet campus – but it has created
problems. Gallaudet requires full accessibility,
something the Fringe people did not really
realize. If there is no solution, then
the Fringe groups may leave Gallaudet next year.

 

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2016/07/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 22, 2016

— next step in speech to text

Google has been working on the speech to text
technology. Yet, we continue to see these
live captioning bloopers on TV and with these
youtube videos. Very possibly within the next
generation, these bloopers will disappear.
Anyway TDI has hired a deaf man, Eric Kaika
to work with Google on these captioning blooper
issues. Why these bloopers? USA is a big country
and we have these accents, drawls, dialects
as part of our rich linguistic heritage.
His picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/overseeing-speech-to-text/

 

— expelled deaf student wins court case

DeafDigest mentioned a while ago that Jane
Ottah was expelled from Rivers State
University of Science and Technology in
Nigeria. What was the reason she was
expelled? The university did not want her
because of her deafness! She won an ugly
and nasty court case – and in addition
to getting money, she is re-enrolling at
the university. The newspaper said that
her victory was unbelievable!

 

— protesting the hated VRI

VRI? Hospitals and medical offices love it
because it saves them money on interpreting
fees. Deaf people it because video screens
are lousy. The deaf people of Houston, TX
is staging rallies to protest the continued
use of VRI. These rallies are taking place
on July 29th and August 9th. Will it help?
Doubt it because VRI meets the minimum
acceptable accommodations required of
these medical facilities.

 

 

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2016/07/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 21, 2016

— the deaf and the Starbucks

A new Starbucks outlet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will
have 10 deaf baristas with 3 hearing staffers. DeafDigest
says next step should be opening a new outlet in New
York – same thing 10 deaf + 3 hearing – because it
was when an ugly discrimination lawsuit was filed by
a large group of deaf coffee drinkers few years ago.
And last week, the U.S. Business Leadership Network
said Starbucks is the best place for deaf and disabled
to work. Will Dunking Donuts copy Starbucks and
hire 10 deaf + 3 hearing staffers? A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/abc-starbucks/

 

— wine-making and the deaf

DeafDigest editor is vacationing in Portugal right
now. Because of time difference and tight travel
schedules, DeafDigests are being distributed
earlier than usual. Anyway DeafDigest editor
visited a wine-making museum in Duoro, a region
that have been making wines for 2.000 years. A
question was asked of the museum director – do
we have any deaf in the Duro wine-making region?
The answer, unfortunately, was no!

 

— world’s hottest game is not deaf-friendly

Do deaf people play Pokémon Go? Hope so,
becase they have full rights to enjoy
playing games on an equal basis with the
hearing. But is Pokémon Go deaf-friendly?
No, accodring to a recent magazine
article! Same old story – one has to
hear to stay ahead of others in
Pokémon Go.

 

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2016/07/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 20, 2016

— Carlsberg discriminates against deaf

Carlsburg is one of the world’s best known beers.
Yet this brewery discriminates againt the deaf.
DeafDigest editor is vacationing Porto, Portugal
now and he saw a Carlsberg advertising promotion
offering free beers. To get a free beer the
person must talk to a hidden wall microphone,
saying this beer is the best. A deaf person
with no speech skills cannot get a free beer!
This is discrimination.

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/carlsberg-beer-free-for-perfect-speech/

 

— written notes is not enough

A deaf employee, who is an important person in
his company, had a note taker during company
staff meetings. No interpreter was provided
even though employee’s first language is ASL.
The EEOC suggested that written notes is not
enough – because it prevents deaf employee to
ask questions during the meeting!

 

— sign language in colors

A researcher at Deafness, Cognition and Language
Research Centre at University College London,
said that there is a rare condition among
deaf people – called synesthesia. This rare
deaf person sees sign language in different
colors. Very interesting!

 

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2016/07/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 19, 2016

— from Gallaudet problems to Captioning & relay problems

If we have problems with TV captions or video relay,
then Suzy Rosen Singleton is the contact person.
She is new to FCC, replacing Greg Hlibok. At Gallaudet
she was the Ombuds, the campus fix-it person.
Her priority should be shortening the FCC response
to our issues. It normally takes FCC weeks,
with too much paperwork, to respond to us.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.net/new-fcc-deaf-chief/

 

— a new way of finding a last minute interpreter

A deaf man in New Brunswick thought he had a
heart attack and was taken to a hospital.
Expecting an interpreter, there was none!
Out of desperation, the deaf man’s wife
used Facebook to try to find a last minute
interpreter. A 14-year old kid, with sign
language skills, showed up and saved the
day! DeafDigest hopes this is not the best
way to find interpreters anywhere in the
world.

 

— a confession by a TV program director

TV director Brad Falchuk said:

It was very hard to find people who could really
sing, really act, and have that charisma you
need on TV.

This is what he told USA Today in an interview.

What he means – deaf actors can’t act and
hearing actors can act, and so, they play
fake-deaf roles. Not best news for us
especially when we havd deaf actors
so desperate for roles.

 

 

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2016/07/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 18, 2016

— deaf dog, funny or not funny

The Tarpon Springs Police Department (Florida)
“arrested” a dog for running around without
tags. See the picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-dog-in-jail/

 

 

— Magic Morgan in the world of magic

We have many deaf amateur magicians. They’re
pretty much good with their tricks and amazing
the audience. Magic Morgan (Wisconsin) is
a full time deaf magician, been at his craft
for over 25 years. He travels the nation,
giving performances. He said there have
been a few full time deaf magicans in the
past, but Morgan seems to be the only one
right now. If you are seeing the word –
Deafinitely in some deaf magic shows, then
Magic Morgan is not involved with it.
In fact there have been several deaf
magicians using the Deafinitely name!

 

 

— Deaf Black Lives that Matter

Larry Brown, a retired El Dorado County (CA)
sheriff, recently gave a speech at a
recent Black Lives that Matter rally.
He said that he arrested a suspect
who did not follow directions. Not
using his service weapon, the sheriff
wrestled him down to the ground and
handcuffing him. He then realized
the suspect was deaf, and said he
could have used his weapon during
the scuffle, but didn’t. And to this
day he was glad he made that decision not to shoot.

 

 

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