2014/09/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 15, 2014

– more on deaf Australian truck driver Jim Ashley

Last week’s DeafDigest mentioned deaf truck driver
Jim Ashley being inducted into the Australian
National Road Transport Hall of Fame. It was learned
that he started at the very bottom at age of 14 –
washing dirty trucks for 50 Australian cents. Then
he practiced driving these trucks around in the yard.
And then after finishing school, he got a truck driving
job.Been with trucks since then. It is not possible
in USA, but possible in Australia. His picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-australian-hall-of-famer-jim-ashley/

 
– an unusual deaf jury lawsuit

Michelle Koplitz, a deaf resident of Washington, DC, has
filed a lawsuit, which is a bit unusual and a bit
interesting. She receivedsummons to serve on the DC
grand jury and asked for an interpreter. The DC
Courts system switched her to petit jury service with
an interpreter. She turned it down, wanting to serve
on the Grand Jury. DC Courts refused and she filed a
lawsuit. Petit jury is more of a one-day trial, while
duty on Grand Jury may last a month. She was a past Miss
Deaf USA (not to be confused with NAD’s Miss America,
which has been discontinued).

 

 

– a lipreading machine

Is there a lipreading machine on a computer? A team
of researchers at Mu’tah University in Jordan is
working on that project. Will it be successful? Hard
to say. It probably may work if the language has no
accent and has few vowels. But when a language has
so many accents and so many vowels, then the machine
will probably fail. And there is a big issue – these
famous people may not like to have the machine copy
their lips!
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2014/09/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 12, 2014

 
– another Heather Whitestone

Are we having another Heather Whitestone, a deaf woman, who
was Miss America 1995? We have a deaf participant taking
part in 2015 Miss America Competition right now. It is Miss
Michigan K.T. Maviglia. Every Miss America participant has
a goal in life; K.T.’s goal is to provide hearing aids for
deaf children.

 
– an amazed deaf tourist from Scotland

DeafDigest editor was riding the subway with a
deaf friend. A deaf tourist from Scotland saw the signing
and came over. Communication was between American
Sign Language and British Sign Language. This
tourist repeatedly emphasized one word – access.
He was just amazed that for the deaf, access in
USA was much easier than in Scotland.

 

– the facts re the Rochester captioning protest?

a group of deaf Rochesterians are pushing the
Regal Entertainment Group to turn on captions
upon demand. Is Regal against captions? No –
and in fact, Randy Smith, the Regal vice president
has a deaf son. The TV set in Randy’s house is
always captioned even though the deaf son moved
out 4 years ago. Then why Regal refuses open
captions? Business goes down 50 percent with
open captioned movies. The worst fear? That
Regal, suffering from slow business with
open captioned movies, would close their
Rochester theater.

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2014/09/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 11, 2014

 
– emergency faxes sent five hours after the emergency

A landslide took place in Hiroshima (Japan), and it
threatened the lives of these residents. There was
supposed to be an emergency alert system for the deaf
in the form of faxes sent to their homes. These faxes
arrived five hours late. Luckily no one was hurt or
killed – and the city government apologized for the
fax mess up.

 
– the deaf woman and the nail salon in Texas

Julie Bartenstein, who is deaf, went to the City Nails
store in Rockwall, Texas to get her nails done. The
manager would not allow her because she was deaf!
She and her family have filed a formal complaint
with the city human rights commission. The salon
manager said that her nails took too long to work
on, thus wasting her time. And if Julie still wanted
her nails done in the future, the rate would be double
the normal rates!

 
– deaf British family making million dollars

Husband Shahab Reza and wife Shehnaz and adult children
Zainab and Abbas, all of them deaf, have sent bills
to the British Department of Work and Pensions for
interpreting expenses for four years. The total
billing came up to £800,000, which is $1,300,000
in USA dollars. The money did not go to the
interpreters but for their holiday trips, jewelry,
university tuition and investments. The government
found out about it. They are now on court trial
and they may be sent to prison.

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2014/09/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 10, 2014

 
– a big deaf honor in Ivy League

We have had a number of deaf students in Ivy League
colleges (Harvard, Princeton, Yale, etc). Some of them
have played sports. Brown University, which is part of
the Ivy League group, made an announcement yesterday
of two football captains for this 2014 season. One of
them is Dan Giovacchini. He is deaf! According to a
source, he is the second deaf athlete to captain a
sport in the Ivy League. The first one was a Princetonian.
You can see two pictures of him at:
http://deafdigest.net/2014-brown-university-deaf-football-captain/

 
– Australia, an advanced nation, sinks to a new low

Australia is right up there with USA, Canada, England,
France, etc when it comes to standard of living,
quality of life, advanced technology, etc. Yet, Australia
has sunk to a new low. The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
would not allow deaf parents to take home their 3-month
old baby. Why? Because of parents’ deafness. This is
shocking. Already disability rights groups are fighting
the hospital on behalf of the deaf parents and they’re
asking the government to intervene.

 
– interpreters for deaf prisoners

For years deaf prisoners have complained of bad interpreting
or no interpreters to help them communicate. Well, in
Oregon, there are interpreters that help these deaf prisoners.
The problem is that these interpreters are friendly fellow
prisoners that happen to know ASL. Yes, they are not
RID-certified. This has become a big issue right now.

 

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2014/09/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 9, 2014

 

– a deaf woman that forever changed history

There was an article that listed 52 women that forever
changed history. One of them was deaf – Gertrude Ederle,
the first woman to swim across the British Channel.

– world’s largest cabbage

There was a contest to grow the world’s largest cabbage.
The winner was a deaf farmer from Great Britain (his name
not known). He was asked to come up for an interview
on a local TV news show. It was a disaster because
his deafness prevented him from communicating with the
newscaster, and there was no interpreter around!

 
– FCC’s response time

How long does it take for the FCC to respond to a
no-captions complaint? DeafDigest editor, wanting
to watch a football game on TV that was not captioned,
filed a complaint with the FCC. 22 days later, the
FCC responded. Do keep that time frame in mind the
next time you complain to FCC on a deaf related
matter (captions, relay, etc).

 

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2014/09/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 8, 2014

 
– the most popular film is a deaf film

Going on right now is the Toronto International Film
Festival. Already there is one film that has become
the most popular one to watch during this festival.
It is a deaf film that has no dialogue, no subtitles
and no voiceovers and has a lot of sign language. It
was planned that way by the film director. People
watching this film said it is easy to follow the
story.

 
– a surprise deaf job

We have had deaf individuals that wanted to become
paramedics but were not able to do so because of
discrimination against the deaf everywhere in the
world. Yet, it is surprising to find Richard Webb
Stevens, a deaf man, making a living as a paramedic
in Harrow, which is part of the Greater London
metro area! He recently gave a workshop on first
aid at a club for the deaf.

 
– a missed deadline because of a hearing aid

A business executive needed permission from his boss
to agree to an important deal with another company.
Deadline was coming up real soon. The boss, who was hard
of hearing, was on vacation with his wife. The hearing
aid broke down and he was not able to use the voice
cell phone to reach his business executive. He tried
to use his text pager but his wife would not allow it,
as she didn’t want their vacation to be interrupted.
As a result, the deal went dead because of this bad
hearing aid!

 
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2014/09/05

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 5, 2014

 
– Derrick Coleman’s easy touchdown almost never happened

Derrick Coleman, who is deaf, with his Seattle team,
beat the Green Bay Packers 36-16 in the season’s NFL
opener. Derrick made his touchdown look easy, but
it almost never happened! Why? Two plays earlier,
Derrick was taken out of the game. One of the Packers
“tore off” his helmet, that had his hearing aid in it.
On the sidelines the equipment manager quickly got
the helmet repaired and made sure hearing aid was
fine before he was sent back into the game! Alas,
the easy touchdown.

 
– Coca-Cola interested in hiring more deaf

Coca-Cola just said they may be interested in hiring
more deaf. Reason is that on the factory floor, the
bottling line noise is so bad that it bothers hearing
employees. The bottles and the cans are always banging
against each other on the conveyor belts. Said a
Coca-Cola spokesperson “they are more suitable than
other workers.”

 

– a Joan Rivers deaf “joke” that backfired

Joan Rivers, who was famous for her mouth, has
departed us. The entertainment world is in mourning.
Below is a reprint of what DeafDigest posted few
years ago:

Famous comedian Joan Rivers made a joke about Helen Keller.
The audience roared with laughter; one person did not laugh.
He shouted at her saying that it was not funny because his
son was deaf.

Sad to say, in the world of comedy, one person’s joke is
another person’s insult.

 
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2014/09/04

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 4, 2014

 
– nation’s longest serving deaf TV newscaster is retiring

Karen Meyer, who is deaf, has served as Chicago’s TV ABC 7
Eyewitness News newscaster for 23 years. Her last broadcast
is on September 28th. For a newscaster, either deaf or hearing,
to survive 23 years in the volatile world of TV news reporting,
is amazing. Why is she stepping down? Simple – she wants to move
to California with her family. She reported on Disability
Issues. Who is her replacement with the program? No one is
replacing her!

 

– Ellen DeGeneres shows interest in a deaf person

Kevin DaSilva, who is deaf, and his fiancee Stacey Terrasi,
who is not deaf, attracted interest from the the producer of
the Ellen DeGeneres TV Show. This couple wants to have
children. But because of Stacey’s medical condition, they
cannot bear a child. Instead they are seeking a surrogate.
Interest in their case has built up nationally, thus getting
attention from Ellen’s staff for possible TV appearance.

 

– an attorney asks for half-dozen interpreters

A deaf man is awaiting trial in Oklahoma. The sign language
he uses is not ASL. The attorney defending the deaf man
has asked for six interpreters, saying communications
with him is exhausting. The district attorney said it
is ok. The problem is that interpreters for the deaf
man cannot be found in Oklahoma, but is found in Texas.
The judge is not too happy about lack of such interpreters
in Oklahoma and wants the defense to look harder for them
instead of having to go to Texas. At this point, the
judge is waiting for the results of the interpreter
search before making his decision.

 
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2014/09/03

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 3, 2014

 
– deaf cannot work in the office

Deaf people cannot work in the office because of their
deafness? This was the thinking by some Office Managers
in Great Britain! There was a story in a newspaper of a
young deaf British woman, seeking employment in an office
and being told she cannot do the job! Yes, she was very
angry about it! Fortunately she found employment in a
different office.

 

– FCC vs Sorenson; FCC wins, so far

Sorenson has challenged the FCC on the formula the deaf
relay services are being funded. The three-judge panel
on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
ruled in favor of FCC. Sorenson has two choices -
to accept it and move on, or to file an appeal -
this time with the Supreme Court. The scary part is
what will Sorenson do if this case reaches the
Supreme Court and they lose (again)?

 
– a radio station wants to be accessible to the deaf

The InsideOUT is a radio station affiliated with the
University of Missouri. It is growing in popularity
and they said they are planning to make it accessible
to the deaf. Accessible to the deaf? How? Nothing about
captioned radio was mentioned in a newspaper story
about this radio station.

 

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2014/09/02

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 2, 2014

 
– a big honor in Australia

A big honor in Australia is induction into the
National Road Transport Hall of Fame. Since
Australia is huge with a vast Outback, transportation
(vehicles, huge trucks and buses) is very important.
This society has inducted Jim Ashley, a deaf man,
into its Hall of Fame. Jim has, for 43 years, driven
all types of buses, touring coaches, semi trailers,
container forks and other huge vehicles. You can see
two pictures of him at:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-australian-hall-of-famer-jim-ashley/

 

– a hospital just doesn’t learn its lesson

Almost all hospitals know that ADA requires interpreters
for deaf patients. Once a hospital is guilty, it
quickly learns its lesson and provides interpreters for
future deaf patients. Not so with the Baptist Hospital,
Miami, Florida. This hospital was penalized in the
past for not providing an interpreter. And again
this same hospital is being sued for the same thing.
Seems the hospital just cannot learn its lesson!

 
– another top deaf chef

DeafDigest mentioned Kurt Ramborger being invited to
the World’s Best Deaf Chef contest. There is another
deaf chef – with a big honor – Charleston Wallace,
a deaf chef with the Eddie V’s Prime Seafood restaurant
in Tampa, Florida. He won the chain’s national honor
as the top chef. This restaurant chain, serving only
best dishes, has nine restauarants in Texas, California,
Arizona and Florida.

 

 

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