2014/11/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 25, 2014

– a Deaf Sauce for deaf barbecue lovers

Do you love sauce with your meals? Do we have
a Deaf Sauce brewed by a deaf person? Yes.
Deaf Man’s Barbecue Sauce is being brewed and
sold by Rasool, Pasadena, California, who goes
by his single name. He is a former Gallaudet
basketball player years ago. How good is the
barbecue sauce? His ads say it was ranked #17
among world’s top 100 barbecue sauces. DeafDigest
editor, who loves sauces, is tempted to taste it!

 

– a deaf actress many of us never heard of

Patty Dwyer? Who is she? We would shrug our
shoulders. She is deaf and has been acting for
20 years in theater, television shows, movies,
and commercials. It is said she can either
play deaf roles or hearing roles with ease.
If you watched “The Christmas Dragon” or
the “The Man on Carrion Road” or the “Day
Zero” she was in it. Where is she from? Utah.

 

– deaf trapped behind  several locked doors!

A deaf man accompanied his deaf girl friend
who wanted to visit a family member that was
hospitalized in the Toronto ICU unit. The
hospital could only be entered through several
rooms of locked doors on two sides of the wall.
To open the locked door, one has to use the
wall phone. The deaf man kicked on the door
many times, until the hospital worker heard
the noise and opened the door. This was just
the first locked door with several more locked
doors to go through. He is not happy about
it and vented his anger on the Facebook.

 

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2014/11/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 24, 2014

 

– the second Famous Deaf Cookie

We now have the Second Famous Deaf Cookie. Christin
White, Lansing, Michigan, is having her batch of
cookies served at the White House this Holiday
Season. She is deaf and only got serious with
cookie-making during recent months. People
fell in love with her recipes! Who was the First
Famous Deaf Cookie? Jimmy’s Cookies, baked by Jimmy
Libman, a deaf man, between the early 1980’s
and early 2000’s before he sold the business.

 
– no open captions in the big agreement

Last Friday leaders of deaf organizations reached agreement
with the National Association of Theatre Owners on movie
captions. Only it will not be open captions. Why? A deaf
person, involved in discussions, said we’ve tried everything
- negotiations, lawsuits, rulemaking, lobbying but the
movie theaters nor the government is willing to give
open captions to us. Is this captions agreement satisfactory?
No, but better than nothing.

 

 

– hearing prisoners win and deaf prisoners lose

In Los Angeles County there was an agreement on a lawsuit
filed by prisoners. They were arguing that rights due
disabled prisoners were always denied. This lawsuit
lasted about six years of back and forth arguing.
What about deaf prisoners? Nothing about them was
mentioned in the lawsuit! Very puzzling and very
troubling.

 

 

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2014/11/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 21, 2014

 

– school closed but tradition not forgotten

Austine School for the Deaf (in Vermont) has closed
for good – unless the state finds new money to reopen
it. There was a Thanksgiving Day tradition that the
school hosted for years. Not willing to let it
die, the Brattleboro Deaf Club has taken over this
tradition so that the local deaf community can
enjoy this feast.

 
– the MRI and the deaf

We often see this abbreviation – MRI – which stands
for Magnetic resonance imaging. While it is not
X-ray, the functions are the same – to look for
something wrong in the body – broken bones,
organ problems, diseases, etc. Anyway, there was
a big story today saying that MRI is bad for
people with Cochlear Implants! Something to do
with clashes of different magnets! It may be
painful for deaf people with CI to go through
MRI.

 

– is a long time deaf-owned business closing up?

Smart Alex, Inc is a Chicago-based greeting card
company, owned by a deaf man, Jay Blumenfeld,
and been in business for nearly 35 years.
The cards are not deaf-based but humor-based,
making hearing people laugh. These cards are
sold in selected greeting card stores across the
nation. Anyway there was an announcement that
the card warehouse has been closed up due to
downsizing. Not sure exactly what this means -
continuing to operate on a smaller scale or
closed up fully and for good?

 

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2014/11/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 20, 2014

 

– a deaf club broke because of a sad reason

A burglar broke into a deaf club, stole everything
from the safe. As a result, the deaf club is now
broke, and is in danger of closing up for good.
It took place at the Clapham Deaf Club, located
in South London (Great Britain). This club,
90 years old, is the social center of the local
deaf community. Police is still looking for the
burglar.

 

– most unusual supermarket employee in USA

A deaf man works as a checkout bagger at a
Wisconsin supermarket. In the past, he worked
for the federal government on bankruptcy
paperwork, taught ASL to a chimp, advised
dormitory students on life skills, served as
dean of students, taught ASL at a big
university, school athletic department fund
raiser, etc, etc. That person is Vaughn
Hallada, of Port Washington, Wisconsin.
Why is he a bagger? He is retired, and
working in a supermarket is the best way
to stay in touch with the public, with his
easy-to-understand gestures. A story was run
on him in today’s Wisconsin newspapers.

 

– a feud among interpreting students

Gallaudet University offers a major for hearing
students that want to become interpreters. A feud
broke out among some interpreting students. It
had something to do with one group speaking to
each other in public without using signs, whereas
the other group insisted on using signs if they
are speaking. Several Gallaudet students, seeing
the whole thing, asked that these speaking
students use signs. They refused!

 

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2014/11/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 19, 2014

 

 

– a Sign Language birth certificate

When a baby is born, the parents write the baby’s
name on the birth certificate. This is the normal
way of recording the baby’s birth. But for
Tomato Lichy and Paula Garfield, a deaf British
couple, they wanted to do something differently.
Instead of writing the name of their baby on
the certificate, they had the baby’s name signed
in British Sign Language! Impossible? Many legal
experts thought so, but an attorney made it
possible! Will we be seeing these ASL American
birth certificates?

 

– best and worst states for deaf access in courts

What is the best state and the worst state for
access by the deaf in the courts? The National
Center for Access to Justice ran a survey of
50 state court systems. They said the best
state is Connecticut, and the worst states
are Oklahoma, Kentucky, Illinois, South Dakota
and Indiana. Deaf people that need interpreters
in these worst states need to make sure they
are getting good interpreting services!

 

– looking for landlords that hate the deaf

Many landlords welcome the deaf. Many other
landlords don’t. They discriminate against
the deaf, but are so clever about it
without getting into trouble with the Fair
Housing Rights law. The Austin Tenants
Council (Texas) is hiring a deaf person,
called a tester. His job is to ask these
landlords about vacant apartments. If the
landlord says no vacancy but the tester sees
hearing family renting an apartment, then the
landlord is lying and breaking the law.

 

 

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2014/11/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 18, 2014

 

– a fishy story behind FCC-Purple internet relay mess?

Is something fishy going on with Purple dropping internet
relay, making deaf-blind and non-signing deaf very angry?
There are three hints – that FCC wanted to monitor internet
relay, that FCC only wanted to monitor these internet relay
fraud calls; and that that a call center in the Philippines
was handling Purple’s internet relay calls! Who is telling
the truth behind these FCC’s and Purple’s comments? When
fingers are pointed at each other, we all suffer.

 

– Munching on Doritos during the next Super Bowl

Many deaf football fans munch on Doritos while watching
the Super Bowl. Deaf Doritos munched by Deaf Football
fans? Well, Gary Herkimer, Phoenix, Arizona, who is deaf,
has produced a Deaf Doritos video that he hopes will
be aired during the Super Bowl! Doritos is staging the
“Crash the Super Bowl” contest, and so far his video has
reached the semi finals. Will the Deaf Doritos video win,
making our Doritos even more delicious? Hope so.

 

– A hot Deaf Issue in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has handled Deaf Cases. The latest such
case has involved a deaf man convicted of a crime. At the
time of the crime, he was never arrested nor advised of his
rights with the police. While he talked to the police and
signed a confession, the police claimed he knew what was
going on, whereas his attorney claimed he wasn’t aware
of anything. These are the issues that were argued
in the Supreme Court yesterday.

 
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2014/11/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 17, 2014

– cost to set up Deaf Village

DeafDigest mentioned that Wilson, North Carolina
government and business officials are pushing
for a deaf village, named Wilson Village, to be
set up near Eastern North Carolina School for
the Deaf. Cost? At least 10 million dollars,
perhaps even higher.

 
– a Deaf Bulb

What is a Deaf Bulb? A small company is coming
up with a smoke detector for the deaf. Cost
of the Deaf Bulb? Approximately $100, but it
will last 27 years. Doing the math, it would
be $3.70 per year or 31 cents per month.
Color of the bulb? Red! Why? Don’t know
Still, the $100 tag will scare off many
deaf people.

 

– CAAG VRS to the rescue?

CAAG VRS, a relay provider, has asked the FCC
for permission to provide internet relay for
the deaf-blind. Deaf-blind only? DeafDigest
feels it will be applicable to the non-signing
deaf. Will FCC OK it? Yes, as long as CAAG VRS
meets all of the criteria FCC requires of all
providers.

 

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2014/11/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 14, 2014

 

– a deaf village to be built

In 2008, Laurent, South Dakota, the nation’s first deaf town,
was supposed to be ready. It wasn’t and the idea went dead.
And in the 19th century, an attempt was to establish a deaf
colony in Georgia. It did not succeed. And throughout the
19th century, many deaf and hearing people knew sign language
at Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. And now this – a planned
deaf community in Wilson, North Carolina, not too far from
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf. Town leaders
are pushing for it. Will it succeed? Time will tell as it
is still early in the planning stage.

 

– a Zero to Hero participant

“Zero to Hero” is a British TV program. It is about two
participants facing each other in a boxing ring. The
better boxer wins and becomes a Hero. Chris Smith,
who is deaf, will be boxing on this program. He
calls himself the Silent Assassin. His real job is
with the British Post Office.

 
– six years to get captions

Hard to believe, but it is true. The Japanese Internal
Affairs and Communications Ministry, which is same as our
FCC, is planning to have all TV programs fully captioned.
Their goal is year 2020. Six years from now? Not sure
why is this taking so long? Our captioning technology
does not take that long to convert a non-captioned TV
program to captions.

 

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2014/11/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 13, 2014

 

 

– a hero we never knew about

Gerald McCarthy was a hero to the deaf during
the early eighties. He was the director of sales
and marketing for Zenith, the #1 manufacturer of
TV, radios, stereo at that time. When closed
captioning required use of a special decoder,
he had Zenith come up with a TV that showed
captions without a decoder. Other manufacturers
avoided captions, not Zenith. He was just inducted
into the Consumer Electronics Hall Of Fame. Zenith
dead now? No, it is part of LG Electronics based
in South Korea.

 

– a deaf device claimed to help the hearing

We have deaf devices that help the hearing. One
example is TV captions in noisy bars. But do
vibrating devices help the hearing? Yes,
according to David Bobier, who is not deaf. He
is giving a talk about vibrators at The Function
Keys conference in Hamilton, Ontario. He says
that vibrations help the hearing with their
healing of sicknesses and pains. Is he
right or wrong? Just don’t know!

 

 

– Bad Judge and the deaf

Bad Judge is a TV comedy series that was just
cancelled by NBC few days ago. This program
has few more segments to go before it will
end for good. Maybe the reason for it being
cancelled was the silly program that involved
a deaf character. He was accused of a crime,
but the judge did not know what to do because
of his deafness. Were the program writers
aware of courts requiring interpreters?

 

 

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2014/11/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 12, 2014

 

– an unusual comedy team involving the deaf

A comedy team of two brothers do comedy performances at
some deaf events. This team is unusual. It is the Levi
and Clay Anderson comedy team. Levi is deaf; brother Clay
is not deaf. This team is unusual – because they are twins.
We have rarely, if ever, have heard of deaf and hearing
twins. They grew up in Milan, New Mexico and were the
only twins in town.

 

– the House must be made aware of internet relay crisis

Many deaf people do not use sign language. The video
relay is useless to them. They depend on internet relay.
Sprint is the only surviving internet relay provider.
We had as many as half dozen internet relay services just
a few years ago. Now it is just Sprint, and what is going
to happen if Sprint stops providing this service? We
are trying to make legislators aware of it. The legislative
assistant that deals with relay issues is Ray Baum. His
email address is ray.baum@mail.house.gov. Do not hesitate
to make your concerns known with him.

 
– a cruel irony with a big deaf honor

Every year, the Association of National Advertisers
gives out awards and honors for best ads. It is like
the Oscars given out to movie actors. Anyway, in
the Multicultural Excellence Awards category,
Duracell was honored for its “Trust Your Power”
ad that featured deaf Super Bowl football player
Derrick Coleman. The irony? A couple of weeks ago
he hurt himself in the pre-game warm ups and is
lost for the season. Yes, he will try again in 2015.

 

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