2017/06/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 27, 2017

 

— a seven year old Coda saves mother’s life

In Northern Ireland, Cara McCartan, a Coda at
the age of seven, used the telephone to ask for
emergency assistance when her mother was stricken
with a medical emergency at home. She was honored
at a big event. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/seven-year-old-coda/

 

— most famous invention in Alabama

The Market Watch published a list of each state’s
most famous invention. In Alabama, the most famous
invention was the electronic hearing aid. It
was invented in 1895 but did was not available
for sale until later in the 20th century.

 

— Derrick Coleman taking a big risk in NFL

Derrick Coleman is NFL’s first deaf offensive
player. He was out of football last year but
has come back, signing a contract to play for
Atlanta Falcons. He is taking a big risk.
There was a nice newspaper story about him
giving tips to rookie quarterback Tyler Renew.
Competition for roster spots with each NFL
team is cut throat; 90 players compete for 53
roster spots. As a result, many veteran players
do not give rookie players these tips – because
it can come back to haunt them – getting cut!
Just hope Derrick makes the 53-man roster
in September.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— medicare-vs-medicaid
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

6/25/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/06/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 26, 2017

 

— a new hair clip for the deaf

A new hair clip for the deaf? It is called
the Ontenna (not to be confused with
antenna). It is supposed to help the deaf
hear all kinds of sounds that go through
their hair! Not sure how it works with
deaf men with clean shaved head?
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-hair-clip/

 

— Pittsburgh proposed change of bus stops may be a problem

A hot issue in Pittsburgh is a proposed changes of
bus stops. There is a bus stop near the Pittsburgh
Association of the Deaf (PAD), but the proposed
new stop would be one block away. It may affect
the deaf-blind residents of Pittsburgh. Each
month PAD hosts a social event for the deaf-blind.
Concern is that if the deaf-blind need to walk
an extra block to reach PAD, it may cause problems
for them!

 

— typical interpreter training program

Is there such a thing as a typical interpreter
training program? Let us take William Woods
University (Fulton, Missouri) as the typical
one. It is one of 41 such interpreting
programs at colleges across the nation.
This university has 60 interpreting
students plus 85 on-line interpreting
students. Typical or not? Doesn’t matter –
the more qualified interpreters we have,
the better it is for us!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— reasons employers won’t hire the deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

6/25/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/06/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 23, 2017

 

— blurred sign language in a picture

In a picture you will see two indivuals
communicating in blurred sign language.

See what this is all about at:
http://deafdigest.com/blurred-sign-language/

 

– an important clarification re New York interpreter tablets

DeafDigest mentioned that in some New York City
neighborhoods, police officers are equipped with
tablets, that they could use for interpreting
in case deaf people are stopped and no real live
interpreter is available. An important clarification –
the police officers cannot dial up video relay
service to communicate with the deaf person standing
next to him. He must use Video Remote Interpreting (VRI).
for that purpose. Video Relay is free; VRI is not
free. Incidentally, a deaf person told DeafDigest:

Lots of times I run into hearing people that had ASL training
and/or deaf family members but it’s been a long time and they
don’t always remember ASL

 

— worried that Craiglist users will hang up on deaf

In Virginia, a hearing realtor got a Craiglist response
from a fake-deaf person about a piece of property.
Later the realtor realized the fake-deaf person was
actually hearing, trying to do a money scam. This
worries DeafDigest. If it happens too often then
Craiglist users will immediately hang up on
deaf users without realizing they are really deaf
and not fake-deaf!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Smart911 and deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

6/18/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/06/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 22, 2017

 

— police and the tablets

The New York Police Department is experimenting
with tablets to see if it works when communicating
with the deaf. These tablets are being distributed
to the police in three neighborhoods. If a deaf
person is stopped and no interpreter is quickly
available, then the tablet will be used for
video relay communications with interpreters.
Not exactly sure how would this work. Cops can
carry tablets for years and not encounter a
deaf person. Suddenly they stop a deaf person;
would they remember how to use the tablet app to
summon a video relay service? Is the tablet portable
or is it mounted to something inside the car?

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/police-tablet-for-deaf/

 

— CART vs voice recognition

CART is expensive. Voice recognition software
is much cheaper. But which is better? A
CART operator explained:

If someone on TV says there or their or they’re,
the voice recognition machine may miss it. But
a CART operator would know!

 

— fake-deaf patients help real-deaf patients!

The nursing program at State University of New
York at Brockport had a role reversal program.
Fake-deaf patients play the role as hospital
patients, challenging nurses on how to treat
the deaf! This is great – but again, with other
situations, a nurse may never encounter a deaf
in 25 years and is suddenly confronted with a
deaf patient. Would that nurse remember the
fake-deaf patient training she had years ago?

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf photographer, many magazine credits
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

6/18/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/06/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 21, 2017

 

— powerful national organization may want to help the deaf

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is interested in
knowing about the deaf that were stopped by the police in
Chicago. The question is – why just Chicago only? Deaf
people have been stopped by the police everywhere in USA.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/aclu-and-the-deaf/

 

— possible lonely deaf resident

The state of New York announced a new affordable
housing building in Oneida, NY. It said that 32
units will be built, and that up to two units
may be reserved for the deaf. One or two units?
That may mean that a deaf resident may be
quite lonely, while mingling with hearing
residents – unless an interpreter shadows
the deaf person all day?

 

— update on deaf woman in danger of losing home

DeafDigest mentioned a deaf woman that was threatened with
the loss of her home because of lack of paperwork that came
with the donation of her mobile home. The church donated
her the mobile home, but without paperwork. The church
closed up and the church leader moved out of town. Luckily
a former member of that church was able to track down the
church leader, and he produced evidence of mobile house
donation. The county government is satisfied and the
deaf woman is not losing her house at all.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— employment seeking
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

6/18/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/06/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 20, 2017

 

— Few 5-star hotels broke promise with deaf-owned bakery

The Shuktara is a deaf-owned bakery in Kolkata
(formerly known as Calcutta) in India. These deaf
bakers were trained by mentors, a French restauranteur
and a pastry chef. These mentors used contacts to set
up pastry accounts with few five-star hotels.
But when the hotels learned that the bakery owners
were deaf, they backed out. The bakery overcame
these cancelled accounts and is currently doing
very well. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/five-star-hotels-wont-do-business-with-deaf/

 

— fined $250 for not understanding English

A hearing Uber driver was fined $250 for speaking
in Spanish at the Miami International Airport.
The law, in Florida, said that drivers of
Uber and Lyft must be able to communicate
in English. Would deaf Uber/Lyft drivers,
communicating in ASL, be also guilty?
Uber/Lyft both say no, but Miami says yes!
It didn’t matter to the cops that these
drivers use apps to help them communicate
with hearing passengers.

 

— Dawn of the Deaf short film is free to watch

According to a web posting, Vimeo is making
available the film “Dawn of the Deaf” for
free viewing.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Goodyear Tire factory and the deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

6/18/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/06/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 19, 2017

 

— downloading movies from web sites

Many people download movies from web sites instead
of going to the movie theaters. Some sites offer
free movies; some sites charge for downloaded
movies. For the deaf, we must make sure that
these downloaded movies have captions (or
subtitles). And if there are “free” movies,
need to make sure the site is honest. It
can be frustrating to download a movie for
few hours only to find the film is not
captioned! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/downloading-movie/

 

— incident with North Koreans at the airport

The Homeland Security people at the JFK Airport
in New York grabbed a briefcase from a group
of North Koreans. The airport personnel
asked for their diplomatic credentials
and the visitors were not cooperative.
There was some scuffling, pushing and
tugging. They were released and allowed
to board the plane bound for North
Korea, but they refused to board.
Who was the North Korean group? They
wanted to attend a a three-day UN
conference on rights of deaf people
and disabled people!

 

— police advice on communicating with the deaf

A police chief gave this advice on how to
communicate with the deaf. Use notes if
the deaf person can read and write and if
no interpreter is available. For the deaf
that don’t sign and depend on lipreading,
make sure the room is well lighted and the
officer is about 2-3 feet away face to face.
If the deaf person turns his head away,
it is OK to tap them on shoulder to get
their attention. Who gave that advise?
A police chief in Zaire!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— professor, honest or insulting
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

6/18/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/06/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 16, 2017

 

— deaf short film that won many awards

The short film – Dawn of the Deaf has so far
won many awards at short film festivals.
It is a Deaf Horror film. If one likes
horror movies, this movie should be watched.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-horror-scene/

 

 

— a shocker with a mobile home donated to a deaf woman

A deaf woman received a donated mobile
home from a church to replace the original
home destroyed in a tornado. A nightmare –
no paperwork that said it was a gift.
Home was never registered with county.
Church that donated the house is out of
business. No interpreter, except for her
mother and hearing ex-husband. The county
is now working to try to get this mess resolved.
If not, she could lose her house and pay
thousands of dollars in back property taxes!

 

 

— Kansas City Royals draft a deaf pitcher

Cason Sherrod, who is deaf, is a pitcher with
Texas A & M baseball team. Kansas City
Royals has drafted him. Right now he is
with his team in the College World Series,
meaning if he wishes to sign a minor league
contract, he has to wait till the end of
series.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf medical doctors
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

6/11/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/06/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 15, 2017

 

— a baseball practice

We all know about the tragic shooting at the ball field
in Alexandria, VA where the Republicans were having
a baseball practice. They were getting ready for their
big Congressional Baseball Game tonite against the
Democrats. By the way, where did the Democrats
practice baseball? At the Dummy Hoy Field at
Gallaudet University! May the best team win.

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/at-gallaudet-baseball-field/

 

— applying for a trademark

Gene Simmons is a rocker with the KISS rock band.
He knows nothing about ASL, but he wants to trademark
the famous ILY hand sign. Is he crazy? Yes!

 

— a magazine article 110 years ago

The June 1907 issue of Scientific American magazine
had a statement, as part of an article about the deaf
that went like this:

the old-fashioned alphabet is now unknown

Was the writer aware that Gallaudet University
always supported sign language as well as
fingerspelling? Probably not! Or the magazine
editorial staff never heard of Gallaudet?
Possibly so!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Agency hypocrisy
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

6/11/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/06/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 14, 2017

 

— appointment for doctor to certify deafness on driver’s license

The North Carolina Senate Rules Committee supported a proposed
bill to set up a deafness symbol on driver’s license. Purpose
is to tell cops of driver’s deafness during traffic stops.
Good or bad? It is up to the deaf driver to get that
deafness symbol. And to get that symbol the driver’s
doctor must sign paper to certify deafness. This means
the hassle of setting up an appointment for a five-second
signature! And besides, the alarmed cop may think the
deaf driver is reaching out for something dangerous in
a pocket, not realizing it is just a wallet! A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/five-second-doctor-appointment/

 

— we need a simple deaf press release

DeafDigest editor received a press release from an
organization serving the deaf. It basically said:

Joe Doe (name is fictional) to receive a government
honor

The XYZ Association of the Deaf (name is fictional)
is having a ceremony to honor Joe Doe.

He has severe-to-profound hearing loss, when
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening to discover
congenital hearing loss didn’t exist in many
states. He wore hearing aids until two CI’s were
inserted at young age.

 

 

Why couldn’t the XYZ Association keep it simple
and say that Joe Doe was born deaf and became
a professional success in the years to come.

Just keep it simple!

 

— reason for some council members opposing captions bill

Pawtucket, Rhode Island became the second
American city to require captions at public
facilities, ie bars and restaurants. The
bill was narrowly passed by the city council
for one reason. The opponents were afraid that
the “required” captions would turn off
bar customers, forcing them to leave for another
bar outside of Pawtucket that has no law on
captions! The first city, by the way, is
Portland, Oregon.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf probation officer
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

6/11/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/