2014/10/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 22, 2014

 

 

– a deaf role model in Australia

A couple of times DeafDigest mentioned Australia’s famed deaf
truck driver Jim Ashley. One of the stories is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-australian-hall-of-famer-jim-ashley/

Anyway, DeafDigest received email from a proud deaf Australian,
saying that Jim is a role model in the Deaf Community. He
explained that discrimination is so bad against the deaf;
many hearing people think deaf people cannot do anything,
and that Jim is the living proof that the deaf can!

 

– the fourth Gallaudet football player to become a pro

It was announced that the Florida Blacktips of the new
Fall Experimental Football League has signed Gallaudet’s
Adham Talaat to a contract. He makes his pro debut this
Friday against Boston Brawlers at Harvard Stadium.
The past Gallaudet players who played pro football were
Bilbo Monaghan, Memphis Tigers (1932); Ed Gobble,
Virginia Sailors (1967) and Tony Tatum, Utah Blaze &
Cleveland Gladiators (2013-2014). Adham’s new teammates
played at Oklahoma, UCLA, Miami, Nebraska, Missouri,
Georgia, etc, these mighty NCAA football powers.

 
– most important deaf person in Microsoft

Who is the most important deaf person in Microsoft?
It is Jenny Lay-Flurrie, leader of the Trusted Experiences
Team. What does she do? Responsible for accessibility,
privacy, and online safety. If a deaf person cannot access
Microsoft software, or has privacy invaded or felt
threatened by hackers online, then Jenny worries about it!

 

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2014/10/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 21, 2014

 
– Iceland removes an insulting deaf word

To keep up with the times, Iceland has changed some
words in its law books. For many years, in the
law book, the word deaf-mute was used. Not any
more – deaf people are now described as hearing
impaired. Maybe Iceland should have changed to
a better word for us, but at least it is no
longer deaf-mute!

 

– recognizing deaf big contributions to baseball

The World Series begins today. May the best team
win. And we should recognize the big contributions
of our past deaf major leaguers. Dummy Hoy invented
three signals – out, safe, ball. Dummy Taylor invented
coaches’ signals and the catchers’ signals. We see coaches
use hand signals for hitters and baserunners. And
when the catchers flash these hidden finger signals,
one finger, two fingers, three fingers and four
fingers, the pitchers know what to throw.

 

– a very cold Sinclair response to a non-captioning complaint

The Sinclair Broadcast Group sent a letter to
DeafDigest editor, in response to the posting at
http://deafdigest.com/mid-week-news/20140818/

It was Sinclair that carried the non-captioned
ABC football game broadcast for airing in the central
Pennsylvania areas. The tone of the brief letter was
extremely C-O-L-D. To view the letter, go to:

http://deafdigest.com/cold-response-from-sinclair-on-noncaptioned-for-deaf-football-game/

Not even a warm “thank you” response! And it is almost
November; the football game took part in August, two
months ago. A turtle-like response to a non-captioning
complaint!

 

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2014/10/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 20, 2014

 
– a deaf pizza truck tour of USA

Russ and Melody Stein, both deaf, want you to taste the
pizza that is served at the Mozzeria in San Francisco.
They are now on a tour of USA, stopping at some cities
so that people can taste the Mozzeria pizza. How good
are their pizzas? Yelp San Francisco says:

Everything about this place is literally amazing. The
quality of the food is perfection. The service is fantastic

To take a look at some pictures, go to:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-mozzeria-pizza-tour-of-usa/

 

 

 
– Japan manufactured a Deaf Car

Japan builds a lot of cars, including Mazdas. And at one
time Mazda built a Deaf Car. It was the 1970 Mazda RX500,
but why was it a Deaf Car? The car speed was supposed
to be very fast despite its small engine size. Not just
fast, but very loud noise from the engine. For that
reason, the rear lights were green in color. This
was to warn the hearing drivers of full running speed by
a deaf driver. Weird? Yes!

 

 

 

– Rochester Thumbs Down on some political candidates

Election Day is coming up next month. Many political
candidates caption their political ads. Again many
political candidates don’t. For that reason, the
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, which is famous for
its weekly Thumbs up and Thumbs down column, just
Thumbed Down these political candidates that did not
caption their political ads. Speaking of Thumbs Up
and Thumbs Down, the Silent News, in the past, copied
the idea and almost got sued by an angry person!

 

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2014/10/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 17, 2014

 

 

– Batman’s special cousin in Toronto

Who is Batman’s cousin? It is the Dark Knight, and he is
running in the Toronto Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon this
Sunday. And he will be wearing his famous Batman costume
for the full 26 mile course in the race. What about it?
JP Hernandez, who runs as the Dark Knight, is deaf!
No, JP is not the Dark Knight in the movie, just in
the race.

 

 

– the next Gallaudet president

Current Gallaudet president Alan Hurwitz will retire
in December 2015. This is a little more than a year
ahead. The Gallaudet board of trustees is now getting
busy hunting for the next president. Already we have
a member of Gallaudet alumni serving on the search
committee – Deborah Elliott DeStefano. A big
issue right now – should the next president be deaf
or is it ok to hire a hearing president? The key
thing is to hire the most qualified president to
run Gallaudet in the future years.

 

 

– a shocking comment by a government official

David Freud, or known as Lord Freud, is the British
minister of welfare reform in the United Kingdom.
He gave a speech at a political meeting in which
he said that the deaf and the disabled do not
deserve to earn the minimum wage. This comment
pretty much embarrassed the British Minister
David Cameron who wanted nothing to do with
this welfare reform minister. Freud? Any
connection to the world famous psychiatrist of the
19th and 20th century? Yes, he is the greatgrandson.
Apparently the greatgrandfather would be greatly
embarrassed, too!

 

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2014/10/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 16, 2014

 

– Canada to deport a deaf teenager all by himself!

A deaf teenager who has been living illegally in Canada
has been arrested by the Canada Border Services Agency.
His crime? None! He was chatting with his old high school
friends on the high school property. When it started to
rain, he went inside – thus “violating” the policy that
unregistered students are not allowed inside the building.
The attorney for the Solidarity Across Borders is fighting
the deportation on behalf of this deaf teenager. The
Canadian agency is stubborn and is still going ahead with
the deportation to Mexico, his native country. He has no
one in Mexico to look after him.

 

– an insensitive comment by a former Boston mayor

Thomas M. Menino is a past mayor of Boston. He was
in New York City to give a talk about a book that
he was writing. After his talk, the audience started
to ask him questions. The very first question was from
a deaf woman, wanting to know why the museums in
Boston were not deaf friendly (no interpreters,
no captions, no scripts, no nothing). Menino replied:

talk to the new mayor!

 

– a check-off list for deaf seeking government services

If one goes to McDonalds, they can use the check-off list
for their menu choices – hamburger, french fries, soft
drink, etc. In Fukui City in Japan, the local government
people are coming up with a check-off list for the
benefit of deaf residents that seek assistance -
examples are registering for a local election, paying
utility bills, request for a street sign, request to
fill up a pot hole, etc, etc. The government clerk
will then point the deaf person to the right office.

 

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2014/10/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 15, 2014

 

 

– a video for cops scared to deal with the deaf

Many cops are afraid to deal with the deaf, even if
it is a trivial matter, like a broken tail light.
To deal with the fear, a TV station in Tulsa has
produced a video to show to cops on how to deal
with the deaf. This was part of the theme -
Tulsa Police Work To Improve Communication With Deaf
Community.

 
– a confession of a hearing actor playing a deaf role

We hate it when hearing actors play deaf roles, thus
stealing jobs from deaf actors. Larry Heard, a hearing
actor with small roles in Louisiana, said:

It is awkward being deaf because you hear everything,
and yet you have to act like you don’t hear anything

 
– a deaf bakery in United Kingdom

There was a deaf-owned bakery in the United Kingdom,
The Bakery, located in Buckingham, a small town of
12,000 people. The deaf owner was Arthur Loyns,
who operated it for 10 years until it was destroyed
during World War II. A number of hearing bakers
worked for him, and it was considered the best
bakery in town, with a reputation for food quality
and for clean facilities.

 

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2014/10/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 14, 2014

 

– a rare deaf job in the entertainment field

What is the rarest deaf job in the entertainment field?
It is voice-over acting. When one watches the cartoons
and hears conversation, it is called voiceovers. Anyway,
we have a deaf person who does voiceovers. It is Andre
Sogliuzzo. When he does voiceovers he uses special hearing
aids that are plugged into headset feeds so that he will
miss nothing.

 
– a “deaf house” across the street from Gallaudet

About 25 years ago, former Gallaudet instructor
Bernard Brown came up with the concept of a Deaf House,
as developed from his years of experience in the home
improvement field. You can see the list at:

http://http://deafdigest.com/deaf-house/

Anyway it was announced that Gallaudet is coming up
with a “town-gown” neighborhood across the street,
which is supposed to be 100 percent deaf friendly.
This concept is almost the same as the Deaf House.
The JBG Construction company will be building this
type of Deaf House Neighborhood, only that Gallaudet
calls it Town-Gown.

 

– Fedex in a lawsuit

Yesterday DeafDigest briefly mentioned that while
Fedex gives a lot of business to a deaf contractor,
it is being sued for lack of accommodations. The
attorney told DeafDigest that there were no
interpreters for application procedures, training,
daily safety meetings, employment disciplinary or
opportunities for promotion, workers comp,
termination and etc. 19 deaf people are part of
that lawsuit. So is Fedex good to the deaf or
bad to the deaf? See what happens in the courts.

 

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2014/10/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 13, 2014

 

 

– deaf balloonists better than hearing balloonists?

Hearing pilots can pilot their balloons up in the air, with the
help of their crew that move the balloonis through the winds.
What about deaf balloonists? Can they do a better job than
hearing balloonists? According to hearing balloon pilot Colin
Graham, Albquerque, New Mexico, yes, the deaf can do a better
job! Why? Because it is easier to communicate through sign
language while up in the air as compared to shouting out
words in a noisy background! His comments were part of a
news story on TV.

 

– Fedex helps deaf businessman grow big

There is a newspaper story of Fedex discriminating against
the deaf. This lawsuit, in Florida, is now in the courts.
But do look at Rene Martinez, a Minneapolis deaf man. He is
the CEO of AZS Express Shakopee, which is an independent
contractor with Fedex. It is not a tiny, one man, company.
Rene has branches in St. Paul, Shakopee and Mahtomedi.
There are 28 employees on the payroll and the company owns
50 delivery trucks. Rene says his business has grown 10 to 20
percent each year. So, does Fedex discriminate against the deaf?
Rene says, no!

 

 

– we have many professional deaf basketball players

Do we have many deaf professional basketball players? Yes,
but they do not earn 1 million dollars a year! The NorthWest
Association for the Deaf Basketball, which is part of the
national deaf basketball organization, has made this
announcement:

 

first place team – players get $6.00 each
second place team – players get $4.00 each
third place team – players get $3.00 each
fourth place team – players get $2.00 each

For getting money, these players are professionals.
Unfortunately, when they go to McDonald’s, the tiny
cash money disappears quickly.

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2014/10/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 10, 2014

 
– governor candidates comment about TV captions

Three candidates (Anthony Brown, Boyd Rutherford and
Shawn Quinn) are hoping to be the next governor of
Maryland. They were asked this question:

why no captions in your political ads?

Said Brown:
Costly, and I feel I failed the deaf

Said Rutherford:
good question; I will have my committee discuss this

Said Quinn:
I have no money in my campaign funds to pay for captions

 

 

 
– most successful deaf lifeguard’s 16 near-failures

The most successful deaf lifeguard was Leroy Colombo
who protected swimmers from the waves on the beaches
of Galveston, Texas. He saved 907 swimmers from
drowning in a career that spanned 45 years (1923-
1968). He had 16 near-failures. What were these
failures? He was a very strong swimmer and won
many long distance swimming races – but he
nearly drowned 16 times while rushing out to
rescue these swimmers! The waves off the Galveston
beaches overwhelmed him.

 

 

– talking to Aiko Chihira

Can we chat with Aiko Chihira? Possibly not in
ASL but possibly in Japanese Sign Language (JSL).
Aiko is a robot, but looks like a human being.
It was demonstrated at a high tech Japanese
expo this week by Toshiba. Right now his
“knowledge” of JSL is limited, but with increased
programming, the vocabulary will include more
signs. Why not ASL? It can, but not yet right now.

 

 

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2014/10/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 9, 2014

 
– a new sign language

There is a new sign language. It is called Smartphone
Sign Language, and it is for the hearing as well as
for the deaf! The new Smartphone can read hand
gestures; users will not have to key in their
commands (change screen, change maps, shooting a
target in a game, etc). So far, the Smartphone
can recognize six commands but some feel it can
be expanded to 20 commands.

 

– a wristband for deaf swimmers

There is a new rubber wristband in New Zealand.
It says “hearing impaired” and is to be worn
by deaf swimmers at public pools. This is to
tell lifeguards that the swimmer is deaf. It
was designed by a mother of a deaf son, who
got tired of having to tell lifeguards of
the son’s deafness. Will it catch on in USA?

 
– a deaf chimp becoming a person

In a 1956 TV comedy, a chimp was inducted
into the Army by mistake. He was quickly given
a discharge before the Pentagon could find out
about it. Anyway, DeafDigest is mentioning this
because the New York appeals court may decide
if a chimp has human rights and therefore,
becoming a person. It involves Kiko, the
deaf chimp that lives in a private residence.
Making this case is animal rights organization.
Warning: this story is not a joke!

 
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