2014/12/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 18, 2014

– reason for some web sites not deaf-friendly

Why are some websites friendly to the deaf
while others are not? If a web site is from
a store or a shop, it must follow ADA rules
on captions. But if a web site is without
a store, then it may not always follow the
ADA rules. A perfect example is Netflix
which has no video stores! This is why the
FCC and the ADA people are trying to fix it now.

 

– a rare picture of a whale

It is very difficult for scuba divers to take
pictures of gray whales. These whales swim far
out in the ocean, not near the beaches. One gray
whale did and the picture was taken by scuba diver
Chanon Hiatt. He is deaf. He took it on his 625th
scuba dive! He was lucky to see a gray whale
swimming around, and immediately grabbed his camera.
It took place in Redondo Beach, CA. The officers
of the Pacific Whale Watch Association were
shocked by this picture.

 

– most expensive deaf book in the world

What is the most expensive Deaf Book in the
world? It is the book titled “Granville
Redmond” and the price is $600.00. Why is it
so expensive? Possibly because there is only
one book remaining in the world. It is an old
book, not a new book! Who is Granville Redmond?
He was deaf, from California School for the Deaf
at Berkeley and died in 1935. He was famous
for being one of the world’s best artists and
for acting with Charlie Chaplin in a few movies.
One such movie was City Lights.

 
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2014/12/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 17, 2014

– a video of a deaf club

A video was posted on the Youtube about the Austin
Association of the Deaf. It was mostly narrated by
club president Jo Bienvenu, explaining that while
her club thrives, there is a worry about its role
in Deaf Culture. Jo sees many young deaf people
in Austin that do not attend events at the club
While many clubs closed up, there are a few
thriving deaf clubs – such as Pittsburgh Association
of the Deaf and the Buffalo Club of the Deaf. And
speaking of the Buffalo Club, the club locations,
past and present, are unusual:

http://deafdigest.com/buffalo-club-of-the-deaf/

(as a young man, DeafDigest editor wanted to play
softball, and joined the Long Island Club for the
Deaf team. It was his first real introduction into
Deaf Culture. Sadly, this club no longer exists)

 

– a surprise about deaf and hearing brothers/sisters

Many deaf children grow up in families of hearing parents
and hearing brothers/sisters. What is a big surprise
about it? That they, at home, don’t realize the deafness
of a family member. It is only when the family is outside
- like a restaurant, a family wedding, a family picnic, that
they realize a family member is deaf! Says who? Says
Barbara Ray, who wrote a dissertation about it at the
University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

 

 

– another video of a deaf wedding

The wedding of Duncan McKenzie and Nesta Holgate was
filmed. This film attracted very strong interest in
the deaf community. There really was nothing so special
about the couple. Why the interest? It was a wedding
that took place in 1940 in Yorkshire, a British town.
Someone filmed it and forgot all about it for years.
Only recently, someone discovered the film and had it
converted to a video for a Youtube posting. What
became of Duncan and Nesta? They had their ups and
downs but the marriage survived until death. They
had a son, but he was taken away for adoption
for reasons no one knows why!

 

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2014/12/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 16, 2014

 
– a lucky deaf shopper at a supermarket

Vanya Tyndall, a deaf woman of Lakeland, Florida,
was standing in the checkout line at the Winn-Dixie
supermarket. Suddenly a hearing man came to her and
gave her a $100.00 gift card. That hearing man was
the CEO of a big bank in Lakeland and he wanted to
make Holiday Season happy for everyone.

 

– a deaf school graduate┬ámay get a rare job

Dexter Young, who just graduated from Tennessee School for
the Deaf, has completed a course in Certified Nursing
Assistant. He is hoping to pass the state exam and get
a job in a hospital as a nursing assistant. He would
assist the regular nurse with health care needs of patients.
It is rare for a young deaf person to seek employment in
that field that quick out of high school!

 

– anti-deaf police officers fired

There was a crime committed against a group of
deaf people. The police came to investigate
the crime, and did not arrest the hearing
criminals. The top court was not too happy
about it and fired these police officers.
It took place in Pakistan!

 

 

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2014/12/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 15, 2014

– a secret deaf survey with doctors’ offices

A secret “deaf person” contacted nearly 15 doctors’
offices, asking if interpreters are provided for
deaf patients. The doctors’ offices either hung
up on the phone or said no interpreter is available
or did not know where to find an interpreter, etc.
This secret survey took place in a small British
town! Not surprised if this could also happen in
small American towns where many doctors have
never had a deaf patient in their lives!

 

– sign language gestures that are insulting

The Washington Post ran a story of sign language
gestures, some of which are really insulting.
Giving examples of these insulting sign languages
was Gallaudet employee Melissa Malzkuhn. The
story will make you laugh if some of these signs
do not bother you. But if you feel easily insulted,
do not read the story.

 
– historic deaf event

North Korea, which isolates itself from the rest of
the world, just sent its national deaf soccer team
to Australia to play against their national deaf
team. The Australians were great hosts; over 3,000
fans watched the Australian Deaf-North Korean deaf
soccer game. Australia Deaf won 4-1. Will this mean
North Korea will send their deaf athletes to various
deaf international events? We will wait and see.

 

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2014/12/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 12, 2014

– last minute air flights impossible for some deaf people

Last minute air flights are not impossible, depending on
vacant seats. But for some deaf people, it may be
impossible at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
This airport requires 48 hours advance notice for
deaf people with CI or with hearing aids. The reason
is screening by x-ray and the security people do not
want last minute problems. But for deaf people without
CI or hearing aids, they are OK for last minute tickets.

 

– a hospital cruel to the deaf

Sally Doering, who is deaf, was not feeling well so
went to a hospital. She requested an interpreter.
The doctors found out that she was critically ill
with a lung infection, so placed her in the ICU
- without an interpreter – for eight days! She
repeatedly asked the nurses and the medical
staff for an interpreter and was ignored each time.
ADA? Why not? Because it was the Perth Royal
Infirmary – in Australia! The Equality and Human
Rights Commission has begun legal action against
the hospital. Did the hospital apologize? No, but
promised it would not happen again in the future!

 

– a Deaf Stuff sold out

Several times in DeafDigest, it was mentioned
that the Grace Coolidge coin had a big irony.
She taught at Clarke School for the Deaf before
she married and became the First Presidential
Lady. Yet the coin had this U-S-A fingerspelled.
Clarke School has never permitted the use of
sign language nor of the fingerspelling. Anyway
this coin, open for public sale, was sold out.
Most coin sales last for some time, but this
Coolidge coin was quickly gone! This information
was provided by deaf coin collector Kenneth S.
Rothschild. Again, for a look at this coin:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-coolidge-gold-coin/

 

 

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2014/12/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 11, 2014

– an airline lipreading service?

Easyjet is Great Britain’s largest airline. This airline
distributed a press release saying that their flight
people are easy to lipread and that it is a big benefit
for deaf passengers. This is puzzling because not every
deaf person can read lips; many deaf people rely on
sign language and also many other deaf people rely on
captions. Not sure why Easyjet people think all deaf
people can lipread?

 

– remembering a famous deaf athlete

Eugene Hairston, who is deaf, passed away recently.
Boxing was popular in the forties and fifties and
he was one of the world’s best boxers. He defeated
a few champions. Suddenly, at the age of 21, he retired.
A bad gash above his eyebrow would not heal properly
and he was advised to stop boxing or he could go blind.
Hairston’s contribution to boxing, however, was huge.
Red flashing lights were installed at corners to tell
boxers that the round has ended! It was because some
boxers would continue to punch Hairston after the
bell was rung!

 

– breaking a deaf record in a courtroom

What is the deaf record for interpreter no-shows in a
courtroom? Seven times a deaf person showed up for his
courtroom hearing and seven times the interpreter
never showed up. Is it a world deaf record? This is
not a joke – and the deaf person is very angry about it.
It happened in the Camden, NJ court room. This deaf
man, from Philadelphia, is fed up with it, because of
the repeated case postponements, and he is filing a
lawsuit, which is separate from his court matter.

 
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2014/12/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 10, 2014

– a big surprise while riding the deaf school bus

A group of mainstreamed deaf kids were riding on the
school bus that was taking them to the Mountain Lakes
Program for the Deaf in New Jersey. Suddenly there
was a surprise. The school bus caught fire. Luckily
everyone got out and no one was hurt. No one knows
why the bus went on fire.

 

 

– Youtube says one of best ads is a deaf ad

Youtube has posted a list of most-watched ads of this
year. Listed as #8 on the most-watched ad is the Duracell
hearing aid battery ad that featured Seattle Seahawks’
deaf player Derrick Coleman. Hope this is not bad luck,
because Derrick hurt himself and is not playing any more
football this season!

 

– deaf person angry with a police officer

This is a true story. A deaf person refused to obey
the commands by a police officer, who was directing
the traffic at the downtown intersection. This deaf
person came over to the police officer with a note
and pad. He wrote “I am deaf.” The police officer
did not know what to do with the deaf person so
left him alone. It took place in Spokane, Washington
……. in year 1914!

 

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2014/12/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 9, 2014

 

– a deaf ASL basketball referee in big time college basketball

Lafayette defeated Pennsylvania 83-77 on December 6, 2014 in
Philadelphia. One of the three referees in that game was Chris
Miller, Baltimore, MD. He is deaf and ASL is his first language.
He has been refereeing for almost 20 years and moved up the
ladder, refereeing 3 NCAA-I games 2 years ago, 5 games last season
and 8 games this season. How does he communicate with other
referees and coaches? He uses gestures. What about angry coaches?
He ignores them, knowing he did his best job. And the NCAA boss
of referees supports him. A picture of him in the game is at:

http://deafdigest.com/picture-of-deaf-referee-chris-miller-in-big-time-basketball-game/

 

– 911 text problems in a city of 120,000 people

Allentown, PA is a typical medium sized American city. The
Emergency Services people installed a text 911 system early
this year. To date, the emergency people only received about
60 text calls, and about 20 of these calls could be traced.
A flop? Hard to say. The center director feels that people
are not comfortable with new technology and during
emergencies they use a voice person (family members or
neighbors). Also there is a matter of patience. A voice
call takes only 60 seconds for the emergency people to
respond. A text call takes over 10 minutes for the same
thing. Is the center giving it up? No, because of FCC
rules that all centers be able to handle text calls.

 

– a deaf man in court had interpreting fees removed

A deaf man was in Pennsylvania court. They told him
interpreters were not free. He said nothing. They gave
him a bill. He paid for court costs but not for
interpreters, telling the court that in Title II of ADA,
interpreters are free. The opposing attorney agreed.
The judge agreed. The NAD praised him. Simple, he said!

 

 

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2014/12/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 8, 2014

 

 

– some state courts won’t give free interpreters

In eight states (Indiana, Vermont, Washington, DC, etc)
the judges may force deaf people to pay for their
own interpreters in the courtrooms. This was the
survey by National Center for Access to Justice.
It does not say judges will force, just says judges
may force. DeafDigest hopes that the deaf in these
states have judges that allow them to have free
interpreters.

 
– the most dangerous country for deaf travelers

What is the most dangerous country in the world for
deaf travelers? It is Yemen. We have read about the
kidnappings and the hostages in Yemen. Irwin Bosch,
deaf and deceased, visited 107 nations. He said Yemen
is #1 most dangerous nation. Even when he has met
with deaf friends in Yemen, they cannot avoid danger!

 

 

– refusing to watch captioned movies

A deaf person refuses to watch captioned movies.
She said there were captions on the bottom of
the screens in the past but no more today.
These open captions lost, and rear window captions
and then special googles and then caption glasses
won. That person said special glasses and goggles
were uncomfortable. Possibly there are many
deaf people that agree.

 
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2014/12/05

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 5, 2014

 

– Deaf Oops

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency, in Kyotanabe-shi,
a Japanese city, wanted to test its emergency alerting
system with its deaf residents (emails and faxes). The
message “alerted” these people of an emergency crisis.
Yes, deaf people were scared, but when they looked out
the windows, nothing was happening. The agency admitted
they forgot to put on top of the message – “this is a test.”
Making it worse was the 2-hour delay in sending this
“this is a test” corrected message!

 

– Matt Hamill’s retirement and unretirement

Why did Matt Hamill, the deaf fighter, retire and then a year
later, come back? He said friends, coaches and his daughter
would not leave him alone, begging him to come back again.
And when he came back, he could not avoid pain and injury
during practice and training sessions. He also said these
pains were caused by 28 years of continuous competion
(youth wrestling, high school wrestling, college wrestling
and then professional fighting). He did not do well in his
last match against an out of shape fighter.

 

– a deaf boss in a job he loves

John Merks, who is deaf, is the head chocolatier with
the Mildura Chocolate Company in Mildura, a city in
Australia. Why does he love this job despite hard
work, long hours and struggling with production
problems (machines do break down, etc) and dealing
with problem employees? He said:

I just love chocolate

 

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