2019/10/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 14, 2019

— World’s greatest inventor – a fact true or false

Thomas A. Edison, who was deaf, has been acknowledged
as the world’s greatest inventor. In a story today
it said that he invented the phonograph despite
not being able to hear or understand or follow
the music. He would use his teeth to feel the
vibrations to know if the music was right or
wrong. True or false?

 

— Disabled Student Services or Disabled Students Collective

All universities have administration-run Disabled
Student Services. What about a student-run group?
There is one at George Washington University – called
the Disabled Students Collective. Do both groups
agree or disagree on the needs that deaf students
face?

 

— always in a discussion about films

It never fails, that everytime there is a panel
or a workshop discussion about films, an issue
always comes up. It is why few film producers
would cast deaf actors, whereas most won’t!

 

 

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2019/10/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 11, 2019

— the power of the beach flashing emergency warning lights

The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors
will be setting up a powerful beach flashing emergency
warning lights to alert the deaf in case of weather warnings
and tsunami warnings. How powerful is it? A deaf person
could see the warning lights from a quarter of mile
away. Yes, it helped that the department director
has two deaf adult sons.

 

— public wi-fi for the deaf

LinkNYC (New York City) has kiosks that provides free
wi-fi for the public. It is said to be very fast.
With these kiosks is a Video Relay Service for
the benefit of the deaf. Hopefully this concept
will spread to other American cities.

 

— disabled accommodations same as deaf accommodations

There was a big story in today’s newspapers about
Jimmy Anderson, not deaf, who is disabled and is a
legislator in Wisconsin. He needs a caregiver to allow
him to function in everyday life, meaning attending
legislative sessions. He accused legislators of
deciding what is best for him without asking him
about his needs. Pretty much the same as with
many hearing people deciding what is best for the
deaf without asking the deaf what is best for them!
Very sad.

 

 

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2019/10/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 10, 2019

 

— city council meeting captions delayed until 2025

Orillia, a city of some 30,000 people, has agreed
to postpone city meeting captions until 2025.
The reason is cost – approximately $20,000
in annual costs. ADA? No, Orillia is in
Ontario.

 

— OK to start a career at the bottom

For some reason a good number of deaf graduates
from colleges do not like to start at the bottom
while beginning their careers. They want to
start at the top. It was different with
deaf chef Kurt Ramborger. He started his
restaurant career as a dishwasher, before
beginning his upwards climb.

 

— fifth largest deaf population in USA

A public official said that Tampa Bay has the
fifth largest population of deaf residents
in USA. Fifth largest? What about metro
areas of Washington, DC, Rochester,
Frederick, New York, Austin, Fremont,
Los Angeles, Chicago? Tampa Bay bigger
than any of these areas? DeafDigest
editor isn’t sure!

 

 

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2019/10/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 9, 2019

— Best Deaf Halloween movie

For those that love horror movies, the best Deaf
Horror movie is Hush. A horror movie buff made his
selection of best horror movies to watch and Hush
was the only one with a deaf character.

 

— in case of emergencies, use text, not apps

A police department said that in case of emergencies
involving the deaf, do not use apps; just use text.
Reason is that apps are much slower – need to set
these up and then to put it to use. Wastes
a lot of time – and each second counts!

 

— hearing business that resist ADA are hurting themselves

A question came up today – it said:
But why did enterprises ever resist? It’s a mystery
because being more accessible is just good for business.

Bad attitude? Fear of hassles with the deaf? Fear of
more and more lawsuits even if they follow ADA rules?
Fear of going broke on these ADA-fixes? We may never
know!

 

 

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2019/10/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 8, 2019

— an article for movie-lovers disrepects Marlee Matlin!

An article in a movie magazine said that Marlee Matlin is
one of the greatest acting one-hit wonders. It implies that
she “disappeared” after winning the Oscar for her “Children
of a Lesser God.” The writer does not realize that
Marlee has moved on to a lengthy career in acting in
TV, stage and TV with 66 acting credits – much more than
the average hearing movie actors!

 

— Supreme Court says no to ADA with technology

This is scary. The Supreme Court refused to take
a case on a blind peron not able to use web sites
– and had the case sent back to lower court. Who
knows – future deaf and technology discrimination
cases may be refused by the Supreme Court.
Scary? Yes.

 

— Los Angeles won’t listen to advice from deaf

Deaf students wanted to give input (hint – Deaf Space)
to the city of Los Angeles on construction of a new
school building. The city refused to listen; as a
result, there is a lawsuit for that reason.
Deaf people know better than hearing architects
and hearing engineers on what is best for them!

 

 

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