2019/08/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 21, 2019

— Guy’s Grocery Games ignores the deaf chefs

Here is a challenge for Guy Fieri, and his
Guy’s Grocery Games TV program that many
deaf people love to watch. Why not invite
top deaf chefs to compete against each other?
We have Kurt Ramborger, Darren Weiss and
Jonathan Weiss (both Weiss chefs are not
related to each other) and other top notch
deaf culinary arts instructors at some
deaf schools as well as at hearing-run
restaurants?

THIS JUST IN – Bruce Price, who is deaf,
has been hired as the new Executive
Chef with the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has worked
with restaurants across the world –
Australia, Switzerland, China, Taiwan
and New Zealand. He is a perfect fit
for the all-deaf program.

 

— bad attitude about “not in my backyard”

People in one Albuquerque location are upset
over a proposed charter school for the deaf
being built in their neighborhood. They said
they wanted to preserve the area as is.
Bad attitude? Unfortunately, yes!

 

— High speed contest; fast interpreter vs fast rapper

Twista, a rapper, raps very fast, while challenging
Houston interpreter Amber Galloway Gallego to
keep up with him. Who won? Very easy – the deaf
in the audience that watched this event.

 

 

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2019/08/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 20, 2019

— deaf detainee files lawsuit against ICE

ICE is a dirty word among these immigrants
(both legal and illegal), and especially so
for Raul Alcocer Chavez, who is deaf.
While being detained, he needed medical
attention, and asked for a device to
help him communicate with the medical
people. ICE told him – no, sorry!
As a result he has filed a lawsuit,
with assistance of Southern Poverty
Law Center.

 

— deaf wins over big and mighty Walmart

DeafDigest editor shops frequently at a
local Washington, DC Walmart and had
bumped into a shift supervisor, who
is deaf and formerly played football
at Gallaudet. He was always complaining,
but would not elaborate, on the reasons
he was unhappy at Walmart – even though
he supervised a group of hearing
employees. He quit Walmart – and ultimately
filed a lawsuit on grounds of job
discrimination (no interpreters during
staff meetings). He won, and Walmart is
out $100,000. DeafDigest does not
know where he is right now but hopes
he is doing OK.

 

— Delta tips for deaf travelers

Delta has developed a travel guide for deaf
and disabled travelers. Especially for
the deaf only, one such tip is to
download their Fly Delta app that would
allow ease of commmunications with the
Delta personnel.

 

 

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2019/08/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 19, 2019

— to be the only deaf person

You are deaf and enjoy yourself at a cruise or at a
vacation resort. Everyone immediately knows you are
deaf. It is different from being a hearing person at
an all-hearing cruise or all-hearing resort!

 

— one reason for opposing cochlear implants

Many deaf people oppose the cochlear implant – not
because they think it is a built-in hearing aid,
but because they want to preserve their own
deafness lifestyle. This was a comment a blogger
made on one of his blogs.

 

— a big Greenland irony

The USA president wants to purchase Greenland.
This has been a big story in recent days – but there
is a deaf irony. A deaf travel agent has been
advertising a deaf cruise to Greenland (and Iceland).
Of course there is no way the deaf travel agent would
know in advance of the President’s intentions.

 

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2019/08/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 16, 2019

— angry deaf driver

A deaf driver from Texas made this angry comment:

I’m a deaf person who uses my voice, but that doesn’t mean I can hear.
So when I get pulled over, they’re assuming I’m not respecting them,
that I’m not paying attention.

That angry deaf driver is correct – and besides not every
deaf person with great speech also knows ASL

 

 

— rewriting a movie or a play script

Many script writers do not like to make changes with their
movie plots or play plots. If the plot specifcally asks
for a hearing actor, the script stays the same. But from
time to time, to accommodate a deaf actor, the script
gets changed. Two examples come to mind – the late
Victor Galloway played a few scenes in “The River
Wild.” And Bob Hiltermann, another deaf actor, had
a script changed for him in one TV program.

 

 

— ADA in a big war with Domino’s

Many deaf people order pizza from Domono’s
but it does not mean that this pizza chain
is making the web friendly for them.
Domino’s, suppported by the Chamber of
Commerce, wants the Supreme Court to weaken
the ADA laws! They said web standards are
vague and confusing.

 

 

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2019/08/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 15, 2019

— to be deaf in a resort town in Maine; #1 example

DeafDigest editor and his wife were vacationing in
York, Maine, a resort and tourist town of some
12,500 people. At a restaurant, a woman sitting
at the next table, forgot her purse and left
the restaurant. The hostess laughed and said
it was the 8th time this summer that it happened.
DeafDigest editor would not know about that comment
if it wasn’t interpreted for him!

— to be deaf in a resort town in Maine; #2 example

DeafDigest editor and his wife toured the museum
buildings at the Old York Historical Society.
Interpreters? None. Apps to help deaf visitors
follow the exhibits? None. Printed material to
help follow the exhibits? None. ADA regulations?

It says:
most museums have legal obligations to provide and
maintain accessibility for visitors with disabilities

Is the word – most – a big ADA loophole?

 

— to be deaf in a resort town in Maine; #3 example

More on the Old York Historical Society! Just as when
DeafDigest editor and his wife were finished touring
the museum buildings, the front desk clerk at the
museum headquarters knew sign language. Her cousin
was deaf and she learned signs for that reason.
The clerk was not a tour guide but she did explain
in ASL some of the museum stuff at the last minute
for a few minutes before musuem closed for the day!

 

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