2016/08/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 26, 2016

 

— world’s most dangerous city to drive a cab

Are there licensed deaf cab drivers in New York
City? We are not talking about deaf Lyfft
and Uber drivers but of real cab drivers.
There is one that is deaf – Yuriy Grinman.
To help with his work, he uses taxi-hailing
app for customers to pick their destinations.
He said – “I see the noise of New York – but
I don’t have to hear it”. His picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/licensed-new-york-deaf-cab-driver/

 

— high speed testing of deaf

Newly born babies now routinely go through hearing
tests. How long does a hearing test take? Just
12 seconds according to a testing center in
Australia.

 

— Marlee teaches deaf how to deal with police

There have been too many ugly deaf-police
incidents. The American Civil Liberties Union
has contracted with Marlee Matlin to produce
a video on how should a deaf person deal with
the police. This is important during traffic
stops and arrests. What does Marlee know about
the police? Her husband is a police officer!

 

 

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2016/08/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 25, 2016

 

— Starbucks’ best barista is deaf

Starbucks has been hiring more deaf people as
baristas, preparing coffees and cold refreshment
drinks for demanding customers. Who is the
best Deaf Barista? It is Banny M.H. Choi, a
deaf Korean woman. She won a Starbucks
Barista contest, beating out other competing
baristas. A picture of her is at:

http://deafdigest.com/starbucks-best-deaf-barista/

 

— deaf jobs survey accurate or false

There was a survey that said 25 percent of
employed deaf people quit their jobs because
of discrimination. This survey took place
in Great Britain. This survey accurate or
false? Many people quit their jobs because
of abusive bosses, no matter if these
employees are deaf or hearing. Very often
a deaf person does not realize that his
abusive boss is also abusive to hearing
employees! This is why DeafDigest does not
trust the survey results.

 

— thrown out for wearing a hearing aid

A deaf girl, a member of her school 6th grade
basketball team in Kentucky, was thrown out of
the game. The referee would not allow her to
play while wearing a hearing aid! Her angry
mother personally confronted the referee.
After reviewing the rules, the referee allowed
her back in the game! The conference then
sent a notice to all referees and participating
schools that hearing aids are allowed.

 

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2016/08/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 24, 2016

— a deaf speed artist

We know about speed chess, where chess players
make their moves within seconds, instead of
deciding a long time before making next moves.
Speed artist? Well, Victor Sitali, who is deaf
and from Zambia, is a speed artist. He was seen
completing a portrait in just seven minutes.
As a matter of comparison, deaf portrait artist
William Sparks took months to complete a
portrait of past NAD executive director
Frederick C. Schreiber that was hung at
NAD headquarters. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-speed-artist/

 

— a different interpreter training program

There is a serious shortage of interpreters
in USA. One state is coming up with a different
approach to training new interpreters. These
interpreting students are prisoners in Louisiana!
They become friends with deaf inmates, learn
some ASL from them, and then sign up for
interpreter training program (inside the
prison walls)! First they do practice
interpreting for deaf inmates and then they
hopefully will get intepreting jobs when they
get out of prison.

 

— a big rancher in Texas was a deaf man

Texas, a big state, has many big ranches – thousands
of acres. One of these big ranches was started by
a deaf man – Burnell Butler. He moved his family
from Mississippi to South Texas around 1850 to set
up a ranching business. This ranch survived hard
times and continued to exist right up to the
late 1930’s. This seems to be the first story
of a deaf big rancher that DeafDigest has ever heard of.

 

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2016/08/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 23, 2016

 
— a deaf first in Japan

Kawakami Kei, a deaf Japanese woman, has
achieved a first in Japan. She has become
the first Deaf Certified Interpreter (CDI)
in her nation! Coming from a deaf family
Japanese Sign Language is her primary
language. She went to Gallaudet and
earned a degree in Deaf Studies and
Interpreting. She then obtained her
CDI certificate from RID. A picture of
her is at:

http://deafdigest.com/first-cdi-in-japan/

 

— deaf-hate crime in California

Doug Vigil, who is deaf, is one of the candidates for
the seat on Stockton Unified Board of Education.
Apparently there are people in Stockton that hate
the deaf because they sprayed anti-deaf comments
on the sidewalk in front of his house. The police
is investigating.

 

— perfect deaf speech not worth it

A deaf man has speech that is so perfect
that all hearing people understand him.
Is it worth it to have perfet speech?
A deaf man in Great Britain was not able
to get disability income. The social
service agency felt this man was faking
his deafness because of his perfect
speech!

 

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08/21/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/08/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 22, 2016

 

— USA’s first deaf-owned brewery

We have a deaf-owned brewery in New Zealand,
but not so in USA. This will change.
Ian Cameron, who is deaf, is opening up
his own brewery in East Mesa, Arizona.
Name of the brewery is Lochiel Brewing
Company. His ancestors are from Scotland,
hence the reason for the name – Lochiel.
Some of the beers he plans to brew is
Scottish-style ale and extra-special bitter.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/america-first-deaf-owned-brewery/

 

— possible DeafTown in Pennsylvania

We have had several failed DeafTown
efforts. Will there be a DeafTown
in Pennsylvania, in the Pocono
region? There was a announcement, though
a quiet one, by a deaf organization
about their planned DeafTown. They
said they are working with realtors,
developers, and investors right now.
While the exact location in the Pocono
region is not publicly known, DeafDigest
editor knows of a deaf person that
owns a large piece of land in the
area.

 

— deafness was reason for not-guilty verdict

In Great Britain, two deaf sisters committed
a horrific crime. They were arrested and
went through a court trial. Everyone felt
they would be convicted and sentenced to
lifetime prison terms. The judge let them
go, all charges dropped. His reason –

they are deaf and would have problems dealing
with hardened convicts in a prison
atmosphere.

The Deaf Community isn’t too happy about it.

 

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2016/08/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 19, 2016

 

— Hearing Australians hate sign language on TV

Australian Rules Football is as popular
in Australia as much as NFL is in USA.
Coming up soon is the Grand Final
(just like our Super Bowl). Deaf fan
Ramas McRae has filed a complaint with the
Australian Human Rights Commission because
the Australian football people would not
hire an interpreter for the Grand Final
on TV. The league said captions is enough.
Word got around and hearing people becamse
abusive towards the deaf on social media.
One of the comments was this –

You moron, are you stupid? Are you paying
for the interpreter or is the taxpayer
paying for it? There are bigger issues
in the world then an interpreter

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/australian-abuse-towards-the-deaf/

 

— a 911 call lacked an important detail

Earlier this month, someone in Kentucky called 911
for police assistance involving a man who was
getting violent in an apartment. Police arrived
and yelled at the man to drop his weapon. The
man didn’t, and was out of control. Police shot
him and he died. The 911 caller never told
the dispatcher that the man was deaf; the police
had no way of knowing of the man’s deafness.
A real tragedy.

 

— Uber’s hypocrisy

Is Uber a big hypocrite? Not too many months ago
Uber was touting the deaf drivers the company
has hired. Abd said it is still pushing for more
of them to hire. Now this – Uber is trying to
put self-driving vehicles on the streets,
beginning in Pittsburgh. If this plan expands
nationawide, then what will Uber do with the
deaf drivers they said they were proud to hire?

 

 

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2016/08/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 18, 2016

 

— interesting lawsuit on discrimination

We have many deaf referees and umpires in many sports
for many years. One of them – Chris Miller is a
basketball referee in high level college basketball.
Anyway, these game officials often need to attend
clinics – some with interpreters, some without.
Lawsuits on no interpreters? Jonathan Breuer
is a softball umpire in New Jersey; he has
requested interpreters for clinics he was
required to attend. After being repeatedly
turned down, he then filed a lawsuit.
His attorney – Andrew Rozynski is a Coda
whose father is a long time softball
umpire. This aspect is interesting.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/lawsuit-by-deaf-umpire/

 

— deaf nightmare in Louisiana

Louisiana has been threatened with flooding.
This state has many deaf residents, and they
own houses that floods have threatened.
Said a hearing neighbor of a deaf family
that lives nearby:

We have a deaf couple; t“They were stucks
in. Obviously they can’t use cellphones
even when they turn back on. There was
nothing they could do neither one could
talk. We communicated best they could
which is really a notepad and a pen.
That’s about all we had.”

 
Very difficult for interpreters to
reach flood sites and so, deaf people
are dependent on generous hearing
neighbors!

 

— the Helen Keller mystery

One the most powerful organizations in
USA is the American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU). Many web sites credit Helen Keller
as one of the ACLU founders. Was she
really? The ACLU said:

Founded in 1920 by Roger Baldwin, Crystal
Eastman, Walter Nelles, Morris Ernst, Albert
DeSilver, Arthur Garfield Hays, Jane Addams,
Felix Frankfurter, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.

Keller’s name is not on the list of founders.
This is a mystery!

 

 

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2016/08/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 17, 2016

 

— cost of caption glasses

The owner of a movie theater in Montana said that caption
glasses have been often been requested by deaf patrons.
He explained that the cost is $1,000 each, and the
whole captioning system around $12,000. He wasn’t
complaining, just stating as a matter of fact. A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/cost-of-glasses/

 

— confession of a casino card dealer

A casino card dealer wrote an article,
anonymously, in a gambling magazine.
He said that deaf participants at
card tables are at a disadvantage –
they cannot hear whining, grumbling
and moaning from hearing card players
that would reveal whether their hands
are good or bad. This is the reason
why we have deaf-only poker tournaments!

 

— explaining Gesture Sign Language

Gesture Sign Language? If you are in
Madrid, you will see a lot of gesturing
by hearing people on the streets. Apparently
each word has its own gesture! Is it
Sign Language? No, but looks like one.
On the BBC News program yesterday,
Mary Civiello, not deaf and owner of
Civiello Communications Group, was
interviewed regarding Donald Trump’s
habit of gesturing and over-gesturing.
Some of Trump’s over-gesturing looks
like ASL, but again, it is not.
Civiello, however, made no mention
of ASL or of sign language during
her interview.

 

 

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2016/08/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 16, 2016

 

— a famous deaf person joins a famous show

The Chippendales is a popular entertainment-type
show featured in New York, Las Vegas and
Hollywood. It started in 1979 and has continued
strong whereas other entertainment shows have
closed up. Anyway, hot deaf celebrity Nyle
DiMarco will be joining the Chippendale cast
at Las Vegas. A big question – will this
show be interpreted? A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/picture-of-past-performance/

 

— another movie captioning lawsuit with a strange twist

Yet another movie captioning lawsuit – filed
against the Celebration!s Cinema in Benton Harbor,
in the southwestern part of Michigan. The
twist, strange however, is that the theater
owner said he was “waiting” for review by
the Department of Justice on “updated”
movie captioning standards! Government
moves very slow, and so, why didn’t the
movie theater owner do his own research
to learn what standards other theaters
have on their movie captions?

 

— a scary comment by a deaf owner of a house

A deaf man showed the police the bullet holes
near his house in Chattanooga, TN. There was
a shooting at a nearby house, but the bullets
flew everywhere. He explained that he could
not hear the firing and would not be able
to hide to protect himself. He did see the
flashing police lights with so many people
out on the street but no one came over to
him to explain what was going on. He has
lived in the house all by himself for over
10 years but is not close to his neighbors.
When this happens anywhere, then deaf
people are scared.

 

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2016/08/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 15, 2016

 
— big supermarket chain says no to deaf hiring

James Blake, a British deaf teenager, applied for a
part time job at Asda. It is one of the biggest
supermarket chains in Great Britain. A question
on the job application form asked to fill out
all disabilities. He filled out the word – deaf.
When he arrived at the job interview, he was told
that Asda does not hire deaf people. This story
hit the newspapers and the web sites, thus
embarrassing Asda. They told him to come back
for another interiew. Instead, James applied
for a job at Sainsbury, which is Asda’s chief
competitor, and was hired! James is still
angry with Asda, and may file a formal
complaint. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/big-supermarket/

 

— police helping the deaf

Police departments, unfortunately, are not
popular in many communities. And many deaf
people feel police is hostile to them.
Well, a deaf man walked to the sheriff’s
office in Okeechobee County (Florida)
needing assistance. He thought someone
stole his social security check. The
sheriff communicted with him via written
notes. It was a long story but to make it
short, the police helped the man solve
this missing check problem. No interpreter?
Apparently the deaf man didn’t ask for it.

 

— frustrated British interpreters

Interpreters are frustrated in Great
Britain. They want to help the deaf
but cannot. An example is a government
social service agency telling the deaf
client he cannot get an apartment
because he didn’t qualify. Another
is telling the deaf client that the
interpreting assignment has ended
(because of time limits). This story
was written up in a British newspaper.

 

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