2017/03/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 23, 2017

— a most unusual police officer

Dana Fuller is a police officer with the Port
Authority. It is an agency, a partnership between
New York and New Jersey that oversees the
inter-state transportation system (bridges,
tunnels, airports, bus terminals, and seaports).
Dana is fluent with ASL, probably one of the
nation’s most fluent signing police officers.
He is a Coda. He is a RID member. He is a former
high school ASL instructor and is currently
a part-time university ASL instructor. We
probably may not find too many, if any,
police officers with an extensive ASL background.
His ASL skills came in handy one day when a
car of deaf passengers had an accident near
one of the tunnels!

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/asl-fluent-port-authority-police-officer/

 

— last living graduate of a long-closed deaf school

The Northern New York School for the Deaf located
in Malone, NY, opened in 1890 and closed up for
good in 1943. During its peak years in the twenties
and early thirties, 130 students were enrolled.
Are any of these students still living? Myrtle
Herron Tellier, one of the last graduates,
passed away few days ago. It is believed she
was the last living graduate of the Malone school.
A bloc of these graduates lived in the Syracuse, NY
area right up to seventies and eighties.

 

— like Deaf ID card or hate it

Do deaf people like Deaf ID card or hate it?
There was a story of the Deaf Community in the
Quad Cities (Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa,
and Rock Island and Moline in Illinois) about
these Deaf ID cards. Some deaf people love it.
Some deaf people hate it. DeafDigest editor
hates it, by the way!

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— better to be deaf or better to be criminal
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

2017/03/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 22, 2017

— deaf children in yellow school buses

Deaf schools transport local deaf children to classes
in yellow school buses. It is always scary when
there are bus accidents. It happened to one deaf
school last week. Aand even worse – more scary when
such school buses pass red stop signs! An angry driver
took a video of a deaf school bus that passed a stop
sign! The video went viral. The deaf school is
looking into it. The school bus, however was
contracted to the deaf school by a local school
bus company. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/yellow-school-bus-accident/

 

— a comment from a national association on 911

The National Emergency Number Association made
this comment – that many local 911 systems are
very difficult for many deaf people to use.
This national association is fighting to improve
ease of 911 for use by the deaf during emergencies.

 

— Derrick Coleman signs a new NFL contract

Derrick Coleman, who won a Super Bowl with the
Seattle Seahawks, did not play football last
season because of legal and medical issues.
He is coming back, signing a contract to play
for the Atlanta Falccons. We will see if he
makes the final cut prior to the 2017 season-
opening kickoff. Oh, by the way, he is deaf.

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— school for deaf, miraculous recovery
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/03/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 21, 2017

— more on University of California interpreter issue

DeafDigest previously mentioned that University of
California refused to give an interpreter for
a deaf Canadian woman who was a visiting student.
It was learned that the university did not have
an interpreter that were skilled with ASL signs
that are needed for her research for her
doctorate. Lousy interpreter, yes, but
skilled interpreter, no! As a result, her
classmates are staging a protest in support
of this deaf student. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/stuck-with-bad-interpreter/

 

— bulbs for deaf waiters

More restaurants in Asia are hiring deaf
waiters. In one restaurant in India, all tables
have flashing light bulbs. When a hearing
diner wants to order something from the
menu, he pushes the button and the bulb
goes on. DeafDigest wonders why cannot the
hearing diner just wave his hands?

 

— deaf person works with street traffic

Dean Humphreys, a deaf man from Hounslow,
part of London, Great Britain, has a job
as a traffic technician. He studies
the traffic patterns to determine
if more traffic lights should be installed
or to change the “clock” on current
traffic lights – long wait or short wait
on red lights, etc. He also looks at
road construction crews to seee if it
slows up the traffic. This is a
demanding job. No one likes to be
stuck in a traffic jam.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— mistake to tease the deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

2017/03/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 20, 2017

 
— a survey of employers

A group of hearing students at Nanyang Technological
University (in Singapore) ran a survey, querying
nearly 100 companies. A simple question was asked –
would you hire the deaf? Fifty percent of these
employers said they wouldn’t. Why? Communication
concerns with customers, supervisors and fellow
employees. Is it any better in USA? A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/frustrated-deaf-jobseeker/

 

— strange newspaper headline

A Malaysian newspaper headline said:

Challenges of a part-time sign language interpreter

The part time interpreter explained that deaf people
do not often ask for interpreters, and also that
their homes are scattered everywhere. As a result,
not too much of demand for interpreters!

 

— 63-year old deaf man runs away from home

A deaf man, 63 years old, ran away from home,
spending all of his time at the police station
in a town of 23,000 people. He was a go-fer,
errand boy, traffic controller, paper boy,
courier, etc. He had been doing these
voluntary tasks for 20 years for no pay.
His family finally found him and forced
him to come home. He wasn’t too happy about it.
Only in India could it happen! Very possibly
he was abused or ignored at home and wanted
to out of that atmosphere.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Parole board discrimination
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

2017/03/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 17, 2017

— British MP uses sign language during a session

Labour MP Dawn Butler used British Sign Language
during a session at the House of Commons.
She wanted British Sign Language to
be given equal status as with other languages –
English, Welsh, Cornish and Gaelic. After she
sat down, MP’s of all parties stood up to
a loud applause. Will it become an official
language? The House of Commons is the lower
house and the upper house – the House of the
Lords tend to look down on the lower House!
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/sign-language-at-house-of-commons/

 

— Gallaudet’s Seven Year Itch

Gallaudet had a Seven Year Itch, and it has
nothing to do with personal relationships.
Only it had something to do with the big
announcement that the university will be
offering a new major in Public Health.
Seven years ago, then-new president Alan
Hurwitz made a new Public Health major
as one of his primary goals. Rome wasn’t
built in a day, though, and it took seven
years for Hurwitz’s dream to reach reality
by the next Gallaudet administration.
DeafDigest is very happy about it for it
offers Gallaudet students another possible
career choice.

 

— two hearing people communicating in ASL

There was a debate – is it OK for two hearing
people to communicate with each other in ASL
in public? Well, interpreters do that often.
Coda classmates in public schools do that
often. And there was a small scandal at the
old Chicago Mercantile Exchange years ago
when two Coda traders used ASL to communicate
with each other on the trading floor! While
they were not fired, they were disciplined.

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Chopped Deaf Chef
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

Harris Communication announcements – Deaf Seniors of America Houston
ASL link is at:
https://youtu.be/yoUYHs70qKM

text announcement is at:
http://deafdigest.com/harris-dsa-houston-booth/

2017/03/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 16, 2017

— Deafville in Texas

Deafville in Texas? Not in Austin or Dallas or
Houston – but in El Paso, which is just across
Mexico and also of New Mexico. It is located
in Northwest El Paso, and so far, 30 lots have
been sold. Cost of living? $800 per month
condos; $1,200 per month town houses;
and houses from $175,00 to $300,000.
Ideal for deaf? Always someone to use
sign language with. But there are people that
crave big cities (New York, Chicago, Los
Angeles, etc). There are people that crave
smaller towns. Depends on individual
tastes. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/texas-deafville/

 

— national magazine says 911 useless for deaf

Mother Jones is a national magazine that focuses
on politics, the environment, human rights, and culture.
This most recent edition ran a headline that said:

911 Is Practically Useless for Millions of People. Here’s Why

While the article is long – the key point is that
too much time is lost with deaf people that use 911
via text as compared to hearing people that use
911 via voice.

 

— interpreters are not rock stars

Rock star interpreters? It is a wrong phrase
and should not be used at all. Interpreters
help bridge communication gaps between the
deaf and hearing. This is their sole mission.
Yes, hearing people, who have never seen an
interpreter, are fascinated by these
“beautiful” signs that they really do not
understand. This is why they point at some
interpreters as rock stars. The phrase
rock star is reserved for movie stars
and singers and certainly not interpreters!

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Coast Guard Auxiliary
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

Harris Communication announcements – Deaf Seniors of America Houston
ASL link is at:
https://youtu.be/yoUYHs70qKM

text announcement is at:
http://deafdigest.com/harris-dsa-houston-booth/

2017/03/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 15, 2017

— new wine by a famous deaf person

Nyle DiMarco, who rocketed to fame with wins at the
Dancing with the Stars and the America’s Top Model
is entering a new venture – winemaking business. The
wine is Signature Series 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet
Sauvignon. Part of sales proceeds will go into his
new foundation. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/nyle-deaf-wine/

 

— extreme attorney greed

Is there such a thing as Extreme Attorney Greed?
Well, there was a short posting of a deaf teacher’s
ADA lawsuit over school board refusal to provide
her with an interpreter. There were two trials.
The first trial, which resulted in a hung
jury, netted the attorney $$46,333 in legal
fees. The second trial netted this same attorney
$44,987 in legal fees. What about the
deaf teacher? The second trial just netted
her $310.00, earmarked for her medical fees.
In other words, the teacher got nothing
whereas the attorney netted over $91.000!

 

— deaf attorney trapped into a scam

A deaf attorney, working on a case with
another attorney, was trapped into a
scam! Someone hacked into deaf attorney’s
email box and sent out a fake message
regarding that case. The deaf attorney
opened that email, thinking it was
related to the case they were working
on. As a result, this scam resulted in
emails to people on deaf attorney’s
private email list. The deaf attorney
had to spend hours cleaning up the mess.
We can only hope there were no lasting
damages as a result of that scam.

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf wine (in the past)
http://deafdigest.com/picture-of-deaf-wine/

3/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

Harris Communication announcements – Deaf Seniors of America Houston
ASL link is at:
https://youtu.be/yoUYHs70qKM

text announcement is at:
http://deafdigest.com/harris-dsa-houston-booth/

2017/03/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 14, 2017

— University of California problems with the deaf

Does University of California (at Berkeley) have
problems with the deaf? Three deaf issues involved
the university. For years until 1980, the university
next door neighbor was California School for the
Deaf. The university said the deaf school property
sat on an earthquake fault and had to be moved out.
When the deaf school moved to Fremont, the university
immediately seized the land as their own! Then just
few weeks ago the university took down the online
videos to avoid paying for captioning costs. And
now this – refusing to give interpreters for a
deaf woman who was a visiting student from
Canada. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/no-interpreter-for-deaf-visiting-student/

 

— a big College Board SAT mess with the deaf

A deaf junior at a mainstreamed program made arrangements
for an interpreter to show up for his SAT exam. Yet
the interpreter never showed up and the SAT people
told the deaf student he must bring his own interpreter!
As a result, the student’s mother was forced to
interpret for her son during the exam. You guessed it,
the mother was not that really skilled with ASL. The
College Board apologized for the interpreting mess.

 

— a rare small town deaf organization growth

People say that in small towns deaf organizations
are dying for lack of membership numbers. This may
be true – but there is a feel-good story. The
Hutchinson Association of the Deaf (Kansas), in
existence for many years, was in danger of closing
up because of low numbers. Then something happened.
New people came on board with ideas of hosting special
events. It helped – from 12 people showing up in
the past; the latest event attracted 42 people coming
from different towns. They agreed on a name change
– Kansas South Central Association of the Deaf.
They agreed on a new board of directors. Things are
looking up right now.

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— ASL interpreters helping ASL teachers
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

Harris Communication announcements – Deaf Seniors of America Houston
ASL link is at:
https://youtu.be/yoUYHs70qKM

text announcement is at:
http://deafdigest.com/harris-dsa-houston-booth/

 

2017/03/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 13, 2017

— unusual deaf taxi

Denish Komakech, who is deaf, earns a good living
in Uganda by driving an unusual taxi. To take a
look at that unusual taxi, go to:

http://deafdigest.com/taxi-in-uganda/

 

— USA Deaflympics chief steps down

USA Deaflympics chief Jack Lamberton resigned. Taking over
on a temporary basis is Jeff Salit. How and to what extent
would it affect the USA’s preparation with the upcoming
Deaflympics? We do not know and so, just stay tuned!

 

— impossible to lipread some languages

Could every spoken language be lipread by
expert lipreaders? There was a TV story of
some languages in Africa that are spoken by
click-tongue sounds. Something to do with
air being pushed into mouth between certain
words. Click-tongue languages lipreadable?
Don’t know!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— growth of deaf employees in coffee chain
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/03/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 10, 2017

— weird reason for delay on deaf-friendly apartments

In Plymouth, a city of some 230,000 people in
Great Britain, the city planners delayed approval
of deaf-friendly apartments that were proposed by
the Plymouth Deaf Association. It was delayed because
some hearing neighbors didn’t like the new design
of the parking area! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/british-deaf-friendly-apartments-proposal/

 

— a fact about Canadian Hearing Society staffers on strike

It was just learned that while the staffers with the
Canadian Hearing Society are on strike (as mentioned
few days ago by DeafDigest), approximately 90 percent
of them are deaf! (deaf, oral deaf, late deafened
or hard of hearing, whatever). They have said they
were not getting employee health benefits from
the service agency. How disappointing!

 

— fake-deaf actor admits a big risk

Ram Charan is a popular hearing actor in India,
having starred in many Bollywood movies. He
likes to take acting risks – one such risk is
playing a fake-deaf role. He admitted it was
a big risk – because he would be typecast
forever as a fake-deaf actor. No actor likes
to be typecast because it is a career-killer!
For some reason, Bollywood producers just would
not cast a real-deaf actor in a deaf role.

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— manager of banking branch office
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/5/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/