2017/03/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 29, 2017

— a perfect theater for deaf – no ASL, no captions, no interpreters

Is there such a thing as a perfect theater for the deaf with no
ASL, no captions, no interpreters? The Vamos Theater in
Great Britain has actors performing with masks – and with
no speech. It forces the audience to follow the action
instead of relying on voice. This theater has won
many awards. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/actors-with-masks/

 

— required to offer interpreters even when not requested

Not every deaf person asks for an interpreter even though
they obviously need one. The Administrative Office of
Pennsylvania Courts now require interpreters to be
offered in the courts if it is obvious the deaf person
needs one, even though he would deny the need. This
would prevent family members or friends to serve as
unlicensed interpreters!

 

— a “deaf” ad banned in one nation

The Consumer Complaints Council of the Advertising
Standards Council of India has banned one ad by
the Praveen Surana Deaf Cure Centre. This advertiser
promised to “remove deafness and increase hearing
capacity” and claimed to restore deafness without
an operation!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— advocacy efforts backfired
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/03/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 28, 2017

— anti-sign language hearing woman attacks deaf woman

A young deaf woman, using British Sign Language
with her friend during a train ride, was attacked
by a hearing woman. The hearing woman ran away
but her video was taken. Why was the hearing
woman angry? Was she anti-sign language?
Or did she think the deaf woman was talking
about her? Or maybe the deaf woman was using
voice while signing, annoying the hearing
woman? Anyway, the police is looking for
the hearing woman. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/video-picture-of-anti-sign-language-attacker/

 

— a joke of a prize

Chiedza Hukuimwe won the Miss Deaf Zimbabwe
pageant. Her cash reward? Just $8.50
first place prize. Already the newspapers
in Zimbabwe are angry about this joke
prize!

 

— possibility of hotel breaking ADA regulations

There was a story of a new hotel opening up in
Augusta, Georgia. It said that few rooms are
reserved for the deaf. What is going to
happen if the hotel is overbooked, and hearing
guests are given deaf rooms – and a few
minutes later a deaf guest comes in and
wants a deaf room? Is the hotel breaking
ADA regulations? This is why we have
attorneys that specialize in Disability Law.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— avoiding voice relay calls
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/03/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 27, 2017

— possible HUD funding┬ácuts could hurt the deaf

The President wants to cut funding to HUD.
If this happens, it could hurt some deaf people
that have been living in low cost homes.
We hope this never happens. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/budget-cuts-possibly-hurting-deaf/

 

— nation’s best school building maintenance person

Who will win the Cintas’s National Best Building
Maintenance Person contest? There are ten
finalists; nine of them are hearing, and
one of them is deaf – Michael Eldridge,
who watches over the maintenance of the
Deer Crossing Elementary School in
Frederick, MD. If he wins, he gets $5,000
and his school gets another $5,000 worth
of products and services for his school.
Good luck, Michael!

 

— always wondering about deaf appraiser

There was a mention in a newspaper that a deaf man
owns his own appraisal company in a small
town in New York. Just wondering. Is it a
one-man company, or does the company have
a number of employees with the deaf man
as the owner? There is a big difference
between one-man company and a bigger
company. Again, just wondering.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf device illegally helping hearing
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/03/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 24, 2017

— surviving in a competitive fashion design market

The fashion design market is extremely competitive.
Not easy for a hearing fashion designer to make it,
let alone a deaf fashion designer. Mona Thalheimer,
who is deaf, recently displayed her latest fashion
designs in New York. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/clothing-by-deaf-fashion-designer/

 

— a strange newspaper headline

A mother told a newspaper reporter:

I don’t want my child to be deaf again

Her comment became a newspaper headline.
Does the mother realize that when her
child takes off the CI, he becomes
deaf again. In fact he becomes hearing
and then deaf several times per day!

 

— feedback on Deaf ID

There was feedback on Deaf ID that was mentioned
in yesterday’s edition. A deaf woman said that
she has the DEAF word on her driver’s license
but would not have DEAF stickers and cards in
public view, not wanting robbers to follow
her home. A DeafBlind person said a similar
issue came up regarding the white cane.
Normally the cane bottom is red to identify the
person as DeafBlind. It was proposed to
change the color to candy stripes. It was
strongly opposed by the DeafBlind because of
safety concerns.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— 400 lightbulbs by Edison
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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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:
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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/