2018/09/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 21, 2018

 

— advice for retailers

a captioning consultant has this advice for
retailers – do not depend on self-captioning
software to do captions; mistakes with software
will turn off deaf (and hearing) customers.

 

— India law allows deaf to drive; does not allow them!

India allows the deaf to drive; yet separate India
states still do not allow the deaf to drive. This has
led to a clash between the government and the states
of India.

 

— a surprise Amazon announcement

A while ago DeafDigest cast doubt on Alexa helping
the deaf because of lack of captions. Now this –
Amazon has surprised us with this “Alexa Captions.”
Great for the deaf? Well, if captions are
self-automated, then we may see too many captioning
errors.

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— engineering marvels helping the deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

09/16/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
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2018/09/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 20, 2018

— Australian anti-piracy laws may kill subtitles

A group of video distributors such as Disney, 20th
Century Fox, Paramount, is pushing for anti-piracy
laws in Australia. The issue is copyrighted
material. Many of these video pirates insert
subtitles for the benefit of viewers that only
know English. These video providers do not insert
subtitles because they are not required to do so
in Australia! This is a legal minefield that may
hurt the deaf that require subtitles to legal
(as well as illegal videos)!

 

— state senator opposes hearing aid coverage

Leah Vukmir is a state senator in Wisconsin. She has
constantly opposed bills, sponsored by both parties,
to expand insurance coverage hearing aids and CI’s.
Her reason is that insurance companies cannot afford
to pay for these coverages. There is an irony. She
is a nurse. It should be assumed that nurses should
be sensitive to the accommodation needs of patients,
but apparently she isn’t. Oh, by the way, she is
a Republican U.S. Senate candidate.

 

— fierce opposition to new DC bill to require open captions

Open captioning advocates in the District of Columbia have
pushed for a bill, that was introduced by one councilmember
to require open captions in some, but not all, showings.
The bill would require multiple-screen movie theaters
to show open captions at least four showings of each
film – during peak hours and weekday evenings. Vigorously
opposing the bill is Jack Evans, DC’s most powerful
politician. He is that powerful and he often gets his
way among fellow council members.

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— CIA had a deaf intelligence officer
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

09/16/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
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2018/09/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 19, 2018

 

— interpreter’s nightmare and relief

An interpreter, assigned to interpret the speech
of a controversial political leader, was given
an advance script of his speech. A phrase, that
the politician made up, consisted of two words
that he invented. The interpreter spent all
night trying to come up with an appropriate
sign for that phrase – in a way that the deaf
in the audience would understand. What happened?
The speaker never used the phrase that he said
he would!

 

— some will; some will not, said a deaf leader

A deaf leader, who graduated from university, said:

Some professors would help me and other professors
would not. This was my first lesson in lecture
hall discrimination.

What this means – even with interpreters
some professors look down on the deaf.

 

 

— RID now looking for a new CEO

Joey Trapani has resigned the position as CEO of
the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (RID).
This resignation is effective September 28th.
The RID, once considered the Crown Jewel of
agencies and organizations serving the deaf,
will have to find a new (and an effective) CEO.
What about a deaf CEO? RID once had a deaf
CEO and that person didn’t last too long!
This does not mean a deaf person can’t run
RID. An effective deaf CEO can.

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Maryland’s long time deaf elected delegate in House of Delegates
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

09/16/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
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2018/09/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 18, 2018

 

— Deaf contestant on The Price is Right TV show

Caitlin Cunningham, who is deaf, will be participating
on The Price is Right TV show. DeafDigest is not sure
of the exact date but is told it may be on
October 19th.

 

— an app for world-wide deaf travelers

Many deaf people love to travel. Gabriel Schlieve
has come up with an app – The Rebel Traveler’s
Guide. He said this app is good for the deaf
and disabled travelers.

 

— be careful when wearing a hearing aid in the woods

A deaf woman lost her hearing aid while walking through
the woods. A low flying bird swooped over her and pulled
the hearing aid from her ear and flew away. This deaf
woman is very upset about losing an expensive hearing aid!

 

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Deaf President Now was not deaf people’s first mass protest
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

09/16/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

2018/09/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 17, 2018

 

— national law against mocking the deaf

It is unfortunate that some hearing people
mock the deaf. In the Philippines, there is
a law – Republic Act No. 9442 which makes
it a violation to mock the deaf. Not sure
if our ADA covers the “mocking” of the
deaf, but it is a violation in the
Philippines. This subject was the focus
of a web posting today.

 

— Texas deaf students may never know about Helen Keller

Helen Keller is the world’s most famous deaf-blind
person. DeafDigest is worried that deaf students
in the state of Texas may never have heard of her.
Reason is that Texas Education board members approved
removing Helen Keller from the school teaching
agenda. Why?

 

— an ugly incident at a small town restaurant

A restaurant is popular in one small town. There are
always long lines at this walk-in, no-reservations
restaurant. A deaf couple was in front of the
long line, expecting the restaurant manager to
lead them to the next available table. The manager
totally ignored the deaf couple and asked the
couple behind them to come into the restaurant.
When the deaf couple made an ugly scene, the
manager apologized and led them to another
table with a handwritten note that said
“the couple behind you made reservations.”
Yet, the restaurant had a sign that said
“no reservations” meaning the manager was
not telling the truth!

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— unavailable interpreter at sales presentation
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

09/16/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2018/09/14

— Rock Star interpreter not on TV

Jason Hurdich, a Certified Deaf Interpreter,
was a sensation in South Carolina; hearing
people watching him interpret governor’s
speeches, called him the Rock Star Interpreter.
But Jason was not on TV during recent news
coverage on the hurricane and some people
thought he just stopped interpreting. He did
not disappear, but was busy teaching ASL at
Clemson University. Oh, by the way, interpreters
are never Rock Stars; they are certified
professionals whose duty is effective
interpreting.

 

— These Deaf Super Heroes

A movie – Sign Gene, features Deaf Super
Heroes – meaning Deaf Superman, Deaf Wonderwoman,
Deaf Batman, etc. Six languages are shown in
the film – ASL, Japanese SL, Italian SL as well
as English, Japanese and Italian. It is said
that when one watches the movie, one would think
it is Deaf James Bond.

 

— bad reason for no interpreter

A deaf prisoner needed an interpreter. The prison
official refused to give him an interpeter,
insisting that written notes will do. Why
did the official refuse an interpeter. He said:

too much of a hassle to get an interpreter

This is the reason why a law suit is going on
right now.

 

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Prison officer, friend of deaf, lost his job
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

09/09/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
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2018/09/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 13, 2018

 

— big irony at a college

Barnard College, part of the Columbia University complex
in New York, was named after Frederick Barnard. He was
deaf and for a short time in his long career, taught
at American School for the Deaf and the New York
School for the Deaf before becoming the president
at Colunmbia University. The irony is that Barnard
College right now has problems with the Office
of Disability Services. For that reason, a
deaf student was not able to get accommodations
she needed!

 

— major league baseball: ears or eyes

There was a story about major league baseball players
depending on their ears to follow the ball in action.
Our deaf baseball players depend on their eyes. We’ve
had these three famous deaf major league players –
Dummy Hoy, Dummy Taylor and Curtis Pride – plus many
deaf players have played in the minor leagues.
So when hearing people say “ears” we say “eyes”

 

— captioning frustrations at a small town theater

An angry deaf movie-goer wrote a letter to a newspaper
editor, expressing her frustation with movie captions.
The manager of a multi-screen movie theater in a
small town (population 7,000) promised her that
captioning devices would be available soon. But
when she picked up the device, the screen was blank.
The manager explained that not all movies had this
captioning capability! Yet when she went to the
theater several times recently, the device continued
to be blank. She felt that the manager did not really
know how to turn on the device and gave this
“movie not designed for captions” excuse.

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— elected deaf public officials
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

09/09/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2018/09/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 12, 2018

 

— public anger forced ICE to change its mind

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ordered a
deaf man, who was living in USA for 34 years, to be deported
to Nigeria. He came to USA on a student visa to attend
a deaf school, and never went back home. He never
applied for a green card. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus
and the deaf activists screamed at ICE loud and hard.
ICE changed its mind; said the deaf man can “voluntarily”
return to his home nation. Chances are about 99.9
percent he will stay in USA.

 

— job description for bartenders

How many bars have this job description
for bartenders – that they must know how to
turn on TV captions upon request by deaf
patrons? Some TV sets and some remotes
are easy to turn on captions. Some TV
sets and some remotes very difficult to
turn on captions (but can be done). Plus
they cannot refuse requests to turn on
captions.

 

— instructions on captions or subtitles confusing

Deaf people know what is captions? Deaf people
also know what is subtitles? Anyway, on one
Japanese DVD, there are two options – English
or Japanese. If English is selected, the
Japanese language will be subtitled. But
if one selects Japanese, it will be captioned.
Normally it is the other way around, hence
the confusion!

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— a shoulder tap
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

09/09/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
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2018/09/11

 

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 11, 2018

— a rare award in a court case win

Very often when a deaf applicant for a job files a lawsuit
he may win a cash settlement but does not get the job.
This means he has to continue looking for employment
elsewhere. The Jacksons, a 7-11 type convenience store/
gas stations chain across the western states, lost
a discrimination case against a deaf applicant.
Not only the chain was fined $88,000, but also
gave the deaf applicant a job! This does not happen
too often.

 

— helping the deaf with their job human resources details

Human resources people in places of employment are supposed
to advise employees with their needs in pay checks, health
insurance, vacation hours, retirement savings, etc.
Communications with these human resources people can be
sometimes difficult for the deaf. A start-up company
has come up with an app that helps thed deaf communicate
with their human resources people. Hope it works.

 

— angry Nyle DiMarco

Nyle DiMarco is angry at “Sierra Burgess”
because the script made fun of the deaf.
He said the movie is not telling the truth
about the deaf. DeafDigest agrees with Nyle.

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— famous cocktail invented by deaf bartender
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

09/09/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

2018/09/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 10, 2018

— a lost hearing aid

A mainstreamed football player lost his hearing
aid during a game last week. Play was stopped
as players from both teams plus volunteer
fans looked on the field for the missing
hearing aid. It could not be found. The
referees then switched the end zones so
that the players would play in the opposite
direction, to avoid accidentally step on
the hearing aid. Fortunately, during half time the
lost hearing aid was found! It took place
in Massachusetts. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/the-lost-hearing-aid/

 

— a stolen road sign

Someone in Gregg Township (Pennsylvania) stole
a street sign. It was “Hearing Impaired Child” sign.
The police is not too happy about it and is
investigating the theft.

 

— maybe hearing pilots need deaf devices

A deaf device is a flashing signaler. Well,
there was a story in the “The Conversation,”
which is an on-line media. It said that
pilots often don’t hear alarms while
flying their airplanes! DeafDigest wonders
why not install flashing signalers for
them?

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— more SSDI facts
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

09/09/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/