2014/04/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 24, 2014

 

– Time magazine’s choice as most influential deaf person

The Time Magazine has come up with its annual list of
100 most influential people in the world. One deaf
person on the list is surprising – Super Bowl player
Derrick Coleman! Is he more influential than Marlee
Matlin or the NAD CEO or the Gallaudet president
or the NTID director? The playing career of a typical
NFL player is short. These players could be cut or
injured. This is not to say that Derrick will be
cut or injured – but we can never know!

 

– Marlee Matlin understands cops better than us

If you discuss police stuff with Marlee Matlin, you
will realize one thing – that she understands much more
about cops than any of us! Why? Because her husband
is a police officer. This was the point Marlee was
trying to explain in a recent video that was produced
by the American Civil Liberties Union. This video was
to explain to us what are our rights in case the police
stop and/or arrest us!

 

– a nurse that was cruel to the deaf

Nurses are supposed to be understanding when dealing with
deaf patients. Christopher Cooper, a male British
nurse wasn’t. When a deaf employee passed him in the
hallways, he would cover his mouth and say something
very inappropriate with her. With a deaf patient that
wanted a TV set, he would mock interpreters on the
screen. He would also bully other deaf employees.
He was brought up for a disciplinary hearing and
was fired, his 25-year career with the hospital
down the drain.

 

 

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2014/04/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 23, 2014

 

 

– a judge insults a deaf psychologist in email

Minnesota judge Terrence Walters is in big trouble
with the state Board on Judicial Standards for many
reasons. One big reason was that he sent an email,
which insulted a deaf psychologist that was appointed
to evaluate a deaf client. He accused the deaf
psychologist of not honestly evaluating the deaf client.
This psychologist was so angry about that accusation
that she withdrew from the case and told the state
about the judge’s misconduct. As a result, the judge
could be fired.

 

– a deaf actor in a popular TV drama thriller

Russell Harvard is a promising young deaf actor
with a growing list of acting credits (TV, movie,
stage) to his portfolio. He appeared on a TV drama
- the Rooster Prince, as the Mr. Wrench character
working with Mr. Numbers on a TV plot. This segment
is “The Rooster Prince” which in the Fargo program
that is shown Tuesday nights on the FX cable TV
network. Because of Mr. Wrench’s deafness,
Mr. Numbers had to be an interpreter throughout the
TV plot. People said this program was weird.

 

– April 30th is most important day for our captions

April 30th is the day when the TV industry must follow
new and strict FCC rules on captions. The captions
must be accurate, arrive at the same time with each
new voice dialogue, must be complete (no censorship)
and shall not block the graphics. The TV industry
will not like it but they have no choice because
of possible big fines for violations.

 

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2014/04/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 22, 2014

 

– millions of hearing people thank subtitles

Many hearing people hate captions and subtitles. But last
night millions of hearing people thanked subtitles!
A popular British TV program “Jamaica Inn” had voice and
audio problems. They could not hear the conversations
and music – there was so much buzzing and so much static.
What did they do? They turned on the subtitles – and were
able to enjoy the program. Hopefully these hearing people
understand how important captions and subtitles are to us.

 

– special shoes for the deaf-blind?

In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, there was an exhibit
of future devices and inventions. One such invention was
a special pair of shoes for the blind (hearing). It has
an attached ultrasound device. It helps alert hearing
blind walkers to obstacles while they walk with their
canes. What about vibrating pair of shoes for the
deaf-blind while they walk?

 
– cops hate hate deaf vendors?

Wenzhou is a Chinese city of about 3,000,000 people.
The cops in Wenzhou have a bad reputation for roughing
up the street vendors, which sell everything – food,
clothes, shoes, pots and pans, etc. One deaf vendor
refused to leave the area when the cops told him to
move out. As a result, they beat him up so badly that
he had to be hospitalized. The cops knew he was deaf
but it didn’t matter to them.

 

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2014/04/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 21, 2014

 

– a deaf athlete and a business sponsor

We have few deaf professional athletes. Most of them
don’t get sponsorship deals, except for Derrick
Coleman’s Duracell hearing aid batteries deal. The
Florida Marine Raiders, a professional indoor football
team (Lakeland, FL) has a deaf player – Munir
Muwwakkill. The Healthy Hearing & Balance Clinic is
a team sponsor. Audiologist T. L. Schneider owns this
business, which has worked with deaf children. An
event is planned next month to feature the team, the
deaf player, the business, and the deaf community.
Speaking of Muwwakkill, he is big – 6’3 and 335 lbs,
and played football at Western Kentucky University
and for 7-8 years with different indoor football teams.

 

– a newspaper’s best subscription salesperson

Arif Begum is a young deaf man, in his twenties. He wanted to
find a good job but no one wanted to hire him because of his
deafness. But a newspaper hired him – to sell subscriptions.
Almost immediately, he was the best salesperson in his
sales group; his sales are double of other salespeople.
He cannot speak, so how could he sell subscriptions? He uses
the social media to reach potential customers, resulting in
sales. Where is the newspaper? In Kashmir, a small nation,
located between India and Pakistan.

 

– airport’s deaf actors

Deaf actors performing at a big airport? Sort of, but not really,
but important! Oregon’s Portland International Airport will be
rehearsing a mock disaster scene next month. They need deaf
actors to play victim roles so emergency responders (police,
firemen, EMT’s) will know what to do and how to communicate
with them. These deaf actors are volunteers, not professionals.

 
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2014/04/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 18, 2014

– most important person in a major golf tournament

The Greater Gwinnett Championship golf tournament is coming
up this weekend in Duluth, Georgia. Major golf tournaments
require hundreds and hundreds of volunteers. Without these
volunteers these golf tournaments will have serious problems.
The #1 volunteer at this coming tournament is Ben Barnes, who
lives in the Washington, DC area. He is deaf and has been
working the tournament for 12 years. How important is Ben?
So important that the tournament director has paid for his
airfare between Washington, DC and Duluth, GA. If you watch
the tournament on TV you will not find him – because he is
busy working behind the scenes making golfers, fans and
tournament officials happy!

 

 

– best deaf people of art & culture in USA to get together

People of Culture, both deaf and hearing, dream of residency
opportunities. This is where they get together to discuss,
share and create new ideas in their artistic fields. This
coming June, our deaf people of Culture – dancer Antoine Hunter,
novelist Bex Freund, playwright Raymond Luczak, sculptor Jeremy
Quiroga and literature scholar Rachel Mazique (past Miss NAD)
will meet up during the Deaf Artists Residency Program in Red
Wing, Minnesota. A grant from The National Endowment for the
Arts has made this gathering possible.

 

 

– two most hated words among the deaf

What are the two most hated words that we, the deaf, are
stuck with all the time? It is “never mind” – this is
what hearing people, after talking your head off, realize
you are deaf, and they say “never mind”! This issue
was brought up in a Canadian newspaper, and spread like
wildfire.

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2014/04/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 17, 2014

– a real deaf champion or a fake deaf champion?

Sean Noone is deaf and is a professional wrestler in Great
Britain. He has been wrestling professionally for 8-9 years.
DeafDigest is not sure if he is a full time wrestler or a
part time wrestler because many pro wrestlers are part time.
Anyway he wrestles under the name Sean Midnight. Touroumon,
a pro wrestling entertainment company in Japan (just like
WWE in USA) invited him to participate in a big wrestling
tournament. He won the 2-day tournament. So, is it a real
wrestling championship or a fake wrestling championship?
Well, in Japan, pro wrestling is a very popular and a serious
sport! Sean, by the way, is not really that big, only weighs
210 lbs and stands only 5’11 tall.

 

 

– telecommunications tower hurting a deaf school?

A school for the deaf has a tall telecommunications tower
standing in the back of the building. The neighborhood
residents are not too happy about it and have staged a
protest rally demanding the removal of the tower. They
are saying that it is hazardous to everyone in the
school building and those in the neighborhood. What
is the name of the school and where is it? It is the
Federation School for the Deaf in Malaysia!

 

 

– filing a lawsuit because of a football-like tackle

Jesus Trevino, a deaf resident of Bakersfield, California,
was tackled from behind by a police officer. He could not
hear their commands, and the police thought he was a
burglar. He lost the key to his apartment and was hoping
to push the door open. Alarmed neighbors called the police,
saying Jesus was a burglar. The tackle broke his arm and
wrist and sent him to hospital with large medical bills.
As a result he has filed police brutality lawsuit against
the Bakersfield Police Department.

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2014/04/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 16, 2014

– a deaf person becomes president of a college

Jane K Fernandes, who is deaf, was selected to be the
next president of Guilford College in North Carolina.
Her first day on the job is July 1st. She was selected
to be Gallaudet president only to face campus unrest.
It forced the board to rescind her appointment. Why
Guilford and why not Gallaudet? It is a matter of
right fit – hearing people felt she was the right fit
for Guilford while deaf people felt she was a wrong fit
for Gallaudet. Right and wrong fits happens everywhere
with many leaders in colleges, businesses and corporations.

 

 

– hope for Deaf Stamp in 2017

Will there be a new Deaf Stamp in 2017? This is the
year the American School for the Deaf (West Hartford, CT)
(ASD) will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of Deaf
Education in America. Spearheading the drive is Kenneth
S Rothschild and Albert Hlibok. They met up with a group in
West Hartford (Ed Peltier, Harvey Corson and Jeff Bravin)
to work on a proposal for the United States Postal Service’s
Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to review. If all
goes well, the stamp would be shown on April 15, 2017.

 

– A big corporation helping the deaf in sports

In USA, our Deaflympics group is broke. Big American corporations
do not donate a cent to our deaf athletic groups, while they
donate millions of dollars to help the hearing athletes in the
Olympics. Well, in India, which is known for discriminating
against the deaf, the USHA International is becoming a corporate
partner of the All India Cricket Association for the Deaf.
Cricket is wildly popular in India as much as baseball is
in USA. What is USHA International? It is just like the
Procter & Gamble Co. in USA? Why not Procter & Gamble Co
help our deaf sports? They will laugh very hard at our faces!

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2014/04/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 15, 2014

– $3,000 for a free deaf puppy

A dog shelter is giving away a deaf puppy for
free, but it is not really free because the
cost is about $3,000! Free or pay? Both!
The dog shelter is in Australia, and the
deaf puppy is of the Australian blue cattle dog
breed. A deaf couple in USA wanted to adopt that
deaf puppy. The cost of transporting the deaf
puppy by airplane is $3,000! Worth it? Yes, says
the deaf couple, one of them that works at a
deaf school.

 

– a boxing club in Idaho

There is a boxing club in Pocatello, Idaho. The name
of the club is KC Boxing. This club currently has
about ten boxers that are in training on a daily
basis. The owner of the club is Casey McCreery,
a former boxer. And he is deaf. He stays in touch
with his boxers via text messages. He and a
trainer work together with their boxing stable.
Some of them have won medals at boxing events.

 

– how did Phyllis Frelich get the big Broadway role?

Phyllis Frelich was at Gallaudet during the sixties
when it was a Golden Era for deaf entertainment – Linda
Bove, Ed Waterstreet, Peter Wolf, Juliana Fjeld,
Jane Norman, Sam Edwards, John Corrado and few others.
Phyllis thought she could not get a role because of
her deafness. She met Robert Steinberg, a Broadway
scene and lightning designer. Realizing she wanted
a chance to act, he discussed this with playwright
Mark Medoff. That was how Mark came up with a play
specifically for a deaf actress. Because of Medoff,
Deaf Entertainment was never the same! Incidentally
Steinberg became Phyllis’ husband and they were
married for 46 years.

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2014/04/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 14, 2014

– a blind boyfriend communicates with a deaf girlfriend

In Kennewick, Washington, Alejandro Vazquez is
hearing and is blind. Janie Gaunt is deaf. They
have been together for over ten years. How do
they communicate? Janie, while stuck with a dead
CI, tries to lipread. And when she uses sign
language she has to get in front of Alejandro’s
face so he can see her face with his very limited
vision. Other times, they use Facebook to
communicate with each other. They do not like these
jokes about the deaf and the blind talking to each other!

 

– Antiques Roadshow and the deaf

The TV program – Antiques Roadshow – is very popular
among people that love antiques. A recent showing
had appraisers looking at antiques in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana. A woman wanted to have an appraisal of
painting of her great-great-great grandfather
that was done during the 1700′s. The appraiser
was very excited – because it was the painting of
the deaf artist John Brewster, Jr. It was valued
at $15,000. How often do we find deaf artists with
their paintings shown on the TV program?

 

– state laws and our interpreters

DeafDigest mentioned that interpreters in Arkansas
must be certified while classroom interpreters do
not need to be certified. Why? A past director of
state commission for the deaf and hard of hearing
said that state departments of education would not
allow other state agencies to certify school
interpreters. Turf wars? Possibly! And who suffers?
Our deaf children attending these mainstreamed
programs.

 

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2014/04/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 11, 2014

 
– the NFL teams that are interested in Gallaudet’s Adham Talaat

Adham Talaat had a private workout session on the Gallaudet
campus with scouts from different NFL teams watching him.
Who were these NFL teams? Washington, Tennessee, Indianapolis,
Oakland, Arizona, San Diego and Chicago. There was another
team but DeafDigest does not know who it was. NFL draft takes
place on May 8 thru May 10. If he is not drafted, then hopefully
he will be offered a free agent contract.

 

– remembering Phyllis Frelich

Great deaf actress Phyllis Frelich just departed us. Many of
us will remember her for her Tony Award winning role in
the “Children of a Lesser God” as well as for her leading
role in the made-for-TV movie “Love is Never Silent.” Yet
what was her greatest role? It was in a TV sitcom, Barney 
Miller (very popular during the eighties). She played the
role of a prostitute that was arrested and brought to the
police station. Deaf actor Peter Wolf was in that sitcom and
they both made everyone laugh with these communication
misunderstandings because of lack of an interpreter.
Only one cop could fingerspell. Needless to say, it was
Phyllis that paved the way for Marlee Matlin’s successful
career as well as for other deaf actors and actresses.

 

– hearing aid, no, but expensive engagement ring, yes

A husband and wife, both attorneys, have a deaf daughter.
Their marriage broke up. The husband turned down wife’s
request for $12,000 to purchase hearing aids for their
daughter. Yet, he spent $215,000 on an engagement ring
for his new girl friend. It made the wife so angry that
an engagement ring was more important than hearing aids
that she badmouthed his law firm, causing his law business
to go bad. As a result, the judge awarded her less money,
saying the law firm could not afford more money! The
father, however, realized his mistake and decided to buy
her these hearing aids afterwards!

 
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