2014/09/01

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 1, 2014

 

– Starbuck wants to hire the deaf

Starbuck wants to hire the deaf. To hire them as
coffee baristas? No. It is not Starbucks, but
Starbuck Machining Company in Holland, Michigan.
Rich Starbuck, who owns the company, already has
one deaf employee and has paid for interpreter.
He said in a newspaper story that he wishes to hire
more – but very difficult to find those that
are qualified as machinists.

 
– a deaf attorney that financial cheats hate!

Attorney Robert Hunter is deaf. He specializes
in fighting and solving financial frauds. If you
have read all about the Madoff Ponzi Billion
Dollar frauds, this is an example of what
he does for a living. If there is a Deaf Fraud,
then he will fight it. Where is he and which law
firm he works for? He is a partner with the Herbert
Smith Freehills global law firm. He works out of the
branch in Great Britain, sorry not in USA.

 

 

– the world’s best deaf chef

Who is the World’s Best Deaf Chef? We will find out
on November 7th and 8th. A new event – Deaf Chef 2014
is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Noted Deaf
Chef Kurt Ramborger has been invited and he has
accepted. Sponsoring this event is Allehånde Køkken,
Denmmark’S #1 food services vendor. More information
about this event will be announced sometime this month.

 

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2014/08/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 29, 2014

 
– 3D helping the deaf in one way

We have read all about 3D, but the question is – how
can it help the deaf? In the case of Brendon Borellini,
the deaf-blind photographer, mentioned in a past
DeafDigest edition, it has. With a picture that Brendon
cannot see but has shot, 3D creates lifted surfaces.
He can feel these surfaces to know the background and
the environment. Why did he take up photography? At
first, it was just a joke, but it became a strong
interest with him.

 

– sign language hooked up to the web

A group of German computer scientists is working
on a project – sign language avatars (cartoon-looking
characters). These sign language characters would
“listen” to audio sounds and translate them into
sign language. Will it work? Yes, according to a
deaf consultant that is on the sign language
avatar design team. DeafDigest editor is a bit
skeptical – because different American accents
may cause wrong gestures to be signed out in ASL.
Also there are different regional signs for the
same word. Just wait and see.

 

– deaf people had hearing aid problems in late 1880′s

The early hearing aids, in the late 19th century, were
heavy and had to be carried by hands. The batteries were
also big and heavy. It created problems for the deaf,
not because they had to concentrate while listening
to sounds, but because they couldn’t sign when carrying
the hearing aids! Fortunately, hearing aids got smaller
and smaller over the years.

 
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2014/08/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 28, 2014

 
– Did Switched at Birth TV fail the deaf?

The TV program Switched at Birth is considered
a success. But is it really a failure with us?
The program director, program writers, program
producer, program cameramen, program make up
artists, etc – are all hearing. The stars
are deaf but the crew are hearing. Success or
failure?

 
– Deaf Vibrations and Hearing Vibrations

Vibrations mean different things to different
people. Deaf percussionist Eve Glennie uses
vibrations to make a success out of her musical
performances. A physician that works with
tumors uses his own vibrations to help him
locate these danger spots. A sonic therapist
uses vibrations to help reduce pain and to
improve memory. Anyway this musician, physician
and therapist were guests in a recent British
TV show to explain their own versions of these
vibrations.

 

– Canada cruel to a deaf patient

A deaf man traveled 450 miles in the Newfoundland
between his home and the hospital for an
appointment for a heart surgery. This appointment
was made 8 months in advance. While Canada offers
free medical services, waiting lists can be long.
Upon arriving at the hospital, he was told the
operation cannot be scheduled because of lack of
beds! He had to return home with a wasted trip.
The Canadian newspapers made a big stink over
the way the hospital treated this deaf man.

 

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2014/08/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 27, 2014

 
– A name for the Bison, Gallaudet’s mascot

The Gallaudet Bison, for many years, never had
a name – just the Bison. Now it has a new name -
Wilma, and it is a real-live Bison roaming
the grounds of the National Zoo (DC). Why Wilma?
To honor past Gallaudet graduate and current
member of Board of Trustees Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen.
A resident of South Africa, she serves in her
nation’s Parliament. Is the Bison deaf? Very
much doubt so! Her picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-picture-deaf-politician-wilma-newhoudt-druchen/

 

 

– Burma army beats up a deaf person

Burma is an Asian nation, near Bangladesh, India,
China, Laos and Thailand. This country has a repuation
for suppressing the basic needs of its citizens. Recently,
during a public protest, the Army told the crowd to
scatter and go home. One person didn’t – and he was
brutally beaten up. That person is deaf and would not
know the military people were barking at him. As
usual, the government didn’t care what happened.

 
– a baseball rule that hurts the deaf!

A strange baseball rule – the umpire was not permitted
to shout a strike without telling the batter first
about it. A hearing batter would hear the strike first
before the umpire shouted it out. But a deaf batter would
cause communication problems with the umpire. What rule
is it? Where is it in the rule book? Relax – this was
the rule between 1858 and 1869, before Dummy Hoy
became famous.

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2014/08/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 26, 2014

 

 

– court says no hearing aid is not a problem

A hard of hearing person was arrested and had a
court trial. This person had no hearing aid and
could not follow the courtroom proceedings. No
problem, the judge decided. He ordered the court
to give him a hearing aid for that purpose.Why
hearing aid and why not an interpreter or a CART?
Well, it was in China which does not follow ADA
regulations.

 
– three things about first deaf NFL player

Bonnie Sloan, the first deaf player in the NFL
(1973 Cardinals) was interviewed on TV. There
are three things abut him. He was a low draft choice
and was not expected to make the team. He was lucky.
The #1 draft choice was a contract holdout and missed
much of pre-season practices and games. This allowed
Bonnie to show the coaches he could play. The coaches
like him and kept him even when the #1 choice finally
joined the team. But he onlyplayed 4 games because of
an injury in the season’s opener. Due to the injury
he never again was the same player. And the coach
Don Coryell previously coached a hard of hearing QB
and knew the deaf could play.

 

 

- Amazon versus deaf; who won?

Amazon, a Giant versus the Deaf, a little woman. Yet the
Little Deaf Woman won! She wanted the Amazon to caption its
DVDs on behalf of the deaf. Amazon refused. The angry
deaf woman went to Twitter and Facebook to ask people to
blast Amazon with captioning requests. Then few famous
comedians joined the act, in favor of the deaf woman.
Amazon gave up and agreed to caption its DVDs. Where
did that happen? Not in USA, but in Scotland!

 
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2014/08/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 25, 2014

– non-ASL instructor uses trick to teach the deaf

Roileen Miller, not deaf, owns her own Miller Driving School
in Cotati, California. She has been teaching student drivers
for 35 years. She has had some deaf student drivers. How did
she teach them? She wrote up many 3 x 5 cards with simple
instructions (in few words) to show deaf drivers what to do.
Was she successful? She said almost all of her students
have passed driving tests.

– a deaf person askes South Korea and North Korea to become one Korea

Kim Hee-young, who is deaf, is a successful model in South
Korea. It is her dream to have South Korea and North Korea
become one nation. She is part of a bicycling relay team
that will travel 9,400 miles through Russia, Kazakhstan,
Mongolia and China. The theme is “One Korea, New Eurasia”.

 

– a deaf woman punished for saving her “SSDI” money

A deaf woman, from Great Britain, received “SSDI” money
for 21 years, saving it, and never spending it. The
Department of Works and Pensions found out about it
because she never declared her savings when she
received the money. In a court case, she agreed to
pay back her savings of nearly £109,397 ($182,000 in
USA funds). The attorneys were arguing over her case
and they pointed out the irony – that if she spent
the money on steaks instead of living on baked
beans, she would not have broken the law!

 

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2014/08/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 22, 2014

– a small town deaf councilman votes twice on the same motion

Keith Dawkins, a deaf councilman from Hartlepool, a small town in
United Kingdom, wears a hearing aid to allow him to function
as normally as possible. During a recent heated vote on a
controversial motion, he voted twice without realizing it.
He voted to support the motion and then voted against the motion.
When the teller pointed it out to him, Keith realized his
error and was allowed to vote for the third time after fully
understanding the motion. Hearing aid? For some reason he
was not using his hearing aid at that time!

 
– an autistic deaf person was a keynote speaker

Mathew Townsend, who is deaf and is an autistic, recently
gave a keynote speech at Australia’s Autism in Education National
Conference. He was given a standing ovation by 450 people
in the audience. He holds a degree in Environmental Science
and plans to go for his masters in Environmental Management.
Future employment? He hopes so because discrimination against
autistic (and deaf) people is very strong in Australia.

 

– a third Gallaudet player NFL may be interested in

In recent years we have had two Gallaudet football players
that attracted interest from pro football scouts. First was
Tony Tatum, who is now with the Cleveland Gladiators of
the Arena Football League. The second was Adham Talaat, who
got tryouts with three NFL teams (Seahawks, Chiefs and Giants).
Possibly right now we have a third player – Jaris Alleyne.
A scouting report said: Gallaudet the last two years has
produced Pro Football Prospects Tony Tatum and Adham Talaat,
but Alleyne might be the best of the three.

 

 

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2014/08/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 21, 2014

– group of cops mocking the deaf near Ferguson, MO

Some years back, a deaf woman was given summons for not
taking trash out of her backyard. She was fined $150.00
in the court. Watching the whole thing and then laughing
very hard behind her back was a group of police officers.
This took place in Bel-Ridge, Missouri, which happens to
be less than four miles from Ferguson! Cops showing
lack of respect for the deaf and for people of other
races?

– A deaf-blind attorney filing a lawsuit

DeafDigest has mentioned Haben Girma, who is deaf-blind,
a Harvard graduate and also an attorney. She has filed
a lawsuit against Scribd, which is a digital library
service. She is saying this company discriminates against
the deaf-blind as well as with the blind because they
cannot access material on-line.

 

– reasons for Rochester deaf’s fight for captions

A group of deaf people from Rochester, NY have been fighting
for captions at the Regal Henrietta Stadium 18 theater. Why
did they fight for captions? Several reasons. Difficulty in
using the special captioning glasses. Much discomfort while
wearing these glasses. And the theater did not have enough
of these glasses if too many deaf people show up! Why
not just turn on the captions button? The theater refuses
to do so.

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2014/08/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 20, 2014

– unusual cell mate for a deaf prisoner

A deaf woman, sentenced to jail on a 120 day sentence
because of drunken driving, requested an unusual cell mate.
Her request was granted. It is her own hearing ear dog!
She argued that with the dog she is given equal accommodations
in the prison system.

 

– cost to convert movie house to a captioned system

What is the cost to convert an old fashioned movie house
to a captioned movie house? It is $650,000. This amount
was spent by a movie house owner in the Washington, DC
area. He could afford it; owners of small town movie
houses cannot afford it and as a consequence, close it
for good.

 

 

– a job interview at Google

Google is one of the world’s premier high technology firms.
Jobs there are in demand. What is a typical question asked
of job applicants by Google interviewers? How would you design
a phone for deaf people? Those that can successfully answer
are hired; those that are not are turned away

 

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2014/08/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 19, 2014

 
– a deaf man is one of nation’s longest serving football coaches

As a young man in the early sixties, Gary Klingensmith, who is
deaf, was a well known football player at Penn State. He turned
down a New York Jets contract to coach football at Gallaudet
(1965 thru 1967). He then became a coach at Juniata HS in Pennsylvania.
He is still at the same high school, his 46th year on the job. He
is so deaf that he relies on his eyes instead of earphones from
press box assistant coaches to keep up action on the field.
Penn State? Yes, in case you are asking, Joe Paterno was his
backfield coach! Did Gary like Joe? Gary hated Joe!

 

– loopholes can prevent captions at movie houses

The law says movie theaters must provide captions – no matter if
it is open captioned or rear window captions or Google Glass
captions, etc. There are two loopholes that can prevent captions.
If cost of movie captions causes a movie house to go broke, then
it is OK for them not to caption! If the movie house cannot be
adapted to show captions, then it is OK for them not to caption!
Scary for us? Yes!

 

– A deaf police officer with many honors

We have a deaf police officer – sheriff’s deputy Susie Cambre,
a small town officer in Southeast Louisiana. She has been
a police officer for many years. Some of the awards she has
won are – President’s Child Protection Award, Valley
Forge Freedom Foundation Award, National American Legion
Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Kiwanis Club Law
Enforcement Officer of the Year and Neighborhood Knight Award.

 

 

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