2017/02/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 16, 2017

 
— a real diverse international deaf organization

There is an international organization that has
teachers, students, mechanics, farmers, bankers,
programmers, priests, employed people, retired
people of both genders. That organization is the
Deaf Pilots Association; members are Americans,
Europeans, and Australians. There was a write up
about it in a newspaper today. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-pilot-and-dog/

 

— breaking a world deaf travel record

The late Irwin Bosch, a New Yorker,
traveled 107 nations, probably holding
an old deaf travel record. This travel record
has been broken by deaf Englishman Tony
Giles, with 116 nations visited to his
credit!

 

— a room where cops take their breaks

When police officers are tired and need a few
minutes of rest, break and relaxation, they
go to their breakroom at the police station.
The breakroom at the Greenwich (CT) Police
headquarters is named the Anne Carson
Breakroom. This woman, deaf all her life,
was the one that introduced the police
to the uses and ways of the TTY machine
way back years ago. She liked the police
officers so much that she often baked
cakes for them! Not sure if it is the
only police breakroom in the world
that is named after a deaf person.

 

 

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

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

2/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/02/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 15, 2017

 
— a comedian insults the deaf, kicked out

Comedian Ross Browne, not deaf, got the Irish deaf and
Irish interpreters very angry. At an event, he used
gestures that were impossible to understand, making
fun of someone else. As a result, he was kicked off
the stage and ejected from the building, much to the
cheers from the audience. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/comedian-insults-the-deaf/

 

— Purple Relay no more!

Many deaf people love Purple relay. No more!
There were rumors that something has happened
to Purple. Now this – another relay provider
(not Sorenson) has purchased Purple Relay.
It is ZVRS! Good or bad? This means we have
one less relay provider to serve us. We need
time to figure if this is really good or really
bad for us. DeafDigest hopes it is good for us.

 

— activist says sign language choice is political

Should we have just one sign language that can be
used everywhere by all deaf in the world? Or should
each nation use their own sign language that others
do not understand. This was an issue brought up by
an activist. As an example, Spanish is spoken by
many nations. Two Spanish speaking strangers, from
different parts of the world, can reasonably
understand each other, despite dialects. Not that
so with sign language!

 

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

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

2/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/02/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 14, 2017

— union problems in Los Angeles

DeafWest is one of the top deaf acting groups in
USA. It has won national acclaim for producing
top plays. And this leads to a problem – union
rules. Union says actors must be paid for
their work. A big issue is performing in
a small theater (99 seats or under) or a bigger
theater (100 seats or higher). DeafWest is
worried that if expenses go up, because of
union rules, the future may be troubled. A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deafwest/

 

— a bad Coda habit

A story in one of these today’s newspapers
featured a Coda. She said that while growing
up, she was always using the telephone to
make appointments with doctors, dentists,
hairdressers, etc. And at restaurants,
placing orders for her family. One habit
she found hard to break was to continue
placing orders at restaurants even for
her hearing husband and hearing children!

 

— cannot hide deafness at work

A British survey said that one of every
five employees hide their disability in
the workplace. They hide to avoid being
fired or being bullied or harrassed.
This refers to hearing employees with
their own (hidden) disabilities. Deaf
employees are simply out of luck.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— airport TSA booths
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

2/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

2017/02/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 13, 2017

 

— frustrated deaf people of science and technology

We have many deaf people involved in science and
technology. Many of them are frustrated because
of discrimination and communication issues.
An example – a deaf I/T man quit his job because
hearing I/T people in his office would discuss
complicated I/T issues without involving him
in the discussion. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-science-technology/

 

— getting better and better

This week is the National Court Reporting and
Captioning Week. These professionals are
having their annual convention. When realtime
captions are getting better and better, we
thank our captioners for these captioning
improvements. Yes, there are bloopers
(that we either hate or laugh), but
there are also bloopers with other people
in other different jobs.

 

 

— hearing screening vs high risk screening

There are two kinds of early birth screenings.
One is deafness screenings only. The other
is high risk screenings, whih looks for
health issues but not deafness. In USA,
doctors look for deafness. In many other
nations, doctors look for health issues.
Advocates worry that when doctors look
for health issues, they will miss out on
deaf babies!

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— accents in movies
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

2/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

 

2017/02/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 10, 2017

 

— a disappearance of a strange sign language

Have we ever heard of Australian-Irish Sign
Language? For about 30 years (1920’s through
1950’s) this strange language was taught
at a school for the deaf in Sydney,
Australia. This school stopped teaching
that language. No one uses that sign
language any more. And why was it
introduced in the first place? Competing
with Australian Sign Language?
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/basis-for-different-sign-languages/

 

— keep or throw out landline phone

Fewer people use landline phones because of the
high usage of cell phones. This may be a
mistake, at least in Canada? A deaf man in
Newfoundland stopped using his landline phone.
Later he slipped on the ice and was hurt. He
could not use 911 for emergency because
Newfoundland was not yet 911-cell compatible.
His worried hearing sister, upon not hearing from
him for quite some time, checked on him and
found him in pain. She was able to get
an ambulance to come over and get him.

 

— true or not true – about 40 percent

There was a story that said while over 40 percent
of deaf children are implanted, a high percentage
of these deaf children hear and speak just as
well as hearing children. True or not true?
We read stories of CI successes but never of
CI failures! Years ago, same thing – we read
stories of oral successes, but never of oral
failures.

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— first open captioned program (not closed captioned)
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

2/5/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

2017/02/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 9, 2017

 

— a terrible hospital misunderstanding

 

In Hong Kong, Liu, a deaf man, last name not
known, was arrested because of a domestic
incident. The police, unable to communicate
with him and without an interpreter around,
brought him to the first hospital for
evaluation. That hospital also was not able
to communicate with him – same reason, no
interpreter. Liu signed papers, giving his
permission to be transferred to second
hospital. What he didn’t realize was it
is a hospital for the mentally ill! That
hospital, again, without an interpreter,
held him for six days. It took efforts
from family members and deaf friends to
get him out. The deaf community and deaf
leaders are angry about it. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/liu-in-front-of-hospital/

 

— deaf cheated in real estate fraud

In South Korea, 500 deaf people invested
a total of $24 million with a group of
deaf fraudsters. They promised a quick
return of huge profits within three months,
the money supposedly invested in apartments
and factories. These fraudsters were
arrested and awaiting trial.

 

— deaf think in ASL or English

Do deaf people think in ASL. Some say yes.
Some say no. Dreams cannot be videotaped,
though. Anyway, according to a web posting,
the deaf people, according to a deaf source,
do not think in ASL! True or not true?

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Decision by deaf dog walker
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

2/5/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/02/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 8, 2017

 

— unanimous deaf vote in Utah House

The Utah House voted 73-0 to change the wording
from “hearing impairment” to “deaf” in state law
books and state code. It is now up to the Senate
to vote for it. And then it will be up to the
governor to sign it to become a new state law.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/house-unanimously-passes-a-deaf-bill/

 

 

— an unusual deaf announcment

We have many deaf politicians from these national deaf.
organizations. We also have a number of deaf elected
politicans, not affiliated with any of these national
deaf organizations. And now this – David Buxton resigned
as the head of the British Deaf Association in order
to devote his time to a hearing political career (in
other words, trying to win a public election). It
is akin to a deaf leader from any of our national
deaf organizations in USA doing the same thing!
It has never happened, yet.

 

— Apple sued for discriminating against deaf

Apple is facing class action on charges of
discriminating against the deaf. It has something
to do with its earlier version of FaceTime
video-calling service not allowing the deaf
to make relay calls. A feature, called
“FaceTime break” prevented the deaf from
making these relay calls.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf living next to highways
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

2/5/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/02/07

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 7, 2017

 

— a sneaky video ad

Do deaf people like to have their hearing tested
without themselves knowing about it? In Australia,
Cochlear placed an ad in a video, showing a clock.
What deaf people may not know is that the video
clock has these tick, tock sounds. Many people
did not like the ad, saying it is sneaky and
invades their privacy. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/sneaky-cochlear-ad-in-australia/

 

— deaf eyes vs hearing ears

Many deaf people love to play video games. These
games are based on video sounds. Deaf gamers
cannot hear these sounds and voice chats and
often are not aware of hearing strategies and
tactics. Yet, in one of the toughest games –
World of Warcraft, a team of deaf gamers defeated
hearing gamers! They are bragging about it
right now – that deaf eyes are better than
hearing ears.

 

— Super Bowl ads, deaf-friendly or deaf-unfriendly

Many Super Bowl ads stressed diversity and inclusion,
but seemed to be deaf-unfriendly! There were no
deaf characters or deaf themes in these ads. it is
very disappointing.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Medicare, no hearing aids
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

2/5/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/02/06

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 6, 2017

 
— big honor for deaf fashion stylist

Gladys (last name not known), is deaf, and is
employed as a fashion stylist in Nigeria.
She works on expensive wardrobe worn by
celebrities – entertainers, actors, etc.
She recently was given a big honor. See
the picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/big-honor-for-deaf-fashion-stylist/

 

— serving the Army in Canada, not USA

We’ve had a few deaf American individuals
disappointed at not being allowed to serve
in the military. Canada? There was a short
newspaper mention of a deaf man, Simpson
(first name not known) joining the Canadian
Army during World War I. It said he was
allowed to serve despite his deafness!
Probably Canada is same as USA right now,
not allowing the deaf to serve in the
military.

 

— big concert being deaf-unfriendly

Are big concerts deaf-unfriendly?
Many deaf people love music and attend
musical festivals and concerts (yes
with captions and interpreters). The
management at the MTS Centre in
Winnepig said that big concerts may not
always be the best for the deaf because
of stage darkness! They said it is
difficult for the deaf to see the
interpreter in the darkness. Why
not turn on the lights? Hearing
concert-goers will scream.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— barriers in deaf employment
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

2/5/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/02/03

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 3, 2017

— city takes down all past meeting videos

A city has removed all videos of its past council meetings
from its web site and its youtube channel. Reason was to
avoid the costs of captioning past city council meeting
videos. ADA violation? No, the guilty city is London,
Ontario. Could it happen in USA? Never can know.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/meeting-videos-not-captioned/

 

— a break for deaf inmates

a major video relay provider announced its plans
to provide video relay services for deaf
inmates. When? Where? How? Such details were
not included in the announcement.

 

— Reverse Job Fair may be a new thing

There are job fairs everywhere. Some deaf people
get jobs through these fairs. Some don’t.
The Arizona Department of Economic Security
has come up with a Reverse Job Fair. Instead of
employers sitting behind tables interviewing
these deaf job applicants, it is a reverse.
These deaf job applicants sit behind these
tables and wait for interested employers
to come to them. DeafDigest wonders
what is going to happen when 100 deaf
job applicants are sitting and just 10
employers show up at the fair. Are these
employers going to be able to interview
all 100 of these deaf job seekers?

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— street named after non-famous deaf person
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

1/29/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/