2018/11/02

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 2, 2018

 

— non-signing deaf trying to communicate with driverless shuttle bus

At the 3rd International Driverless Vehicle Summit,
one of the vehicles demonstrated has a touch screen
that allows sign language communication with
deaf passengers. The big concern is that many
deaf people do not use sign langauge. Would that
sign language vehicle be useless to them?

 

— real anger not fake anger

“Hulk” Lou Ferrigno, who is deaf, did not speak while acting his
Hulk Role. He would grunt and roar but not speaking. It showed
a lot of anger. Was it real anger or a fake anger? Lou said
it was real anger. Is that a surprise?

 

— buzzing pagers no longer used by some facilities

Some facilities have stopped using buzzing pagers
when there are long waiting lines. Reason
is that many buzzing pagers are broken. Another
reason is that people forget to return their
buzzers when they are called in. This is
not good news for the deaf.

 

 

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2018/11/01

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 1, 2018

 

— non-signing deaf trying to communicate with driverless shuttle bus

At the 3rd International Driverless Vehicle Summit,
one of the vehicles demonstrated has a touch screen
that allows sign language communication with
deaf passengers. The big concern is that many
deaf people do not use sign langauge. Would that
sign language vehicle be useless to them?

 

— real anger not fake anger

“Hulk” Lou Ferrigno, who is deaf, did not speak while acting his
Hulk Role. He would grunt and roar but not speaking. It showed
a lot of anger. Was it real anger or a fake anger? Lou said
it was real anger. Is that a surprise?

 

— buzzing pagers no longer used by some facilities

Some facilities have stopped using buzzing pagers
when there are long waiting lines. Reason
is that many buzzing pagers are broken. Another
reason is that people forget to return their
buzzers when they are called in. This is
not good news for the deaf.

 

 

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2018/10/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 31, 2018

 

— strict rules on captions

A federal agency established strict rules for captions:

1. Captions must have perfect spelling and perfect grammar.

2. Captions must show same words that are spoken, cannot
change it around.

3. Captions must be easily read with right color background.

The federal agency will closely supervise these captions.

 

Finally, FCC listening to our demands? No, sorry! It is the
Federal Telecommunications Institute in Mexico!

 

 

— a sad irony with text 911

A newspaper story today said that just a few police
dispatch centers in USA can handle text 911 calls, and
pointed out a cruel irony. Everyone can send tweets,
facebook postings and chat all the time in group
chats. Yet text 911 technology is not there in
every call center! Why?

 

— easily remembering a deaf Uber driver

Two hearing passengers entered Uber car driven
by a deaf driver. Shocked, but needing a quick
ride, theese passengers just sat in the car,
hoping there were no communication problems.
The deaf driver simply texted on his iPhone,
asking if they were the correct passengers
and that the destination was correct. When
the two passengers nodded yes, the deaf driver
twice Thumbed Up as to say – perfect. These
hearing passengers felt bad that they didn’t
know the signs for Thank You!

 

 

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2018/10/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 30, 2018

— DeafDigest salutes pioneering deaf host of a TV show

Bernard Bragg has departed us. He was the face of Deaf
Entertainment in a long career that spanned 7 decades –
TV, film, stage, one-man shows, etc. One thing stood
out – he was the pioneering host of a hearing TV
program. During the late fifties/early sixties,
he hosted his own one-man TV show in San Francisco
– The Quiet Man which featured his mime movements.
It was the first time in history of TV that a
deaf person hosted his own TV show. Not wanting
to be typecast, he moved on to many different roles
in the entertainment world over the years and decades.

 

— hiring a bad interpreter at own risk

A Michigan medical facility hired a bad interpeter
to interpret for deaf parents while their child
was in the hospital. The interpreting was so bad
that the parents sued. The hospital won and the
parents appealed. The Michigan Court of Appeals
panel ruled in favor of deaf parents. This
should be a lesson – do not hire a bad interpreter!
DeafDigest editor knows from too many personal
experiences with bad interpreters.

 

— deaf-blind resident not allowed to enter main entrance of hwe condo

A New Jersey condo association would not allow a deaf-blind
woman to enter the main entrance. Reason is her service dog.
She has filed a lawsuit, with the assistance of the
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

 

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2018/10/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 29, 2018

 

— a sign language phrase we don’t understand

A British newspaper did a story on a person who
works at a deaf school as – communication practitioner.
What does that mean? Sign language instructor or
interpreter or oral speech teacher or what?

 

— earning a PhD in a field that was not in past dictionary

Audism is one of the newer words in the dictionary.
A newspaper story said that a person earned a doctorate
in Audism. This word means suppression of the deaf.
Would that doctorate lead to a career in Deaf Advocacy?

 

— Starbucks’ confession

When Starbucks opened its first sign language store
(not in Washington, DC, but in Malaysia) deaf people
were hired for jobs. But the management made a
confession that the deaf were hired for simple and
boring jobs – because they felt deaf people were not
capable of doing something better in Starbucks!
Since then, Starbucks has improved its attitude
towards deaf employees.

 

 

 

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2018/10/26

— best Perogies in metro Pittsburgh area

Perogies, popular in Poland, is also popular in many
parts of USA. It is dumplings, often filled with
potatoes, but some are with sauerkraut, sweet
potatoes, cheese, etc. Deaf Perogies? Yes, Gosia’s
Pierogies located in Latrobe, PA, is deaf-owned and
most of kitchen people are deaf. Deaf husband-wife
team of Terry and Jan Smith-Rawecki, own and operate
this business. Their ingredients? Sorry, it is a
family secret, they said!

 

— big thumbs down from the deaf community

Hearing artist designed a mural that shows ASL
in downtown Idaho Falls, Idaho. The Deaf
Commuity unanimously thumbed it down, saying
the hearing artist knew nothing about finger
spelling and drew up the signs that were
wrongly shown. Big question – why was
a hearing artist, knowing ZERO about deaf,
given this assignment. There are many, many
talented deaf artists that can easily do the job!

 

— national deaf association operating a deaf school

Could National Association of the Deaf (NAD) operate a
deaf school? No, because NAD’s job is advocacy,
and while Deaf Education can be advocated, operating
the school is a different matter. Anyway one national
association operated a deaf school – the Singapore
Association for the Deaf operated the Singapore School
For The Deaf for a number of years. Unfortunately,
it closed up due to declining enrollment.

 

 

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2018/10/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 25, 2018

 

— a LanguageLine app for police officers

There was a story about police officers having the
LanguageLine app on their iPhones; over 350
different langauge translation services are
available for these police officers when
communicating the people that do not speak
English. Yes, ASL is one of these 350 LanguageLine
options. Not sure if it is available everywhere
in USA or in just a few police jurisdictions.

 

— claiming credit for saving a deaf school

Election candidates are often claiming credit, whether
these claims are accurate or not accurate. One such
candidate in Wilson, North Carolina has claimed
credit for saving Eastern North Carolina School
for the deaf from being closed up three times.
True or not true? Yes, it was true that the school
was threatened with closure few times. Did
that candidate actually save the school three times?
Do not know!

 

— after 50 years, enough!

Gary Klingensmith, who is deaf, coached football at
Juniata High School (PA) for 50 years and finally
achieved his big dream – 300th career win, has decided
to retire after this football season. He said
he was not tired of football, but wanted to spend more
time with his family, especially six grandchildren.
Before coaching high school football, he coached
Gallaudet football three seasons in the 1960’s.
The Gallaudet coaching wins he enjoyed were these
big and memorable wins!

 

 

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2018/10/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 23, 2018

 

— wearing a hearing aid could kill the interview

A deaf man wore a hearing aid to a job interview.
The employer saw it and gave all kinds of excuses
for not offering him the job. He then stopped
wearing his hearing aid during other job
interviews and was able to find a job. It
bothers DeafDigest because even without the hearing
aid, the employer would have already known of
his deafness. A deaf person is deaf, with or
without a hearing aid (or a CI).

 

— a big shock in Finland

Finland is one of the world’s best nations – high standard of
living, high quality of life, great economy, etc. Yet
it came as a big shock that years ago Finland practiced
eugenics, sterilizing young people to prevent deaf and
disabled babies from being born. Deaf people are demanding
that the government issue an apology over its eugenics
past!

 

— a comment by a Certified Deaf Interpreter

A Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) said:

Doctors, interpreters and deaf patients tend to
misunderstand each other during medical
exams. And if it were not for CDI’s, lives of
some deaf patients would not be saved.

 

 

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2018/10/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 23, 2018

 

— Einstein’s deafness mystery

Many of us know that Thomas Edison, who became
deaf as a pre-teen, was the world’s greatest
inventor. How did he become deaf continues to
be a mystery. One version was a railroad accident.
Another version said train conductor was upset
about his secret chemical lab inside a railroad
car and hit him hard on the head. A third version
was ear infections and illnesses. Which version
is true? It was a big story today in one of the
on-line publications.

 

— a sign language club offers something other clubs don’t

The Idaho State University ASL club has offered something
that other high school and college sign language clubs
don’t. This club will be featuring open captioned
movies three times per week, not just for the benefit
of the university’s deaf students, but also for the
hearing students – and also the local deaf community!

 

— three big questions with captioning devices

A captioning advocate raised three questions regarding
captioning devices. Does the theater have enough devices
in stock during peak hours? Does the theater advertise
the availabiliy of these captioning devices. Last
question is – do they have a staffer that is trained
to set up these devices upon request? If not on either
of these questions, then that theater is not in
compliance with the ADA regulations.

 

 

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2018/10/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 22, 2018

— bad job better than no job or not

Many deaf people have a hard time finding jobs.
When they finally find a job, is it great news?
It all depends. Will the job lead to future
salary increases and opportunities for promotion
or is it a bad-salary job with no accommodations
for them?

 

— a big gamble by a deaf political candidate

DeafDigest mentioned a while ago that Sudeep Shukla,
who is deaf and is a software engineer in India,
is campaigning for election for a seat on the
state assembly and that the newspapers simply
described him as deaf-mute. Anyway, he has taken
a big gamble – quitting his job (with a good salary)
to devote full time to campaigning. Will he get back
his job if he doesn’t win the election? This worries
DeafDigest.

 

— Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the deaf

Computer scientists are saying that artificial
intelligence can create robots that are
super-lipreaders, much better than human beings.
DeafDigest does not believe it, because accents
are often difficult to lipread.

 

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