2018/09/04

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 4, 2018

— deaf actress asking for an agent

Almost all actors have agents. This is a requirement
in the entertainment industry. But there is a twist –
deaf actress Shoshannah Stern asked her mother for
help in getting an agent. Well, Shoshonnah, at
that time, was just six years old! Fortunately
for her, she has been getting good roles in movies
and TV. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/agents-looking-for-something/

 

— the distracted deaf driver

A police officer said if a deaf person drives and uses
ASL with his passenger, it is distracted driving. Even
if the deaf driver does not turn his head to look at
the passenger’s response, it is still a distraction.

 

 

— netflix vs kanopy

Netflix vs Kanopy, who wins? Kanopy is an organization
that offers streaming videos at libraries and schools.
Captions? Yes. Netflix also offers captions, but it is
suspected that it is in USA but not really that so
in other nations. Kanopy is free, but they have rules
that subscribers must follow. There was a story of
the Alexandria (Virginia) library system that has
Kanopy video captions.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— worst comment about the deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

09/02/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2018/09/03

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 3, 2018

 

— National Television and Radio Broadcaster tells a lie

RTE, which is broadcasts TV and radio programs, told
a lie. They said the reason why there is no Irish
Sign Language broadcast of the national anthem during
a national sporting event is because they cannot find
a sign language person! Does DeafDigest believe it?
No! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/do-not-trust-a-liar/

 

— struggles of a deaf dancer

A deaf dancer said it is a struggle to keep up
with hearing dancers while on stage giving
a performance. Hearing dancers listen for
music to know their next steps, while
deaf dancers must depend on her own eyes.
If she watches hearing dancers to make
their moves, then the audience would know
something is wrong!

 

— social media replaces pen and paper

More deaf people rely on social media to
communicate with the hearing. Would it
mean that pen and paper is old fashioned?

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— fund raising letter sent to a deaf person
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

09/02/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2018/08/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 31, 2018

 

— terp’s interesting wish

An interpreter said:
We’ve got some wonderful interpreters, but it
would be great for the deaf not to depend on
them.

What he meant is that the society should be
100 percent accessible, making interpreters
unnecessary.

Realistic or just a dream?

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/welcome-to-reality/

 

— non-captions in the Minnesota classrooms

A deaf teacher in Minnesota said that on one survey,
only 15 percent of videos are captioned; 60 percent
are partially captioned and 25 percent captioned
very little, if any. Didn’t matter that there
are ADA laws, these Minnesota districts do
not follow them!

 

— a serious problem in Kenya

The Deaf Empowerment Society of Kenya is very
angry about a serious problem in the deaf
community. In Embu, a medium-sized Kenyan
city, the deaf people are given tools to help
them go into business for themselves (salon
equipment, farming tools and vehicle repair
items). Instead of using these tools
themselves, they sell these tools to make
money for themselves! They have been
warned that if they sell these tools again,
they cannot receive assistance with their
future needs!

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Bell vs Edison
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

08/26/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2018/08/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 30, 2018

 

— deaf-women owned businesses and daily challenges

There was a story about female entrepreneurs dealing
with challenges and discrimination on a daily basis.
A deaf woman, who has started her own business
in the early 1980’s had to deal with these same
issues – but with a bigger challenge – her own deafness!
This business continues to this day. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/challenges-facing-deaf-women-owned-businesses/

 

— Musk and the deaf

Elon Musk, the businessman, loves attention – his
Tesla cars and many other business ventures. Deaf
venture? He established Neuralink as a new
business venture – something to do with brains
working with computers. And for the deaf,
he wants the deaf to hear, with help of the
Neuralink venture. Nothing about the
CI or the hearing aid was mentioned.

 

— different Hollywood discrimination against the deaf

There have been many stories of Hollywood discriminating
against the deaf (using fake-deaf actors instead of using
real-deaf actors). A story surfaced today of Hollywood
discriminating against the deaf and the disabled with
these “behind the camera” crews. We are talking about
camera men, sound technicians, film editors, make up
artists, animatists, etc. We have had a few deaf people
with these “behind the camera” crews but as always,
it is never enough!

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— state official said ASL is child abuse
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

08/26/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2018/08/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 29, 2018

 

— a nation dishonest on deaf/disabled hiring quotas

Government agencies in one nation have been caught not
telling the truth about their statistical quotas of
hiring the deaf and the disabled. This scandal is taking
place in Japan, and the top government people are not
too happy about it. Does it happen in USA when employers
and agencies lie about the same thing? A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-hiring-quota-honest-or-dishonest/

 

— politics behind video captions

Ugly politics took place at University of Florida.
The outgoing student government president veteod
a student bill to require captions on all campus
videos. His reasons were unclear but one pointed
out to a technicality, the incorrect wording in
the bill – American with Disabilities Act!
At any rate, no deaf students on the campus
were asked about that bill! Did the new
president succeed in getting the bill passed?
Do not know yet.

 

— announcement from Deaf Seniors of America

The Deaf Seniors of America issued a nationwide
announcement – to contact senators to oppose
the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S.
Supreme Court. Will the senators listen?
Good question!

 

 

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

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

08/26/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2018/08/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 28, 2018

 

— customer service centers helping or not helping the deaf

When people have complaints, they contact customer service
centers. Some are by mail, by email, by voice phone and
by chat. For the deaf, results have been mixed. Many
companies toss mail into the trash can; more companies
stop accepting emails; all companies have voice numbers
but many of them resist relay calls, thinking it is
scam. As for chat, many overseas centers handle chat,
but English language is quite a barrier. What is best?
Face to face communications in person if this is at
all possible. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/customer-service-motto/

 

— 911-text problems

A dispatch center director said that voice
is so much better than text during emergencies.
Voice is faster. Dispatchers can pick up hints
from “panic” voices. Text communications is
slower than voice communications. If the
emergency call involves CPR, voice instructions
can do that; text instructions can’t. This is
why improving 911-text calls is always a
priority with the deaf.

 

— Netflix is good and bad

Netflix is good in USA because it offers 100 percent
captioning, which is what they promised. Netflix
is bad in Great Britain. According to a survey
nearly 40 percent of videos are not captioned or
subtitled! Possibly because our ADA is the world’s
strongest law that protects the deaf.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Codas that fake deeafness
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

08/26/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2018/08/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 27, 2018

— hearing wife won’t wake up sleeping deaf husband

A newspaper advice column posted this comment:
My husband is deaf, so it never made much sense for me
to wake him up after I was already awakened by a crying
child

Why not? Both parents share equal responsibility
for raising a child

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/hearing-wife-awake-deaf-husband-sleeping/

 

 

— amazing deaf job in Africa

African nations are notorious for discriminating
against the deaf. Yet, in Kenya, Michael Ndurumo,
who is deaf, is an associate professor of
Psychology at University of Nairobi. He teaches
classes both on undergraduate and graduate
levels. Interpreter with him? Yes.

 

— FBI device scary to deaf

FBI “listening” devices possibly interfering
with deaf-911-text services? Says who? Says
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Hope this is not
true.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf aliens in Washington, DC and Rochester, NY
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

08/26/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2018/08/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 24, 2018

 

— a deaf-blind business owner

Ron Eshoo, who is deaf-blind, owns his business –
the Ron’s Allstar Vending, Inc. His vending
machines are found at various locations in
Chicago and in the suburbs. He has an assistant
that works with him, driving around, purchasing
vending products and filling these up in his
vending machines. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/business-owned-by-deaf-blind-person/

 

— Facebook bans a sign language music video

Becki Breiner, who is deaf, was not allowed by
Facebook to sign-sing some musical songs.
Sony objected to one of her sign-songs, saying
it was piracy – and had Facebook block it!

 

— parole board unfair to a deaf prisoner

A deaf prisoner in California had a hearing
with the parole boar, hoping he would win
parole. It was not to be. The board asked
him if he took educational programs while
in prison. He said yes – but these classes
were not interpreted. As a result, the
parole board turned down parole for him.
The Prison Law Office is now fighting for
parole that deaf prisoner.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— house-hunting for the deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

08/19/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2018/08/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 23, 2018

 

— clicker for hearing; flasher for deaf

Dogs have been trained through the clicker method
for years. But not just dogs, but human beings
have also been trained (to dance better, to golf
better, to learn better in classroom, etc).
What about the deaf that cannot hear the
click? A trainer suggested flashing lights
to help train them! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/training-method/

 

— Nyle DiMarco faces a big problem

Nyle DiMarco faces a big problem. A scandal? No!
The paparazzi follows him everywhere, and they
scream at him to give them attention. Nyle is
deaf so why all the screaming in his face!
There was an incident during the MTV Video Music
Awards because of the paparazzi screaming.

 

— comment during interview is a puzzler

Kristine Leahy, not deaf, conducts interviews
with Ninja TV participants. She interviewed
deaf participant Kyle Schulze, and said:

Being hearing impaired can affect your balance,
and he did so well

Seems the interviewer was misinformed. A medical
examiner said that 30 percent of deaf people
may have balance problems. This may mean 70
percent of other deaf people do not have
balance problems. Obviously Kyle must have
great balance to compete in these Ninja events.

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— cost of job accommodation of the deaf employee
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

08/19/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

— opportunities for deaf writer, content editor and
international signs signer

go to:
http://deafdigest.com/jobs/jobs1-2/

and scroll down until you see
Opportunities at H3 World TV

2018/08/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 22, 2018

 

— Famous chef hires deaf to operate hot dog/sandwich stand

Adam Perry Lang is a well-known chef in Los Angeles
with his popular restaurants. He just opened up a
small hot dog/sandwich stand. To operate that place,
he has hired Zia Hughes, who is deaf. Zia works with
another person, who knows sign language. Just the two
of them that handle long lines of tourists and nearby
workers on lunch breaks. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/served-by-the-deaf/

 

 

— 2003 vs 2018; things the same or things better

In 2003, a hearing daughter of two deaf parents
visited Brown University (Ivy League school in
Rhode Island) as she was considering enrollment.
The group was walking on the campus, communicating
with each other in ASL. A group of hearing students
(or were they also campus visitors) saw the
ASL-signing group, and quickly avoided them, by
walking on the grass, far away from the sidewalk.
The deaf father said the sidewalk was wide enough
to accommodate both groups passing each other.
Did these hearing students think deafness is a
disease they could get sick from? Things better
in 2018?

 

— 22 states fighting FCC on net neutrality rules

22 states, plus DC, have asked the federal appeals court
to force FCC to take back the net neutrality rules
that they threw out recently. For the deaf, net
neutrality means fast internet speed for everyone,
not just the rich, and also to keep monthly rates
down – instead of going up higher and higher.
Will federal appeals court listen? Hard to say.

 

 

 

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

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

08/19/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/