2021/04/02

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 2, 2021

— drive-in theater in large deaf community won’t respond to deaf

Frederick, MD has a large deaf community, and there
was talk that a drive-in theater will be coming
back to that city. The management, however, refused
to respond to this question:

Will this drive-in theater show captions for the deaf?

A deaf person made a stink out of the refusal in
the newspaper “Letters to the Editor” column.

 

— said to be one of the oldest deaf clubs in USA

A deaf club 121 years old? The Puget Sound
Association of the Deaf was written up in
a newspaper, saying it is one of the oldest
deaf clubs in USA. It is located in Seattle,
WA. We do have other older deaf clubs –
Buffalo Club for the Deaf and Pittsburgh
Association of the Deaf and Charles Thompson
Memorial Hall (St Paul, MN) but Puget Sound
is older than these three deaf clubs. Is
there another deaf club that is older than
Puget Sound? DeafDigest editor does not know.

 

— police roughs up deaf man with cerebral palsy

A deaf resident, of Dayton, Ohio, with cerebral
palsy, has accused the city police of roughing
him up for no reason. He was handcuffed and taken
to a hospital at quite a distance from his home.
The city said police actions were justified. The
public Citizens’ Appeals Board said police actions
were not justified. At this point, the city does
not know what to to!

 

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2021/04/01

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 1, 2021

— honoring a NTID legend

Dr. Robert Frisina, a NTID legend, departed us
yesterday. He started his career working with
the deaf at Gallaudet in the late forties,
even coaching the basketball team one season.
In the late sixties, he moved on to another
career with the brand new NTID. People have
said it was Frisina that made NTID the world’s
most eminent technical school for the deaf.
Thank you, Robert, for providing the world
with highly skilled NTID graduates in the
rapidly evolving world of technology.

 

— bad lipreading April Fools’ Day joke

A hearing person may say Voltswagen,
and the deaf person may think it is
Volkswagen. It was an attempted
April Fools’ Day joke, telling the
world of the name change to Voltswagen.
Not only the joke was leaked out few
days before today – but that the company
may have broken the US securities law
for possibly misleading the investors.
A bad Deaf Lipreading joke that may
have backfired on them!

 

— the mask and the deaf, per shop owner

A shop owner told his hearing employees:

Wear your mask, but always think about deaf customers

 

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2021/03/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 31, 2021

— The Clubhouse and the Deaf

Clubhouse is a new app, that DeafDigest
previously mentioned as unfriendly to
the deaf. Unfriendly for two reasons –
no captions nor interpreters; and the
Clubhouse policy that anything that is
said inside the “room” cannot be revealed
outside. This means no chat transcripts
that could have benefitted the deaf. Not
surprised if ADA attorneys are awaiting
a wave of complaints from the deaf in
the near future!

 

— two reasons deaf people are not hired

A businessman who hires many disabled and
deaf people said:

companies often don’t hire people with disabilities
for what they perceive as liability reasons, or because
they think it might make customers uncomfortable

 

— the Undercover Boss and the deaf employee

Bowlero Corp was featured on Undercover Boss TV
program. It operates a chain of 300 bowling
alleys in USA. Colie Edwin had a deaf employee
that she was featured with on a segment of that
TV program. She learned that he needed a
hearing aid but couldn’t afford it. She
made him a promise – of a new hearing aid.
Just hope it is a real promise, not a fake
promise – because Undercover Boss is getting
a bad reputation of making broken promises.

 

 

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2021/03/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 30, 2021

— character showing no love to real person love

Coda actress Louise Fletcher, while winning an
Oscar for best actress, showed no love in
her role in the 1975 movie “One Flew Over the
Cuckoo’s Nest.” She, however, as a real person,
showed real love while thanking in ASL, her deaf
parents for raising her. It was pointed out in
a short newspaper story today.

 

— all interpreters hate this

All interpreters deal with situations that they
hate – interpreting bad news.

One interpreter said:
I keep a straight face even when my stomach is churning

Another interpreter said:
I am doing the right thing, although it is often unpleasant

 

— lack of cooking show deaf contestants

We have talented deaf chefs. They are not afraid
to challenge Bobby Flay on the “Beat Bobby Flay”
TV program. But are our deaf chefs given
opportunities? As far as DeafDigest editor
is concerned – only one deaf chef appeared
on a TV program – Kurt Ramborger. He is not
the only great deaf chef around.

 

 

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2021/03/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 29, 2021

— deaf hairstylist with unusual experience

Virginia Maldonado, who is deaf, is a hairstylist
in Jensen Beach, Florida. Her first day on the
job was the first day businesses were allowed
to reopen with use of masks. She has never known
what it was to work as hairstylist without
masks! For that reason many of her customers
were not aware of her deafness, but were still
accepting of her work on their hair!

 

— $1,000 for essential artists

San Francisco has announced a plan – to pay $1,000
per month for essential artists to continue to
work on their art. What is essential? Are deaf
artists essential in the eyes of the San Francisco
officials? Keep in mind we have many great deaf
artists.

 

— live captions, yes; automated captions, no; interpreters, no

A deaf resident of Minneapolis filed a formal complaint
about public meetings not being interpreted. This
complaint went into mediation and agreement was reached
to provide captions. But which captions – by humans or by
machines. The city tried out several captioning systems
and decided to go for the more expensive one – human
generated captions.

 

 

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