2017/06/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 12, 2017

 

— British Theresa May blunder helped a deaf man

Prime Minister Theresa May gambled with a British
election only to have it backfire on her. It
greatly helped Stephen Lloyd, who is deaf. He
was elected to the Parliament years ago but was
defeated in the 2015 election. He won the
election this time and is now representing
the Liberal Democrat party (May is a
Conservative). A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-person-returns-to-british-parliament/

 

— deaf person becoming much more famous after death

James Castle, a deaf man from Idaho, passed away in
1977. He pretty much led an isolated life after
leaving Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind, without
learning ASL. He spent much of his life doodling –
these simple drawings on pieeces of paper and scrap.
Museums all over the world, especially the big art
museums in Madrid and Philadelphia exhibited his
drawings and doodlings. And now this – his life
and his work with simple art is becoming a
play production in New York City.

 

— a big shock behind a past 222-0 college football score

Football fans that love history know about the 1916 game
between Georgia Tech and Cumberland. Georgia Tech won
222-0 in the most lopsided football game ever. Only
yesterday it was revealed that one of the Georgia
Tech players scored 8 touchdowns in that game. That
player was George Strupper. He was deaf, a fact
that practically no deaf fans of football were
aware of!

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— understanding courtroom legal issues
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

6/11/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/06/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 9, 2017

 

— Deaf scared to sign in public in 1936 for an odd reason

For a short time in 1936 Gesture Sign Language was
very popular among hearing people that knew nothing
about ASL. It was called Handies. The deaf people
were afraid to sign in public for that reason –
hearing people seeing the deaf use ASL would think
it is Gesture Sign Language (Handies) and would
ask them for the meaning of that ASL sign! A
Handies picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/gesture-sign-language-or-handies/

 

— business owned by deaf that is now 66 years old

Many businesses don’t last 66 years; yet one business
started by a deaf man is still continuing (though
under different ownership). In 1951 Michael Skropeta,
who is deaf and an accomplished baker, opened
The Cake Box Bakery in Pleasant Hill, California.
In 1968, the business moved to Lafayette, California.
At age of 80, Michael sold his business and retired
because of health issues. Four years later he
passed away. This business continues under
the same name. What this means is that loyal
customers purchasing their baked goods may not
realize the bakery was started by a deaf baker!

 

— most amazing candidate in an upcoming election

Some deaf people run for election for a public
office in an election. A few would win, but most
don’t. Ben Fletcher is amazing – for one
reason – he is deaf-blind. He was hoping
to win election as a Green Party candidate
in Putney, a district in London (UK).

 

 

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

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

6/04/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/06/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 8, 2017

 

— deaf person working near the London terror attack

Everytime there is a big public emergency, we always
wonder about the deaf people at the scene. There was
one – Alexandru Barabasa. He was working at a small
restaurant as the bartender. He was doing restaurant
errands and chores when the London attack took place. 
He caught a glimpse of these terrorists, brandishing
their weapons, but said they didn’t see him. All
of a sudden police officers came to the restaurant,
ordered everyone out and led them to safety. His
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-bartender-near-london-attack/

 

— More on Facebook Live captions

It was mentioned that anyone can caption Facebook
Live if they had proper captioning software. More
likely it will be the bigger (hearing) media
outlets that will do these “perfect” captions
since they have these captioning resources.
What about people at home that want to caption
their Facebook Live videos? If they use these
auto-caption resources, there will be garbling.
If they do the captions themselves, it will
take a lot of time, maybe hours and hours just
to do a few minutes of captions.

 

— FCC says some deaf people still use Model 15 TTY machines

Model 15 TTY machines, already obsolete, was used
by many deaf people during the sixties and seventies.
Nowadays few deaf people use TTYs since we use
the social media and emails for communication
purposes. The FCC just issued an announcement
wanting to make sure that the telephone lines
are still compatible with these old TTY machines!

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— captioning glasses or captioning device
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

6/04/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/06/07

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 7, 2017

 

— a simple device for deaf drivers stopped by police

There are several ways for deaf drivers to tell the
police officers of their deafness. Possibly Ronnie
Fulcher, a deaf man from North Carolina, came up
with possibly the best idea. After being stopped
by police few years ago, he thought of a special
device – called Pullover Pal. See the picture at:
http://deafdigest.com/pullover-pal/

 

— 911 dispatch center begs hearing people to leave deaf text 911 alone

A certain emergency dispatch center has asked the public
to use voice 911 and not deaf text 911 in case of
emergencies. This center has been overwhelmed with hearing
people using 911 text for emergencies that they could
easily use voice 911 calls. As a result, deaf people using
this text emergency service encounter delays trying to
get through!

 

— these Facebook Live captions

Facebook has announcced that its video-based Facebook Live
feature will be captioned. Good news – but with a big
question – how good would these captions be? We have seen
automated captions on other vides look bad or look silly
with garbled words. We will have to wait and see.

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— few facts about CDI’s
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

6/04/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/06/06

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 6, 2017

 

— interesting background of a deaf police officer

Scott Daily is a police officer with Tarleton
State University in Texas. In a newspaper
interview he revealed his colorful background –
football at Gallaudet, baseball player at
hearing college, rodeo professional bull
rider, construction worker, oil fields worker,
prison officer, on-call police back up with a
county police force, and as a mentor to a
troubled kid from bad family life – this troubled
kid has since become a Criminal Justice
student. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/gallaudet-football-player-becomes-police-officer/

 

— deaf with balance problems

It has been known for years that deaf people
with Spinal Meningitis have balance problems.
They have hard time walking in the dark.
There was a story today of Linda Thibodeau,
a professor at the University of Texas at
Dallas Advanced Hearing Research Center.
She said that deaf people have problems
with balance. She did not mention Spinal
Meningitis. Is she saying that deaf people
without Spinal Meningitis still have
balance problems? Don’t know. We have
deaf dancers and deaf athletes and deaf in
other activities that require good balance.

 

— deaf volunteer fireman denied interpreters twice

A small town deaf volunteer fireman was stopped
by police. He asked for an interpreter. It
wasn’t given to him. He was taken to the county
jail to be booked. Again, no interpreter was
given him. He has been released on his own
recognition but has to formally appear
in the court room in the future. He has already
asked for an interpreter for his court appearance.
Yet this is a worry that an interpreter will not
show up for the third time. DeafDigest worries
that because of the traffic stop incident, and
his demands for an interpreter becoming a
front page newspaper story, he could lose his
job as volunteer fire fighter!

 

 

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

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

6/04/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/06/05

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 5, 2017

— fake bleeps

Deaf people watch a movie. An actor says a
bad word, and the captions say “bleep” –
but are these bleeps fake bleeps? A hearing
person who is an audio specialist said that
many bleeps are missed and are voiced out
and the hearing people hear it. But the
captions still say bleep! This specialist
argues that if there is a voiced bad word,
then the deaf people have the right to have
it captioned. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/hating-a-bleep/

 

— choir conductor deaf all his life

Mark Deller is deaf, been deaf all his life. It didn’t
stop him from becoming the conductor of the
Sounds of the Southwest Singers, based in Glendale,
Arizona. Being a deaf conductor is much different from
being a deaf singer. A conductor must make sure
music, played by choir singers is perfect, and that
nothing is out of sync. Yes, he wears hearing aids
in two ears. Impossible job? Don’t say it to his face!

 

— free for blind, but not free for deaf

A school district gave away free laptops for
blind students. The State Human Rights Commission
said it was not right – if the blind are getting
free laptops, then the deaf should be getting
theirs free. As a result, this school district
then gave away free laptops for the deaf. It
could only happen in India!

 

 

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

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

6/04/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/06/02

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 2, 2017

 

— deaf snowball

In New Orleans a popular snowball stand is
Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs. The minority
owner/general manager is Kyle Littlepage.
He is deaf. Helping him out is Kyle’s brother
Cody, who is also deaf. Two other employees
are also deaf. Hearing customers write down
their orders. And they keep on coming.

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-run-snowballs-stand/

 

— zero interest in news and politics

A deaf activist posted on the internet her
complaint that deaf people get together
frequently on a social basis – but they
only talk about themselves, and not about
news or politics. Their only interest
is making sure the government continues
with their benefits and that captions and
interpreters are always provided – but
anything else, their interest is zero.

 

— amazing deaf business owner

We have many deaf people that own businesses.
One business owner is amazing. It is a deaf
owner of a convenience store. This store sells
just about everything of convenience – stationery,
mobile accessories, photographic services, copying
services, mobile phone services, recharging of
batteries in addition to shaving cream, razors,
toothpaste, toothbrush, chewing gum, candy, etc.
He communicates with his customers via note pads
plus pointing at posted charts. It is amazing
because it is located in Kashmir, which discriminates
heavily against the deaf. And also amazing because the
deaf owner is just 16 years old!

 

Flash:
Harris Communications Bringing Latest Assistive Devices to
Mid-Atlantic Deaf and Hard of Hearing Expo June 3, 2017,
Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland.

See New Options for Home Signaling Systems, Including the
New MyAlert™ System

ASL Video News Release: https://youtu.be/pYqzcRebYRQ

 

 

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

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

5/28/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/06/01

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 1, 2017

 

— national deaf TV network comes back

A national deaf TV network is coming back.
To see what it is all about, click on:

And also see the picture at:
http://deafdigest.com/national-deaf-tv-network/

 

— a hearing food truck and the deaf

Many food trucks are not deaf friendly – for
one reason – chefs need to poke their heads
out of the windows to look at the menu item
pointed by the deaf. But are there deaf employees
in the food truck industry? There is one –
in St Augustine, Florida. A hearing owner of
a food truck has hired a deaf woman. He said:

She’s shown a lot of interest and does a
fantastic job

 

— deaf not involved in early intervention for deaf children

The Pennsylvania Society for Advancement of the Deaf
hosted a forum that focused on early intervention
for deaf children. Fingers were pointed at
hearing-run agencies of the deaf, saying deaf
professionals are not asked to be involved
with these early intervention issues! This
is not surprising, by the way.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Early intervention mess
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

5/28/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/05/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 31, 2017

 

— Hulk fights Flash Gordon

An angry Hulk got into a short scuffle with
Flash Gordon! Several fans witnessing it
jumped in to break it up between these two
strong men. Hulk? It was played by deaf actor
Lou Ferrigno in the 1979-1981 TV series. During
an autograph session at London’s ComicCon.
Lou got into an argument with Sam Jones
(Flash Gordon). It escalated into a physical
scuffle. What were they really arguing about?

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/hulk-scuffling-with-flash-gordon/

 

— horror story at a hospital

A deaf woman went to the emergency room
at the Slidell Memorial Hospital (Louisiana).
Her emergency room visit became a 3-day
stay – all without an interpreter,
and she did not know what was wrong
with her. As a result, the hospital
is facing a lawsuit – same old story –
ADA discrimination.

 

— these unfriendly restaurants

Restaurants don’t follow the ADA. This was the issue
when three disabled people (deaf, wheelchair and
Little Person) got together for a discussion
at a Chicago burger restaurant. What did the
deaf person say? That for simple and easy
orders she goes to McDonald’s where she
can press her orders on a touch-screen.
She just wanted to avoid the hassle of
dealing with the waitstaff.

 

 

 

Flash:
Harris Communications Bringing Latest Assistive Devices to
Mid-Atlantic Deaf and Hard of Hearing Expo June 3, 2017,
Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland.

See New Options for Home Signaling Systems, Including the
New MyAlert™ System

ASL Video News Release: https://youtu.be/pYqzcRebYRQ

 

 

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

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

5/28/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/05/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 30, 2017

 

— deaf models in ads

A survey was taken of deaf models in ads (TV, newspapers,
magazines, etc). The result was that less than one
percent of these models were deaf. There was a McDonald’s
TV commercial during the eighties that featured a young
deaf couple; Audrey Norton, the pioneering deaf actress,
was a model in the fifties with these Royal Crown Cola
and Kodak commercials. What about nowadays? The deaf people
continue to be too few in these commercials.

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/pioneering-deaf-tv-commercial-model/

 

— 135 signed words missing in a Sign Language Dictionary

In South Korea, 135 signed words missing in the Baseball Sign
Language. Baseball is popular in South Korea. Yet approximately
250,000 deaf baseball fans do not fully understand this sport
because of these missing baseball signs! In USA, deaf people
can easily talk about baseball because there are signs
for each baseball word. Not that so in South Korea.

 

— lucky deaf professional photographer

The Evening Standard is a popular newspaper in London.
All photographers dream of their picturesa appear on the
newspaper front page. Ian Lawrence, who is deaf, is a
professional photographer for a British magazine.
He was walking through the London streets when he saw
police chasing a group of thieves on their motorcycles.
He grabbed his camera and quickly took a great picture.
The Evening Standard immediately bought the picture
and had it printed on the front page. Many photographers
dream all their life of having just one picture on
the front page, but with no luck. Ian was at the
right place at the right time!

 

 

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

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

5/28/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/