2019/09/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 11, 2019

— definition of disabled

What is disabled? An advocate said as long as the person is
not in hospital then that person is not disabled. Yes,
it means the deaf as well as the wheelchair and the blind!

 

— medical care for deaf only or for both deaf and disabled

Joanna T. Bisgrove, who is deaf, practices Family
Medicine in Oregon, a town in Wisconsin. As a younger
woman her goal was to provide medical care only for
the deaf and the hard of hearing. But her
views changed and she provides medical care for
the deaf, the hard of hearing, the disabled and for
women and for other disadvantaged groups.

 

— 4th non-existent deaf nation

In the past we have read about these three non-existent
deaf nations (Islay as written up in a novel; deaf colony
in Georgia proposed by John Flournoy, and a relatively
recent attempt to establish Laurent, SD as a ASL-speaking
town). Here is a fourth one nowadays – Deaf Republic,
as idealized by a deaf poet. Fifth deaf nation
coming up????

 

 

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2019/09/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 10, 2019

— a twist in a deaf prisoner lawsuit

A lawsuit has been filed in Georgia but with a
twist – it is not only just prisons
discriminating against deaf prisoners, but
that the state parole system is not
accessible to deaf parolees.

 

— KFC mess, again, Jack in the Box mess

Some big fast food chains would get into trouble
with deaf customers. Recently a KFC window person
told a deaf person he was too busy (and was
fired). And now this A Jack in the Box person
refused to serve a deaf person, and also
mocked her deafness; this deaf person stood
her ground for two hours and was still
refused service. If it is good news, the
Jack in the Box person was fired. Next
fast food, next Deaf Mess! And next
Fast Food Law Suit. This may never stop.

 

— city employees post video mocking the deaf

Employees of the City Emergency Services Department
in Lumberton, NC posted a video making fun of the
deaf. City officials were upset about it, and have
asked the North Carolina Division of Services for
the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to give a
sensitivity training session.

 

 

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2019/09/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 9, 2019

— July’s debate and this week’s debate

The July presidential candidates debate did
not touch on the issue of the disabled. This
week, it will. Just see what each of ten
candidates has to say. Make sure they
mean it and is not all just talk.

 

— Helen Keller and a controversial issue

Did Helen Keller wish to have disabled people
killed? This is what The Federalist
(https://thefederalist.com) said. Keep in
mind she was extremely outspoken and was a
member of the Socialist Party of America.

 

— uncaptioned videos may involve three different laws

If a video you are watching is not captioned, what to do?
Can get quite confusing – there are 3 different laws
which may cover these uncaptioned videos! The ADA,
the the 21st Century Communications and Video Act (CVAA)
and the Rehabilitation Act (Section 508). This is
why Disability Law is a growing legal field.

 

 

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2019/09/06

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 6, 2019

— hard of hearing people say lipreading fails sometimes

An advocate who is hard of hearing said there are ten
different reasons why lipreading fails them? One
reason is interesting – depending too much on captions
instead of watching actors’ lips!

 

— KFC great way to serve deaf drive-ins

KFC, very aware of difficulties some chains deal
with deaf drive-in customers, came up with an
idea. This chain developed a training video
to show all employees and all managers how
to deal with a typical deaf-drive in. They
say it is working very well. Hmm, lets’ see
if other chains will copy KFC’s idea? The
concern is that if employees are shown the
video 6 months ago, will they immediately
remember the steps to take? Many forget what
they learn unless it is repetitive.

 

— worldwide chain laughs at deaf

A deaf woman ordered a prepaid cellphone card,
but there was a misunderstanding over the cost.
As a result she overpaid. When she protested
and wanted the refund on the overpayment,
the clerk laughed very hard. The deaf woman
felt the clerk was mocking her deafness.
It took place at a 7-11 store, not in
USA but in the Philippines. This incident
went viral and as a result, the customer
care specialist from 7-11 Philippines
is now trying to get this matter taken
care of with an apology.

 

 

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2019/09/05

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 5, 2019

— announcement but years to implement

A New York City subway system made a big announcement,
that digital screens will be captioned for the benefit
of deaf passengers. Yet it will take several years for
all such screens to be installed at stations and
in all cars. Announcement is one thing; implementation
is another thing. Ever so frustrating!

 

— percentage that watch captions

A captioning advocate said more than half of
people that watch captions are not deaf.
True or false?

 

— lipreading machine

A lipreading machine? A joke? Well, there is a
tech company that is developing an app that can
read people’s lips, among other things. Purpose
is to allow financial clients to access their
own on-line records. 96 percent success rate with
access is what developers are saying.

 

 

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