2017/04/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 12, 2017

— Shoshannah Stern comes back

Deaf actress Shoshannah Stern has come back to her
role as Eileen Leahy in a recent episode of the
TV sitcom – Supernatural. While she has been quite
active with theatrical plays, her appearance on TV
has not been that frequent. Let’s hope she continues
on TV. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/repeat-deaf-actress/

 
— explanation about Jacksonville deaf incident

It was learned that the deaf man who was hit by the
police during the protest was very oral, even though
he knew ASL. He got into a fight with another protester.
The cops did not realize he was deaf. And he was not
using ASL at the time the cops came after him – yet
for some reason the tale of cops thinking he was using
menacing ASL got twisted all around. It will get
all sorted out in the court room.

 

— United cannot remove the deaf

The story of security people physically ejecting a
passenger on United went viral. United explained
that passengers that need to leave the plane
cannot be deaf. Even though many of us hate
United, it makes us feel better that they cannot
throw out a deaf person!

 

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

4/09/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/04/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 11, 2017

— most common question in ASL classes

It is almost always that on the first day of
ASL classes, no matter if it is high school
or college – that the deaf ASL instructor
would ask this question:

Have you ever met a deaf person before?

Few hands will be raised – saying they have a
deaf cousin, or a deaf neighbor or a deaf
friend or even a deaf boyfriend/girlfriend.
But for most of those in the class, they
have never saw a deaf person in their life!
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/asl-class/

 

— a rarity, a repeat winner

We have young deaf women that win Pageants. But
Emma Faye Rudkin, who is deaf, is a rarity.
She just won the Miss San Antonio pageant
again! She won her first pageant in 2015 and
then recently. Pageant winners are once and
done – but not apparently so in her case.

 

— the Pinocchio is deaf

We know the famous story of the Pinocchio,
the puppet that wants to be a real life kid.
And that the more he tells lies, the longer
his nose grows. But a Deaf Pinocchio?
Yes, a twist on the original story is part
of an upcoming play in Chicago. A mixture
of deaf and hearing actors will use ASL and
voice. A deaf actress will play the
Pinocchio role while a hearing actor
will play the Geppetto role. The play
is in both ASL and voice. Will her
nose grow longer with her lies?

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— important deaf jobs that deaf don’t apply
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4/09/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/04/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 10, 2017

— 18 angry deaf people

A group of 18 deaf people went to a movie theater
in Warwick, Rhode Island, wanting to watch the
“Beauty and the Beast” movie with captions.
The manager refused to turn on the captions,
saying it wasn’t advertised and it would be
unfair to hearing people that paid to watch
the non-captioned movie. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/movie-captions-not-turned-on/

 

 

— cops thought ASL usage meant person wanted to fight

A deaf man participated in a protest rally in Jacksonville, FL.
The police, in trying to arrest protesters, thought the
deaf man’s use of ASL meant he wanted to fight them.
As a result, the deaf man was badly beaten up, even
though protesters told police he was deaf and was just
using his sign language. His supporters are planning
legal action.

 

 

— low cost hearing device is high cost deaf device

The National Weather Service is pushing for hearing
people to buy Weather Radio. It costs just $30.00.
But for the deaf, this modified radio (flashing
signalers, digital read outs, etc) would push the
price to over $100.00. This is what the deaf
people told the National Weather Service people.

 

Latest deaf jobs
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— British embarrassment
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

4/09/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/04/07

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 7, 2017

 
— no interpreter for two weeks

A deaf student relies on ASL interpreting in the
classroom. In Alabama, the deaf student’s
interpreter has not shown up for two weeks –
and the school did not tell his parents about it!
The intepreter lost her certificate and the
school district was not able to find a replacement
interpreter. At the time this story was printed
the school is still looking for a new interpreter.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/no-interpreter-for-two-weeks/

 

 

— airline ignores travel access, kicks out deaf-blind

Frankie Thomson, a deaf-blind British man, has traveled
independently for 35 years. All of a sudden he was
kicked out of the easyJet flight (Edinburgh to London)
because the pilot panicked on inability to handle
a deaf-blind passenger! The airline has apologized,
and gave him a free flight the next day.

 

— the deaf and the bad Rikers prison complex

There are many deaf prisoners at the Rikers
Island prison complex (10 separate prison
buildings on a 413-acre island) in New York
City. These prisons are old and outdated
and criticized for cruelty to inmates.
The mayor wants to close the prison island
and move inmates elsewhere. There are concerns
how would the closing affect the deaf prisoners.
Already the prison reformers are telling the
city to keep deaf prisoners in mind during
these big changes in the future.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— golf course, deaf superintendent
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

4/02/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/04/06

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 6, 2017

— a Deaf Microchip inside hand

Could a Deaf Microchip be inserted into
a deaf person’s hand? Don’t laugh.
There is a big newspaper story of a company
in Sweden inserting microchips into employees’
hands for such tasks like opening doors,
activating the office printers, ordering
soft drinks, etc. What could a Deaf
Microchip do? Maybe help with voice to text
and from text to voice communications?
Possibilities could be endless! A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-microchip/

 

— finally after four attempts

Sujitha, a young deaf woman, living in
a small village in India, was not
able to get a national ID card. She
needed that card to get the government
services and benefits she was entitled
to. She made four trips to the local
government office but with no luck.
When her story hit the newspapers,
the embarrassed village official
promised to give her the card.

 

— too many voice to text/text to voice apps

Do we have too many voice to text software
apps? Do we also have too many text to voice
apps? Seems every week there are always
stories and announcements of hearing
students developing these apps to help
the deaf with communications. These
apps are important – but too many!
It only creates more confusion as to
which app is the best. It is the same
as going into a super drug store,
wanting to buy one toothpaste, but
seeing as many as 15-20 different
brands and models!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— interpreting issue, sticky
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

4/02/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/04/05

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 5, 2017

— a Deaf Cash Mob

What is a Cash Mob? Somewhat similar to the flash mob
in past years. The participants purchase something
as a way to support the business and, in the case
of the Deaf Cash Mob, to thank the shop for
supporting the deaf. Employees at the
Knoxville Center for the Deaf showed up at the
local Chick-fil-A restaurant to order food
and greeting the restaurant employees. A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-cash-mob/

 

— good or bad joke

Is it a good joke or a bad joke? There was a
posting on an Australian web site, saying
that Australian researchers developed an app
that would help deaf babies how to speak!
It was something like an April Fools’ Joke.
So, good joke or bad joke? Remember hearing
babies only speak baby-talk until they become
a few years older.

 

— Deaf 14,813 Alarm Boxes

Deaf Alarm Boxes in New York City? There are
14,813 of these such boxes on public streets.
Almost all people use cell phones, including
the deaf, to report fires. Yet, way back in
2011 a New York judge ruled that these fire
boxes cannot be taken down until something
deaf-friendly can be used as a better way
to report fires. No one, however, knows of
a better way, and so, these fire boxes
continue! And it costs New York a lot of
money to continue, something that the city
government hates.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
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4/02/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/04/04

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 4, 2017

— rookie police officer fascinated with ASL

Sgt. Andrea Cruz was a rookie officer with the
New York Police Department and became fascinated
with ASL after seeing an interpreter with a deaf
person. That was 12 years ago and she decided to
take interpreting classes during her off-duty
hours. Fast forward today, she interprets for
the deaf, as part of the Detective Bureau and
the Hostage Negotiation Team. And if she stops
a deaf driver on a traffic stop, she gives them
deaf card visors. She is rare – because almost all
police officers do not attend interpreter training
classes. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/interpreter-serving-as-police-officer/

 

— deaf woman fights to drive a truck

Frankye Helbig, a deaf woman, wanted to become a
truck driver. State of Florida said no. After a
legal battle, helped by her attorney, she was
able to take truck driving classes at a local
college. After 320 hours of classes, she took
a commercial driver’s tests. The federal
and state transportation officials watched
her – and still she passed them all, even
without an interpreter! She is now looking
for a truck driving job. Her husband, not
deaf, is a truck driver and they both
dream of buying a truck and seeing the
USA together!

 

— deaf as marine biologist

There was a newspaper interview about a
deaf man, who wanted to become a marine
biologist. He was told that deaf people
cannot become a marine biologist. He
gave up and is working in a different
profession. This is puzzling and
disappointing, for we have a number
of deaf in the marine biology field.
If one tells a deaf person he cannot
be something, then research it to find
out if it is true or not.

 

Latest deaf jobs
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— truck driving comments about deafness
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

4/02/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/04/03

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 3, 2017

 
— a twist with the Pepsi Center captioning lawsuit

The lawsuit, trying to force Denver’s Pepsi Center
to caption their video board, has a twist! The
plaintiffs are asking for interpreters if there
are no captions. Not sure how is this going
to work? Not every deaf person knows ASL;
what if the deaf person is seated too far
from the interpreter’s stand? A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/pepsi-center-funny-captions/

 

— coming up, next ADA war

The ADA war never stops. There are always a new
set of violations that keeps the war continuing.
Coming up is captions on web sites. The results
could be ugly – witness University of California
taking down its videos just to avoid the high
captioning costs. Take as an example, the
web site of your favorite sports team is
not captioned. Is this a violation of the ADA?
Deaf people say yes; web site owners say no.

 

— confusing deafness with something else

When something does not look right with their
young children, the distraught parents may
think they may be deaf. Taking the child to
the doctor, they are told it is something
else (and serious) – autism! Deaf children
have problems communicating. Autistic children
may have same problems communicating. This
is why there is confusion. This is a problem
in some Asian nations that do not have newborn
hearing screening exams.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— secrets of successful deaf entertainer
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

4/02/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/03/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 31, 2017

— a test to see if a bank is deaf-friendly

Deaf people with smartphones can withdraw
money from any of Wells Fargo’s 13,000
ATMs without using debit cards. Is it
deaf-friendly? Sometimes people at
ATM windows have problems and need to
contact customer service representatives.
Big question – is it easy or hard for
deaf to contact customer service people
to discuss money withdrawal problems?
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/atm-deaf-friendly-or-not/

 

— a very special bar/art gallery

In Bologna, Italy, there is a bar/art gallery
named Altro Spazio. This bar hires the
disabled – the blind, the deaf, and the
wheelchair to serve drinks at the bar
counter for regular patrons. And if the
deaf bartenders have communication problems,
the restaurant staff helps out with sign
language. Might be worth the time for
deaf tourists passing through Bologna
to stop at the bar/art gallery.

 

— deaf photographer making friends with hearing photographers

Do photographers get along with each other? Good
question because photographers are always competing
with each other for better pictures from better
picture-taking locations. There is a lot of pushing
and bumping among these photographers. Steven Libby.
who is deaf, is one of the better known photographers
in the Palm Coast, Florida area. He communicates by
ASL, by gestures and by notes – and yet, he is well
liked among hearing photographers. They’re pretty
much used to his shoulder taps (hearing people
hate being tapped on their shoulders, by the
way). He was written up in a nice newspaper story.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf officer at CIA
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/03/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 30, 2017

— a deaf police officer in a different setting

We have a deaf police officer on a college
campus – no, it is not at Gallaudet or at
RIT. Scott Daily, who is deaf, is a police
officer at Tarleton State University
in Texas. He is able to keep up with
ASL thanks to five deaf students on
the campus. As a police officer
he has three rules – Always be fair,
always be firm, and always be consistent.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-police-officer-on-college-campus/

 

— 1930’s unfriendly to deaf

A Coda told a story of his deaf parents surviving
in the 1930’s. These were the Depression
years when many deaf people had a hard time
getting jobs. And the deaf were not encouraged
to go out on dates with the hearing. And if
the deaf married the deaf, they were not
encouraged to have children. And there was
much talk of the need to sterilize the deaf
so that they cannot have children. We are
grateful that we have ADA on our side
nowadays.

 

— ASL is second most requested language

In the courtrooms in Pennsylvania, interpreters
are available in many, many languages, including
ASL. A report said that while Spanish is the
most requested language, the second most
requested is ASL. It will not be wrong
to assume that ASL is also one of the most
requested languages in courtrooms in other
states.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— our deaf female scientists
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3/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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