2017/03/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 9, 2017

— brothers partnership requires communications

We have had a few deaf business partners. Some
worked; some didn’t. For two deaf brothers
owning a partnership in a franchase business,
the #1 lesson they have learned is – communications
with hearing clients. Brother partners Waylon and
Jerrel Mathern own a franchise in home storage
services, based in Seattle, Washington. They said
“Our communication is more through emails, texts and
forms of social media.” So far, they’ve been
successful. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/brothers-partners/

 

— to be employed in Hollywood is to take risks

Deaf actor Troy Kotsur, who is said to be one of the
few deaf actors to be able to work consistently
in the cut-throat Hollywood world, said it
requires risk-taking. Part of his success, he
said, is to continue to make hearing contacts.
The challenge is to win deaf roles that normally
would be given to fake-deaf actors. And the
big risk lies for deaf actors that win deaf roles!
Perception, real and fake, is the name of the
game in Hollywood.

 

— agency in India claims 5,000 deaf hires since 2009

There was a story today that Deaf Enabled Foundation,
an agency started by the deaf for the deaf in India
in 2009, has found jobs for over 5,000 deaf clients
across the nation. India is one of these nations where
deaf people face difficulties in finding employment.
Is the 5,000 figure real or an exaggeration?

 

 

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

3/5/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/03/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 8, 2017

— honoring a deaf woman on International Women’s Day

Today is the International Women’s Day. We have many
deaf female pioneers that have excelled, as compared
to hearing peers, in many fields. One such deaf pioneer
honored today is Olga Skorokhodova, a Russian/Ukrainian
woman, who passed away in 1982. She worked towards
better education and schooling for the deaf-blind.
We all have heard of Helen Keller, but Olga Skorokhodova
certainly flew under the radar. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/pioneer-with-deaf-blind/

 

 

— noise did not wake up sleeping deaf people

A construction is underway on a street in metro
Phoenix area. Deaf residents, living in a house
on that street were not bothered by construction
noise. But they were terribly bothered by
construction vibration! It woke them up one
morning. A complaint was filed by the deaf
family and the TV local news picked it up.

 

 

— owning most beautiful (ugly) bulldog

The 38th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest
is taking place in Iowa. Entered into that
contest are 120 bulldogs from 13 different
states. One of these bulldogs is named
Opal and it is owned by a deaf woman
from Cary, Illinois. Hopefully this
deaf-owned bulldog will win!

 

 

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

3/5/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/03/07

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 7, 2017

— a demanding job for young deaf person

Many people love to golf. And when they go to golf
courses, they hire caddies for two reasons, to
carry their golf carts and to advise them on
best clubs to use for each shots. This requires
communications. And we have a young deaf woman
who is a caddy – Amber Heun, who works a golf
course in Wisconsin. If she gets good tips
from golfers it means one thing – she has done
a great job! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-golf-caddy/

 

— a praise from Marlee Matlin

A praise from Marlee Matlin, who is quite
outspoken in her own right. She praised
Robert Osborne, not deaf, that departed us.
He was a well known movie historian and a
movie host with the Turner Movie Classics.
Marlee said in a tweet that he was of
pure class and one of the first people
in Hollywood who supported her breaking
barriers. RIP.

 

— a doctor overrules a nurse

DeafDigest mentioned a few days ago that
a deaf British woman was refused admission
to a hospital. The nurse thought she
was not really a British citizen and not
entitled to free medical services. The
nurse kept on questioning that deaf woman
for three continuous hours, not believing
that she was born in Great Britain. A
doctor saw it and stopped the nurse from
continuing to question her – and immediately
gave her the medical treatment she needed.
The deaf woman was born in Great Britain but
her ancestors were Native Americans! Racism
against the deaf? Yes!

 

 

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

3/5/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/03/06

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 6, 2017

— too many ADA lawsuits possibly hurting us

Are we in the habit of filing too many ADA
lawsuits? DeafDigest saw two things that have
happened. The Villages (Florida) closed up
their Senior Learning Center. University of
California is taking down all of their
videos, not accessible to both the deaf
and hearing. Is this part of a troubling
trend when the defendants simply shut down
their services to avoid paying for captions
and interpreters? A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/excessive-ada-lawsuits/

 

— a soap opera scene that makes no sense

TV soap operas are a way of life in India.
One such scene makes no sense. A fake-deaf
actress “forgot” to put on her hearing aid.
She leaves the room to look for her hearing
aid – and while she is absent for a few
minutes, a crime is committed. She comes
back, not knowing what is going on. In
real life, if a hard of hearing person
depends on hearing aid, why would it be
forgotten in the first place?

 

— employees of deaf agency on strike

It is not happening, yet, in USA but
employees of the Canadian Hearing Society
are going on a strike! The management
couldn’t agree on employment terms with the
Canadian Union of Public Employees. As
a result, employees are walking off the
job. Who wins? There are four losers –
the employer, the union, the employees
and most important of all, deaf clients
that desperately need services!

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Deaf, invisible music
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/5/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/03/03

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 3, 2017

— Amazon Cloud crash and Deaf crash

Many of us use Cloud Computing, and we have read about
the Amazon Cloud crash. Bad computer parts? No,
it was a simple programming error (just a typo)
that caused the Amazon Cloud world to come down
in a big crash. A simple typo caused the same
thing to a computer system at a national American
agency serving the deaf. The records were wiped
out and could not be saved! The agency was
forced to throw out the computer system and
replace it with a new one, starting all over.
Needless to say, the agency was not the same
since that crash. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/amazon-cloud-crash-and-deaf-crash/

 

— priority at FCC

We are always concerned everytime FCC changes its
chairperson. New chairperson always has his own
agenda and priorities. He may be deaf-friendly or
not deaf-friendly. The new chairperson is Ajit
Pai, and it is great to hear from him that one
of his priorities is to deal with quality of
interpreters with the Video Relay Service. He
wants a medical interpreter if the relay call
is medically-related; he wants a legal interpreter
if the relay call is legal-related and so on.
Easy to do it? No, but it is a start!

 

— arranged marriages possibily led to many deaf children

A team of researchers at the Madras ENT Research Foundation,
in India, is puzzled over too many deaf children born
in a group of 60 families in a rural village. Without
saying it directly, they are implying it may be the
consequences of too many arranged marriages among
members of this close-knit village.

 

 

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

2/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/03/02

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 2, 2017

— Great Britain refuses deaf woman free hospital service

Dena Bryant, who is deaf, was born in Great Gonerby, a
small British village of just 2,000 people. She has
lived in that town all her life. She needed medical
treatment at a nearby hospital, but the medical
staff refused to admit her. They felt she was faking
her British citizenship, despite her protests that
she was born in that hospital and grew up in the
nearby small town. The government did not want to
give free medical services for non-citizens, and
this was the reason they blocked her. The government,
however, said they are investigating. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/hospital-says-no-to-deaf-woman/

 

— PAH shouted by a hearing woman, not deaf woman

In ASL Lingo, PAH (lipreadable mouth movement)
means finally. Deaf people say it all the time.
Do hearing people say it? Chris Ardis, not
deaf, is a teacher of the deaf and also a teacher
of ASL classes. She and her colleages were
embroiled in a controversial political issue
with the school board. When she won the vote,
she said PAH even though her friends did not
understand what it meant! A PAH is a PAH.

 

— feeling, not hearing, the police siren

Could deaf people hear the siren? Yes, if they
wear a hearing aid or a CI. Could deaf people
feel the siren without a hearing aid or
a CI? Police departments say that Howler
siren can be felt by the deaf – they say
it rumbles – just like motorcycles whizzing
by!

 

Latest deaf jobs
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— small town fire chief is deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

2/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/03/01

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 1, 2017

— The Villages court case: comments

A newspaper said the deaf won the Villages
(Florida) court case regarding no interpreters for
learning classes. Yet this story leads to more
questions – 30 deaf people testified but
only 21 were awarded money; why not nine others?
Total of $212,000 split among the 21 winners
(nearly $11,000 per winner) in this three-week
long trial, costing millions of dollars in
legal fees, yet for the deaf winners, it is
“pennies”. Who pays for legal fees of these
deaf winners, never mind deaf losers? Why
did the trial last three weeks? Something
does not look right after reading the story.
And besides – the Villages could appeal,
not that they will! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/anti-deaf-village/

 

— captions for the hearing

Many hearing people hate captions, saying it
is distracting on the screen, and they would
turn it off on TV if no deaf people are around.
Yet, many hearing people have a very hard
time following these Lord of The Rings
stories, and other classicals, even with voices.
This is where the captions come in!

 

— Deaflympics on TV

Deaflympics is coming up. Will it be on TV?
It was announced that the Olympic Channel
has signed a tie-up with the International
Committee of Sports for the Deaf (the governing
body of the Deaflympics). It says that Deaflympics
could be broadcast. “Could” does not mean it will,
though!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Clarke School, unbelievable incident
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

2/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/02/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 28, 2017

— angry legislator rips up a bill

Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, Iowa legislator, hated the
bill that would have ended licensing requirements
for many professions, including interpreters.
As a result, he ripped up the bill in half.
People watching him from the gallery all rose
up in cheers! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/angry-legislator/

 

— a big concert not captioned on TV

A big event in Wales is a musical festival –
the Cyngerdd Gwyl Ddewi, a St David Day Concert.
Deaf music lovers watched the program, expecting
it to be captioned. It wasn’t and people are
angry about it. They said the broadcaster
discriminated against the deaf. The broadcaster
denied it, saying there were two reasons for
no captions – copyright issues and also
difficulty in translating Welsh songs into
English language. What would the deaf Americans
say if the recent Oscar program wasn’t captioned!

 

— app to improve customer service for deaf

Working with Bermuda Islands Association of the Deaf,
an American high tech company is developing
an app to help public service companies deal with
their deaf customers (telecoms, power suppliers,
banks, insurance companies, etc). No video
relay service – just the deaf customer directly
with the company.

 

 

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

2/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/02/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 27, 2017

— deaf newscaster refuses to “fix” the birth of her children

Sarah-Jane Moloney is a deaf newscaster in Ireland.
At a fertility clinic in Spain, she and her husband
were asked if they could have their genes fixed so
that the children would be born deaf. She said –
no, let nature take its course. As it is, both
children were born hearing. Her comments hit
the Irish newspapers. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.net/refusing-to-fix-genes-so-children-would-be-born-deaf/

 

 

— a Deaf Oscar goof

Oscar, the highlight event of the year for actors and
performers, are always getting into goofs. An example
was announcing the wrong movie as the winner. Any
deaf goofs? Yes, but not deaf but of fake-deaf.
In 1978 at the Oscar, a group of children, announced
as deaf, sign-sang Debby Boone’s Light Up My Life.
These children were fake-deaf and even worse, they
could not really sign at all!

 

— disabled governor protects the deaf

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott uses a wheelchair to
get around. It is nice to hear that he protected
Texas School for the Deaf. The state has imposed
a hiring freeze on state agencies – but the
school has been made exempt from the hiring
freeze, upon orders of the governor!

 

 

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

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

2/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/02/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 24, 2017

 
— Gallaudet hopefully not losing its identity

The Washington, DC Metro (rapid transit/subway)
system is broke. And if money is not found within
coming months, there may be dire consequences.
One such consequence is selling the naming
rights to metro stop stations. One such station
is NoMa–GallaudeU station. This name has
generated millions of dollars of free publicity
for Gallaudet. If Gallaudet loses its station
name, then would Gallaudet lose its identity?
Hope it never happens. By the way, it is just
15 minute breezy walk from the stop to the
campus. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/gallaudet-hopefully-not-losing-identity/

 

— a deaf pitcher at minor league spring training camp

Kevin Grendell, who is deaf and a lefthanded pitcher,
is in the Los Angeles Angels minor league training camp.
Hopefully we will be hearing more of him in years to come
since we’ve not had a great deaf pitcher since the days of
Dummy Taylor.

 

— DeafWest in another new play

It was mentioned that DeafWest is worried about funding,
but it did not stop them from showing a new play
“Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo” which will debut
March 7th.

 

 

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