2018/05/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 10, 2018

 

— deaf employees banned from using ASL at work?

Albertsons, a supermarket chain, is being sued for requiring
Spanish-speaking employees to speak English on the job.
What if Albertsons had many deaf employees at one supermarket
location and tried to ban ASL from being spoken on the premises?
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/language-confusion-everywhere/

 

— prisoners interpreting for prisoners

In Louisiana, hearing prisoners could apply
to enroll in an intepreting program to
become interpreters for their fellow
prisoners that are deaf. Good or bad?
Intepreters are supposed to follow code
of ethics and maintain professionalism
while interpreting. Would these hearing
prisoners (lifers or long term) be
bound, with conscience to these rules
and ethics? Escape from prison is often
#1 on their thoughts.

 

— top hearing chef tries to help deaf chefs

Hearing chef Adam Perry Lang is famous for one
big reason – he switched from French style
restaurants to BBQ restaurants! Anyway, as
a young man he saw a deaf man working in
a kitchen of a restaurant in France. Never
forgotting the deaf, he has made it his goal
to hire and train deaf chefs for his restaurant
in Los Angeles. If you are deaf and love
working in the kitchen do look up Adam Perry
Lang at his APL Restaurant in Los Angeles.

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

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

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2018/05/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 9, 2018

— to be deaf and to be Democrat in Indiana

Indiana is a Republican Party stronghold. It did not
prevent a deaf woman – Kim Mettache, a Democrat,
from running for three different seats –
in the Democratic convention, in the Dyer
town council and for the state Secretary of State
and Treasurer. Running for three seats in one
election is unusual but Kim is an unusual
person. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/three-seats-in-one-election/

 

— creating a sign for a White House leader

The deaf of New Zealand invented a sign to identify
a White House leader. The sign would be a hand on top
of the head with fingers waving back and forth.
Is this sign an insult? No – deaf people all over
the world tend to create signs that would immediately
identify famous people!

 

— a world-famous play closes up

One of the world’s most famous theatrical plays
is “Children of a Lesser God.” The original play
featured the late Phyllis Frelich as Sarah. This
play was revived and shown again on Broadway –
and it will closed up soon. Reason? According
to a newspaper story:

its’ run shortened because of weak sales

It is disappointing.

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— backgammon, world ranked deaf player
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

05/06/18 Blue and Gold editions & options at:
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2018/05/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 8, 2018

— a possible scary situation with the cops

There was a big story of a hearing man buying
candy at a convenience store, and was almost
arrested by a police officer. The officer,
wearing plain clothes, thought it was a
theft of candy. It is scary if it happened
to a deaf person! What if the police officer
screamed behind a deaf person’s back, thinking
he stole the candy? Just too scary. A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/scary-purchase/

 

— cannot read or write

The World Health Organization, which is part of
the United Nations, said that almost 80 percent
of the deaf all over the world, cannot read or
write. True or false? Don’t know as DeafDigest
editor is always wary of statistics that look
too bad to be true!

 

— mocking the deafness of a famous person

There was a story today about Comedy Central
people mocking Marlee Matlin’s deafness.
Two examples:

Seth McFarlane crudely imitating a deaf person with
deaf actress Marlee Matlin (watching him)

and

Everyone mocked Matlin’s deafness

DeafDigest is not laughing. It is not funny.

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

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

05/06/18 Blue and Gold editions & options at:
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2018/05/07

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 7, 2018

— Deaf Market or Hearing Market

There was a “Deaf Shark Tank” event in
Washington, DC, sponsored by Gallaudet,
that was open to all deaf entrepreneurs.
Eight such deaf entrepreneurs came up
with their start-up ideas, hoping to
win the top prize. How many ideas were
aimed at the Deaf Market and also how
many were for the Hearing Market?
Six such proposals were for the Deaf
whereas two other proposals were for
the Hearing. The winner was for the
Deaf Market – see-through surgical mask.

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/one-word-is-missing/

 

— certified interpreters or student interpreters

An angry interpreting advocate spoke out –
saying interpreting agencies do not
care about quality; deaf people are cheated
when student (inexperienced) interpreters
show up at highly important events! Is
it true? Unfortunately for DeafDigest
editor, yes, as he had some important
meetings that were messed up by
student interpreters that could not
understand ASL.

 

— a successful deaf event

Deaf people are sad that deaf clubs are
closing up. Yet, one woman started a
deaf club that meets once a month. It
started with 20 people and has grown
to nearly 100 people. It is unusual
because it was a hearing woman that
started a deaf club for one reason –
so that she can learn sign language
by socializing with deaf members.
And it is not taking place at a
deaf club headquarters but at a
hearing pub – in Great Britain!

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

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

05/06/18 Blue and Gold editions & options at:
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2018/05/04

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 4, 2018

 

— a comment by a federal judge

In an interview, Judge Ronald M. Gould, not deaf and
serving the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit,
said:

To deny a deaf person an ASL interpreter, when ASL is their
primary language, is same as denying a Spanish interpreter
to a person who speaks Spanish as their primary language.

The judge is correct. A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/no-interpreter-is-terrible/

 

— retail store employee policy

A retail store has a policy. Everytime a deaf
person is hired to work on the floor and to help
hearing customers, a hearing team member must
work together, and go where the deaf person goes!
If there are communication problems, then the
hearing person joins in to help out. If no
problems, the hearing person stays away.

 

 

— big reason for taking ASL classes

High school kids are kids. In some high schools
ASL classes are popular with them – for one
big reason. To become teachers of the deaf, no.
To become ASL interpreters, no. Because a family
member is deaf, no. The big reason is that
they want to communicate in hidden codes that
no one else would understand, especially in the
crowded high school hallways! Silly? Yes, but
teenagers are teenagers, always worried about
peer pressure!

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update (latest job – Deaf Actor)
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/
(latest job – Deaf Actor)

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

04/29/18 Blue and Gold editions & options at:
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2018/05/03

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 3, 2018

 

— British deaf and Polish deaf marriage-partnership

Piers (a deaf British man) and his wife Magdalena
(a deaf Polish woman) own a Bed and Breakfast inn
called Summerhouse Bed and Breakfast. It is in
Pensford, Somerset in Great Britain. They communicate
with their deaf guests via combination of British,
Polish and international sign languages. For the
hearing guests, they use gestures, notes and
picture charts. Works very well either way. A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/bed-and-breakfast-inn-deaf-owned/

 

— can get captions on two weeks notice, ugh!

A Minnesota federal judge ordered The Fabulous
Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri to provide
either open or closed captions – as long as the
request is with two weeks notice. Ugh! Yes,
because deaf people may want to watch a movie
at the last minute – and they are out of luck.
Also, the judge may not realize deaf people hate
captioning devices (for closed captions).

 

— deaf performers in a forgotten skill

Mime (or pantomine) is a skill that is being seen less
and less nowadays. It was written up in a web posting.
This is sad. Before Bernard Bragg became a widely
acclaimed deaf actor, he was the #1 mime in the
San Francisco Bay area, with his own TV show.
Also there was another great deaf mime – Miko.
And the World Mime Organisation has recognized
the strong roles of the deaf in that field.

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— McCay Vernon, remembering him
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

04/29/18 Blue and Gold editions & options at:
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2018/05/02

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 2, 2018

— ASL teacher pulled out of class and escorted out of building

Arlenne Negron taught ASL at a high school in Pasco County
(Florida). All of a sudden school officials showed up in
her classroom and pulled her out and pushed her out of the
building! The school wanted to cancel the ASL classes in
middle of the semester because of budgetary concerns.
For some reason the classes continued, forcing the
school officials to physically force her out.
As a result her hearing students are planning to
show up at the next Pasco County School Board
meetng to make a big issue out of it!
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/escorted-out-of-building/

 

— mayor insults the deaf

Mayor Dave Cull, during an angry moment at a
council meeting, yelled at a hearing person,
saying:

Are you deaf or stupid?

Maybe the mayor used the word “deaf” as a joke,
but the deaf community felt insulted. They
felt that their deafness should never be
mentioned as an example. It took place
in Dunedin, New Zealand, and he apologized.

 

— deaf in violent protest is a mayoral candidate

Connell Crooms, who is deaf, has put up his candidacy
for mayor of Jacksonville, Florida. He is not part
of either party – Democratic or Republican.
Crooms was arrested during a violent protest last
year; police officers jumped on him; all he did
was to just protest at a rally. All charges were
dropped against him however.

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— word captioned five different ways
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

04/29/18 Blue and Gold editions & options at:
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2018/05/01

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 1, 2018

 

— frustrated Fire Academy applicant

Austin Freidt, who is deaf, wanted to be a firefighter.
He applied for admission to the Guilford Technical
Community College Fire Academy (NC) but was turned
down. He is not giving up the battle. In the meantime
Mark Kite Sr, who is deaf, became the fire chief
of the Yukon Volunteer Fire Company in 2009 after
working since 1977 as a volunteer fighter. Nine
years later, he is still the fire chief.
This volunteer company has 75 firefighters.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/fire-chief-is-deaf/

 

— discrimination against deaf supporting actors

Hollywood actually discriminates against deaf actors
despite the slow trend of deaf leading characters
in movies such as Wonderstruck, The Shape of Water,
The Tribe, The Silent Child, Baby Driver and
A Quiet Place. But we do not see supporting actors
and actresses that are deaf. This is the hidden
discrimination. These supporting actors may
only appear in 5 or 6 scenes but still very
much part of the movie plots.

 

— rearview mirrors

Justin Brooks, who is deaf, has graduated from
Spokane Community College truck driving program.
He already has his first truck driving job
and will be driving both long flatbeds and
commercial vans. The most important thing
in his truck driving job are rearview
mirrors. He said:

If I’m checking my mirrors, I’m going to see
those flashing lights. I think I actually
use my eyes more than a person who can hear

He is correct.

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

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

04/29/18 Blue and Gold editions & options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2018/04/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 30, 2018

 

— A deaf Republican sues the state Republican Party

Aaron Heineman, who is deaf and is a Republican, filed
ADA discrimination lawsuit against the Utah Republican
Party. He said he was promised an interpreter during
the 2016 Caucus and the Convention, but none was given him.

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/filing-a-lawsuit/

 

— best hotel in Rome

The Forbes magazine ran a story on hotels in
Rome. It said that Hassler Roma is still
the best in Rome. That hotel is owned and
operated by deaf Roberto Wirth, and has been
in business for 135 years, handed down
through the Wirth generations, ending
with Roberto and his hearing brother.
Roberto eventually bought out his
brother and has full ownership.

 

— remote video interpreters; love or hate

Deaf people, especially those that live in
big cities and large metro areas, hate
remote video interpreters. They prefer
face-to-face live interpreters. There
was a story about deaf people that live
in Utah rural areas – that love remote
video interpreters. There are no
live interpreters around and so, they
feel blessed to have these video
interpreting opportunities.

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— controversy with deaf winner of hearing pageant
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

04/29/18 Blue and Gold editions & options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2018/04/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 27, 2018

 

— deaf trash becomes deaf treasure

There is a famous saying – One man’s trash
is another man’s treasure. A new deaf company –
reFort, in Washington, DC, wishes to salvage
and refurbish departing Gallaudet students’
spring trash into treasure for resale for
upcoming fall students in the fall. A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/trash-to-treasure/

 

— stuck with a bad TV script

Marlee Matlin plays as FBI agent in the “Quantico”
TV series. Critics have said this TV series is
one of the worst ever! It is not the fault of
Marlee, but of the script writers that could
not do a good job of making it a good program.

 

— thrown out because of deafness, filing a lawsuit

Kayla Finacchiaro, who is deaf, was kicked out of the
Newbury College (Massachusetts) softball team. She
has filed a lawsuit, accusing the coach of throwing
her out because of her deafness. Hard to believe?
Yes!

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— many hearing contacts helped a deaf man
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

04/22/18 Blue and Gold editions & options at:
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