2019/07/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 9, 2019

— Video Relay Operator job possibly not good for sensitive person

If a person is sensitive, then applying for a job as
Video Relay operator may not be a good idea. One
relay operator said, in a newspaper story, that she
had to interpret for a job applicant who was rejected,
for a deaf drug abuser that is having rehab issues,
for an emotional deaf person with mental health issues.

 

— unusual deaf hobby

Many deaf people have hobbies. One such hobby
is interesting. John Wood, who is deaf but functions
as a hearing person, collects musical records. So far
he has collected 500,000 records, all stashed in boxes
in his house from attending flea markets and swap
meets for 50 years. Does he get rich re-selling these
old musical records? He said he collects, but does
not sell! He admitted that when he goes to heaven
then disposing of these valuable records may be a problem.

 

— Video Relay calls from prisons not free

According to a press release by a relay provider,
it said that FCC allows relay services to charge
deaf prisoners for video relay calls. Do hearing
prisoners pay for their voice calls? Fair or
not fair?

 

 

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2019/07/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 8, 2019

— A culinary school says no to the deaf

A deaf person wanted to enroll at a culinary
school, hoping to become a chef some day.
The school said – no, cannot accept the deaf
because of safety issues in the kitchen.
That deaf person went ahead and established
a successful restaurant. Culinary school
important or being self-taught important?
Well, we have a list of successful deaf
chefs and restaurant owners that never went
to culinary schools! They either taught
themselves or learned from experienced chefs.

 

— love between the deaf and the robot

Do deaf people and robots get along?
The spokesperson at the Robotics Lab
at the university Department of Systems
says 80 percent of deaf people that used
robots love these non-humans!

 

— honest deaf and dishonest hearing

A past government official said that for his
nation to prevent corruption (bribes and being
“blind” to illegal activities) the best thing
is to hire the deaf and train them to stop such
activities. He said the trained deaf would not
allow such illegal activities. Who said that?
An American official? No, an official from Kenya!

 

 

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2019/07/05

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 5, 2019

— cruel irony with the upcoming 2019 elections

A cruel irony is going on with the upcoming
2019 elections. Yes, all candidates, regardless
of party affiliation, say they support the
ADA – yet their own websites are not deaf
friendly! Vox, a web site devoted to daily
news, made that accusation in today’s edition.

 

— Deaf Therapy on-line

National Deaf Therapy has set up an on-line
therapy, dealing with deaf clients in need
of counseling. While it is not the same as
one-on-one ASL-signing counseling or as
one-on-on interpreted counseling, it may
just possibly be the solution for deaf
that live in rural areas and need counseling.

 

— anti-deaf Russian scientist

Denis Rebrikov is a Russian biologist; he feels
he can do some gene-editing to allow deaf couples
to have hearing children instead of deaf children.
Eugenics? Genetics experts have said that Rebrikov’s
idea is very risky. And even worse, what if these
deaf couples eventually bear deaf children, despite
Rebrikov’s promises?

 

 

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2019/07/04

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 4, 2019

— pocket pictures of signs

The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is distributing
a pocket-sized picture of signs for the officers
of the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Will it work? Hope so – not every deaf person
knows sign language; the pocket guide has
30 different signs, forcing the police
officer to scan all around for the right
sign with the right picture; and even
looking at the right picture the police
officer may wrongly use the sign!
What is the best way? Simple, find an
interpreter!

 

— our successful deaf people

We have successful deaf people that are well
known – Marlee Matlin, Nyle DiMarco, past NBA
player Lance Allred, past NFL player Derrick
Coleman, past baseball player Curtis Pride
plus millions and millions of deaf people that
hold down successful jobs, homes, family lives,
etc. Yet there always millions of hearing
people that think deaf people cannot read,
cannot write, cannot drive cars, cannot
find jobs, cannot have children, cannot
deposit checks at banks, cannot go to
college, and so on. We are not afraid
of hearing people, yet there are many
hearing people that are afraid of us!
Very sad.

 

— Life and Deaf

Again mentioning Marleee Matlin, it was
announced she will star in an upcoming
Disney comedy – Life and Deaf. Plus she is
the Executive Producer, the boss! She
supervises the producer, watches the money,
makes sure the production follows the
deadline and the quality of acting is
satisfactory. This is more responsibility
than just being an actor.

 

 

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2019/07/03

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 3, 2019

— a mess at an airport

Air Canada messed up big time at the airport
in Detroit. A deaf passenger was waiting to
board his flight. Suddenly the gate entrance
changed. Hearing passengers knew about it.
The deaf passenger did not know about it.
The plane took off without him. He previously
told the flight personnel of his deafness and
told them to send text messages to him, but they
never did. He boarded the next day but the
first day excitement of arriving at his
destination (Rome, Italy) was missed. He
had to wait for his lost luggage plus
paying up nearly $2,000 to re-book his
missed flight. His family is planning to take
legal action against the airline for ignoring
his deafness.

 

— hearing aid vs cochlear implant

Which is best for a deaf person – a hearing
aid or a CI? An audiologist explained that
hearing aid is for those that are either
moderately or mildly deaf and the CI is
best for severely or profoundly deaf.
It is not a perfect response, though.

 

— a bad joke about an automobile horn

A new automobile horn arrived at a new car
dealership. The horn was described as so
loud that a deaf person could jump
five feet up in the air upon hearing the
sound. Fact or a joke? Probably a
joke since this story appeared in a
newspaper 110 years ago (1909).

 

 

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