2017/05/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 9, 2017

 

— a politician said she healed a deaf man

Kristy Adams who is campaigning to win election
as British MP, representing the Conservative
party, said she healed a deaf man, and made
him hearing. She said she touched his ears
and suddenly he became hearing. It is up to
you to believe this story or not. A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/claimed-to-heal-deaf-man/

 

— telling deaf driver what to do during traffic stops

A new law was passed in Virginia, which joins few other
states, making it part of driver’s education classes.
This law require drivers to be taught on what to do
if the police stops you! If this law spreads to all
50 states, then hopefully all future deaf driver
traffic stops will be peaceful. After all, no
one wants to get a traffic ticket!

 

— an important vote on Friday

The nine-week-old strike by workers at Canadian
Hearing Society (CHS) may end on Friday. The union
and the CHS management reached a tentative
agreement. It took five days of back and
forth discussions with both sides, as led by
a mediator to get them to shake hands. All
it remains is a vote by union members on
Friday. If they agree, then they report
to work next Monday. If they vote down,
then the strike continues.

 

 

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2017/05/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 8, 2017

 

— teacher bullies a deaf student

In Taiwan, a teacher bullied a deaf student
in a classroom, pulling out his hearing aid.
That teacher already had a bad reputation
for mistreating her students, and many
complaints were filed against her.
The school board is conducting a hearing
and may terminate her employment. A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/the-teacher-is-a-bully/

 

— a Sign Language we may not understand

Many of us do not understand foreign sign languages.
Add one more to the list of these languages, the
Black Bolt Sign Language! The movie – Marvel’s
Inhumans will be released for showing in
IMAX theaters this coming September. The
leading character, Black Bolt, will be
using his own Sign Language to communicate
with people around him. Anson Mount,
the actor, said it is not ASL. Why not?

 

— NRA was not USA’s oldest civil rights organization

The National Rifle Association issued a press
release saying it is the nation’s oldest
civil rights organization. This is not true.
The nation’s oldest is the National Association
of the Deaf. It was founded in 1880. While
the NRA was founded in 1871, it was not as a
civil rights organization, instead advocating
shooting as a recreational activity. It did not
advocate civil rights until 1934! The NAD
did right from the start.

 

 

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2017/05/05

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 5, 2017

 

— comments about deaf NASA zero-gravity experiments

DeafDigest mentioned that a group of deaf men went
through NASA zero-gravity experiments in the
1950’s and 1960’s. Their comments were interesting:

I wanted to serve
It was a wonderful time
Rough water waves didn’t bother us
People in hearing group always got sick, deaf never got sick
100 Gallaudet people volunteered, but only few was selected
All of these volunteers had spinal meningitis
Interpreter services didn’t exist
Deaf participants didn’t know what was going on
I volunteered for the fun of it

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/nasa-deaf-zero-gravity-experiment/

 

— functionally hearing businessman avoids the phone

A deaf businessman, who functions as a hearing
person, and able to use voice telephone, says he
avoids the phone during serious business
discussions. He said:

using voice telephone or the relay service, I miss
out a lot when discussions are serious; I prefer
face to face discussions even if it means
flying out to meet these people in person.

He did say relay service is fine for small talk
and light discussions.

 

— gas, electricity, water and internet (or not)

The new FCC chief hates Net Neutrality, saying it
stops the internet from growing. He says internet
is not a public utility like gas company,
electrical power company or water company.
That means monthly rates will go up, making
internet too expensive for low cost deaf.

 

 

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2017/05/04

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 4, 2017

 

— a deaf face

Deaf Italian photographer Giacomo Albertini took pictures of
different faces. It is being shown at a photograph exhibition
in Reggio Emilia. The challenge is for the audience to
guess which picture has this Deaf Face. Results will
be posted on a Facebook page. Just keep in mind that deafness
is often invisible. A picture is at:

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

 

— a dumb deaf criminal

We often laugh (or cry) at the ways dumb hearing criminals
commit crimes and get arrested. Here is one about a dumb
deaf criminal. He operated his own car washing business
in Lagos, Nigeria. He liked one car so much that he was
washing for one customer and just decided to take it for
himself by simply driving away. He was caught and arrested,
and this dumb crime was written up in Nigerian newspapers.
Why would he risk arrest and losing his car washing
business?

 

— Prince Philip’s famous insults

Prince Philip, because of his age, is stepping down
from his official British royal duties. He has been
notorious for his insulting comments. He insulted
a group of deaf students not able to understand the
music, as played by a band. Was this his only
deaf-related insult or did he make more deafness
insults that were overlooked by newspaper reporters?
It didn’t matter to him that his mother was deaf!

 

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2017/05/03

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 3, 2017

 

— deaf-owned business becoming hearing-friendly

Deaf people are always looking for shops and stores
that are deaf-friendly. When hearing customers enter
a deaf-owned business they worry if it is
hearing-friendly! DeafDigest has mentioned
Pepperbox Coffee (Austin, TX) a couple of times
in the past. It tries to be hearing-friendly. When
hearing people order coffee, they are prompted to
the wall menu where deaf baristas can see, or use
white dry-erase boards. Many deaf-owned businesses
use hearing employees to communicate with the public.
This is why Pepperbox Coffee has a big challenge –
100 percent hearing-friendly. Another picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/hearing-friendly-coffee-cafe/

 

— a puzzling state legislator

Arizona state Rep. Lela Alston is becoming
more and more late-deafened. She admitted
it was more difficult for her to follow
discussions on the floor re proposed
bills. She also said hearing aids do
not help much. This is the reason she
does not participate in discussions.
This is a puzzler – why wouldn’t she
ask for real-time captions? Too
proud or too embarrassed to reveal
her deafness or being in self-denial?
Years ago Maryland had a deaf legislator;
not able to follow discussions, she got
bored and often did sewing of her clothes
on her legislator’s table!

 

— a famous movie and the deaf needs

One of the most famous movies ever made was
Fahrenheit 451 (produced in 1966). It is
about a dictatorship government burning
all books that citizens own and read.
Is it the same as University of California
taking down all videos just to avoid
captions? Probably so!

 

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2017/05/02

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 2, 2017

 

— a hospital that is DEAF

A picture is worth 1,000 words, so do click on:

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

The captions under the picture will explain
what it is all about.

 

— Deaf Shark Tank

NTID sponsored Deaf Shark competition. Of the top 4 designs,
three were deaf-related. One was ASL app for deaf babies;
other was three-flashing-light rear view mirror – to
alert deaf drivers of cops or fire trucks or ambulances.
The last one was an enhancement of Netflix captions.
Who won? The fourth design that was not deaf-related!
It was a magnetic skateboard.

 

— priority of college presidents

Do keep in mind many deaf students attend Gallaudet
and NTID. Needs of the deaf students is the
priority at Gallaudet and NTID. This being
said, there are many, many others that attend
hearing colleges. A survey was taken of college
presidents to learn what their priorities are.
Needs of students is not a priority with them.
They are more concerned with finances and
operations. Needs of deaf students (as well
as of hearing students)? Their response is –
let our staff members take care of them!

 

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2017/05/01

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 1, 2017

 

— sign language by banks

American banks do not have its own sign language,
though some use video service or interpreters to
communicate with deaf clients. The Bahrain Association
of Banks is coming up with its own sign language
dictionary for the benefit of the deaf. A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/banks-communicating-with-deaf/

 

— value of job coach/employment specialist

Many deaf agencies have a job coach/employment
specialist. Exactly what they do? A local California
newspaper ran a nice story about the VENTURA—Tri-County
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness. The story
says the agency employment specialist works one on one
with clients, helping with job resumes, teaching them
how to do good interviews and to solve employer
miscommunications.

 

— a rare sponsorship by a huge corporation

We have deaf automobile racers. Almost all of them
struggle with one thing – getting sponsorship funds.
But for Fahad Al Abdullatif, a deaf auto racer
from Saudi Arabia, he is fortunate. Nissan,
one of the world’s largest automobile companies,
have given him a lot of sponsorship funds to allow
him to continue racing. Big time auto racing is
expensive, into many millions of dollars.
Our American deaf racers get little sponsorship
money and they struggle throughout their racing
careers.

 

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2017/04/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 28, 2017

 

— delegates say cheering is discriminatory

Is loud cheering, especially at athletic events,
discriminatory? This is what the delegates at the
National Union of Students are saying. They
said it discriminates against the deaf that
cannot hear these loud cheers! This organization
advocates the needs of (hearing) students
that attend universities in Great Britain.
Well, the deaf have their own Wave Cheer. And
besides, we all root for our favorite athletic
teams.

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.net/loud-cheering-being-discriminatory/

 

— needless deaf tragedy

DeafDigest has mentioned several times regarding
the strike against the Canadian Hearing Society.
And tragedies are beginning to surface. Two deaf
hospitalized patients have been without
interpreters, not understanding what the
doctors and the nurses have to say. One died,
and the other is suffering from an advanced
stage of cancer.

 

 

— strong interest among architects

The Architects’ Journal ran a great story
about Deaf Design, meaning Deaf Friendly
buildings. This magazine is not an American
publication, but a British publication.
It was not that too many years ago when
Bernard Brown came up with his Deaf House
concept. We may have very strong feelings
in favor of Deaf Design, but Bernard was
the first deaf person to come up with it!
A former Deaf Builder in Connecticut,
and then a Gallaudet faculty member,
he is now retired and living in Florida
Villages.

 

 

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2017/04/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 27, 2017

 

— Rochester plans a deaf-friendly airport

The Greater Rochester International Airport is
planning to become deaf-friendly. The state
Department of Transportation has asked NTID
to help with the design to make it deaf-friendly.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-friendly-waiting-room/

 

— our hard work for nothing

The Deaf Community fought hard for net
neutrality, otherwise internet and
cable costs may be out of reach of
low income deaf. We succeeded only
to have the White House FCC appointee
announce his plans to block net
neutrality. Very frustrating for us.

 

— Educators confused between deaf and hearing

In Australia, the Queensland’s Education
Department issued a report that made
Indigenous people angry. It said that
many students in some communities
have an intellectual disability. One
of these students was actually deaf,
and not intellectually disabled!

 

 

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2017/04/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 26, 2017

 
— cannot caption the videos, the court says so

A court made a decision that it is a copyright violation
if someone puts captions on video material and distributes
it for free. This court is not in USA, but in the
Netherlands! But here in USA, we are seeing attorneys
fighting over other captioning issues (U of California
case; the Villages Florida case, etc). A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/copyright-issues/

 

— actress very busy

DeafDigest mentioned deaf actress Shoshannah Stern
sometime back in a Supernatural TV program. The
interviewer was able to interview her again
recently. He that she is very busy but still
took the time to answer his questions. DeafDigest
hopes that she will continue being busy acting once
her role in the Supernatural program ends. Busy
actresses are no longer busy acting when their
TV and movie roles end but are busy trying to
get new roles! This is Hollywood Reality.

 

— a shocking revelation with the continuing strike

DeafDigest also mentioned that the strikers
with the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) have not
gotten pay raises in four years whereas the CEO is
drawing a fat salary. It was also revealed today
that some other CHS top administrators have received
75 percent pay raises, while the deaf workers
have received zero percent pay raises. Fair? No!
Greed? Good question!

 

 

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