2017/11/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 30, 2017

 

— deaf characters is part of plan to kick out TV

Super Deluxe is a program on youtube; it is not a
TV show, but looks like it. They hope people will
watch youtube instead of watching TV. Anyway
one Super Deluxe program may involve deaf chracters –
Marlee Matlin, Josh Feldman and Shoshannah Stern
in a drama/comedy show. Right now, details are still
vague. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/competing-against-tv/

 

— heavy pressure on family about CI

A deaf child was born to an all-hearing family.
Knowing nothing about deafness, the parents
got advise from pro-CI and anti-CI groups.
They put a lot of pressure on the family, but
a decision was made not to implant the child.
Second decision was to move to a city 100 miles
away where the deaf child will get education
at a deaf school instead of staying home and
getting him mainstreamed. It was in a newspaper
story.

 

— easy or hard to communicate with deaf

A consultant gave this advice for hearing
people that want to communicate with the
deaf – without using sign language.
Just face the deaf person directly.
Speak slowly and don’t shout. Use
gestures. Use note and pen, etc. Will
it work? It may work if the hearing
person is not scared to communicate
with the deaf, and also with lots of
patience. It will not work with
scared and impatient hearing people!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs – today’s update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf bartender may have invented a popular drink
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

11/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/11/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 29, 2017

 

— deaf community angry over wrong signs used on TV

Tan Teck Sum, not deaf, is a sign language instructor.
She was on Singaporean TV trying to teach the host on
how to sign some words. The deaf community of
Singapore is angry for several reasons – she is
not a qualified sign language instructor; that
she was using wrong signs; she said she uses
SEE signs but her name is not on the list of
qualified SEE sign language instructors. See
the picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/teaching-wrong-signs/

 

— deaf community vs State of Georgia

The State of Georgia was ordered two years ago
to establish mental health services for
the deaf. Two years later, despite the court
order, the state has done nothing! As a
result, there is a big court case, as
deaf community attorneys want to know why
the state has not done anything.

 

— new deaf teacher wins university award

Beth Wilson, who is deaf, is a retired electrical
engineer, over 30 years with Raytheon. She
joined the online faculty in 2016 at Worcester
Polytechnic Institute as an online instructor in
systems engineering. Recently she won the
university exemplary teaching award. As a deaf
person she finds teaching online classes more
rewarding than teaching students face to face.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs – today’s update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— a deputy sheriff, friend of deaf, lost his job
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

11/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/11/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 28, 2017

 

— deafness DNA testing

There are several companies that would test your DNA,
of course, for a fee. Are these DNA tests on deafness
any good? A deaf woman went through a DNA testing
and wanted to know why she was born deaf. She had
assumed it was genetics that caused her deafness,
but admitted it was not proven. It was for her
peace of mind, knowing that her assumption was
correct. Is it worth the time and money to get
DNA testing? This is a personal decision.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/dna-tests/

 

— New England Homes for the Deaf is important

The New England Homes for the Deaf is one of only two
facilities in the nation that offers specialized
nursing home care and specialized nursing home care
and assisted living for people who are both blind
and deaf. We should have more such facilities but
just two in the entire USA!

 

— nation’s sixth most important disabled person is deaf

Jackie Driver, who is deaf and operates a national
deaf service agency, has been ranked as the sixth
most influential disabled person in Great Britain.
Who is the most influential deaf person in USA?
Marlee Matlin, Nyle DiMarco, who else?

 

 

Latest deaf jobs – today’s update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf school quickly closed up
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

11/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/11/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 27, 2017

— a brain inside hearing aid

A brain (actually artificial intelligence) inside a
future hearing aid? This is what engineers, researchers
and scientists are saying that can be done. It may
work for hearing aid users but may not work for the deaf
since they may not understand sounds and voices from
hearing aids! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/the-deaf-brain/

 

— FCC will not accept internet as public utility

Internet is a public utility – same as electricity,
gas, water, sewage, telephone and transportation.
But FCC, because of removing net neutrality, is
saying internet is not public utility. This means
higher costs and slower speeds for low income
deaf people.

 

— deaf club for hearing

Deaf clubs would serve the deaf community –
social, sports, special events, etc. But
would a deaf club serve a hearing community?
The Chester Deaf Centre in Great Britain
has opened its doors to hearing organizations
and hearing groups to host their own events.
The Chester Deaf Centre leaders are saying
their club is strong because it serves the
deaf community AND hearing community.

 

Latest deaf jobs – today’s update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

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

11/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/11/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 24, 2017

— deaf driving a self-driving car

Could a deaf person drive a self-driving car?
This was a big issue discussed among automobile
designers, auto manufacturing oompanies and
of course, the federal regulators. A deaf
advocate showed concern whether a deaf driver could
tell a self-driving car what to do. A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/self-driving-car-pulled-over/

 

— deaf role as ex-FBI agent

Deaf character Jocelyn Turner, who plays the role as a
former FBI agent, will be part of the cast with the
Quantico, Season III series. That character is
being played by Marlee Matlin, who previously
played the role as District Attorney in one of these
past TV series. Typecast, she certainly is not!

 

— immigration blocks deaf girlfriend from visiting deaf boyfriend

A deaf girlfriend flew to another nation to visit her
deaf boyfriend. The airport immigration people
would not allow her entry into the nation, saying
she oouldn’t understand their questions (without
interpreters around). There was a rule that if
people detained are deaf, the airport people must
get interpreters, but they didn’t. She was sent
back to her naton. As a result, the couple has
filed a lawsuit, saying intepreting procedures
weren’t followed.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs – today’s update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— a shoulder-tap hides deafness
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

11/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/11/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 23, 2017

— laser light in deaf person’s inner ear

Cochlear implant is old fashioned? Replacing it is
a laser light in deaf person’s inner ear! This is
what a group of European engineers is saying.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/very-tiny-laser-light/

 

— these costly workshop interpreters

at a recent deaf workshop, 20 interpreters
were hired for two full working days for
the benefit of participants. Cost? The
bill was $41,000, or in other words
nearly $1,414 per deaf workshop participant!
This is the reason why workshop organizers
can go broke because of these interpreters.

 

— hearing aid monthly payments or car monthly payments

A deaf man said that making monthly payments on
his hearing aid is equal to making car monthly
payments. Do you want a hearing aid or a new car?

 

 

Latest deaf jobs – today’s update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf diplomat in Foreign Service
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

11/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/11/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 22, 2017

— no net neutrality for the deaf

It is not a surprise that FCC plans to remove
net neutrality. The FCC chairperson Ajit Pai
never liked net neutrality and removing it
was his #1 priority after being appointed by
the White House. Without net neutrality,
internet and cable costs may skyrocket,
placing low income deaf people at
disadvantage. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/no-net-neutrality/

 

— new text-911 system is the best but with a problem

People are saying that Next Generation 911 system
is the best. But there is a big problem. It is
very expensive – leading to a big question –
who pays for it?  State legislators are wrestling
with this issue.

 

— deaf on Impossible TV show

Impossible is a popular TV game show in Great Britain.
And for the first time, this program is having a
deaf participant. There are many TV game shows
on American TV – but rarely, if any, there have
been deaf participants.

 

Latest deaf jobs – today’s update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

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

11/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/11/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 21, 2017

 

— iPads by deaf in hospitals are hated

Hospitals think iPad is best for deaf patients to
communicate with interpreters. But deaf patients
hate it. Some refuse hospital appointments just
to avoid iPad communicationss! iPads are not
human, and is cold to deaf patients as compared
to compassionate faces of interpreters. Also,
because of wi-fi problems, the iPad screens
freeze up. And by the time wi-fi is fixed,
the on-line interpreter is gone. A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/hating-ipads/

 

— wife of a congressman mocks a hearing aid

Monica Conyers, the wife of Michigan Congressman
John Conyers, was mentioned in a story today
for mocking the hearing aid worn by a local
Detroit council member. That attitude is
disappointing.

 

— bad “I Love You” design

Apple has come up with a new smiley that says
“I Love You” but people are saying it is not
I Love You, but devil’s horns!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs – today’s update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— wrong about Marlee Matlin
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

11/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/11/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 20, 2017

— interesting wall in a restaurant

A restaurant has an interesting wall, and it
is deaf-related. Take a look at:

http://deafdigest.com/restaurant-wall/

 

— deaf prisoner’s sentence reduced for a reason

A deaf prisoner’s sentence was reduced by a
judge for a reason. The TV shown in prison
cells is not captioned. Fellow prisoners
do not know sign language. For these
reasons, the judge granted the deaf prisoner’s
request. It is not in USA, and so, ADA regulations
do not apply!

 

— deaf photographer’s comment

A deaf photographer made this comment:

Not many deaf people are able to learn photography
because of the communication issues

Well, several deaf photographers have told
DeafDigest editor that they were self-taught.
Another deaf photographer said taking pictures
is just a matter of thinking when the big
scene is coming up soon. One of these
self-taught photographers has had his
pictures bought by big national magazines.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs – today’s update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

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

11/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/11/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 17, 2017

 

— talking behind deaf teacher’s back

A hearing student taking college ASL classes was upset.
He said that some mean-spirited ASL students were
taking advantage of the teacher’s deafness to sneak
up behind and make bad comments. The class would laugh
and the deaf teacher had no idea what was going on.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/behind-back-of-deaf-teacher/

 

— seven basic signs

These seven basic signs – excuse me, yes, no, great,
okay, thank you and sorry are taught hearing patrons
at deaf-run restaurants in Asia. This is what one
restaurant owner explained in an interview.

 

— a web audit would save ADA headaches

A web site consultant said that many web sites
are being designed and built – without an
audit – to see if their videos are captioned
or not. These web designers think their sites
are ADA-compliant, but have never thought of
or considered an audit!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs – today’s update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— craters named after the deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

11/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/