2020/02/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 11, 2020

— a frustrated Coda

There was a story today of a Coda not being able
to converse with his deaf parents. DeafDigest
is puzzled. Many Codas do understand the voices
of their deaf parents, having grown up in their
deaf households. And even if many Codas do not
master ASL, they would still understand simple
signs and gestures of their deaf parents. There
must be some issues with the Coda that prevents
him from successfully conversing with his deaf
parents?

 

— helping with captions

A country, wanting to improve captioning standards,
asked its own national association of the deaf,
its own national interpreting association and
also its own association of (hearing) language
experts. It worked. This did not happen in USA
but in Finland! Would it have happened in USA?
No, because competing organizations push their
own captioning agendas above others!

 

— TV episode: refusing to accept deafness

Is the birth of a deaf baby so terrible, forcing
the parents to refuse to accept it? Many, many
deaf babies have successful lives. Anyway,
on a Coronation Street TV episode, British’s
most popular soap opera, characters Gemma and
Chesney threw a terrible fit upon learning of
their baby’s deafness. Again, many deaf British
babies become successful British citizens!

 

 

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2020/02/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 10, 2020

— that many deaf organizations in a major Maryland county

Frederick County, in Maryland, has some 252,000
residents. A newspaper story said that the county
has 22 deaf organizations. And that there are
plans for these groups to establish a Maryland Deaf
Community Center. Is this number of organizations
typical or impressive when compared to other
metro areas across the USA?

 

— an important job at a ski resort

Allison Cunningham, who is deaf, is a ski lift
operator at the Breckenridge Ski Resort in
Colorado. She was featured in a newspaper
story. Only deaf lift operator in the
world? Do not know. First deaf lift operator
in the world? Again, do not know – but
DeafDigest praises the ski resort for hiring
the deaf in an important job. If hearing skiers
cannot be lifted to the top, they cannot ski and
everyone is unhappy!

 

— deaf person becoming a sarpanch

A deaf person is becoming a sarpanch. DeafDigest
never heard of the word and googled it. Sarpanch
sort of serves as a member of a small village
council in India – with powers of council vote
on village issues and matters. The honor goes
to Lalu, who is deaf (full name not mentioned
in the newspaper story). DeafDigest recalls
some years back a deaf man serving as an
administrative officer with decision-making
powers in a small city in India.

 

 

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2020/02/07

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 7, 2020

— advice for behavior on first day with a new job

There was a posting that said:
The 10 rules to succeeding at work once you’ve started a new job –
and what you should never do

An ambitious deaf person, on his first day on the job,
spent a lot of time going through the brochures
distributed at the agency human resources office.
Needless to say, he did not last too long with his
new job! Bad first impression leads to continued
bad impressions.

 

— notetakers or interpreters or CART

Always thought that notetakers have been made obsolete
because of ASL interpreters and CART services. Well,
there was a story that Seattle Central Community College
used notetakers for deaf students in the classrooms!

 

— first responders learning ASL

It is always great when a group of first responders
learn ASL. There was a newspaper story about
a group of first responders learning ASL
at a fire academy near Pittsburgh. The concern
is that ASL is not at always easy to learn – it
requires daily, constant practice and use of
ASL. It is so easy to forget the just-learned ASL.
DeafDigest has had hearing people tell him they
learn ASL but have no one to practice it with
on a regular basis!

 

 

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2020/02/06

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 6, 2020

— two choices in filing a complaint

When there is a violation (no interpreter, no captions, etc)
the deaf person has two choices. Most common choice is filing
complaint with U.S. Department of Justice, but there is
a scond choice – to directly file a lawsuit in the
courtroom (not involving the Justice). Which is the
best choice? There are always pros and cons.

 

— a troublesome explanation

A museum in Utica, NY had this explanation:

Movie screenings will feature Open Captions for the
benefit of our deaf guests. Please be aware that
this service is not always available from the
film distributor

This is troubling. Why would the museum select a
certain film if they know captions are not
available? Why not select one of the films that
are already captioned?

 

— witness communicating in ASL with accused deaf person

A deaf person committed a crime, and police was called
over. But before the police arrived, the witness, that
knew ASL, communicated with the deaf person. When police
arrived, the witness told them what the deaf person said.
This would lead to problems – are comments by the
witness, as a third person, without presence of the
police, be admissable? Would attorneys challenge these
comments?

 

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2020/02/05

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 5, 2020

— state capitol building ignores ADA

There was a newspaper story about the North
Dakota capitol building not following the
ADA. There are no captions for the benefit
of deaf visitors and observers. A serious
ADA violation, it certainly is.

 

— Deaf Heroine vs Hearing Villain

There was a comic book story about The Marvel supervillain
Taskmaster never losing a battle with any and all
heroes – with one exception – the Echo, who is a deaf
heroine. Reason she wins is because her deafness has
helped her develop photographic reflexes. Fantasy?
Yes, but fun reading for those that love to see
the deaf win in comic book tales.

 

— active deaf students become issue for interpreters

If deaf students just go to class and go home, then
it is less of an issue with the interpreters. But
if deaf students are active with campus life (social
events, theatrical plays, club meetings, participation
in varsity and intramural sports, etc) then it becomes
an intepreting problem – due to limited numbers
of interpreters available. This was an issue
brought up in a campus newspaper at Fresno
State University.

 

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