2019/01/04

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 4, 2019

— hearing mocks the deaf and was fired

An ugly incident took place at Taco Bell in
Kettering, Ohio. A deaf man drove up to the
window, handing the employee a written note
of his order. The employee refused to accept
the order, mocked the deaf driver and telephoned
the police on 911. The hearing employee was
immediately fired, but the damage was done
as the incident was taped on video and became
viral. The Taco Bell management is now asking for
sensitivity training sessions of its employees.

 

— Texas proposes a bill to improve the deafness wording

Rep. Mary González D-El Paso (Texas) has introduced
a bill to eliminate the wordings – hearing impaired,
audiologically impaired, etc and to replace these with
persons who are deaf or persons who are hard of hearing.
Won’t be surprised if this bill creates a furor in the
legislative body!

 

— pay for ASL course or get free ASL lessons

An adult deaf person wishes to learn ASL.
He is faced with two choices – pay to learn
ASL at a classroom or to get “free” ASL lessons
by going to a deaf social event as often as
possible to mingle with the deaf and hopefully
pick up their signs. Which choice is best?

 

 

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2019/01/03

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 3, 2019

— reasons deaf do not watch open captioned movies

Moviehouse owners are often disappointed that their
once-a-week open captioned movies result in low
attendance by deaf people. What these owners do
not realize is that deaf people have jobs that
conflict with open captioning dates. And also
many see no point in driving 40-50 miles
from their homes to watch an open captioned
movie!

 

— A TV news network afraid of Deaf Crab theory

Deaf Crab theory is same as crabs attacking each
other in the water tank. When a deaf group attacks
another deaf group, it is the Deaf Crab theory.
Anyway, Sky News, a British TV news netwirk tried
an experiment with BSL signed news and had to
drop it after receiving thousands of complaints
from the deaf that don’t use sign language!

 

— deaf man arrested for gesturing

A deaf man was arrested for gesturing his deafness
by pointing to his ear. The police arrested
him, thinking his gesture was a sign of disrespect.
The police department was not too happy about the
arrest and publicly scolded these arresting officers.
It did not happen in USA, but in India!

 

 

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2019/01/02

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 2, 2019

— president’s wife uses sign language to give speech

The wife of new Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro gave her
speech in sign language. It lasted for about
five minutes. Let’s hoping that the wife’s influence
with the husband would lead to much better services
for the deaf of Brazil.

 

— a fear among police officers

There may be some deaf people legally licensed to own firearms.
State laws vary regarding firearms, but anyway what if a
police officer confronts a deaf person that is in possession
of legal firearms? Scary!

 

— opposing attorney ignores defendant’s deafness

It took place in California according to a posting.
A deaf defendant tried to tell the opposing attorney
of his deafness. It only made the opposing attorney
shout louder during cross examination! It is hard
to believe because the courts are supposed to
accommodate all types of hearing losses (interpreters
and/or CART).

 

 

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2019/01/01

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 1, 2019

— a relay trend

In the past the relay trend was use of TTY machines to
communicate with relay operators. Times have changed.
More hard of hearing people use CapTel to communicate
with the relay services.

 

— A small California city misses a deaf person

Monrovia, California is a small city of some 36,000
residents. People watching TV programs do not realize
that shows, movies and commercials are taken in that
city. Anyway Charlotte Schamadan, a deaf woman, who
just departed us, has been one of the major reasons
for the success of that city. For nearly 40 years
she helped with the city election campaigns,
the city cultural committee, brought money to
fund a new city library and to fix up the
city high school, plus serving as presidents of
several civic organizations. Did she help the
deaf? The obit said nothing about the deaf, except
that she was deaf herself.

 

— a shocker in the 1950’s

The principal of a school for the deaf, during the 1950’s
pushed the students’ parents to have their deaf children
go through operations so that they cannot have children
if they marry. It took place in Japan and it has become
a national embarrassment.

 

 

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2018/12/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 31, 2018

— deafness discovery in old days

Many older deaf people share tales of how their deafness
were discovered by hearing parents. Examples were
not hearing firecrackers, not hearing loud rock bands,
not hearing banging of the kitchen pots, etc. Hearing
screening tests has pretty much made discoveries
earlier and easier!

 

— federal marshals bully a deaf-blind airline traveler

A deaf-blind man, who was physically big, was seated in
the first class section in a Delta (again) airline.
After the plane took off, he tried to lower his seat
so he could relax on the trip. Two angry federal marshals,
seated behind him, pushed him back three times, refusing
to allow him to lower his seat. After the third time, he
protested with the flight hostess. As a result, the
marshals continued to harass him. The passenger filed
a lawsuit against the USA government and with the Delta
Airlines. So far, the courts have sided with the
deaf-blind passenger.

 

— a big honor for a past New Zealand deaf MP

Mojo Mathers, who is deaf, is a past member of New Zealand
Parliament. She was one of four people in her home
area to be named to the 2019 New Year’s Honors List.
This honor is reserved for individuals who have done
so much to help improve conditions in New Zealand.

 

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2018/12/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 28, 2018

 

— these missing states

A deaf advoucate ran a head count of state commissions
serving the deaf and hard of hearing and came up with
35 states. That means 15 states, plus the District of
Columbia lack such a commission. Do keep in mind that
of these 35 such commissions, no two commissions
function the same. Some are powerful; some are
powerless, and so on.

 

— theater glasses better than hearing ears

Are theater “captioned” glasses better than
hearing ears? It was said that these glasses
are so pre-programmed that if a stage actor
accidentally skips his lines, the glasses
would capture it all – something that hearing
ears couldn’t! That would mean deaf theatergoers
are ahead of the hearing.

 

— a frustrated deaf music lover

A deaf man said that he was not allowed to play the
violin as a child because of his deafness. This is
a puzzling comment. There have always been a number of
deaf people that love music and would play different
kinds of instruments. There are questions – did the
mainstreamed program block him from taking music
classes. Did his parents say no to his interest
in music? Did music school instructors refuse
to teach him music?

 

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2018/12/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 27, 2018

— no wake-up alarm clock in a prison

A deaf prisoner was punished in a prison in Georgia.
She did not wake up and show up for a prisoner
attendance roll call. She protested, saying the prison
officials would not allow her to own a wake up alarm
clock. And besides no other prisoners would bother
to wake her up to help make it to the roll call!

 

— wrong description of a deaf play

A hearing critic watched a deaf play (helped by
stage interpreters). He wrote a review that was
titled:

wordless play by deaf performers

This description is wrong. Deaf plays are never
wordless; use of ASL plus use of interpreters
are both not wordless.

 

— deaf interview different from hearing interview

According to a TV reporter, interview with a deaf person
is diffrent from interviewing a hearing person. Hearing
interviews are routine and commonplace, but a deaf
interview brings out different feelings. A TV
reporter said it was a different experience.

 

 

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2018/12/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 26, 2018

 

— a comment by ASL teacher, true or not true

In a newspaper interview with ASL teacher, he
said that most of his hearing students, would
at one time or other, in their lives, bump
into a deaf person. True or not true? There
have been many, many hearing people that have
never met a deaf person in their lives.
This is different from a family member that
is deaf, or a fellow employee that is deaf
or a next door neighbor that is deaf or
a deaf teammate on a hearing sports team,
and so on.

 

— #1 priority with deaf needs

What is the #1 priority with these deaf needs?
Is it education, employment, interpreting, access
to services, etc? Or is it captions for TV and
movies? This was the issue a deaf leader brought
up in a newspaper interview.

 

— best interpreters in a rural state

A deaf leader (in a rural state) said that his
interpreters are the best. DeafDigest hopes it is
true because many rural towns have problems keeping
their interpreters. They move to bigger cities where
they feel interpreting opportunities are better.

 

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2018/12/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 25, 2018

— big theaters to show deaf movie subtitles

“A Silent Voice” is a Japanese animated film that
features a deaf character. That movie will be shown
as subtitled in bigger movie houses in January – Multiplex
and Regal. Make sure it will be subtitled before you
go in and buy tickets. There are always some theaters
that advertise captions or subtitles but are eventually
shown as non-captioned or non-subtitled.

 

— a simple deaf gesture may scare a police officer

there was a story in a police magazine today about
a deaf person gesturing to the police officer
during a traffic stop. The deaf person would
gesture his deafness and then reach out to the
glove compartment to pull out his paperwork.
The cop, scared, has to decide if the driver
is getting too aggressive and perhaps reaching
out for his weapon or is just simply trying to
get the paperwork. The best solution is to
just shout out “I am deaf; I am deaf; I am deaf”
hoping the cop would acknowledge it. Smart cops
would, though but possibly not the case with some
dumb cops!

 

— driving one hour each way for a deaf ASL event

A hearing student, taking ASL classes, said she
had to drive one hour each way for a total of
two hours just ot attend a deaf ASL event.
That student wasn’t too happy about the long
distance ASL assignment.

 

 

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2018/12/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 24, 2018

 

— difficult to find a deaf Native American friend

A deaf Native American who was successful as a young person,
disappeared from public view but was always living on a
reservation. Because of culture of secrecy, it was difficult
to locate him. It took a deaf friend two months, going from
reservation to reservation to find him. No one would
tell him.

 

— insurance requirements have hurt deaf social clubs

A deaf-owned business purchased an insurance policy.
That business has security cameras but when there was
a break-in, the insurance company would not honor the
claim – for one reason – there was no alarm system.
Because the deaf people cannot hear, they didn’t realize
the importance of an alarm system, thinking that
security cameras would be enough. It wasn’t.

 

— interpreting and note-taking do not mix

A deaf professional attended a business conference
and was provided with an interpreter. It was a disaster,
and interpreting had nothing to do with it. He took his
eyes off the interpreter to write down notes, and by the
time he looked at the interpreter, he already missed some
important points during the presentation.

 

 

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