DeafDigest Blue – December 10, 2017

DeafDigest Blue – December 10, 2017

Blue Edition
Barry Strassler, Editor
http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

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DeafDigest Blue – December 3, 2017

DeafDigest Blue – December 3, 2017

Blue Edition
Barry Strassler, Editor
http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; subscription
at no cost to you

Serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 21st year

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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube

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This week’s ASL videos in youtube

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DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips;
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sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— longtime deaf upholsterer

Barry’s collections

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Saturday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

http://deafdigest.com/cheshire-deaf-centre/

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Top stories about the deaf:

Hearing-owned businesses in Jacksonville, Illinois
were involved in a panel with the deaf community
to learn on how to best serve their needs.

Because a long time ASL teacher retired, leaving
University of Illinois shorthanded, the university
is revising its ASL curriculum, not admitting
any more new ASL students but finishing up the
courses with upperclass students.

In a rush to beat the Brexit, there is a push to
have British Sign Language recognized as an
official minority language.

Minnesota has a Somali deaf community yet there
is only one interpreter that serves them, according
to a newspaper story.

The city of Miami (Florida) reached agreement
with the United States District Court to
have all of its videos captioned on the city
web site.

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READ WHAT THEY SAY

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Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates
Deaf Dentist; College Park. MD & Gaithersburg, MD
(near Washington, DC & Frederick, MD & also Metro Washington)

Complete Dental Services; assistants either know ASL or
are deaf

more information:
http://www.drrattner.com/our-team/meet-our-team/

to contact Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates:
http://www.drrattner.com/contact/

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

THE DOCTOR’S MASK
We have a few deaf physicians. All of them are afraid
of the masks that surgeons use while in the operating
room.
It is impossible for a deaf doctor to lipread other
doctors if masks hide their lips.
For one deaf doctor, he was surprised when other
doctors told him that in the operating room they don’t
talk about the operation itself, but talk about sports,
dogs, weather, politics, etc!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:

deaf-doctors-afraid-of-surgical-mask

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Lip reading tale

A deaf man was chatting with a hearing man

The deaf man thought hearing man said:
I took my Bill this morning

The hearing man actually said:
I took my pill this morning

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

A COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE BEFORE THE TTY
The first TTY was manufactured in 1964, but the
TTY network did not grow until the early 1970’s.
We, the deaf, had a good communications device,
but it was not too popular. The high cost of leasing
the device prevented many deaf people from using it.
The device was the Electrowriter. It was almost
like a TTY, except that the caller would write out
his message on an electronic pad with his electronic
pen. The Electrowriter on the other end of the telephone
line would copy the handwritten message. And
communications would go on back and forth.
Yes, if the writer had a lousy penmanship, it
would be hard to read the message!
Gallaudet University used this Electrowriter
network in a few offices on the campus.
The popularity of the TTY immediately killed
the Electrowriter.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:

electrowriter-was-deaf-communication-device

a picture of electrowriter is at:
http://deafdigest.com/pre-tty-electrical-deaf-communications-device/

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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

Can someone work as a court reporter and a realtime captioner at the same
time? This is a question that I have been asked a number of times.

Most realtime captioners actually started their careers as court reporters
and have transitioned to their new professions. Some do it gradually by
working in both jobs at the same time. Some just decide they are going to
change jobs and make a quick change.

Even though court reporters and captioners use the same basic skills,
there is a very different mindset that one must have in each position. For
court reporters, the main objective is to make a verbatim record. The
reporter must focus on getting something phonetic for every single word
that is said.

For realtime captioners, the main objective is communication access. The
captioner can’t just write words phonetically and prepare a transcript
later. The words must translate so that the people reading the screens can
understand what is being said.

Some court reporters can successfully work as realtime captioners at the
same time, but it takes a lot of skill and concentration to focus on what
to write in certain circumstances.

For example, if the name of the fictional character “Stephen Dedalus” were
to be said and it was not already loaded in a computer dictionary, a court
reporter would just write the name phonetically, and it might come up as
“dead lust.” A captioner would either have to fingerspell the name or find
another way to communicate to the audience what was said.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Jane K. Fernandes, whose selection by the trustees
as the new Gallaudet president caused so much unrest
on the campus last year, has been recommended for a
new position.
University of North Carolina at Asheville chancellor
Anne Ponder has chosen Fernandes for the provost
position.
This appointment is subject to approval by the
university board of trustees.
UNC-Asheville is a public university with 3,400
students under the sprawling University of North
Carolina system,
Any deaf students there? Possibly a handful, and
their needs are the same as those at Gallaudet – meaning
interpreters and captions.
A small private university for the deaf; a bigger
public university. Two different landscapes. Two
different campus cultures; two different sets of
challenges.

note:
she has since, then moved on the presidency of
Guilford College, again in North Carolina

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

What happens if a person’s inner ear implant has a
dead battery? Just pull it out, throw out the old
battery and put in a new battery and then put the
implant back in the inner ear? No way! A Stanford
University team of surgeons, neuroscientists and
electrical engineers, worked together on a
self-charging implant.

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DeafDigest Blue – October 15, 2017

DeafDigest Blue – October 15, 2017

Blue Edition
Barry Strassler, Editor
http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; subscription
at no cost to you

Serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 21st year

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subscription changes, go to deafdigest.com and
click on subscribe and follow the screen

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http://deafdigest.com/ (updated every Monday)

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http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube
http://deafdigest.com/videos/residential-school-sign/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/post-office-argument/

This week’s ASL videos in youtube http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-artist-embarrassment-at-art-gallery/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/tinnitus-to-be-deaf-or-hearing/

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DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips;
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
confidential

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— big deaf role in history http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

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Saturday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-wine-taster/

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Top stories about the deaf:

Daily Texan, the student newspaper of University of
Texas said that the city of Austin does not do much
to promote the use of 911-text feature for the
benefit of the deaf.

Amber Tucker, of the Iowa State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, said in a newspaper letter to the
editor that abolishing licenses for ASL interpreters
is dangerous. As an example, she cited a Florida
lifeguard who volunteered to interpret during
a hurricane emergency meeting, using nonsense
words.

British railroads not accessible to the deaf;
this comment was made by an activist – he
basically said UK running 200 years behind on rail accessibility

Jacksons Food Stores and Jackson Energy, in Idaho,
both have been accused of refusing to provide
accommodations for a deaf applicant in an
interview. EEOC is working on the case.

Flexible learning, a fad or something great
for deaf children? Kate Whale, the president
of New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children
said flexible learning is not great.

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READ WHAT THEY SAY

Unlock the phone with CapTel® Captioned Telephone!

CapTel shows word-for-word captions of everything a caller says over the phone, letting you read everything that they say – Like captions on TV – for the phone!

Captions are provided by a free service, no monthly fees or contracts required.

For more information or to order call 1-800-233-9130 V/TTY or visit http://www.weitbrecht.com/captel.html

For more info about CapTel or any of the many assistive listening devices we offer, email: mailto:sales@weitbrecht.com

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

CapTel® Captioned Telephone – See What Everyone is Talking About!

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For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

http://deafdigest.com (updated every Monday)

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Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates
Deaf Dentist; College Park. MD & Gaithersburg, MD
(near Washington, DC & Frederick, MD & also Metro Washington)

Complete Dental Services; assistants either know ASL or
are deaf

more information:
http://www.drrattner.com/our-team/meet-our-team/

to contact Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates:
http://www.drrattner.com/contact/

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

AN EMBARRASSMENT AT ART GALLERY
Many years ago in Mexico, Carlos Merida, himself
deaf, was a famous artist.

He went to an art show at a gallery. A few of his
drawings were shown at the event.

He was alone, by himself, without an interpreter.
Two women did not like one of his drawings and
told him that his drawing was bad.

Carlos, without an interpreter and not able to
read lips, thought these women were praising his
work. He then kissed the hands of both women.

Everyone that watched it were very shocked!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-artist-embarrassment-at-art-gallery/

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Lip reading tale

A hearing mother was explaining to her young deaf child on how their house is heated during the winter
months.

The young deaf child thought the hearing mother said:
The house is heated by cast

Years later, the young deaf child, remembering the
answer, became a teenager.

He then realized the mother actually said:
The house is heated by gas

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

TINNITUS: A CHOICE
In Scotland few years ago, a hearing woman was
suffering from tinnitus. It is a stubborn ringing
of noise in a person’s head that almost never stops.

The doctor told the woman that she had a
choice – to have an operation to cure tinnitus but
to become deaf for good or to ignore the operation
and suffer tinnitus for life but to remain hearing.

An awful choice!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/tinnitus-to-be-deaf-or-hearing/

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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

In order to become advocates for quality captioning, we must understand the differences between good and bad captioning. Some people may think that some captioners are very bad spellers. However, occasionally the problem is the result of a technical glitch rather than the captioner inputting the wrong words.

If the captions have many missing or wrong letters or have many nonsense symbols, it could be a poor video signal or some sort of transmission or reception problem that is causing the problem with the captions.

If you have a problem with garbled captions on a particular show, you can try viewing the captions on a different television in your home. You could ask a neighbor to check the captions in their home. If the neighbor is having the same problem, you should notify the station and your cable or satellite provider.

If you don’t have a neighbor to check with, you should go ahead and notify your cable or satellite provider so that they can find the source of the problem.

The more we work together to improve the quality of captioning, the better it will be.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Comic book editor Tom Brevoort, not deaf, was
recently interviewed. He said that introducing a
deaf character into a comic book story was much
more complicated than just drawing it in and
weaving it into the plot!
He was referring to the New Avengers #33
book when Echo, a deaf character, was ushered
in. He said:

it remains incredibly difficult to deal with a
deaf character in a book where at least two of
the characters (Spidey & Ronin) wear full face
masks, so this is something we grapple with
issue after issue

He pointed out to a drawing gaffe where Echo,
supposedly deaf, “heard” a door knock; Tom
realized this gaffe but it was too late!

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

DeafDigest also dedicates this edition to Jack
Levesque, San Leandro, CA, who departed us. He
was a former executive director of Deaf Counseling,
Advocacy & Referral Agency, one of California’s largest
agencies serving the deaf. As the CEO, he was adept in
maximizing the skills of his employees. Growing up, he
attended Clarke School for the Deaf, and was successful
with speech and with voice telephone communications.
But he quickly embraced ASL upon enrolling at Gallaudet
and stayed with it all his life.

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