DeafDigest Gold – March 19, 2017

DeafDigest Gold – March 19, 2017

Gold Edition Barry Strassler, Editor – updated every Monday

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DeafDigest Gold – March 12, 2017

DeafDigest Gold – March 12, 2017

Gold Edition Barry Strassler, Editor – updated every Monday

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at no cost to you

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Old Fogey

Law Banning Discrimination between Deaf People


Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube:

This week’s ASL Videos in youtube:


Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf culture disagreement


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Top stories about the deaf:

The Kentucky Senate passed a bill that would
help police officers quickly identify
individuals that are deaf – thus avoiding
unpleasant incidents.

The deaf of South Africa has not given up on
its repeated attempts to have sign language
become the nation’s 12th recognized language.

There is a fear among activists that
ASL will disappear for good if the trend
towards disappearance of languages

Confusion reigns over the proposed House Bill 1313
that would require employees to be genetically-
tested. Some say it would be required; some say
it is voluntarily. Bottom line – what would
employers do if they find genetic deafness among
some of their employees?

Another reason for hearing people to turn on
captions according to a newspaper columnist
that is just being humorous – actors that mumble,
making it harder for the audience to understand
what they are saying!



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This week’s ASL video in youtube

Hotels have three 8-hour shifts per day.
The morning shift knows that one hotel guest
is deaf. but when the morning shift people go
home, no one tells the second (and third)
shifts about that deaf guest.
The deaf guest has problems with something
in the hotel room, but the second shift also
has problems with communications.
It happens often everywhere!

This week’s ASL video in youtube


Survey: Have You ever been arrested or taken to prison?

Survey conducted by Dr. Gabe Lomas, Western Connecticut
State University.

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Walmart gift cards given to survey participants


This week’s ASL video in youtube

A newspaper headline said:

4-year old is permanently deaf

Permanently deaf? Why use the word permanent?
Are hearing people permanently hearing?
Permanently deaf can function as hearing
person. Permanently hearing can become deaf
but still function as a hearing person!
So, permanently is the wrong word.

This week’s ASL video in youtube


Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

I was at Disney World with my wife and grandson for a week.

We made requests for DeafBlind interpreter services in advance.

It turned out that the interpreter services were good. The only issue was
that the venue choices were very limited.

There were more needed all over the place!

That would be more like needed SSP services.

Lots of environmental information is needed for me as DeafBlind person!

Well, I have some advocacy work to do.

Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Haley Donaldson
University of Nebraska

her profile is at:

on the profile it says:

Freshman Season (2017)
Has earned five starts at second base and one at designated player

Had a four-game hitting streak vs. ranked opponents from Feb. 11-18

Went 2-for-2 vs. No. 24 Pittsburgh on Feb. 17

Marked her first career multi-hit game

Went 1-for-3 with an RBI in her first career start vs. No. 13 Washington

Went 1-for-2 with an RBI off the bench vs. No. 2 Auburn


Deaf Elite Athletes:


Jodie Ounsley is rising through rugby’s ranks
The 16-year-old was born prematurely and is profoundly deaf

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DeafSports Library:

Deaf Sports Collections update
— probably the only deaf woman, from deaf school, to play NCAA-I basketball


DeafSports picture of the day


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