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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 6, 2012


— Marlee Matlin stuck with a non-captioned movie

Marlee Matlin requires all of her performances (TV, movies)
to be captioned. But her four children wanted to watch a movie
– Men in Black 3. It was not captioned at a theater near her
home. The captioned movie was 15 miles away with these crazy
showtimes – at 11 AM and at 1045 PM. And these types of
captions – OC, CV, and RWC were confusing. And the Captioned
Eyeglasses were not available. Marlee had no choice but to
make her kids happy, so went to the noncaptioned movie!
She was not too happy about it.


— Does Dr Phil want to get rid of intellectually disabled deaf?

Dr Phil is famous for his TV talk shows, discussing people’s
problems. But on the April 13th show, he suggested that parents
should put to death their intellectually disabled children.
While Dr Phil did not mention the deaf, his hint was strong.
Organizations of the disabled protested and demanded that
Dr Phil apologize. One of these organizations was the National
Association of the Deaf.


— a new “deaf” comic book

From time to time we have deaf characters in a comic
book story. The latest deaf character was an idea about
a deaf kid! Anthony Smith, the deaf 4-year old kid from
New Hampshire, refused to wear his blue hearing aid,
saying that comic book characters do not wear blue
ears. His mother then wrote a letter to Marvel Comics,
explaining her son’s refusal to wear a hearing aid.
Suddenly it became an idea – and a new comic book
was created, called – Anthony Smith is the Blue Ear,
as the superhero who became deaf. On the cover, the
Blue Ear’s comment, while on the rooftop,  was this:

Thanks to my listening device, I hear someone in trouble


— a different kind of sign language movie

In India, there is a project that will show sign language
interpreters in hearing movies. It same as a sign language
interpreter hidden in a corner in news TV programs.
Instead of captions, a box of a sign language interpreter
will be located at one corner of the screen. Is it
something that the deaf in USA will prefer – sign language
in a corner instead of captions?


— a group picture at NTID of USA’s possibly largest all-deaf family

Last week Melody Frink was mentioned as part of an all-deaf
family of 11 children with deaf parents. Here is a picture
of this all deaf-family:



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