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 DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 12, 2012


— Australia apologizes for taking a baby away from a deaf mother

In 1966, Evelyn McDade gave birth and the baby was taken away
from her for for adoption without her permission. Reason?
The Australian government said she cannot raise children because
of her deafness. She has been upset about it for a long time.
Luckily, in 2004, her birth daughter found mother Evelyn.
Since then they’ve been close. Last week Australian Premier Campbell
Newman apologized to her for taking the baby away from her.


— Cochlear Cup in a deaf sporting event?

Two deaf teams play each other in a sport; the winner takes home
the Cochlear Cup. This is not a joke. Cochlear Cup started in
2002, and this trophy goes to the winner of the Australia Deaf
vs New Zealand Deaf match in rugby. Does Cochlear Cup have rules –
only CI players could play? Non-CI allowed to play? And what if
Deaflympics becomes Cochlearlympics? In the Deaflympics, the
participants are not allowed to wear hearing aids or CI during



— Bieber sort of says “too bad, you are deaf”

A deafened Oregon woman filed a 9 million dollar lawsuit
against rock star Justin Bieber, saying that his extremely
loud concert caused her to go deaf. Justin is trying
very hard to get the judge to dismiss the lawsuit as
silly. This is the attitude Bieber is saying – too
bad, you are deaf!



— Future hearing aids – no batteries!

Battery manufacturers are not going to like it but future
hearing aids may not require batteries! Scientists from
MIT have invented a special hearing aid where the power
comes from the ear itself. It is not yet ready for the
market. The scientists were also asked if future CI
may not require batteries. They said they don’t know yet.


— Future job for the deaf – accessibility auditor

Jobs for the deaf come and go. But would there be a future
for the deaf as Accessibility Auditor? Steven Mifsud, himself,
deaf, owns a accessibility consulting business in United
Kingdom. So far he has consulted 1,000 clients on their
accessibility needs. Restaurants without cash register
displays, no display captions in subways, handcuffing
arrested deaf people behind their backs, kiosks for
interpreters, etc. These are things that accessibility
auditors look for.


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