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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 24, 2013


— more and more vendors are deaf

In Bulawayo, the 2nd largest city in Zimbabwe, it is
impossible for a deaf person to find employment.
Discrimination or bad economy, no matter. As a result,
more and more of them have become street vendors, selling
candy, telephone cards, cell phones, tobacco, etc. They
are doing it illegally since they lack vendors’ licenses.
Are they arrested by the police? No, the police do not
stop them from selling stuff. Said one deaf vendor –
Selling is better than begging.


— an important job does not require license!

In Texas, physicians require license. Attorneys also
require license. Even hair cutters require license.
But one very important job that serves the deaf does
not require license – and it is sign language interpreter!
This the issue – requiring interpreters to be licensed
that is being hotly debated among Texas legislators!


— a deaf man training US Navy Special Forces candidates

Members of the US Navy Special Forces are elite, the
best in the Navy and assigned to perform important
(and risky) assignments – for sake of national security.
They must be in perfect physical condition at all times.
Helping whip Special Forces candidates during training
sessions is Brad Forbes. He is deaf and was a former
champion wrestler in college. No, he is not related to
famous deaf rocker Sean Forbes!


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