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Deaf Digest Blue – October 16, 2011

A DEAF PERSONAL TRAINER Last week’s DeafDigest mentioned a deaf personal trainer in England unable to get hearing clients despite his professional credentials. DeafDigest also mentioned that we’ve had several deaf personal trainers in USA. Here is one – Aaron Jock, certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He works at a fitness center in Austin, Texas.

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TO BE DEAF AND TO BE ISOLATED

There are newspaper stories saying that technology will render obsolete our sign language  – and that the future deaf will prefer to mingle with hearing than with their peers – and that deafness will be completely eradicated thanks to the CI and genetical engineering.

True or false?

DeafDigest wishes to point out this following example:

An outstanding basketball player (6’6 tall) was playing playground basketball with some fans watching the pick up game. One of the fans was a deaf coach who happened to be around. After the pick up game he saw the 6’6 player putting on his hearing aid! The deaf coach learned that this player attended a school for the deaf, in the pre-school grades for two years, before his parents pulled him out. This player was recruited on the spot to play for a deaf club team. Before his deaf basketball career wound down, he played in the Deaflympics and appeared in several national deaf tournaments. And then he later married a deaf woman!

If not for the deaf coach observing the hearing aid, this basketball player may have been lonely in the hearing community for years and years.

next week – another example

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Driving a car with your convertible down may look cool and fashionable – but may also cost you your hearing! This is what researchers at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital (UK) are saying. They also explained that driving with the top down from time to time is ok but not on a regular, daily basis.

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The Deaf and the Law:

Netflix at it again; this company is very good about getting us, the deaf, angry!

A lawsuit is forthcoming – accusing Netflix and other providers of breaching our human rights by not fully captioning all of their products.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Many deaf people do not have access to services of a deaf clinical psychologists or hearing ASL-speaking clinical psychologists. How bad is the shortage? One social service agency for the deaf has been looking for a deaf clinical psychologist for more than a decade – despite top dollar – no takers.

(editor’s note – this shortage continues)

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Ralph McLaughlin, St. Louis, MO, who departed us this week. Young deaf people may not realize that Ralph along with a group of other deaf people, were in the TTY manufacturing business in the late seventies and early eighties. They produced a line of C-Phone TTY products. It was a rare TTY that had a TV-like screen digital display. This TTY was fairly popular in these years. The C-Phone lasted for a number of years before the company ceased production.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Are national organizations serving the deaf helping create an acute shortage of interpreters? Said an angry educational administrator:

Why aren’t CODAs becoming interpreters? There are lots of excellent ASL fluent interpreters out there, but they can’t get through the labyrinth of local, state and national rules-laws. In my home state, educational interpreters (or uncertified CODAS) can be charged with a crime and pay a fine if they interpret for someone outside the limitations of the IEP. I fought hard against the law but the state association of the deaf and the state interpreters association fought against me and won. As a result, our state suffers from a shortage of interpreters.

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

An employee was handing me a claim to process

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