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Deaf Digest Blue – October 23, 2011

TAKING ADVANTAGE OF A DEAF BOXER During the 1890’s, a boxing match took place between Norman Selby and a deaf boxer, whose name was not known. Selby would alert the deaf boxer to the bell being rung, indicating the end of the round. He did that a couple of times. And then on the third time, the bell did not ring but Selby told the deaf boxer it rung. The deaf boxer stopped boxing and began to walk towards his corner. At this point, Selby immediately knocked out the deaf boxer, who was in no position to defend himself. A cruel opponent? Yes.

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AT YOUR PERIL: HEARING COLLEGES Those that have went to Gallaudet or NTID do not have to read this story. A great friend of DeafDigest editor, himself a former oralist, graduated from a big hearing college during the pre-historic days (or rather pre-ADA days). He attended the Homecoming Day festivities at his alma mater, but before doing that, he asked the Office of Disability Services to be provided with interpreters. The screw up was big time. To make a long story short, the college was short of interpreters and were not able to accommodate his request. And to make matters worse, there has been a vacancy, since June 2010, with the director position at the Office of Disability Services. Bottom line – go to a hearing college and risk these perilous waters, which do not exist at Gallaudet or NTID.

TIMES HAVE CHANGED; A SERVICE AGENCY NOT HIRING THE DEAF For years service agencies working with the deaf have hired the deaf to work with deaf clients. It was a great source of employment for the deaf. Has this changed? There was a disturbing newspaper story recently of a service agency in Phoenix, Arizona not hiring a qualified deaf applicant for a job that dealt with deaf patients. Why? An angry deaf applicant said:

I tried to talk to them and ask why, but they said it was due to safety issues

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