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Deaf Digest Gold – October 23, 2011

Can you imagine entering a banquet room and be “disabled” by the host organization? This was what the Office of Students With Disabilities, part of Florida Atlantic University, have been doing. Guests were either blindfolded to make them blind, or put into wheelchairs to make them disabled, or in the case of us, the deaf, ears being plugged in. That was the theme – to make everyone aware of the needs of the deaf and the disabled at the event that took place this week.

– Very Hot News

A grand slam of accomplishments of our Big 3 deaf colleges, as follows

Gallaudet – to be featured on MTV’s college channel, mtvU

NTID – winning a $1.6 million grant on behalf of students in science, technology, engineering and math

CSUN – winning a $20 million grant to train people to work with deaf at other colleges

All three accomplishments at practically the same time, which is a remarkable feat.

– Thursday October 20th

Apple has fixed the technical issue that has been blocking captions on iTunes, according to a tech blog. This blog also said that Netflix can show captions, but it is not easy, must go through too many steps to make captions possible. It is not just a matter of pushing a button and presto, captions appear.

– Friday October 21st

A physician said, re the CI and the bicycle:

if you are riding a bicycle with your CI, do not cut off the foam inside your helmet to allow the implant to fit. The vibrations while riding will make your CI less safe. And that there is no such a thing as a CI-friendly bicycle helmet!

– Saturday October 22nd

An angry Susan Wolf-Downs, executive director, Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. shouted:

I don’t understand what you are talking about because I’m deaf

This was in reference to a session at the New Hampshire House that where health mandates, hearing aid needs included, were being discussed – without interpreters!

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

A Deaf Superhero to our rescue? A superhero reminds us of these crime fighters – Superman, Batman, Incredible Hulk, etc. But a Deaf Superhero? Yes, if Deafness Research UK has its way. This agency is launching a contest, asking young deaf people for ideas to help Sonar, the agency Deaf Superhero to achieve miracles. What is Sonar supposed to do – to improve the lives of the deaf. Well, we do not have an American deaf Superhero but we have one in Great Britain!

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DEAF ZOO IN PAKISTAN Is there a Deaf Zoo in Pakistan? A silly question, yes! But a hotel in Pakistan has many deaf employees and there was an advertisement in newspapers and magazines, asking tourists to come and stay at the hotel. The ad asks the tourists to watch the deaf in action at the hotel. This ad is very insulting. We, the deaf, do not live in a zoo.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-people-described-as-zoo/

(for your convenience, video links are posted on top of each DeafDigest edition)

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2012 National Deaf Basketball Tournament (Men’s & Women’s)

and

2012 National Deaf High School Basketball All-Star game (boys & girls)

April 18-21, 2012 Houston, Texas

more information at: http://deafdigest.com/2012-national-deaf-basketball-tournament/

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AN INTERNET RELAY NIGHTMARE This is a nightmare. You have problems with cable internet service. You contact the cable company through internet relay to ask for assistance. The service representative advises you to disconnect the router and then to reconnect it and to let him know if it works. It is hard to explain to the customer service representative that if you disconnect the router, the relay call is disconnected. You explain this to him – and he does not believe you because he thinks you are using the TTY machine to contact him through the relay! This is a nightmare.

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