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DeafDigest Blue – February 28, 2016

DeafDigest Blue – February 28, 2016

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DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Robin Titterington,
a late-deafened Atlanta activist, that departed us.
While she had other disabilities, it did not stop
her from advocating on the needs of the deaf and
the disabled.

Top stories about the deaf:

The comment “My classmates are twice as likely to get a job as I am when I graduate” made by a young deaf
Irish woman, hit the newspaper front pages. She is
just afraid that when she graduates from her university,
she will be jobless.

Deaf Britons that love music is being frustrated with
the web sites that offer no access for them. It was
a story in a British newspaper.

In Michigan City, Indiana, a 8-year old deaf boy was
found wandering into a gas station on an early Sunday
morning. He couldn’t tell the police his name or
where he lived.  Parents were sleeping and unaware that their son sneaked out. Fortunately, the gas station attendant and the police worked together to locate his  parents and return him home.

An angry deaf person, with a CI, posted a video
explaining that he went to a hospital to get
a MRI, and was not able to do so. The doctor
gave him two choices – to go ahead with an
operation without a MRI or to have the CI
surgically removed in order to go through a

FCC said that producing captions on TV
is a shared responsibility among providers
in the TV industry.


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The Geico commercials are funny and these are
captioned. We often laugh at these commercials.
Many years ago, Geico was hated by the deaf
because the company refused to give automobile
insurance for deaf drivers.
We are thankful that Geico has changed its

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RIT Sponsors National Art Competition for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf announces the annual Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition for high school students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Students in grades 9 – 12 compete for a $250 cash prize.  Winning work will be exhibited on the competition website.

This national competition recognizes students. artistic expression with awards in the following categories: Film, Graphic Media, Interactive Media, Photo Imaging, 3-D Animation and Web Page Design.

See for previous winners in these categories.

Students may submit up to two entries. Online entry forms, contest rules and other details are available at  The submission deadline is March 18, 2016.


A hearing person screams to everyone in
the office – he says:

I have free basketball tickets. Come and grab
these tickets

Hearing people run and grab these free
basketball tickets.
No one tells the deaf person, who is a big
basketball fan.
Unfair? Yes

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being constantly asked:

who do you work for?


Many people occasionally type “teh” when they really want to type “the.” Sometimes stenocaptioners also make fingering errors. Because captioners do not type one key at a time, but instead they write whole words or phrases at one time, their errors look different from the errors of someone typing on a computer keyboard.

If a stenocaptioner realizes that he or she made a mistake, it can be corrected immediately. The usual method for a captioner to correct an error is to hit the asterisk key, and that will delete the immediately prior stroke. However, if the captioner has already entered two or three more strokes after the mistake, it is usually too late to go back and correct it.

If a captioner realizes that he or she made a mistake two or more strokes previously, what most captioners do is enter a dash stroke (–) and attempt to rewrite the wrong words. This is also the same method most stenocaptioners use to indicate a mistake or change of thought by the speaker, so you may not be able to tell if it was the captioner’s mistake or the speaker’s mistake.

If you see captioning that reads, “They did an analysis of the fail rate among — failure rate among students at the university,” that would probably be a correction to a fingering error by the captioner.


hearing people, having never met a deaf person
in their lives, get wrong impression of the
very first deaf person they have met. And for
the rest of their lives, they think all deaf
people are the same!

(Every deaf person, no matter if it is ASL, oral,
Cued Speech, late-deafened, hearing aid user, CI user,
etc, share these pet peeves. You may laugh or cry)


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The case of a deaf woman being kicked out of college in
Nigeria because of her deafness is being picked up by
the Port Harcourt High Court. Rivers State University of Science and Technology found out, in middle of an exam that the student Jane Ihuoma Otta was deaf
without the administrators knowing about it. While
she was working on her exam answers, she was ushered
out of the classroom and ordered off the campus!


News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Vote buying at its best, or worst, in Florida? The
Florida Citizens For Term Limits has offered free hearing
aids, no questions, asked, for state legislators that have
voted to extend term limits.
Two legislators turned down the offer; 125 other
legislators took up on this offer of these free hearing
Even when these legislators do not need hearing aids
they still accepted these freebies. This is troubling because
there are thousands of needy Florida residents that cannot
afford hearing aids.


News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Interpreting at the annual meeting of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science has become
a challenge for interpreter Maureen Wagner. These
sessions are heavy with terminology in science that
every day interpreters do not sign for these words.
Interpreters, not only must get advance copies of
the speeches and then to discuss with the deaf
participants their preferred signs and their preferred
sign language.


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

funny or not funny?

There was a tale which went like this –
a drunk deaf person came home and not knowing
what he was doing, placed his hearing aid in
his denture cup that had liquid solution,
and placed his dentures in his hearing aid box!


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