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DeafDigest Blue – June 28, 2015

DeafDigest Blue – June 28, 2015

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Barry Strassler, Editor – updated every Monday

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What is Trauma?

An informational video.  See the attached  vlog in ASL.

Trauma is defined as any situation that shatters your sense
of security or makes you feel unsafe or vulnerable.

A person is most likely to have emotional suffering from the
event if it was not expected or the person felt unprepared or
powerless.  Learn more about how trauma can affect a person
and where you can find treatment in the video below.

The HealthBridges website offers information about social
services, advocacy and behavioral health topics and resources
for persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of hearing

Happy summer from the HealthBridges Team


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DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Margaret Jean Cordano that
departed us. After graduating from Gallaudet she made
hospital administration her career, rising through the
ranks from medical technologist then chief medical technologist
and then as administrative director of the clinical laboratory.
She was the mother of two successful deaf daughters
Mary S. Dall and “Bobbi” Cordano. Her late husband was
the well known Waldo Cordano, a legend at Wisconsin
School for the Deaf.

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Chaz Pedersen,
the well-known member of the Fremont Deaf Community,
that departed us. There were four things that Chaz
loved – sports, friends, helping out people and
cars. He was also involved in a range of local
activities and was always encouraging his four
children to do well.

Top stories about the deaf:

New Zealand deaf MP Mojo Mathers has expressed concern
about hearing aid dealers pushing hearing aid sales
on hearing people that don’t need these devices!

The 63rd National Deaf Conference of the
Japanese Federation of the Deaf has come up with
a series of resolutions asserting the first class
rights of deaf citizens.

Mirchi and Mime, a restaurant in Mumbai, India
was praised in a newspaper story for hiring
the deaf as restaurant workers.

The Maryland State Division of Library Development
and Services has selected the Montgomery County Public
Libraries to showcase the State’s Deaf Culture Digital

There is a push in Oregon to move the bill that
promises the deaf equal access to goods and services.
This bill is stuck in Ways & Means, and they
want it to move into the House and Senate for a vote.


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A deaf employee’s desk is next to a hearing employee’s
The hearing employee is planning to retire. He has to train
a new employee about the job duties and tasks.
The retiring employee picked up the telephone, talked for a
long time, laughing all the time, etc.
The new hearing employee waited a long time for the
telephone conversation to stop. This new employee probably
knows if it was a business call or if it was a personal call.
The deaf employee, watching the whole thing, cannot tell
if it was a business or a personal call.

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Deaf Relay Hang-up survey


A new store had an open house, offering free refreshments
and free wine for visitors.
A deaf person reads the open house invitation. Should he come
in and get free refreshments for himself? Or should he stay out
and ignore the invitation?
He knows if he walks in, the salesman will come to him and
hope to sell him the store products – and there will be
awkward conversation. The deaf person cannot speak and the
salesperson does not know ASL.
This is the reason why DeafDigest editor ignores these
Open House invitations.

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Deaf professional dancer Sam Edwards



being constantly asked this question –

How long will it take me to learn sign language?


Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) is a relatively new
profession, and people may not know some of the differences from and
similarities to using sign language interpreters.

What people need to remember is that most of the time CART providers are
attempting to write everything that is going on as close to verbatim as
they possibly can.  Many times people speak quickly and on top of one

If a speaker is being very dramatic and says, “I had a wonderful,
fantastic, magnificent, awesome trip,” the CART provider is usually trying
to write all four of those words, “wonderful, fantastic, magnificent,
awesome.” Because ASL interpreters primarily are interpreting concepts,
they may only use one sign for all four of those words.

Sometimes a speaker is speaking in sentence fragments and not completing
his sentences. The CART provider is still trying to write it verbatim, so
the text may appear a little difficult to read or confusing on the screen.
Once again, an ASL interpreter would be conveying the concept, so people
may not realize that the speaker is speaking in fragments.


people always telling the deaf they are lucky
they do not have to hear sirens, screaming
kids, construction machinery, etc

(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)



– waitress not understanding why your dish is served before your drink

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Deaf expectant mom Margaret Weiss has filed a lawsuit
to force the hospital in Florida to provide her with
an interpreter when time comes up next month for
the delivery.


News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Many deaf-related rallies carry easy-to-remember
The most famous slogan of them all was the
Gallaudet’s “Deaf President Now” rally that eventually
launched a deaf man – I. King Jordan as Gallaudet’s
first deaf president.
And now this in Wisconsin – there is a DSNM
rally going on. DSNM?
It stands for “Deaf Silence No More” rally that is
trying to ensure sufficient state funding for the
Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.


News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Despite including sign language interpreters on British TV
news, regional deaf factions are complaining it is
not what they want. They are claiming less British deaf
rely on signed news and that more of them rely on


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Do we have deaf legislators that are interested
in the needs of the hearing? Or are they just
interested only in the needs of the deaf?

Mojo Mathers, New Zealand, is one deaf legislator
that has shown interest in the needs of the
hearing (as well as with the deaf)


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