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DeafDigest Blue – March 13, 2016

DeafDigest Blue – March 13, 2016

Blue Edition Barry Strassler, Editor – updated every Monday

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Saturday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

not a joke, it was written up in a hearing aid magazine


Top stories about the deaf:

A hospital care advocate said that when deaf people
are discharged from hospitals, they are not advised
on how to take care of themselves at home. They
are still not advised even when an interpreter
is around!

Stung by a series of no-interpreter lawsuits, the
New York City Police Department is now reaching
out to the leaders of the deaf community, led by
a newly hired deaf staffer.

The New Jersey Deaf Senior Housing is coming up
with a plan for a 20 million dollar deaf senior citizens residential building.

At Perry Hall, a town near Baltimore, a new
park playgrounds is being built. For deaf
children with CI, the old slide has been
thrown out in favor of a better slide.
Reason was that with some CI children
the older slide created fiction that
harmed their CI ears! The new slide
will not.

Few years ago a group of deaf people
in New York City was angry when the
mayor wanted to remove emergency fire
alarm boxes because it is obsolete.
The judge ruled in favor of the deaf.
And now this – there is a proposal for
new technology – wifi alarm boxes that
deaf people could dial 911 in case of
fires. Will it work?


Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates
Deaf Dentist; College Park. MD & Gaithersburg, MD
(near Washington, DC & Frederick, MD & also Metro Washington)

Complete Dental Services; assistants either know ASL or
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Hearing people not bothered by bumper to bumper
traffic? They talk on cell phones, listen to radio
music, etc.
Deaf drivers are stuck!


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.


In one movie, a group of minority people
complained about “work tax” which is a funny
and sarcastic comment.
It means minority must work twice as
hard to win pay raises and job promotions.
We have had this “deaf tax” for many
years. Lazy hearing people get promoted.
Lazy deaf people do not get promoted!



being asked:

where is your deaf friend? I saw you interpret for him
last week.


Although broadcast captioners and CART captioners use steno machines that have computers built in to record their steno strokes, they also send these steno strokes to a laptop or desktop computer that translates the steno strokes into text. These captioners have their computer dictionaries loaded in special software programs on their laptop or desktop computers.
Many of the steno machines nowadays offer a small screen where the captioner can see translations of the steno notes, but as far as getting those steno strokes into a form that can be sent to an encoder or displayed on a CART screen, a laptop or desktop computer is generally necessary.

There are special software programs that hold “dictionaries” that the captioners have created that tell the computer how to translate each steno stroke that is written. These programs are loaded on the laptop or desktop computer, and the steno machine is hooked up either via a cable or wirelessly to communicate with that computer.


not always able to read the body language of
deaf-hostile and deaf-averse hearing people!

They’re pretty much good about hiding their
anti-deaf thoughts.

(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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Immigration law allows deaf business owners from
other nations to relocate to USA with a quick
green card status if they can provide at least
ten Americans with full time jobs in their newly-
relocated businesses.

DeafDigest does not think if we ever had foreign
deaf business people taking advantage of that
USA green card opportunities!


News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Channel 12 which covers Greater Cincinnati and Northern
Kentucky said that, for financial reasons, they are
cutting back on captioned news.
They also said captions will continue if sponsors are
willing to pay for it.
Bottom line is – will sponsors pay for it? Passing
the buck on TV-related expenses is a way of life in
the TV industry.


News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

The medical needs of the deaf people in the Frederick,
MD area would be enhanced if just one physician would
hire Marissa Clopper, a deaf woman, as the physician
assistant. She has all the qualifications necessary
to become a qualified physician assistant. According
to a newspaper story, she has asked physicians’
offices in the Frederick area but they are not hiring


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

The Conservatives are a major political party
in Great Britain, the same as with the
Liberal Democrats. Both groups are rivals
(same as our Democrats and Republicans). A deaf person belongs to the Liberal Democrats
group, but which has no deaf support group.
Rival Conservatives has a deaf support group.
He hates the Conservatives but is stuck –
to stay with a political group that he loves
but which has no deaf group or to join
the hated Liberal Democrats group which has
a deaf group! Which? Which? What to do???


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