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DeafDigest Blue – March 27, 2016

DeafDigest Blue – March 27, 2016

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“The Deaf Heart” on Sale at Harris Communications

The year in the life of Dempsey “Max” McCall, a Deaf biomedical photography resident, is chronicled in the new book, “The Deaf Heart”, now available at Harris Communications.

Told through a series of quirky, irreverent short stories and letters home during the early 1980s, the book tells how Max strives to become certified as a Registered Biological Photographer. The stories, some humorous, some  poignant, reveal Max’s struggles and triumphs as he attempts to succeed in the hearing world while at the same time navigating the multicultural and linguistic diversity within the Deaf world.

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DeafDigeest dedicates this edition to Andrew S. Grove,
a deaf man, who always kept his deafness a secret
in the cut-throat corporate world. He was the CEP
of the Intel Corp, a huge player in the computer
world. Why did he keep his deafness a secret?
We may never know!

Top stories about the deaf:

Barbara Kelley has been Named Executive Director of The Hearing Loss Association of America.

NTID researchers Matthew Dye and Peter Hauser both
won a $450K grant to analyze vision in deaf children.

Deaf runners at the upcoming Boston Marathon will have
medical interpreters, upon need of medical emergencies.

Australia’s Deaf Services Queensland have merged
with Hearing Impaired Children’s Therapy Inc. to
provide early intervention services.

While Switched at Birth is being cancelled after
Season 5, the starting date for that final season
is 2017, so there is a little breathing room.


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
are deaf

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There are some oral deaf that do not understand
simple gestures.
There was a report from University of Chicago
that said hand gestures help oral children learn
better English.
Is Hand Gestures same as Sign Language?

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Providing cyber security training and job opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing students


At a hearing college many years ago a deaf student
was very fat.
His hearing friends begged him to go on diet and to
watch what he eats. He refused.
They made a bet with him, a lot of money, that he
has to lose weight to win the bet.
The hearing students told him he must lose 50
pounds. The deaf student, lipread the words and
thought it was 15 pounds.
There was almost a big fight because the
deaf student refused to pay off the bet over
a misunderstood word!

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a question like this –

can your client read lips?


When the captioning is placed over important information on the television screen, it may be tempting to just turn off the captioning and view the broadcast without the aid of the captioning, or you may simply turn off the television.

However, many people do not realize that there are rules and regulations that broadcasters are supposed to follow with regard to captions being properly placed.

As the Federal Communications Commission states on its website, the FCC has “adopted captioning quality standards and technical compliance rules to ensure that video programming is fully accessible to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing through the provision of closed captioning.”
The rules state that “captions should not block other important visual content on the screen including, but not limited to, character faces, featured text (e.g., weather or other news updates, graphics and credits), and other information that is essential to understanding a program’s content when the closed captioning feature is activated.”

If you find that broadcasts you are watching are not in compliance with these guidelines with regard to caption placement, you may contact the broadcasters who are responsible for providing the captioning. If you do not receive an adequate response from them, you may want to consider filing a complaint with the FCC.


hearing people laugh at something that we don’t know
what it is all about (are they laughing at us?)

(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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There is no federal law that prohibits landlords
from banning renters, based on political affiliation.
This being said, anti-ASL renters can be banned
from renting an apartment from pro-ASL landlords,
or the other way around!


News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Do social clubs of the deaf generate more noise than
hearing social clubs? A deaf social club in the Sims Close,
Romford in United Kingdom is facing fierce opposition in
application for drink and music license.
Opponents are saying it would lead to excessive noise
and drunkenness among its members.
Question is – would a hearing club in this same location
face same opposition? Or are deaf club goers being
discriminated on the grounds that they cannot hear (and
curb) noise because they are deaf?


News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

How effective is newborn hearing screenings? Not
100 percent effective if the research by the
Children’s Memorial Hospital is valid. They
are saying there have been babies that fell
through the cracks and that their deafness
would have gone undetected until they got
a bit older!


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Not always a guarantee that a police officer
would realize that the driver is deaf, especially
when he carefully indicates his deafness.

DeafDigest editor has known of several cases
of deaf drivers being beat up even when they
told the officers of deafness.


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