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DeafDigest Gold – February 26, 2017

DeafDigest Gold – February 26, 2017

Gold Edition Barry Strassler, Editor – updated every Monday

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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube:

This week’s ASL Videos in youtube:


Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf members of European royal families


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Sunday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise


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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Top stories about the deaf:

An officer with the Atascadero (CA) Police Department
tried to stop a driver, thinking it was a DUI issue.
The driver continued to drive through, unaware of
police cars chasing him. When he was finally stopped,
it was learned he was not drinking, but was deaf
and unaware that he was supposed to stop anyway.
It is not known if the deaf driver was charged for
failure to obey a police officer.

A deaf woman from New York, who was detained by
police overnight and without an interpreter to
explain what was going on, won $100,000 from
the city.

The Nepalese parliament is considering a
change to marriage laws, permitting
annulment if deafness was not mentioned in
an arranged marriage!

DeafDigest mentioned that birdwatchers listen
for bird songs and that deaf birdwatchers may
be at a disadvantage. Well, students at
Pennsylvania School for the Deaf participated
in bird watching one day. Theresa Yorgey, an
avid birdwatcher and the high school department
head, said that while students can’t hear they
can see, and so, birdwatching is natural fit!

A bill was proposed in the Kansas senate
to identify drivers that are deaf – for the
benefit of police making traffic stops.
This bill, if enacted, is just an option
for deaf drivers – to openly identify
themselves as deaf or to keep quiet about it.



Are you a bright and motivated student who wants a M.S. degree?
Would a scholarship help make this dream come true?*

Western Oregon University’s Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) program prepares Master’s level counselors to work with Deaf and hard of hearing clients.  The need for qualified rehabilitation counselors is at an all time high.  Graduates from this program find employment in such professional areas as state vocational rehabilitation, community mental health, and other partnering agencies.  The nationwide employment rate for recent graduates is 96 – 100% within six months of graduation.

A Bachelor’s (B.S. or B.A.) degree is required to apply, as well as proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL).

Individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing, deaf blind, or members of traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications are being accepted now for the Fall 2017 school year. Deadline is Feb 15, 2017 or until the slots are filled.  Face-to-Face interview on March 3rd, 2017 or during March on Videophone if unable to attend the March 3rd face to face interview due to geography distance.

*Substantial scholarship support is available to qualified students contingent upon continued federal funding.*

Note: Applicants who are residents of WICHE states will be charged tuition at Oregon resident student rates.  Those states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

For more information and application materials visit

You may contact me to request for informal informational meeting on Videophone/Skype/FaceTime to learn more about our Deaf track and the RMHC program, and the application process.

Denise Thew Hackett, PhD, MSCI (Deaf and ASL fluent) Deaf Track Advisor
Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Western Oregon University
Monmouth, OR 97361



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This week’s ASL video in youtube

Sometimes DeafDigest editor goes out with friends to
Most of deaf friends just point to the menu the meals
they want. Very easy and no problems with the waiters.
But there is sometimes a stubborn deaf person, with no
speech skills, that would use speech to try to tell the
waiter what he wants.
The waiter does not understand the deaf person. But
the deaf person is stubborn and tries several times to
pronounce the words.
Is that deaf person an oralist? No. He uses ASL all the
time! But he just won’t point his finger at the menu.
Why? Good question!

This week’s ASL video in youtube


Survey: Have You ever been arrested or taken to prison?

Survey conducted by Dr. Gabe Lomas, Western Connecticut
State University.

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Walmart gift cards given to survey participants


This week’s ASL video in youtube

Some hearing people use gestures when communicating with
the deaf. These gestures are often easy to follow and
But some hearing people use PSL. It means Panic Sign
Language. These hearing people panic and wave their hands
or wave their fingers up in the air. This is Panic Sign
Do we understand Panic Sign Language? No!

This week’s ASL video in youtube


Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Video Telecommunication

Video Phones are a very popular method of telecommunication.

Using our language, ASL, is the most effective approach to communication.

For me and many of us who are DeafBlind, we can miss out on this opportunity.

There are ways we can use this video method and they are free.

Using Skype is one possible solution.

We can use ASL and we DeafBlind can read the text from you!

This is a very simple program and it is free. This will help many of
us to enjoy telecommuting.

So, what are you waiting for? Skype me!

Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the

You can email him at


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for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of this


Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Michael Gil is a sophomore member of the
baseball team at Ancilla College (Indiana)


Deaf Elite Athletes:

pro golfer Kevin Hall

Pro golf player Kevin Hall was given the opportunity to play in the
Genesis Open last weekend due to The Charlie Sifford Exemption. Tiger
Woods started the exemption, which allows a standout minority player to
compete in the tournament. The Tiger Woods Foundation owns the Genesis

full story at:


DeafSports Library:

Deaf Sports Collections update
— deaf homing pigeons racer


DeafSports picture of the day


DeafDigest Sports:

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mainstreamed athletes



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