DeafDigest Gold – June 28, 2015
Barry Strassler, Editor
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New TCL Pulse Bluetooth Vibrating Bed Shaker and Sound Alarm
The TCL Pulse is a new wireless shaker and timer that you use with
your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The downloaded app allows you to
create 10 different alarm notifications-based on vibration strength,
sound level patterns and snooze. Be alerted to vibration, sound or
You can pair up to 5 different TCL Pulse units on your iOS device
using a Bluetooth connection. Turn off the iOS device-or not have it
in the vicinity-and the alarms will still go off at the set time! A
great feature if you want to turn off your phone at night and still
be alerted in the morning. Buy several devices to use for different
family members throughout your house.
Small and compact, the TCL Pulse is also great for travel and comes
in its own carrying pouch.
The TCL Pulse (HC-TCLPULSE) is available at Harris Communications for
$39.95. (Colors include pink, white, or black.) Free ground shipping
available for those within the contiguous U.S.
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Sailing for the deaf
do enjoy the thrill of traveling on water with sails
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
Top stories about the deaf:
The Lost and Found Department at Harrogate, a town in
Great Britain, reported a lost hearing aid, left on a public
bus. To date, it has been unclaimed.
Smith College has closed its Masters in Education of the
Deaf Program. Reason was lack of funding.
It was already bad enough that the British Access to Work
has cut its payments to deaf recipients (sort of like
SSDI) let alone learning that this agency has not
spent all of the funds it was allotted by the
government. The unspent funds could have been
given to these deaf recipients.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development
issued a press release detailing how the deaf
face discrimination in their efforts to rent
READ WHAT THEY SAY
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A LUCKY SMALL TOWN
A small town of 76,000 people in Indiana is lucky.
This town is rebuilding a new downtown with new buildings,
new shops, new stores, etc. The town officers and developers
know nothing about ADA. Hiring a ADA consultant would be
A man that lives in the small town volunteered to serve
on the ADA Task Force as a consultant for free. He explained
everything about ADA with these officers and developers,
making sure these buildings and shops were deaf friendly with
interpreters, signalers, captions, etc.
This town is lucky. Other towns are not so lucky.
– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
10 things hearing people don’t know about the deaf
AN EMBARRASSING CONVERSATION WITH A CODA
A long time ago, DeafDigest editor introduced a
Coda friend to his mother.
The mother was amazed as the “perfect” oral speech
of that Coda.
She did not realize that he was a Coda that used
ASL fluently. She thought he was deaf.
It was a very embarrassing moment for the DeafDigest
editor, the Coda and the mother.
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Gallaudet and the deaf
a newspaper write up
LOOKING BACK AT A PAST DEAFDIGEST VIDEO
The deaf at gas stations
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Deaf Book of the Week
The Silent Garden
by Paul W. Ogden
Raising your deaf child; published 1996
by the Gallaudet University Press
Deaf people can do anything
we have a deaf person who is/was a
– heavy machinery mechanic
this website is growing every weekend:
Deaf Question of the Week:
Q. We hear the comment “deaf can do anything except
to hear.” Is this always true?
A. In most cases, yes – but there are certain jobs
deaf cannot do, because hearing is critical.
Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
When I attend social gatherings with SSPs or interpreters
I often find out later that several friends had attended.
I have told my friends that I could not find them!
You have to find me!
Their responses were “I was too busy”, and
they thought I was too busy chatting with SSPs!
So, I missed out chatting with them face to face.
I guess I need to come up with a “deaf seeking” radar
device to find and chat with them!….
If my invention fails, can you all make the commitment to
find and talk to your DeafBlind friends during each and
every Deaf social you go to?
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
You can email him at mailto:info@
Deaf Wish List of the Week:
Q. That a deaf person can become a commercial pilot
and allowed to land at big metropolitan area airports
Year 1976-1977 – Billy Donckers, a quarterback with
a serious hearing loss, played for St Louis (now
The coach had to make sure Donckers was facing him
directly in the eye when communicating with him
DeafNumbers of the Week:
people that attended Japanese National Deaf
Conference (just like our own NAD)
Deaf Collegiate Athletes:
The rising senior at Illinois-Chicago qualified for the NCAA
Championships as an individual on the still rings and as an
alternate on parallel bars this past season.
Elite Deaf Athletes:
Stefan Markolf is playing soccer professionally for
KSV Hessen Kassel in Germany. At age of 31 he probably
does not have too many productive seasons remaining
NTID all-time elite athletes that played professionally
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