DeafDigest Gold – November 29, 2015
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Sunday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise
Top stories about the deaf:
Syracuse Hearing Aid Centers has been accused by the New York
state Inspector General’s Office of bilking insurance
companies with nearly 600 false claims on hearing aid
sales. The proprietor would “sell” earbuds and ear plugs and claim these as hearing aids, thus pocketing $3,000 per claim. This proprietor faces a lengthy prison term if convicted.
A rehabilitation facility in New Jersey has agreed to pay
$35,000 in damages after being sued for refusing to
provide an interpreter for a deaf patient.
Legislators in Malta have introduced a sign language
bill. The opposing party liked the bill so much
that they agreed to throw in some amendments to make it even stronger!
The Okinawa Deaf Association in Japan has asked the
municipal government to recognize sign language
as an official language.
WellCare, a referral service organization in Iowa,
has two deaf volunteers that answer video calls
from the deaf in need of assistance with their
social services needs.
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ANOTHER FRUSTRATION WITH MEDICAL WAITING ROOMS
In a hospital, there are two separate medical
waiting rooms. The first room has TV with captions.
The second room has TV with no captions.
You prefer the first waiting room, but the
receptionist directs you to the second room.
You cannot argue – because you can’t risk
missing your appointment if the receptionist
asks for your name – and you are not there!
Proposals for ADARA Breakout 2016
March 16 – 19, 2016
Colorado Springs, CO
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HEARING EMPLOYEES AVOID BLIND EMPLOYEE
One hearing blind employee is frustrated.
Hearing employees would not communicate with her
on office gossip and office rumors.
As a result, she depends on a deaf employee
to give her gossip and rumors.
It is a big irony!
Call for Teams and Players to Join NAD Deaf College Bowl Competition
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Lip Reading nightmare
A deaf person was chatting with a hearing person
The deaf person thought hearing person said:
we have a shutter in the office kitchen
The hearing person actually said:
we have sugar in the office kitchen
Deaf Book of the Week
A Silent Minority
Deaf people can do anything
we have a deaf person who is/was a
this website is growing every weekend:
Deaf Question of the Week:
Q. An interpreter showed anger when her signs were
not understood by the deaf client. Was the
interpreter wrong to show her anger?
A. Yes. It was a video relay interpreter. Said the
angry deaf client:
I will never again use that video relay service!
Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Holiday shopping season has begun!
Ever wonder how we DeafBlind people shop?
Many of us shop on-line due to lack communication access and transportation access.
The question here is, “Do we, the DeafBlind, feel very festive shopping online as others go store to store?”
Unfortunately not. reading the description of the products is not the same as feeling and touching!
Some state and local agencies offer SSP services, but many do not. What can you do? Volunteer!
Check with your DeafBlind friends in your neighborhood and see if they need transportation for holiday shopping.
This will brighten them up a lot and they will feel more festive!
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
You can email him at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Deaf Wish List of the Week:
that Donald Trump would respect the deaf and the
disabled instead of mocking a disabled person
Year 1644 – the first deaf person arrived at
Watertown, MA from Europe
DeafNumbers of the Week:
The Center For Independent Living helps find
interpreters for the deaf in Central Florida.
Year 2014 – 400 interpreter requests
Year 2015 – 1,300 interpreter requests through
end of November!
Deaf Collegiate Athletes:
Montana State University
He is the team’s #1 linebacker.
In the season that was just completed, he led his team with
101 tackles, 13 more than the team’s #2 tackler – 70 solo
and 31 assists. Sacked the quarterback twice, broke up
5 passes and forced 4 fumbles
His size? Not really that big as linebackers go, just 6’1
and 205 lbs.
His deafness is not mentioned in his bio on the team
Deaf Elite Athletes:
Stefan Markolf, pro soccer, Germany
last season he was listed as playing for the
KSV Baunatal, a team in the lower German
minor leagues. Is he still playing for that
team this season? Hard to tell since
web information is scant.
There was a team called New York Silent Separates
which competed at the 1901 national AAU basketball tournament. The team lost in the opening round
and was eliminated.
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