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DeafDigest Gold – October 30, 2011

– Thursday October 27th

A deaf Australian writer posted on her web site:

Most adults who go deaf feel incredibly alone. They have no idea there is even a deaf community, or that there are hearing loss support groups and organizations. In fact, I would venture to say that most people don’t even know to ask the question:

where do I get help and support?

(pretty much the same in USA)

– Friday October 28th

DeafDigest mentioned a while ago that Regina Pine, mother of deaf 16-year old daughter Ariel Depp, refused to allow her to attend school in Charleston, WV because of bullying concerns. She wanted the daughter to attend a school much nearer their home. The county refused because that school lacked resources to accommodate the deaf student. As a result, the mother has been charged with truancy, which is a misdemeanor. The twist was that the county does not want to punish the mother but to entice the deaf girl to attend school. The mother still has refused. The showdown is November 9th when a judge will make a decision. For the time being, the deaf girl is being homeschooled.

– Saturday October 29th

Avid football fans know who coach John Hufnagel is. He is a long time football coach, having coached many teams in different leagues (NFL, Canadian and Arena). He currently coaches Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian league. For years he has had problems with his hearing, that he either evaded, or denied or referred football matters to his associates. It was only this week when he has publicly admitted his long-time hearing loss. He currently wears hearing aids every day.

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Howard Weinstein, not deaf, was awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Technology Network. He has been trying to come up with a low cost hearing aid that even poor people of the world can afford.

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ORAL DEAF OWNER OF TTY STORE WAS LUCKY DeafDigest editor, years ago in early 1980’s, was visiting San Francisco. He visited a friend who owned his own TTY store. That friend was a strong oralist who did not understand ASL and could not even understand simple gestures. Even worse, his lips were very difficult to read. During the visit, a deaf man, that used ASL, wanted to buy a TTY. The oral owner and the ASL person could not communicate with each other. DeafDigest editor, seeing everything, stepped in to serve as “oral & ASL” interpreter for both men. It was successful since deaf man bought a TTY and the oral man was able to sell a TTY. Whew, it was not easy!

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60-Day Period to Apply for Certification to Participate in National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program

for more information, visit: http://deafdigest.com/fccdeafblindprogram/

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THE DEAFLYMPICS AND THE DEAF CULTURE We have the Deaflympics, where the best deaf athletes from all over the world compete against each other in many different sports. Does Deaflympics help improve Deaf Culture? Yes and no! A high percentage of participants in Deaflympics are oralists, late-deafened, hard of hearing that function as hearing, etc, etc. These people are most likely not part of Deaf Community. And when the Deaflympics is over, they go back to their own worlds!

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(for your convenience, video links are posted on top of each DeafDigest edition)

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