In a small town, 13 people showed up at a
deaf club event.
The club officers were thrilled, saying
it is a big attendance.
But if it was in a big city, then 13
people showing up would be a big disappointment!


Why do many hearing employees hate to
be supervised by a deaf supervisor?
They like the deaf person as a social
friend – yet when that same deaf person
is a supervisor, these hearing people
get angry about it.


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 17, 2017

— British MP uses sign language during a session

Labour MP Dawn Butler used British Sign Language
during a session at the House of Commons.
She wanted British Sign Language to
be given equal status as with other languages –
English, Welsh, Cornish and Gaelic. After she
sat down, MP’s of all parties stood up to
a loud applause. Will it become an official
language? The House of Commons is the lower
house and the upper house – the House of the
Lords tend to look down on the lower House!
A picture is at:


— Gallaudet’s Seven Year Itch

Gallaudet had a Seven Year Itch, and it has
nothing to do with personal relationships.
Only it had something to do with the big
announcement that the university will be
offering a new major in Public Health.
Seven years ago, then-new president Alan
Hurwitz made a new Public Health major
as one of his primary goals. Rome wasn’t
built in a day, though, and it took seven
years for Hurwitz’s dream to reach reality
by the next Gallaudet administration.
DeafDigest is very happy about it for it
offers Gallaudet students another possible
career choice.


— two hearing people communicating in ASL

There was a debate – is it OK for two hearing
people to communicate with each other in ASL
in public? Well, interpreters do that often.
Coda classmates in public schools do that
often. And there was a small scandal at the
old Chicago Mercantile Exchange years ago
when two Coda traders used ASL to communicate
with each other on the trading floor! While
they were not fired, they were disciplined.


Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Chopped Deaf Chef

3/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:



Harris Communication announcements – Deaf Seniors of America Houston
ASL link is at:

text announcement is at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 16, 2017

— Deafville in Texas

Deafville in Texas? Not in Austin or Dallas or
Houston – but in El Paso, which is just across
Mexico and also of New Mexico. It is located
in Northwest El Paso, and so far, 30 lots have
been sold. Cost of living? $800 per month
condos; $1,200 per month town houses;
and houses from $175,00 to $300,000.
Ideal for deaf? Always someone to use
sign language with. But there are people that
crave big cities (New York, Chicago, Los
Angeles, etc). There are people that crave
smaller towns. Depends on individual
tastes. A picture is at:


— national magazine says 911 useless for deaf

Mother Jones is a national magazine that focuses
on politics, the environment, human rights, and culture.
This most recent edition ran a headline that said:

911 Is Practically Useless for Millions of People. Here’s Why

While the article is long – the key point is that
too much time is lost with deaf people that use 911
via text as compared to hearing people that use
911 via voice.


— interpreters are not rock stars

Rock star interpreters? It is a wrong phrase
and should not be used at all. Interpreters
help bridge communication gaps between the
deaf and hearing. This is their sole mission.
Yes, hearing people, who have never seen an
interpreter, are fascinated by these
“beautiful” signs that they really do not
understand. This is why they point at some
interpreters as rock stars. The phrase
rock star is reserved for movie stars
and singers and certainly not interpreters!


Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Coast Guard Auxiliary

3/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:



Harris Communication announcements – Deaf Seniors of America Houston
ASL link is at:

text announcement is at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 15, 2017

— new wine by a famous deaf person

Nyle DiMarco, who rocketed to fame with wins at the
Dancing with the Stars and the America’s Top Model
is entering a new venture – winemaking business. The
wine is Signature Series 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet
Sauvignon. Part of sales proceeds will go into his
new foundation. A picture is at:


— extreme attorney greed

Is there such a thing as Extreme Attorney Greed?
Well, there was a short posting of a deaf teacher’s
ADA lawsuit over school board refusal to provide
her with an interpreter. There were two trials.
The first trial, which resulted in a hung
jury, netted the attorney $$46,333 in legal
fees. The second trial netted this same attorney
$44,987 in legal fees. What about the
deaf teacher? The second trial just netted
her $310.00, earmarked for her medical fees.
In other words, the teacher got nothing
whereas the attorney netted over $91.000!


— deaf attorney trapped into a scam

A deaf attorney, working on a case with
another attorney, was trapped into a
scam! Someone hacked into deaf attorney’s
email box and sent out a fake message
regarding that case. The deaf attorney
opened that email, thinking it was
related to the case they were working
on. As a result, this scam resulted in
emails to people on deaf attorney’s
private email list. The deaf attorney
had to spend hours cleaning up the mess.
We can only hope there were no lasting
damages as a result of that scam.


Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf wine (in the past)

3/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:



Harris Communication announcements – Deaf Seniors of America Houston
ASL link is at:

text announcement is at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 14, 2017

— University of California problems with the deaf

Does University of California (at Berkeley) have
problems with the deaf? Three deaf issues involved
the university. For years until 1980, the university
next door neighbor was California School for the
Deaf. The university said the deaf school property
sat on an earthquake fault and had to be moved out.
When the deaf school moved to Fremont, the university
immediately seized the land as their own! Then just
few weeks ago the university took down the online
videos to avoid paying for captioning costs. And
now this – refusing to give interpreters for a
deaf woman who was a visiting student from
Canada. A picture is at:


— a big College Board SAT mess with the deaf

A deaf junior at a mainstreamed program made arrangements
for an interpreter to show up for his SAT exam. Yet
the interpreter never showed up and the SAT people
told the deaf student he must bring his own interpreter!
As a result, the student’s mother was forced to
interpret for her son during the exam. You guessed it,
the mother was not that really skilled with ASL. The
College Board apologized for the interpreting mess.


— a rare small town deaf organization growth

People say that in small towns deaf organizations
are dying for lack of membership numbers. This may
be true – but there is a feel-good story. The
Hutchinson Association of the Deaf (Kansas), in
existence for many years, was in danger of closing
up because of low numbers. Then something happened.
New people came on board with ideas of hosting special
events. It helped – from 12 people showing up in
the past; the latest event attracted 42 people coming
from different towns. They agreed on a name change
– Kansas South Central Association of the Deaf.
They agreed on a new board of directors. Things are
looking up right now.


Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— ASL interpreters helping ASL teachers

3/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


Harris Communication announcements – Deaf Seniors of America Houston
ASL link is at:

text announcement is at:



DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 13, 2017

— unusual deaf taxi

Denish Komakech, who is deaf, earns a good living
in Uganda by driving an unusual taxi. To take a
look at that unusual taxi, go to:


— USA Deaflympics chief steps down

USA Deaflympics chief Jack Lamberton resigned. Taking over
on a temporary basis is Jeff Salit. How and to what extent
would it affect the USA’s preparation with the upcoming
Deaflympics? We do not know and so, just stay tuned!


— impossible to lipread some languages

Could every spoken language be lipread by
expert lipreaders? There was a TV story of
some languages in Africa that are spoken by
click-tongue sounds. Something to do with
air being pushed into mouth between certain
words. Click-tongue languages lipreadable?
Don’t know!



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— growth of deaf employees in coffee chain

3/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:

DeafDigest Gold – March 12, 2017

DeafDigest Gold – March 12, 2017

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— deaf culture disagreement


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Top stories about the deaf:

The Kentucky Senate passed a bill that would
help police officers quickly identify
individuals that are deaf – thus avoiding
unpleasant incidents.

The deaf of South Africa has not given up on
its repeated attempts to have sign language
become the nation’s 12th recognized language.

There is a fear among activists that
ASL will disappear for good if the trend
towards disappearance of languages

Confusion reigns over the proposed House Bill 1313
that would require employees to be genetically-
tested. Some say it would be required; some say
it is voluntarily. Bottom line – what would
employers do if they find genetic deafness among
some of their employees?

Another reason for hearing people to turn on
captions according to a newspaper columnist
that is just being humorous – actors that mumble,
making it harder for the audience to understand
what they are saying!



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This week’s ASL video in youtube

Hotels have three 8-hour shifts per day.
The morning shift knows that one hotel guest
is deaf. but when the morning shift people go
home, no one tells the second (and third)
shifts about that deaf guest.
The deaf guest has problems with something
in the hotel room, but the second shift also
has problems with communications.
It happens often everywhere!

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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This week’s ASL video in youtube

A newspaper headline said:

4-year old is permanently deaf

Permanently deaf? Why use the word permanent?
Are hearing people permanently hearing?
Permanently deaf can function as hearing
person. Permanently hearing can become deaf
but still function as a hearing person!
So, permanently is the wrong word.

This week’s ASL video in youtube


Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

I was at Disney World with my wife and grandson for a week.

We made requests for DeafBlind interpreter services in advance.

It turned out that the interpreter services were good. The only issue was
that the venue choices were very limited.

There were more needed all over the place!

That would be more like needed SSP services.

Lots of environmental information is needed for me as DeafBlind person!

Well, I have some advocacy work to do.

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Haley Donaldson
University of Nebraska

her profile is at:

on the profile it says:

Freshman Season (2017)
Has earned five starts at second base and one at designated player

Had a four-game hitting streak vs. ranked opponents from Feb. 11-18

Went 2-for-2 vs. No. 24 Pittsburgh on Feb. 17

Marked her first career multi-hit game

Went 1-for-3 with an RBI in her first career start vs. No. 13 Washington

Went 1-for-2 with an RBI off the bench vs. No. 2 Auburn


Deaf Elite Athletes:


Jodie Ounsley is rising through rugby’s ranks
The 16-year-old was born prematurely and is profoundly deaf

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Deaf Sports Collections update
— probably the only deaf woman, from deaf school, to play NCAA-I basketball


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A newspaper headline said:

4-year old is permanently deaf

Permanently deaf? Why use the word permanent?
Are hearing people permanently hearing?
Permanetly deaf can function as hearing
person. Permanently hearing can beoome deaf
but still function as a hearing person!
So, permanently is the wrong word.