DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 11, 2019

— the power of the beach flashing emergency warning lights

The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors
will be setting up a powerful beach flashing emergency
warning lights to alert the deaf in case of weather warnings
and tsunami warnings. How powerful is it? A deaf person
could see the warning lights from a quarter of mile
away. Yes, it helped that the department director
has two deaf adult sons.


— public wi-fi for the deaf

LinkNYC (New York City) has kiosks that provides free
wi-fi for the public. It is said to be very fast.
With these kiosks is a Video Relay Service for
the benefit of the deaf. Hopefully this concept
will spread to other American cities.


— disabled accommodations same as deaf accommodations

There was a big story in today’s newspapers about
Jimmy Anderson, not deaf, who is disabled and is a
legislator in Wisconsin. He needs a caregiver to allow
him to function in everyday life, meaning attending
legislative sessions. He accused legislators of
deciding what is best for him without asking him
about his needs. Pretty much the same as with
many hearing people deciding what is best for the
deaf without asking the deaf what is best for them!
Very sad.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 10, 2019


— city council meeting captions delayed until 2025

Orillia, a city of some 30,000 people, has agreed
to postpone city meeting captions until 2025.
The reason is cost – approximately $20,000
in annual costs. ADA? No, Orillia is in


— OK to start a career at the bottom

For some reason a good number of deaf graduates
from colleges do not like to start at the bottom
while beginning their careers. They want to
start at the top. It was different with
deaf chef Kurt Ramborger. He started his
restaurant career as a dishwasher, before
beginning his upwards climb.


— fifth largest deaf population in USA

A public official said that Tampa Bay has the
fifth largest population of deaf residents
in USA. Fifth largest? What about metro
areas of Washington, DC, Rochester,
Frederick, New York, Austin, Fremont,
Los Angeles, Chicago? Tampa Bay bigger
than any of these areas? DeafDigest
editor isn’t sure!



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