DeafDigest Gold – February 11, 2018

DeafDigest Gold – February 11, 2018

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 9, 2018


— an almost Section 8 eviction against deaf

In Texas, a deaf man was almost evicted from his
Section 8 housing. When he got an apartment,
he asked for an interpreter but was not given one.
To make a long story short, he moved in but no one
bothered to explain to him what he needed to do
(understand the rules, pay monthly rent and to
sign papers, etc). Just as when he was about to
be evicted, he sought professional help and
was saved! A picture is at:


— UCLA cuts funds for deaf students

UCLA has about 50 deaf students; they are
supposed to be getting accommodations.
But according to a campus newspaper
posting, these funds are being cut.
There are always options – Gallaudet
or NTID or even “next door” CSUN!


— a big mystery; meeting deaf for the first time

Always a big mystery. There are few hearing people
that met a deaf person for the first time but are
comfortable using gestures and passing notes
back and forth with them. Many other hearing
people “freeze up” and become uncomfortable.
Why? Good question!



Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf manager of banking branch office

02/04/18 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 8, 2018

— lip sync or fake lipreading

Is it a joke? There is a “Lip Sync” event at one university;
proceeds from that event will support deaf programs. For
years famous singers have been accused of fake-singing
through lip synching. Is lip synching something that
deaf people could lip read? Or is lip synching really
an insult to the deaf that try to lipread real lips
not fake lips? A picture is at:


— refusing to meet the Vice President

Adam Rippon, who will participate in the Winter
Olympics in figure skating, has refused to meet
privately with the Vice President. Rippon’s
reason is personal. Anyway, Rippon was born
deaf – the newspaper stories say that his
deafness was corrected at the age of one.
Is it saying that he wears a CI, which makes
him deaf upon taking it off?


— deaf mayor has experience

DeafDigest mentioned a while ago that Amanda Folendorf,
who is deaf, was elected mayor of Angels Camp, a
small town in Northern part of California. Even though
council members are at least 20 years older than her,
it does not mean she has no experience. Before
becoming a mayor, she served on the council for three
years, including one year as a vice mayor. Already
town people “booed” her because of her support for
regulation of recreational marijuana sales. They
wanted her to be recalled (which is the same thing
as being fired). At least they are not booing her
for her deafness but because she disagreed with



Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf successes despite no ADA

02/04/18 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 7, 2018


— the deaf and the fast food touch screen

Touch screens are replacing notepad and for the deaf at
fast food restaurants. But if there is a touch screen
problem, such as accidentally ordering wrong food
or accidentally touching the pay icon twice, would
the hearing manager (that may have never met a deaf
person in his life) have communication problems?

A picture is at:


— a comment by a past mainstreamed student

A past mainstreamed student said during a newspaper

I was a very expensive student being deaf; I had
to have a lot of services

We have heard this comment in the past – that it is
expensive to be deaf


— weight loss program in New York

A deaf man, formerly weighing 446 pounds is now down to
274 pounds thanks to a special weight loss program
offered by a New York service agency helping the deaf.
This is the first such weight loss program for the deaf
that DeafDigest editor has read about in years!



Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— legislative tricks to get deaf bills passed

02/04/18 Blue and Gold editions at: