DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 11, 2012

— Was Alexander Graham Bell really a bad person?

Many people hate Alexander Graham Bell for two
reasons; he supported oralism; he thought deaf
people should not marry each other. Yet, he had
a brillant mind with many ideas – the phonograph,
boating technology, taking salt out of seawater,
the National Geographic Magazine, etc, etc.
This is the reason why he and Thomas Edison,
the famous deaf inventor, hated each other
(jealousy). And remember, his telephone made TTY
possible many years later.


— A deaf soccer player thrown out of game for not
obeying the whistle!

Philip John Dolan is a deaf member of a hearing
soccer team in Scotland. In a game last week, he
thought he scored a goal and jumped up, happy.
The referee blew the whistle just before the score.
Philip, not knowing the whistle, still jumped around.
The angry referee threw him out of the game. The team
did warn the referee, before the game, that Philip
was deaf. But the referee ignored it. The team is
filing a protest with the league headquarters. The
referee refused to answer questions from a newspaper.


— a 86-year old deaf woman got a letter telling her
of her apartment eviction on Christmas Day

A 86-year old deaf woman received a letter from the
Toronto Community Housing Authority (TCHA). It told her
she would be evicted from her apartment on Christmas Day!
Her angry neigbhors accused TCHA of being cruel to
her and violating her human rights. TCHA backed off and
allowed her to stay. And the Canadian Hearing Society
stepped in, trying to resolve this issue.


— A deaf woman wins a TV reality show contest

Chivonne Chapman, who is deaf, with husband Adam, not
deaf, competed against three other hearing couples on
the popular British TV reality show – Four Weddings.
They won the top prize, a free honeymoon. As with other
reality shows, these participants vote on several
questions. Chivonne said that Adam helped the win the
contest because he learned enough signs to improve his
communications with her. Does it look fishy? (How did
he communicate with her while they were dating?)


— Cost of captioned commercials during the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is Big Time business. A 30-second commercial
cost is $3.5 million dollars, sometimes $4.0 million
dollars. Many commercials are not captioned. Why? The
TV people say captioning is “very” expensive. Truth is
that captioning work is about $125.00 for each 30-second
commercial. The TV people are trying to fool us by saying
they go broke on money spent on captioned commercials!
To see the captioning costs, look at: