2012/09/05

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 5, 2012

 

 
— Must pay $9,500 to learn sign language!

The parents of a deaf child in Devon, Great Britain wanted to
learn British Sign Language. The Devon County Council told them
the cost is £6,000 ($9,500 in USA money) to take the course. The
parents are angry. A big newspaper story laughed at the county
council. The Devon government is trying to find a way for them
to take classes at no cost.

 
— Value of NTID bachelor’s degree?

The Social Security Administration, working with NTID, figured out
the value of a NTID bachelor’s degree. They said these graduates
earn an average salary of $36,000 per year by the age of 50!
DeafDigest thinks the SSA research does not look right. But this
story was printed in the Inside Higher Ed. Gallaudet graduates?
The Social Security Administration never asked Gallaudet for
information!

 

 
— Deaf kid punished for having the wrong name?

Hunter Spanjer is a deaf kid, son of deaf parents in Nebraska.
The parents taught him the name-sign as identification. It
resembled hunting in ASL. Hunter’s school told him he cannot
use that sign because it is “violent.” Parents were upset;
the newspapers laughed at the school district. Later, the
school district denied ordering the kid to change his name
sign! Dangerous name? Hunter is an almost-common name
everywhere.

 

 
— A big job risk in Little Rock

We know that a person, knowing no ASL, was hired as a
state interpreter in Arkansas. When deaf community
screamed, she was transferred to a different job.
Well, David McDonald, not deaf, was a hero! As a state
employee, he was ordered to sign papers to send the
interpreter to a training program. He refused, and
risked being fired by the angry director. He said:

An interpreter we hire should be able to interpret
from the start

 

— A CI fund raising drive for nothing!

Parents of Alfie Spraggon in United Kingdom raised £20,000
($31,600 in USA dollars) to pay for his CI. But the operation
has been canceled! Why? Because the doctors told him that he
is “not deaf enough” to get a CI. What to do with the money?
The parents will give it to a “deaf enough” child for his CI.

 

 
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2012/06/06

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 6, 2012

 

— Marlee Matlin stuck with a non-captioned movie

Marlee Matlin requires all of her performances (TV, movies)
to be captioned. But her four children wanted to watch a movie
– Men in Black 3. It was not captioned at a theater near her
home. The captioned movie was 15 miles away with these crazy
showtimes – at 11 AM and at 1045 PM. And these types of
captions – OC, CV, and RWC were confusing. And the Captioned
Eyeglasses were not available. Marlee had no choice but to
make her kids happy, so went to the noncaptioned movie!
She was not too happy about it.

 

— Does Dr Phil want to get rid of intellectually disabled deaf?

Dr Phil is famous for his TV talk shows, discussing people’s
problems. But on the April 13th show, he suggested that parents
should put to death their intellectually disabled children.
While Dr Phil did not mention the deaf, his hint was strong.
Organizations of the disabled protested and demanded that
Dr Phil apologize. One of these organizations was the National
Association of the Deaf.

 

— a new “deaf” comic book

From time to time we have deaf characters in a comic
book story. The latest deaf character was an idea about
a deaf kid! Anthony Smith, the deaf 4-year old kid from
New Hampshire, refused to wear his blue hearing aid,
saying that comic book characters do not wear blue
ears. His mother then wrote a letter to Marvel Comics,
explaining her son’s refusal to wear a hearing aid.
Suddenly it became an idea – and a new comic book
was created, called – Anthony Smith is the Blue Ear,
as the superhero who became deaf. On the cover, the
Blue Ear’s comment, while on the rooftop,  was this:

Thanks to my listening device, I hear someone in trouble

 

— a different kind of sign language movie

In India, there is a project that will show sign language
interpreters in hearing movies. It same as a sign language
interpreter hidden in a corner in news TV programs.
Instead of captions, a box of a sign language interpreter
will be located at one corner of the screen. Is it
something that the deaf in USA will prefer – sign language
in a corner instead of captions?

 

— a group picture at NTID of USA’s possibly largest all-deaf family

Last week Melody Frink was mentioned as part of an all-deaf
family of 11 children with deaf parents. Here is a picture
of this all deaf-family:

http://deafdigest.com/group-picture-of-frinks-all-deaf-family-taken-at-ntid/

 

 

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DeafDigest Gold – June 3, 2012

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DeafDigest Blue – May 27, 2012

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DeafDigest Blue – May 20, 2012

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