2020/04/03

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 3, 2020

— most interpreters don’t seek public attention

Because of pandemic, many interpreters have been
written up in the newspapers as heroes of the
Deaf Community. An interpreter said that normally
interpreters do not seek, nor crave public
attention. That interpreter is correct.

 

— agency does not require deaf to use video

A service agency that serves both deaf and hearing
clients requires all hearing clients to use
video to get advice and counseling on their
issues. But for the deaf, the agency allows
them to come in person to get face-to-face
counseling. They felt it face-to-face was
better for the deaf.

 

— FCC stands up and says “you must caption”

The FCC, probably tired of these non-captioning
complaints, has just told all TV broadcasters and
all video providers to caption, caption and
caption. It is great – just that when complaints
come in, FCC is normally slow with their actions.

 

 

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2020/04/02

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 2, 2020

— deaf trucker nominated for national trucking honors

Candice Lureman, who is deaf, is Australia’s only
deaf female truck driver. She has been pushing
the industry to hire more deaf truck drivers.
And she is around when truck drivers need her
advice and assistance with their trucks. For that
she has been one of the nominees for a 2020 National
Trucking Industry Award. Do we have that in USA?
No.

 

— ADA rules at a football stadium is 5 pages long

Empower Field at Mile High is where Denver Broncos
NFL football team play their home games. The team
was slapped with a lawsuit a while years way back
over stadium scoreboard not being captioned. Just
today the team made an announcement of the ADA
rules it must follow. Their set of rules is
five pages long; it emphasized deaf and disabled
people as – ADA qualified patrons. This phrase
bothers DeafDigest editor. Does it require all
deaf/disabled patrons to bring papers to prove
to the Broncos management that they are ADA-
qualified? And what if the Broncos feel that
these deserving fans are faking their deafness
or their disability? This is not a joke!

 

— ADA wins not always road to riches

If people think they can be rich by winning
ADA lawsuits, then they need to take notice
of the decision made by the judge in Wisconsin.
Walmart lost a $5.2 million case because of
discriminating against a deaf employee.
Walmart appealed and the judge said federal
limits is just $300,000. And $200,000 compensatory
damages award was already paid out by Walmart, it
left the deaf winner with just $100,000. What
about attorney’s fees? Do not know.

 

 

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2020/04/01

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 1, 2020

— not realizing that an interpreter is needed

Deaf people expect interpreters to be available.
Many hearing people do not realize that deaf people
are always expecting interpreters. This was a comment
an interpreter made during a newspaper interview.

 

— becoming late-hearing

A deaf activist that attends a hearing college said:

Most deaf wouldn’t choose to be hearing even if the
opportunity presented itself

Is he correct? Don’t know. If a person has been
deaf all his life and then all of a sudden he
becomes hearing, it is not easy to adjust to the
hearing world. There was a movie about a blind
man, suddenly able to see. He struggled about
his new vision and became uncomfortable with his
new vision world. He then chose to become blind again!
Sorry, DeafDigest editor cannot remember the
movie title as he saw it a long time ago.

 

— possible scary lockdown order

In the metro Washington, DC area, police officers
have been enforcing the rule that everyone must
stay home. They drive police cars and shout these
orders via horns. What if a deaf person (shopping
for groceries or walking the dog or walking to a
pharmacy) cannot hear the police warnings? Very scary!

 

 

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2020/03/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 31, 2020

— levels of interpreting

A newspaper story said that interpreters which
interpret Covid-19 announcements are bringing
the interpreting field to a next level. Not
sure exactly what is this supposed to mean –
because interpreters interpret all kinds of
announcements. Next level for interpreting
is these specialized fields – medical,
legal and others. To reach these next
levels interpreters must be certified first.

 

— Covid-19 traps a deaf American in Croatia

Howard Gorrell needs no introduction to many
people in the Deaf Community – political
activist, deaf sports leader and in the
past a former statistician with the
National Republican Party headquarters.
He was touring Croatia, doing family history
research when the pandemic broke out.
Not allowed to leave Croatia to come home,
he has remained in the nation – continuing
to do family history research. Hopefully he
will not have to wait too long before
coming home.

 

— White Houuse has not responded to us

A while ago, the White House made a Covid-19
announcement – which was not interpreted.
Deaf people were angry about it and asked
the White House why was this happening.
Did the White House respond? No.

 

 

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2020/03/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 30, 2020

— hearing aid dealers not considered essential business

Because of Covid-19, many non-essential businesses have
been closed. One of these businesses is hearing aid
dealers. Many ASL speaking deaf people wear hearing
aids and they rely on this device. When hearing aids
break down, it becomes a problem for them. Very sad.

 

— Nexstar hints that hearing first, deaf last

Some time back, the local WIVB (Buffalo, NY) TV station
did not caption an emergency announcement. This station
is one of the Nexstar local affiliates. A high ranking
Nexstar executive responded to the deaf viewer’s written
complaint – but the comments were vague. Anyway Nexstar
said that deaf people can access these delayed captions
much later, via other ways, after hearing people heard
about it first. This is a hint that deaf people are
last and hearing people are first. And to add insult to
injury, the deaf person, who is a male, was addressed
as a female in the letter, despite the male first name!

 

— same stamp design, two different-looking stamps

Helen Keller and her aide, Anne Sullivan, were pictured
in one stamp design. Yet, the Keller stamp from Brazil was
different from the Keller American stamp – though both
came from that same design. Shocking? No, according to
a person that knows much about stamps, it happens
from time to time with different nations.

 

 

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