2021/01/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 22, 2021

— weird deaf error

A newspaper basketball headline said

Georgia Tech women deaf Wake Forest women in basketball

Deaf?

It actually is:
Georgia Tech women defeated Wake Forest women in basketball

So weird!

 

— driver’s license, required or an option

Some states have made it an option (not a
requirement) for deaf drivers to indicate
their deafness on their driver’s ID.
A legislator in New Jersey wants to pass
a law to make it a requirement. Good idea
or bad idea?

 

— part-time interpreters

A newspaper suggested that people, working their day
jobs, but making little income, could become
part-time interpreters. DeafDigest does not know
what to make of it, because all of the interpreters
he has had over the years were full-timers.

 

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2021/01/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 21, 2021

– explaining Deaf Art

We have many talented deaf artists. There was
a Deaf Art gallery with wall to wall paintings
of these deaf artists. Unfortuantely, that
gallery closed up. Anyway, one Deaf Artist
described Deaf Art as:

paintings of unspoken words!

 

— honoring a Deaf Communication mode

Cued Speech is not sign language, even though
it seems to look like it. The new White House
administration has honored Cued Speech by
having a translator on stage. Cued Speech
now joins ASL and captions as an accepted
Deaf Communications mode. Does not matter if
not too many deaf people use Cued Speech.

 

— in charge of research at a marine life center

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center, located in
Juno Beach, Florida, focuses on research of
sea turtles. In charge of all aspects of
research is Jennifer Reilly. She is deaf,
and her job title is Research Operations
Manager.

 

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2021/01/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 20, 2021

— to be fluent for only $20.00

ASL is one of the most difficult languages
to master. Many people try to learn ASL but
are not too good at it. It is interesting
to see an ad today that says:

Here’s How To Become Fluent In American Sign Language For Just $20

really?

 

 

— puzzling comment about VRI

VRI is Video Remote Interpreting. It is not
the same as relay interpreting. Anyway
there was a posting today that said:

It is an effective device used in the absence
of qualified interpreters

In absence of qualified interpreters?
It is puzzling because one has to be qualified
to interpret on VRI (and also on relay
interpreting)!

 

— Zoom captions, free or not free

Must pay to get captions on Zoom? Two
deaf individuals opposed the idea of
paying for captions on Zoom, saying
it violates the ADA. They have
filed a lawsuit to force Zoom to
offer free captions.

 

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2021/01/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 19, 2021

— fast-food outlet instructs deaf to drive to an open window

A nationally-known fast food outlet has a sign that instructs
deaf drivers, unable to use the voice kiosk, to drive
to an open window to place written orders. One deaf
driver did and he was denied service. The inside employees
have not been made aware of this deaf-driver policy.
As a result, the company attorney is trying to undo
the damage because the deaf driver used his iPhone
to run a video of this incident in which the
employees used inappropriate language!

 

— many lip readers won’t admit it

There are many hearing people that can lip read
(not necessarily better or worse than deaf).
It is just that many of them just won’t admit it!
Why?

 

— a serious problem with voice conference calls

Interpreters do handle voice conference calls, but
there is a problem. When too many people spoke
up at the same time, or when they do not identify
themselves, not only the interpreters are lost
but so are the deaf clients! This was the issue
raised in a lawsuit when a deaf client lost
his job.

 

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2021/01/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 18, 2021

— a trick to avoid credit card machine incidents

It seems there are always new technology with the
credit card machines that makes current store
machines obsolete. Clerks would voice out which
credit card machine (out of 2 or 3 on the counter)
to use. Deaf people cannot hear voice and may
insert their credit cards into wrong machine,
creating ugly incidents with the clerks. The
trick is to delay inserting the credit card,
allowing the clerk to point to the correct
machine to use! Works for DeafDigest editor.

 

— On the Waterfront; 1954 film vs 2021 film

The famous movie “On the Waterfront” that was
filmed in 1954, was shown again on TV
yesterday. The 1954 movie had no subtitles
(captions weren’t invented yet) whereas
yesterday’s movie was captioned. Deaf people
loved the 1954 movie for one reason – a lot
of action, despite not understanding the plot.
67 years later, these same deaf people finally
understood the plot (union issues leading to
violence).

 

— Massachusetts hires a new director

Opeoluwa Sotonwa is the new director of the
Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard
of Hearing. This position had been vacant for
some time. DeafDigest editor, years ago
remembers an event in western Massachusetts.
The past state director attended the event
and the local deaf leaders were excited
about it, expecting to have a private
face to face meeting to discuss local
deaf-related issues. Unfortunately, due
to a personal emergency, the director
had to leave the event to go home
(in eastern part of the state). This
early departure left the local leaders
very disappointed.

 

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