DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 21, 2020

— tossing out cigarettes at a risk

Wolverhampton, a city in Great Britain, has a new law
that would heavily fine smokers for throwing out
their cigarettes into trash cans. This reminds
DeafDigest editor of a deaf club – Detroit
Association of the Deaf. That club had posted
signs warning members that they would be fined
for tossing their cigarettes onto the floor.
Reason – more work for cleaning crew to sweep
the club floors. Amount of fine? Just 25 cents,
but that was way back in the 1970’s.


— deaf truckers vs anti-deaf truckers

The hearing truckers are saying deaf cannot drive trucks
because they cannot hear bad tires, air leaks, engine
failures, bad brakes, knocking engines and pre-ignition
issues. Deaf truckers said they have been driving
trucks for some 30 years and have never experienced
these issues. Always a first time – but deaf truckers
have this 6th sense that tells them something is
wrong and they will pull over the highway!


— screens to order food

Many fast food chains have screens to allow all customers,
including the deaf, to place their orders without
misunderstandings with the kitchen staff. A perfect
solution? Well, a deaf person could press on the
wrong button – and have a hard time explaining it
with the staff, or even trying to explain credit
card issues. Even when the screen has this “cancel”
option, there may be mistakes that are hard to explain!



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 20, 2020

— very deaf juice stand operator no one knows about his deafness

Ilitai Masilaca is deaf but is valued by his boss as
a juice stand operator, serving over 200 juices per day.
Customers come to him to buy juices and then walk away,
totally unaware of his deafness. He has no speech and cannot
lipread and communicates by gestures, a fact that busy
customers, in a hurry, do not notice! Not in USA, but in
Suva, Fiji.


— a troubling agreement by a police department

St Paul (Minnesota) Police Department lost a lawsuit
over refusal to provide a deaf person that wanted to
file a domestic assault report. What was troubling
was the agreement that ASL interpreters will be
provided each time a deaf person needs it! Many,
many, many deaf people do not use ASL and so,
an ASL interpreter is useless to them! This
agreement needs to be revised to provide all
types of communication, and not just ASL
interpreters alone.


— efforts in Martha’s Vineyard to revive sign language

Deaf historians all know that people in Martha’s
Vineyard, years and years way back, communicated
in sign language because so many residents of that
isolated island, were deaf. It was not ASL but
more of MVSL – meaning Martha’s Vineyard Sign
Language. MVSL died out when the last deaf
resident, in the 1950’s, passed away. There
are efforts, right now, by several island
natives to revive the sign language. Reminds
DeafDigest editor of efforts by several deaf
people in the Maritimes (New Brunswick, Nova
Scotia, and Prince Edward Island) to revive
its own dying sign language.


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 19, 2020

— dedication to a legendary deaf person

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to
Donald A. Padden, a Gallaudet lifer that
departed us. He was pretty much a Gallaudet
legend (last surviving member of the 1943
Gallaudet Iron Men basketball team that won
the conference championship despite an overall
losing record; a basketball court named after
him; father of two well known deaf individuals
– Robert Padden and Carol Padden, a long time
professor of deafness at University of California,
San Diego; plus many other accomplishments too
numerous to mention. May you rest in peace, Donald,
as he joins his wife Agnes that departed us not
too many months ago!

to look at the group picture of the Gallaudet Iron Men:

Padden is the one with jersey #9


— deaf family on Nickelodeon’s The Crystal Maze

Those that watch the Nickelodeon’s The Crystal Maze
would await the episode on Feb. 21, 2020 at 7 PM.
The LeFors family of St Augustine, FL, both deaf and
hearing, will be on the program. It involves a lot
of activities through the obstacles. The winner could
get cash prize of $25,000. Father Eric is a well known
football and basketball coach at Florida School for
the Deaf and Blind; mother June Ann is the school’s
ASL specialist. Priscilla, one of the four daughters,
attends middle school classes at the school. What
is going to happen? Just watch the program!


— a piece of metal or a piece of junk

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred made a comment
that the World Series championship trophy is a
“piece of metal” – in reference to the Houston
baseball scandal. This is a painful memory
for DeafDigest editor. Years ago, way back in
1980, a deaf activist said that the TV decoder
was a piece of junk. To make a long story short,
there were no built-in captions for these TV
sets and one had to buy a decoder in order to
get captions. There were two rival captioning
devices; the deaf activist was pushing for one
device; the majority of the deaf in USA was
pushing for different device – both of which
provided captions. The deaf activist made that
“junk” comment which came back to haunt him!



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 18, 2020

— Owner–Operator Independent Drivers Association won’t support deaf truckers

The Owner–Operator Independent Drivers Association has asked
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to keep the
rule that does not allow the deaf to drive trucks. This is
disappointing, at least in the long term. Currently the
applications of deaf truckers are reviewed on a case by
case basis. What this means that some deaf can drive
trucks while some deaf cannot! Confusing and complicated
set of regulations? Yes!


— hidden deafness different from invisible deafness

For years deaf people have known that their deafness
is invisible to the public, unless they use
sign language. And now this – hidden deafness.
Same thing? No, it is deafness that disappears
from audiograms! This is not an issue with the
deaf people but an issue with audiologists.


— a rare certification: legal/court interpreter

How rare is the certification for legal/court interpreter?
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf said it is
less than 3.5 percent. What this means is that if you
need a legal/court interpreter, you may not get it!



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 17, 2020

— mocking a deaf person

Will Palmer, who is deaf, was mocked by a hearing
person for just one reason – his deafness. Was mocked
not just once but several times. It took place during
a soccer game – in Great Britain. What happened?
Fans supported the deaf player. The hearing mocker’s
club suspended him for seven games. Will this happen
in USA – that a hearing mocker would be punished for
mocking a deaf person? Yes, we do have ADA, but is
there language in ADA that covers mocking issues?


— deaf people hearing a quiet voice

Do deaf people hear quiet voices inside their
heads? Yes, according to Naomi Lavelle, who
specializes in the science of communications
(or is it science of non-communications).
She wrote about it in a newspaper column


— departure of a deaf person we never heard of

Michael Frutchey, who just departed us, was
described as a colorful person in an obit,
despite his deafness. He was a professional
model, owner of his roofing business, riding
motorcycles, driving fast cars and generally
living on the edge. He also loved making people
laugh, enjoying loud music and dancing. Growing
up he attended Michigan School for the Deaf. This
is the first time DeafDigest editor read an obit
that described all these stuff! May he rest in peace.


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