Some captioning devices break down during a movie
You complain to the theater manager. He is stuck
because he has no more captioning devices to loan
out to deaf patrons


Deaf people discriminate against other deaf people?
We are not talking about ASL, oral, hard of hearing
that fight each other.
We are talking about almost-hearing people that
discriminate against the deaf. Almost-hearing? Yes,
many hearing people have hearing losses (age,
noise, etc). Instead of understanding the real
deaf, they discriminate against the deaf!


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 5, 2020

— sign language consultant with TV and movies

From time to time directors hire the deaf as
sign language consultants with TV, movies
and theater. Do consultants teach actors to
use sign language? Well, a sign language
consultant said she reads the script to
make sure deaf people understand it!


— deaf-friendly advice for shopkeepers

Many shops, stores and fast food places
are not deaf-friendly. Do these owners
get advice on getting their businesses
deaf-friendly? Do not know but there
was an advice written up in a newspaper
article to make businesses deaf-friendly.
Do these owners ask the deaf for advice?
Again, do not know!


— complaints about interpreting on TV

Deaf people are happy that TV news programs
are interpreted. Deaf people are also unhappy
that the signing is hard to read because of the
small box; that some interpreters wear face masks;
that interpreter are “cut” in half, only seeing
their face and hands. Also, interpreters placed
at end of stage instead of next to the speakers.


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 4, 2020

— suggestions for deaf during hurricane season

Summertime brings on hurricanes and destructive
weather. For the deaf, a local weather service
suggested getting a weather radio that has text
display and flashing alerts. Plus notepads and
pens to communicate with the hearing in case
no interpreters are around. And also get access
to VRS, emails, and text messages.


— an interpreter never got formal training

Tan Lee Bee is an interpreter. Her only family
connection to the deaf is a deaf younger sister.
They became close, and the interpreter learned
signs by observing her at her deaf school
classes and by her communications with her
classmates. At the age of 18 she became
a teacher of the deaf, despite no formal
college training. Later on she traveled
across USA, picking up sign language skills.
She is currently the interpreter at government
news conferences – in Malaysia!


— a machine, a joke or not a joke

We have read about sign language machines
(actually computers) and have said these
really do not work perfectly. And now this –
a lip reading machine. A joke? Microsoft
does not think so, and in fact has subcontracted
with a tech company to develop this such a
lip reading machine.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 3, 2020

— interpreter suddenly stops signing for half-minute

Could an interpreter suddenly stop signing and then
fold arms for nearly a half-minute? It happened
when Canada prime minister Trudeau suddenly stopped
his speech for that long time. Deaf people watching
that speech may think the interpreter refused to
sign some words. This was not the case!


— no haircuts for a long time

People who regularly get haircuts do not like it
when they are forced to stay away from hair
salons and barber shops for a long time.
John Bellavia, a deaf barber in the Buffalo, NY
area, has been cutting hair for 50 years, but
his shop had to be closed up. Yesterday his
shop opened and many of his regular customers
were glad to see him again!


— the deaf and the curfew

Many people, including the deaf, would know
if their home town has a curfew late at night.
Unfortunately there was an incident when a
deaf man went out at night, unaware there was
a curfew. Police came over and detained him.
His interpreter came over and explained the
deafness issues to the police, and he was


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