A hearing person comes to a deaf person, but
often asks this question:

Can you lipread?

He never asks – what do you prefer – lipreading
or texting or notewriting or interpreter? It is
always – can you lipread?
It is very frustrating.


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 29, 2020

— subtitled film bloopers

Subtitled movies is different from captioned
movies, yet it was reported in a newspaper
of these subtitled bloopers – such as
hoards instead of hordes and Van Dyke
instead of Van Dyck. This is strange
because subitling follows thes script
and is planned in advance, so different
from real time news!


— the facemask and the ADA

What happens if a deaf person, without a facemask,
enters Albertson supermarket, saying that ADA allows
them not to wear it (lip reading and facial expressions)?
ADA experts say Albertson has the right to refuse
them entrance – because of public safety. ADA’s title 3
says public health is more important than accomodating
a deaf person without a face mask.


— five actors, five missing senses

The Sci-Fi Adventure Film ‘Making Sense’ involves five
different actors, each with a missing sense – sight,
hearing, taste, touch and smell. The one without
hearing (deaf) is Taylor Gonzalez, who is a new
deaf actress.


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 28, 2020

— honoring our TV captions hero

Ask any deaf leader nowadays this question:

Who was Julius Barnathan?

Chances are high that no one has ever heard of
Julius Barnathan, even among deaf leaders in the
telecommunications field. He was not deaf, but
had the final say, during the late seventies,
on whether the TV programs on his ABC network
be captioned or not. It is a long story, but to
make it short, Mac Norwood, a deaf high level
administrator in federal government, was friends
with Julius Barnathan, and spent so many, many
hours trying to convince him on the importance
of TV captions. Barnathan, a top ABC engineer,
finally agreed to captions. Barnathan’s decision
forced the neutral NBC and the anti-captions
CBS to caption their programs. A story surfaced
about Barnathan yesterday at:


It is fun reading. Both Barnathan and
Norwood are deceased.


— a deaf school looking for a facemask option

No one likes the regular face mask. No one likes
the see-through mask because it sort of prevents
clear understanding of voice speech. A deaf CEO
of a deaf school is now on the search for a
better mask. He has been asking around, and
while he has not found anything satisfactory,
it still does not stop him from finding a
better solution. DeafDigest hopes the deaf
school will succeed, because the Deaf Community
will benefit greatly from it.


— more on The Congressional Deaf Caucus

DeafDigest mentioned a while ago about knowing
nothing about the Congressional Deaf Caucus.
It was learned that:

#1 – it was founded in 2013
#2 – most representatives are alumni members of Deaf Schools
#3 – original goal was to encourage members of congress to hire the deaf
#4 – Facebook likes on one posting was low
#5 – much attention was given to the ASL store at DC Starbucks
#6 – one co-chair is a Democrat, other co-chair is a Republican

Congressional Deaf Caucus helping the deaf in the long
run? Hope so, inasmuch as Democrats have always agreed
to disagree with the Republicans and vice versa.

DeafDigest thanks Howard Gorrell, who is deaf but
extremely knowledgeable on how politics work on the
Hill, for the above updates.


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 27, 2020

— a reason learning ASL is difficult

There is a reason learning ASL is difficult.
In a newspaper interview, an interpreter said
that if one wants to learn Spanish, he can
go to Spain, but to learn ASL there is no
all-deaf ASL-signing nation.

That interpreter is correct.


— first time together for deaf and hearing

Many hearing employers have never met a deaf
person in their lives before hiring them.
And quite a few deaf people have never had
jobs in the past before being hired.
For both of them, it is a shared experience
to work together at a work place!


— Deaf agency happy with a TV episode of late-deaf character

DeafDigest has mentioned a couple of times about the
Ben Mitchell’s late-deafness character in British’s
widely popular EastEnders TV series. It was reported
that the producers asked The National Deaf Children’s
Society for advice to make the plot more realistic.
And that the deaf agency was happy the producers
listened to them. Could this happen to one of our
American TV producers, asking a deaf agency for
advice about deaf plots? Probably yes, probably no!



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