About Barry Strassler

Barry Strassler, editor, publisher, and founder of DeafDigest has died.

Barry with Sweetie

Barry, a 1966 graduate of Gallaudet University, began DeafDigest in the 1990s. For him it was a labor of love. Barry had written for and edited a myriad of publications for deaf people. He began writing sports when he worked for the Buff and Blue and the Tower Clock as a student at Gallaudet. He worked on publications for the National Association of the Deaf and he wrote for the Silent News. He looked into every issue–especially sports–and he remembered everything he saw.

Barry loved stories about deaf people and the deaf community, and he wanted to share them. He made up his own rules about sharing. Barry would read the news, glean its sense, are put it in his own words. He avoided names. For him what was significant was what happened to “a deaf person,” or a “CODA,” or  “an interpreter,” or a “hearing person.” And he would never print news if he felt it made deaf people look bad.

His goal wasn’t information sharing so much as staunch and profound advocacy.

In reporting on the achievements of young deaf and hard of hearing athletes in mainstream schools, Barry realized that he could help these students become aware of Gallaudet and at the same time help Gallaudet recruit talented students. He enthusiastically became a recruiter behind the scenes, passing information back and forth to and from the athletes and Gallaudet.

When he was honored by Gallaudet and inducted into its Hall of Fame, a speaker noted that Barry had helped recruit 30 mainstream players–half of the Gallaudet football team. In baseball, he had connected Gallaudet with the player who had been Conference Rookie of the Year, and in basketball, he had “found” the first team all conference point guard.

Barry was perhaps ahead of his time in recognizing that athletes, even as students, had rights. Once when a team member was denied decent shoes, he walked with him to the athletic director’s office. “Are you telling me,” he reportedly said, “that you are going to deny this Gallaudet student a chance to play because you will not buy him shoes?” The athletic director must have been embarrassed–the student got his shoes.

Barry wrote the acclaimed Gallaudet Football Centennial Book and a recent book on the history of basketball at Gallaudet. He always said that he wrote sports because he could “not play sports.” But he wrote sports because he loved sports, and he loved telling people about the remarkable athletic achievements of deaf players. Writing sports, like DeafDigest, was a passion and a commitment. It was based in his belief–not just that deaf people can do anything–but that that deaf people can do anything as well or better than anyone else–and the world should pay attention.

Barry also loved his family. He loved his daughter, Kelly, his daughter and son in law, Rachael and Matt and their son, Dominic, and his wife, Cathy, and his dog, Sweetie. And he cared about his deaf nieces Gittel and Toby and about Toby’s son, Natie.

 

  • Appreciation is expressed for the information in this article that came from a speech given during Barry’s induction into the Gallaudet Hall of Fame. 
  • Barry owns the domain of DeafDigest until 2024. This domain may be purchased for this time period for a donation to Gallaudet University Sports.

 

DeafDigest Blue – November 21, 2021

DeafDigest Blue – November 21, 2021

Blue Edition
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Serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 25th year

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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/tree/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/ttymachines/

This week’s ASL videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/cops-forgetting-deafness/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deafprisoners/

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Top stories about the deaf:

In an interview, the interviewee said:

‘Deaf’ is not a bad word

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In an interview, past Oscar winner Louise Fletcher
explained the reason for using ASL while accepting
the honor. She wanted to honor her deaf parents.

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Go Fund me campaign is going on to raise money
to pay for interpreting fees. DeafDigest is
concerned that once funding runs out, can
that deaf group use Go Fund again to raise
funds again for the same purpose?

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The courts threw out a deaf man’s discrimination
claim against a hospital for not “providing” him
with interpreters. The hospital owned two VRI devices
that were broken and instead – offered him some
interpreting alternatives, in which he turned down.
For that reason, the courts sided with the hospital.

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Deaf and hard-of-hearing scientists call for equity, inclusion
Perspective includes more than 40 co-authors worldwide, including the Oregon Hearing Research Center at OHSU

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

EASY FOR COPS TO FORGET DEAFNESS
All police officers attend Police Academy training
classes. These classes teach future cops all about
ADA and what deafness is all about.
But when they graduate from the Police Academy
and become real cops, they often forget what they
learn about deafness.
This is the reason why many cops have problems
when they arrest deaf people.
Why do they forget? A cop can be on duty for
25 years and never met a deaf person. Then all of a
sudden he arrests a deaf person and it is hard to
remember classroom lessons 25 years ago!

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/cops-forgetting-deafness/

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Lip reading tale

A hearing person said:
In a TV talk show, it was about the budget deal did zing

The deaf person thought the hearing person said
In a TV talk show, it was about the budget deal did sing

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

DEAF VIRGINIA PRISONERS FILE LAWSUIT
Many years ago very few deaf people were in
prisons. Times have changed, unfortunately, and
we have many deaf people in prisons.
These deaf prisoners are complaining – no
interpreters, no TTY devices, no flashing
signalers, etc.
A group of deaf prisoners in Virginia have
filed a lawsuit against the state for these
reasons.
Very sad.

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deafprisoners/

note:
This is an old video. Times have changed;
not just these lawsuits only in Virginia,
but everywhere in USA. Still very sad!

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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

As we have seen, there are numerous certifications that your captioner or
CART provider may have achieved. The Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC)
designation offered by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is
the most closely related to the captioning field. The other certifications
we have discussed may be more indicative of the person’s skills as a court
reporter.

If your captioner has achieved one or more of these certifications, it may
give you some idea of that person’s qualifications. If a person does not
have any of these certifications we have discussed, it does not neces

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Optus, a leading Australian mobile communications carrier, is
staging a contest – the Optus Business apps face-off. The
winner would get a full range of support services in use
of its mobile communications. It attracted 100 applications,
but most of them were eliminated. Still surviving and hoping
to win is the Deaf Services Queensland, an agency serving
the deaf in this Australian state. If this agency wins, they
would develop on-line job search opportunities for the deaf.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

In a meeting in Wilson, NC, among community and business
leaders, the sole issue was “how to save Eastern North
Carolina School for the Deaf from being closed.” It was
moderated by a state legislator. She said “think outside
the box.” Many ideas came out during that meeting – all
in agreement that the school could be converted for
many different purposes – community recreation, independent
living center, family weekends, cooperative programs
with local school districts, etc, etc.

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Copyright 2021 by Barry Strassler, DeafDigest.

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2021/11/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 19, 2021

— deaf TV services damaged

What can damage a Deaf TV Services? That the provider would
pull the plug and shut it down? No – it was a fire alarm
that shut down the entire system – something to with
messing up the gas suppression. Making it worse that
deaf TV audience was kept in the dark, not knowing
why everything was off the air for a long time.
It happened in Great Britain when the BBC and Channel 4
went down in September. It is still down and December
is coming up. Why no back up system? Just ask the
network engineers about it!

 

— forgetting Deaf Film history

Writer-director Sian Heder told Variety that his
story – CODA – is the first one to come up with
a simple story on a complicated deaf family
dynamics. DeafDigest would be asking the
writer is he sure he knows what he is talking
about! In 1985, the made-for-TV movie – Love is
Never Silent featuring Ed Waterstreet (deaf),
Phyllis Frelich (deaf) and Mare Winningham
(hearing) won praises everywhere. 

 

— a confusing newspaper comment

A newspaper ran this comment:
He has been deaf in one year since his birth

Did that newspaper try to mean that:
He has been deaf in one ear since his birth

Which is which?

 

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