DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 28, 2011

– The Price is Right for the deaf

Many of us like to watch “The Price is Right” TV game show.
We like to see how the participants bid wrong on stuff
they want to win. And the Department of Justice was also
interested but for a different reason – that it discriminated
against the deaf, thus violating the ADA. A settlement was
reached in that the program and the web site must show captions,
and that the deaf that want to participate cannot be
discriminated against. And also that the people working with
the program be trained on what ADA is all about.



–  A new Deaf TV program in Texas

We’ve had some Deaf TV programs in the past. And
there is a new one, aired in the Austin, Texas
area. It is “ACCESS News” and it is being shown
once a month. Anchor Tamara Suiter-Ocuto, a
deaf woman, will feature news, interviews and
entertainment. Sponsoring that program is
Civication Inc, a non-profit agency. The half-hour
long program will include ASL and captions. Guests
being interviewed will be from various public and
private sectors.


– A nervous airline scared of the deaf?

A group of nearly 20 deaf passengers were not
allowed to board an Air Méditeranée airline
in France. Why? The airline policy said “a deaf
person has a reduced mobility.” Reduced mobility?
Is it saying deaf people cannot walk? Or cannot
talk to crew members? The French authorities were
not too happy with the incident and will conduct

– There is a doctor that ADA people will never sue!

In Pittsburgh, Dr. Deborah Gilboa works with patients
at a health clinic. She is valuable, not only because
she knows medicine but knows sign language and is
able to communicate with deaf patients. And if deaf
patients have an appointment with another doctor
in her clinic, she functions as the interpreter.
This is a win-win situation for the deaf and for the
clinic that does not have to worry about paying
interpreting fees!

– A vest: an embarrassment for the state of Vermont

Rene Pellerin, the deaf-blind leader in Vermont,
is wearing a special vest, which is an embarrassment
for the state of Vermont. To see what the vest is
all about, view:

It is not captioned. Please wait until the end of the
video to take a look at the vest.


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 21, 2011

— A different way of rewarding Deaf Pageant winners

Winners of Miss Deaf Pageants in Swaziland would
get a free car as a prize in the past. Not any more.
The Pageant organizers will be giving a free hearing
aid to the winner. The organizers feel that a hearing
aid is a lifetime reward, while a car is not!

— Detecting hearing loss at a lower cost

If a person wants to find out why he has a hearing
loss, he may have to go through a genetical testing.
It costs around $20,000 and it may take years to
find out the cause of deafness. Two scientists –
Karen Avraham and Moein Kanaan have claimed to have
a faster way of discovering deafness at the cost of
just $500, and with only two weeks of genetical
searching. Will this work?

— An overlooked fact about a deaf swindler

Last week it was mentioned that SEC has filed
charges against Jody Dunn, a deaf man, for
cheating deaf clients out of $3.45 million
on promises of big financial gains. It was
learned that Dunn himself has been unemployed
and has also been getting SSDI checks. This
was a fact that many of us overlooked.

— Giving up a career as a model to become a farmer

Aqua Harris, who is deaf, was a former fashion model
in New Zealand. And at the same time, he also was a
personal trainer. He got tired of the fast life in
the high New Zealand society, and gave it all up.
He is much happier, raising pigs  on a farm in a
a small country town. The pigs he raises are English
Berkshire, a rare breed. He hopes to make a fortune
if he is successful with the breeding efforts.

— A failed artist led to birth of Gallaudet University

Samuel Morse, not deaf, had high hopes of becoming a great
artist. He lived in Paris for few years, hoping to establish
himself in the Parisian art community. He failed and
came home, bitterly disappointed. He overcame his
disappointment to invent a telegraph machine that
won a patent. He needed an investor to help start
the business. This investor was Amos Kendall. The
telegraph business skyrocketed, making a lot of money
for Kendall. He invested the money in land where
Gallaudet is currently located. Who knows if
Morse was a successful artist, there may be no
Gallaudet, but a different college for the deaf
in a different location?


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 14, 2011

— Comparing interpreter, notetaker and CART in a class

A professor said:
My red sporty car is parked on the north side of 4th Avenue street.

The interpreter signed:
My car is parked on the street.

The Notetaker wrote:
My red car is parked on 4th Avenue.

The CART typed:
My red sport car is parked on the north side of 4th Avenue street.

The exam question asks:
1) What kind of vehicle is it? (commercial, economy, sporty, etc.)
2) Which side of street is the vehicle parked at? (west, north, south, east)
3) What color is the vehicle?

So, which is best – interpreter or notetaker or CART???????

— Shutting down South Dakota SD led to shortage of interpreters

The state shut down South Dakota School for the Deaf, saying it
was not economically feasible to have it continued. As a result
of the state’s decision, there is a serious shortage of interpreters
in students’ home town school districts. If the school remained
open and was allowed to thrive, then there would be no unexpected
demand of interpreters. A news story said there are just 88 registered
interpreters in the state. The state is hoping that interpreter
training programs will help reduce the shortage. But will it? 

— A “dumb” professor at University of Montana

A hearing professor at University of Montana did not understand
what ADA was all about. He had a deaf student in his class; he made
arrangements to hire an interpreter. In many cases, hiring an
interpreter is the right thing to do – but in that “dumb”
professor’s case, it was wrong. Why? Because that student was
an oralist and did not know ASL! He could have given that student
a choice – an interpreter or a CART, but went ahead and hired
an interpreter!  This complaint was posted in a student

— The deaf as the Biggest Loser

Many Americans are overweight, the deaf included. But a deaf man,
Danny Cahill, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is the Biggest Deaf Loser.
He has lost nearly 240 pounds to win the Biggest Loser, Season Eight.
He has also become a featured speaker at various events in Oklahoma.

— iTunes to offer more captions

What is an iTunes? Apple offers that feature for downloading
music, TV programs, movies, book purchase procedures, etc. Deaf
people complained that iTunes did not show captions. But recently
we are seeing more captions on iTunes – programs such as Sons of
Anarchy, New Girl, The Secret Circle are now captioned. Keep in
mind, the producers can only show captions, not Apple itself.  


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 7, 2011

— Hearing aid mistaken for iPod

A hearing aid does not look the same as an iPod.
Unfortunately for one deaf 4-year old girl, that
wears a hearing aid, a thief thought it was
an iPod. He grabbed it right out of her ear while
she was playing on the school grounds at Cape Town,
South Africa. Her parents are now saving money to
buy her another hearing aid.

— Mistrial declared because of a deaf juror

The defense team of Scott Speer, not deaf, was
able to convince the judge of a mistrial in
Akron, Ohio. Speer was indicted on charges of
drowning death. The prosecutors ran a 911 tape
in front of the jury, which was useless to a
deaf juror, as the defense pointed out.

— A school bus that never arrived

14-year old deaf Dallas student Courtney Alladin
waited for the school bus to arrive on first day of
her mainstreamed classes. She would continue to
wait for six more days, and the bus still never
arrived. Fed up, Courtney’s mother contacted a
local TV news station to have this problem shown
on TV. Alas, the bus arrived the next day!

— A strange invention that claims to help the deaf

A newspaper in England said Lucy Brewer, a deaf woman,
studying to become a forensic scientist, won an award
for her invention –  a handheld computer that is
supposed to replace subtitles with sounds. It is strange.
Why would the deaf person want to substitute subtitles
for sounds? Did the writer of the story get the facts

— A Deaf Home without power for five days

Hurricane Irene blacked out much of Massachusetts,
including the town of South Attleboro. It left a deaf
senior citizen without power in his house for five full
days. He had no access to a telephone, a TV, a videphone,
a TTY and alerting devices. And making matters worse
he needed medical attention, and somehow was able to get
someone to get medical emergency services personnel to
his residence. He is very angry about the whole thing.