DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 28, 2012
— Deaf professional athlete in world’s most dangerous sport
Is motocross racing more dangerous than pro football?
Well, Ashley Fiolek, the world’s #1 female motocross
racer, is deaf. She is small and 115 lbs. And she suffered
many injuries – concussion, collar bone fractures (twice),
two broken wrists, lost teeth, broken nose, broken leg,
broken arm, broken ankle, dental root canal, etc. Don’t
feel sorry for her. She is popular, world famous, wealthy,
well-liked by the public. And big time commercial sponsors
love her personality.
— TTY Relay operator violating company policy?
A new movie is coming up – House of Bodies, and it
stars Queen Latifah as the leading character.
She plays the role of a TTY Relay operator that
makes friends with a relay user during her work
hours. The plot is a murder case that Queen and
the deaf relay user (a kid) worked together with
police to solve it. This is not real in everyday
life. If it was true, then the relay operator
would have been fired. It is same old Hollywood
twisting of real life facts.
— A deaf video game competitor among the best
Ando Ferguson, who is deaf and a former Gallaudet
wrestler, was one of the game participants at the
recent video Grand Prix event in Indianapolis.
It is one of the biggest events in the gaming
world. All serious gamers dream of coming out
on top in that event. Ando finished among the
Top 8 finalists, after going through 15 tiring
rounds and then one final 8 round during these
two long days of video competition.
— A deaf foreign services diplomat quits her job
Sometime ago DeafDigest mentioned that Jane Cordell,
a deaf British diplomat had her new ambassadorship
job at Kazakhstan taken away from her. It was because
Great Britain did not want to pay for her interpreting
needs. She had been a diplomat in British Foreign
Service for about ten years and won several promotions.
The latest promotion – ambassador to Kazakhstan was
to be biggest of her career. She lost a lawsuit
against the government. Knowing she has no future
with the British Foreign Service, she quit. She
said the quitting was forced. She is now working
for the Action on Hearing Loss.
— A Civil War historian is deaf
Many historians are fascinated by the Civil War.
One of them is Linsay Darnall Jr, and he is deaf.
He is from Polk, Nebraska and since 1997, he has
been giving lectures about the Civil War. He is
interested in the deaf that fought on both sides
of the War and hopes to write a book about them.
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