DeafDigest Labor Day weekend special

— TV comedian fired for insulting the deaf and the disabled

Going on right now is the Paralympics in London. Brtish TV comedian Frankie Boyle made some anti-deaf and anti-disabled comments, laughing at them and mocking at them. As a result, the TV people have immediately fired him. Very shocking!

— Some deaf people need deaf translators, not deaf interpreters

Interpreting or translating? Well, in some nations, many deaf people do not know sign language. Interpreters in sign language are useless to them. Instead deaf translators are in demand. Translators? More of body language movements and gestures.

— A big shock at Republican National Convention

There is a big shock at the Republican National Convention.  There were no captions for deaf people that wanted to watch the convention proceedings on TV. Why?


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 29, 2012

— No more 800 relay numbers

In the past, deaf people were able to get 800 relay numbers.
No more because FCC said no. Last day to use the 800 number
for free is November 21st. After that, it is not free.
Why did FCC say no? Because hearing people have to pay for
800 numbers and they felt it is not fair if deaf get use
the number for free.

— A town in Indiana not friendly to the deaf

Wanatah is a small town in Indiana, of 1,000 people. This town has
board meetings that are open to the public – but with a warning.
If you are deaf, the town won’t hire an interpreter or use a CART
system. If you are hard of hearing, then you must sit in the front
row because the town won’t set up an amplification system. This
was what one Wanatah resident, himself deaf, complained about.


— SONY captioning glass – good or bad?

SONY captioning glass – good or bad? People that wear
eyeglasses will have problems with the SONY glass. And
after using it for about 15-30 minutes, it feels
heavier and heavier. And the green captions may cause
stress on the eyes. What is good about it? You will see
the captions, but that is about it.



— Deaf devices discussed at computer hackers’ convention

Every year the hackers hold their convention at Las Vegas.
A panel at the recent convention focused on hacking into
medical devices. Goal was to make lives better for the deaf
and the disabled. Discussed was hacking into a cochlear
implant, a hearing aid, eye lens implant for the deaf-blind,
artificial finger with USB device to allow ASL-signing,
camera implanted behind a person’s head to know who is
following behnd, etc. A Bionic Deaf Man? Possibly!



— Dummy Hoy’s intelligence

Famous deaf baseball player Dummy Hoy never went to
Gallaudet. Was he smart? A sportswriter wrote on his
web site:

Hoy was one of the more intelligent players of his day

Could he have gone to Gallaudet? Possibly, but if he
did, he would not have become a famous ball player!
Possibly becoming a teacher in a deaf school.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 22, 2012

— A judge in trouble for refusing to pay for interpreter

Indiana Judge Peter Nemeth is in trouble. He refused
to pay for an interpreter in his court. It was for a
deaf foster son. His foster mother made the judge angry
by telling him she had not paid taxes in 10 years. The
judge told her if she won’t pay taxes, she must pay for
interpreter. The state judical ethics committee filed
misconduct charges. The judge said he will retire.


— No one wants to join a Miss Deaf Pageant?

Years ago Miss Deaf Pageants attracted many young
deaf women. Not any more. Seems Miss Deaf Pageants
are dying. The NAD no longer has this pageant. And
even on the African continent, the Miss Deaf Swaziland
pageant attracted just ONE deaf woman. Why? Texting,
Facebook, Twitter, etc may be the reasons young deaf
women are not interested.


— A deaf actress to appear on NBC comedy show

Antoinette Abbamonte is the latest deaf actress to
appear on a TV program. She will be on a new NBC
comedy program – The New Normal on September 11th.
It is a pilot about a deaf mother married to a deaf
African-American man.


— asking an interpreter to do other tasks in school

In Georgia, there was an ad for a school interpreter.
It is a part time job but asks the interpreter to do
many tasks – teacher’s aide, classroom monitor,
attendance chart, social events director, disciplinary
officer, etc. And work hours are not the same – day
then night then weekends. Pay is low; pressure is
heavy. These are big reasons why this school has hard
time getting great interpreters.


— Vice President Biden dumb about interpreter role

VP Biden gave a speech at an event in Danville, VA.
It was interpreted. During the speech, he stopped
and said he was worried about tired interpreters.
He told the audience he wanted to shorten his speech
to give the interpreter a rest. Biden does not know
that interpreters rotate every 15-20 minutes. And they
are so used to long and boring speeches (words going into
one ear and out of another ear, remembering nothing)!


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 15, 2012

— A deaf relay call leads to a SWAT raid on a house

In Murfreesboro, TN, a SWAT team  stormed a house. They
were responding to a deaf relay call about a violent
incident. Two things went wrong. The house occupants were
hearing. And the deaf relay call was a fake. The police is
investigating how it happened.


— A deaf group getting lost on China’s Great Wall

The Great Wall is famous tourist attraction in China, 5,500 miles
long, more than USA’s coast to coast. Three deaf Belgians and a deaf
Chinese tour guide got lost at the Great Wall! How? They walked
outside of the wall on a path that came from the Great Wall. They
continued to walk on, thinking it was still the Great Wall!
Fortunately, they were rescued, miles away from the Great Wall.


— Could police officers be that bad?

A deaf woman from Tacoma, Washington, saw a physical threat,
and called police on 911 video relay. The police was told
the caller was deaf. But when police arrived and saw her
waving her arms, they told her, by voice and no interpreter,
to calm down. She didn’t understand and was still waving.
The police, thinking she was violent, tasered her before
arresting her. She was in jail for 3 days without interpreter.
The angry prosecutor refused to press charges. Police that bad?

— A famous retired athlete plans a comeback

Matt Hamill, who retired after being badly beaten up in his
last Ultimate Fighting match, is coming back. He will fight
again in Toronto on September 22nd against a rookie.
Wise or foolish to come back? Hamill is a great wrestler but
not so great in boxing. He defeats weaker opponents but loses
to better opponents. Most fighters that come back fail
again. DeafDigest hopes Matt will not fail.


— A deaf woman hopes to become a firefighter

Emma Hardy, a young deaf woman from Portland, Maine, hopes
to become a firefighter. She attended a firefighting camp
held for hearing women and said:

I want to prove to people that I can do this despite the
fact that I’m deaf

We have deaf volunteer firemen; most are not allowed
to enter buildings to fight fires. But we have a deaf
fire chief – Mark Kite, with the Yukon Volunteer
Fire Department near Pittsburgh.



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