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)!