DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 31, 2012

— a deaf soccer player starting a near-riot

Daniel Ailey, a deaf semi-pro soccer player, plays for Potters
Bar hearing team in Great Britain. In a game against Grays
Athletic, the Grays fans mocked Ailey’s deafness, making faces
at him. Angry Ailey ran up the stands, confronting the fans.
It casued a near-riot. The police arrived to make peace. The
British Football Association is looking into it and may punish
Grays Athletic team for not controlling their fans!


— insurance companies dealing with fake-deafness claims

A spokesperson for the Insurance Fraud Investigators Group
said that there is a big increase in hearing loss claims by
hearing policy holders. This spokesperson also said that almost
all of these claims are fake. The investigators use hearing
detection tests that quickly catch these fake-deafness attempts.


— deaf member of town council cannot use iPad in meetings

Mary Blatchford is deaf and serves on the town council in
North Somerset, Great Britain. The town council does not
allow her to use iPad during meetings (surfing, emailing
and tweeting). Mary says she depends on iPad to take
meeting notes. The council still said no. She is seeking
legal advice for a possible lawsuit on discrimination against
the deaf.


— a deaf man in a TV commercial on cars

Scott Carpenter, a deaf man employed by BMW of Chattanooga,
was featured in a recent local TV commercial. He supervises his
department that cleans, polishes and waxes these expensive
BMWs. In the TV shot, he uses ASL, telling people how important
it is to get BMWs serviced only at BMW garages.


— a strong deaf presence at nation’s biggest fair

Texans like everything big. This includes the State Fair
of Texas, the biggest in USA with these great concession
stands. One such stand is deaf-owned and deaf-run, the
Crepe Crazy, operated by the Giterman family. This is
the family’s first year at the fair. Very difficult to
get a concession stand into the fair. Only one or two
new stands are invited every year. Gitermans? How!.
A scout tasted the crepes, saw the long lines and
invited the Gitermans to fill out application forms.
After that, they got in. When the fair ends, they
go back to their Crepe route in Austin.


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