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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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 24, 2012

— reasons why FCC captioning rules are bad

New FCC rules on captions is bad news. If a TV
program is shown once, then no captions. Short video
clips, no captions. If captioned TV show is shown
on internet with reduced length, no captions.
Home-made videos, no captions unless shown on TV
with captions. New movies on the internet, no
captions unless these were shown on TV with
captions. And we may see small TV and internet
producers go out of business to avoid paying
captioning costs.



— mourning the death of a deaf man for nothing

David Rose posted a picture of himself on the internet,
a dying deaf Californian, a quadriplegic with cerebral
palsy. He said death was any time because of pneumonia,
and the message he posted was to be the last one. He
also explained that he types one letter at a time with
a stick in his mouth. Many people mourned his announced
death. Few days later, it was learned everything was
a fake. David Rose never existed, his picture was stolen
from a hearing man’s facebook page. The blogger with the
fake story was David Rhodes. No one knows who he is or
where he came from. He has been posting fake stories
since 2007.



— deaf man offers $500 to get a full time job

Brian Neill is a deaf truck driver from Australia. He
has been unemployed for 10 months. Desperate, he carried
a big sidewalk sign, offering $500 for anyone that gives
him a new full time job! He was driving a truck for six
years; he lost his job because his trucking company
moved to another city and he didn’t want to follow them
and leave his family behind.



— a crazy school bus policy at a New York deaf school

47 School for the Deaf, Manhattan, NY, has a crazy
policy about their school buses. Deaf students can ride
on the bus, but not hearing students. A hearing sister,
who attends the school with her deaf sister, was not
allowed to ride on the bus but her deaf sister could.
Hearing and deaf attending the same deaf school? Well,
47 School allows hearing students to attend classes if
they have a deaf sibling attending classes! The deaf
mother of both girls is very upset about it.



— no more British’s “SSDI”?

SSDI in Great Britain is called Disability Living Allowance
(DLA). Many deaf Brits depend on it. The government wants to
stop it, and the deaf community is upset. The government
wants to replace it with Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
DLA or PIP? DLA payments are fixed; PIP payments may be lower
depending on one’s individual needs. Right now there is a
nationwide petition urging the government to leave DLA alone.



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