DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 28, 2012


— angry deaf teenager wins $385,000 for wrong deafness diagnosis

Liam Burke, a 17-year old Irish deaf male, is profoundly deaf. He
sued an audiologist and the Health Service Executive (HSE) because
they said he was mildly deaf at birth and CI not necessary. When
he got older he got angry after realizing he was profoundly deaf,
too late for a CI. In a settlement, HSE and audiologist would not
admit guilt but agreed to give Liam $385,000.

— a vote stolen from a deaf person

William Amey, a former deaf resident of Griswold Heights, NY, did not
vote in the 2009 Democratic primary election. Someone else did, using
Amey’s voter registration card. The signature on the card was forged.
This testimony was part of the court trial, accusing the local
Democratic party of fraud in voting in the 2009 primary.

— a deaf immigrant refusing welfare checks

Xiong Haoju, a deaf woman from China moved to USA 2 years ago,
knowing no ASL but knowing Chinese Sign Language. Her goal was
to find a job and not to stay home and collect welfare benefits.
In China, she was not permitted to find a job. Here in USA, she
found a job at a seafood market. A social service agency helped
her get the job. Her boss is very happy with her.


— world’s smallest hearing aid for the world’s smallest man

British actor Michael Henbury, who is 2’11 tall, plays goblin and elf
roles in movies. He was losing his hearing and needed a hearing aid.
The problem was that hearing aids on the market were too big for his
ear. A hearing aid manufacturer came up with a custom-built device
to fit his ear. Happy with his hearing aid, he has to remind himself
to take it out at night when he goes to sleep.


— deaf clubs must be careful with money

It happens from time to time that a deaf club treasurer would steal
money. Last week the treasurer of the Jacksonville Community Senior
Deaf Association in Illinois stole $2,500. The treasurer has been
arrested and is awaiting trial. Said a deaf resident of Jacksonville
– I was surprised; she is a graduate of Illinois School for the Deaf.
It is important that club officers must keep an eye on the club
treasury instead of blindly trusting the club treasurer.

— a deaf carpenter job opening at deaf school in Framingham, MA

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 21, 2012



This means Happy Thanksgiving, as typed on the captioners’
realtime keyboard, which is not the same as our QWERTY

— a big Halloween trick and treat shock

A 5-year old hearing girl in Cambridge, Ontario went
trick and treating on Halloween Night. She received
plenty of candy and treats that night. That night,
she and her family emptied the candy bag. And a big
shock – a hearing aid was in the bag! To this day,
the girl’s family have been trying to find the owner
to return the hearing aid. No luck!

— a hearing quarterback is careful when screaming at coach

In the Canadian Football League, John Hufnagel coaches
the Calgary Stampeders team. John is hard of hearing.
Drew Tate is the team’s quarterback. When things go
bad, John and Drew get angry at each other. John said:

Drew knows I’m hard of hearing so he wanted to make sure when
he said something that I heard him. And I did!

— an amazing deaf photographer

We have a few deaf photographers that are great. But
Edan Chapman is different from these great deaf
photographers. He has Usher syndrome, but it does
not stop him from taking great pictures. He lives
in Melbourne, a big city in Australia. He took formal
photography lessons in New Zealand before returning
to Australia. And for the 2012 Australian Deaf Games,
he was the official photographer, tasked with selecting
1,800 pictures for display, from 8,000 pictures that
he took during the games week.

— a movie house making captions possible

An owner of three movie houses in a small California
town has made captions possible for deaf patrons.
He said that 35mm film is no more and that everything
is digital, in computer hard drive. And the cost –
nearly $100,000 per brand new projector, per screen.
And for the deaf, he loans them special closed
captioned glasses that has built-in sound
amplifier! This is why he raises the prices just a
little bit for admissions and for concessions in
order to pay off the bank loan for these new

— a deaf medical school student’s ADA lawsuit

Michael Argenyi, who is deaf, is studying to become a
doctor at Creighton University Medical School in
Nebraska. He has asked the school to provide him with
interpreters and CART. The school only has provided
him with note taking services and power point slide
shows. The deaf student said this is not enough.
The school disagrees and pointed out that he is already.
passing all of his classes. He lost his case in
District court and has filed an appeal with the
8th Circuit Court of Appeals, St. Paul, Minnesota.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 14, 2012


— a hospital polluting a school for the deaf in India

The Wockhardt Hospital poured bio-medical waste on the
property of the nearby Shankar Nagar School for the Deaf,
thus polluting the campus. The local government was angry
and fined the hospital a big amount of money and ordered the
school property to be cleaned up. Maybe the hospital don’t
care about the deaf? Hearing people of India say deaf people
are deaf mutes.


— a follow up on the near-riot in soccer involving a deaf player

DeafDigest mentioned a deaf British soccer player, causing
a near riot when he confronted the fans that were mocking
his deafness. It was learned that the reason fans were
mocking him was because he, lacking speech skills, used
funny noise to communicate with his teammates during the
game. The owner of the club that the deaf player was
competing against is John Griffin, the wealthy owner of
a taxi cab fleet. The owner made things worse by mocking
the player’s deafness. Public uproar forced Griffin to
apologize! And Griffith forgot one thing – that some of
his taxi customers are deaf.


— a Coda politician that helps the deaf

We have a Coda governor in USA (South Dakota). Does he
really help the deaf? Good question – but in Australia,
there is a Coda Member of the Parliament (MP) that wants
to help the deaf. MP David Gibson is fighting for
improvement in Australia’s text paging services to
give access to the deaf in case of emergencies. A
perfect example would be a car breakdown by a deaf
driver in the Outbacks. Population is very low in
that huge area of land.


— will the Deaf Beer die?

A popular craft beer in New Zealand is Emerson’s.
This small brewery was started in 1992 by Richard
Emerson, who is deaf. New Zealanders rate Emerson’s
as one of the best beers around. Will it die? Well,
this brewery was sold to a Japanese brewery and
there are rumors that the new owners will shut
down that beer. Already people in New Zealand
are upset about it.


— past NAD Executive Director Nancy J Bloch in a new job

Nancy J Bloch served the NAD as Executive Director for
19 years before stepping down. She is now in a new
position – Executive Director of communications and
public records at Florida School for the Deaf and
Blind, reporting to president Jeanne Glidden Prickett.
Nancy is returning home, as she was born and raised
in Florida.

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