DeafDigest Holiday Season edition, December 21, 2012

– Cost for deafness genetics testing

If a hearing person wants to test his genetics to see if
he has deaf genes – or – if a deaf couple wants to see if
their newborn child will be or will not be deaf, what is
the cost? A genetics testing company, called 23andMe, would
charge just $99.00


– a deaf agency shuts down a TTY line

How many of us really use the TTY? Yes, the old fashioned
TTY machine? Well, the Division for Rehabilitative Services,
Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DARS) in
Texas, will be shutting down its TTY number on May 1, 2013.
Why? Too few deaf people use it to contact DARS for anything!



– a deaf hairdresser that communicates with dogs and cats

Mandy Carr, a deaf British woman, is a hairdresser.
Her second job is to communicate with dogs and cats
and to tell the owners what they are feeling (happy or
sad or angry or disappointed, etc). A joke? Well, she
charges about $130 for her services and she has served
1,500 clients so far this year. The irony? She has no
pets at home – because her family is allergic!



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 19, 2012


— New York says deaf cannot become barbers!

Justine Liss, a deaf woman, wants to become a barber,
and to own her barber shop some day. She moved from New York
to Pennsylvania because a New York barber school told her deaf
cannot become a barber. She enrolled at the Carbondale Barber
School, even though she had no money to pay for tuition. Mike
Caporali, the school owner, allowed her to enroll, even though
he had no luck finding tuition money for her. He said she is doing
very well and will easily pass the state barbering exam.


— Hearing students use sign language to save their school

The Yaldhurst Model School in New Zealand is supposed to merge
with another school. The hearing students did not want to merge.
They made several sign language videos and plan to post these
on the internet. Sign language? Yes, they learned sign language
to communicate with a deaf student that attends the school.


— a second chance at NFL for a deaf football player

Derrick Coleman, who is deaf, played football at UCLA as a
running back and was signed by Minnesota Vikings in the
pre-season. The team cut him in the summer time. Just recently,
Seattle Seahawks signed Derrick to their practice roster. Will
he be promoted to the active roster this season? Hard to say.



— an employer’s anti-deaf attitude

One employer said:
– we are not a social service
– we have no time to train the deaf how to do the job
– we have no money to train the deaf
– deaf people cannot work well
– deaf people have communication problems
– deaf people cannot keep up with new technology

This attitude is terrible. Where in USA did that
anti-deaf employer made these comments?
Nope, not in USA, but in Australia! We are lucky
to be Americans.


— the Forevermark diamond and the deaf

the Forevermark diamond is popular in China, Hong Kong, India
and Japan. It is part of the famous De Beers diamond empire.
Anyway, at the Forevermark factory in Botswana, there are 220
employees, and about 45 of them are deaf. One of them is
Edwin Mabote, a factory supervisor of hearing employees.
These deaf employees work on the polishing of diamonds to
make these look perfect. Unfortunately these Deaf Diamonds
are not available in USA.


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 DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 12, 2012


— Australia apologizes for taking a baby away from a deaf mother

In 1966, Evelyn McDade gave birth and the baby was taken away
from her for for adoption without her permission. Reason?
The Australian government said she cannot raise children because
of her deafness. She has been upset about it for a long time.
Luckily, in 2004, her birth daughter found mother Evelyn.
Since then they’ve been close. Last week Australian Premier Campbell
Newman apologized to her for taking the baby away from her.


— Cochlear Cup in a deaf sporting event?

Two deaf teams play each other in a sport; the winner takes home
the Cochlear Cup. This is not a joke. Cochlear Cup started in
2002, and this trophy goes to the winner of the Australia Deaf
vs New Zealand Deaf match in rugby. Does Cochlear Cup have rules –
only CI players could play? Non-CI allowed to play? And what if
Deaflympics becomes Cochlearlympics? In the Deaflympics, the
participants are not allowed to wear hearing aids or CI during



— Bieber sort of says “too bad, you are deaf”

A deafened Oregon woman filed a 9 million dollar lawsuit
against rock star Justin Bieber, saying that his extremely
loud concert caused her to go deaf. Justin is trying
very hard to get the judge to dismiss the lawsuit as
silly. This is the attitude Bieber is saying – too
bad, you are deaf!



— Future hearing aids – no batteries!

Battery manufacturers are not going to like it but future
hearing aids may not require batteries! Scientists from
MIT have invented a special hearing aid where the power
comes from the ear itself. It is not yet ready for the
market. The scientists were also asked if future CI
may not require batteries. They said they don’t know yet.


— Future job for the deaf – accessibility auditor

Jobs for the deaf come and go. But would there be a future
for the deaf as Accessibility Auditor? Steven Mifsud, himself,
deaf, owns a accessibility consulting business in United
Kingdom. So far he has consulted 1,000 clients on their
accessibility needs. Restaurants without cash register
displays, no display captions in subways, handcuffing
arrested deaf people behind their backs, kiosks for
interpreters, etc. These are things that accessibility
auditors look for.


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