DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 13, 2013


– the special St Patrick’s Day parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Pittsburgh is special. Leading
the parade is Miss Smiling Irish Eyes Pittsburgh. The young woman
is Maggie Donaldson. She is deaf and attends Western Pennsylvania
School for the Deaf (WPSD). It is the first time a deaf woman is
honored as the Miss Smiling Irish Eyes Pittsburgh in the 50 year
history of the parade! All the more reason for WPSD to go green
with pride!

– the Big irony with the Switched at Birth all-ASL episode

There is a big irony with the Switched at Birth all-ASL episode.
Music was turned on throughout the episode! Why music if the purpose
of the all-ASL, no-voice episode was to show the hearing world what
Deaf World is all about?


– a lost deaf girl finally found 12 years later!

12 years ago, 15-year old deaf Galiman Ahmad boarded a bus for
a 365 mile trip in India, planning to meet her family upon arrival.
Unfortunately she got on the wrong bus, and arrived at the wrong
city. Lost and confused, she could not communicate with the
police nor with social workers. Her frantic family did not know
where she was and looked for her for 12 years. Just last week
a hard working police officer was able to find her family
for a long-delayed reunion. This lost 15-year old girl is
now a 27 year old woman. Hard to believe that it is happening
in India.


– hearing spelling bee contests unfair to the deaf!

Every year schools have spelling bee contests, and the best
spellers will take part at the national Spelling Bee competition.
How can the deaf compete if they can’t hear the words that
need to be spelled? It is same as charades. For example, if
the word is quiche, then the interpreter will have to sign
“egg pie” and the deaf student must guess that it is quiche,
but if he guesses wrong – such as omelette or scrambled eggs,
he is out of the contest. So unfair!


– a nightmare in a mainstream program

In a small town, a teacher of a mainstreamed program quit
last September. The school board advertised everywhere for
a new teacher and cannot find one. In the meantime, the substitute
teachers perform as “baby sitters” while the deaf kids play with
iPads all day. The parents are not too happy about it. The
school board is also not too happy about it. DeafDigest does not
want to identify the state and the county in this story.

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 6, 2013

— Anti-deaf comments same as racism

A past DeafDigest mentioned that British semi pro soccer player Daniel Ailey was mocked by fans because of his deafness. Ailey was so angry that he almost got into a fight with these fans. Anyway in a newspaper story last week he said that anti-deaf comments are the same as racist comments. Ailey is black plus deaf and he knows what racism is all about.



— A trick to control discussions in hearing meeting

A deaf person in a hearing meeting often has hard time knowing which person is speaking out. Yes, the interpreter will point out the hearing person but hearing people talk fast back and forth.  It is not easy to know who is talking and at same time watching the interpreter. One deaf person has a trick – a rubber ball. The hearing person who speaks out holds the ball and when another hearing person speaks out, the ball is given to him and so on. Makes it easier for the deaf person.



— Food and Drug Administration approves artificial retina treatment

Artificial retina for the deaf-blind? The FDA has approved a treament, called artificial retina. It could allow some deaf-blind to see the sidewalk, pots on the stove, people, cars, big letters. etc. This experiment started 20 years ago but it had to wait a long time for the government approval.



— The Deaf Pilots

We have deaf pilots; some of them are members of the Deaf Pilots Association. They meet from time to time at deaf pilot fly-ins to discuss flying and stuff. Well, The Deaf Pilots are going to work on a full length album (musical songs). Do our deaf pilots sing songs together? No. It is The Deaf Pilots, a group of hard rock hearing musicians touring USA and is ready to produce a new musical album. The Deaf Pilots is hearing; the deaf pilots is deaf.



— Traveling 100 miles to watch a captioned movie!

Do we, in USA, drive 100 miles one way to watch a captioned movie? Probably not – because more and more movie houses have captions one way or other. In Ireland some deaf people are not so fortunate, especially in Laois, a county in the northern part of the nation. The nearest movie house with captions is in Newbridge, 70 miles away and in Dublin, 100 miles away.


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