DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 31, 2013

— A deaf chef on a TV foods contest

Kurt Ramborger, a deaf chef, will be on the
“Chopped” on June 4th. The theme of the program
is “To Be Chopped or not to be Chopped? Kurt,
who is extremely aggressive, vows not to be
chopped. Do look up the time of the program
which is aired on the Food Network Channel.
Kurt, who uses ASL, is a Gallaudet graduate,
has very strong opinions on food and cooking.



— old fashioned TTY machines

TTY machines are old fashioned. Yet, there are about
100,000 people in USA that still use TTY. And
almost 1/3 of relay services are from TTY machines.
And approximately 20,000 911-calls are from TTY
machines. While TTY is still old fashioned, it probably
will not go away from a long time!



— a pro football team signs a Gallaudet player to a contract

Tony Tatum, a Gallaudet football player, has signed a contract
with the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League. Several NFL
teams were interested but did not draft him or offer him free
agent contract. The Arena Football League is the 3rd highest
level in pro football, below the NFL and the Canadian Football
League. He becomes the third Gallaudet football player to play
on one of the higher pro football levels, Bilbo Monaghan played
with Memphis Tigers in 1932 and Eddie Gobble with Virginia
Sailors in 1967. At Gallaudet, he played defensive back and
opposing quarterbacks avoided passing the ball near him.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 24, 2013

— a deaf winner on a TV show

The Price is Right is a popular TV show. Only just recently,
Eddie Buck, who is deaf, was a winner. He had an interpreter
with him throughout the program. Is he the first deaf winner
or the only deaf winner on this TV program? Do not know!



— a deaf surgeon in Spain

There was a deaf surgeon in Spain. A surgeon that operates on
people? This deaf surgeon worked in the 16th century, but the
job was different from today’s surgeons. In these early days
surgeons were also barbers that used their sharp tools to do
some medical operations. And that job did not require a college
degree. That deaf surgeon was the father of Miguel de Cervantes
who wrote the very famous book – Don Quixote!



— a city surprised by a “Deaf Child” request

Rio Grande City, Texas is a small town of 14,000 people.
A mother of a deaf child asked the city to put up a
“Deaf Child” sign in front of her house. The city people
did not know what to do. Why? Because it was the first
time someone from that city asked for that sign. The
mother had to wait two weeks before the city finally put
up the sign. How much did the sign cost? Just $100.



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— India’s beggars telling people they were deaf
— Facebook is the best way for one deaf person
— Attorneys must learn sign language?


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 22, 2013

— India’s beggars telling people they were deaf

In Mokokchung, India, a town of 30,000 people, two beggars, telling
people they were deaf, collected 40,000 ruppees ($722 in USA money)
in few hours. The police, suspecting they were faking their deafness,
arrested them. Just for few hours, $722 is a lot of money.



— Facebook is the best way for one deaf person

An oral deaf person grew up frustrated, not knowing ASL to communicate
with the deaf, and also struggling with lipreading to communicate with
the hearing. He is now happy – thanks to Facebook. He says Facebook
is perfect for deaf people like him – wanting to mix with deaf and with
the hearing.



— Attorneys must learn sign language?

Must attorneys learn sign language to communicate with
deaf clients? The Royal Association for Deaf (in Great Britain)
feels that if attorneys learn five new signs per day, they will
know enough to communicate with deaf clients. DeafDigest feels
it is better to use interpreters.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 20, 2013

— deaf school student is also a volunteer firefighter

Tim Smith is a senior at Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.
When at home at Gordonsville, VA, he serves as the town volunteer
firefighter. He takes firefighting classes and has completed his
Community Emergency Response Team training classes. It is a family
tradition as his father and his brother are volunteer firefighters.
After he graduates he will continue with more firefighting classes
and hopes to take up more of firefighting responsibilities.



— hating the caption glasses

A deaf moviegoer told DeafDigest editor he hated the Caption
Glasses! Why? He said his head cannot be moved during the
showing; if head is moved, then captions are “lost”. And he
complains that his nose and head hurts badly because of the
heavy Caption Glasses!



— people become interpreters for a good reason

A story was run a Michigan newspaper about an
interpreter. He said interpreting is recession-proof
because of the need for ASL among the deaf. Do keep in
mind, auto industry jobs in Michigan have disappeared,
forcing young hearing people to look for other jobs.



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