DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 28, 2013



— a tragic misunderstanding of sign language

A pregnant deaf woman, suffering from a sore throat,
went to a medical clinic. That clinic had no interpreter.
She could not make herself understood with gestures
that she needed treatment for her throat. The medical
person thought she was having stomach problems and gave
her medicine. Few weeks later, there was a miscarriage.
Few months later she died. It happened in Ghana and
the government is not too happy about it.



— Air Canada kicks out a deaf-blind leader

Christine Roschaert, a deaf-blind leader from Ottawa, is an
experienced traveler, never had problems traveling alone
anywhere in the world. Yet, recently Air Canada would not allow
her to fly from Ottawa to Alberta. The airline officials said she
required a companion to travel with her, and has not apologized
for kicking her out. Canada living in these bad pre-“ADA” days?



— CI or brain stem implant or hearing aid?

A CI goes into one part of the ear; a brain stem implant goes into
one part of the brain; a hearing aid – we know what it is.
Which is better – a CI or a brain stem implant? The brain stem
implant is so new and it is too early to know which is better!
With a hearing aid, you can take it off; you can’t take off the
CI inside the ear; you also can’t take off the brain stem
inside the brain. All three are supposed to help the deaf hear better!
Which one is best? You decide!

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 26, 2013

— Canada finally allows a deaf man to become horse racing jockey

Nicolas Sorrell, deaf, is a Canadian and wanted to become a horse
racing jockey? All new jockeys must take horse racing classes
from Olds College in Alberta. The college would not allow him to
enroll because of his deafness. Nicolas and his family was angry
about it. A few months later the college changed its mind and
allowed him to enroll as a new horse racing student.


— A Deaf Badge – worth it or not worth it?

Some companies sell deaf badges, deaf pins, deaf T-shirts, etc.
Worth it or not worth it? As an experiment, a deaf woman bought
a Deaf Badge and wore it to the doctor’s office, supermarkets,
different shops, different stores, everywhere. Worth it? The
deaf woman said no. Almost no one reads it – and the store
clerks and office receptionists ignore it. Said the woman
“a waste of my money”


— a surprise visit at a school for the deaf

Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind at Staunton had a visit
that was a big surprise. It was a wandering black bear!
He was running across the campus; everyone stayed inside, and
police was called. The bear left the campus and the police
officer said “the bear seemed pretty peaceful.” Apparently the
bear went back to the hills.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 24, 2013


— a deaf football coach uses video relay with hearing players

Kevin Bella, who is deaf, formerly coached football at California School
for the Deaf at Fremont. Last fall he became a defensive coordinator at
Mission San Jose HS where all of his players are hearing. He uses
gestures to communicate during practices – but something was missing.
To discuss something more important that gestures would not cover, he
uses the video relay from his home to discuss things with his players.
Possibly Bella’s successful use of video relay would encourage more
hearing teams to hire deaf coaches! There have been deaf coaches that
wanted to coach hearing teams but face hiring discrimination.




— can we lipread interpreters’ lips on video relay?

Can we lipread interpreters’ lips on video relay? This is what
the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) wants to know.
This organization will be conducting a survey at its convention
in Portland, Oregon this week. HLAA does not oppose use of sign
language; many HLAA members are late deafened.



— A deaf group cancels its annual camping event

The High Desert Association of the Deaf in California has
canceled its annual camping trip. Why? The equipment that is
needed to set up the camp site was stolen! The stuff was inside
a truck. A thief stole the truck. The most important stuff that
was stolen was lights that are needed at nights so campers can
see each other. The police is looking into the theft.



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