DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 30, 2013

— No CART or interpreter in Japan?

In Japan, the Members of the Gifu Association of the Hard of
Hearing Persons attended a Holiday Season event. Entertainment
(magic show, musicals, etc) were performed at that event. There
was no interpreter. There also was no interpreter. How did the
deaf members understand the program? A volunteer notetaker wrote
notes that were projected on the stage screen! No interpreter?
No CART? And no one in the deaf group complained!


— a deaf strongman versus the Superman?

Who is stronger – the Superman or the Hulk? Comic book fans
would like to know. Mike Habjan, not deaf, is a professional
animator, and he is trying to create a series of short videos
to have the Superman fight the Hulk – to see who is the
strongest. Well, is the Superman facing the deaf strongman?
Why the Deaf Strongman? The Hulk was played by deaf Lou Ferrigno,
a former champion bodybuilder, in a TV series that lasted
from 1977 through 1981, plus short appearances in the 2003 and
the 2008 Hulk movies!



— a small town honoring a deaf person

Espanola is a small town in Ontario, with population of just
5.400 people. Many people leave small towns when they finish
school to seek fortunes in bigger cities. Clifton Carbin,
a deaf man, grew up in Espanola but left the town to attend
Gallaudet University and then to seek employment in Deaf
Education on both sides of the Canadian continent. He
was recently inducted into the Espanola Wall of Fame
for his contributions to Deaf Education. Have there been
other deaf individuals being honored by their small towns?
DeafDigest does not know.




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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 27, 2013

— a comment from deaf Switched at Birth actress

Stephanie Nogueras, deaf, who appears on the “Switched at Birth”
TV series, made a truthful comment. She said there is not
enough acting roles for deaf actors. This is the reason why
many deaf performers “disappear” from public view after just
one or two big acting roles. The sole exception is Marlee
Matlin, who has this ability to reinvent herself every
few years! As for other deaf actors, we have many of them
struggling to get Hollywood roles.


— a big merger between two big deaf organizations?

The two biggest organizations in the Deaf Community are
National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the Deaf
Seniors of America (DSA). Will both organizations merge?
Don’t know, but DSA’s newsletter, New Horizons, said there
was a mandate for a Task Force to study the feasiblity
of merging with NAD. A merger is like a marriage; will it
work? Good question – the NAD has many younger members
and the DSA has members age 55 and above. Almost always
the viewpoints of younger people are different from those
of older people.


— Arriving at the wrong airport at the wrong city

There was a story of a deaf man, planning to fly to
Seattle but getting off at Phoenix. It is not funny;
it happens to many deaf travelers. They tell the
ticket clerks and the airport personnel that they are
deaf – yet these employees are busy and would easily
forget the needs of these deaf passengers. DeafDigest
editor once flew on a plane that was supposed to arrive
in Newark Airport, but instead, landed in LaGuardia Airport.
No one told him that bad weather diverted the flight to
a different city. One deaf softball team, flying to a
tournament, got off at the wrong airport. The flight
attendant knew the group was deaf but never bothered
to tell them the landing was to a different airport.
We just hate when it happens!





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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 26, 2013

— Deaf Owl TV company

Deaf Owl Productions was a British all-deaf TV production company
that produced few TV programs for the deaf during the early
nineties. It only lasted two years. Five deaf British individuals
were involved in this TV business. Why Deaf Owl? The name came
up in discussions at a British pub! Why did it go out of
business? Many reasons – slow technology, outdated TV
equipment, time consuing work involved, a bad-attitude
interpreter that served as camera man, high expenses and
low income, etc. They are saying it may be the world’s first
all-deaf TV production company. DeafDigest is not sure.



— Restaurant Sign Language

At a fancy and expensive restaurant in Washington, DC,
the general manager uses RSL to communicate with the
waiters, the runners and the bus boys. RSL has 10 different
signs – Important customer, wedding anniversary customer,
birthday customer, hurry up and clean table, wine menu,
more bottled water, more sparkling water, more tap water,
more bread and customer needing help. The general manager said
these signs, instead of voices, help save 45 seconds on
each table request. Next time you go to a nice restaurant,
do see if the general manager uses his own silent gestures!
Some of these signs may be the same as our ASL.


— Helping a deaf tourist at the airport

A deaf tourist from China arrived at an airport in Indiana
alone with no one around to help him. He was confused; the
airport volunteers could not communicate with him. What
did the volunteers do? They took him to a Chinese
restaurant near the airport. This deaf tourist was able
to communicate by notes with the restaurant workers. They
gave him directions to the address he wanted to visit.





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