2013/12/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 25, 2013

— The TV Guide’s list of best 2013 TV programs

The TV Guide just listed 2013’s best TV programs.
One of the best programs was – “Uprising,” Switched
at Birth. It was about Carlton School for the Deaf
almost closing up for good. Daphne, the deaf ASL actress,
was upset about her beloved school closing up. She
staged a public protest which led to the school
being saved. Does it remind us of our first Gallaudet
student protest? Yes!

 

— The Cop Sign Language

Do cops have their own sign language? Maybe. Depends. Well,
the police officers of Danville, Kentucky ran through a
practice shooting drill. Reason is that they will know what
to do if the real thing happens (that DeafDigest hopes will
NEVER happen). The drill took place on the campus of
Kentucky School for the Deaf. Their sign language vocabulary
only has four words – follow, stop, where, stay. This is the
Danville Cop Sign Language!

 
— An attorney for the deaf in Maryland

An attorney, that works for deaf clients in Maryland,
wrote an article that was published in the Baltimore
Sun. The attorney said many of his cases deal with
communication breakdowns in hospitals. He said that
hospitals use nurses that really do not know sign language
and struggle with finger spelling and gestures. And even
worse, not able to write simple notes, explaining these
complicated medical conditions and medical issues. This
is the reason why we are always seeing these deaf lawsuits
filed against hospitals just about every day of the year!

 

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2013/12/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 24, 2013

— is FCC avoiding our no-captions complaints?

FCC has been encouraging all of us to post on-line
our no-captioning complaints – so that they could
take action. Yet, their accessibility-complaints
web site has been down! Every single link that
FCC provides for our complaints have been broken!
Is it saying that FCC wishes to avoid us?

 

— arrested deaf woman loses no-interpreter lawsuit!

Do deaf people, upon being arrested, always win
a no-interpreter lawsuit? No. A deaf woman, from
Florida, after being arrested, lost her lawsuit.
The Florida U.S. District Court said that the
police officer communicated with her via notes being
passed back and forth. This judge said was adequate
communications, and that an interpreter was not
necessary! This deaf woman will file an appeal.
Is it saying it is better to refuse to write
notes in the first place?

 

— Is Florida Hillsborough County cruel to the deaf?

4-year old Sam Cruz Jr is deaf; his hearing family
was homeless when the father lost his job. The county
found them a trailer home, which was in terrible
condition – bugs, water leaks, molds, etc. The social
worker helped the family get $2,700 per month disability
payment because of the child’s deafness. What did the
county do? They took most of the money back from the
family, leaving them with very little to live on! Why?
The county wanted to recover the money they spent on
the lousy trailer rental! Yes, people in Hillsborough
County are very angry about it, saying the county
government stinks!

 

 

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2013/12/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 23, 2013

— a big fight in women’s hockey

USA women’s hockey team defeated Canadian women’s hockey
team 4-1 in a pre-Olympic exhibition game. This game was
ruined by women from both teams fighting each other with
fists. One of the Canadian fighters was Meghan Agosta-Marciano.
She is deaf! While she plays for Canada, she played
college hockey at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania.

 

— a popular inn in St Augustine

Near Florida School for the Deaf & Blind, St Augustine, is
St. Francis Inn. It is owned by Joseph Finnegan, the former
head of Pennsylvania SD and South Carolina School for the Deaf
and Blind. It is not a “tiny” inn, but a complex of 17 lodging
units on both sides of the street! He has 14 people working for
him, making sure guests are happy. He also has a chef that
makes the best breakfast in St Augustine! Is Joe completely out
of Deaf Education? No. He is the executive director of The
Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs
for the Deaf. These two big responsibilities are what Joe handles
every day! You can look at the inn at http://stfrancisinn.com

 

 

— for a future deaf doctor, good and bad news

Michael Argenyi, a deaf medical student at Creighton University
Medical School, filed a lawsuit when the school refused to pay
for his interpreters. He was forced to pay out of his pockets.
After being $100,000 in debt, he dropped out, unable to afford
to pay for his two remaining years of medical school. The federal
judge told Creighton University that they must pay for his
interpreters. The judge also told the deaf student that the
school cannot reimburse him for $100,000 that he had to pay
in the past. So who wins or who loses? Very sad news!

 

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