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DeafDigest – 03 June 2014

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 3, 2014



— a serious lipreading misunderstanding in court

A British deaf man, who does not sign and uses lipreading,
was in the court yesterday. For some reason, he did not ask
for an interpreter, and the court did not give him an
interpreter. The judge asked him – “how would you plead to
a charge of assault?” The deaf man thought the judge said
“how would you plead to a charge of insult?” This went on
back and forth for a long while until this communication
misunderstanding was solved – and the deaf man gave his
plea as not guilty.

— demanding an interpreter for a deaf 8-year old soccer player

The parents of a 8-year old deaf soccer player have sued the
city of Greensburg in Pennsylvania for not providing an
interpreter. Greensburg is a small city of 15,000 people in
the Pittsburgh metro area. How much would an interpreter cost?
According to the city attorney, it would be between $5,000-$10,000
per year. Why wouldn’t the city provide an interpreter? The
boy and his parents are non-residents of Greensburg, and
all of the soccer coaches are non-paid volunteers!

— a big dream of a young deaf actor

Russell Harvard is a promising young deaf actor, already with
big roles in TV and plays. He had a dream. He wanted to play
a role as a wicked man! Why? He was tired of his friends
teasing him, saying he was a too nice man as an actor.
He is now playing a wicked man, a role on a Fargo episode on
TV. Hearing actors dream of playing all and any roles. The
same as with Harvard.



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