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DeafDigest – 31 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 31, 2015

 

— Gallaudet changing its looks

Gallaudet going through a facelift? Don’t know but
there is an international design contest for world’s
best architects (both deaf and hearing) to make
Gallaudet look better. A big challenge for them
is to keep Gallaudet same as is (historic district
by the National Register of Historic Places) yet
change Gallaudet’s looks! How? Just don’t know.

 

 

— accidential invention helping the deaf

Rubber is an example of an accidential invention
that helped the world. What about the deaf?
Glide is a video software invented in 2013
that was supposed to help people communicate
much easier in video. These software engineers
had no idea that the Deaf Community immediately
picked it up for their own communication needs.
So, for the deaf, Glide became an accidential
invention!

 
— a businessman thinking of the deaf

Very few businesses think of the deaf. Examples are
cash register with no displays; wall menus in
fast food places that are hard for the deaf to
point at; immigrant clerks that do not understand
written English, etc. In the case of Dean Saunders,
not deaf, he is a top realtor in Polk County,
Florida with $650 in sales. He had his company
web site videos captioned so that deaf customers
could review the houses they want to buy. No
one asked him to caption; he just did it on
his own.

 

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DeafDigest – 31 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 31, 2015 morning

 

— Forbes rates Gallaudet as tops

Forbes is a business magazine that corporate
officers read along with big time investors.
This magazine gave Gallaudet a grade of A
in the private college sector. Forbes
evaluates colleges in terms of finances,
endowment, reserves, assets, surplus,
tuition, admission rate and other stuff.

 

— a new director of a state agency of the deaf

Former attorney Kelby Brick, who is deaf, has been
appointed as the director of Maryland Governor’s
Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. It is 
homecoming thing for Kelby because back in 2001,
the state opened this new office, after he
spent considerable time lobbying for it!

 

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DeafDigest – 30 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 30, 2015

— waiting 72 years for deaf school campus to be razed

Do mention Northern New York School for the Deaf (Malone, NY)
and the chances are that no one has ever heard of it. This
school was closed in 1943. The campus, however, continued
for 72 years. It is being razed soon. DeafDigest editor
knew of an acquaintance that graduated from that school,
and also met an alumni group at a deaf function in
Syracuse, NY about 35 years ago.

 

— a sneak preview of a 2017 convention

Coming up real soon is the 2015 Deaf Seniors
of America convention at Asheville, NC. Want
to take a sneak preview of the 2017 event
at Houston, TX? Go to:

http://deafdigest.com/2017-deaf-seniors-convention/

 

 

— two deaf texts in three weeks

The Snohomish County (Washington) 911 Center is
able to get deaf 911 emergency texts. It was
set up three weeks ago, and so far, two deaf
texts. Either deaf people have had just two
emergencies – or – there were many emergencies
in the deaf community but the deaf people just
didn’t use 911 text service?

 

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DeafDigest – 30 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 30, 2015 morning

— name of person is Deaf

Could someone have Deaf as their name? That person
is from Maryland.

Do read below; it was posted in a local newspaper

DEAR AMY: About once a month, my wife and I get together with a
group of our friends for dinner. “Vivian” is a girlfriend of
“Fred,” and is a very nice person.

However, Vivian has a very high, loud and screechy voice.

I deliberately try to sit down the table from her, but sometimes
this is not possible. I know Fred is aware of how annoying her
voice is (his facial expression sometimes gives it away), but I
doubt he has said anything to her.

I would like to say something to Fred, but my wife told me to
hold off. She says it is rude. I simply do not want to attend
any other gatherings where Vivian is in attendance.

What do you advise?
Deaf in Maryland

 
DEAR DEAF: “Fred” is not in charge of his girlfriend’s voice.

Your choices are: To speak to “Vivian,” (i.e. “Would you mind
lowering your voice just a little bit?”), stay home, or get
over it. I vote for getting over it.

 

 

— deaf winner of Miss Teenage Toronto pageant

Neha-Samantha Banerjea, a 14-year old deaf girl, won the
Miss Teenage Greater Toronto Area pageant. She will
be competing at the Miss Teenage Canada this
weekend.

 

 

 

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DeafDigest – 29 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 29, 2015

 

— a heavy equipment operator in Canada

Robert Nepinak, now a certified certified heavy equipment
operator, in Canada, had a hard time convincing construction
companies to hire him because of his deafness. They felt
deaf people cannot drive cars, let alone operate heavy
construction equipment. They would not believe him when
he told them of his experience with rock truck, skid steer,
dozer, packer and side boom. Even when he told them there
are 90 deaf semi truck drivers in Canada, they still
wouldn’t believe him. Years ago there was a deaf man
in Maryland operating heavy equipment. He had no problem
getting thisjob – only because his father owned the
construction company!

 

 

— fined for traffic violations caught on camera

Many cities use cameras to catch traffic violations,
and then to mail the summons to violators’ homes.
Where does the money go? In the case of Belfast,
Northern Ireland, it goes to the purchase of video
displays for the benefit of deaf passengers
on buses and trains.

 
— not allowed to break a record

This is a true story. During the seventies, Kitty O’Neil,
who was deaf, was a well known high speed driver on land
and water. She broke 22 high speed records. Yet there
was one speed record she was not allowed to break! She and
a male driver both shared the same car, called Motivator.
He paid $25,000 for a contract that only allowed him
to break the world’s overall record. Kitty, while allowed
to break the women’s record, also wanted to break the
world’s overall record. Because of the contract, she
was not allowed to do so. Arguing between his attorneys
and her attorneys went nowhere. It made Kitty very
bitter about the whole speed politics.

 
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DeafDigest – 29 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 29, 2015 morning

— a nation discrminates against its sports hero

Years ago Baba Sidhaye, who was deaf, was lauded as
one of the best cricket players in India. He broke
three cricket records and played 51 matches with
the national Indian cricket team. A movie was
made after him. He passed away in 2002, and
his son said that no one with the Indian
cricket administrative board is willing
to acknowledge his playing feats. He said
it is because he is deaf, an embarrassment
to the cricket administrative board.

 

 

 

— minimum accommodation and the deaf

What is minimum accommodation?

It is movie theater portable captioning device, and is not
open captions

It is VRI and not live interpreting at the
hospitala and medical centers.

It is interpeter and not CART services in classrooms.

Said a deaf leader:
that we don’t own rights to determine which accommodation is right

 

 

 

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DeafDigest – 28 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 28, 2015

 
— a deaf-owned moving company

When deaf people move to a new residence,
it is often a hassle to deal with hearing
professional movers. As a result, many
deaf people ask their friends to help them
with the move. In Rochester, NY, there is
a deaf-owned moving company, with about
10 deaf movers. The company name is
Silent Movers. Not only they move stuff
but they also do gardening services! Only
deaf owned moving company in USA? No,
there seems to be one in the Washington,
DC area but DeafDigest doesn’t know anything
about it – and also at several other
locations. Robert Rademacher, the
company CEO, said business is taking off.

You can take a look at the web site
and pictures of these deaf movers, as
well as deaf gardeners, at:
http://silentlabors.com/

 

 

— hotel is confused about ADA

Everyone knows what is ADA. Do they
really? A deaf couple checked in a
hotel and reminded the staff of their
rights under ADA. The staff was confused,
and then gave them a dental kit (toothbrush
and toothpaste). Why? They thought
ADA meant American Dental Association!
This incident is true, and is not a joke.

 

 

— deaf person not allowed to cross the railroad tracks

In a small British town, there is a law that
if anyone wants to cross the railroad tracks
they must use the phone box and ask for
permission. As a result, the deaf people
won’t cross the tracks and risk getting
summons and pay the fine. A deaf person
challenged the law, asking how could he
cross the tracks without getting into
trouble. The signalman replied:

find a hearing person to make the phone call
for you!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 28 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 28, 2015 morning

— ADA ignores children’s TV programs

Does ADA ignore children’s TV programs? A critic of
ADA said that Disney and Nickelodeon do not have
deaf characters. These programs do have disabled
characters from time to time. But deaf – no!

 
— Uber for the deaf drivers in a surprise nation

Africa is not known for giving the deaf their
first class rights (education, employment,
captions, interpreters, etc). But there is a
surprise in Kenya. Uber has been giving jobs
to deaf drivers in Kenya. It is a pleasant
surprise.

 
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DeafDigest – 27 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 27, 2015

 

 
— special state license plate for alumni member of deaf school

This link is self-explanatory. Do click on:
http://deafdigest.com/license-plate-arkansas-school-for-the-deaf-alumni-member/

 

 
— another Rick Steves and the deaf tale

Last month DeafDigest mentioned that famous TV
travel host Rick Steves hated movie captions.
A deaf couple spent two weeks in Tuscany, Italy,
following Steves’ travel tips for the disabled
and the deaf.. Yet the travel book gave no
accessibility tips for the deaf. This couple
emailed Steves, explaining lack of accessibiity
tips for the deaf. A staffer responded, but was
stumped and would refer it to Rick. To date, no
response. Who was that couple? Gallaudet president
Alan Hurwitz and wife Vicki!

 

— a new way of reaching out to the deaf community

There are many deaf groups that get together at
local Starbucks for chatting over coffee. And
there is a nice twist. Paula Rodriguez,
founder and leader of Deaf Focus Services,
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is having a coffee
chat at the local Starbucks with members of
the deaf community. Much easier to reach
the deaf in an informal setting. How many
leaders would do the same thing – sharing
same coffee table and sipping coffees
together?

 

 

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DeafDigest – 27 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 27, 2015 morning

 

— the “ADA” law that failed

we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the
ADA and are thrilled about successes (interpeters,
captions, etc). One nation said their own “ADA”
has failed, and it is older than USA. In Great
Britain, the 1995 Disability Act was passed,
finally after nearly 140 attempts to get the
Parliament to approve it. Yet, deaf British
leaders are saying their own “ADA” is a joke
compared to USA!

 

 

— amazing thing about Beethoven we didn’t know about

we know that Beethoven composed his best music,
and possibly the best in the world, after he
became deaf. But there were two other amazing
things about him. He was an old man. He also was
isolated from the world – yet these, plus his
deafness, did not stop him from composing the
world’s best music. Normally best music is composed
by musicians that are much younger. And also
musicians need to know what is going on in the
world; Beethoven didn’t.

 

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DeafDigest – 26 July 2015

DeafDigest Gold – July 26, 2015

Gold Edition Barry Strassler, Editor
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Deaf Cartoon (Fogey) of the week:

Fogey – Dismal Job Market
http://deafdigest.com/comics/fogey-dismal-job-market/

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/parties-boring-for-deaf/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/cash-register-insults-deaf/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-blind-communications/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/aaa-no-deaf-travel-advice/

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Sailing for the deaf

after completing the course, ASA certificates
and official ASA logbook will be given

http://deafdigest.com/sailing-for-deaf/

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Top stories about the deaf:

The new head of the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind is Page McCraw.

The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
and the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association re the deaf and
the police (assistance, arrests, etc)

Do deaf people fill out surveys and questionnaires.
An Australian deaf activist does not think so, and
she made it an issue on her blog.

A big scandal is going on in Great Britain. British people
are posting notices on the Facebook, selling their
organs, especially their own kidneys. One person
wanted to sell his organ in order to get enough money
for a CI for his deaf daughter!

Deaf people tend to speak loud because they
can’t hear their own voices and have problems
controlling the tones. Well, Emma Meesseman,
who is deaf (but functions as a hearing person)
is a member of the Washington Mystics professional
women’s team. As the tallest player on the team,
she is responsible for shouting out defensive
signals. Her teammates were complaining that
she didn’t shout loud enough. One of her
teammates had to teach her in private how
to scream so that everyone on the
floor could hear her!

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SAME OLD DEAF-TO-DEAF COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS
Same old story that oral deaf have a hard time
communicating with the ASL deaf.
What about the deaf-blind? Same thing! There
are two different interpreting methods for the
deaf-blind.
First method is deaf-blind hands on interpreter’s
hands.
Second method is interpreter hands on deaf-blind’s
face and body.
Both are very different – and very frustrating for
the deaf-blind!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-blind-communications/

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NAD wants to survey you

http://deafdigest.com/2015-deaf-nad-outreach-survey/

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NOTHING FOR THE DEF IN AAA TRAVEL BOOK
The AAA distributes travel books for its
members that want to travel.
The travel book has a section on travel
advice for the disabled.
Any advice for deaf travelers in that
travel section?
Zero!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/aaa-no-deaf-travel-advice/

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TDI Conference
August 19-22, 2015
Baltimore, MD

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LOOKING BACK AT A PAST DEAFDIGEST VIDEO

watching movies in Finland

http://deafdigest.com/videos/finnishsubtitles/

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OUR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

Austin Association of the Deaf

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section

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Lip Reading nightmare

Pointing to a young person, I thought my friend said:
Bob is old

the friend actually said:
Bob is cold

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Deaf Book of the Week

A Child Sacrificed to the Deaf Culture

by Tom Bertling

title is self explanatory; a controversial
book written by a controversial deaf author;
published 1994

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-book-a-child-sacrificed-to-the-deaf-culture/

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Deaf people can do anything

we have a deaf person who is/was a

– piano repairman

this website is growing every weekend:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-in-unusual-jobs/

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. Are we afraid that Donald Trump would say
something mocking or funny about our deafness?

A. Hope not!

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Where do those DeafBlind from Usher Syndrome align themselves with Disability Rights?

I recently attended an ADA 25 year celebration and there were announced “Shout Outs” for disability leaders present,

but no mention of the Deaf or DeafBlind there.

Was that due to the Deaf community’s rightful stance that we are not disabled, we are a community of ASL users?

With the addition of becoming blind, does that change our position in the disability movement?

Food for thought.

Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.

You can email him at mailto:info@renetheunstoppable.com

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Deaf Wish List of the Week:

that a new deaf organization will start a national
deaf newspaper

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DeafHistory:

Year 796 A.D – according to the Church, a deaf man
looked at a tree in Antioch, Turkey, and was
cured of his deafness

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

166,000

miles traveled by Gerald Isobe to participate in annual
deaf gold tournaments in USA and world since 1982.

That many miles! Yes, because he is from Hawaii

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Payton Brown is a sophomore member of the women’s
volleyball team at University of South Florida

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Elite Deaf Athletes:

Aubree Thompson, women’s Ultimate Fighter, Utah

2nd ranked fighter in Utah but has not fought since last year

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DeafSports Library:

picture of the USA National Deaf Tennis team

see group picture at:
http://deafdigest.com/2015-very-strong-usa-deaf-tennis-team/

this team, consisting of three veterans and two rookies
will be competing at the first-time World Deaf Tennis
Championships in England. It is taking place this
week.

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DeafDigest – 26 July 2015

DeafDigest Blue – July 26, 2015

Blue Edition Barry Strassler, Editor
http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

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at no cost to you

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/10-count-rule-for-deaf/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/federal-contractors-hire-deaf/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-actors-flunk-out/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/amsterdam-deaf-free/

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Dedication:

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Marvin W. Tuttle
that departed us. A big man, he led his Des Moines Deaf
Club to three national deaf basketball championships in
the fifties – and then in his prime, he stopped playing
basketball. He was simply weary of two things –
politics in the national deaf basketball governing
body and of being ganged up by opponents underneath
the basket.

Top stories about the deaf:

130 deaf campers were rescued when California fires hit their
summer camp

The Japanese city of Yokohama has been narrated on a
DVD in sign language by a group of deaf volunteers.
The DVD is titled “Narrative on The Birth of Yokohama”

Out of desperation because of interpreting issues,
the Lewis Central Community School District has
contracted with Iowa School for the Deaf for
interpreting services. In the past, the school
district operated on its own. This high school
happens to be located across the street from the
deaf school campus.

The State of Indiana reached settlement of $125,000
to resolve a lawsuit in which state judges refused
to provide interpreters for deaf defendants.

Iowa Western Community College, which has dropped
its sign language interpreter program, has been
asked by community leaders to reconsider its
decision

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REASON OLD TIME DEAF ACTORS FAILED TO GET DEAF ACTING JOBS
When National Theatre of the Deaf was established in
1967, old time deaf actors (deaf club plays) were invited
to “try out” for full time acting jobs.
All of them failed. Why? All actors must go out and
do exercises and jogging, etc – to stay in shape for these
tough acting jobs.
They smoked cigarettes and drank beer all their lives
and were not in shape to do these exercises!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-actors-flunk-out/

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Captions vs subtitles

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-captions-vs-deaf-subtitles/

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FREE STUFF AT AMSTERDAM HOTEL
At a hotel in Amsterdam where DeafDigest editor
stayed during his vacation, he got two free stuff.
He never asked for it, but they still gave it to
him – free bottle of wine and free breakfast
(with everything).
This hotel does not give things away free
for hearing people!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/amsterdam-deaf-free/

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

Dealing with stupid, ever more so, professors, especially
at a local community college with a high number of deaf
students.

An interpreter was an interpreting an non-captioned movie that
was shown to a large class in a lecture hall. Because the
interpreter stood with back to the screen, he had no visual
clues to lead him on, and so the interpreting assignment
was a disaster.

After the class, the interpreter came to the professor, to ask what
was missed during a certain part of the showing.

Snapped the professor:

that was in German

Replied the interpreter:

Oh, no wonder

Angrily snapping back, the professor said:

An effective interpreter can interpret all languages!

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is the organization that represents judicial reporters, broadcast captioners, and CART captioners across the country. Members of NCRA are meeting at the Hilton Midtown in New York City this week for their 2015 Annual Convention and Exposition.

From July 30 through August 2, there will be seminars, workshops, networking events, and other opportunities for court reporters and captioning and CART professionals to meet and learn more about what is on the horizon in our industry. Speed and realtime contests will be held to showcase the talents of some of the best steno writers in our business.

Because people in the broadcast television industry and the business world will still continue to need our services, some captioning and remote CART will probably be provided from hotel rooms at the Hilton. So when you watch your favorite live television show this week, you might wonder where that captioner is. Could he or she be in a hotel room in the Big Apple?

A PET PEEVE OF BEING DEAF

being told –

you are missing out on life by not following music

(Every deaf person, no matter if it is ASL, oral,
Cued Speech, late-deafened, hearing aid user, CI user,
etc, share these pet peeves. You may laugh or cry)

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DEAF HORRORS & NIGHTMARES AT RESTAURANTS

waiter misreads the menu you point at and gives you wrong dish

to see a list of past horrors:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-horrors-nightmares-at-restaurants/

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DeafLaw

The Hokkaido Federation of the Deaf in Japan
is protesting the mandate by the Hokkaido government to treat sign language as equals
with note-taking and other methods of deaf
communications. The government says
sign language is just an accessibility choice,
and should not be the only choice.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Dick Sipek
who departed us last week.
Many people know of Dummy Hoy and Curtis Pride
and even of Dummy Taylor. But how many people would
realize that Dick played one season for Cincinnati
Reds during World War II years?

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

The audience at the International Congress on the Education
of the Deaf meeting last week at Vancouver, BC agreed to
the statement, crafted by the conference organizing
committee and the BC Deaf Community.

The statement was to reject the infamous 1880 Milan resolution
that “banned” sign language as mode of instruction in classrooms
all over the world. And to acknowledge, with regret, on how
bad the resolution was, and to ask all nations to respect
all forms of communications.

Apology was not mentioned in the statement. Yet, elated deaf
groups have been using this statement as an apology.

Oh, by the way, the resolution should have never been
made in the first place, years ago in 1880.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

In a web posting about a story, the headline ran:

deafness being wiped out by cochlear implant

who said that? Zoltan Istvan. He is one of the many,
many candidates for the USA presidency; he belongs
to a political party that we never heard of –
the Transhumanist Party.

The cochlear implant never eliminates deafness. It is
just like a hearing aid, helping the deaf person to
hear better. But when the person goes to bed and
takes off his CI, he is quite deaf!

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DeafDigest – 26 July 2015

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technical difficulties prevented captioning of this video. This is the script:

SAME OLD DEAF-TO-DEAF COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS
Same old story that oral deaf have a hard time
communicating with the ASL deaf.
What about the deaf-blind? Same thing! There
are two different interpreting methods for the
deaf-blind.
First method is deaf-blind hands on interpreter’s
hands.
Second method is interpreter hands on deaf-blind’s
face and body.
Both are very different – and very frustrating for
the deaf-blind!

DeafDigest – 26 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 26, 2015 morning

— hate crime and the deaf

Do laws on hate crime help the deaf that are
bullied by the hearing? A discussion on
hate crime and the disabled was shown on
a British TV documentary. One deaf viewer
said that this program did not bring up
the deaf as the victims, instead lumping
them with the disabled.

 

— a big irony with ADA 25th anniversary

The deaf and the disabled are now celebrating
the 25th anniversary of the ADA. But there is
a big irony – just this week there have been
as many as half-dozen deaf “no interpreter”
lawsuits – such as student denied entry into
a truck driving school, deaf mother denied
a live interpreter upon birth of her child
and the rest – doctors and hospitals still
not giving interpreters for the deaf. So,
while we celebrate ADA there will still
always be no-interpreter lawsuits.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 25 July 2015

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DeafDigest – 25 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 25, 2015 morning

 

— an overlooked 2nd Deaf Superhero

Those that follow comic books know that Echo is a Deaf
Superhero, a big part of the X-men series. But do we
have another Deaf Superhero? Yes, it is Hawkeye, of
the Avengers series. It is not known, however, if
Echo has “met” Hawkeye in any of these cross-series?

 

— assisted living center closes deaf unit

The Care Living at Northwood has closed its Deaf Unit.
Why? Because the beds at the Deaf Unit has not been
used for quite some time. Deaf people not wanting
to live at that assisted living facility? Good
question – but that center is located in Halifax,
Nova Scotia. Perhaps the cost of living at the
center is too high – or – deaf population in
Halifax is too low for the Center to rely on
their business.

 

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DeafDigest – 24 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 24, 2015

 

— truck driving school says no to a deaf applicant

Deaf people are now allowed to drive trucks interstate,
thanks to Department of Transportation’s OK. Tell that
to the Smith & Solomon School of Tractor Trailer
Driving, Linden, NJ. They said no to Kenneth Frilando,
who is deaf and wants to enroll at the school. As a
result, Frilando is filing a lawsuit. It didn’t matter
to the school that he holds a Class A Commercial Driver’s
License with a safety waiver from the Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration.

 

— another device to help the deaf communicate

Seems every other day there is a story of another
new deaf-to-hearing communications device. Here
is another one – that “marries” smart phones
and Google Glass. It is being developed
by a deaf man in Manchester, CT. Possibly
we already have as many as half dozen
deaf-to-hearing text devices. Which
device is best? May the best device
win!

 

— a comment about Penn State football

Penn State is a popular college football
team in Pennsylvania. Many deaf fans
root for that team – and possibly a
nightmare for them! The team has
removed players’ names from their
uniform jerseys. If these deaf fans
do not have a program book, then they
may not know who is playing. Hearing
fans have no problem since they hear
the PA announcements on these players.
Stadium captions? Not easy to switch
eyes between the action on the field
and the captioned scoreboard. Blink
an eye, and you’ve already missed
the captions.

 
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DeafDigest – 24 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 24, 2015 morning

— deaf jurors in Massachusetts

for years, deaf people of Massachusetts
wanted to serve on a jury, but were
not able to do so. This is going
to change, thanks to the efforts by
the Massachusetts Commission for the
Deaf and Hard of Hearing to convince
the state that the deaf can become
successful jurors. It is going to be
a 3-year trial basis, and hopefully
it will be permanent.

 
— a deaf baseball player makes his decision

Chase Smartt, a deaf catcher in Alabama,
faced a dilemma. He was drafted by Atlanta
Braves and he also accepted a baseball
scholarship offer by Troy University.
He had to decide – to play pro ball
or to go to college. Apparently his
decision was made easier because the
Troy baseball coach is his father!
As a result, he turned down the contract
by Atlanta Braves to play ball for his
father.

 

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DeafDigest – 24 July 2015

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DeafDigest – 23 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 23, 2015

— Yahoo asks for your Hall of Fame vote

Yahoo posted an announcement today, asking
baseball fans to vote for a player they
feel that should be in the Hall of Fame.
Dummy Hoy?
Pete Browning?

do read the posting at:
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/-baseballhofsnubs–who-do-you-think-deserves-to-be-in-cooperstown-163530669.html

and to make sure to follow the twitter hashtag instructions

 

 

— trapped in fingerpointing between cable and phone company

A deaf person had this unpleasant experience
of being trapped in the fingerpointing between
the cable company and the telephone company.
In front of his house, while gardening, a piece of
wire cord popped up. He contacted the cable
company about this loose wire cord. The cable
company told him it is the responsibility of the
telephone company. He contacted the telephone
company – and they told him it is cable company’s
responsibility. This went on several times
until the deaf man got very angry about it,
and contacted a TV station community Ombudsman,
who then got the problem solved. It was no fun
continuing to use the video relay service for
these repeated phone calls!

 

— beware of fake-deaf online friendship

A lonely hearing man, looking for some excitement
in life, joined an on-line text chat group.
He pretended to be deaf, well-educated with
degrees from prestigious universities,
and was a published author of several books, etc.
All of that was a fake, and he was caught.
Why did he do it? He said it seemed to be fun.

 
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DeafDigest – 23 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 23, 2015 morning

— New Jersey has two weird laws

Every state has old laws, passed years ago, that
make no sense today, and are called weird laws.
In New Jersey there are two weird laws that could
cause the deaf to be arrested.

#1 – not allowed to make noise in Raritan, NJ
(many deaf people make noise without being
aware of it)

#2 – bad facial expressions are not allowed
(many deaf people use facial expressions
while using ASL)

Will these deaf people be arrested? No, because
cops will laugh off these bad laws!

 

 

 

— computer games require captions for the hearing

Many people love to play games on their computers.
For many of these hearing people they require
captions! Why? Background noise; bad computer
speakers; need to keep the home quiet. So, if
the hearing require captions, then it greatly
benefits the deaf.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 22 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 22, 2015

— be careful of fake relay fraud

some people are trying to fool deaf people, telling
them they are from a deaf relay service and they
need your credit card information. Ignore
them because relay services do NOT ask for
credit card numbers.

 

 

 

— an announcement we hate

In one small town, a movie house will close and go
out of business. It has made deaf people sad –
because this movie house shows open captions.
Competition between different movie theaters is
brutal and the smaller movie houses often
suffer for lack of business.

 

 
— how did a flight attendant know about the deaf

there was a story in a past DeafDigest edition about
a sign-language flight attendant helping the
Israeli deaf basketball team enjoy their flight
and making them confortable. How did that flight
attendant know about the Israeli deaf team?
She didn’t – she looked through the work schedules
of other flight attendants and learned about the
deaf team taking that trip. She then switched
flight shifts with other flight attendants.
How many flight attendants would do that?
Probably just very few.

 

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DeafDigest – 22 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 22, 2015 morning

 
— a new texting device to help the deaf

Want to get an estimate on a plumbing job. Or an auto
repair estimate. Or for a new roof on your house.
Getting estimates for the deaf is quite a hassle,
even with interpreters or relay services. At the
The South by Southwest conference, a new texting
device was introduced. It allows the deaf
to send estimate requests to local contractors.
Deaf users could even attach pictures to explain
things better with these contractors.

 
— freelance interpreters are employees

Are freelance interpreters just freelancers or are
they employees? It is an issue being discussed
among interpreters in one state. Some agencies
have been incorrectly classifying them as
freelancers whereas they should have been
employees. A veteran interpreter said that almost
all of these such interpreters are actually
employees. He stressed it is important because
IRS has closed a few agencies for that reason.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 21 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 21, 2015

 

— a video relay provider worries about FCC reimbursement cuts

How bad are the proposed FCC reimbursement on video relay calls?
One provider said the jobs of 200 relay operators working for
the company may be in jeopardy. FCC has cut their rates by
20 percent in the last two years and the trend has been to
cut the rates even further down in the line. And when
that happens few more relay providers may close up.
As far as five years back, there were as many as 15-20
relay providers. Now it is just six. Two or three
relay survivors next year? Not surprised if it happens!

 

 

— live captions on screen invented by a 16 year old

Daniil Frants, not deaf, is a 16-year old high school
junior-to-be. He was awarded a prize at the New York
City-wide science contest for high school students.
His project is called “Live-Time Closed Captioning
System” and it shows captions on a screen behind
the hearing person. The screen picks up speech
and converts it to real time captions. Does he
have any connections with the deaf – such as
deaf parents or deaf siblings or deaf friends?
No!

 
— unusual deaf art with a picture

Andrew Clemens, who was deaf and attended Iowa School for
the Deaf during the 1800’s, was an artist with a rare skill.
He may have been the best in the world with that skill.
He poured sand, of as many as 40 different colors, into a
glass jar. These sands were placed on top of each other
in different layers of colors, something like rainbow
patterns. Historians have said there are only 50 of his
jars still remaining in the world. You can see a picture
of one sand bottle at:

http://deafdigest.com/bottles-of-sands-of-color-by-deaf-artist/

 

 

 

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DeafDigest – 21 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 21, 2015 morning

— a deaf woman taught how to scream

Deaf people tend to speak loud because they
can’t hear their own voices and have problems
controlling the tones. Well, Emma Meesseman,
who is deaf (but functions as a hearing person)
is a member of the Washington Mystics professional
women’s team. As the tallest player on the team,
she is responsible for shouting out defensive
signals. Her teammates were complaining that
she didn’t shout loud enough. One of her
teammates had to teach her in private how
to scream so that everyone on the
floor could hear her!

 
— a crisis among captioners

There is a crisis in the captioning field that
many of us do not know about. The National Court
Reporters Association (which involves captioners)
is saying that many captioners are retiring
from the field and that there are not enough
new captioners to replace them! This association
also says it is a perfect field for high school
graduates that can type very fast.

 

 
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DeafDigest – 20 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 20, 2015

— a big deaf purchase and never using it

Virginia Ramachandran, an audiologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit,
said that some of her patients purchase hearing aids from her but
never use it for as long as 4 years. They “give up” and come to
see her again for assistance. A brand new hearing aid costs about
$5,000-$6,000, and never using it is the same as throwing away money!

 

 

 

— captions or subtitles, your preference

You watch a movie with captions. You also watch another movie
with subtitles. Both the same thing? No. A movie scene shows
someone knocking on the door. The captions will say ….knocking.
The subtitles will not say anything about the knocking! So,
captions better than subtitles? Not really! A foreign-langauge
movie, shown in USA movie houses, are shown in subtitles.
With captions you have to use special equipment that many
deaf people hate. With subtitles, special equipment is not
necessary!

 
— a big Gallaudet football confusion

One season, years ago, there was a big confusion
with the Gallaudet football team. There were
two quarterbacks, both with the same name –
Marvin Tuttle (North Carolina) and Marvin
Tuttle (Iowa). There were two ways to solve
the confusion – Marvin O. was the one from
North Carolina and he played a lot. Marvin
W. was the one from Iowa and he rarely played!
DeafDigest is mentioning Iowa’s Marvin W.
because he just passed away and the edition
is being dedicated to him next weekend.

 

 

 

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DeafDigest – 20 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 20, 2015 morning

 

— a shocking scandal about a CI

A big scandal is going on in Great Britain. British people
are posting notices on the Facebook, selling their
organs, especially their own kidneys. One person
wanted to sell his organ in order to get enough money
for a CI for his deaf daughter!

 

— importance of captions while applying for grants

In Pittsburgh, abandoned movie theaters are becoming
community theaters, showing independent films. These
community theateres have become non-profit so they
could get grants. A big thing with these grants is
telling the donors that their independent movies
are being captioned.

 

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DeafDigest – 19 July 2015

DeafDigest Gold – July 19, 2015

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Deaf Cartoon (Fogey) of the week:

Fogey – Soup Can Communications by Hearies
http://deafdigest.com/comics/fogey-soup-can-communication-by-hearies/

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-job-to-job/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/cruel-deaf-punishment/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/parties-boring-for-deaf/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/cash-register-insults-deaf/

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True Story of Hearing Football Coach at Gallaudet

“Silent Count” is the true story of a hearing coach who becomes the
coach of the country’s only deaf football team. The book is an easy
read that will make you smile, chuckle and laugh. It will also bring
a frown to your face, at times.

The author, Jim Overmier, coached the Gallaudet University football
team in 2007. Read about his unique journey and how football became a
bridge between the deaf and hearing cultures.

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Sailing for the deaf

you can sail with your local sailing club
http://deafdigest.com/sailing-for-deaf/

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What is Trauma?

An informational video. See the attached vlog in ASL.

Home (Blocks)

Trauma is defined as any situation that shatters your sense
of security or makes you feel unsafe or vulnerable.

A person is most likely to have emotional suffering from the
event if it was not expected or the person felt unprepared or
powerless. Learn more about how trauma can affect a person
and where you can find treatment in the video below.

The HealthBridges website offers information about social
services, advocacy and behavioral health topics and resources
for persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of hearing

Happy summer from the HealthBridges Team

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Top stories about the deaf:

The Edo State Chapter of the Association of the Deaf
(Nigeria) has staged a rally protesting lack of
government services for the deaf

The FCC has announced November 10th as the date of
their roundtable on captioning. The public
is invited.

Cape Fear Community College, in North Carolina, will
begin an Interpreter Training program this coming fall.
Director is Joy Schultz, who is deaf.

The Justice Department announced that the Fairfax Nursing Center
(Virginia) will pay $100,000 in punitive damages for
discriminating against deaf residents that needed medical
attention.

A group of 10,000 disabled people, the deaf included,
marched in downtown New York to demand rights for
the disabled and to remind the public what ADA
is all about.

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PARTY FUN OR BORING?
A hearing person goes to a party and will immediately know if
it is fun or boring. He knows after listening to conversations.
For a deaf person, all hearing parties are boring, unless ASL-fluent
hearing person is with him!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/parties-boring-for-deaf/

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deaf person inventing a smiley

short story at:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-person-inventing-a-smiley/

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A CASHIER THAT INSULTS THE DEAF
DeafDigest editor went to a store to buy something. He paid
for it at the cash register.
The cashier, afraid to communicate with the deaf, put the money
in the cash register and pressed the cash register.
DeafDigest editor saw the cash display screen and knew how
much money it cost. But the cashier went around the counter to
the front of the cash register to point his finger at the money
amount that was paid.
Very insulting! Makes DeafDigest editor look stupid.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/cash-register-insults-deaf/

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2015 – RID National Conference
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Aug 8-12, 2015
New Orleans, LA

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/2015-deaf-rid-convention/

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LOOKING BACK AT A PAST DEAFDIGEST VIDEO

a hidden bedroom at old NAD headquarters

http://deafdigest.com/videos/bedroomnad/

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OUR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

North Carolina Association of the Deaf

http://deafdigest.com/north-carolina-association-of-the-deaf/

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Lip Reading nightmare

A deaf employee is responsible for office
supplies. A hearing person came over
and said something.

Deaf employee thought hearing person said:
do you have any marriage?

Hearing person actually said:
“do you have any batteries?

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Deaf Book of the Week

A Basic Course in Manual Communications

by the NAD Communicative Skills Program,
directed by Terrence J O’Rourke, Director

this book published in 1970 put NAD on the
map as the de facto leader in sign language
education. It was a hot selling book by
countless sign language programs across
the nation, thus enriching the NAD coffers.

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-book-a-basic-course-in-manual-communications/

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Deaf people can do anything

we have a deaf person who is/was a

— a fortune teller

this website is growing every weekend:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-in-unusual-jobs/

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. Even when a hospital offers VRI for deaf patients,
there are still “no-interpreter” lawsuits. Why?

A. Some people are satisfied with the least acceptable
accommodation. Others want more than just the
least acceptable accommodation. But one thing is
true – deaf people hate VRI.

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Hiking in the mountains

I went hiking with a volunteer Deaf person.

The trails were narrow and we couldn’t walk “side by side”

My white cane became useless due to mud. I used a hiker’s walking stick.

There is a need to add something to the back of the guide.

Perhaps a harness that would help keep sufficient space between us?

DeafBlind hikers out there, send on your helpful hints!

Big Foot here kept hitting her heels!

Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.

You can email him at mailto:info@renetheunstoppable.com

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Deaf Wish List of the Week:

that deaf people with videos stop bashing each
other with negative comments

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DeafHistory:

Year 1915 – an article in the Atlantic Constitution
newspaper said that Georgia School for the Deaf
has been wasting money on unneccessary purchases.
The school board of trustees have denied this
accusation.

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

175-200

approximately that many deaf and hard of hearing
attorneys that we have in USA. Many are
still practicing, many others have left the
legal profession

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Pacific University in Oregon – Leyton Thommasen, so, men’s soccer

http://www.goboxers.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3735

he is deaf though bio does not mention it

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Elite Deaf Athletes:

Tony Tatum, who played two seasons in Arena
Football League, is now out of football

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DeafSports Library:

Gertrude Ederle, who was deaf, made it across the
British Channel

See the picture at:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-swimmer-gertrude-ederle-after-completing-british-channel-swim/

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http://deafdigestsports.com/

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e-mail mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

click on mainstream on the right side of
http://deafdigestsports.com for the list of
mainstreamed athletes

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All new jobs will be immediately posted in
that section

DeafDigest – 19 July 2015

DeafDigest Blue – July 19, 2015

Blue Edition
Barry Strassler, Editor
http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/new-teller-not-know-deaf/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-hearing-talk-confusion/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/10-count-rule-for-deaf/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/federal-contractors-hire-deaf/

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with bed shaker, strobe light, and loud audible alarm.

The WR100 radio receives signals from NOAA and will give you
up-to-the- minute warnings for your area. The radio will light up 3
colored lights and spell out on the LCD screen the specific warning
such as “TORNADO”.

The Weather Alert Radio with Strobe Light and Bed Shaker (SC-WAKIT1)
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introducing Deaf Man’s BBQ
6 different BBQ sauce flavors

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-man-bbq-sauce/

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What is Trauma?

An informational video. See the attached vlog in ASL.

Home (Blocks)

Trauma is defined as any situation that shatters your sense
of security or makes you feel unsafe or vulnerable.

A person is most likely to have emotional suffering from the
event if it was not expected or the person felt unprepared or
powerless. Learn more about how trauma can affect a person
and where you can find treatment in the video below.

The HealthBridges website offers information about social
services, advocacy and behavioral health topics and resources
for persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of hearing

Happy summer from the HealthBridges Team

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DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips;
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
confidential

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Top stories about the deaf:

The city of Taguig, in the Philippines, has hired
a group of deaf people as data entry people,
responsible for inputting vital city stats.

Steve McCabe, the MP for Birmingham Selly Oak (UK),
has accused the government of making Access to Work
(sort of like our SSDI) cuts without studying
the consequences the deaf recipients would suffer.

Karnataka, a state in the south western region of India,
has now allowed the deaf to get medical services at
health clinics free of charge.

The existence of the Metro Deaf School, a charter
school in the Twin Cities area, is threatened.
The state has cut off the funding – as a consequence
of the budgetary squabbles between the governor
and the state legislative body.

Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind has a sister
school in Juan Salvador Gaviotas School for the Deaf,
Cartagena, Colombia. A group from that school toured
the Florida school. They shared strategies, techniques
and hands-on instructional activities.

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READ WHAT THEY SAY

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A LONG TIME AGO DEAF BOXER HELPED CREATE 10-COUNT RULE
Deaf Burke was a famous early 19th century boxer. Before one
big match, the referee was worried about Burke not able to
hear the shouted 10-count rule. If a boxer is knocked to the
floor, he must get up before the end of the 10-count rule or
he is knocked out. Instead, the referee used his arms to show
Burke each count. This is the rule that boxing uses today –
thanks to deaf Burke!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/10-count-rule-for-deaf/

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Elected deaf public officials has a
new addition to the list

Pilar Lima, Spain, senate

updated list is at:
http://deafdigest.com/elected-deaf-officials/

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LABOR DEPARTMENT ORDERS CONTRACTORS TO CONSIDER DEAF APPLICANTS
Contractors, with over 100 employees that do business with
the federal government, are required to hire deaf/disabled
employees equal to seven percent of its labor force. What this
means is that big contractors (AT&T, Dell, Big Oil companies,
etc) must hire more disabled people. Hopefully this means
more deaf employees. This is a new rule that was established
few months ago. So far, it is working out for the disabled,
but not sure for the deaf.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/federal-contractors-hire-deaf/

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A survey

by the NAD Outreach Committee

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/2015-deaf-nad-outreach-survey/

The NAD Outreach Committee invites YOU
to fill out a community survey.

Your reply will help the committee make recommendations
to the NAD Board to improve your NAD experience

email philippe.montalette@nad.org to get the link
to the survey

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

Two interpreters were assigned to interpret for two deaf
employees in a company that was downsizing. Everyone in the
room was jittery. The presenter, wanting to lighten up
the audience, showed a Laurel and Hardy. This movie was
funny and everyone laughed at the slapstick scenes. The movie,
however, was not captioned.

Said the interpreter:

we had to deal with the presenter’s stressful assignment
and a little preparation is so very valuable. Had they known
this was coming

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

“This movie says it has subtitles. What is the difference between
captioning and subtitling?”

The answer to this question depends on what country you are living in.
In some parts of the world, people use the term .subtitles. synonymously
with .captions.. However, if you live in the United States, they mean
something quite different.

A major difference between captions and subtitles is the audience that is
targeted. Captions are generally aimed at people who are deaf and hard of
hearing, while subtitles are usually prepared for those who can hear but
not necessarily speak the language.

Because subtitles are generally intended for people who can hear, they do
not usually contain some of the necessary information that people with a
hearing loss may require to understand the presentation.
Subtitles assume you can hear the knock on the door, the motor starting,
or the phone ringing. As a result, they do not regularly show sound
effects or indicate who is speaking.

While captioning often moves on the screen to denote who is speaking,
subtitles are generally set at the bottom center of the screen.
Subtitles are often in a language different from the film; for example, a
“foreign movie.. Captioning is usually done in the language that is being
spoken in the audio.

A PET PEEVE OF BEING DEAF

being told –

you don’t look deaf to me

(Every deaf person, no matter if it is ASL, oral,
Cued Speech, late-deafened, hearing aid user, CI user,
etc, share these pet peeves. You may laugh or cry)

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DEAF HORRORS & NIGHTMARES AT RESTAURANTS

a simple coffee cafe request becomes a big time misunderstanding

to see a list of past horrors:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-horrors-nightmares-at-restaurants/

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DeafLaw

In British Columbia, there is a driving law that says:

To pass these tests, the hearing impaired not required
to demonstrate that they were perfectly safe drivers.
They were merely required to demonstrate that they
could drive reasonably safely

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Is there such a thing as a professional lipreader?
Not sure, but if it is, then we should have seen a good
number of deaf individuals making a great living in the
lipreading profession.
Well, it was reported a short while ago that Jessica
Rees, a deaf woman from Great Britain being dismissed
by the Crown Prosecution Service. They said her
qualifications were not what it appeared to be.
We are not seeing, however, universities offering
a major in Lipreading, preparing lipreaders for careers
in the lipreading field!

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

The FCC has announced that its Disability Rights Office
web site has been set up. Everything you wanted to know
about your rights, but were afraid to ask, will be found
on that web site.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Do hearing shop owners remember deaf customers
better than the hearing customers?
Or is it just that they remember regular
customers, no matter if they’re deaf or hearing?

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All new jobs will be immediately posted in
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DeafDigest – 19 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 19, 2015 morning

— a weird comment about cochlear implant

In a web posting about a story, the headline ran:

deafness being wiped out by cochlear implant

who said that? Zoltan Istvan. He is one of the many,
many candidates for the USA presidency; he belongs
to a political party that we never heard of –
the Transhumanist Party.

The cochlear implant never eliminates deafness. It is
just like a hearing aid, helping the deaf person to
hear better. But when the person goes to bed and
takes off his CI, he is quite deaf!

 

 

 

— tale of texts to 911 in North Carolina

Do deaf people in parts of North Carolina use text
to reach a 911 center?

In Cary, NC the 911 center only received 6 text messages since
June.

In Raleigh, NC, the 911 center received a dozen text messages
in the past few weeks

In Durham, NC, for the past 4 years the 911 center received
very few texts.

Why? Maybe the deaf people have no need to text since because
of no emergencies!

 

 

 

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DeafDigest – 19 July 2015

[pb_vidembed title=”” caption=”” url=”[pb_vidembed title=”parties boring for deaf” caption=”” url=”http://35.182.75.222/videos//parties-boring-for-deaf.mp4″ type=”mov” w=”480″ h=”385″]” do enjoy watching this captioned video“]

 

DeafDigest – 18 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 18, 2015 morning

— reason President George H.W. Bush supported ADA

President George H.W. Bush signed ADA into law 25
years ago. Why did he support ADA? Many reasons –
he has a large family (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc).
Many of them had ailments – blind in one eye, polio,
leukemia, dyslexic, colostomy, etc. While he didn’t
have deafness in his family, it was still easy for
him to sign that bill into law.

 

— a drug store hearing aid

If you needed a hearing aid, would you go to an
audiologist or go to a drug store? A drug store
hearing aid? Yes, if Walgreens has its’ way.
This national drug store chain is test-marketing
hearing aid sales in the Dallas, Phoenix, Orlando
and Chicago areas. If tests prove successful, it
may expand this hearing aid market nationwide.
For sure, audiologists will fight this trend.
But if top quality hearing aids that are properly
fitted and priced much lower than what hearing
aid clinics charge, then why not!

 
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DeafDigest – 18 July 2015

[pb_vidembed title=”” caption=”” url=”[pb_vidembed title=”federal contractors hire deaf” caption=”” url=”http://35.182.75.222/videos//federal-contractors-hire-deaf.mp4″ type=”mov” w=”480″ h=”385″]” do enjoy watching this captioned video“]

 

DeafDigest – 17 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 17, 2015

 
— FCC nosey with our private information

The FCC has asked all relay providers to get
from the relay users their full name, home
address, date of birth and social security
number (last four digits). If you refuse,
you may lose your relay service! Is FCC
that nosey? Yes!

 

 
— a deaf reality video show

What is a Deaf Reality Show? Rachel Soudakoff has
taped scenes where hearing people make a fool out of
themselves when dealing the deaf in every day life!

To laugh or to get angry, take a look at:
http://magazine.good.is/articles/a-day-in-the-life-being-deaf

Pretty much looks like “Candid Camera” that was a popular
TV show years ago.

 
— stadium captions is difficult

More stadiums and arenas have captions on their
scoreboards. But many deaf people are not happy
with the quality of these captions. A captioner
said that students are trained in these fields –
court reporting, attorney deposition reporting,
closed captioning, news captioning and classroom
CART. Stadium captions? Not taught at many
stenotyping schools. And many captioners
are bothered by stadium noises. Possibly
in due time, stadium captioning quality
will improve.

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/ or click on “jobs”
new job announcements every day

 
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DeafDigest – 17 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 17, 2015 morning

— a new word for hard of hearing people

DeafDigest editor was reading something today
and discovered a new word that describes
hard of hearing people. It is:

hearing-aid deaf

Hmm, what about a new word for the CI people?

cochlear-implant deaf

 

 
— 3 easy lessons for a business to be deaf friendly

An announcement was posted in a deaf e-news about
a workshop for hearing business owners, teaching
them to make their business deaf-friendly. It
consisted of three lessons – attend a deaf relay
workshop to learn how to communicate with the
deaf; tour a deaf museum; join a deaf service
agency as a member. Will it work? All depends
on the attitude of these hearing business owners.

 

 
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DeafDigest – 16 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 16, 2015

 

 
— deaf woman angry at a car towing company

In Detroit, a car, belonging to a deaf woman, was
towed. She was double-angry about it. First,
because her car was towed. Second, because
the tow truck driver knocked on her door,
wanting to inform her that her car was
illegally parked and to advise her to
drive it away. She could not hear the
knock, and as a result, her car was
towed. She is planning a legal action
against the city of Detroit.

 

 

 

— Uber has two faces

DeafDigest mentioned several times that
Uber loves to hire the deaf. But Uber
has two faces. Hearing Uber drivers
will not pick up disabled people. To hire
the deaf but not to pick up the disabled!
Hypocrisy? Yes – and for that reason
the California Public Utilities Commission
has fined Uber $7,300,000!

 
— movie director learning his lesson

The movie “Avenged” has been getting bad
reviews. The critics said the hearing actor
that plays a fake-deaf role was not doing
a good job of playing that role. And it
was obvious to the audience. Movie director
Michael Ojeda refused to cast a deaf actor
in that movie – and he is paying the price!

 
Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/ or click on “jobs”
new job announcements every day

 
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DeafDigest – 16 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 16, 2015 morning

 

 

— two deaf entertainment stars to share same stage

We have a deaf rocker – Sean Forbes. We also have a
deaf disk jockey – Robbie Wilde. Forbes tours
USA, giving his own hip-hop concerts. Wilde
works as DJ at private parties and at private
events. Put Sean and Robbie together on a stage
at a famous concert house? Yes, this is happening
at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. It will
be a big dance party and a blast!

 

 

— best city in Canada to be a healthy deaf woman

There is a survey in Canada, testing big cities
to see which is the best for women (both deaf
and hearing) with employment, leadership,
health, safety and education. For the deaf
women, the best city for getting medical
and health attention is Quebec City.
A deaf agency works with medical centers
to make sure deaf women are given attention
to their needs.

 

 
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DeafDigest – 15 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 15, 2015

 

— censors approved a film about a deaf character

A film about a deaf character must be approved a group
of censors before it can be shown in public? It is
happening in Pakistan. The movie “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”
was filmed in India, and the producer wanted it
shown in movie houses in Pakistan. It had to be
reviewed by the Pakistani Censor Board, but it
passed easily. DeafDigest wonders if it is the
first time a deaf film had to be reviewed first
by censors?

 
— true or false about Dummy Hoy

True or false about Dummy Hoy? Baseball history books
said Dummy Hoy invented the umpire hand signals because
he couldn’t hear the calls. A group of baseball researchers
are now saying that Hoy never invented it. They said
his teammates and coaches flashed these signals for
him. After each pitch Hoy had to turn his head towards
the dugout to get the signals. And that after he
retired in 1902, the umpires started using it!

 

 

— a scam a deaf man plays with the police

A deaf man reported to the police, claiming two
unidentified hearing men attacked and robbed him
of his money. An interpreter came over to help with
the communications. The police suggested that he
be evaluated by the paramedics. They came and
suggested that he be taken to the hospital.
The deaf man refused, and when the paramedics
left, he asked the police to bring him to the
hospital in their police car in order to get
medication. Suspicious police officers checked
the computer and learned he pulled the same
scam several times with different police officers
and different hospitals – in order to get free
medication each time! The police then told him
to go home.

 

 

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new job announcements every day

 
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DeafDigest – 15 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 15, 2015 morning

— FCC announces a roundtable, open to public

FCC is hosting a roundtable, open to public, on
November 10 at the headquarters in Washington, DC.
Official theme is – the benefits of captioning
such programming, the relevant captioning obligations
of programmers and stations, and effective and
efficient captioning solutions

if you have a captioning beef or suggestions,
the roundtable may be a good place to attend.
If you are from out of town, then you can view
the roundtable, which will be live captioned
at www.fcc.gov/live

 

 

— a claim by the disabled

A rally by the disabled took place in New York.
Deaf people were part of that rally. There
was a sign shown at the rally which said:

Half of all people killed by police have a disability

How many times have we read in the newspapers
about police shooting a deaf man, without
realizing he couldn’t hear the commands?
Very sad.

 

 

 

past Mid-Week & morning editions:
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DeafDigest – 14 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 14, 2015

 

 

 

— subtitles better than voice in some movies

A movie critic said that subtitles (and captions)
are better than voice in some movies. Some
foreign accents are hard to understand. Hard to
follow Old English (Shakespeare’s days).
Impossible to understand heavy words in science.
Heavy use of slang not always easily understood.
Long-winded comments also hard to follow. And
most important of all (for hearing) some movies
do not mix sound and music that well. All the
more reason for subtitles, as well as for
captions.

 

 

 

— deaf will suffer if Uber is shut down

Taxi drivers hate Uber. Some city governments
hate Uber. Uber was shut down in France
because of nationwide riots. Yet, Uber
is a great source of employment for deaf
drivers. The app on their mobile devices
makes it easier for them to pick up and to
drop off hearing passengers with voice
communications being unnecessary. So, if
Uber is beaten up everywhere, then
employment for deaf drivers will suffer!

 

 

 

 

— judge says no to an interpreter during childbirth

U.S. Magistrate James Hopkins (Florida) said no to
the request by a pregnant deaf woman for an
interpreter during childbirth. The judge said
that VRI during the birth meets ADA regulations
and the Bethesda Hospital needs not to go any
further. At this point, it is not known what
Margaret Weiss will do – accept the decision
or continue to fight the court’s decision.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/ or click on “jobs”
new job announcements every day

 

 
past Mid-Week & morning editions:
http://deafdigest.com/category/mid-week-news/

 

 
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DeafDigest – 14 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 14, 2015 morning

 
— taking advanage of supermarket’s money give-away

in Kansas, Dillon’s is a well known supermarket chain.
This supermarket is planning to give away two million
dollars. A deaf leader in Kansas suggested that
Kansas Association of the Deaf can earn $500,000.
All it takes is to use supermarket’s PLUS card
on all purchases by signing up the state association
as the agency that will get a percentage of each
purchase. That easy? Should be, but not that easy,
anyway!

 

 

— a much-stronger USA men’s basketball team lost to weaker Lithuania

heavily favored USA men’s basketball team lost in the world
deaf basketball championship finals to Lithuania. How could
this happen? The Americans missed too many easy lay ups;
the Americans were lazy in defense and did not rebound
too hard; and committed too many fouls. Said a fan:

each time we made a mistake, the Lithuanians took
advantage of it

To be fair, the Lithuanian team practiced year
around whereas the Americans only had a few
practices to get ready for the championship.

The Lithuanians only had two players that were
6’6 wheres the Americans had 6’7, 6’7, 6’8, 6’9
players. It was a game Americans should not
have lost but did.

At least the Americans have the upcoming
Deaflympics gold to shoot for.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 13 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 13, 2015

 

— forklift on “Undercover Boss” rerun

a recent “Undercover Boss” TV rerun showed a clumsy
person trying to use a forklift. He was not doing
a good job and got “fired” by his mentor. Many deaf
people claim job discrimination when they wanted
to get employment as forklift drivers and were
not hired. During that program, the mentor stressed
the importance of listening to beeps – which helps
expert operators drive carefully without accidents.
Possibly inability to hear the beeps may be the
reason why employers are reluctant to hire the deaf
as forklift drivers. Yes, we have many deaf
folklift drivers, but they are very careful and
are able to overcome inability to hear beeps!

 
— Lithuania deaf angry after defeating USA in basketball

During the men’s deaf world cup basketball championships,
Lithuania defeated USA 78-75 for the gold medal. Instead
of celebrating during the gold medal ceremony, they
were very angry! Were they angry about their win?
No. The Taiwan hosts played the Russian national
anthem instead of the Lithuanian national
anthem! It made the team and the fans very
angry. Did the hosts apologize for playing the
wrong anthem? No, they didn’t!

 

 

— AT&T says TTY machines are obsolete

As a matter of historical irony, it was AT&T that
helped establish the national deaf TTY network
during the sixties and seventies. Junked telegraph
machines donated by AT&T were converted to TTY
machines. Now, AT&T is telling the FCC that the
network they established is obsolete, and that
deaf people should be using the internet instead of
the TTY to make relay calls. Where was the FCC
during these early days This agency had no interest
in reaching out to the Deaf Community, until
closed captions came around.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
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DeafDigest – 13 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 13, 2015 morning

 

 

— a movie captions loophole

We have a powerful law on movie captions. But even
this powerful law has a bad loophole, at least in
Hawaii. State law says that if a movie owner in
the state only owns just one movie theater, it
does not have to be captioned! The law only says
if the owner has two or more movie houses in
different locations, it must be captioned. If just
one movie house, then sorry, no captions!

 
— a doctorate survey of deaf business owners

This is probably a first. Michael Jasniak, who is
deaf, is going for his doctorate in Berlin, Germany.
This thesis is titled:

entrepreneurial preferences of deaf and hard of hearing people

Not sure if his survey is focused on deaf-owned businesses
in Germany, or anywhere in the world.

 
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DeafDigest – 12 July 2015

DeafDigest Gold – July 12, 2015

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Deaf Cartoon (Fogey) of the week:

Customer Service – TTY
http://deafdigest.com/comics/fogey-customer-service-tty/

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions:
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http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-child-street-sign/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-job-to-job/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/cruel-deaf-punishment/

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What is Trauma?

An informational video.  See the attached  vlog in ASL.

http://healthbridges.info/?p=1825

Trauma is defined as any situation that shatters your sense
of security or makes you feel unsafe or vulnerable.

A person is most likely to have emotional suffering from the
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The HealthBridges website offers information about social
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Happy summer from the HealthBridges Team

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Top stories about the deaf:

Researchers are saying that deafness can be fixed,
thanks to fixing up the genetics. This story was
hot all week, but it is an old story; from time
to time, geneticists have been saying the
same thing!

NHS England, a national British health care agency,
has mandated that all of its clinics be deaf-friendly,
meaning interpreters.

A rare honest press release about a CI. An agency
in South Carolina issued a press release, which
said:

While it cannot restore normal hearing, a cochlear implant can give a deaf person, or someone with extreme hearing loss, a useful representation of sounds in the environment, and can help him or her understand speech.

Almost all newspaper stories say that a CI automatically
removes deafness in a deaf person!

Slovak Telekom is Slovakia’s largest telecommunications
company. They provide a lot of services for the deaf, and
to honor them, the company uses the initials H and I on
their ads. It stands for Hearing Impaired.

the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) caused
a furor in Ontario. This agency fired their
deaf CEO, and instead of hiring another deaf
CEO, they hired a know-nothing CEO that also
knows nothing about ASL. The Deaf Community
protested. What did the CHS say?

Timothy Andrade, the CHS chair, wrote
in a cruelly brief e-mail to the protesters.
It said:

This is a quick note to thank you for taking
the time to write and share your concerns with
us. As chair, I have the utmost confidence in
the wisdom and decision of our board. Best
wishes for a great summer!

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A CRUEL DEAF PUNISHMENT
A deaf employee in the federal government did not get
along with other employees and with the supervisor.
The deaf employee was right about many things. But the
hearing people hated the deaf employee.
The deaf employee was given a cruel punishment. He was
transferred to a new office – without windows, and all
by himself with no one to talk to. And to make things
worse, no work assignments.
Just come to work. Sit in the office. Do nothing
all day.
The deaf employee quit.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/cruel-deaf-punishment/

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DEAF STAY IN ONE JOB OR JUMP FROM JOB TO JOB
Many deaf people find a job and stay with it for
many years. It is always a fear of not finding a new
job if he quits his long-time job.
Many hearing people jump from one job to job; they
are called job-hoppers or job-jumpers.
Who is right? Stay in one job and suffer from bad
bosses and bad employees or to quit and hope to find
another new job?

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-job-to-job/

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Deaf Travel problems

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-travel-problems/

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LOOKING BACK AT A PAST DEAFDIGEST VIDEO

deaf and the lottery

http://deafdigest.com/videos/lottery/

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for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of this
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Deaf Book of the Week

Never the Twain Shall Meet

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-book-never-the-twain-shall-meet/

About the feud between Alexander Graham Bell (pro-oral, anti-ASL)
and Edward Miner Gallaudet (pro-ASL)

by Richard Winefield

published 1987 by Gallaudet Press

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Deaf people can do anything

we have a deaf person who is/was a

– archivist

this website is growing every weekend:

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. When a deaf person is implanted, how much time
does it require for him to be trained to hear?

A. All depends. If a late deafened person is implanted,
then training time should be short. But if a deaf
person have never been trained to hear in the past,
then training would be very long.

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Put back same place please.

How many times do your eyes remind you when you misplace something?

Your DeafBlind friends do not have that luxury.

If you are able to help a DeafBlind friend with shopping or the like, let them put things away or ask where is best.

“Find the food” is a challenging game !

Otherwise the DeafBlind cook might mis-spice the meal!

Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.

You can email him at mailto:info@renetheunstoppable.com

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Deaf Wish List of the Week:

that a deaf leading character will be featured
in a new Hallmark TV movie

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DeafHistory:

Year 1844 – American politician John C Calhoun
wrote a letter to Richard Pakenham, the
British ambassador to the United States,
saying that the deaf are considered inferior

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

17 percent

of Riverside (California) residents
are estimated to be either deaf or
hard of hearing

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Mercyhurst – Kirsten Miller, so, women’s hockey

http://www.hurstathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=6564

while her profile does not mention it, she is deaf

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Elite Deaf Athletes:

David Smith, pro volleyball, Germany & USA national volleyball team

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Smith_(volleyball)

he has never played for USA in the Deaflympics, though

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DeafSports Library:

deaf wrestler on NCAA-I level

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-wrestler-helbig-u-ofwyoming/

he was very competitive but did not win any national
honors

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http://deafdigestsports.com for the list of
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DeafDigest – 12 July 2015

DeafDigest Blue – July 12, 2015

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-sign-language-liar/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-next-each-other-in-restaurant/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/new-teller-not-know-deaf/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-hearing-talk-confusion/

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What is Trauma?

An informational video.  See the attached  vlog in ASL.

http://healthbridges.info/?p=1825

Trauma is defined as any situation that shatters your sense of security or makes you feel unsafe or vulnerable.

A person is most likely to have emotional suffering from the event if it was not expected or the person felt unprepared or powerless.  Learn more about how trauma can affect a person and where you can find treatment in the video below.

The HealthBridges website offers information about social services, advocacy and behavioral health topics and resources
for persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of hearing

Happy summer from the HealthBridges Team

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Dedication:

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Robert “Bob” William Lange, St Augustine, FL, that departed
us. He was a much beloved teacher at Tennessee
School for the Deaf and then Florida School
for the Deaf and Blind before retiring. Altogether he taught for 40 years in a
range of subjects. He and his late wife
Gee, raised a family of 4 children, all
deaf – three of them were outstanding
athletes and one was a national leader.

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Charles
Crowe, Morganton, NC, that departed us.
As a football player during the early sixties, he was
a bruising running back, difficult to be brought down
by tacklers. He was part of the team that advanced
to the state football championship finals in 1960
before losing 13-12. He was inducted into the Burke County Sports Hall of Fame because of his football exploits. He later coached football at his alma mater. And as an avid golfer, he built his own 9-hole public golf course – see this old DeafDigest posting (2003)

The Skiqwaqui 9-hole Golf Course is the nation’s first
deaf owned golf course. It was officially opened for
business on April 1st in Morganton, NC.
The owner, Charles Crowe acquired the 280-acre land in
1995 but it took him 8 years to convert his dream into reality.
Why Skiqwaqui? It is a Cherokee word meaning “Bigwitch”
and which was given in blessing by Charles’ grand mother.
A big congratulations is in order for Charles.

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Earl Elkins,
Morganton, NC that departed us. He spent his
entire professional career helping the deaf,
after graduating from Gallaudet – 20 years
as teacher at three different schools and then
as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in
North Carolina for 14 years. He then moved
on to director of Deaf in-patient mental health program at the Central State Hospital in Indianapolis, IN

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to
Liza Presnillo, an interpreter in the
Philippines, that departed us. She
served as interpreter for so many
years even when pay was either low
or not being paid at all, and even
ignoring her Carpal Tunnel syndrome
pains. People in the Philippines
look down on interpreters – as
workers for a charity!

Top stories about the deaf:

At a recent earthquake in the Philippines,
a deaf-blind person was trapped. He did not
know what was going on – and no one came to
his attention. Emergency responders came
and left – not knowing how to deal with a
deaf-blind person. It took several hours
before an interpreter, that knows how
to communicate with the deaf-blind,
came to his rescue. He was so angry
that he made a video out of it.

New Zealand’s National Foundation for the Deaf
issued a press release that was titled –
Children in New Zealand denied the right to hear

This was in reference to the nation cutting
back on free CI’s for them.

Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini of Swaziland
met Miss Deaf Africa Tlhokomelo Sabole
at a formal ceremony and they chatted
privately.

A old posting from the British Deaf Association
that surfaced on a web site, made this quote:

As long as we have deaf people on earth, we will have signs

Ruth Kaghala Mukova, a deaf student at
Uganda Christian University was ranked
#1 best student in her graduating
class.

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BANK TELLER WHISPERING TO ANOTHER TELLER
You go to the same bank every week to deposit
your money.
You go to the same teller that knows you are deaf.
But this week, the same teller is busy with another
customer so you go to a different teller window.
The new teller does not know you, and says something.
Suddenly the old teller sees you and runs to the new
teller, whispering in his ear “he is deaf.”
Is this polite or is this rude?

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/new-teller-not-know-deaf/

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Deaf Pilots Fly-in

July 19 – 25, 2015

Hillsboro, OR

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/2015-deaf-pilots-fly-in/

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TALKING TO THE DEAF PERSON OR PERSON BEHIND DEAF PERSON?
We always hate it when you think a hearing person is
talking to you.
He really wasn’t talking to you but talking to a hearing
person behind you.
You respond to the hearing person, and it can get all
very confusing at the same time!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-hearing-talk-confusion/

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Deaf man in a big social security fraud (1992)

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-man-in-biggest-social-security-fraud/

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

translating idioms into sign language – an example would
be hearing the phrase “you can’t pull a fast one on a
horse” said a horse trainer.

Converting this statement into ASL requires quick
thinking and you sign something like “can’t fool a
horse”. But mistakes can be made and you accidentally
sign “horse, you can’t fool”. And after you realize
your error, there is no time to backtrack since the
speaker continues on with his comments.

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

“What is the difference between a post-production captioner and a realtime captioner? Don’t all captioners do the same things?”

Some people do not realize that the captioners who caption the “live” television shows use totally different skills than those who caption programs that are prerecorded. These different types of captioners are not interchangeable.

A realtime captioner must be able to write at speeds over 225 words per minute, while an offline captioner, one who does post-production captioning, must be excellent at positioning, placing, and timing the captions.

Most realtime captioners use a steno machine to produce their captions, while a post-production captioner or caption editor will use a standard computer keyboard. People doing post-production captioning may use scripts or transcripts that have previously been prepared by a transcriber.
Many of the captioners who do post-production captioning do their work at the captioning company that they work for, while most realtime captioners work from home and caption the shows remotely.

Many offline captioners work set shifts, while realtime captioners are usually assigned to cover specific shows.

As you can see, totally different training is required for these two types of positions. Most realtime captioners have trained to be court reporters, while many post-production captioners have pursued some type of general studies emphasizing subjects like English or history.

A PET PEEVE OF BEING DEAF

hearing people coming to you and telling you:

sorry, I don’ know how to sign

(Every deaf person, no matter if it is ASL, oral,
Cued Speech, late-deafened, hearing aid user, CI user,
etc, share these pet peeves. You may laugh or cry)

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DEAF HORRORS & NIGHTMARES AT RESTAURANTS

seating hostess assigns you to a table next to your deaf enemy!

to see a list of past horrors:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-horrors-nightmares-at-restaurants/

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DeafLaw

A deaf student at Grandview High School (Washington)
was awarded one million dollars because the school
district did not educate him enough. This was the
settlement in the federal civil rights lawsuit.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Is Bill Gates speaking from both sides of his
mouth?
On one side, he brags about Microsoft’s sensitivity
to the needs of the disabled, the deaf included.
And on the other side, he is saying that in the
future it will be common for computers to be operated
by voice.

(note: times have changed – 10 years ago is
considered Computer Dinosaur Age)

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

at the NAD Conference –

* Deaf Lawyers’ Convention at NAD Conference? Possibly
pretty much like it – deaf attorneys  Bob Mather, Claudia Gordon,
Jeff Rosen, Howard Rosenblum, Josh Mendelsohn, Michael Stein,
Sheila Mentkowski and Suzy Rosen Singleton were part of a panel
at one of these sessions – discussions on civil rights somehow
steered towards our captioning rights

(note: some of the deaf attorneys attending that conference
have since then abandoned their profession!)

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

with reference to above News of the Week, five years ago,
DeafDigest editor has noticed quite a few deaf attorneys
abandon their profession after working in the legal
field for just relatively a short time.

Why?

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DeafDigest – 12 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 12, 2015 morning

— lucky deaf couple gets garden improvement

Asif and Sabina Iqbal, a deaf couple with their
three children live in a house at Hemel Hempstead,
a small town, not too far from London. They are
a busy couple, always involved with Deaf Community
activities and have no time to take care of their
house garden. As a result, a British TV program –
Love Your Garden will be featuring a gardening
crew doing a quick workover with their garden.
It is a popular reality program in London, but
not shown in USA.

 

 

— a reporter at the baseball All-Star game

All-Star games are always heavy with media. One
of the media writers is Megan Zahneis. She is
deaf. And she is just 14 years old! She loves
Cincinnati Reds, the host of this year’s All-Star
game. She will be reporting the game as
Major League Baseball’s youth correspondent.
It is a new position and she is the first with
this such writing honor.

 

 
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DeafDigest – 11 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 11, 2015 morning

— a store invents a sign language gesture

Asda stores is a supermarket chain in Great
Britain. A famous trademark with that
chain is “pocket tap.” The actors in the
TV commercials tap their pocket with
their hand. This tap is automatically
identified with these Asda stores.
And it has become part of the British
Sign Language! When a deaf person taps,
his friends know he’s going to shop
at that store for groceries!

 

— a mysterious death of a deaf athlete

DeafDigest mentioned that Yana Budyukina,
a deaf Russian soccer player, was killed
in Brazil earlier this week. She loved
life, much more than just soccer,
especially traveling. She has visited
Germany, France, Thailand, India, China,
Sweden, Switzerland and Spain. She was
hit by a car while walking through a road
tunnel, a dangerous path according to
local Brazilian drivers. Why the tunnel
walk? It will always remain a mystery!

 

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DeafDigest – 10 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 10, 2015

 
— a deaf woman becomes a senator

Pilar Lima, a deaf activist from Valencia, Spain,
will become a member of the Spanish senate.
She uses Spanish Sign Language and is the leader
of the Podemos political party. Not sure if
it was a general election that she won or
if she was appointed to the Senate.

 

 

— captions better than voice for many hearing people

Hearing people, watching Netflix videos, often have
problems hearing dialogue. Many laptop voice
speakers are not loud enough. As a result, they
switch to captions! They are saying that the voice
of character Jon Snow (Games of Throne) speaks in
a whisper, thus frustrating them!

 

 

— Gallaudet’s 100th anniversary

There will be a 100th anniversary event honoring Gallaudet
this Saturday. Not Gallaudet University which was founded
in 1864 but of the Gallaudet Aircraft Company, founded
in 1915. Any connection between the university and the
aircraft company? Yes. The company founder was
Edson Fessenden Gallaudet. His father was Edward Miner
Gallaudet, the university’s first president. Edson
never followed his father’s footsteps in the field of
Deaf Education, as he became an engineer. The factory
no longer exists, but a sign will be unveiled
at the old location on Chepiwanoxet Island in
Rhode Island.

 

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DeafDigest – 10 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 10, 2015 morning

— a dream airplane trip for the deaf

taking a trip by airplane can be stressful –
long lines, long takeoff/landing times,
not understanding the flight attendants,
fear of landing at the wrong airport or
getting on the wrong airplane, etc.
For a group of deaf Israeli basketball
players flying to a deaf tournament in
Taiwai, it was a dream. A sign language
flight attendant stayed with the group
throughout the full trip, communicating
and giving announcements in sign language!

 

 
— a response by the Canadian Hearing Society

the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) caused
a furor in Ontario. This agency fired their
deaf CEO, and instead of hiring another deaf
CEO, they hired a know-nothing CEO that also
knows nothing about ASL. The Deaf Community
protested. What did the CHS say?

Timothy Andrade, the CHS chair, wrote
in a cruelly brief e-mail to the protesters.
It said:

This is a quick note to thank you for taking
the time to write and share your concerns with
us. As chair, I have the utmost confidence in
the wisdom and decision of our board. Best
wishes for a great summer!

 

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DeafDigest – 09 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 9, 2015

 
— comments from a police officer

Ernesto Hernandez is a police officer in Sandusky, Ohio.
He uses sign language to communicate with deaf residents.
And it came handy in a recent bad situation that involved
a deaf man and a deaf woman. He said such situations
come up about twice a year that required use of his
sign language skills. He also said that body language,
pleasant facial expressions and proper use of signs
are most important when dealing with the deaf, be it
routine or critical.

 

 

— a big tradition is cancelled

A big event in San Diego is Comic-Con, which attracts
thousands of comic book fans from everywhere in USA.
And the highlight of this event is the Zombie Walk,
where participants parade around on the sidewalks
wearing funny costumes. It has been cancelled because
of an automobile driven by a deaf man last year that
hit a woman. He was trying to get away from the Zombie
Walk participants that physically threatened him,
banging on the car windows. The court case is
coming up and for that reason, the convention
organizers wanted to avoid possible conflicts
when this case goes to trial.

 

— a hospital punished for humiliating a deaf medical resident

Jessica Dunkley, who is deaf, graduated from University of
Ottawa medical school and was promised interpreters during
her residency at University of British Columbia/St Paul’s
Hospital. That promise was false and she was kicked out
of her residency. She was told there was no money
for interpreters. As a result, she filed a lawsuit –
and won $35,000 for insult and humiliation. And  the
judge ordered the medical center to re-admit her
as a resident with full time interpreters. She,
however, became a resident at  the University
of Alberta’s residency program.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 09 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 9, 2015 morning

— Holiday Inn knows what ADA is all about

The Holiday Inn hotel chain knows what ADA is all about.
Yet it is surprising that the Holiday Inn at Bonita Springs,
Florida was slapped with a lawsuit. A deaf man checked in
and asked for a TTY device. The hotel didn’t have it!
Are we surprised about it or not really surprised?

 

 

— a dumb comment by a hospital about a stolen hearing aid

A deaf woman in New Zealand lost her hearing aid in a
hospital. Her son said it was stolen. What did the
hospital say:

the deaf patient should have left it at home
instead of wearing it at the hospital
This is dumb because if she left it at home,
she would not be able to communicate with the
hearing!

 

 
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DeafDigest – 08 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 8, 2015

— a successful owner of a franchise

Many deaf people dream of owning franchises but
faced so many barriers that they eventually give
up their dreams. One deaf man wanted to own a
McDonald’s franchise and even asked the NAD
to help him. McDonald’s just refused to deal
with him and he gave up. One franchise owner
refused to give up – Alex Trukhin, Pearland, TX
owns his Coverall franchise. He has six deaf
employees and has 35 accounts, building up his
business for the past 12 years. Easy for him?
No – but he used a network of emails, texts
and relay videos to build up his clientele
and to take appointments. Coverall? It is
a commercial cleaning service.

 

 

— an important Deaf Role in state history

The Nebraska Educational TV filmed several
deaf people explaining how they view their roles
in the history of the state. It is titled
“Unheard Journey of Deaf Nebraskans”. It is Deaf
Nebraska Culture becoming part of the Nebraska
Culture. It was a project developed by the
Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of
Hearing. We don’t see other states doing that,
but it is being done in Nebraska, not bad
for a state which closed the Nebraska
School for the Deaf!

 

— we want everything but cannot

Is it bad for us to want everything and to try
to fight for it? First example is wanting
open movie captions and refusing to accept
inferior forms of movie captions. The
second example is IBM offering interpreters
but not offering captions. Yesterday the
Second Circuit Court of Appeals explained
that an employer must offer reasonable
accommodations without having to offer
more than what is considered reasonable.
This is not the best news for many deaf
employees.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 08 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 8, 2015 morning

 

— a nation that has no deaf kindergartens

Many nations have special kindergartens for deaf
infants. One such country has no such
kindergarten for these deaf infants. It is
North Korea. This nation bad for the deaf?
Don’t know – but it has schools for the deaf
and has sent a deaf soccer team to play
against Australia’s national deaf team.

 
— a huge corporation keeps a promise with the deaf

Apple made an important promise last year – that
its famous iTunes will all have captions. To
carry out that promise, Apple is removing all
iTunes from its files that are not captioned.
Good or Bad? Well, it means that if a full
length movies has a non-captioned iTunes,
that movie will be removed. Does not matter
if just a tiny part of the movie was not
captioned. Just like burning down a big
barn just to get rid of one small rat!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 07 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 7, 2015

— Donald Trump, Love him or Hate him

Deaf people love Donald Trump? Or deaf people
hate Donald Trump? Does he give deaf people
jobs in companies that he owns? Don’t know.
An advocate said that she was upset about
bad captions on The Apprentice, a TV
show owned by Trump. She contacted his
office staff, which ignored her. She then
contacted his production team, which
again ignored her and in a way, told
her to get lost! Going one up she contacted
a NBC executive who was concerned with
lousy captions. He got busy and captions
improved. Donald knowing anything about
it? Very much doubt it because Donald
is only interested in one thing – himself!

 
— sign language evaluators unfair

A posting on a web site accused deaf evaluators
of hearing people’s sign language skills
to be unfair. It said that deaf evaluators
look at local sign languages, which may be
somewhat different from national sign
languages. They give bad grades for those
that can sign nationally, but not locally!

What are these levels of sign language skills?
http://deafdigest.com/eleven-levels-of-deaf-sign-language-skills/

 

 

 

— a big bank invents a new system for the deaf

Lloyds Bank is one of biggest banks in Great
Britain. For years this bank discriminated
against the deaf – requiring them to use
voice telephone with a secret code to
access their banking file. This will
change next year. After touching the
telephone with their magnetic card and
the keying in of their secret code,
they will then access their banking
records.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 07 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 7, 2015 morning

 

— a big issue facing Amish families

Deafness among newly born babies have become a
big issue among the Amish families. As a closed
group, not open to society, the young Amish
intermarry with each other – and this leads
to deafness, among other birth defects.
The Amish of Clark, Missouri have agreed to
allow outsider teachers to come in and teach
their deaf children. In the past, it was
unthinkable – but times have changed.

 
— deaf people not wanting to hear

Do deaf people want to hear? Or they
do not want to hear? An Italian posting
(translated to English) said that deaf people
reject CI’s because they don’t want to hear.
Really? Deaf people do not want to hear –
because – they cannot understand what they
hear! No point in hearing constant sounds,
noises and voices all day without
understanding what these are.

 
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DeafDigest – 06 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 6, 2015

 
— the deaf and the end of a Chicago tradition

People who invest their money know what Chicago
Mercantile Exchange is all about. For years,
traders have shouted their buy and sell orders,
often using their own sign language. Not
any more – computers won. Anyway has there
been a deaf person that worked on the floor
at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, dealing
with these buy and sell orders? Yes and
no. A young deaf man, years ago, worked
on the floor – but he did not deal with
these trades. He was a chartist, keeping
track of these trades with a clipboard!
He only lasted few years because the pressure
was too much for him.

 

 

— mother of a deaf son forced to sell her house

The HSE is a government agency in Ireland that
provides health services for families in need.
A mother wanted her deaf son to get auditory
brain stem implant. The HSE referred her to a
specialist in Italy. But who pays for it?
HSE said they would pay for it. Bbut just as
when the operation took place, HSE backed
out, saying “we have no money.” The mother,
stuck, with the bill, is being forced to
sell her house! HSE denied making the
agreement and refuses to pay for it.

 
— trying to use deafness as an excuse

A police officer in Savannah, Georgia,
stopped a speeding driver. The cop ordered
the driver out of the car and to run
field tests to see if he was drunk
or stoned. After the tests the cop
arrested him after explaining the
charges. The driver denied the
charges, saying his deafness was
the reason for not able to pass these
tests. The driver was not deaf!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/ or click on “jobs”
new job announcements every day

 
past Mid-Week & morning editions:
http://deafdigest.com/category/mid-week-news/

 
7/05/15 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 06 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 6, 2015 morning

 

— a surprise sell-out at an event

Do deaf people (or hearing people) like to go to
Drive-in movies? It was popular way back in
1950’s and 1960’s but is no longer popular
nowadays. Yet, there is a surprise – open
captioned movies (Jurassic and San Andreas)
was shown at a drive-in theater in Kansas
City, KS. 700 people watched these movies –
the attendance count was 400 deaf patrons
and 300 hearing patrons!

 
— a nightmare for a Deaf-Blind person

At a recent earthquake in the The Philippines,
a deaf-blind person was trapped. He did not
know what was going on – and no one came to
his attention. Emergency responders came
and left – not knowing how to deal with a
deaf-blind person. It took several hours
before an interpreter, that knows how
to communicate with the deaf-blind,
came to his rescue. He was so angry
that he made a video out of it.

 

 

past Mid-Week & morning editions:
http://deafdigest.com/category/mid-week-news/

 

7/05/15 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 05 July 2015

DeafDigest Gold – July 5, 2015

Gold Edition
Barry Strassler, Editor
http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; subscription
at no cost to you

Serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 19th year

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subscription changes, go to deafdigest.com and
click on subscribe and follow the screen

weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:
http://deafdigest.com/ (updated every Monday)

Employment ads web site is at:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

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Deaf Cartoon (Fogey) of the week:

Deaf Stupid?
http://deafdigest.com/comics/fogey-deaf-stupid/

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/lucky-town-with-deaf-ada/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/big-coda-embarrassment-with-deaf/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/confusing-deaf-abbreviations/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-child-street-sign/

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Pebble Smart Watch: Find out How Much it Can Do for You

What can the Pebble Smart Watch do for you? It can alert you to
incoming phone calls, texts, emails and social media messages with a
vibration alert. You can even reply to texts and emails on the watch!
There are apps for calendars, fitness tracking, weather reports, and
much more. Customize the watch to YOUR needs, from the appearance of
the watch face, to the types of notifications you want.

The Pebble is connected to your smartphone by a Bluetooth connection.
You can use 8 apps at one time and switch out what you need in your
smartphone’s app locker. Set-up multiple alarms on the Pebble watch
for any notifications you need during the day.

The Pebble is a smart watch at a smart price. It is available in 5
styles and costs either $99.99 or $199.99, depending on the watch
casing/wristband. Buy the Pebble watch at Harris Communications and
receive Free Shipping on your order!*

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Certain product exclusions may apply.

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Sailing for the deaf

the sailing school instructors are deaf and certified
http://deafdigest.com/sailing-for-deaf/

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What is Trauma?

What is Trauma?

Trauma is defined as any situation that shatters your sense
of security or makes you feel unsafe or vulnerable.

A person is most likely to have emotional suffering from the
event if it was not expected or the person felt unprepared or

and where you can find treatment in the video below.

The HealthBridges website offers information about social
services, advocacy and behavioral health topics and resources
for persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of hearing

Happy summer from the HealthBridges Team

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Top stories about the deaf:

The Flagstaff Unified School District has terminated
its contractual relationship with the Arizona Schools
for the Deaf and Blind regarding education of the
deaf in their district. The issue was to preserve or
to destroy students’ records at the end of school year.

In India, people have to take exams in order to get jobs
in the public sector. For the deaf job seekers, the
government loosened its age restrictions to allow
them to take exams. The maximum age allowable is
now at 56 years old

Cheryl Heppner, the long time Executive Director of
the Northern Virginia Resource Center for the Deaf
and Hard of Hearing Persons, has announced her
retirement. Her last day on the job will be
July 10, 2015.

What will become of the large campus of the now-closed
Austine School and the Vermont Center for the Deaf and
Hard of Hearing? Word is out that nonprofit groups
are looking to buy pieces and parcels of this land.
What this means is that if, some day, Vermont
School for the Deaf is revived, then a new
building must be found!

Enemies love each other now after settlement of
ADA lawsuit! This is what a newspaper story said:

ADA Lawsuit Comes to Amiable End

It refers to “no interpreter” lawsuit filed
in Colorado against the Rose Medical Center.

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READ WHAT THEY SAY

word-for-word captions of everything a caller says over the phone, letting
you read everything that they say. Like captions on TV . for the phone!

Captions are provided by a free service, no monthly fees or contracts
required. For more information or to order call 1-800-233-9130 FREE V/TTY or
visit http://www.weitbrecht.com/captel.html .

For more info about CapTel or any of the many assistive listening
devices we offer, email:
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WHICH MSD?
You make a new deaf friend at a deaf club.
He tells you he graduated from MSD.
MSD? Which MSD? Maryland SD or Michigan SD
or Mississippi SD or Missouri SD.
Years ago there was another MSD – Minnesota
School for the Deaf – but the school changed
its name to Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf!
Same thing with ISD – Illinois SD, Indiana SD
and Iowa SD.
These deaf abbreviations can be confusing!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/confusing-deaf-abbreviations/

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an interesting interview with director of deaf movie

his views about captions

http://deafdigest.com/interview-about-deaf-movie/

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A DEAF CHILD STREET SIGN
There are many Deaf Child signs on streets everywhere in
USA.
And it is an old story that the deaf child grows up,
becomes an adult and moves away from the old house.
Yet – that sign still continues. Why wasn’t the sign
taken down?
A Department of Transportation person in one big city
said:

The parent must tell us to remove the sign. If they don’t
tell us, the sign stays there!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-child-street-sign/

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The Brain Science of Hearing Highlighted at 2015 Symposium

July 9-11, 2015

Baltimore, MD

more information with a picture at:
http://deafdigest.com/2015-baltimore-symposium-brain-deafness/

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Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates

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Do you dislike braces that has wires?

* Invisalign – Clear Orthodontic Treatment to Straighten Your Minor
Crooked Teeth

Are your dentures loose? Does your denture tooth break off? Do
you need emergency denture repair?

* Same Day Denture Repair Service – Must Come in Early in the
Morning and Pick Up at the end of the Day

Are you scared of needles for new fillings?

* Air Abrasion Technique does not require Needles for New Fillings

What about for extractions, replace old fillings, and other
treatments?

* The Wand – It’s a Lesser Painful or Painless Technique than

Conventional Needle Technique

* Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Provides Calm Environment

Are you scared of contaminated water in dental office?

* Brand New Self-Contained Distilled Water System to Prevent
Contamination to Patients

Are you a workaholic during the day and can’t see a dentist at least
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* One Saturday per month in Gaithersburg office from 8am to 1pm

Are you tired of writing on paper when communicating or frustrated
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If you have any more questions, contact us at
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Our dental offices are located in College Park,
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You may also reach us at (301)474-8277 or VP
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YOU ARE DEAF AND ARE BREAKING THE LAW IF:

You live in Lake Charles, LA and allow a rain puddle to
remain in your front yard for more than 12 hours.
Well, if it rains during the waking hours, the deaf person
could wipe the puddle off the front yard before the rain puddle
police comes by. But if it rains while you sleep, you
may not be aware of the rain puddle!
A hearing person, listening for rain drops that ping off the roof
during the night, could wake up and run outside to wipe the
puddle off before returning to bed, whereas the deaf person would
just sleep it through!

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LOOKING BACK AT A PAST DEAFDIGEST VIDEO

Deaf House and the Police

http://deafdigest.com/videos/deafhouse/

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OUR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

Empire State Association of the Deaf

http://deafdigest.com/empire-state-association-of-the-deaf/

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For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please
email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of this
section

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Deaf Book of the Week

A Journey into the Deaf-World

by Robert Hoffmeister & Ben Bahan

about anything and everything that relates to
the deaf and of deafness

published by DawnSignPress, year 1996

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Deaf people can do anything

we have a deaf person who is/was a

– health aide

this website is growing every weekend:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-in-unusual-jobs/

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. We hear the comment “deaf can do anything except
to hear.” Is this always true?

A. In most cases, yes – but there are certain jobs
deaf cannot do, because hearing is critical.

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Fireworks

Many Americans are celebrating Independence Day weekend complete with
fireworks.

For us who are DeafBlind, we may have limited access to these visual
wonders.

There are ways to help DeafBlind individuals enjoy fireworks.

With Pro-Tactile, you can use our backs and your hands to describe
firework action!

Be creative and follow the fireworks when they pop and all the details.

For some of us, like myself, we have some vision left and can possibly
follow the firework through your PT descriptions.

Let’s us enjoy time together!

Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.

You can email him at mailto:info@renetheunstoppable.com

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Deaf Wish List of the Week:

that USA men’s and women’s basketball teams will win
the Deaf Basketball World Championships

the men’s basketball team didn’t win the Deaflympics
last time out

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DeafHistory:

Year 1993 – FCC made it a rule that all TV sets, 13 inches
and bigger, must have built-in captions

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

In India, people have to take exams in order to get jobs
in the public sector. For the deaf job seekers, the
government loosened its age restrictions to allow
them to take exams. The maximum age allowable is
now at 56 years old

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Carroll – Cassidy Walter, so, women’s soccer

only played 6 of her team’s 19 games last
season as a freshman

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Elite Deaf Athletes:

Shane Van Boening

billiards (pool)

U.S. Open 9-Ball champion eyes 4th straight title
http://wavy.com/2015/07/02/u-s-open-9-ball-champion-eyes-4th-straight-title/

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DeafSports Library:

an update to:
http://deafdigest.com/2015-usa-national-deaf-basketball-teams-pictures/

this link includes roster names and numbers

You can connect the jersey number with the player in the picture

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DeafDigest Sports:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

you can subscribe; no cost

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if you know of mainstreamed athletes, please
e-mail mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

click on mainstream on the right side of
http://deafdigestsports.com for the list of
mainstreamed athletes

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Attention:

the employment ads section is at:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

All new jobs will be immediately posted in
that section

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DeafDigest – 05 July 2015

DeafDigest Blue – July 5, 2015

Blue Edition
Barry Strassler, Editor
http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; subscription
at no cost to you

Serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 19th year

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subscription changes, go to deafdigest.com and
click on subscribe and follow the screen

weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:
http://deafdigest.com/ (updated every Monday)

Employment ads web site is at:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-employee-watching-telephone-call/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-avoid-open-house/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-sign-language-liar/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-next-each-other-in-restaurant/

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TCL Pulse on Sale Now!

The TCL Pulse Bluetooth Vibrating Bed Shaker and Sound Alarm is a new
wireless shaker and timer that you use with your iPhone, iPad or iPod
Touch. The downloaded app allows you to create 10 different alarm
notifications-based on vibration strength, sound level patterns and
snooze. Be alerted to vibration, sound or both.

You can pair up to 5 different TCL Pulse units on your iOS device
using a Bluetooth connection. Turn off the iOS device-or not have it
in the vicinity-and the alarms will still go off at the set time! A
great feature if you want to turn off your phone at night and still
be alerted in the morning. Buy several devices to use for different
family members throughout your house. Colors available include pink,
white, or black.

The TCL Pulse (HC-TCLPULSE) is on sale now at Harris Communications
for only $35.95 (normally $39.95). Free ground shipping available for
those within the contiguous U.S.

Hurry, sale ends July 6, 2015.

To see the TCL Pulse, go to:
http://bit.ly/HarrisComm_DDB070515

Contact us at:
mailto:info@harriscomm.com

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introducing Deaf Man’s BBQ
all sauces in the picture are low on sugar:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-man-bbq-sauce/

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What is Trauma?

Home (Blocks)

Trauma is defined as any situation that shatters your sense
of security or makes you feel unsafe or vulnerable.

A person is most likely to have emotional suffering from the
event if it was not expected or the person felt unprepared or

and where you can find treatment in the video below.

The HealthBridges website offers information about social
services, advocacy and behavioral health topics and resources
for persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of hearing

Happy summer from the HealthBridges Team

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DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips;
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
confidential

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Top stories about the deaf:

230 new laws were passed in Nevada. One of these
laws is deaf-related – expanding the services
for the deaf and hard of hearing

At the HLAA convention, a deaf person from
Japan, discussing CI’s, asked why USA, with its
CI insurance, sees many deaf people trying to
raise funds for the operation. It is free in
Japan.

James Castle, who became famous after his death
because of drawings and scribblings that have become
museum exhibitions, is having his house saved by
the city of West Boise, Idaho. He couldn’t read
or write but was a talented artist not recognized
by the public while he was alive.

The six deaf relay providers have issued a press release
expressing their disappointment over FCC reducing their
compensation rates.

The North Dakota School for the Deaf has celebrated
its 125th anniversary by hosting a series of events.

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please email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

http://deafdigest.com (updated every Monday)

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READ WHAT THEY SAY

word-for-word captions of everything a caller says over the phone, letting
you read everything that they say. Like captions on TV . for the phone!

Captions are provided by a free service, no monthly fees or contracts
required. For more information or to order call 1-800-233-9130 FREE V/TTY or
visit http://www.weitbrecht.com/captel.html .

For more info about CapTel or any of the many assistive listening
devices we offer, email:
mailto:sales@weitbrecht.com

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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ANGRY AT A FAMOUS DEAF PERSON
DeafDigest editor is angry at a famous deaf person.
Sorry, the name of that famous deaf person is a secret.
Anyway that famous deaf person told DeafDigest editor
that he loves sign language and uses it all the time
with deaf people. His sign language is pretty good
But that same famous deaf person tells other deaf person
he is an oralist and never uses sign language!
Why tell lies?

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-sign-language-liar/

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Gallaudet wins ASL grant

http://deafdigest.com/2015-gallaudet-cafritz-grant/

picture is part of the link, along with press release

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DUMB HEARING RESTAURANT HOSTESS
You and your friend enter a restaurant. The hostess
leads you to a table, which is next to another deaf person
and his friend.
That another deaf person and his friend are enemies
with you. This makes things very uncomfortable for
the deaf people sitting near each other.
Is it the hostess’ fault? Probably yes, because
she assumes that all deaf people are friends; the hostess
should have known better – because many hearing people
have enemies.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-next-each-other-in-restaurant/

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updated list of deaf in TV reality shows

Nyla DiMarco is added to the list

http://deafdigest.com/realityshows/

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

being constantly asked this question –

How fast would it take me to learn sign language from
scratch so I could become an interpreter?

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

There are more situations these days where sign language interpreters and
CART providers are working together to provide access for people with a
hearing loss. There are conventions, seminars, and meetings where there
are Deaf, late-deafened, and hard-of-hearing participants.

What people need to realize is that the most important thing is that all
participants need access to what is taking place. For people who learned
sign language as their first language, they may not be comfortable reading
CART from a computer screen. However, there are people who are
late-deafened or hard of hearing who do not know sign language well enough
to be able to understand what is going on by relying on a sign language
interpreter.

It is important to remember that CART providers and interpreters have
different roles, but they have a common goal of providing communication
access to all participants.

A PET PEEVE OF BEING DEAF

being constantly asked – you speak with an accent;
where are you from?

And when you explain you are deaf, they don’t believe you

(Every deaf person, no matter if it is ASL, oral,
Cued Speech, late-deafened, hearing aid user, CI user,
etc, share these pet peeves. You may laugh or cry)

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DEAF HORRORS & NIGHTMARES AT RESTAURANTS

– you point at a wall menu, and the sandwich maker laughs hard at you

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-horrors-nightmares-at-restaurants/

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For postings, announcements and employment ad rates,
please email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

for Special Notes, go to the bottom of the Gold section

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DeafLaw

Deaf attorneys are puzzled on the role of a Cued
Speech attorney hired by the NAD, which advocates
ASL. Will that attorney be tugged on one side by
the Cued Speech people and on the other side by
the ASL people.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Is FCC “gently” scolding us? This is the impression that
Commissioner Michael J. Copps seems to convey. In addressing
the issue of VRS rates, he implies that responses from the
Deaf Community are done at the last minute without doing
homework.
Copps, however, has no beef with IP relay and TRS
issues.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

The Time Magazine annually comes up with a famous
person making the cover of its annual July 4th
edition. The historical figure dedications has
been going on for nine years, and most of the
past dedications were USA presidents.

This time it was a deaf man – the world’s most
famous inventor – Thomas A Edison

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Just hard to believe but it is happening to one
audiological center at a hospital in southern Odisha,
India. The testing machine is broken. It has been
broken for over a month. And for some reason, it is
not being repaired. And the hospital has not ordered
a new testing machine. In the meantime, the line of
patients needing to get hearing tests gets longer
and longer.

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DeafDigest conditions and terms
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Attention:

the employment ads section is at:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

All new jobs will be immediately posted in
that section

DeafDigest – 05 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 5, 2015 morning

 
— an amplifier or a fake hearing aid

Is hearing aid a real hearing aid or is it
an amplifier, or in other words, a fake
hearing aid? Do read this story –
Mark Ferdinand, not deaf, said he uses a
hearing aid in order to capture the sounds
of wildlife animals which walk alk through the
forest in Pennsylvania. Will always be a
debate – is an amplifier a hearing aid
or is it a fake hearing aid. DeafDigest
says an amplifier is certainly not a
hearing aid – but many people disagree!

 

— a very sad homeless deaf story

Last night, DeafDigest editor was walking
with a group in Washington, DC. He didn’t
see it but a homeless deaf person was
chatting with a deaf friend just only
for a few seconds. This homeless person,
from war-torn Somalia, “won” a lottery
to enter USA as a refugee immigrant.
That was few years ago. No job; no money;
no family; no friends; no education;
no reading and writing skills; no employment
skills. He manages to scrounge for food
and money while surviving on the streets.
It is not a deaf problem nor a hearing
problem but a worldwide problem.

 

 

 

past Mid-Week & morning editions:
http://deafdigest.com/category/mid-week-news/

6/28/15 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 04 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 4, 2015 morning

 

— accidental back-pocket calls

Many people, both deaf and hearing, put their
mobile devices in their back pockets. This creates
problems for many 911 centers because of many
accidential back-pocket 911 emergency calls.
Hearing people may hear their own accidential
calls and then explain to the 911 center that
it was all an accident. Not that so with the
deaf person! These “accidents” were explained
in a newspaper story today!

 

— an almost Miss America contestant

from time to time we’ve had deaf contestants
in state pageants. We even had a deaf winner
of Miss America (1995). This time, coming
as the first runner-up in the Miss South
Carolina 2015 pageant is Greer Anna Brown.
She is deaf, but functions as a hearing
person, so unlike Whitestone that was
deaf and functioned as a deaf person!

 

past Mid-Week & morning editions:
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DeafDigest – 04 July 2015

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DeafDigest – 03 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 3, 2015

 
— a cruel comment that made an employer angry

Barry Blackwell, not deaf, owns a bonsai garden
in Australia. He already had one deaf employee working
for him, who was only just average in talent and
skills. Another deaf person came in and asked for
a job. The owner was hesitant because of his
bad experience with his current deaf employee.
But one of the customers said:

you should be ashamed of yourself, employing people
like that; you are keeping real people out of a job

Very angry about that comment, Blackwell decided
to immediately hire the 2nd deaf person. This deaf
person became the best employee Blackwell has ever
had in his 30 years of owning that bonsai garden!
They both tease each other about their favorite
Australian football teams.

 

— a deaf pro wrestler identified in a lawsuit

Yesterday’s DeafDigest mentioned a pro wrestling
lawsuit where WWE was accused of causing a
wrestler’s deafness. WWE said the wrestler had
been deaf since birth. That wrestler has been
identified as Vito “Big Vito” LoGrasso. In a
past interview Vito was quoted as saying:

I am three-quarters deaf and I’ve been that
way my whole life. I made it, I did my thing

This is the evidence that WWE plans to show
in the courtroom.

 

 

— an angry hearing columnist speaks out

Lee Duigon is an internet columnist, speaking
out on any issues. One such issue made him
angry – that some people want to create
a disabled baby on purpose! Does not matter
what disability it is, some parents want
to create it. He says it is trans-ableism,
and that is bad. He mentioned a created-deaf
baby as one of these disabiilites that these
newly borns do not deserve!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 03 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 3, 2015 morning

— a big irony with a movie

There are always movies when we see hearing actors
play fake-deaf roles. But there is a twist with
a movie produced in India. In the movie
“Guddu Rangeela”, the plot involves a
hearing actress that plays a role of a
hearing woman that plays as a hearing
character that tries to play a fake-deaf role!
It is about a kidnapping, that the hearing
character, faking her deafness, finally admits
that she is not deaf!

 

— deaf man thought dead for 67 years

A sad story. Donovan Calkins was born deaf in
Australia. His parents thought he was mentally
retarded and gave him up in 1948. Institutionalized
for all of his life, he never learned to read or
write or to communicate with other deaf people.
Only just recently the Australian social services
people tracked down his real family and had
Donovan reunited with them. The family was happy,
but shocked because for all of these years they
thought he was dead! He was never mentally
retarded, just that he never had a chance to
grow and learn normally, like with other deaf
people.

 

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DeafDigest – 02 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 2, 2015

— a day of shock and disappointment for the deaf of Ontario

In Ontario, the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is big.
Been around for a long time. It is just like GLAD serving
the huge Los Angeles metro area and the DCARA serving
the huge San Francisco Bay area. Across the Ontario
province, CHS has 20 satellite sites to best serve
the Deaf Community. Two years ago the CEO, a deaf person,
was fired. And just right now, the new person replacing
the fired CEO is a hearing person. The knowledge of
ASL and of Deaf Culture and of deafness of that new
CEO is Total ZERO! All the more reason for the
deaf of Ontario being so upset.

 

 

— A Super Deaf Baby

Do we have a Super Deaf Baby? A newspaper headline ran like
this:

‘Profoundly deaf’ baby can now hear and speak after ‘life-changing
CI operation’

That deaf baby is just one year old. And the newspaper
says he can now hear and speak. One-year old hearing
babies are still learning how to understand sounds
and learning how to speak. Baby babbling is not exactly
the same as speaking. So, DeafDigest asks if it is a
Super Deaf Baby, supposedly better than a hearing
baby with speech and hearing?

 

 

— a pro wrestling lawsuit

WWE, a big organization in Pro Wrestling, is facing
a lawsuit. The plaintiff, apparently a former
pro wrestler, filed the lawsuit saying he became
deaf because of a head injury while wrestling.
WWE said that this wrestler has always told
people that he has been deaf since birth!
While we have a few deaf wrestlers, DeafDigest
does not know who that deaf wrestler is.

 
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DeafDigest – 02 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 2, 2015 morning

 
— rare cause of death

DeafDigest editor was looking at a list of
deaths among past Gallaudetians. One acquaintance
passed away, cause of death listed as:

CI infection

Googling up the FDA web site, the impression is that
deaths by CI infection is somewhat rare.

 
— an amazing tennis player

Michael-Angelo Gomes is a young deaf-blind British man.
He has just learned how to play tennis at a club
in Walthamstow. When he wanted to take up this
sport, his support service provider told him it
was impossible. Even though he has just enough
vision to see where the ball was going, the task
would be overwhelming. Yet, he surprised everyone
by becoming a good player!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 01 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 1, 2015

 

— three Gallaudet finalists

Gallaudet presidential search committee has interviewed
8 semifinalists, and culled the list down to three
finalists. Who are they? The committee is not telling us,
citing confidentiality concerns. The committee, however,
has promised an announcement of the three finalists
next month. This being said, we need to be patient!

 

— an “oops” stopping of a deaf man

Giovan Giuseppe Nasti, a deaf man, was visiting
the Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy, with a group of
friends. Fair security people stopped them
at the entrance gate, and denied them entry.
Why? He was wearing a black and white T-shirt
with the words “No deaf – No Expo” in front.
The alarmed security thought he was a terrorist.
The T-Shirt was conveying the message that the
Fair was not accessible to the deaf! And
besides Giovan is 75 years old!

 

— arrested men not allowed to plead in court

In Kenya, a deaf man, part of a hearing group, was
arrested for assault. Taken to the court, the judge
would not allow the group to plead guilty or not
guilty. It was for one reason – the deaf man in
that group who did not understand the court
proceedings. The judge ordered an interpreter
to show up at a future date, so that all of
these men in the group could plead something!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 01 July 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 1, 2015 morning

 
— the hero is a hearing aid

Christine Bowden, a deaf British woman, wears two hearing aids.
Just recently she was working in her garden, near the sea, and
heard screaming. The hearing people around her didn’t hear
these screams! Puzzled, she looked around and found a
capsized boat with several sailors waving and screaming
for assistance. She quickly alerted the Coast Guard; they
came and rescued them. These sailors owe a great deal of
thanks for her two hearing aids!

 

 

— six relay providers accusing FCC of not improving the services

The six relay providers, all of them which bitterly compete
against each other, joined forces to issue a joint
press release. They accused the FCC of preventing improvement
of deaf relay services. It was because FCC reduced the money
to be paid these providers for their relay services. Less
money means no chance to purchase better equipment, hire
better interpreters, etc. Will FCC change its mind?
No, because once FCC decides on something, that is it,
for better or for worse.

 

 

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