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DeafDigest – 30 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 30, 2015

— deaf girl told not to play sports because of her deafness

A young deaf girl wanted to play basketball. She was told
to forget it because of her deafness. Years later, she is
playing professional women’s basketball for a team in Great
Britain. That deaf woman is Tori Faieta, who played for
the USA national deaf women’s basketball team and right
now for the Leicester Riders of the professional
Women’s British Basketball League. Her picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/young-deaf-girl-told-not-to-play-sports/

 

— real reason Spring Awakening will be closed on Broadway

Why is Spring Awakening closing on Broadway when this play
has been popular, and winning praises from everywhere?
Could it have continued much longer than its short
Broadway stand? Broadway is a business. And the longer
the plays continue, the more it prevents new plays
from joining the Broadway list. And eventually in the
long run, people get tired of seeing same old plays!

 
— angry deaf student gives up

Some months back, deaf student William Sears could
not follow the lectures of the Memorial University
professor Ranee Panjabi. Sears depended on
assistive listening devices and the professor
refused to wear it on around her neck because of
her religious principles. This case went to
mediation in Canada in hopes of reaching a
solution that will make the professor and
student happy. The mediation got nowhere
as both sides got stubborn. As a result,
he gave up. Don’t know what has become of
him now. Very sad.

 

Latest deaf jobs:
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DeafDigest – 29 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 29, 2015

— from a hospital orderly to a medical photographer

Mohammad Aslam, deaf, is a medical photographer
at a hospital in Kashmir. He is responsible for
taking pictures of patients – before and after
their surgical operations and also during their
medical treatments. The hospital originally hired
him as orderly, responsible for helping doctors
and nurses with non-medical tasks. The hospital
needed a medical photographer and gave him this
job! His picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-surgical-photographer/

 

— a confusing newspaper story

Few days ago a newspaper in Kansas ran an obit of
a deaf woman. The obit said she attended University
of Kansas School for the Deaf in Lawrence, Kansas,
where she won a certification as a lip-reader.
There is a Kansas School for the Deaf, but it is
in Olathe. And there no such a thing as University
of Kansas School for the Deaf. Also deaf schools
do not give out lipreading certificaes on graduation
day. Obviously the reporter did not know what
he was writing about.

 

— a messy deaf adoption case in Australia

A deaf mother gave up her child upon birth.
A deaf female same-sex couple, friends of
that deaf mother, agreed to adopt the baby.
Three years later, the deaf mother had
second thoughts and wanted the child back.
The Family Court, confronted with this
mess on their hands – made a decision.
The child will go back to her natural
mother even though she was never raised
by her and her  husband.  The child will spend a
weekend a month with the adoptive parents.
And the child’s last name will be of her
natural mother and not of the adoptive
couple. It was a solution no one was
happy with.

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/ or click on “jobs”
past Mid-Week & morning editions:
http://deafdigest.com/category/mid-week-news/
12/27/15 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 28 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 28, 2015

— a sign language calendar

Nakashima Netsuke is a mother of a deaf daughter
in Japan. They both communicate in Japanese
Sign Language. Wanting to create awareness
of sign language used by the deaf, Nakashima
published a Year 2016 Sign Language calendar
that will be distributed in hospitals and
public facilities in Akita-shi, a city in
the northeastern part of Japan. The picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/sign-language-calendar/

 

 

— deaf person is reason for peace between India & Pakistan

For years India and Pakistan have been enemies.
Hopefully there is peace, helped by Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi visiting Pakistani Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif. What helped thaw the
chill between both nations is a deaf woman –
Geeta! She was lost in Pakistan and held in
that nation for about 12 years before being
returned to India. Public officials wanted to
make sure Geeta’s transfer from Pakistan
to India went smoothly, and this led to
relations getting more friendly!

 

 

— getting more strict with real time captions

For years deaf people have complained about bad
real time captions. Hopefully no more! The
National Court Reporters Association
have revised its certification criteria
to help captioners get better training.
The new certificate is called Certified
Realtime Captioner.

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/ or click on “jobs”
past Mid-Week & morning editions:
http://deafdigest.com/category/mid-week-news/
12/27/15 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 27 December 2015

DeafDigest Gold – December 27, 2015

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

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at no cost to you

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Old Fogey

fogey – Art Interpretation Class

http://deafdigest.com/comics/fogey-art-interpretation-class/

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/embarrassed-codas-deaf/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/hearing-lie-about-deaf/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/bitter-deaf-student-at-college/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-job-or-hearing-job/

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Sunday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

a picture of deaf bicycle/taxi

http://deafdigest.com/picture-of-deaf-bicycle-taxi/

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Top stories about the deaf:

Montrell Adams, a student at Oklahoma School for the Deaf,
has made the All-State Cheer team, which composes of
hearing students from much bigger public schools!

New Brunswick has expanded its 911 services to
allow the deaf to send text emergency messages.

Three deaf residents of the Prairie Village Healthcare Center, a residential facility in Illinois, have
filed a lawsuit, citing lack of interpreters.

The Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education
has honored the interpreter training program at
Michigan’s Oakland Community College with a top
rating.

There is fear in Connecticut that the Northwestern
Connecticut Community College is trying to close up
their deaf program. The college officials are denying
it, but suspicion continues.

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TELLING A STUDENT NOT TO GO TO GALLAUDET OR NTID
Years ago, a principal of a deaf school hated
Gallaudet and NTID.
He told his best students, not to go to either
college but to go to a hearing college. He said it
is best for them.
One student wanted to go to a deaf college,
but the principal used heavy pressure on him
everyday, telling him to go to hearing college.
The stubborn student gave up and went to a
hearing college.
Was he happy? No, he was very bitter about
it. He became a board member of the deaf school
board of directors and used his powers to give
the principal very hard time!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/bitter-deaf-student-at-college/

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2015 Deaths in the Deaf Community

http://deafdigest.com/2015-deaths-in-deaf-community/

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WORKING AT DEAF PLACE OR WORKING AT HEARING PLACE
A deaf person worked for many years at a hearing
place, where he was the only deaf employee.
His boss would write down his tasks on paper –
#1 task, #2 task, #3 task, etc.
The deaf person would follow the notes while
doing his tasks. Easy. No problem.
The deaf person quit his job at the hearing
workplace to work at a deaf place (agency serving
the deaf).
His new boss was deaf. Not necessary to write
notes? Well. The new boss would sign in ASL very
fast – please do task #1, please do task #2,
please do task #3. It was so fast that he had a
hard time remembering these tasks.
This deaf person realized he made a mistake
by leaving a hearing job for a deaf job!

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

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OUR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

Mobile Association of the Deaf

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Lip Reading nightmare

a deaf person was talking about baseball with
a hearing man

The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
I root for the Pirates

He actually said:
I root for the Mariners

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Deaf Book of the Week

ASL – shattering the myth

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-book-asl-shattering-the-myth/

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Deaf people can do anything

we have a deaf person who is/was a

— meter reader, public utility company

this website is growing every weekend:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-in-unusual-jobs/

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. Why are there always problems with schools for the
deaf in Africa?

A. Schools are only as strong as their governments
are. Weak governments impact on deaf schools. This
is a sad fact of life.

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Year 2015 is coming to an end.

This is a good time to look back on our accomplishments.

Most importantly, I want to thank all the good work you did all year.

All of you who are interpreters, SSPs, volunteers, family members and friends.

Without you, DeafBlind individuals would be less effective members of our communities.

Thank you all and I wish you a Happy New Year!

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 all deaf-related New Year resolutions
be honored!

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DeafHistory:

Year 1937

“Think and Grow Rich” was a British self-help book
by parents of a deaf son, whose doctor
said he cannot function to anything because
of his deafness!

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

56

acting credits earned by Marlee Matlin throughout
her acting career, according to the IMDB database

As a rule of thumb, any actors earning 50 or more
credits, would have had a good acting career

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Merrimack – Hannah Neild, incoming FR, women’s basketball

played all 12 of her team’s games, starting none, but is
one of the first substitutes coming off the bench;
averaging 6.5 points per game. She is also the team’s
leading 3-point scorer.

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Deaf Elite Athletes:

Gavin Reid, deaf Australian yacht racer, is member
of a yacht racing crew that is taking part in the Sydney to Hobart race, said to be one of the
world’s toughest yacht race

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DeafSports Library:

The USA Deaf Sports Federation and USA Deaf Basketball are currently seeking interested individuals for the USA men.s basketball head coach position. Application deadline is January 2, 2016 and for more information on the position, email mailto:support@usdeafsports.org

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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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http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

All new jobs will be immediately posted in
that section

DeafDigest – 27 December 2015

DeafDigest Blue – December 27, 2015

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

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/two-deaf-hard-hats/
http://deafdigset.com/videos/turning-off-captions/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-sign-language-at-starbucks/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-good-and-bad-attitude/

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Saturday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

Very unfriendly deaf menu

http://deafdigest.com/very-unfriendly-deaf-menu/

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Top stories about the deaf:

TV stations in Cebu City (the Philippines) are now required
to have their TV news interpreted (at the corner of the screen).

A team of students at a university in Dubai is working
together to develop a new app in sign language to
benefit the deaf of the United Arab Emirates.

George Stailey is coming back home. He formerly served
Indiana School for the Deaf as superintendent (1995-2005)
before moving on to other endeavors. He is back at
the school as the new CEO. His first day on the job
is January 11, 2016. It is unusual for a retired
superintendent to return to his old school in
a different capacity.

A blog mentioned Gallaudet as part of elite
company with other DC universities – Georgetown University and Howard University.
Georgetown is the nation’s oldest Jesuit
university; Howard as one of the best
Historically Black Colleges and
Gallaudet as the world’s first advanced academic institution for the deaf.

The Kyebi School for the Deaf in Ghana
has a continuing problem. When electricity
is available, the school is open. But when
electricity is cut off, the school closes.

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A SURPRISE FINGERSPELLING AT STARBUCKS
A deaf person goes to the same Starbucks place
for a long time. The staff knows him, knows his
favorite coffee and knows his habits.
Suddenly one morning, one of the staff people,
beautifully fingerspelled –

how do you want your coffee?

It was a surprise because the staff member never
fingerspelled. And she also beautifully signed
thank you.
Did that person know signs for a long time but
hid it from the deaf person? Or did that person
attend sign language classes recently?

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

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Top 2015 News of the Month

http://deafdigest.com/2015-top-monthly-news/

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A TALE OF TWO DEAF SONS OF TWO BIG MANUFACTURERS
Why are some deaf people successful in moving up
the job ladder while other some deaf people are not
successful?
It may be just one word – attitude. One deaf son,
after graduating from college, was hired by his
father. He told the son to start at the bottom and
to learn his way up. He did – and many years later
he is the company vice president.
Another deaf son, after graduating from college,
told his father he must start at the top and said
he did not go to college to learn how to sweep the
factory floors. To this day, this deaf son is still
jobless, after many years.
Very important for deaf people to have good
attitudes.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-good-and-bad-attitude/

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

complained a director of interpreting services at a
service agency for the deaf:

clients think all interpreters are available on
5-minutes notice

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

As we begin 2016, we find changes and new laws being implemented in different areas of our lives. One change that affects broadcast and CART captioners is a change in the certifications of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).

As a result of an increase in the demand for captioning training, NCRA has developed the new Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) certification and workshop. Members will be able to receive captioning training as well as resources they need to transition to captioning.

All current Certified Broadcast Captioners and Certified CART Providers will be transitioned to the new Certified Realtime Captioner status on January 1, 2016.

According to NCRA’s website, this program has been designed to complement other NCRA programs and to increase realtime proficiency. The ultimate goal is not only to certify more individuals but also provide the tools necessary to be successful in the field. To earn the new certification, candidates will be required to attend a captioning workshop provided by NCRA that includes a written exam. They will also be required to successfully pass a skills exam.

A PET PEEVE OF BEING DEAF

the room is too dark, preventing us from clearly
seeing friends’ faces

(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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DeafLaw

New York City has been slapped with a lawsuit by
a deaf woman, who was arrested by police and
held for over 24 hours without an interpreter.

This is the second “no-interpreter” lawsuit
filed against the city by a deaf person.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Today is Christmas. And is Vonage discriminating
against Deaf Children?
Well, Vonage, a web telephone service, has come up
with an innovation that allows Hearing Children
to keep track of the whereabouts of the Santa Claus.
Vonage is not captioned, hence discrimination
against Deaf Children!
Deaf Children and Hearing Children equally love the
Santa Claus.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

In Uganda, there is a cost war between several
telecommunication carriers, in hopes of attracting
more customers.

This cost war is not helping the deaf because text
messages are priced higher than voice messages.

This issue was raised by Joseph Mbulamwana, an
officer with the Uganda National Association of the Deaf

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Do a hearing person become deaf because of a
fake hearing aid being sold by a hearing
aid provider? It has become the basis of a
lawsuit, not in USA, but in India!

Is it possible the hearing person has become
deafened and out of frustration, blamed
his hearing aid, saying it is fake?

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DeafDigest conditions and terms
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DeafDigest – 25 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 25, 2015

— trying to become the first deaf doctor in Japan

Japan has about 70 hard of hearing doctors; they
all function as hearing. There are no profoundly
deaf or Culturally Deaf doctors. Hattori Norishige,
who is deaf, is a student at the Hamamatsu
University School of Medicine in Hamamatsu-shi,
eastern Japan. His goal is to become Japan’s
first profoundly deaf physician. He attended
a gathering of deaf people in the health
care profession in USA and was amazed to find
so many profoundly deaf medical professionals.
His picture is at:

http://35.182.75.222/hoping-to-become-first-deaf-physican-in-his-nation/

 

— frustrations of a deaf patient at a hospital

A deaf patient speaks very well. He just cannot
lipread. Yet a hospital has communication problems
with him when the interpreter is not around. It
is fine when the interpreter is on duty. The
angry deaf wife said that she should be able to
check on her husband’s medical issues at all
times instead of having to scramble around to
find an interpeter each time he is not feeling good.

 

— Deaf drivers in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia allows the deaf to drive cars.
This nation also has Lyft service for
people that need rides. Could the deaf of
Saudi Arabia make a living as Lyft drivers?
Well, there was a story today of Prince
Alwaleed, Saudi Arabia, investing his
money in Lyft ownership. Would he
encourage deaf Saudi Arabians that own
cars to become Lyft drivers?

 

Latest deaf jobs:
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http://deafdigest.com/category/mid-week-news/
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DeafDigest – 24 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 24, 2015

— a success in a very tough job

A real tough job is waiting on tables at a busy restaurant.
It can be hectic for a hearing person – diners demand quick
service, complain of wrong dishes, of dishes too salty,
drinks not strong enough, etc. Yet, deaf Noah Wimberly has
been working as a waiter for ten years at the Social Southern
Table in Lafayette, LA. Knowing patrons get nervous upon
being served by a deaf waiter, he shows his card to tell
them he is deaf and then uses a notepad to communicate
with them on drinks and meals. After a while, these nervous
patrons relax and enjoy their meals. Hearing people
think he is very brave about it, but he doesn’t think so,
just comes with the job (and great tips!). See his
picture with introductory card at:

http://deafdigest.com/introductory-card-by-deaf-waiter/

 

 

 

— more about the popular deaf movie

Last week DeafDigest mentioned the deaf movie
“The Belier Family” being very popular right now
in France. DeafDigest editor has not watched
the movie but hopes to watch it some day.
Anyway – in that movie, there was a story of
the deaf father (farmer) fighting with the
town mayor on farming land issues. He accused
the mayor of wanting to grab the land for
his own purposes. As a result, the deaf father
decided to run for the mayor. And who was his
interpreter during the election campaign –
his hearing teenage daughter! She was very
unhappy about it, because she was trying to
deal with her own issues – as a Coda and as
a teenager, trying to grow up fast!

 

 

— comparing captions on different TV sets

A deaf man went to Best Buy and was able to
connect the antenna to different TV models –
Insignia, Toshiba, Sceptre, Vizio and Sony.
He noticed that captions were different with
each TV model. Some captions were great while
some were terrible. Keep in mind, the Best
Buy clerk allowed him to connect the antenna
to each TV set. Other Best Buy stores may
not allow it.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/ or click on “jobs”
past Mid-Week & morning editions:
http://deafdigest.com/category/mid-week-news/
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DeafDigest – 23 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 23, 2015

— eye hospital depends on a deaf man

The Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India depends on
a deaf man to keep it operating successfully every day.
S. Poornachandran (first name not known) is deaf and
was a welder. He changed careers, repairing and
maintaining hundreds of medical instruments and machines.
Over the years he has trained ophthalmologists and
hospital administrators on how to keep these
medical instruments in top operating condition.
He has even trained professionals from many
different nations. A hospital administrator said
it was not necessary to hire engineers from
other nations to come and fix these machines.
Does this deaf man have perfect speech? No,
he cannot speak at all; he uses gestures and
demonstrations to teach people the right way
to fix these machines. His picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/hospital-depends-on-deaf-man/

 
— anti-lipreading movie

Many hearing people think deaf people can lipread.
“Can You Read My Lips?” is a new short movie, produced by
a deaf woman, Rachel Kolb. She explains, in the filming,
why perfect lipreading is impossible. She agrees that
30 percent of the words can be lip-readable, but says
the remaining 70 percent can make the conversation
impossible.

 

 

— TTY is out; RTT is in

The TTY network started in the sixties; it forever
changed the Deaf World. But for the past 20 years
it has become obsolete as more deaf people use
emails, videos and social media to communicate
with each other. DeafDigest editor does not even
have a TTY at home. RTT, according to one high
tech article, may be what we need to communicate
with each other. RTT means real-time text,
and even AT&T, which created the TTY network,
is in favor of it. What is RTT? When a person
types something, the person on the other end
of the line can see it as it is being typed
one letter at a time. With the TTY, one had
to wait until the person has finished typing.
A team of researchers from Gallaudet, the
University of Wisconsin-Madison and Sweden’s
Omnitor have been working on this project.
A big problem? FCC hates it!

 

 

 
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DeafDigest – 22 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 22, 2015

 
— a famous deaf invisible artist

Deaf British artist William Agnew became famous for
his paintings of Queen Elizabeth practicing her
British Sign Language fingerspelling. Where are
these pictures? A mystery – these paintings cannot
be found – thrown away, stolen, misplaced, lost
or destroyed by fire or whatever! So, were his
drawings invisible?

His picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-artist-with-invisible-paintings/

 

— deaf-friendly store and hearing-friendly store

Ethik Event is a French events management company with
a strong interest in the needs of the deaf and of the
disabled. Aware that many hearing merchants do not realize
how unfriendly their stores and shops are to the deaf,
Ethik Event has come up with two demonstrations. First
model store is hearing-friendly; the second model store is
deaf-friendly. The deaf-friendly store has flashing signalers,
cash registers with display read outs, captions on their
mounted TV sets, catalogs with pictures and descriptions,
etc. So far, these demonstrations were a success in
Paris and Grenoble. There are plans to set up these
demonstrations in other major European cities.

 
— Spring Awakening made it

Broadway in Manhattan is world’s theatrical capital.
Every year there are 35-40 new plays. Some succeed,
some are flops, quickly closed after a short run.
Deaf West’s Spring Awakening has made it. The
Associated Press announced their list of top 10
Broadway plays for 2015. Making it at #10
is Spring Awakening.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/ or click on “jobs”
past Mid-Week & morning editions:
http://deafdigest.com/category/mid-week-news/
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DeafDigest – 21 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 21, 2015

— the world’s most difficult yacht race

The annual yacht race, from Sydney to Hobart
(Australian cities, 630 miles apart) is said to be
the world’s most difficult race. It is a big event
in the yacht racing community. One of the crew members
on one yacht crew is Gavin Reid. He is deaf.
You can see his picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-member-of-yacht-racing-crew/

 

— Google’s comment on captions

Google is one of the world’s biggest technology companies
(Gmail, Youtube, Cloud computing, etc). What does Google
have to say about captions? The company president said
that they want top quality captions on everything and
that they are still working on perfect captioning.

 
— Agbell’s invention we didn’t know about

Many deaf people hate Alexander Graham Bell because
of his pro-oral, anti-ASL beliefs. And that the
telephone he was said to have invented proved
useless to the deaf for many years — until the
TTY was invented in the early sixties. Did Bell
invent the TTY? No, but he developed the photophone.
It is a special telecommunications device that
sent out radio waves. The TTY used radio waves
to send out messages. Was Bell a complicated
person – yes, but he loved to invent things.

 

Latest deaf jobs:
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DeafDigest – 21 December 2015

DeafDigest Gold – December 20, 2015

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Old Fogey

Gift Certificate

http://deafdigest.com/comics/fogey-gift-certificate/

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/no-display-number-for-deaf/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/note-pad-in-deaf-ada-lawsuit/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/embarrassed-codas-deaf/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/hearing-lie-about-deaf/

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Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah from Harris Communications

The holidays are upon us and the employees at Harris Communications
have been busy answering customer questions and getting packages sent
out in a timely manner. With just a few days left until Christmas we
want to make sure you have everything you ordered for that special
day.

Do you need to get a last minute gift out to Aunt Sally or another
relative? Contact us for ideas. There are still express shipping
options available.

From all of us at Harris Communications, we want to wish you a
holiday season filled with health and happiness.

For gift ideas, go to:
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Contact us at: mailto:info@harriscomm.com

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Sunday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

http://deafdigest.com/shelley-beattie-famous-deaf-bodybuilder/

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Top stories about the deaf:

A new sign language directory has been launched
in Turkey.

Another police lawsuit in New York! A deaf woman
was arrested and held for 24 hours without an
interpreter around to explain what is going on.

Google is celebrating the 245th birthday of
Beethoven by pasting an icon of him on
its search engine. The icon is at:

http://deafdigest.com/honoring-a-deaf-man/

There is a boom in architecture in Washington, DC.
Helping that boom in the neighborhood is
Gallaudet University, with its “across the
street” planned designs.

For years Japan has never allowed the deaf to drive.
This has changed, but the driver must wear a hearing
aid. This is the new change in the Japanese Road Traffic Law enforcement regulations.

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VERY EMBARRASSED CODAS
What is a Coda’s most embarrassing moment?
It is when they get into trouble with the police.
Word will get around in the Deaf Community!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/embarrassed-codas-deaf/

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anti-deaf eugenicist

http://deafdigest.com/anti-deaf-eugenicist/

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HEARING PERSON LIE DURING JOB INTERVIEW
A hearing person has been interviewed for a job
as a supervisor.
The office has a deaf employee, who is very
important to the company, and also he is the
best employee.
The hearing person was asked during the
interview if he gets along with the deaf and is
able to communicate with the deaf by notes and
gestures.
The hearing person said “sure, no problem.”
He was hired.
On first day of the job everyone realized
the new supervisor was not telling the truth.

http://deafdigest.com/videos/hearing-lie-about-deaf/

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Lip Reading nightmare

A deaf person is responsible for the office supplies
in her office

The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
I need cake

He actually said:
I need ink

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Deaf Book of the Week

An Intellectual Look at ASL

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-book-an-intellectual-look-at-asl/

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Deaf people can do anything

we have a deaf person who is/was a

— screen writer

this website is growing every weekend:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-in-unusual-jobs/

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. Is it possible for auto-captioners to completely
replace the human captioners?

A. No.

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Got gifts that need assembly?  Or instruction manuals that you can’t read?!

Here are some helpful hints for getting manuals accessible for low vision.

Go to your computer and log on the company’s website.  It is likely you will find manuals to download.

Once downloaded, you can use your computer, iPad or laptop to enlarge and invert colors for low vision reading!

The best part is that you can still be a tree hugger-no need to cut down trees and print!

Enjoy your gifts and time with family!

Merry Christmas

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 Nyle DiMarco will move on to a successful film
and TV acting career!

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DeafHistory:

early part of 20th century

William Shaw, a deaf Massachusetts man, was said to have invented electrical flashing devices for the deaf

(true or not true? Do not know!)

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

84,000

deaf people that face discrimination at their jobs,
according to research by the Wales Action on Hearing Loss.

Are these numbers valid? Don’t know, but it was a
newspaper story in Wales.

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Rileigh Goulette, a freshman, is a member of the women’s
cross country team at Plymouth State University

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Deaf Elite Athletes:

Tori Faieta, Leicester Riders, British women’s pro basketball

don’t know what has become of her. The team web site is not
too informative.

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http://deafdigest.com/an-old-picture-of-gallaudet-in-football-huddle/

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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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DeafDigest – 21 December 2015

DeafDigest Blue – December 20, 2015

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http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigset.com/videos/tourist-with-map-and-deaf/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/spanish-and-deaf-gestures/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/two-deaf-hard-hats/
http://deafdigset.com/videos/turning-off-captions/

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Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah from Harris Communications

The holidays are upon us and the employees at Harris Communications
have been busy answering customer questions and getting packages sent
out in a timely manner. With just a few days left until Christmas we
want to make sure you have everything you ordered for that special
day.

Do you need to get a last minute gift out to Aunt Sally or another
relative? Contact us for ideas. There are still express shipping
options available.

From all of us at Harris Communications, we want to wish you a
holiday season filled with health and happiness.

For gift ideas, go to:
http://bit.ly/HarrisComm_DDB122015

Contact us at: mailto:info@harriscomm.com

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Saturday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

a teenager invents something for his deaf classmates

http://deafdigest.com/invention-for-deaf-classmates/

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Top stories about the deaf:

Marlee Matlin and Camryn Manheim will be
leaving the Deaf West Theatre’s play –
Spring Awakening on January 10, 2016. For
the remainder of the play, the replacements
are Alexandria Wailes and Elizabeth Greene.

The announcement of the new superintendent of
Tennessee School for the Deaf will be made
around the middle of May. Current superintendent
Alan Mealka is retiring next month.

Deaf activists in the Philippines are complaining
that the national census do not address the
needs of the deaf. They are afraid that the
“official” census count of the deaf will be
just guesswork!

A deaf wrestler from a high school in Michigan
won his appeal to have an interpreter on the
mat, next to his coach, during meets. He argued
that it was unfair for hearing wrestlers to hear
coaching instructions while he couldn’t.

Deaf Women Association of Nigeria has asked
the National Assembly to give full rights
for deaf women.

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DEAF HARD HATS
DeafDigest editor was walking around a construction
site in Washington, DC and was surprised.
Two deaf hardhats were communicating with each other
in ASL.
Not too many deaf people work in construction – because
it is hard work,  not an easy job.

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RUDE HEARING FRIENDS
A deaf teenager and her hearing friends were
watching a captioned TV program.
One of the hearing teenagers said he didn’t like
watching a program with captions. Another friend
turned off the captions – without asking the
deaf teenager about it.
It ruined the deaf teenager’s fun moments with
her hearing friends!

http://deafdigset.com/videos/turning-off-captions/

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

A comment like this –

I guess you learn a lot about the topic from interpreting the
professor’s lecture

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

When people have talked to me about the mistakes of broadcast
captioners or CART captioners, one thing some people have not taken
into consideration is the speed of the speakers. How fast someone
talks can drastically affect the accuracy of realtime translation.

When someone is learning steno, after completing the steno theory,
the first test a court reporting student takes is usually at 60 words
a minute. In order to finish school, most court reporting schools
require speeds of 225 words per minute or higher. It can take two,
three, or more years for a steno student to increase his or her
writing speed from 60 to 225 words per minute.

After a student has completed school and has passed whatever
certification tests are required, that person is now faced with how
fast some people actually talk in the “real world.”  There are people
who at times speak at speeds around 300 words a minute.

All court reporters, broadcast captioners, and CART captioners must
continually try to increase their speed on the steno machine, but
what people should understand is that the faster someone is speaking,
the more mistakes may be made by realtime captioners.

A PET PEEVE OF BEING DEAF

hearing people not understanding why the deaf focus on
their lips!

(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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DeafLaw

Could hearing attorneys get away without using an
interpreter by asking client’s family members to
interpret for him or to pass notes back and forth?

Simple answer – no!

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

A surprise visitor on the NTID campus few days ago was
President Bill Clinton.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

the Old Kentish Sign Language may become extinct some day.

What is the big deal? Well, the roots of the ASL that we
use, came from British’s Old Kentish Sign Language.

Why is it dying? Because the British Sign Language is
“killing” it off!

This issue was raised by the online linguistics journal
Ethnologue, the Unesco Atlas of the World’s Languages
in Danger and the conservation biologist Professor William
Sutherland, himself not deaf.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Captioning advocates are complaining that ASL-only videos, which lack captions,
are unfair to the deaf that do not
use ASL.

Truth is that installing captions
on ASL-only videos is painfully
time-consuming – a matter of hours of
work to do a few minute video!

It is a no-win situation.

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DeafDigest – 20 December 2015

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A hearing person has been interviewed for a job
as a supervisor.
The office has a deaf employee, who is very
important to the company, and also he is the
best employee.
The hearing person was asked during the
interview if he gets along with the deaf and is
able to communicate with the deaf by notes and
gestures.
The hearing person said “sure, no problem.”
He was hired.
On first day of the job everyone realized
the new supervisor was not telling the truth.

DeafDigest – 20 December 2015

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

What is a Coda’s most embarrassing moment?
It is when they get into trouble with the police.
Word will get around in the Deaf Community!

DeafDigest – 19 December 2015

[pb_vidembed title=”” caption=”” url=”[pb_vidembed title=”turning off captions” caption=”” url=”http://35.182.75.222/videos//turning-off-captions.mp4″ type=”mov” w=”480″ h=”385″]” do enjoy watching this text video“]

RUDE HEARING FRIENDS
A deaf teenager and her hearing friends were
watching a captioned TV program.
One of the hearing teenagers said he didn’t like
watching a program with captions. Another friend
turned off the captions – without asking the
deaf teenager about it.
It ruined the deaf teenager’s fun moments with
her hearing friends!

DeafDigest – 19 December 2015

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DEAF HARD HATS
DeafDigest editor was walking around a construction
site in Washington, DC and was surprised.
Two deaf hardhats were communicating with each other
in ASL.
Not too many deaf people work in construction – because
it is hard work, not an easy job.

DeafDigest – 18 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 18, 2015

— refusing to come back

Yesterday’s DeafDigest mentioned a deaf man, with
interpreter, being thrown out of Law Amendments
Committee meeting in Halifax. The committee
changed its mind and invited him to come back
the next day. But Robert Tupper refused to
accept the invititation, saying the
committee members do not respect the deaf!

Tupper’s picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/kicked-out-and-refusing-to-accept-invitation/

 

— corner mirrors

Do deaf people need corner mirrors? They cannot
hear footsteps and may accidentally bump into
someone coming in from the other room. At the
Tokyo Metropolitan Katsushika School for the Deaf
(Japan). Mirrors are bein installed at
room corners. The teachers were tired of telling
deaf children to slow down; they run hard
and get knocked down when bumping into someone
at the corners! Did it help? The school
officials said yes.

 

— still not able to find parents

DeafDigest mentioned several times that Geeta
accidentally entered Pakistan from India as
a child and was held for 13-15 years.
The Pakistinan officials allowed her to
return to India. She has been in India for
about two months. Many people came over
saying they are Geeta’s parents. She has
rejected all of them, saying she doesn’t
know them.

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DeafDigest – 17 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 17, 2015

 

— nine year old deaf TV star

Nickelodeon and Disney are the two popular TV programs
for children and young teenagers. In United Kingdom,
there is Rocket’s Island. And it has a new child
star that is deaf. It is Lauren Press, age 9.
Has Nickelodeon and Disney ever had deaf child
actors? Don’t know, but anyway a picture of
Lauren is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-british-child-tv-star/

 

 

— deaf man thrown out of meeting

Robert Tupper, a deaf man living in Halifax (Canada),
asked to speak to the province Law Amendments Committee
about salaries and wages. He was given an interpreter.
But when he and the interpreter showed up, the
Liberal political party members threw him out!
Why? They said he arrived late, but the meeting
had plenty of time left! It backfired. Public anger
quickly forced the Committee to reschedule Tupper’s
testimony.

 
— tomorrow is very important day

DeafDigest mentioned that the City of Portland
(Oregon) passed a new law requiring TV’s in
public places to always turn on the captions.
This new law becomes effective tomorrow
(December 18, 2015). The city, in fact,
set up a website advising people on what
to do if a restaurant or a bar refused
to turn on captions!

 

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DeafDigest – 16 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 16, 2015

— a threat to deaf jobs in casinos

We have a number of deaf dealers in casinos across
USA. They deal cards in blackjack, poker, Baccarat,
etc. They are good dealers. No complaints from
hearing people that lose money at the tables.
Are they threatened with jobs? Take a look at
the picture:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-dealers-hate-it/

 

 

— a new role for Nyle DiMarco

Now that Nyle DiMarco has become America’s #1 model, is
he getting new roles? He is now modeling for “12 Days Of
Christmas” – the modern version. Details as of right
now is hazy so have to wait until information is
announced.

 
— third federal agency with video service

We already had had two federal agencies with video
services for the deaf. It allows the deaf to
be in ASL communications on their needs and
rights. These agenices are the FCC and the
Small Business Administration. Now we have
a third agency – the U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission. A very important
agency still does not have a video service –
the Department of Justice!

 

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DeafDigest – 15 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 15, 2015

— most popular movie is a Deaf Movie

The Tribe was a popular deaf movie (with
hearing audiences) filmed in Ukraine.
Here is another deaf movie, already
#1 in France among the hearing people –
The Belier Family (or La Famille Belier
in French). All of the family members are
deaf, except for a hearing 16-year old girl.
The movie is shown in both signs and captions.
It is a comedy.

see the photo at:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-movie-cast/

 

 

— deaf competitors can be friends

Competition is everywhere. Competitors can be
enemies – or – they can be friends. What
about Deaf Chefs? DeafDigest mentioned that
deaf chef Kevin Delbert represented USA at the
Deaf Chef competition in Copenhagen, Denmark.
He and other deaf chefs wanted to win the
top prize, and Delbert didn’t. Did these
deaf chefs hate each other with resentment,
anger, accusations and jealousy? No, these
8 deaf chefs became friends, discussed
cooking tips and exchanged recipes, etc!
They also shared horrible kitchen cooking
tales – good for laughs. Delbert is hoping
to represent USA again at future Deaf Chef events.

 
— another Starbucks drive-in with video

Few weeks ago DeafDigest mentioned a Starbucks
drive-in video for the deaf in St Augustine,
Florida. Here is another one, possiblt the
2nd one in USA – on 20th Street in
downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Hopefully before
too long, all Starbucks drive-ins will have
these video kiosks in USA.

 
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DeafDigest – 14 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 14, 2015

— a deaf executive with a huge corporation

When we mention Procter & Gamble, we think of
Bounty paper towels, Crest toothpaste, Gillette
shaving products, etc. Over 118,000 employees
work for that corporation. One of them – Scott
Van Nice is deaf. His title is Systems Manager
with the Forensics Department. He works with
managers of other departments on forensics
issues. He uses an interpreter during
staff meetings and presentations. His picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/corporate-executive-is-deaf/

 

— telecommunications provider sued because of bad captions

D.B.S. Satellite Services was served with a class action
lawsuit because of bad captions. It said that the deaf
could not enjoy the programs for that reason. The FCC
is not involved, because it is not happening in USA.
It is happening in Israel! Filing the lawsuit is the
The Israel Telecommunication Corp. Ltd. Could it
possibly happen in USA some day?

 
— driver in Zombie Walk accident avoids jail time

The judge in San Diego made a ruling – that
Matthew Pocci, who hit a passenger with his
car, would not go to jail. The prosecutors
wanted a 4-month jail sentence but the judge
said no. Instead he has been sentenced to
home detention for 2 months, stay on probation
for three years and his driver’s license revoked
for one year. He accidentally hit a passenger
when he was afraid the Zombie Walk mob was
going to attack him as they jumped on his car.
For that reason, the annual San Diego Zombie
Walk was cancelled last year. DeafDigest hopes
Pocci will move on with his life after he has
served his time.

 

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DeafDigest – 14 December 2015

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Old Fogey

Code of Ethics Conference

http://deafdigest.com/comics/fogey-code-of-ethics-conference/

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Sunday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

a most frustrating moment

http://deafdigest.com/no-captions-on-movies/

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Top stories about the deaf:

Moscow (Russia) has set up an educational center for
the deaf and blind, and it is said to be cutting-edge
in technology.

Another nation that has made TV captions mandatory
is Brazil. It must be mandatory by year 2017.
The captions will be in Portuguese language.

Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY) has been pushing for the
congress to continue financial support of NTID.
DeafDigest finds this interesting – because we
do not see congress people in Maryland and Virginia
pushing for Gallaudet support, and in the
eyes of Congress, Washington, DC does not exist
as a state! True that many Gallaudet employees
live in Maryland and Virginia, though.

The British government said they will no longer give
financial support for note-takers for deaf students
in the classroom. The government is asking that the
universities pay for their note-takers.

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission (just like our
own FCC) has set down a ruling on the relay rates
the relay providers have to pay in order to provide
the deaf with video services.

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A WAITING ROOM NIGHTMARE
You have an appointment with a doctor at a
hospital.
You tell the receptionist you are deaf. The
receptionist nods her head and says no problem.
She gives you a waiting room ticket. The
ticket number is 79.
Normally there would be an electronic display
on the wall that shows the number. Example 76,
then 77, and then 78, and you would know next
number is 79 and it is your turn.
But that hospital has no electronic display.
Instead, the receptionist shouts out the
number – 76, then 77 and then 78, etc.
You worry you would miss your turn because
you cannot hear the shouted number!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/no-display-number-for-deaf/

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devices for deaf-blind

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A TRICK TO WIN ADA LAWSUITS
There is a trick that would help the deaf win no-interpreter
ADA lawsuits.
A deaf man went to a hospital. He needed an interpreter. The
hospital refused.
He then communicated with the doctor and the nurses, using
his own notepad. He refused to use the notepad that the
hospital gave him.
With his own notepad, he can keep the notes, and show
the court as evidence.
If he used the hospital notepad, the hospital can keep
the notes, and the deaf person has no evidence!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/note-pad-in-deaf-ada-lawsuit/

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Deaf Pilots Association pioneers (picture)

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Lip Reading nightmare

a hearing employee introduces a new temp employee to a deaf employee

The deaf employee thought the hearing employee said:
This is Onnie

The hearing employee actually said:
This is Connie

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Deaf Book of the Week

American Deaf Softball Guide

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-book-american-deaf-softball-guide/

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Deaf people can do anything

we have a deaf person who is/was a

— marine biologist

this website is growing every weekend:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-in-unusual-jobs/

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. The DeafDigest web site carries many web sites
about Deaf Culture, Deaf Sports, Deaf Community, etc.
Which web site is the most popular one to view?

A.  Legal Issues Related to Deaf (Discrimination, ADA, etc
You can see it at:

http://deafdigest.com/legal-issues-related-to-deaf-discrimination-ada-etc/

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Appliance technologies are primarily digital these days.

Touch screen, digital numbers and letters, on microwaves, dish washers and glass top stoves and so on.

For us DeafBlind and blind folks that spells inaccessible!

We have to contact the agency for the blind to send their staff to make our appliances accessible.

But for the stove glass top there is little or no solution at this point! Where am I going to put the pot or pan?  You cannot just feel your way!  I will need to have ambulance on stand-by!

Meanwhile we need to advocate to make appliances accessible.

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 every agency offers Support Service Providers
for the Deaf-Blind. Some agencies, do but many
don’t.

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DeafHistory:

Year 1991

DeafWest opens for business. It continues and
is nation’s #1 theatrical company in the
Deaf Community

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

2460

number of deaf clients served through
end of 2015 by DCARA, the service
agency helping the deaf of the San
Francisco Bay area.

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Abby Jensen, a freshman member of the Utah Volley
volleyball team, led her team in kills and was
named the conference Freshman of the Year

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Deaf Elite Athletes:

Duck Hee Lee, the deaf tennis player from South
Korea has been rated among the world’s top 250
players in a recent publication.

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2015 DeafDigest Sports Fall All-Americans

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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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DeafDigest – 14 December 2015

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
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http://deafdigest.com/videos/hearing-tired-of-deaf/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigset.com/videos/tourist-with-map-and-deaf/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/spanish-and-deaf-gestures/

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Saturday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

a school for the deaf has closed up

http://deafdigest.com/recently-closed-school-for-deaf/

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Top stories about the deaf:

The WIRED magazine ran a piece about a vibrating
vest, saying it becomes the 6th sense that deaf
people use and need.

The city of Syracuse (NY) has been teaching English
to refugees. It is expanding its program to
involve the deaf refugees.

The FCC has yet issued a new directive to make
sure that Wi-Fi calling and VoIP are
hearing-aid compatible.

Threatened with closing because of lack of funds is the
Royal School for Deaf Children in Great Britain.
This school has been teaching the deaf for 250 years!

A father of two deaf children in Tennessee has opposed
the installation of a pipeline at a public hearing.
His reason. Deaf cannot hear emergency sirens caused
by pipeline accidents!

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HEARING TOURIST WITH A MAP
Many tourists look at a city map to find their
way around.
DeafDigest editor was lucky. A hearing tourist
came to him but showed him the map, gesturing
“where is that museum?”
It was easy to point to the direction of that
museum. If the tourist talked, instead of showing
the map, then communication is impossible.

http://deafdigset.com/videos/tourist-with-map-and-deaf/

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Deaf 911 calls confuse AT&T

read about it at:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-911-calls-confuse-att/

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EASY TO COMMUNICATE WITH SPANISH-SPEAKING IMMIGRANTS
A deaf man said he communicated with three Spanish speaking
immigrants. They did not know English, and the deaf man did
not know Spanish – yet they could communicate.
They used gestures that were easy to understand and they
communicated together for a long time!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/spanish-and-deaf-gestures/

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How to qualify for a CI operation?

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-qualifying-for-a-ci-operation/

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

being asked this question:

how long did it take you to learn sign language?

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

The fingering of a stenocaptioner needs to be very precise. For
example, the ring finger of the left hand can depress the T key on
the top row or “bank” of keys or the K key on the bottom row of
keys. If the captioner depresses both of those keys at the same time
by hitting the crack between the two keys, the letters T and K will
both appear, and when those two keys are combined together, they
become a D in steno.

Since many steno writers start off as court reporters, they learn
short forms for many legal terms. A common way to write the word
“testimony” in steno is TEFT.  Another common word for court
reporters is “defendant.” A common way to write that word in steno is
TKEFT, which is seen by a steno writer as DEFT.

Even though the words “testimony” and “defendant” do not sound at all
alike, you may see mistakes like these by captioners or court
reporters:

“The testimony is sitting at the counsel table with his attorneys.”

“He was sworn, and he gave his defendant in a straightforward
manner.”

As you can probably tell, these should read as follows:

“The defendant is sitting at the counsel table with his attorneys.”
“He was sworn, and he gave his testimony in a straightforward
manner.”

A PET PEEVE OF BEING DEAF

trying to lipread a person that is constantly moving
his head everywhere

(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)

DEAF HORRORS & NIGHTMARES AT RESTAURANTS

a reprint from 10 years ago

BAD SERVICE IN AN EATING ESTABLISHMENT
When a deaf person encounters bad service in an eating
establishment, he cannot help but wonder if it is because
of communication problems or because the restaurant
people were simply rude or incompetent?
This happened twice to DeafDigest editor in recent
months. He was led to his table but had to wait a long
time to be served. In fact he was bypassed by a waiter
to then tended to a couple of tables that were just
occupied.
And in another case, there was a billing dispute.
And the counterperson would not communicate, insisting
the bill was correct.
In both cases, the involved restaurants went out
of business. Goes back to the question – were the
restaurants so bad to begin with, thus driving away
business – or was it that the restaurant people did not
want to deal the deaf patrons?

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

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DeafLaw

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
filed a lawsuit, accusing Fedex of discriminating
for many years against the deaf employees.

Fedex has denied it, saying they have been
committed to fair and equal treatment of
all employees, the deaf included.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

A variation of an interpreting scam has been
surfacing at some agencies across the nation. A “client”
would request interpreting services and a third party
would be paying for it in advance. The amount of that
check exceeds the actual cost of the interpreting
service, and the third party would request that the
agency refund the overpayment.
The check, however, is fraudulent and the party
making the “interpreting request” has originated
from Ghana.
Seems scammers in Nigeria and Ghana take turns
concocting different deaf-related schemes.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Deaf people in Massachusetts think that the state
government is cutting more money out of Massachusetts
Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing than
with other such state agencies and commissions.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Do we really remember our past deaf winners?
Seems Marlee Matlin is the one we all remember as
the Deaf Oscar winner. Do we remember who was the
deaf winner of Miss America? Do we remember who
the deaf singer that was #1 in the world during
the fifties? The deaf winner of the Nobel Prize?
The first deaf player in the NFL, and so on?

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DeafDigest – 13 December 2015

[pb_vidembed title=”” caption=”” url=”[pb_vidembed title=”note pad in deaf ada lawsuit” caption=”” url=”http://35.182.75.222/videos//note-pad-in-deaf-ada-lawsuit.mp4″ type=”mov” w=”480″ h=”385″]” do enjoy watching this text video“]

A TRICK TO WIN ADA LAWSUITS
There is a trick that would help the deaf win no-interpreter
ADA lawsuits.
A deaf man went to a hospital. He needed an interpeter. The
hospital refused.
He then communicated with the doctor and the nurses, using
his own notepad. He refused to use the notepad that the
hospital gave him.
With his own notepad, he can keep the notes, and show
the court as evidence.
If he used the hospital notepad, the hospital can keep
the notes, and the deaf person has no evidence!

DeafDigest – 13 December 2015

[pb_vidembed title=”” caption=”” url=”[pb_vidembed title=”note pad in deaf ada lawsuit=”” url=”http://35.182.75.222/videos//note-pad-in-deaf-ada-lawsuit.mp4″ type=”mov” w=”480″ h=”385″]” do enjoy watching this text video“]

A TRICK TO WIN ADA LAWSUITS
There is a trick that would help the deaf win no-interpreter
ADA lawsuits.
A deaf man went to a hospital. He needed an interpeter. The
hospital refused.
He then communicated with the doctor and the nurses, using
his own notepad. He refused to use the notepad that the
hospital gave him.
With his own notepad, he can keep the notes, and show
the court as evidence.
If he used the hospital notepad, the hospital can keep
the notes, and the deaf person has no evidence!

DeafDigest – 13 December 2015

[pb_vidembed title=”” caption=”” url=”[pb_vidembed title=”no display number for deaf” caption=”” url=”http://35.182.75.222/videos//no-display-number-for-deaf.mp4″ type=”mov” w=”480″ h=”385″]” do enjoy watching this text video“]

You have an appointment with a doctor at a
hospital.
You tell the receptionist you are deaf. The
receptionist nods her head and says no problem.
She gives you a waiting room ticket. The
ticket number is 79.
Normally there would be an electronic display
on the wall that shows the number. Example 76,
then 77, and then 78, and you would know next
number is 79 and it is your turn.
But that hospital has no electronic display.
Instead, the receptionist shouts out the
number – 76, then 77 and then 78, etc.
You worry you would miss your turn because
you cannot hear the shouted number!

 

DeafDigest – 12 December 2015

[pb_vidembed title=”” caption=”” url=”[pb_vidembed title=”spanish and deaf gestures” caption=”” url=”http://35.182.75.222/videos//spanish-and-deaf-gestures.mp4″ type=”mov” w=”480″ h=”385″]” do enjoy watching this text video“]

EASY TO COMMUNICATE WITH SPANISH-SPEAKING IMMIGRANTS
A deaf man said he communicated with three Spanish speaking
immigrants. They did not know English, and the deaf man did
not know Spanish – yet they could communicate.
They used gestures that were easy to understand and they
communicated together for a long time!

DeafDigest – 12 December 2015

[pb_vidembed title=”” caption=”” url=”[pb_vidembed title=”tourist with map and deaf” caption=”” url=”http://35.182.75.222/videos//tourist-with-map-and-deaf.mp4″ type=”mov” w=”480″ h=”385″]” do enjoy watching this text video“]

HEARING TOURIST WITH A MAP
Many tourists look at a city map to find their
way around.
DeafDigest editor was lucky. A hearing tourist
came to him but showed him the map, gesturing
“where is that museum?”
It was easy to point to the direction of that
museum. If the tourist talked, instead of showing
the map, then communication is impossible.

DeafDigest – 11 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 11, 2015

— Nyle’s biggest nightmare

Nyle DiMarco, who is deaf, is the America’s Next Top Model,
the last one ever, as this TV program is closing up for good.
What was his biggest nightmare during the competition that
lasted 15 weeks? He, and other models, had to do a
photoshoot – in complete darkness! Hearing models can
get voice instructions from the photographer while
moving around in the darkness. Nyle couldn’t – but
somehow survived this photoshoot! Here is another
picture, not in darkness!

http://deafdigest.com/nyle-clowning-around/

 

— a difference of 400 years

Franklin Fahnbulleh, deaf leader in Bermuda, gave a
speech. He said that the deaf of Bermuda are 400 years
behind the times as compared to the deaf of South America,
Canada, Great Britain, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
400 years ago is Year 1615. The 17th century deaf people
were not exactly better off – no captions, no interpreters,
no education, no ADA, etc. Why did Fahnbulleh make that
400 year claim? Good question!

 
— a confession of an employer that hired a deaf person

An employer made this confession, after hiring a deaf person:

It is much easier to communicate with a deaf person,
with notes and gestures, than to communicate with a
hearing person that knows no English!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/ or click on “jobs”
past Mid-Week & morning editions:
http://deafdigest.com/category/mid-week-news/
12/6/15 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 10 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 10, 2015

— newspaper employing 100 deaf people

Today’s Washington Post mentioned that years ago
100 deaf people were employed at that newspaper
plant at linotype operators. No more; years
ago linotype was a great profession for the deaf –
lifetime security, great union benefits, good
pay, etc. For a picture of an old linotype
classroom at a school for the deaf:

http://deafdigest.com/lintotype/

 

 

— Canada scolds an airline

Two years ago Carrie Moffatt, who is deaf-blind
but very independent, was kicked out of
Air Canada flight. The airline required all
deaf-blind people to have companions, and
Carrie was traveling alone. She sued –
and won. The judge ordered Air Canada
to allow deaf-blind travelers to travel
alone.

 
— deaf man arrested for trespassing

At Broward County (Florida) Home Depot.
a deaf man was standing at a parking lot, hoping
to find work. The cop arrived and told him
to leave. But before he had a chance to leave
he was arrested and accused of trespassing.
His attorney is very angry about it, accusing
the police of discrimination.

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/ or click on “jobs”
past Mid-Week & morning editions:
http://deafdigest.com/category/mid-week-news/
12/6/15 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 09 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 9, 2015

— end of lawsuit by a deaf nurse

Deaf nurse Shirley Parrott-Copus filed a lawsuit against
Terra State Community College in Ohio for rejecting her
as a student because of her deafness. This lawsuit
is no more. One week after it was filed, the college
offered her $75,000 ($50,000 in damages and $25,000
for her legal fees). She accepted. But who won
and who lost? Her legal team said they won.
The college said it was an out of court settlement,
meaning no one won. Anyway, she is going back
to school to advance her nursing career. Her
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-nurse/

 

— using deaf agency name in a scam

In a scam, an email was sent to members of a Deaf
Community, with a deaf agency name on the
subject line. It asked if their package arrived,
and asking them to give personal information.
If you are receiving this deaf agency scam
email, quickly delete it.

 
— city colleges said they are disabled-friendly

Pune is one of the larger cities in India. The
Director of Higher Education in Pune said the
colleges are disabled-friendly. It is a
strange announcement because deafness was not
mentioned as a disability. The announcement
said there are ramps for the wheelchair users,
but said nothing about captions and interpreters
for the deaf! So, is Pune colleges really
disabled-friendly? No!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 08 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 8, 2015

— possibly another Heather Whitestone

Heather Whitestone, who is deaf, won the Miss America 1995
pageant. Could there be a repeat? Elena LaQuatra, who
is deaf, just won the Miss Pennsylvania USA pageant.
She will then compete at the Miss USA pageant. What is
the difference between these two different pagents?
Both compete with each other and the owner of the
Miss USA pageant is……….Donald Trump! Anyway
a picture of Elena LaQuatra is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-winner-of-state-pageant/

 

 

— Thank you, FCC for saying no

A TV manufacturer wanted to have captions turned on
by voice (voice-activated captions). The FCC said
no. Thank you, FCC. Not every deaf person speaks
very well and the voice-activated remote may not
understand deaf speech!

 
— not enough to be “Deaf for a day”

Many organizations host this “Deaf for a
Day” event to teach hearing people what it is
like to be deaf. It is not enough, according
Stephanie Kerschbaum, professor of English
at University of Delaware. She is correct.
Hearing people may play deaf for one day
but the next day they forget all about it!
And the deaf person is still ignored.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 07 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 7, 2015

— a hearing aid lamp

A lamp becoming a hearing aid? Take a look at the
picture: http://35.182.75.222/hearing-aid-lamp/

 

 

— a sad irony with Nyle’s big win

Nyle DiMarco’s big TV win comes with a sad irony.
It is not that the show has closed up for good
and that Nyle is recognized as the last winner.
The irony is that ratings was the worst in the
show’s 12 year history! It was highly watched
by the deaf but lowly watched by the hearing.
Why? Just leave it at that and do celebrate
Nyle’s big win.

 

— our Deaf Culture experts

What is a Deaf Culture expert? A person that knows
Deaf Culture or Deaf History or Deaf Community
or even ASL? Well, in a job discrimination lawsuit
that EEOC is fighting on behalf of a deaf person,
the judge has allowed a Deaf Culture expert to
testify. According to an interpreter, these
Deaf Culture experts “make” a lot of money
flying across the nation to testify in these
such court cases!

 
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http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

DeafDigest – 07 December 2015

DeafDigest Gold – December 6, 2015

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Frequent Onlooker

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
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http://deafdigest.com/blind-depend-on-deaf/

This week’s ASL Videos:
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Top stories about the deaf:

A new gymnasium, with deaf personal trainers,
has opened up in Frederick, MD. The owner
of the gymnasium is Frank Allnut. He is deaf.

One of the most difficult sign languages in
USA to understand is the ASL used by the deaf
of Philadelphia. Not easy to understand. For
that reason University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Linguistics is working to document that
fascinating language!

A young deaf woman, in a wheelchair, is not able
to get out of her house because of lack of ramps.
Her angry mother has posted a billboard, asking
for help. It is happening in Toronto.

How important is Texas School for the Deaf to the booming city of Austin? Very important so,
says Steve Baldwin. He was written up in the
city newspaper when explaining his school’s role.

A strange assignment for deaf students was performed at a deaf school in South Africa. The
school roof was leaking. The municipal government
promised to get it repaired but never did. Tired
of waiting so long, the students decided to do the
roof-repairing task themselves. Mission accomplished.
Classes resumed. Heavy rains no longer flooded the
school floors!

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AN EMBARRASSING SITUATION
A deaf business owner, with an interpreter,
attended a 3-day workshop.
Each night there was a party where business people
socialize with each other and make contacts.
The interpreter cannot catch everything 100 percent.
There was a woman at the party that was with one of
the hearing business owners. That woman was not the
man’s wife, and everyone knew it except for the
deaf person and the interpreter.
The next day, the deaf man told the business man
that the woman he was with was very nice. The
room got quiet and all eyes were on the deaf man.
That was when he realized he should have kept
his mouth shut!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/embarrassment-at-workshop/

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http://deafdigest.com/asl-typeface-at-ntid
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A JOKE BY A WAITER
DeafDigest editor was eating dinner at a restaurant.
He was thirsty and wanted one more drink.
When the waiter came to the table, he pointed at the
glass.
The waiter was joking, said that it is an international
sign language that means “one more drink.”

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

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YOU ARE DEAF AND ARE BREAKING THE LAW IF:

You are a female teacher in the state of Arkansas
and bob your hair while asking for a pay raise.
It is assumed that all teachers born in Arkansas
know all about that law and do not make the mistake
of bobbing up their hairdos. Many deaf teachers come
from other states, and they may not know anything
about that law – thus losing out on future pay raises!

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Lip Reading nightmare

A deaf person and a hearing person were talking
about something.

Deaf person thought hearing person said:
This is Ruth

Hearing person actually said:
This is truth

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Deaf Book of the Week

All Fish

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Deaf people can do anything

we have a deaf person who is/was a

— geologist

this website is growing every weekend:
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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. Why are many deaf schools in Asia and Africa constantly
broke and struggling for funds?

A. It is the same as with hearing schools! Education is not
a priority in the budget of these nations!

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Cooking with spices

From time to time I bake some French Canadian traditional food.

Finding spices is a huge challenge!  I use my electronic magnifier to find spices.

I make French Canadian meat pies, so I need to cook meat first on the stove.

I need to hurry to get the spices in the skillet as fast as I can!  That doesn’t work!

I came up with a better way this year, I pre-measured the spices and put them in a small bowl.

Then spices are ready to be dumped into the skillet at the right time, That makes a big difference.

So, for any measurements, pre-measure the spices and set up your smooth assembly line!

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 police scanners can be captioned. Many hearing
people love to listen to the police scanners, but
the deaf have no chance with it.

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DeafHistory:

Year 1971 – a regular feature on Sesame Street
children’s TV program was Linda, the Librarian,
played by Linda Bove, a deaf woman. She entertained
thousands of children on ASL and Deaf Community issues.

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

32 years

Linda, the Librarian that performed on Sesame Street,
probably the longest serving TV role by a deaf
actress

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Matthew Olauson is a redshirt freshman on the wrestling
team at Campbell University. He wrestles at the
174-lb class

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Deaf Elite Athletes:

Jenna Johnson, a graduate of MSAD, class of 2003, tried
out for the Minnesota Vixens women’s pro football team.

She was selected to be on the squad.

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DeafSports Library:

2015 DeafDigest Sports Fall All-Americans

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http://deafdigestsports.com for the list of
mainstreamed athletes

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DeafDigest – 07 December 2015

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-lipreading-clipboard/
http://deafdigest.com/asl-thank-you/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/two-deaf-sign-languages/
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Dedication

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Timothy Owens,
Louisville, Kentucky, that departed us. He was
an interesting deaf person that wore many hats.
He was a long time ASL Interpreting Studies
professor at University of Louisville. He
was also involved with the  National Catholic Office of the Deaf and also of the Mini Deaf Olympics. Not just only that, he also founded
the Deaf Community Center. His motto was:

Today is a new day

A picture of him is at:
http://deafdigest.com/the-late-tim-owens/

This just in:
Nyle DiMarco, who is deaf, has been named America’s Next Top Model. He is the last
winner, because the show will not be shown
anymore.

Top stories about the deaf:

The Incommunities, a housing association in
Yorkshire (UK) has been conducting training
classes for its staff to learn to be sensitive
to the needs of deaf and disabled tenants.

The government of India is planning to offer
special health insurance plans for the deaf
at reduced rates.

Simeon Hart, who is deaf, is running for MP,
representing the British town of Oldham.
He represents the Green Party.

Australia discriminating against its own
Aboriginals? Hope not, because the state
government shut down the Perth Aboriginal children’s ear clinic, shutting out these
deaf Aboriginal children.

Police officers of Bangor, Maine have been
taking sign language classes to communicate
with deaf residents.

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TWO DIFFERENT NATIONAL SIGN LANGUAGES IN INDONESIA
The deaf of Indonesia is stuck with two different
sign languages.
It is two – because one was created by the hearing
and the other one created by the deaf.
The deaf are complaining that the signs created
by hearing is too difficult for them to understand.
This is the reason why the deaf leaders created
their own deaf-friendly deaf sign language!

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

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New B.S. degree in Risk Management and Insurance approved

more information with picture:
http://deafdigest.com/gallaudet-risk-management-major/

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SAME OLD STORY WITH A NEW HEARING EMPLOYEE
It is always the same old story with a new
hearing employee.
He has never met a deaf person before. He becomes
very friendly, learning fingerspelling and some
signs and chatting with him from time to time.
Suddenly he gets tired of the deaf and ignores
him every day.

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

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Dye named to NTID faculty

http://deafdigest.com/dye-named-to-ntid-faculty/

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

being constantly asked this question:

how long have you known this deaf client?

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

With all the different areas of terminology that they might have to deal with, I am sometimes asked if realtime captioners or CART providers specialize in particular areas.

In today’s fast-paced, technical environment, it seems like every industry has its own set of acronyms and lingo. It is impossible for someone to be an expert in every area.

Captioners do have areas of strength and weakness, but there is no formal list that an organization like the National Court Reporters Association keeps of areas of specialization for captioners.

Many broadcast captioners work with news broadcasts every day. There are some captioning companies that work primarily in sports captioning.

CART providers see a wide variety of subjects, especially in the college classrooms. You might be working with a pre-med major one day and a French literature major the next day.

Sometimes we are learning along with our consumers, but occasionally we try to find someone more qualified to cover a class we feel unable to handle.

In the end, each captioner or CART provider will make a decision about whether they feel qualified to provide services for a particular event. Unfortunately, sometimes detailed information isn’t given to the captioner/CART provider in advance about the topics to be discussed, so we could unknowingly “get in over our heads.”

A PET PEEVE OF BEING DEAF

trying to lipread a person with a stuffed mouth
(cigarette, apple munching, toothpick, etc)

(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 ask waiter for a check; he gives to hearing
person, ignoring your request

to see a list of past horrors:
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

An important issue when deaf people sign Power
of Attorney affidavits is to make sure they
fully understand what it is. All the more
reason for an interpreter to witness the
Power of Attorney signatures.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

We are always reading about advances in medicine
and technology, all in the name of combating deafness
or at least trying to eradicate it.
The Time Magazine ran a special edition, titled
“The Year in Medicine”.
Any mention of deafness in this special issue?
Nope!

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

We have a Deaf Wine!

It is The Three Deaf Musketeers, a label by
deaf winemaker Rusty Wales, which earned
honorable mention honors in the WineMaker
Magazine.

His wine was considered one of the 20 best
in a 4,000 entry field!

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

People in India were shocked that their top deaf
cricket player was forced to sell snacks at a
street kiosk for a living. This cricket player
helped India win the 2005 World Cricket Cup f
or the Deaf.

Not sure why it is shocking? Many Americans
earn a living selling food as street vendors
or via food trucks. We even have a few deaf
people making good money selling food that
way.

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DeafDigest – 06 December 2015

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

DeafDigest – 06 December 2015

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

DeafDigest – 05 December 2015

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

DeafDigest – 04 December 2015

— a robber faces deaf father and deaf son

Deaf father Steve, Sr, and deaf son Steve, Jr,
were inside a Parma, Ohio gas station, making a
purchase and visiting their friend, the owner. A
robber walked into the gas station and shot the
owner dead, and pointed the gun at the father
and the son. Both men fought back and overcame
the robber, knocking the gun out of his hands.
The police came and arrested the robber. They
were interviewed by the local media. What was
the last name of Steve, Sr and Steve, Jr? They
refused to reveal their last names.

for a father and son picture:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-father-steve-sr-and-deaf-son-steve-jr/

 

— filing a lawsuit against a rude New Jersey judge

A deaf driver, stopped by the police and given summons,
told the clerk at the municipal court that he is deaf
and needed an interpreter. He was told an interpreter
will be there for him. Yet, the interpreter never
showed up. He then told the judge that he was deaf
and needed an interpreter. The judge felt the deaf man
was faking his deafness, and instructed him to just
plead guilty or not guilty. The deaf man refused to
plead anything without understanding what these were
all about. The angry judge screamed at him, saying
“That’s a lie! You can hear me!” Even when the deaf
man showed him his hearing aid, the judge still felt
his deafness was a fake act. He forced the deaf man
to take the stand, without an interpreter. And
while his traffic charges were dismissed, the deaf
man felt humiliated – hence this lawsuit!

 

 

— best Mac tutors are deaf tutors

People buy Macs and often need assistance while using
that laptop. Apple has hired a number of deaf
tutors that communicate with hearing customers.
The deaf tutors use a MacBook and use it like
an instant messaging machine. The Apple store
in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC said
their deaf tutor is the best one they ever had.
Said a hearing customer at a store in Canada,
“It was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve
had shopping.”

 

 
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DeafDigest – 03 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 3, 2015

— a deaf Deputy Commissioner of a region

Maniram Sharma, who is deaf, is the Deputy Commissioner
of the Mewat district in India. His exact job title is
IAS officer (Indian Administrative Service). In India,
candidates must pass civil service exams before they
can be appointed to high posts. He passrf the IAS exam
three times, but they wouldn’t appoint him because of
his deafness. Finally on the third try, the government
officials decided to appoint him as the Deputy Commissioner.
What does he do? Everything to make the region run
smoothly – collecting taxes, setting up staff meetings,
setting up the budget, hiring and firing, establishing
policies, etc. Sharma must come from a well-do to family,
being a success that he is? No. Most of his family
members are illiterates, but he rose above them.

For a picture of Sharma:
http://deafdigest.com/highest-ranking-deaf-government-official-in-india/

 

— now or never for Nyle

Deaf super model Nyle DiMaro is in the running for the
finale, shown on TV on Friday night December 4th.
Several deaf clubs are hosting Nyle DiMarco nights
that he will be rooted on by his deaf fans. Even
a magazine for the hard of hearing and hearing aid
users are rooting for Nyle! Regardless of who wins
tomorrow night we must realize it was supermodel
Tyra Banks who personally recruited him for the
show. If not for her, Nyle would be doing something
else!

 

 
— a filmmaker said he is afraid deaf will get hurt

Sometime ago DeafDigest mentioned that filmmaker
Michael Ojeda would not cast a deaf actress to play
the lead role in an action movie. His reason is that
he was afraid the deaf will get hurt more than the
than the hearing! Ojeda does not know the history
of deaf athletes and deaf performers – movie stunts,
motorcyle racing, pro football, martial arts fighting,
etc.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
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DeafDigest – 02 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 2, 2015

— students and teachers trapped at deaf school

Worst flood in 100 years damaged a school for
the deaf, leaving 100 students and teachers
stranded. Electricity has been cut off;
there is no food because of the damaged
kitchen. This school is located in
Chennai, India. Emergency response people
plus the military is now trying to rescue
those stranded at the school. Making the
rescue efforts more difficult is that
the city is practicaly shut down. And
heavy rains have continued.

the picture of the flooded school is at:
http://deafdigest.com/trapped-deaf-school/

 

 
— deaf uncomfortable with interpreters

The Harvard newspaper printed a long story about
deaf students at the university. One interesting
comment was that deaf students without deaf identity
are uncomfortable with interpreters. Those with
deaf identity are happy to have interpreters.

 

 

— valuable pieces of land in Texas

Texas School for the Deaf is located in probably
the most expensive part of Austin, a booming
city. Legislators drooled over selling parts
of the school land for private development.
They backed off when the deaf community threatened
to make it a nasty fight. Just how expensive
is the land? Deaf historian/researcher Steve
Baldwin said:

You bet they wished they had kept their houses and
land that they purchased for $15,000 and now are worth
a million bucks!.

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/ or click on “jobs”
past Mid-Week & morning editions:
http://deafdigest.com/category/mid-week-news/
11/29/15 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 01 December 2015

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 1, 2015

— a $250,000 bargain

Swett, South Dakota is for sale for just $250,000.
It contains six acres, an empty house and a
closed bar. Is it a bargain? We remember that
efforts were made to establish Laurent, SD
as a deaf/sign languae town, and it failed. Too
many rules, regulations, ordinances and
local opposition stopped Laurent in its tracks.
Would Swett be different?

see the picture at:
http://deafdigest.com/town-for-sale/

 

— good income from these ADA lawsuits

There are people that look on ADA regulations as
their personal gold mine. Too many ADA lawsuits
have created problems in the legal profession.
How bad is it? In South Florida, ten people
have filed 67 percent of 2,300 ADA lawsuits,
and they make a good living out of it. One
attorney said it is Wild West, no rules,
no regulations, no nothing.

 
— ban on designer deaf-babies

A group of scientists from USA, United Kingdom and China are
in Washington, DC this week to discuss the possibility of
passing a rule to ban gene-editing (same idea as designer
deaf-babies). This should be interesting.

 
Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/ or click on “jobs”
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http://deafdigest.com/category/mid-week-news/
11/29/15 Blue and Gold editions at:
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