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DeafDigest – 31 January 2016

DeafDigest Gold – January 31, 2016

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

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

Serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 20th year

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

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

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

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Old Fogey

Missing Woman

http://deafdigest.com/comics/fogey-missing-woman/

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/last-minute-deaf-air-trip-not-impossible/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/coolidge-coin-sold-out/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/shy-hearing-person-with-deaf/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-studies-major/

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HomeAware: New Signaling Package from Sonic Alert

The HomeAware HA360 Master Signaling Package is the exciting new
system from Sonic Alert-now at Harris Communications. Each time a
transmitter sends a signal, text will scroll in bright letters on the
display-such as “DOOR”, “PHONE”, etc. In addition, you can be alerted
by 110dB alarm, powerful bed shaker and bright strobe.

With virtually unlimited range, the 1,000 foot range can be extended
another 1,000 feet by using HomeAware’s Deluxe Receiver or Basic
Receiver. HomeAware is also compatible with traditional Sonic Alert
receivers when using the SonicBridge/Lamp Switch
(SA-HA360BU)-purchased separately.

The HA360 Package will alert you to landline/videophone calls,
doorbell and is a fully functional alarm clock.

Additional transmitters are also available. (The HA360 cannot be used
with traditional Sonic Alert transmitters.)

Start building your new system today! Order the HA360 Package
(SA-HA360MK) from Harris Communications for only $229.95. Remember
there is free ground shipping in the contiguous U.S. whenever you
order from Harris Communications.

To find out more, go to: http://bit.ly/HarrisComm_ddg013116

Contact us at: mailto:info@harriscomm.com

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Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates
Deaf Dentist; College Park. MD & Gaithersburg, MD
(near Washington, DC & Frederick, MD & also Metro Washington)

Complete Dental Services; assistants either know ASL or
are deaf

more information:
http://www.drrattner.com/our-team/meet-our-team/

to contact Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates:
http://www.drrattner.com/contact/

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Sunday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

http://deafdigest.com/creepy-looking-deaf-picture/

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Top stories about the deaf:

The Little Rock city board of directors featured
a class for the deaf, titled – Deaf and Hard of Hearing Citizen’s Police Academy. Purpose is
to help the deaf understand how the police
works and to communicate better with them.

A group of deaf people are complaining that
sign language interpreting is not enough
while watching TV. They prefer captions.

The tiny Dadhkai village of India has over 70
residents that are deaf. A team of doctors
from the Tanda medical college visited the
village wanting to know why the deaf population
is so high.

Two deaf students, attending University of
Pennsylvania (an Ivy League school) told
a reporter in an interview that they were
“academically isolated.”

Another case of Deaf Isolation – the Deaf of
Zimbabwe said they have been too isolated
from the rest of the nation.

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2016 37th World’s Largest Silent Weekend / Interpreter Conference

With 20 presenters, 12 being deaf, we invite you to join 500 others for an
exciting immersive weekend June 23-26, 2016 in Orlando at one of the
top ten hotels in the city!  Hundreds of hours of seminars are
suitable for ALL levels … From fledglings to RID interpreters with
CEUs offered.   This deaf owned and operated venue can be checked out
at http://www.FloridaSilentWeekend.com

When registering please mention DeafDigest

Registration starts at only $100 for the Fledgling
level.

ASL and interpreting DVDs — check out DrSign.com for DVDs produced
by two time Teacher of the Year at University of Florida — DrASL!

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HARD TO READ HEARING FACES
Is it hard to read a hearing face? A hearing person
may be a snob, or very talkative or something.
A deaf person may often misread the hearing face
not knowing who he really is.
That hearing person may be really very shy and
other hearing people knows that, yet deaf person
did not realize it!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/shy-hearing-person-with-deaf/

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deaf names at race tracks

http://deafdigest.com/race-horses-with-deaf-names/

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DEAF STUDIES
What is Deaf Studies? Is it a class or a major
that a deaf student takes at Gallaudet?
Or is it just being a student at Gallaudet, different
major, but learning everything about deafness on campus.
DeafDigest editor knows of one person who left
Gallaudet years ago because it had no Deaf Studies
major and transferred to a hearing college because
it had a Deaf Studies major.
It is an irony!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-studies-major/

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Deaf organizations

Washington State Association of the Deaf
http://deafdigest.com/washington-state-association-of-the-deaf/

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

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

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Deaf Book of the Week

Crying Hands

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-book-crying-hands/

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Deaf people can do anything

we have a deaf person who is/was a

— insurance adjuster

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

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Deaf Question of the Week:

as edited from a newspaper story

Q. My young deaf son is able bodied but has not
been able to find a job. Why?

Response below is from DeafDigest

A. Hard to say. Many possible reasons. Did he try vocational rehab offices or deaf social service agencies
for job placement assistance? Does he have issues
and is not able to get along with people? Does he
live in a high unemployment area? Does he lack
the network (family members, neighborhood friends)
that could lead him to employment.

There is no easy answer. Just have to advise this
deaf son to keep on trying.

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Deaf and DeafBlind community members…

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf will have 5 regional conferences
across the USA this summer.

Think about attending or participating in some way.  Interpreters are there
to provide access for us and they need to know what we want as deaf or
DeafBlind community members.  Find out where your regional conference is and
try to go….your opinion is important!   Your advocacy for improved
DeafBlind services is important!

Nothing about us without us!

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 deaf person that wants a job will
get a job

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DeafHistory:

Year 1901

Mir Ali, a hearing leader, established a
village of 300 families in 250 houses in
a remote part of India. Years later 73
people were counted as deaf in a 2014 census
survey.

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

237
new laws passed in Illinois for 2016

zero (0)
new laws that are deaf-related!

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Merrimack’s Neild thriving on the court despite hearing loss

http://www.eagletribune.com/sports/merrimack-s-neild-thriving-on-the-court-despite-hearing-loss/article_2abafb0b-f5f4-5758-92c5-d30f664f7973.html

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Deaf Elite Athletes:

a big story was written up about Vesna Radonich,
a New Zealand deaf woman who is the world’s champion
paddler.

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DeafSports Library:

Kevin Milligan obit

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/kevin-t-milligan-sr-prominent-deaf-athlete-longtime-teacher-lost-his-hearing-as-a-boy-20160128

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DeafDigest Sports:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

you can subscribe; no cost

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

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

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Attention:

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

All new jobs will be immediately posted in
that section

DeafDigest – 31 January 2016

DeafDigest Blue – January 31, 2016

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

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

Serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 20th year

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

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

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

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/antii-deaf-police-fired/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/gesture-insulting-deaf/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-with-receptionist/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/mcdonalds-and-deaf/

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HomeAware: New Signaling Package from Sonic Alert

The HomeAware HA360 Master Signaling Package is the exciting new
system from Sonic Alert-now at Harris Communications. Each time a
transmitter sends a signal, text will scroll in bright letters on the
display-such as “DOOR”, “PHONE”, etc. In addition, you can be alerted
by 110dB alarm, powerful bed shaker and bright strobe.

With virtually unlimited range, the 1,000 foot range can be extended
another 1,000 feet by using HomeAware’s Deluxe Receiver or Basic
Receiver. HomeAware is also compatible with traditional Sonic Alert
receivers when using the SonicBridge/Lamp Switch
(SA-HA360BU)-purchased separately.

The HA360 Package will alert you to landline/videophone calls,
doorbell and is a fully functional alarm clock.

Additional transmitters are also available. (The HA360 cannot be used
with traditional Sonic Alert transmitters.)

Start building your new system today! Order the HA360 Package
(SA-HA360MK) from Harris Communications for only $229.95. Remember
there is free ground shipping in the contiguous U.S. whenever you
order from Harris Communications.

To find out more, go to: http://bit.ly/HarrisComm_ddb013116

Contact us at: mailto:info@harriscomm.com

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

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
confidential

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Saturday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

http://deafdigest.com/a-suggested-invention/

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Dedication

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Kevin
Milligan, the all-time Gallaudet basketball
immortal, that departed us. This much-honored
basketball player had his Gallaudet jersey
number retired in a ceremony that took
place several years ago. He played during
the early sixties.

Top stories about the deaf:

Mental health services in London have begun to use
the Skype to communicate with deaf patients. The
newspapers lauded it as a breakthrough in
communications.

For the first time hearing screening tests for
all newly-born babies will be conducted in
the United Arab Emirates.

The 911 text services has been extended to these
cities in the San Francisco Bay Area – Richmond, El Cerrito, Kensington and San Pablo.

Activists in Great Britain are saying that welfare
cuts to the deaf are preventing them from
obtaining employment! Something to do with no
money to pay for transportation costs to and
from work.

A deaf woman had her job offer as nurse at the
world-famous Johns Hopkins Hospital only
to have it taken back because of deafness. She fought back and – won. The court said the
hospital broke ADA regulations.

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Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates
Deaf Dentist; College Park. MD & Gaithersburg, MD
(near Washington, DC & Frederick, MD & also Metro Washington)

Complete Dental Services; assistants either know ASL or
are deaf

more information:
http://www.drrattner.com/our-team/meet-our-team/

to contact Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates:
http://www.drrattner.com/contact/

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

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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

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

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Read what they say

Unlock the phone with CapTel® Captioned Telephone! CapTel shows word-for-word captions of everything a caller says over the phone, letting you read everything that they say. Like captions on TV – for the phone! Captions are provided by a free service, no monthly fees or contracts required. For more information or to order call 1-800-233-9130 V/TTY or visit http://www.weitbrecht.com/captel.html .  For more info about CapTel or any of the many assistive listening devices we offer, email: sales@weitbrecht.com.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

CapTel® Captioned Telephone – See What Everyone is Talking About!

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STANDING UP AT THE RECEPTIONIST’S LOBBY
You have an appointment and see the receptionist.
The receptionist says fine, and asks you to sit
in the waiting room. She will call you when
your name comes up.
The waiting room looks different. You cannot
see the receptionist from the back area of the
waiting room. You can see her from the front area.
The front area is full. the back area is
empty.
You are forced to stand up for a long time
in the front area to make sure receptionist does
not overlook you!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-with-receptionist/

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Sign languages that are mo more or are dying

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-extinct-sign-languages/

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MCDONALD’S HATE THE DEAF?
Does McDonald’s hate the deaf? DeafDigest editor
does not think so.
But there have been bad newspaper stories in
recent weeks about McDonald’s refusing to serve
the deaf; refusing to hire the deaf; kicking the
deaf out of the restaurant, etc?
Maybe McDonald’s should hire a Deaf Representative
to work with the Deaf Community!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/mcdonalds-and-deaf/

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

a flip question by a hearing person directed at an
interpreter:

why are you keeping the deaf person in the loop?

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

Using computer-aided transcription (CAT) or captioning software, a realtime captioner or CART provider utilizes a computerized personal dictionary in order to translate steno strokes into English words. The captioner may input entries into a personal dictionary that look something like this:

KOPB=con
STAPB=Stan
TEUPB=tin
OEP/-L=opal

If the captioner were to write the sounds KOPB/STAPB/TEUPB/OEP/-L, they would translate as “con Stan tin opal.”

In order to translate properly, the captioner would have to input an additional entry to his or her dictionary like this:

KOPB/STAPB/TEUPB/OEP/-L=Constantinople

Every word or phrase that a captioner writes must be in the computer dictionary created by the captioner. With thousands of words and phrases in a captioner’s dictionary, it is sometimes difficult for the captioner to remember if a particular word or phrase has been inputted into the dictionary.

You might see occasional unusual translations when you are watching realtime captioning simply because a captioner does not have that word or phrase in his or her dictionary yet.

A PET PEEVE OF BEING DEAF

being constantly told that oral education, CI, Cued
Speech, etc is best for them.

(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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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

Prison officials have been accused of ignoring
the rights of deaf inmates in Florida. As a result
a group has filed a lawsuit.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

From time to time DeafDigest reports on IRS’s refusal
to accept relay calls, insisting that the deaf caller
use the TTY.
Even when the TTY is pretty much going out of fashion,
the IRS sticks with its edict.
The frustrated deaf person then instructed the VRS
operator to keep quiet about it being a relay service.
It worked but the IRS agent, already suspicious
of conflicts – name (male) and voice (female), warned of
prosecution if fraud surfaced.
Still, the agent accepted the call and fully addressed
a tax issue with the deaf person.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

A deaf senior in a high school, wanting to go to college,
basically has three options; go to Gallaudet; go to
NTID/RIT; go to a hearing college. Yale University has
two deaf students, and both have had their share of
frustrations with “everything” – classroom discussions,
struggles with interpreting services, limited social
life, etc. They, however, stressed that if they had to
start all over again, they would still attend Yale!

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

See above re Yale. Does it mean these two students
are gluttons for punishment?

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DeafDigest – 30 January 2016

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

MCDONALD’S HATE THE DEAF?
Does McDonald’s hate the deaf? DeafDigest editor
does not think so.
But there have been bad newspaper stories in
recent weeks about McDonald’s refusing to serve
the deaf; refusing to hire the deaf; kicking the
deaf out of the restaurant, etc?
Maybe McDonald’s should hire a Deaf Representative
to work with the Deaf Community!

DeafDigest – 30 January 2016

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

STANDING UP AT THE RECEPTIONIST’S LOBBY
You have an appointment and see the receptionist.
The receptionist says fine, and asks you to sit
in the waiting room. She will call you when
your name comes up.
The waiting room looks different. You cannot
see the receptionist from the back area of the
waiting room. You can see her from the front area.
The front area is full. the back area is
empty.
You are forced to stand up for a long time
in the front area to make sure receptionist does
not overlook you!

DeafDigest – 29 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 29, 2016

— smoking on the NTID campus

Some NTID students are smoking on the NTID campus!
It is not what you may think. E-smoking good or bad?
Well, these selected students are asked to decide which
flavor is best for e-smoking. What is going on? NTID
is part of a group that won a $329,000 grant from the
National Institutes of Health to study the safety of
e-cigs with flavorings. OK, but why these deaf students?
Said a NTID spokesperson:

Our students are interested in conducting research on this,
since many young people are using e-cigarettes. They are
researchers who happen to be deaf.

a picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-and-e-smoking/

 

— a “fishy” lost deaf woman story

This Geeta India-Pakistan tale never ends. Deaf Geeta
claimed to accidentally crossed the border from
India to Pakistan, and then being held for years
against her will. She was returned to India,
yet she has not been able to identify her
birth parents and her natural family despite
looking over hundreds of would-be families.
And now this – Pakistan is demanding that
India send back Geeta, saying she is a natural
born Pakistan citizen, and not a citizen of
India as she claimed to be. Next chapter!

 
— a strong reason for Certifed Deaf Interpeting

Certified Deaf Interpreting is a new field, only
having surfaced in the past 15-20 years. There
was a story of a deaf man whose conviction was
overturned by the court of appeals by a state.
The judges said that he could not understand,
or appropriately respond to the interpreting
of the police detective’s five-hour intensive
questioning. A certified deaf interpreter may
have likely helped this case.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 28 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 28, 2016

— a role as a hunter for a deaf actress

In the latest “Into The Mystic” TV episode,
veteran deaf actress Shoshonnah Stern has been
featured as a hunter. A TV critic said she did
a great job acting in that episode. Her picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-actress-shoshonnah-stern/

 
— a new role for a baseball cap

If we see many deaf people wear baseball caps
in the future, it may have nothing to do with
this sport! A team of hearing aid specialists
from a university in Chennai (India) has
come up with a special cap. It holds a hidden
hearing aid! A sponge inside the cap functions
as a hearing aid. Not exactly sure how this works,
though. They are saying it is for people that
are ashamed to show their hearing aids in public!

 

— a reason for hated hearing man to avoid sign language

Deaf activists hate Alexander Graham Bell because
of his anti-sign language, pro-oralism views. But
was there a reason for Bell not liking sign
language? He was a dyslexic. People with dyslexia
have problems reading. They are forced to use
“tricks” to allow them to read in a different way.
Maybe sign language scared him off because of
his problems reading in a normal way? His
telephone invention led to the TTY years later.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
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DeafDigest – 27 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 27, 2016

— Nyle DiMarco was not Tyra Banks’ first deaf model

It may be a surprise to many of us, but Nyle DiMarco
was not Tyra Banks’ first deaf model! This honor
belongs to Floyd McClain, Jr, of Southern California.
He modeled in 2008 and came as runner ups. He was
the reason why Tyra changed her mind. She wanted
all of her models to be females but after seeing
him, she quickly changed her mind!

Floyd’s picture and brief explanation is at:
http://deafdigest.com/tyra-banks-first-deaf-tv-model/

 

 

— captions on airplanes, really

There was an announcement that video provider Gogo Vision
has agreed to provide captions on airplane trips. Really?
Gogo Vision has agreed to complete its captioning project
within 18 months from now (meaning target date is August
2017). And these captions are for flights between
American cities. On overseas flights, good question,
and not best news for deaf passengers that travel
to foreign cities!

 
— 20 years to complete ADA plan

Does it take 20 years to complete a ADA plan? The
Chicago Transit Authority said it would take 20
years to make its rail system 100 percent
ADA-compliant. This is not good news for the
disabled (accessibility ramps) and for the
deaf (captions on displays and on emergency
announcements). 20 years means a lifetime!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/ or click on “jobs”

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http://deafdigest.com/category/mid-week-news/

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DeafDigest – 26 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 26, 2016

— discovering lost Deaf Films

Deaf people took movies of deaf events many years ago.
These films had been “lost” until just now. These
films have been restored and shown at a big Deaf
Movie event in Great Britain. Four pictures at:

http://deafdigest.com/lost-deaf-films/

 
— vibrating sailboats

Do sailboats vibrate to help the deaf? Not really,
but there was one sailboat – named Tenacius.
It just went through the Panama Canal with
a deaf and disabled crew. In the cabins where
the deaf sleep, the pads on the floor
vibrate to alert them. We have few deaf
that are sailboat instructors, but do they
have vibrating sailboats? Doubt it!

 

— not deaf and can’t hear

In an interview yesterday, a hearing person,
talking about a deaf person, said “she is not
deaf; she just can’t hear.” This is a strange
comment – a deaf person cannot hear.

 
Latest deaf jobs:
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past Mid-Week & morning editions:
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01/24/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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DeafDigest – 25 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 25, 2016

— a movie theater refuses to show open captions

The Westgarth Cinemas has refused to open caption their
movies. The Deaf Community is very angry about it.
A story about the theater’s refusal was written
up in a local newspaper. The theater has made available
their individual captioning devices, but the deaf patrons
said either the device is defective or is not available
upon demand! The theater is in Australia.A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/demand-to-open-caption/

 

 
— school for the deaf open in freezing weather

It is freezing right now in Hong Kong. The local
government has ordered all schools to close until
the weather gets better. Yet, for some reason,
the school for the deaf was ordered to stay open!
Why? No reason was given.

 

— a complaint by the blind

The blind people have a complaint. When they go to
the movies, they are given portable captioning
devices! It is not funny. It is the same as the
deaf going to a restaurant and being given
Braille menus.

 
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01/24/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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DeafDigest – 24 January 2016

DeafDigest Gold – January 24, 2016

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This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/last-minute-deaf-air-trip-not-impossible/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/coolidge-coin-sold-out/

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New Movie from ASL Films at Harris Communications

Now available at Harris Communications, “In the Can” examines the
making of a feature film that goes humorously wrong.

Nicky, an aspiring young director, suddenly has his dream come true
to direct his very first feature film production. With lots of bad
luck and ill-fated decisions, he struggles to find a way out of the
chaos.

“In the Can” (DVD449) is signed in ASL, with no audio, and is closed
captioned.

Order now for $25.99. Free ground shipping is available if you live
in the contiguous U.S.

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Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates
Deaf Dentist; College Park. MD & Gaithersburg, MD
(near Washington, DC & Frederick, MD & also Metro Washington)

Complete Dental Services; assistants either know ASL or
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to contact Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates:
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Sunday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

http://deafdigest.com/a-deaf-man-and-his-deaf-car/

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Top stories about the deaf:

The British Department for Work and Pensions (sort
of same as our own SSA) has set up a video relay
service to communicate with the deaf.

The Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA
settled with the feds over discriminating
against a deaf patient and agreed to provide
interpreters for future deaf patients.

A deaf couple reached settlement with an
interpreting agency in Colorado on their
hiring of unqualified interpreters during
medical appointments.

Dr. Ithai Rabinowitch, a Neurobiologist, said that
it is true that loss of one sense (sound) in
deaf people actually strengthens the four other
senses. His findings were published on a web site.

Facebook contacts or face to face at clubs for
the deaf? Deaf people would prefer Facebook.
This was the focus of a story featured on
the BBC in Great Britain.

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LAST MINUTE AIR FLIGHTS IMPOSSIBLE FOR SOME DEAF
Last minute air flights are not impossible, depending on
vacant seats. But for some deaf people, it may be
impossible at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
This airport requires 48 hours advance notice for
deaf people with Cochlear Implants or with hearing aids. The reason
is screening by x-ray and the security people do not
want last minute problems.
But for deaf people without CI or hearing aids, they are
OK for last minute tickets.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/last-minute-deaf-air-trip-not-impossible/

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Deaf Entertainer

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A DEAF STUFF SOLD OUT
Several times in DeafDigest, it was mentioned
that the Grace Coolidge coin had a big irony.
She taught at Clarke School for the Deaf before
she married and became the First Presidential
Lady.
Yet the coin had this U-S-A fingerspelled.
Clarke School has never permitted the use of
sign language nor of the fingerspelling. Anyway
this coin, open for public sale, was sold out.
This information was provided by deaf coin collector Kenneth S.Rothschild.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/coolidge-coin-sold-out/

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Organizations serving the deaf

International Catholic Deaf Association

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Lip Reading nightmare

A hearing friend wanted introduce his friend.

Deaf person thought hearing person said:
This is Jelly

The hearing person actually said:
This is Shelley

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Deaf Book of the Week

Conversational Sign Language

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-book-conversational-sign-language/

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Deaf people can do anything

we have a deaf person who is/was a

— medical instruments technician

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

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. Are there organizations for the deaf in North
Korea?

A. Do not know, because North Korea is a secretive
nation – but there is an organization for the
disabled, and that the deaf is part of it. But
as for deaf-only organizations, good question!

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Huge snowstorms have hit parts of the USA and can they be dangerous.

Sidewalks may not be shoveled for days, power may be go out and phone lines and cable may be down.

Think about people who might need assistance during these rough times.

Individuals who are DeafBlind might have limited communication with those outside their households.

Braille displays and devices have limited power between charges.   Hope many of you have power backup sources?

Friends, do me a favor.  Check on your neighbors who are DeafBlind to be sure they are safe.

Thank you

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 mainstreamed students get best support services from local educational districts

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DeafHistory:

Year 2008

James LeVoy Sorenson, not deaf, passes away. He was
well noted for his monetary contributions to the
deaf community, including Gallaudet University.

He was mentioned as the richest man in Utah.

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

3,000

and

10,000

3,000 funerals officiated and 10,000 sermons

by The Reverend Matthias Lloyd-Thomas (Cwmbran, South Wales).
He was deaf all his life (mid-19th century)

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

West Florida – Peggy de Villiers, sr, women’s swimming

She is from South Africa

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Deaf Elite Athletes:

Tyson Gillies, minor league baseball 2015

Is hoping to be offered another minor league contract
for 2016 as a free agent

He is a member of the national Canadian baseball team and
his most recent appearance was at the  2015 World Baseball
Confederation Premier12 tournament in Taiwan and Japan.

He played all six games that Canada played in that tournament,
hitting .150, three hits, three runs, two walks and
six strike outs in 20 at bats. His on-base average was .261

He still dreams of one day, playing in the majors.

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DeafSports Library:

Q. The blizzard has hit the East Coast real hard.
We have read of the Duquesne men’s basketball team
and Temple women’s gymnastics team being stranded
on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Has such incidents
happened with deaf sports teams while traveling
to and away from away games?

A. Yes, and in several cases, these incidents have
been tragic. DeafDigest prays that such
incidents will never again happen in the World
of Deaf Sports.

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DeafDigest – 24 January 2016

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-communicate-with-strangers/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-notes-not-interpreter/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/antii-deaf-police-fired/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/gesture-insulting-deaf/

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New Movie from ASL Films at Harris Communications

Now available at Harris Communications, “In the Can” examines the
making of a feature film that goes humorously wrong.

Nicky, an aspiring young director, suddenly has his dream come true
to direct his very first feature film production. With lots of bad
luck and ill-fated decisions, he struggles to find a way out of the
chaos.

“In the Can” (DVD449) is signed in ASL, with no audio, and is closed
captioned.

Order now for $25.99. Free ground shipping is available if you live
in the contiguous U.S.

To see a movie trailer and place your order, go to:
http://bit.ly/HarrisComm_DDB012416

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Top stories about the deaf:

The Paralympics publication said that deafness is
not a disadvantage in sports when playing against
the hearing.

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has been said to show displeasure
with the bad treatment of the deaf and the disabled
by the British government.

There as a story in a newspaper in Nepal about a deaf man, age 70, that never saw a deaf person all
his life, and just learned how to use sign language.
It is not easy to learn signs at late age.

A interpreter bill has been brought up in the Washington House of Representatives. It proposes to eliminate the
RID certificate requirement and to replace it with
the state interpreting standards. The Deaf Community
is not too happy about it, and as a matter of irony
the person supporting the bill is a deaf educator!

The Jhenidah School for the Deaf in Bangladesh
was supposed to be ready after seven years of
building construction. It still has not been
opened – because of issues with money, school
control and political issues. In the meantime
deaf children have been waiting, to no avail.

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ANTI-DEAF POLICE OFFICERS FIRED
There was a crime committed against a group of
deaf people. The police came to investigate
the crime, and did not arrest the hearing
criminals.
The top court was not too happy about it and
fired these police officers.
It took place in Pakistan!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
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Theatrical play at NTID in February

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SIGN LANGUAGE GESTURES THAT ARE INSULTING
The Washington Post ran a story of sign language
gestures, some of which are really insulting.
Giving examples of these insulting sign languages
was Gallaudet employee Melissa Malzkuhn. The
story will make you laugh if some of these signs
do not bother you.
But if you feel easily insulted, do not read the story.

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

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

said an interpreter:

in the classroom I am an interpreter, not an editor. I have
attended graduation ceremonies where names of graduates
were not conveyed. I have been to programs were speakers
speak, singers sing while I stand, my hands still!

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

The steno for every word must be entered into a stenocaptioner’s personal dictionary in order for it to translate properly. Because words are written phonetically, a captioner might have multiple ways to write the same word, and every way must be entered into the dictionary.

Let’s take the word “baccalaureate.” This is a word that has five syllables and could be heard a number of ways. Some examples would be the phonetic sounds of BAK/A/LOR/E/AT or BAUK/LAUR/YAT or BA/KA/LOR/AT or BAK/LOR/YET. As you can see, there could be many, many ways to write this word.

Even if the captioner had all four of these ways entered in his or her dictionary, if the captioner heard it and wrote it as BAK/LAUR/YAUT and that combination of sounds was not entered in the dictionary, it might translate as “back lawyer yacht.”

A PET PEEVE OF BEING DEAF

hearing people assuming deaf people have problems
living independently and must depend on others
for assistance

(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

A case is going on in Haarlem, a city near Amsterdam
in the Netherlands. A family from Afghanistan was not
given refugee status. That family has a deaf daughter.

The question facing the attorneys:

Is she permitted to have a CI operation even though
the government rejected the family’s request for
refugee status?

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

A Deaf Robot, or more specifically a
Fingerspelling Robotic Hand coming up on
the horizon?
Well, at a recent tournament in Sasagurimachi,
Japan to determine which robot is the best
robot, one of the robotic contestants was
a Fingerspelling Robotic Hand.
Could a Deaf Man carry on a conversation
with the Fingerspelling Robotic Hand? At this
point, doubtful since the “monster” only has
a range of 10 Japanese phrases.
The Fingerspelling Robotic Hand creators
are working on an expanded Robotic Vocabulary.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

A new pro soccer stadium across the street from
Gallaudet University? The DC United professional
soccer team that plays in the Major League Soccer
league, has been looking for a new stadium.
There are two sites in Washington, DC that has been
proposed as sites for the new stadium. One of the
sites is located in the Capital City Market,
which is across the street from Gallaudet University!

(it was not to be; a new stadium will be built
on the other side of town)

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

What is a CI?

Is it a hearing aid inside the head? No, says a
CI surgeon – it is a surgical implant that electrically stimulates nerves in the cochlea, or inner ear.

This surgeon will challenge anyone that says CI is
a built-in hearing aid!

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DeafDigest – 24 January 2016

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DeafDigest – 22 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 22, 2016

— Hollywood refuses to caption movie songs

Individuals representing AgBell have filed a lawsuit
in California over refusal of Hollywood to caption
movie songs. Hollywood will caption conversations
but not songs. A picture of this refusal is at:

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

 

— sign langauge is unsafe

Sign Language usage is unsafe? No, it is not –
but unfortunately, there was an incident. It
took place in Burlington, NC, a city of some
50,000 people. A deaf man was chatting with
his friend in ASL and was attacked by a hearing
stranger. He thought it was gang signs. It
happened last week. The deaf man is in stable
condition and the attacker was caught. It is
not the first time it has happened.

 

 
— two inmates walking away from court room

Two inmates, awaiting sentencing on charges of
assault and battery, were released by the
courtroom officer. They just walked out.
They were caught just steps away from the
court building when the judge and the officers
realized something went wrong. The officer
was deaf and misunderstood the judge’s
instructions to keep them in custody and let
them free! It took place, not in USA, but
in Cardiff, Wales!

 

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DeafDigest – 21 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 21, 2016

— owner of a top art gallery tried to hide his birth deafness

Patrick K. Pryor co-owns the Kolman & Pryor Gallery. This
gallery is considered to be one of the top 10 best galleries
in Minnesota. He has been deaf since birth but tried to
function as a hearing person all his life, with the help
of his hearing aid. He finally admitted his deafness
because it was difficult to fake being hearing during
speeches, presentations and seminars. Much to his
relief his friends in the arts community were
supportive! His picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/gallery-owner-finally-admits-deafness/

 

— lead in water at Michigan School for the Deaf

Michigan School for the Deaf is located in Flint.
There has been a scandal and much blame finger-pointing
in the water lead case. It was not known until this
morning that lead was found in a building on the
deaf school campus. DeafDigest hopes this problem
will be fixed and will go away.

 
— a coffee place misunderstanding embarrasses deaf man

A deaf man and his family entered a coffee place in
London, and wrote down his order on a piece of paper.
He ordered three coffees but was served (and charged)
for six coffees. He asked for a refund, showing the
note for three coffees. His request was refused and
making it worse, the staffer yelled “if he’s deaf,
he shouldn’t be ordering coffees”. This incident
was written up in the newspapers and the coffee
shop owner “promised” to look into this matter.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 20 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 20, 2016

 

— a city honors deaf father and deaf son

DeafDigest mentioned some weeks back that two
deaf men (father and son) were at a gas station/
convenience market when a robbery and a murder
took place. They fought against the murderer,
overcoming him, forcing him to run away. He
was caught. The city of Parma, Ohio had a
ceremony, honoring both deaf men. The picture
of the ceremony is at:

http://deafdigest.com/city-honors-two-deaf-men/

 

— a big Deaf Fight at Martha’s Vineyard

Deaf people, that follow history, know all about
Martha’s Vineyard where everyone knew sign language
because many deaf people lived there years way back.
There is a play going on at a theater in Chicago –
The Vineyard. It is about Deaf Romeo in love with
Deaf Juliet at Nartha’s Vineyard. They are stuck
in a big fight between a group that supports
sign language and a group that supports oralism!
It is a twist of this all-time famous Shakespearian
play!

 
— the best Deaf Films

We have many deaf filmmakers (amateurs, not
professionals) that love to film deaf-themed stories.
Digital photography has made it possible whereas
film photography has made it almost impossible.
Anyway, who are the best Deaf Filmmakers in the
world? They are in Great Britain. Why? The British
Sign Language Broadcasting Trust has given funds
for Deaf Filmmakers to do what they love to do so.
What about USA? Forget it – they do it out of love
of labor (and no money!).

 

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DeafDigest – 19 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 19, 2016

— the deaf in the Super Bowl week

Every year we almost always find the deaf during the
Super Bowl week – a player or ASL singer or
whatever. Here is a picture of the deaf in this
coming Super Bowl week:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-in-2016-super-bowl-week/

 

 

— text kiosk for deaf travelers

As always, when a deaf person travels, transportation
terminals can be confusing and scary. And even with
maps and GPS it can be an ordeal trying to find
a hotel you made reservations for. A high tech
company in Japan is developing a voice multi-language
kiosk to help travelers at terminals. This kiosk
has a special button that will convert voice to text
for the benefit of deaf travelers. Hope this works.

 

 

— a small reason for Walmart’s problems

There is a small reason for Walmart’s problems. A
deaf person stopped shopping at Walmart because
of problems communicating with employees that
don’t speak English, and an English-speaking
employee is nowhere to be found. As a result,
this deaf person is shopping elsewhere.

 

 
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DeafDigest – 18 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 18, 2016

— we almost had a deaf astronaut

Leland Melvin grew up all his life without realizing
he had a hearing impairment. While undergoing an
astronaut training program, the NASA physicians
suspected something was wrong, and gave him a
hearing test – and found out he had a hearing
impairment! His picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/we-almost-had-a-deaf-astronaut/

 

 
— a father’s reason for Netflix foreign piracy

Last week DeafDigest mentioned Netflix trying to
prevent piracy of its videos through other domain
servers. A father of a deaf child in a foreign
nation, said that there are no captions in
his country. This is why he had to rely on
“illegal” servers in order to provide his son
with captions!

 

— an update on Matt Hamill

It was announced not too many months ago that Matt
Hamill was ending his retirement and already had a
fight lined up. It was not to be. Under some
mysterious circumstances the fight was cancelled.
He is looking for a next fight but has not been
able to line up an opponent. He suspects something
fishy is going on in the UFC/Mixed Martial Arts
community that is preventing him from getting
fights. Just stay tuned.

 

 
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DeafDigest – 18 January 2016

DeafDigest Gold – January 17, 2016

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Old Fogey

Field of Deafness

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Deaf Dentist; College Park. MD & Gaithersburg, MD
(near Washington, DC & Frederick, MD & also Metro Washington)

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Sunday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

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Top stories about the deaf:

Anna Gilmore Hall has stepped down from her Executive Director position with the Hearing Loss Association of America. Why? Her desire to relocate to Florida.

If a deaf employee at IRS asked for accommodation,
he would have to wait 70 days to get what he wanted.
This was the blistering report that was posted by the
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration!

A fake deaf spy (espionage)? Someone tried to spy on
the military area in a small city in India. The
police caught him. The suspect tried to play himself
as a deaf person accidentally wandering around. The
police didn’t believe him and arrested him.

A long time tradition in Cincinnati – St. Rita Fest
has been closed after a run of 99 years. Costs
and funding issues were cited as the reasons.
Gregory Ernst, executive director of St. Rita School for the Deaf, said there were other
better fund raising alternatives.

After being in existence for just nine years,
the Deaf Seniors Foundation of Palm Springs
is being closed up. The reason was “various
circumstances.”

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FUNNY OR NOT FUNNY
A couple just celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary. Some one asked the couple how
they stayed married for so many ears.
The husband, who is deaf, said reason for
marriage success is – deaf husband and a blind
wife!
Funny comment or not funny comment?

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A man of many hats

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DISABLED OR NOT DISABLED
Are deaf people really disabled? Well, one blogger
said the deaf helped invent baseball signs,
the football huddle and the corner red lights
in boxing (to tell deaf boxers the round has
ended).
So, why are they called disabled?

http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-not-disabled-in-sports/

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Lip Reading nightmare

Two totally different groups of words!

a deaf person thought hearing person said:
left-handed

the hearing person actually said:
fire alarm

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Deaf Book of the Week

British Sign Language

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-book-british-sign-language/

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Deaf people can do anything

we have a deaf person who is/was a

— financial adviser, advising hearing, not deaf, clients

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

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. Why is it remarkable that the deaf can work in
unusual jobs? We know of the adage – that deaf people
can do anything except to hear.

A. We know we can, but hearing people still think
we can’t!

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

In Vermont, our school for the deaf and agency for the Deaf and hard of hearing shut down abruptly when it went bankrupt.

A new council has been established by the State to study Deaf, hard of hearing and DeafBlind needs in Vermont.

One frustrating issue is that the council does not have a DeafBlind representative!

Are the DeafBlind second class citizens to this new council?  It is not right!

When the bill was introduced to the Statehouse last year, it didn’t include the DeafBlind.

I went to the Statehouse and testified to include DeafBlind people!

But still, there are no DeafBlind on the council.

The advocacy continues!

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

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

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Deaf Wish List of the Week:

that a new national deaf newspaper, with strong financial
backing, will be established and well-distributed
in the Deaf Community

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DeafHistory:

Year 1950

The National Association of the Deaf, for years a
kitchen organization, finally established a home office – in Chicago

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

????????

???????? was the response by the government of
Maharashtra, a state in India, on the numbers of
deaf and the disabled that are employed by the
state civil service system!

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Sarah Wisor, who played basketball for
University of Texas at Dallas, is no longer
on the team.

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Deaf Elite Athletes:

According to a deaf golfer that follows deaf golfers
that play professionally, there was a big reason for
Kevin Hall not being able to succeed as a pro –
putting woes!

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DeafSports Library:

The 2016 Clerc Deaf Basketball tournament took
place this weekend. This tournament started in
2000. Over the years, 24 schools, with boys teams
and 25 girls teams have participated.

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

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DeafDigest – 18 January 2016

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http://deafdigest.com/videos/captions-and-subtitles/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-communicate-with-strangers/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-notes-not-interpreter/

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Saturday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

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Dedication

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Shelley
Bergum, resident of San Francisco Bay area,
that departed us. She was not deaf but fought
for the full rights of the deaf in telecommunications access on behalf of the
California Communications Access Foundation
and of the national deaf relay network.

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Ruth
Peterson, a long time Washington, DC area
resident, that departed us. She was an extremely
talented artist, and her editorial cartoons
were featured in the old Dee Cee Eyes, an area
Deaf Community publication.

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Roger Scott, or better known as the Deaf Mayor of Delaware Beaches, that departed us. He was
a gregarious fellow that liked to greet
deaf people and make them feel at home.
Years ago he was the confidante of past
deaf leaders – Fred C Schreiber and
Merv Garretson. They liked to bounce
their ideas off Roger for his grass
roots points of view.

Top stories about the deaf:

Magic Morgan is one of the nation’s leading deaf
magicians. It is his full time job since after
graduating from Wisconsin School for the Deaf.
He revealed that it was his magician uncle that
taught him everything he needed to know about
this craft!

The town of Hempstead, NY (on Long Island)
will have its town board meetings interpreted.

Is it loud? Is it quiet? There is a new
app coming out on the market that tells
people (both deaf and hearing) the
decibel level of the power drill that
they just walked by.

Arya Mohan is conducting a research –
into how do deaf people think? Do they
think in written language or in sign
language? She is working with researchers
in India.

Hard times for interpreters in Mexico!
That was the focus of a newspaper story –
shortage, lack of training, lack of
fair pay, lack of certification.

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Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates
Deaf Dentist; College Park. MD & Gaithersburg, MD
(near Washington, DC & Frederick, MD & also Metro Washington)

Complete Dental Services; assistants either know ASL or
are deaf

more information:
http://www.drrattner.com/our-team/meet-our-team/

to contact Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates:
http://www.drrattner.com/contact/

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THE WAY DEAF COMMUNICATE WITH STRANGERS
Hearing person communicates with hearing
strangers by saying “hi” or “good day” or
something simple.
How do deaf communicate with hearing
strangers? By nodding head with a brief
eye contact – or by waving of the hand.

http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-communicate-with-strangers/

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Infamous deaf comments

http://deafdigest.com/infamous-deaf-comments/

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DEAF NOTES AT HEARING MEETING
An important deaf employee prefers handwritten
notes during a staff meeting, than to have an
interpreter.
He said with notes, he can take it home and
review it in black and white. But with an interpreter,
he depends on his memory. Sometimes his memory is
correct; sometimes his memory is wrong!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-notes-not-interpreter/

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

being told by a deaf person that interpreters are
not necessary and that a note and pad will do!

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

There are a few different methods that court reporters, broadcast
captioners, or CART captioners can use to create and build their main
dictionary and other job-related dictionaries that will be used in
translating the text. Some schools offer prebuilt personal
dictionaries to students, and some software companies offer
dictionary building kits.

Captioners often spend countless hours going through lists of names
and unusual terminology in order to add those words and phrases to
their dictionaries.

Knowing what is in his or her dictionary is one of the most important
pieces of information that a captioner can possess. If a captioner
can anticipate how a word or phrase will translate when it is
written, then the translation will be more accurate.

If a captioner added the name “Norrell” to a dictionary, he or she
might have to be careful if a story discussed how the information was
“neither true nor relevant.” If the captioner did not think of
another way to write it, that might translate as the information
being “neither true Norrell vant.”

A PET PEEVE OF BEING DEAF

Deaf people tap on each other’s shoulders to get
attention. This is the acceptable norm in the
Deaf Society – yet when a deaf person accidentally
taps on the shoulder of a hearing person then
it may lead to problems!

(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

Deaf people in USA are lucky. They do not live in
Russia. There is no “ADA” in Russia, meaning
lack of services such as interpreters, video
relay, deaf devices, etc.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Angela who? It was announced over the Internet
that Angela will be sign singing the National
Anthem at the Super Bowl.
The problem is DeafDigest does not know
Angela’s last name, hence this question
“Angela who?”

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Deaf pilots cannot work on a commercial airplane because
of tower radio communications. Josh Mech, a Wisconsin deaf
man outfitted with a double CI, was given OK by the Federal
Aviation Administration on his career plan to become a
commercial pilot.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Deaf people sign petitions asking for changes to
make lives easier for them (employment, captions,
interpreters, stronger ADA regulations, etc).

Worth it?

A deaf activist says it is a waste of time because
governments just don’t listen!

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DeafDigest – 17 January 2016

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DISABLED OR NOT DISABLED
Are deaf people really disabled? Well, one blogger
said the deaf helped invent baseball signs,
the football huddle and the corner red lights
in boxing (to tell deaf boxers the round has
ended).
So, why are they called disabled?

DeafDigest – 17 January 2016

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FUNNY OR NOT FUNNY
A couple just celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary. Some one asked the couple how
they stayed married for so many ears.
The husband, who is deaf, said reason for
marriage success is – deaf husband and a blind
wife!
Funny comment or not funny comment?

DeafDigest – 16 January 2016

[pb_vidembed title=”” caption=”” url=”[pb_vidembed title=”deaf notes not interpreter” caption=”” url=”http://35.182.75.222/videos/deaf-notes-not-interpreter.mp4″ type=”mov” w=”480″ h=”385″]”do enjoy watching this text video“]

DEAF NOTES AT HEARING MEETING
An important deaf employee prefers handwritten
notes during a staff meeting, than to have an
interpreter.
He said with notes, he can take it home and
review it in black and white. But with an interpreter,
he depends on his memory. Sometimes his memory is
correct; sometimes his memory is wrong!

 

DeafDigest – 16 January 2016

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

THE WAY DEAF COMMUNICATE WITH STRANGERS
Hearing person communicates with hearing
strangers by saying “hi” or “good day” or
something simple.
How do deaf communicate with hearing
strangers? By nodding head with a brief
eye contact – or by waving of the hand.

 

DeafDigest – 15 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 15, 2016

— possible lawsuit; both sides give different stories

Does McDonalds kiosks function as a Big Dumb Robot?
A deaf man drove up to the McDonald’s kiosk, honking
on his horn, wanting to inform the inside people of
his deafness. Instead the manager kicked him out.
The manager said deaf man was “abusive” – the
deaf man said the manager was discriminatory.
A lawsuit is coming up! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/mcdonalds-kiosk-shockers/

 

 

 

— an important deaf institution closes

National Deaf Academy, Mt Dora, Florida was started
about 20 years ago by a husband and wife team that both
worked with the deaf. It served young deaf
individuals that needed professional counseling
that traditional mental health facilities couldn’t
serve. It became the nation’s only such facility
for the deaf, The husband and wife team sold
the academy to Corporate America. But because
of an increasing number of lawsuits against the
academy, an announcement was made to close it up
for good. This is not good news.

 
— Netflix possible bad news to the deaf

Good news about Neflix few months ago with the
deaf. Their videos are captioned, though technical
glitches still remain. Now the bad news, those
wanting to “pirate” Neflix on non-Netflix
servers may find “free” access cut off. Bad
news for deaf that relied on pirated Netflix
services to get their captioned movies.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 14 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 14, 2016

— a surprise about a successful deaf actress

Abhinaya Anand is a successful deaf actress in
Bollywood (or better known as India Hollywood).
She is deaf, but won the leading female character
in a new movie. She herself does not use her own
speech in her movie roles. Instead, she lip-syncs
all of her speaking parts, even in languages
she does not know! It may be possible the
hearing people may think her speech is perfect,
not realizing she does not speak at all and
that the voice is put in for her. A picture
of Abhinaya is at:

http://deafdigest.com/successful-deaf-actress-surprise/

 

— communication in deaf dentist’s suite

DeafDigest editor had to have some dental work done in
the suite of Dr. Steven L. Rattner, Gaithersburg, MD,
who is deaf. The assistant who helps with Rattner,
is also deaf. While having teeth drilled, DeafDigest
editor watched the way Rattner and his assistant
communicate, especially with their face masks, and
hands holding dental instruments. They wiggle their
fingers, use body language, use elbows, shake their
heads, etc – just about anything to get communication
going! Hearing dentists and hearing assistants just use
voice. With the deaf, it is interesting!

 

— $500.00 per deaf person

Paul Clark, executive vice-president and chair of the
Toronto-Dominion Bank’s people with disabilities committee,
supports the hiring of the deaf and the disabled in banking
positions. He did some cost analysis and said that the
cost (one-time only) of hiring the deaf is just $500.00
per deaf employee. Do banks in USA share the same
thoughts? Hope so.

 

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 – 13 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 13, 2016

— Three Wise Monkeys Play

There is a One-Act Play contest in India. One of the
competing One-Act plays is titled The Three Musketeers.
One is deaf, one is blind and other has no speech.
They work together to solve a murder case. Three
Wise Monkeys? See picture at:

http://35.182.75.222/telling-the-world-what-it-is/

 

— between Washington, DC and Frederick, MD

The county between Washington, DC and Frederick, MD
(both large deaf communities) is Montgomery County.
That county, incidentally, has a large deaf population.
But are the police officers ignorant about ADA? There
was a story of a former Gallaudet student arrested by
county police – and interrogated for hours and also
held for a long time – both without interpreters!
The higher the Deaf Community population, the higher
the ignorance level of police, not knowing ADA?

 

— a strange wrestling rule

There was a story of a deaf wrestler in a public
high school in Michigan filing a lawsuit, because
he was not allowed to have interpreters with him
during wrestling matches. He won the lawsuit. But
is it strange? The interpreter can stand anywhere
outside of the 28-foot wrestling circle. What if
the wrestler, and the interpreter are at the
far end of the circle? Can the interpreter
hear the coach’s commands when everything is
noisy. Also since wrestling is rough and dangerous,
would the interpreter risk injury, if the wrestler
is thrown outside of the mat? It is like an
interpreter standing behind a deaf football player
during a real football game!

 

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 – 12 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 12, 2016

— a vest that makes us sad

This picture is self-explanatory, and so sad.
See the picture at:

http://35.182.75.222/a-sad-vest/

 
— accepting a deaf student and kicking her out

There is a new lawsuit. A deaf woman was accepted to a
radiologic technology program at Keiser University in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida. When the university officials
realized she was deaf, she was quickly kicked out.
It didn’t matter that her employer, Bay Pines Veterans
Administration Hospital, was paying for her additional
training. Lawsuit? Very certainly so!

 

 

— a new type of mental health assistance for the deaf

When a deaf person needs mental health services, it
is not a pleasant situation. Either there is a shortage
of deaf or ASL-fluent mental health professionals
or hearing mental health professionals that know no
ASL and depend on interpreters. In three states
there is a new approach – Certified Peer Specialists
program. Selected deaf individuals become peer
specialists and help deaf clients with their
counseling needs. The states with this such a program
are Minnesota, South Carolina, and Massachusetts.
Hopefully this will grow with more states getting
involved.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/ or click on “jobs”

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http://deafdigest.com/category/mid-week-news/

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DeafDigest – 11 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 11, 2016

— a Deaf Cultural Shock in USA

Today a newspaper in Wisconsin ran a nice story
of Magic Morgan and Liliana, his Russian-born
deaf wife. They tour USA giving magic performances.
Liliana, from Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia emigrated
to USA as an adult and met Magic. They both got
married and are now raising two deaf children.
Speaking of Russia, Liliana said there were no
ADA, no interpreting services, no videophones, no
TTYs and other accessibility devices. It
was a Deaf Cultural Shock for her! A picture
of the Morgans is at:

http://deafdigest.com/the-morgans-giving-a-presentation/

 

 

— not watching captioned movies

The Deaf Community demands movies that are either
open captioned or subtitled. And more theaters have
set up captions to make the deaf happy. Yet, these
deaf people just don’t watch movies; they just watch
captioned TV programs at home. This comment was
made, not by a deaf person in USA, but in Great
Britain!

 
— deaf dog is valuable

Deaf dogs valuable? There was a story of a deaf dog
waking up a family in Cleveland, Ohio in the
early morning. The family was wondering why their
deaf dog got so excited. They then realized the
house was very cold; the furnace went off, and
carbon monoxide was in the air! They got out of
the house just in time.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 11 January 2016

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Old Fogey

Half-Deafness

http://deafdigest.com/comics/old-fogey-half-deafness/

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This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/husband-wife-argue-over-deaf/
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http://deafdigest.com/honoring-the-deaf-at-most-famous-restaurant/

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Top stories about the deaf:

There was a story in a British newspaper
about privatization of deaf social service
agencies result in worse services for deaf
clients!

In Virginia, the House Bill 1956 was supposed to
provide interpreters for deaf patients in medical
facilities. So far, the bill is still being
discussed by legislators – with no real action so far.

For “Do It Yourself” people that want to test their own
hearing loss with no assistance from audiologists, the
cost is $49.00, according to a press release. A cynic
said $49.00 is a waste of money!

British activist Erika Jones was part of a radio
interview with Disability Minister Justin Tomlinson.
He had to evade and sidestep Jones’ constant questioning on why disability benefits for the
deaf and disabled were cut.

The McDonald’s eatery in Columbus, NE was
accused of refusing to accommodate deaf driver
when he tried to place his order at the
drive-in window.

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HEARING HUSBAND AND HEARING WIFE ARGUE FOR YEARS
A hearing husband and hearing argued for many
years – blaming each other for having a deaf
child. They accused each other of having bad
genes.
The deaf child saw the arguing for many years
but the parents would not tell him why.
He later found out from his hearing siblings
that the reason for argument was deafness, and
that parents blamed each other!
Very sad that deaf know nothing about this
arguing.

http://deafdigest.com/videos/husband-wife-argue-over-deaf/

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American presidents’ link with the deaf

http://deafdigest.com/usa-presidents-link-with-the-deaf/

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IS DONALD TRUMP ANTI-DEAF?

Is Donald Trump anti-deaf? Hope not. This
Republican hopeful for president has been
criticizing many thing so far.
He has not yet criticized the deaf.
Will he say something bad about the deaf?
Again, hope not!

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

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YOU ARE DEAF AND ARE BREAKING THE LAW IF:

You and a group of several friends walk together
on the sidewalks in Santa Ana, CA. There is a town
ordinance that prohibits two or more people to
congregate on sidewalks for discussions.
Well, deaf people like to walk in groups and
chat at the same time while walking to a restaurant.
Still, it is a crime in Santa Ana, CA!

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Lip Reading nightmare

A hearing friend wanted to tell you something

Deaf person thought hearing person said:
This is either

The hearing person actually said:
This is Heather

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Deaf Book of the Week

Britain Deaf Heritage

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-book-britain-deaf-heritage/

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Deaf people can do anything

we have a deaf person who is/was a

— astronomer, full time (not amateur)

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

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. Which university is best for deaf mainstreamed
students – Gallaudet or NTID or CSUN?

A. It is up to the students to decide which is the
best fit for their future goals. Problem is that many
students do not really know what they want!

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Winter activities!

DeafBlind people do not need to stay indoors to stay warm!  We can go out to play in the snow!

When you plan an outdoor activity think about us who are DeafBlind.

Let us join in some winter fun such as snow tubing.

Snowshoeing is another possibility for us to enjoy,  I go snowshoeing during the winter.

Some ski resorts have a program for people with disabilities.  Up here in Vermont, I went to one.

I went skiing with two Deaf support volunteers!

View the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diSEjjNXiqA

So check your local ski resorts and find out if they offer adaptive ski and sports and go!

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 hearing people are made to realize that they
are subconsciously discriminating against the deaf
in these small ways, even though they do not mean it.

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DeafHistory:

Year 2006 – becoming more popular and more frequent in
the Deaf Community are Deaf Blogs. Good or bad?
Good because it allows exchange of deaf-related issues.

Bad because it leads to unwarranted insults among bloggers
that disagree with each other – and also because it has
led to the decline in Deaf Print publications!

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

one of six

Nigerian Welfare Association for the Blind spokesperson
said that deaf is one of the six “official” disability
groups as defined by the Nigerian government

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Salve Regina – Peter Gintoli, JR, hockey

was a member of USA Deaflympics hockey team;
so far this season, in 12 games, scored 5 goals
and assisted on 5 others

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Deaf Elite Athletes:

Triathlon
Melinda Vernon, pro triathlon, Australia

her ranking is at:
http://www.triathlon.org/athletes/profile/68979/melinda_vernon

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DeafSports Library:

Q. Melinda Vernon (above) is an accomplished
triathlete? What about other deaf triathletes?

A. We have many but very few are top level
participants.

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

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DeafDigest – 11 January 2016

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/a-big-talker-in-deaf-community/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-drivers-are-safe-drivers/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-club-members-help-deaf/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/captions-and-subtitles/

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Saturday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

tricks by a deaf waitress

http://deafdigest.com/tricks-by-deaf-waitress/

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Dedication

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Judy Sheerer,
a past Ohio legislator, who was not deaf. As
the legislator, she sponsored bills to establish
TTY stations at legislative offices. She wanted
the deaf to reach the legislators to discuss
issues.

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Allen
Sussman, a long time Gallaudet psychologist,
that departed us. He had been in ill health
for quite some time.

This just in –

With the administration of Gallaudet’s new president
Bobbi Cordano, just few days old, a top ranking
official has resigned. Ed Bosso, Vice President of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center (which oversees MSSD and KDES), will be leaving Gallaudet in
middle of next month. He has accepted a new position as
Executive Director of Educational Programs/Superintendent of Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA.

Top stories about the deaf:

There was a big editorial in United Kingdom about
many deaf people not able to find employment. The
editorial said that it has cost the nation a fortune
not to hire the deaf and give them opportunities.

Being planned in Wakayama-shi, western Japan is
a new residential facility for deaf senior citizens.
It would be the 10th such facility for the deaf in
Japan.

Stethoscope and the deaf physician? Well, many
people believe the deaf cannot become physicians
only because they can’t hear the heart beats from
the stethoscope. Well, technology has created
electronic stethoscopes. And there was a recent
newspaper story saying that stethoscopes are
becoming obsolete because of computers that can
“hear” the heart beats!

The  D.C. Public Library is celebrating the
King Week and Black History Month 2016. A main
exhibit is the “”Social Justice Sneakers: Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes.”  These sneakers (48
pairs) have been designed by Gallaudet students
as part of their ethics class.

A deaf employee filed a lawsuit against a non-profit
agency, serving the disabled, on basis of job
discrimination – and lost. Reason was lack of
documentation alleging such incidents.

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DEAF LOOKING FOR JOBS
In the past, deaf clubs were very important
for one reason – club members helped their
deaf friends find jobs.
Deaf clubs are dying today. One less
opportunity for the deaf to find jobs.
This is sad.

http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-club-members-help-deaf/

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Nordhaus named to RIT/NTID faculty

http://deafdigest.com/nordhaus-named-to-ritntid-faculty/

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NETFLIX: CLOSED CAPTIONS VS SUBTITLES
Many deaf people love to watch movies
on Netflix. They must make sure they are
not missing any conversations. You see
the actor talk, but no captions show up.
You need to check the captions box –
sometimes closed captions are turned off,
but subtitles turned on – or the other
way around.
Just have to be careful on both
options.

http://deafdigest.com/videos/captions-and-subtitles/

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

complained a director of an agency serving the deaf:

Sometimes I think clients think we are an Interpreter
Dispatch, just like a Taxi Dispatch. Picture a line-up of
Interpreters, waiting for a call to be dispatched, just
like taxis. It would be a funny cartoon.

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

Some people think that all broadcast captioners and CART captioners use the same “code” when they write on their steno machines. However, that is not true. Every captioner writes somewhat differently.

Even though there are some similarities to all styles of writing on a steno machine, each captioner modifies his or her own steno theory. There are a number of steno theories that have been taught by the different court reporting/captioning schools.

As the captioner is taught steno theory, he or she is taught the basic location of the keys on the keyboard and what combinations of letters to use to make other letters. For example, in most steno theories, the letters “TPH” when depressed with the left hand will be used to represent the sound of the letter “N” at the beginning of a word.

After the captioner learns the basic theory, he or she will continue to tweak their writing throughout their entire career. Even someone who has been in the business for many years will find new ways to write certain sounds, words, or phrases.

You can find forums on the Internet where court reporters and captioners share information about how they write, and new ideas and concepts can be incorporated in all steno theories.

A PET PEEVE OF BEING DEAF

hearing people that “over-mouth” their words, thinking
it would help the deaf to lipread them better!

(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

After being successful with law requiring public
facilities to always turn on TV captions, the
Portland City Council (Oregon) is now going
after making 911 text calls friendly for the
deaf.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

If we are saying that Rick Macomber, a professional
standardbred driver, is a million-dollar driver, then
it is not an exaggeration.
He closed out the 2005 standardbred racing season
with purse winnings of $1,205,159, with 156 wins,
154 seconds and 147 thirds in 1275 races.
If one also says that Gallaudet University does not
produce professional athletes, then that comment
is wrong because making money as a standardbred driver
makes the person a pro.

editor’s note: Rick is still actively competing

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Public health authorities in China have been warning everyone
that inappropriate use of the antibiotic streptomycin have
led to deafness in over a million children. Many Chinese
have a supply of this drug and administer these to the
children without advice of their doctors!

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Many people assume that real time captioners
know everything about the subject, including
vocabulary, that they are captioning.

It is not true. No one knows everything about
subjects they are not familiar with!

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Attention:

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

All new jobs will be immediately posted in
that section

DeafDigest – 10 January 2016

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

IS DONALD TRUMP ANTI-DEAF?

Is Donald Trump anti-deaf? Hope not. This
Republican hopeful for president has been
criticizing many thing so far.
He has not yet criticized the deaf.
Will he say something bad about the deaf?
Again, hope not!

DeafDigest – 10 January 2016

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

HEARING HUSBAND AND HEARING WIFE ARGUE FOR YEARS
A hearing husband and hearing argued for many
years – blaming each other for having a deaf
child. They accused each other of having bad
genes.
The deaf child saw the arguing for many years
but the parents would not tell him why.
He later found out from his hearing siblings
that the reason for argument was deafness, and
that parents blamed each other!
Very sad that deaf know nothing about this
arguing.

DeafDigest – 09 January 2016

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

NETFLIX: CLOSED CAPTIONS VS SUBTITLES
Many deaf people love to watch movies
on Netflix. They must make sure they are
not missing any conversations. You see
the actor talk, but no captions show up.
You need to check the captions box –
sometimes closed captions are turned off,
but subtitles turned on – or the other
way around.
Just have to be careful on both
options.

DeafDigest – 09 January 2016

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

DEAF LOOKING FOR JOBS
In the past, deaf clubs were very important
for one reason – club members helped their
deaf friends find jobs.
Deaf clubs are dying today. One less
opportunity for the deaf to find jobs.
This is sad.

DeafDigest – 08 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 8, 2016

 
— impossible job for a deaf teen

Liam O’Dell, a deaf teenager, has an “impossible”
job – as a radio DJ for a station in Ampthill, a
small British town of some 7,500 people. He never
thought it was possible, yet he got the job.
His boss said Liam is very talented at what he does.
Liam’s picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-radio-dj/

 

 
— clarification on Curtis Pride

Gallaudet baseball coach Curtis Pride, who is deaf,
has become the new Ambassador for Inclusion in
Major Leage Baseball. He is not leaving his position
as the Gallaudet coach. This new job is part-time
for him whereas his full time job is the Gallaudet
baseball coach. Many people thought he was leaving
Gallaudet, but he is not.

 

 

 

— three magic deaf 911-text calls

911 text calls for the deaf becoming magic!
First magic was a deaf person suffering a heart
attack and texting 911 for emergency medical
assistance. It was a success. Then second magic
was a deaf man seeing a deer stuck on frozen
lake in Minnesota, and texting 911 for assistance.
It helped and the deer is running around happily
in the woods. Third magic was a deaf woman from
Georgia seeing two young children trapped alone
in a car in a shopping mall parking lot. Police
arrived to rescue the children.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 07 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 7, 2016

— a Grand Slam deaf tennis player

In tennis, Australian Open is part of the
Grand Slam (French Open, Wimbledon and
US Open). Never in the past has a deaf
tennis player competed in a Grand Slam
tournament, let alone competing in any of
these big weekly tournaments. South
Korean tennis player Duckhee Lee is
deaf and is just 17 years old. He will
be competing at the Australian Open,
competing against the world’s best tennis
players. Lee’s picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-tennis-player-at-australian-open/

 

— a refusal to write leads to a lawsuit

A deaf person applied for a job in Texas. Because
there was no interpreter with him, he asked
the company person to write down instructions.
The company person refused. As a result, the deaf
person filed a discrimination lawsuit. DeafDigest
wonders if it is possible that the hearing person
was illiterate, thus avoiding writing notes?

 

— deaf rescuer wins an award

It has been in the news all week that
Steven Peterson, a deaf resident of Duluth,
Minnesota, rescued a deer, stuck in an
icy river. He was driving and suddenly saw
a deer struggling to get out of the ice.
He risked his life to get the deer out of
the ice. Yesterday PETA (People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals) honored him
with a “Compassionate Action Award.”

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
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http://deafdigest.com/category/mid-week-news/

01/03/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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DeafDigest – 06 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 6, 2016

— Railroads in Belgium not deaf-friendly

There was a report which said that railroads in
Belgium are not deaf-friendly. It says railroad
conductors and ticket sellers do not communicate
well with the deaf tourists. See picture of
deaf Belgians helping a lost deaf tourist
(DeafDigest editor):

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-belgians-at-the-train-terminal-in-brussels/

 

— tough decision, interpreter or no interpreter

Anthony Mowl, who is deaf, was invited to participate
at the International Drone Expo Pitch Competition.
It is for entrepreneurs of startup companies that
hoped to win big money after giving a seven minute
presentation. Competing against four other hopefuls,
he asked for interpreters. But these interpreters
were not qualified. He had to make a decision,
to speak for himself or to rely on these interpreters.
He decided to speak for himself and won! Yet, the
experience left him with a sour taste in his mouth.

 

 
— must show evidence in deaf discrimination lawsuit

A deaf person lost her job discrimination lawsuit.
She accused the employer of not providing her with
interpreters. During the case, all of her accusations
were verbal with no documentation or evidence or
paperwork to prove to the judge and the jury that
she was discriminated. What this means is that if
you feel you were discriminated, you must show
evidence. Just explaining with words will not do.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 05 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 5, 2016

— a theater critic angry about Spring Awakening

A theater critic wrote an article, expressing his
anger about the Spring Awakening play on Broadway.
He said it is hearing-friendly but not deaf-friendly.
The ASL created for the play is difficult for the
deaf to understand. This has been an old issue for
years, beginning with The National Theatre of the Deaf
and now with Deaf West. The past Deaf West artistic
director told DeafDigest editor that hearing audiences
is where the money is, all the more reason for making
plays friendly to them. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/outside-look-of-spring-awakening-theater/

 

 

— expensive to adopt a deaf child from China

It is very expensive to adopt a deaf child from
China. A deaf couple wants to adopt a deaf child.
The cost is $20,000. Not sure why cost is so high.

 
— hospitality headquarters for deaf tourists

Deaf people love to travel. But when deaf people
travel, they see visitors centers. But is there
a Deaf Visitor Center? Normally no – but Kyoto-shi,
a city in western Japan is building a Deaf Vistors
Center to help deaf tourists with their touring
plans! A first in the world?

 

 

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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http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 04 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 4, 2016

— hiring the deaf at musical instruments factory

Kamaka, a musical instruments factory in Hawaii,
hired two deaf people as ukele makers. The factory
superivsor said deaf employees have a better sense of
touch than hearing employees. They tap on the wood and
feel the vitrations and decide if it is good material
or bad material. Hearing workers do the same thing but
the deaf feel vibrations better than them. These two
deaf employees are past retirement age but are still
employed. A picture of an ukele is at:

http://deafdigest.com/building-an-ukele/

 

 

— Coda no issues with parents’ deafness

A Coda was interviewed and he said he never
had issues with his parents’ deafness and also said
other Codas also felt the same way. This is
interesting – because the CODA International was
founded by a group of Codas, that admitted they
had issues with their parents’ deafness!

 
— ASL is called something else

ASL is called by something else, according to ASL
teacher at one high school. The teacher calls it
Secret Lanaguage. Her students agree with her!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
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DeafDigest – 04 January 2016

DeafDigest Gold – January 3, 2016

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http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

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

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/police-using-deaf-gestures/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/clerk-following-deaf-customer/

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Sunday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

a Zero

Zero has just been re-opened after being closed for
a long time because of repairs

Zero’s picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/bridge-in-kashmir/

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Top stories about the deaf:

Do deaf people understand sarcastic comments?
This is what researchers at University of Manitoba
are trying to find out.

A state commission on aging discriminating
against the deaf? Well, the Connecticut
Commission on Aging had to reach settlement
with federal prosecutors to stop discriminating against the deaf and must
provide interpreters.

The Huffington Post ran an article by a
deaf-blind woman, accusing the audiologists
of discrimination, saying they don’t use
sign language and also don’t readily respond
to relay services.

The “The Leftovers” TV series has an actress
that has a hearing loss. It is Regina King,
that plays the Erika Murphy character. It was mentioned in a web posting, even though
googlng Regina King makes no mention of it.

At Bangladesh, a workshop – Meet the Training and Employment Needs of Young People with Disability –
took place and panel participants all agreed
that the deaf, and the disabled, are very
employable.

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THESE POLICE GESTURES
A police officer was asked if they use gestures while
chasing criminals in dangerous situations.
This police officer explained that SWAT teams use
signs and gestures to communicate in situations where
silence is required.
If we, the deaf, watch these SWAT communications, we
probably will easily understand what they are saying.
But would hearing people understand? Some do; some don’t!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/police-using-deaf-gestures/

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Decibel breakdowns

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STORE CLERK FOLLOWING A DEAF CUSTOMER
It is annoying. You enter a store, looking for something
to buy. Someone is following you. And you are not aware
of it. That clerk is trying to ask you, behind your back,
if you need help.
The clerk thinks you are ignoring him, and he continues
to follow you, thinking you may be a shoplifter!
It really freaks you out.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/clerk-following-deaf-customer/

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Lip Reading nightmare

A deaf person works with insurance claims.

A co-worker was on telephone with a customer.

The deaf person thought the hearing person asked:
does the customer have feelings paid for or denied?

The hearing person actually asked:
does the customer have fillings paid for or denied?

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Deaf Book of the Week

Beethoven

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-book-beethoven/

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Deaf people can do anything

we have a deaf person who is/was a

— advertising agency owner

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

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. There is a new breed of self-taught deaf experts
in many nations on disability laws. Why do they
compare their findings with what we have in our
ADA?

A. Because the ADA is the world’s strongest disability law.

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Happy New Year

Year 2015 is behind us and 2016 is getting a fresh start.

Many of us develop New Year’s resolutions.

The resolutions below are my wishes for 2016:

–       That the American Association of the DeafBlind grow into a strong advocacy organization.

–       That Support Service Provider (SSP) services are established in more states for DeafBlind consumers.

–       That telecommunication accessibility is increased for DeafBlind consumers.

–       That employment opportunities are increased for individuals who are DeafBlind.

–       That there is stronger advocacy for better quality education for children who are DeafBlind.

These resolutions are what I, personally, would like to see happen in the year 2016 and beyond!

Have a great year and hope for the best for individuals who are DeafBlind all over the world!

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:

100 percent captioning is everywhere, not just in USA
but in all other nations

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DeafHistory:

Year 1958

John M. Tubergen Jr, a deaf man, gave a weekly
TV news presentation in sign language, believed
to be the first in the world. It was for the
deaf TV audience in Chicago. Unfortunately it
only lasted a short time before the TV people
ended this feature.

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

1,300

new laws passed by the Texas legislative body in 2015

1

just one is deaf related!

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Missouri – J’Den Cox, jr, wrestling

so far this season he is 14-1 with 10 pins
and 4 decision wins. His fastest pin to
date is 1:02

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Deaf Elite Athletes:

Alofa Solitua, pro boxer, Samoa

has not appeared in a boxing match in almost two
years. He is being removed from the elite list

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DeafSports Library:

deaf athletic officials of hearing teams

http://deafdigest.com/athletic-officials-of-hearing-programs-that-are-deaf/

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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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that section

DeafDigest – 04 January 2016

DeafDigest Blue – January 3, 2016

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http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

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

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/a-big-talker-in-deaf-community/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-drivers-are-safe-drivers/

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Happy New Year from Harris Communications

With the start of the New Year, we think it is a perfect time to say
a big “Thank You” to all of our customers.

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mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
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Saturday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

A CI deaf comic book

http://deafdigest.com/ci-deaf-comic-book/

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A correction

Last week’s DeafDigest said that George Stailey
was coming back to Indiana School for the Deaf
(ISD) where he formerly served as the superintendent,
and that he would be the CEO.

The job title is not correct. He will be the
COO (Director of Operations), serving under the
current superintendent.

Why the error? DeafDigest editor read the announcement which said the position is CEO.
An inquiry was made and it was learned it is
the COO position.

Thank you for bearing with DeafDigest.

Dedication

DeafDigest Sports dedicates this edition to Patrick
Sweeney that departed us (during last week of
December 2015). He was deaf and was a long
time football and basketball coach and teacher at St Rita School for the Deaf.

Top stories about the deaf:

An internal government report in Scotland said that
the police do not know how to communicate with the deaf.

Zamir Dhale, a deaf-blind activist from India, was
written up in a newspaper story, saying he is the
nation’s #1 authority on disability laws, as
applicable to the deaf and of the deaf-blind.

According to a web posting, the 1998 on copyright
protection, may prevent future inventors to improve
on the CI.

A deaf woman in San Bernardino, CA, suffered a
heart attack but was able to text 911 for
assistance. They came and saved her.

One of the new laws in Texas is to allow the
deaf to order special “deaf” license plates.

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

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A BIG DEAF TALKER
Years ago there was a popular deaf man in a Deaf
Community. He was a big talker and always had easy
answers for complicated Deaf Issues.
He was asked to serve on an important committee
with the National Association of the Deaf. He accepted.
Did he help much with the committee? No, he was quiet
and silent all the time!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/a-big-talker-in-deaf-community/

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Did you know that ……….?

http://deafdigest.com/audree-norton-deaf-pioneering-tv-model/

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WHO IS BETTER DRIVER – DEAF OR HEARING?
Many hearing people think deaf people cannot drive.
We are successful drivers because we use
our eyes.
Many hearing drivers talk on cell phones, drive
too fast, break too many traffic laws, etc, etc.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-drivers-are-safe-drivers/

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

Being constantly asked this question:

How long did it take you to learn sign language?

Sarcastically remarked the interpreter:

I’ve been studying sign language for 15 years. When people ask
me that question, I just smile at them and reply “Hmmm, I don’t
know. I’ll let you know when I’m finished.”

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

Over the holiday season, many TV stations have featured special holiday-themed programming. We have seen special sports and entertainment shows. Now, as the holiday season comes to an end, we will find many TV shows beginning their new seasons.

Personally, I have seen a number of shows over this holiday season where the captioning has been absolutely fabulous, but I have also seen instances where the captioning was very poor or totally overlooked.

Unfortunately, there are people out there who do not think that captioning is important. They may try to pay as little as possible, so if that means poor quality captioning or no captioning, that may be what they will try to do. They may feel that no one is watching the captioning, so it doesn’t matter.

As caption viewers, we should also be advocates for captioning. If we see a show where the captioning is horrible, we need to let the cable companies, television stations, and captioning companies know this. If the television stations are using people who are unqualified just because they don’t charge very much, we have to communicate to them that that is not acceptable. We must let them know that someone is watching the captioning.

A PET PEEVE OF BEING DEAF

being accused of lying when the deaf person tells
a hearing person he cannot lipread everything with
100 percent accuracy

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

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DeafLaw

The EEOC was said to focus highly on deafness as a
barrier to hiring. A spokesperson said:

Said an EEOC attorney: People with deafness have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Providing equal employment opportunities to all deaf job applicants is not just the law, it is good for our economy and our workplaces

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

A deaf man in Waukesha, Wisconsin lost his case
in which he claimed that he could not use sign
language since he was handcuffed in the courtroom.
The judge said he failed to prove he was
hindered in his ability to communicate with his
attorneys or interpreters while being handcuffed.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Famous British TV star Rita Simons (EastEnders series)
has a deaf daughter, a fact that surprised the fans that
have loved watching her act as the Roxy character. Until
recently she did not want people to know about her
deaf daughter.  Now, she is proud of her deaf daughter

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Few years ago we had a Deaf Relay scandal, in which
the federal government was bilked out of millions of
dollars in bogus relay calls.

Is this happening again? FCC fined one relay
provider recently for the same reason.

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DeafDigest – 03 January 2016

 

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DeafDigest – 01 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 1, 2016

— 2015 best TV commercial of the year

In Thailand, the TV commercial about a hearing daughter
walking away from her deaf father, ashamed of his
deafness. This commercial won the Best Commercial 2015
honor. This commercial was sponsored by the Thai Life
Insurance, and you can see the picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/hearing-teen-ashamed-of-deaf-father/

 

— most important part of 911 text calls

What is the most important part of a 911 text call?
The director of one 911 dispatch center said that
the first thirty seconds is the most important. It
is when the dispatcher needs to determine that the
911 caller is deaf and then to inform the emergency
people about it.

 
— Deaf West’s difficulty

Deaf West’s Spring Awakening is a huge success, yet
it was one of the most difficult plays to produce.
It took Spencer Liff, the play choreographer,
countless hours to combine ASL signs and spoken
voices into a smooth operation. It looked easy
but it wasn’t. A group of ASL experts consulted
with Liff on these signs – but decision belonged
to him. A bad decision, the play flops. A good
decision, the play succeeds. This is a nightmare
very few people have realized!

 

 

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http://deafdigest.com/category/mid-week-news/
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DeafDigest – 01 January 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 31, 2015

— passing notes with a doctor

at a hospital, a doctor was praised by for passing
notes with a deaf patient during the birth of her child.
No interpreter, but note passing? Well, this hospital is
in China’s Yichang, Hubei Province. Different nation,
different disability laws. And not every deaf person knows
sign language. A picture of note passing is at:

http://35.182.75.222/notes-by-doctor-for-deaf-patient/

 

— comment from ADA activist

A deaf activist, with knowledge of ADA regulations,
made this comment:

Government agencies do not enforce ADA unless a deaf
person files a formal complaint. And most deaf people
don’t.

 
— a happy day for the deaf

In Hawaii, the deaf, that love movies, will be
very happy. January 1st is the day of the new
law – that requires open captions in movie
houses. Helping celebrate the new law is the
captioned showing of today’s hot movie –
Star Wars. Legislator James Tokioka pushed
for this law. His son is deaf and 10 years ago
he filed a lawsuit forcing Little League to
provide interpretes for him. The son has since
then grew up and is a member of the golf team
at University of Hawaii.

 

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