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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 26, 2016

— possibility of deaf character in real movie

For years the Daredvil comics have featured a deaf
heroine (Echo/Maya Lopez) in these action scenes.
Lately this comic book publisher is thinking of
moving up to real movies (just like these
Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Hulk movies).
If this is the case then we hope a deaf
actress, not a hearing actress, will play
the Echo role. For a mysterious picture,
look at:


— biggest worry in all hearing colleges

Every college has a worry (money, declining enrollment,
images of bad behavior among athletes, low academic
standards, enrollment issues, etc). But what is
the #1 worry among all of these collges? It is
how to make the deaf (and disabled) students
happy and to avoid these ADA discrimination
lawsuits. This was the topic in a web posting
— a deaf feud that began during the Super Bowl

No end to troubles for the Starkey group
(Starkey Hearing Technologies and the
Starkey Hearing Foundation). The manufacturer
made front page news when top officers were
fired, accused of financial improprieities,
leading to all these lawsuits. And now this
– the foundation, during the Super Bowl week,
had deaf children fitted on stage during a
free hearing aid event. California Association
of the Deaf did not like it, saying deaf children
were exploited.


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 25, 2016

— a Deaf Drone company

A Deaf Drone flying over our heads? Yes, if two deaf
entrepreneurs Anthony Mowl and Hector Brual,
both of Austin, TX, have their way. They wowed the
hearing audience at the International Drone Expo
competition, and have formed Aerial Productions.
The goal is to get the company up and running and
to show the world what deaf businesses can do. The
picture of the duo is at:


— many restaurants are guilty

Many restaurants are guilty of one major ADA
violation! They do not print out the daily
specials for the benefit of deaf patrons.
The waiters do verbally explain the daily
specials for hearing patrons, but say “never
mind” when serving the deaf patrons. This was
an issue raised by a restaurant critic in a
Twin Cities (Minnesota) newspaper.

— a big crisis with one video relay center

Winnepig is coming up soon with their brand new
video relay center. And there is a big time
crisis – not enough interpreters! How bad
is the crisis? There is a program at
Red River College to train interpreters.
But only four or five students graduate
per year from that program. And there is
a second crisis – almost all of these
students are females. If a deaf relay
user prefers a male interpreter, there may
be no one around!


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 24, 2016

— a make-up brand produced by a deaf woman

The cosmetics industry is very competitive
(L’Oréal, Revlon, Avon, etc). Very difficult
market to get into. It did not prevent a
deaf woman, Paula Durance (Leicester, Great
Britain) from partnering with a hearing
woman to come up with a new brand – Ardere.
It is a full line cosmetics range. Paula
said she wants to make other women feel
good about themselves. A picture of
Paula and her hearing partner is at:


— hearing child screaming; deaf mother not hear

In Swindon, a British city of 210,000 people, a hearing
4-year old child was trapped between outside door and
inside door in her mother’s apartment. The inside
door locked by itself and she couldn’t get out, and
she screamed to get help Fortunately, the
apartment manager heard it and called the police.
The firemen were called to come to rescue her.
Deaf mother? She was in the apartment but was not
aware of what had happened, and was shocked, and
was crying hard about it.


— long list of ADA lawsuits

A law magazine said that ADA lawsuits have a long
list – being sued are: hotels, restaurants, theaters,
convention centers, stores, service establishments,
healthcare facilities, transportation depots, libraries,
recreation places, schools, etc. Ouch!

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 23, 2016

— our Gallaudet bourbon

Gallaudet getting into hard liquor distilling
business? No – but two hearing women (that know
no ASL) has designed a new logo for the
bourbon distillery they are planning to
establish not too far from Gallaudet. They
said the logo is a way to honor Gallaudet
and the Deaf Heritage in the neighborhood.
The logo is at:


— sign language or gestures by Starbucks barista

the newspapers today are full of stories of a Starbucks
hearing barista in Leesburg, VA wanting to learn ASL to
communicate with a deaf patron. ASL or just a few coffee
gestures? ASL is a complete langauge; gestures are just
short, simple and often home-made to get the message
across. Starbucks, by the way, has a few deaf baristas.



— FCC says “Shared Responsibility” on captions

FCC boss Tom Wheeler says captions are “shared
responsiblity” by video providers. Yes, but there
is more to what he said. Shared responsibility
that Wheeler did not mention is making sure
all captions do not block the scoreboards of
athletic events; making sure captions will
show up instead of taking for granted; making
sure captions are clear, not fuzzy or blurred.
When captions go bad or do not show up, there
are always someone that messed it up – and
TV people are forever pointing fingers at
each other!

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