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Posts published in April 2016

DeafDigest – 29 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 29, 2016

— union interested in deaf drivers

Uber is pushing for more deaf drivers – and
it may lead to an interesting development.
Teamsters is planning to organize Uber
Drivers Association, including these current
deaf drivers. Good or bad? Normally when
employees are unhappy with working conditions,
their first thoughts is to get support of the
unions. We shall see what will happen. A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/union-for-deaf-uber-drivers/

 

— medical offices rude to the deaf

Are medical offices rude to deaf patients?
Medical staff show impatience when dealing
with the deaf; would not slow down their
communications; would not hire interpreters;
and slamming pen and pad on the table when
a deaf person asked to write notes. And
in one case, a nurse asked a deaf person if
she was an idiot. ADA? No, it is happening
in France – where culture of rudeness towards
the deaf is commonplace. We are so lucky
we are in USA.

 

— bringing up these Super Bowl complaints

When people are unhappy with what they are
seeing on TV, they turn to FCC, hoping this
federal agency would help improve things.
But FCC does not pay attention when a deaf
person sings the national anthem in ASL and
is cut off on the TV screen. This was the
issue raised in a recent web posting.
While not posted, there is another big
issue – some commercials are not captioned.

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— meatpacking break-room talk led to csd
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

04/24/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 28 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 28, 2016

— deaf chef that kitchen people love

Kristofer Jonsson is a deaf chef with the
restaurant at the Christchurch Casino
in New Zealand. The kitchen staff loves
him because he never screams at them
even when things go wrong with anything.
He said, in a TV interview, that because
of his deafness, he sees no point in
screaming at his staff! He is fluent
with New Zealand sign language and
the TV interview was interpreted for
him. See his picture, with an irony,
at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-chef-loved-by-kitchen-staff/

 

— a highway we may love or hate

If you are driving through Brantford, Ontario
you may be surprised to see part of Highway 403
as the Alexander Graham Bell Parkway. This
is not a joke. This was an act enacted by
the Ontario Transportation Department.
Reason – honoring the invention of the
telephone.

 

— fate of a deaf restaurant

With much hoopla, Deafined, a deaf restaurant
in Vancouver, BC opened in May 2015. The
waiter staff was all-deaf and they taught
diners how to communicate in ASL. Few
months later it closed up for good. Why?
Lousy food or discomfort with all-deaf staff
or too much competition with these Vancouver
restaurants?

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf high employment in one field
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

04/24/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 27 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 27, 2016
— deaf emergency kit vs interpreter’s emergency kit

Deaf people joke that their emergency kit is pen and
small notepad. Interpreters are supposed to have their
own emergency kit, and it is not a joke with them.
To take a look at the emergency kit, go to:

http://deafdigest.com/interpreter-emergency-kit/

Do every interpreter carry their own emergency kits?
Do not know!

 

— unusual deaf film

Film director Andrew Keenan-Bolger, not deaf, is coming
up with an unusual deaf film, titled – Sign. Two actors
play their roles in that film; it is 100 percent silent,
no voices at all, except for music. The deaf actor
and the hearing actor communicate with each other in
ASL. This film will be shown at short film festivals
across the nation this summer.

 

— comment from a real-time captioner
A realtime captioner told DeafDigest editor:

I’m not sure exactly how open captions can be
corrected. Live captioning in realtime requires very
quick reactions. Even if a captioner made corrections
five seconds after something wrong appeared on the
screen, it would be difficult for a deaf person to
follow what is being said. If the speaker is speaking
quickly, then a lot of the context might be lost

My feeling is if they just took that $500,000 and
applied it to the cost of captioning live events
they could have many, many live events captioned
with high quality captions!

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Contract bridge rules revolutionized by deaf player
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-bridge-player-revolutionized-contract-bridge/

04/24/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 26 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 26, 2016

— Charlie Chaplin hearing aid mystery

During the 1928 premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s movie –
The Circus, someone was caught on camera talking
on something that looked like a cell phone.
It was not invented until 1973. Many people
think it actually was some kind of an
amplifier so that the deaf person could
speak to someone. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/hearing-aid-mystery/

 

— deaf given once-in-lifetime permission

The Supreme Court never allows cameras
and cellphones in the building. But
when 12 deaf attorneys were sworn in
during a very special ceremony, the
Court allowed cellphones. The next
day, it was back to normal – no cameras
and no cellphones!

 

— earthquake app

The southernmost part of Japan is prone
to earthquakes and other weather disasters.
There are deaf people living in these parts
of Japan. To accommodate them with information
updates, a new app – Koetora – has been
developed at no cost. That app converts
voice to text (in Japanese language).

 

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

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— controversy with deaf winner of national pageant
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 

04/24/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 25 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 25, 2016

— crook says money hidden in deaf agency

Roger Munro, not deaf, is a crooked Australian
investment manager. He is accused of stealing 65
million dollars from investors that expected high
returns. The Australian Securities and Investments
Commission has been questioning him, and he told
them money is in the banking account of an
American deaf social services agency! The
Australian agency looked everywhere for the
money and cannot find it! Is he telling a lie?
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/he-said-he-hid-money-in-deaf-agency-bank/

 

— five more to go

How big is the planned Deaf Grassroots Movement? Rallies
will be taking place at 45 different state capitals. This
means five more state capitals to go to make it 100
percent. Rallies? To make legislators aware of rights
and needs of the deaf.

 

— a donation to a deaf person

The Australian movie – “We Can Be Heroes” has a scene
where a donation to a deaf person is rather unusual.
In the plot, are twins, one deaf, one hearing. The
hearing twin wanted the deaf twin to become
hearing. Did he donate a hearing aid? No. Did
he donate money for a CI? No. He donated his
ear drum, hoping the deaf twin will become hearing!

 

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

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— pioneering deaf female pilot
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 
04/24/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 24 April 2016

DeafDigest Gold – April 24, 2016

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

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

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Old Fogey

Dying of ASL

http://deafdigest.com/comics/fogey-dying-of-asl/

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DeafDigest ASL videos moved to youtube for better viewing

Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-congratulations-or-sympathy/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-no-more-coffee/

This week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/lbj/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-feel-cold-air/

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)

— medical researcher who was deaf

http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

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Sunday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

http://deafdigest.com/retiring-director-of-deaf-school/

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Top stories about the deaf:

Anniston (Alabama) police officer Jonathan McMichael
was honored by the Alabama Legislature for helping
a deaf woman in distress. He was said to be fluent
in ASL.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard, South Dakota, gave a talk about growing up as a Coda at the Center for Disabilities’ 2016 Symposium. The big difference
between him growing up and right now is that
South Dakota School for the Deaf exists as
a statewide educational center for the deaf
instead of being a campus-based school.

A series of deaf civil rights group rallies
are taking place at selected cities across
USA on May 4th.

It is not often that a deaf organization reaches out to the hearing community to
offer assistance during emergency.
The Japanese Prefecture Welfare Association of the Deaf helped out during the recent
series of earthquakes that took place
recently.

Sign language linguists are now saying that
all sign languages are patterned after the
same motions – hands, face, body while
languages are different.

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A SPEECH WITHOUT A PRINTED COPY
In 1966, there was a surprise visitor that came to
the Gallaudet University graduation ceremony.
The surprise visitor was president Lyndon B.
Johnson. No one knew about the visit – not even
the Gallaudet president or the White House.
Johnson arrived at the graduation and immediately
went on the stage to give a speech. After the speech
he left Gallaudet.
Where is the printed copy of his speech? The
Johnson Library archives does not have it. The
Gallaudet archives does not have it.
A big mystery!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/lbj/

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DEAF FEEL COLD AIR DIFFERENTLY FROM HEARING
Do deaf people feel cold air differently
from hearing?
Seems deaf people have to feel the cold
air while hearing people “hear” the cold
air?

http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-feel-cold-air/

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Deaf organizations

Arizona Association of the Deaf

http://deafdigest.com/arizona-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

Dummy Hanson

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-book-dummy-hanson/

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LOOKING BACK – OLD VIDEO with captions on youtube

Embarrassing Deaf Job Lawsuit

http://deafdigest.com/videos/joblawsuit/

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Deaf people can do anything

we have a deaf person who is/was a

– vehicle, custom manufacturer

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

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. Uber is trying very hard to attract deaf drivers.
Why cannot Dominos, Papa John’s and other pizza chains
also try very hard to attract deaf drivers?

A. Good question!

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Hey from Myrtle Beach –

I was at Myrtle Beach vacationing with my wife and 10 year old grandson.

We went to Medieval Times dinner show one night.

It was dark for me to watch the show with horses and knights moving in the center!

The food was something different, a medieval meal.

We ate our dinner without silverware!  We used our hands to eat.

Can you imagine I had to be communicate tactilely?

My shirt is likely full of stains from the touch signals or Pro-Tactile!

Excuse me while I lick my fingers so we can chat!
Shall we?

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:

A newspaper story today said that seven out of ten
deaf people in USA are either unemployed or
underemployed.

Wish is that it is reversed – that seven out of
every ten deaf people in USA are either
employed or employed according to their skills

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DeafHistory:

late in the 19th century

Linguist William Dwight Whitney researched Coda
babies and said that they learn language
at an earlier age as opposed to hearing
babies of hearing parents.

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

95

percent

of all hearing aids are built by 3D printing
technology

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Albion – Ben Martenson, fr, men’s golf

was supposed to be golfing this spring for
Albion College but his name is not listed
on the roster

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Deaf Elite Athletes:

Mark Coleman, sprint car racer, Ohio

had several races in 2015 but none so far in
2016. Perhaps it is too early right now.

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DeafSports Library:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)

— most explosive moment in national deaf basketball tournament
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/deaf-sports-collections/

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e-mail mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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

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DeafDigest – 24 April 2016

DeafDigest Blue – April 24, 2016

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

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

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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube
http://deafdigest.com/videos/neck-tag-not-deaf-friendly/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/hotel-lobby-tv-captions/

This week’s ASL videos in youtube http://deafdigest.com/videos/canceliedci/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaftwilightzone/

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)

— only known deaf police officer killed in line of duty

http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

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Saturday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

http://deafdigest.com/wesley-college-honors-famed-deaf-astronomer/

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Dedication

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Father Rene Robert,
St Augustine, FL, that departed us. He served Florida
School for the Deaf and Blind as the school chaplain
for years before leaving this position. He continued
to serve the deaf community in a variety of capacities.

below as copied from DeafDigest Sports
Dedication, belated

DeafDigest Sports dedicates this edition to Barry Siekierka
that departed us last November, but word did not reach
the editor until this week. He was a great basketball player
at Pennsylvania SD and for several deaf basketball clubs.

He was the best 3-point shooter around only if
there was a 3-point rule during the late fifties/early
sixties! His long range 3-point, oops, 2-point shot
at the buzzer helped underdog Philadelphia host team
defeat seeded Council Bluffs 86-85 in the opening
round of the 1964 national deaf basketball tournament.
Barry only had a short basketball career, retiring
from this sport as a young man.

Top stories about the deaf:

Bad captions lead to confusion and blown opportunities.
This is what the Federal Times emphasized in a recent
article with respect to deaf federal employees that
depend on captions as part of their work responsibilities.

ADA in Japan? The Law on Elimination of Discrimination Against Disabilities is now in effect, but as with
our ADA, no one knows what is what – and it takes time
to sort things out!

What has become of Dean Barton-Smith, a deaf participant
in the hearing Olympics in decathlon years back? Fully
retired from athletic competition, he is the CEO of
Deaf Children Australia. He was profiled in a newspaper
story. It is not known if he uses sign language now,
because years ago, he didn’t.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (South Korea) has given
an award to Moon Byung-gil, director of the Seoul Association of the Deaf for empowering the deaf of
Seoul with their rights and needs.

A magic hearing aid, or as better known as
thought-controlled hearing aid? French hearing aid
researcher Dr Alain de Cheveigné said that thought-
controlled hearing aids can help the deaf hear better
by blocking out unnecessary noise that swirls
around him.

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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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A CANCELLED CI OPERATION
A deaf man was scheduled to have a CI implant at
a hospital.
He arrived at the hospital, and the operating room
staff got him ready for the operation.
He waited for a long time, and was told to go home,
because the operation was canceled.
Why was it canceled? Because the CI people did not have
their own CI operation equipment and surgical tools. These
were missing and cannot be found.
A deaf doctor said:

Happens frequently – each surgeon has his own list of
equipment for each operation, and sometimes the operating
room staff cannot find the stuff!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/cancelledci/

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DEAF COMMUNITY’S TWILIGHT ZONE
The “Twilight Zone” was a popular TV program during
the late fifties and early sixties. And we see reruns
from time to time on cable TV.
Do we have a Deaf Twilight Zone? No, but there
was a joke about an interpreter involved with the
Deaf Twilight Zone.
The interpreter, on TV, was located in a small box
in the corner of the TV set. When the program ended,
the interpreter was still stuck in that small box,
unable to escape!
It is just a joke.

http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaftwilightzone/

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

being asked by a hearing person in the audience:

who do you work for?

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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

The first American patent for a shorthand machine was granted to Miles Bartholomew in 1879. He continued to make further improvements to that machine and received another patent in 1884, but his system never advanced beyond writing one letter per keystroke.

In 1906, inventor and reporter Ward Stone Ireland developed a shorthand machine using the concept of producing several letters and even several words with a single keystroke.

He obtained his first patent in 1910 and produced the first stenotype machine, but it weighed 54 pounds, so it was practical to be used only in a fixed location. He continued to improve his design, and by 1912 he was able to produce his fourth stenotype machine, which weighed 8 1/4 pounds.

The key to the success of Ireland’s keyboard was that few keys were used, and he could reduce or eliminate the awkward reaching for keys. This keyboard design is the one still in use in court reporting and captioning shorthand machines today.

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LOOKING BACK – OLD VIDEO with captions on youtube

Best or worst actor

http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-barrymore/

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A PET PEEVE OF BEING DEAF

not understanding 100 percent of what the interpreter
is interpreting

(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

The Supreme Court has granted the motion of twelve
deaf attorneys to argue on the floor.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to a Gallaudet
Iron Man, Harold Weingold, who departed us.
In 1943, the Five Gallaudet Iron Men (Paul
Baldridge, Don Padden, Earl Roberts, Roy Holcomb
and Harold Weingold) won the 1943 Mason-Dixon
Conference Basketball tournament despite a losing
regular season record and being seeded last. They
were called Iron Men because they played three full
tournament games without substitution. Gallaudet
had good players on the bench but the coach chose to
stay with the winning combination on the floor.
Harold was a long time resident of West Virginia
after graduating from Gallaudet.
Thank you, Harold for giving Gallaudet its
proudest hour in men’s basketball.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

The Detroit Day School for the Deaf is slated to be
closed for good in June. The school was, at one time,
capable of holding 140 deaf students but currently
only teaches 49. These surviving students will be
reassigned to other schools in the city.

editor’s note: the board of education overcame
fierce protests from parents and forced the
school to be closed for good.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

A deaf attorney joining the Supreme Court bar
does not mean he will be arguing often in
front of the justices. Odds are against it!

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All new jobs will be immediately posted in
that section

DeafDigest – 22 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 22, 2016

— Uber settles on lawsuits

What is worrisome for our deaf Uber drivers was
that Uber reached settlement on lawsuits in California
and Massachusetts. The issue was – are drivers
considered employees or contractors? The agreement
is that all Uber drivers are contractors – meaning
no employee benefits (health insurance, annual
leave, annual raises, etc). This is the same as
deaf drivers delivering pizzas for big pizza chains.
It is never good news when deaf people work for no
benefits. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/this-is-how-uber-operates-with-deaf-drivers/

 

— our deaf attorneys

How many deaf attorneys do we have. It was always thought
we had approximately 150-175, but latest count showed
it to be approximately 250. Do keep in mind very few,
if any of them, maintain their own private practices.
And many of them do not use ASL. What this means is
that ASL deaf, needing legal assistance, may be
stuck with hearing attorneys, of course, with
interpreters! There are few hearing attorneys,
though, fluent in ASL.

 

— must avoid certain deaf people

There is a group of deaf people that must be
avoided at all times. They are scammers,
promising great financial rewards if you
invest your money with them. It has happened
too many times in the past – and it is
still continuing – as a story came up in
today’s newspapers about a deaf man
cheating deaf people of about $500,000.
Police in Los Angeles are still working
on this case. This is so sad.

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Photographer, many magazine credits
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

04/17/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 21 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 21, 2016

 
— orange poster at Safeway

Kirsten Ward, who is deaf, is a check-out cashier
at two Safeway supermarkets in Vernon, British
Columbia. When she applied for the job, the
Safeway people did not know what to do with her,
and asked her many questions. Eventually she was
hired. Her biggest problem is not dealing with
hearing shoppers; her problem is the same as
with other hearing cashiers – memorizing all these
cash register codes! Orange poster? It is mounted
next to her cash register, telling the shoppers
of her deafness. Do shoppers actually read the
poster? No, she says! A picture of her is at:

http://deafdigest.com/orange-safeway-poster/

 

 

— a 4-word knowledge of sign language

Chief Justice Roberts was written up in the newspapers
saying he used sign language to greet the 12 deaf
attorneys as new members of the Supreme Court bar.
The extent of his sign language knowledge
was just four words –

Your motion is granted

It was not as if Roberts was fluent with sign
language. It is the same as a hearing person
learning to say in French – good morning, good
afternoon, hello, goodbye – and people say he
is “fluent” in French!

 

 

— a famous woman did not make it

There was a drive to have deaf-blind Helen Keller’s
face on a $20.00 bill. The Department of Treasury
did not select her – chose to select Harriet
Tubman’s picture.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— cowboy-type posse member
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

04/17/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 20 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 20, 2016

— a national salon champion

Charlotte Visor, a deaf British woman, defeated
thousands of competitors to win the the Association
of Hairdressers and Therapists nail art national
championship. Fussy and not satisfied with her
original nail design, she changed it the day
before the championships took place – and
won. Hopefully the championship will get
new business from hearing patrons that
need to get their nails done. Her picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/national-champion/

 

— one person dropped out

The newspapers today were full of stories of Chief of
Justice “learning” sign language to deliver oath
to a group of deaf attorneys becoming members of
the Supreme Court bar. Did one deaf attorney
drop out? The original story said a group of
13 would be sworn in, but today’s story said
12. Anyway, over the years the Supreme Court
only heard just a handful of deaf cases. And
almost all members of the Supreme Court bar
spend a lifetime as attorneys without
arguing a case at the court.

 

– Uber works with a deaf agency

Uber is now working with a deaf agency to try
to recruit more deaf drivers. DeafDigest
hopes this all works out – because if more
hearing and more deaf drivers work for Uber,
it only means one thing – less rides for
them, and less income! Something to do
with glut of Uber drivers competing for
a fixed number of daily customers that need
rides.

 

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

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Captions, big hero
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 

04/17/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 19 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 19, 2016

 
— a tale of revenge deafness

Is there such a thing as “revenge” deafness?
People in India love to watch strange plots
on TV and movies. And in the TV program
“Thapki Pyaar Ki” the plot involved Revenge
Deafness! A rival, wearing a hearing aid
suddenly could not hear anything at all.
Shraddha was angry at her rival, getting
her revenge by throwing out his good
batteries and inserting dead batteries!

A picture of very angry Shraddha is at:

http://deafdigest.com/actress-in-revenge-deafness/

 

— a shocking arrest in Jordan

Jordan is not heavily involved with the turmoil with the
Arabian nations. But the Jordanian police arrested
20-year old Rami Al-Sayed for terrorism; he tried to
join a terror group in Syria. Why is it shocking?
Not only because he is deaf, but also deaf-blind!
The Syrian terror group welcomed him, not realizing
his double-disability. They quickly returned him
to Jordan after realizing he was useless to them!

 

— an important rule for deaf during job interviews

A true story took place during the 1970’s. The NAD
was interviewing applicants for a high level job.
One deaf woman brought her mother to the interview.
Not surprisingly, she did not get the job despite
her qualifications. DeafDigest is mentioning this
because there was a job fair interview in
Washington (state). A deaf person showed up at
the job fair interview – with his interpreter
(that is ok) and with his parent (definitely
not ok). DeafDigest hopes this deaf person got
the job despite bringing his parent to the
interview!

 

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

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— diplomat, foreign service, deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 

04/17/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 18 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 18, 2016

— a monster near the swamps

People driving on Route 10, entering Texas, will
see the American Airboats factory, which builds
all types of vehicles that travel across the
swamps. In front of the factory building
is a Swamp Monster vehicle. Many drivers
stop and take pictures of that monster!
The person that builds the Swamp Monster
vehicle and takes care of it every day
is Raoul Garcia. He is deaf and communicates
with his boss through gestures. The monster
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-man-built-this-monster

 

— a very nervous moment for a deaf celebrity

Even confident people do get nervous at times.
What is Nyle DiMarco’s most nervous moment right
now? That he is dancing with a different partner –
Sharna Burgess because of contest rules that all
competing dancers must switch partners. Look
on the other side – Sharna is possibly more nervous
than Nyle, dancing with a deaf person for the
first time in her life!

 

— Facebook helps in deaf bullying case

A deaf student was bullied at school because of
his deafness. He couldn’t take it any more and
ended his life. It took place in Ireland.
The bullies have been arrested and are awaiting
trial. The prosecutor asked Facebook for help.
Facebook gave the prosecutor 2,500 pages of
printouts that contained these bullying comments.

 

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

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— an early deaf filmmaker
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 

04/17/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 17 April 2016

DeafDigest Gold – April 17, 2016

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

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Old Fogey

Hearing Ear Elephant

http://deafdigest.com/comics/fogeys-hearing-ear-elephant/

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DeafDigest ASL videos moved to youtube for better viewing

Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-actor-in-hearing-play/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/antii-deaf-police-fired/

This week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-congratulations-or-sympathy/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-no-more-coffee/

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)

— early giant among internet service providers
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

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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:
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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/at-boston-marathon/

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Top stories about the deaf:

Ontario had planned to close their deaf schools.
Thanks to public outcry, these schools will
be open but only through the 2016-17 school year.
Will it continue open beyond 2016-17 school year
is a good question.

The new superintendent of California School for
the Deaf is a deaf woman – Nancy Hlibok Amann.
Her first day on the job is July 1st.

A deaf man, involved with a family dispute,
was asked to leave a relative’s apartment.
He refused. Cops were called in. The deaf man
requested an interpreter, and showed them
“deaf interpreter rights card” and the police
turned down his requests. As a result, a
lawsuit is pending in Sarasota, Florida.

A big rally by the deaf to assert their rights
and needs as American citizens will take place
at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, LA on
May 4th.

TV stations in India will run captions. This was
the order by the government.

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CONGRATULATIONS OR SYMPATHY
A deaf person was promoted to a big and important
supervisory position in a big company.
Congratulations or sympathy? Well, in that company
almost all hearing workers were lazy and did not
want to work hard.
Plus there are six different unions that these
hearing employees are members of.
Not an easy supervisory job for anyone!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-congratulations-or-sympathy/

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NO TO MORE COFFEE
At a restaurant, a waiter offered to pour more coffee
for a deaf patron.
The deaf patron had too much coffee and shook his head
“no” but the hearing waitress still poured more coffee.
Does the hearing waitress not understand head shaking
for no?

http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-no-more-coffee/

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Deaf organizations

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-bar-association/

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Deaf Book of the Week

Deaf Sport

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

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LOOKING BACK – OLD VIDEO with captions on youtube

http://deafdigest.com/videos/animal-zoo-and-deaf-zoo/

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Deaf people can do anything

we have a deaf person who is/was a

— stockbroker’s clerk (19th century)

in 19th century, all transactions were paper,
no computers, no calculators, just shoutouts
from floor brokers. Very chaotic.

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

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. In New York State, most deaf schools
is a 4201 school. New York State School for
the Deaf (Rome) is not. Exactly what does
4201 mean?

A. These schools, named after the bill number 4201
in the 1947 legislative body, get money from
the state to operate their privately run programs
for the deaf. Lexington, Fanwood, St Mary’s
Rochester, Mill Neck – they’re all 4201 schools!

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Hockey?

I was at a technology fair for the blind last week.

One of the exhibit booths was blind hockey!  Being born in Quebec, hockey is important!

The guy showed me a regular hockey puck.  Then he showed me bigger puck that sounded like a rattle.

He asked if I want to join the team!  I told him. “I am also deaf!”

He replied, “Oh, you can be a goalie!”  I’m game!

I’ll have my SSP in front of me catching the pucks!

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 high employment rates for the deaf exist
everywhere in the world

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DeafHistory:

During late 19th century

John Doman Turner, a deaf British man, was employed
as a stockbroker’s clerk. In these days there were
no computers and all bids were call outs!

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

7

years

that New York has frozen the 4201 funds
for deaf schools (see Deaf Question above).
The state government is broke, and by
freezing the funds, the state deaf schools
are in a financial crunch.

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Tom O’Neill is a member of the Providence College
cross country and track teams.

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Deaf Elite Athletes:

KEVIN HALL SHOOTS 68 OR 16 UNDER AND 7 STROKES FROM THE TOP LEADER

It was another wonderful day for Kevin Hall in spite of playing hurt
(sore back) for the last three
days. He scored four under in the final round.  At start of his
round, he jumped ahead of his playing partners by shooting 3 under
par at front nine and never lost lead.  Though he was not able to
maximize his tee shots like his partners did, he made up for it with
his putting game – 25 putts for the whole round.  For example, he
landed his drive in the bunker at the par 5 12th hole (most difficult
one) far behind his partnersÿÿ drives.  He ended up making a birdie
after laying up. His 3rd shot landed only 7 feet from the cup for one
putt.  His partners ended up making pars though they had excellent
chances for making birdies at that hole.  During the tournament,
several deaf fans were approached by hearing people asking about
Kevin’s game progress and they ended up following the Deaf fans
rooting for Kevin.  By end of one round, Kevin’s army grew to as
many as 35 persons which is quite unusual as many golfers didn’t
have any fans following them.  Most Deaf fans agreed that Kevin was
getting better all the time since he started playing in the Florida
tournaments.  For example, he scored even par only once and the rest
of rounds were sub pars (under 72).  Another example is that the last
two tournaments (Tampa Advocates & Lake County Swing Thought Tour) he
played six rounds or 108 holes with only three bogeys and over 30
birdies.  Of all 2016 tournaments, he made all of the cuts, even
Swing Thought Tour’s 33% cut.  When reflecting on his 2016
tournaments, Kevin stated he never had so many faithful fans and they
have served as an inspiration for him to play golf better.  He looks
forward to entering the challenging level Web.com as early as next
month.

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DeafSports Library:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)

— Gallaudet football mystery led to a great season

http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/deaf-sports-collections/

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

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DeafDigest – 17 April 2016

DeafDigest Blue – April 17, 2016

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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube
http://deafdigest.com/videos/three-deaf-sisters/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/aaa-no-deaf-travel-advice/

This week’s ASL videos in youtube http://deafdigest.com/videos/neck-tag-not-deaf-friendly/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/hotel-lobby-tv-captions/

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)

— only known deaf police officer killed in line of duty

http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

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Saturday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

http://deafdigest.com/wesley-college-honors-famed-deaf-astronomer/

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Dedication

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Henry
Garcia, a native of Arizona, that departed us.
Said an acquaintance:

He loved everything that was associated with his
alma mater Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind,
and fought to make this school relevant in the
deaf community.

Top stories about the deaf:

The Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health,
part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, has
distributed an international sign language
booklets – designed to help deaf tourists
enjoy the Japanese hospitality.

FCC has asked the public for comments
on “Special Access” rules. Special Access?
It means no more TTY access as it is too
old fashioned, and to insure access with
real time text.

A deaf man went to a hospital in Australia
two years ago to have an implant. After
this implant, he lost his sense of taste!
As a result, he is filing a lawsuit
over this botched operation.

NTID has established a new program to encourage
its students to pursue doctorates.

The FCC has been advised by a congressman
to “go slow” with respect to wireless band
allocations – otherwise it would adversely
impact on deaf communications.

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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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TV COMMERCIAL NOT DEAF FRIENDLY
There was a TV commercial about a push-button
neck tag for senior citizens.
A senior citizen falls down; no one helps him. He
presses the button and shouts for help. The national
headquarters sends emergency technicians to the home
of that senior citizen.
TV commercial does not say if deaf senior citizens
can use that push-button neck tag?

http://deafdigest.com/videos/neck-tag-not-deaf-friendly/

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You can download a card from the HealthBridges website for yourself
that lists the accommodation you want (like an interpreter) to have better communication at your health care appointment

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TALE OF TWO BIG HOTEL CHAINS
DeafDigest editor and wife traveled to New York
and Massachusetts and stayed at hotels under a big
national chain.
The hotel in Massachusetts showed no captions on
TV sets in the lobby. The hotel in New York showed
captions on all TV sets in the lobby.
Does Massachusetts hotel general manager have
bad attitude or is lazy to turn on captions?

http://deafdigest.com/videos/hotel-lobby-tv-captions/

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

being told by a hearing person:

did you know there is a new medical operation
that will cure deafness?

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

“Is it hard to become a realtime captioner?” When people see me providing CART services, I am often asked this question.

I usually respond that it is very much like learning another language. Is it hard to learn Japanese or French? Obviously, some people pick it up faster than others.

The same is true for a realtime captioner. It takes some people much longer than others to learn the skills necessary to become a CART or broadcast captioner.

Most realtime captioners use a steno machine, and they learn the same basic skills as court reporters. First they learn a shorthand theory, when they are basically taught where all the keys are and what combinations of letters they would use to make other letters.

After that, they spend time building their speed. The first tests they pass are at around 60 words a minute. They must build their speed to over 200 words per minute. Many schools require that you pass tests at 225 words a minute in order to complete your training.

For some people, the speedbuilding phase can take years. Every person is different. Some people have done it in a year and a half while others have taken four or five years or even more.

Would you consider going through that kind of training .hard.? I guess that is the answer to the question.

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LOOKING BACK – OLD VIDEO with captions on youtube

Schools for the deaf in Africa

http://deafdigest.com/videos/africanschools/

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A PET PEEVE OF BEING DEAF

not being able to overhear hearing conversation
on the table next to yours!

(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 long time deaf teacher always had his needs
accommodated by his school district. Come a new
school district administration, his needs were
ignored. As a result, he has filed a lawsuit,
accusing the school district of discriminating
against him.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Could we subtitle, for free, a foreign film into
English?
Yes, if Michael L. Smolens, who is involved in captioning,
has his way. He is, by the way, not deaf.
Not exactly sure of details and on exactly how it works,
but several people have tried it and said that while it works,
it has serious flaws.

editor’s note: don’t know what became of it

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa issued a press release stating
his concern that there are currently more unemployed
deaf and the disabled as compared to the past employment
rates. He wants the workplace sector to hire more deaf
and disabled to reverse this trend.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

A deaf person, whose hobby is audiological
research, said that when deaf people see
too hard, they cannot hear well with their
hearing aids or CI’s.

Possibly same reason why many ASL users do not
sign well when they are under stress for some
reason!

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DeafDigest – 15 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 15, 2016

 

— third deaf attempt was successful

Could a deaf person, himself a school drop out with only 7th
grade education, be able to build an aircraft that was
shown on Discovery Channel? Saji James, from a small
village in India, tried three times to build an ultra-light
two-seater aircraft. First two attempts failed because
of mechanical and technical difficulties. With the help
of an experienced mentor, he was successful on his
third attempt. Can he fly this aircraft way up in the
skies of India? No. He lacks a pilot’s license and is
only allowed to fly up to 30 feet in the air! The
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/third-attempt-aircraft/

 

— Facebook has a deaf goal

Facebook is growing by leaps and bounds. And
Facebook announced yesterday that it has a
Deaf Goal. It is to create captions in hearing
videos. Will it succeed?

 

— Matt Hamill is a happy person

Deaf fighter Matt Hamill, who lives in
Utica, NY, is now a happy man! He has always
dreamed of fighting in front of his deaf
fans in New York. This type of fighting was
not permitted in New York – until the
state legislative body recently passed a
law to allow it. Don’t be surprised if
he arranges for a Fight Night in Rochester,
NY in front of his deaf fans – as he is a
NTID graduate!

 

 

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

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Comments, infamous about deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 

04/10/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 14 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 14, 2016

— The King uses ASL

People that love hamburgers at Burger King, know who
The King is. He never talks until just recently –
when he used ASL to communicate with the
deaf. See the picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/the-king-in-asl/

 

— a confusing $60.00 hearing device

There was a story that ran in many newspapers about a
16-year old high school student “inventing” a $60.00
hearing aid, using parts from an electronic shop.
It is confusing because many people confuse hearing
aid with an amplifier! This $60.00 device is actually
an amplifier that the newspapers described as a
hearing aid. A hearing aid and an amplifier are
two completely different things!

 

— ASL deaf communicating smoothly with oral deaf

Could ASL deaf person communicate smoothly with
oral deaf? Two University of Washington students have
come up with “communication gloves” that would
help ASL deaf communicate with oral deaf. These
gloves, with sensors, are plugged into a computer,
which translates what each other is saying. Will
it work? There are as many as half dozen signs
for the word “football” or even of the word
“computer”! Can these gloves catch all of these
different sign language dialects?

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Postmaster, deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

04/10/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 13 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 13, 2016

— trying to fix bad captions

Can bad captions be fixed at a very low cost?
A captioning company in Ohio thinks so. It is
working on a special two-year project to
give us accurate captions. DeafDigest is
wondering. Different accents, different
dialects, background noise, similiar
words may cause captions to go bad.
Example – last name Zimmerman and
Zimmermann cannot be perfectly
spelled out in captions. We will
wait and see if we will have perfect
captions two years from now. A
picture of a bad captioning you may
want to laugh (or to cry):

http://deafdigest.com/captions-to-laugh-or-to-cry/

 

— a disappointing deaf video

A freshman girl at Folsom HS in California produced a
short video – called “Silent” and it generated many hits,
views and shares. It is about anti-bullying, and the
deaf character in the video was bullied. One TV person
watched the video and cried when the story ended. It was
very disappointing! Why? It was a 100 percent hearing.
The “deaf” girl being bullied was fake-deaf.

 

— a required sign language course

For ten minutes a month, the top officials with the
Nagano Prefecture municipal government in Japan,
are required to learn simple signs – such as
hello, thank you very much, etc. This is great
– except – would these county people remember
the signs they learned last month if they do not
practice it every day with each other!

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Fire chief, deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

04/10/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

DeafDigest – 12 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 12, 2016

— 13 not a bad luck number for a deaf group

13 may be a bad luck number that many people
avoid. But for 13 deaf attorneys, it is a
great number! The US Supreme Court has allowed
thirteen deaf attorneys to argue in front of
Justices. Will they eventually argue? Odds
are against it because the court only listens
to 80 cases per year, out of thousands of
cases brought up in front of them. But to
have right to argue, just in case at any
time in the future is a big honor. The
picture of a deaf attorney group spokesperson
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-attorney-allowed-to-argue-at-supreme-court/

 

— problem at a deaf school in Sweden

Things are not happy with a deaf school in
Sweden. A deaf person applied for the
assistant principal position, but the
screening board rejected him. As a result
four angry deaf activists chained themselves
to a school building! Police was called in
and arrested these four activists.

 

— giving back to the community

Ultratec, which places weekly Captel ads
in DeafDigest, has won the Wisconsin Job
Honor Award. It awards state-based companies
that give employees opportunities to move upwards
instead of being trapped into dead-end jobs!
Ultratec has promoted their disabled employees
into better positions with more responsbilities.
Most companies don’t, but Ultratec did.

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf president of state dental association
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

04/10/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 11 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 11, 2016

— police & paramedics volunteer is deaf

In USA, many volunteer emergency services do not
want deaf volunteers – because of fear of communication
barriers. But with Sharlene Alice Payn, a deaf
Canberra, Australian woman, the Canberra State
Emergency Service asked her to become a volunteer!
She quickly accepted and has passed all these
volunteer training courses. Her real job is
with Civil Service – but of her volunteer work,
she said “Lots of people assume that I work in
the office doing the typing, but I do everything
just exactly the same as the other team members
except to use the radio.” Her picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-emergency-services-volunteer/

 

— big deaf heroes in independent movies

For years, deaf (and disabled) people were shown as
“evil” people in independent movies. To be deaf is
the same as to be evil, whether we hate it or not.
This is slowly changing – more independent movies
are showing the deaf as heroes! An example is the
new movie – Hush, where a deaf woman is shown
as a big hero.

 

— a big fear of deaf Uber drivers

What is the biggest fear of deaf Uber drivers?
That despite with computers, notepads and other
electronic devices, the hearing customers would
reject the deaf and walk away from these Uber
pick-up appointments! Has it happened? According
to one deaf driver – never, but the fear is
still there!

 

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

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— first newspaper classified ads
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 

04/10/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

DeafDigest – 10 April 2016

DeafDigest Gold – April 10, 2016

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

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

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Old Fogey

New Deaf Center

http://deafdigest.com/comics/fogeys-new-deaf-center/

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DeafDigest ASL videos moved to youtube for better viewing

Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-ride-london-subways/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-chinese-sign-language/

This week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-actor-in-hearing-play/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/antii-deaf-police-fired/

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)

— deaf captioner, early days movies

http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

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Poems about the Daily Life of the Deaf

Poet Curtis Robbins-who is himself deaf-shares tales of the daily
life of the deaf in the new book, “In Spite of Everything”.

The book is a collection of verses which focuses on the details and
moment-to-moment experiences of what it’s like to be a normal deaf
person. Robbins explores the conflicts faced among deaf people, with
hearing people, and on their own. He examines the inhibitions and
exhibitions that are characteristically ingrained into the lives of
deaf people.

To introduce this new book, Harris Communications has it on sale at
10% off. Normally

$12.95, now only $11.65 with free ground shipping for orders within
the contiguous US.

Sale ends April 15, 2016.

For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/HarrisComm_DDG041016

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RIT/NTID announces a career exploration workshop for deaf or hard-of-hearing African American, Latino American or Native American middle school students

African American, Latino American or Native American students who are deaf or hard of hearing and are entering 5th . 9th grade are invited to Steps to Success, a free career exploration workshop that will be held April 23 at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf in Clarkson, Georgia.

This free event allows students to explore career options and goals to help prepare them for life after high school. Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend and can get tips to support their student through this time of transition, as well as share experiences and information with other parents of deaf or hard-of-hearing students.

Faculty and staff from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf will present information about the importance of leadership development and career goals, and RIT/NTID admissions representatives will discuss college preparedness and financial aid.

To register online, go to www.ntid.rit.edu/camps/stepstosuccess

For more information, call 585-475-7695 (voice), 585-286-4555 (videophone) or e-mail SteptoSuccess@ntid.rit.edu

Registration deadline is April 12, 2016.

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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/dummy-hoy-smoking-deaf-cigarettes/

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Top stories about the deaf:

The Bank of America reached settlement with the
EEOC over discriminating against a long time
deaf bank employee who was refused accommodation
at every career turn.

The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
will be hosting an open meeting to address issues
on services and employment in the Deaf Community.

A deaf man was stopped by a police officer. No
communications. No interpreters. The deaf man
filed a lawsuit. And the city of Longmont, Colorado
reached settlement by paying the deaf man
$25,000.

Could the deaf of North Korea be empowered?
South Korean deaf leader Seung-il Byun
thinks so. He is the Korea Association of the Deaf, and is mission is reaching out to the
deaf across the DMZ.

Deaf Britons are upset at the refusal of the
government not to fund captions for on-demand TV shows.

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Deaf actor in hearing play (captioned video)

http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-actor-in-hearing-play/

DeafDigest ASL videos moved to youtube; much better
viewing

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Surdus Remodeling specializes in remodeling bath, kitchen, and
basement of your dream throughout metro Washington, DC area. This
service is run by deaf owner/project manager with a mix of deaf and
hearing crews. All projects are in Northern VA, DC, and Maryland only.

To learn more about this company at www.surdusremodeling.com

Surdus Remodeling won Angie’s List Super Service Award in 2012 and 2013.

Contact Elijah Gold at info@surdusremodeling.com or VP at 240-654-0247

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Anti-deaf police officers fired (captioned video)

http://deafdigest.com/videos/antii-deaf-police-fired/

DeafDigest ASL videos moved to youtube; much better
viewing

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Deaf organizations

Alaska Deaf Council

http://deafdigest.com/alaska-deaf-council/

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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
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Deaf Book of the Week

Deaflympics Handbook

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-book-deaflympics-handbook/

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LOOKING BACK – OLD VIDEO with captions on youtube

Ten Count Rule

http://deafdigest.com/videos/10-count-rule-for-deaf/

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Deaf people can do anything

we have a deaf person who is/was a

— musical instruments repairman

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

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. The state of North Carolina had a third state
school for the deaf. What school was that?

A. Central North Carolina School for the Deaf.
It was closed in 2000.

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Attending a Deaf gathering requires support in order to enjoy the event.

Since my state doesn’t have an SSP program yet, this can be a challenge!

I need to seek volunteers to provide me with communication and environment information.

I arranged a willing volunteer and later I got a last minute message.

The message said they would be arriving late and leaving early!

Now I need to get alternate folks on the spot!

What can I say to the volunteer?

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 high employment rates for the deaf exist
everywhere in the world

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DeafHistory:

Year 1963

Yokoo Yoshitomo, a deaf man, passes away.

He was the first Japanese deaf person to become
a mayor of a town (Yasuzuka Ward, Joetsu-shi in
the Niigata Prefecture located in the northeastern
part of Japan. He served 12 years but was pushed
out in 1945 after his nation lost World War II
and the new government wanted to clean house!

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

86
percent

disability certificate as determined by India’s civil surgeon in making a deaf patient eligible
for welfare payments

how is so precise a 86 percent being determined
by a physician?

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Pennsylvania – Tristan Peyton, so, football

his profile is at:
http://www.pennathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=8571&SPID=537&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=1700&ATCLID=210085793&Q_SEASON=2016

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Deaf Elite Athletes:

Tyson Gillies, baseball

after failing to sign on with an established major league
farm system, has signed to play independent baseball with
the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional
Baseball.

This independent league is just about the toughest of
several such leagues in the nation. There are always scouts
watching these games to see if they can pick up free
agents to minor league contracts.

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DeafSports Library:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)

— deaf professional squash player

http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/deaf-sports-collections/

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http://deafdigestsports.com/

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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 – 10 April 2016

DeafDigest Blue – April 10, 2016

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

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

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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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DeafDigest ASL videos moved to youtube for better viewing

Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube
http://deafdigest.com/videos/oral-deaf-comment/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-ignore-rapid-fingerspelling/

This week’s ASL videos in youtube http://deafdigest.com/videos/three-deaf-sisters/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/aaa-no-deaf-travel-advice/

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)

— Deaf ticket sellers at soccer stadium

http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

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Introducing the new Bunker Bomb Alarm Clock from Sonic Alert

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

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

http://deafdigest.com/hearing-dentist-with-deaf-patients/

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Top stories about the deaf:

A deaf business owner who won a national award in
Great Britain for deaf entrepreneurship has now
been exposed as a fraud – for bilking the government
out money. He billed the government for deaf relay
services that were never performed.

Nyle DiMarco has been pretty much written up in
the newspapers, and he told one reporter, joking
that he dances so smoothly with his partner that
he can dance blindfolded!

An activist in South Africa gave this speech, saying
that all newspaper journalists, wanting to interview
the deaf, need to learn sign language first. Possibly
advice was because of low confidence of interpreters
in the nation!

Deaf Forensic Psychiatry! What is it? A conference
is taking place in India to discuss what Forensic
Psychiatry is all about and how it could be of help
to the deaf in need of counseling.

A social service agency in Iraq is trying to
establish a training program to help the deaf.

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

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READ WHAT THEY SAY

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Three deaf sisters (captioned video)

http://deafdigest.com/videos/three-deaf-sisters/

DeafDigest ASL videos moved to youtube; much better
viewing

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When you go to the doctor’s office..make your visit go more smoothly!

You can download a card from the HealthBridges website for yourself
that lists the accommodation you want (like an interpreter) to have better communication at your health care appointment

http://www.healthbridges.info/?page_id=36

Please remember to like us on Facebook

Happy Spring!
The HealthBridges Team

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AAA has no travel advice for the deaf (captioned video)

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

DeafDigest ASL videos moved to youtube; much better
viewing

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

complained an interpreter:

being asked this question –

what do you do for a living?

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

“I sometimes see mistakes in the realtime captioning on TV. How do I get captioning without mistakes?”

Some captioning must be done “live,” such as for news, sports, and other events. Unfortunately, because we are all human, there will be some mistakes in realtime captioning. It is important to become educated about the difference between an acceptable number of errors and poor captioning. Many companies say that their captioners achieve a 98% accuracy rate. That means that there are two mistakes in every 100 words. If you look at the words that have been written so far in this comment, 98% would mean that two of the words would be wrong.

All of the truly great captioners still make mistakes, but their accuracy rate is usually above 99%. Some captioners are even able to attain a rate of 99.5% or better.

Some of the newer captioning programs claim to be 80% or 90% accurate. That means that, for every 100 words, 10 or 20 of them will be wrong. When you read something with that many errors, it may be very difficult to follow what is being said.

It is important that people who use captioning let the people who are responsible for the captioning know that 80% to 90% is not acceptable. However, we all must understand that there will sometimes be a few errors in the realtime captioning just because no one is perfect.

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LOOKING BACK – OLD VIDEO with captions on youtube

http://deafdigest.com/videos/hearing-person-faking-deafness/

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A PET PEEVE OF BEING DEAF

we are always the last to know about anything, thanks to constant announcements being made over
the PA system

(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

A Department of Justice spokesperson said:

an employer do not have to read minds about reasonable
accommodations

This places a burden on the deaf employee if he
wishes to file a valid claim of a ADA violation

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

In Seychelles, a textile fashion program, called
“Celebrate Seychelles”  was staged by the Small Enterprise
Promotion Agency.
The models that walked up and down the ramp were all
deaf.
At least Seychelles is one up on us because we do not
see deaf models at a major entertainment event.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Doug Pravda, a deaf attorney and a past partner with the
Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, a prestigious
international law firm, is becoming a federal prosecutor
in New York City. This announcement will be made soon.

Said another deaf attorney:

While there have been many deaf prosecutors at the state
or city level, I think Doug might be the first to do so
at the federal level.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

a newspaper printed deaf signs for such hated
politicians like Trump, Clinton, Sanders and
Obama – plus long ago politicians – Nixon
and Reagan.

Draw your own conclusions!

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DeafDigest – 08 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 8, 2016

— deaf man with 2015 World Series ring

Tod Tillotson, a deaf man, is a career employee with the
New York Mets, in charge of Auxillary Services. He was
a summer employee with the Mets in the early sixties
while attending New York School for the Deaf. After
graduation, the Mets becamse his full time career
job. When he takes a vacation, the Mets have to find
three different people do his work! Tod, who is
loyal to the Mets, was not a Mets fan as a kid.
He was a New York Yankees fan! A job is a job!

To see the ring with his name on it, go to:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-man-with-world-series-ring/

 

— a very different deaf job fair

Could a deaf agency in one nation host a job fair
in another nation? It is happening at Gallaudet
University! The Canadian Hearing Society is
hosting own job fair on the Gallaudet campus
for the benefit of Canadian students that seek
employment after graduation. Gallaudet has always
had students from Canada – and they have
contributed much to the Gallaudet culture –
sports, politics, drama, leadership skills, etc.

 

— an update on Deaf Drone company

DeafDigest mentioned a couple of months ago
about Aerial Productions, a deaf-owned drone
company in Austin, TX. What is the update?
This company, so far has 11 deaf employees.
The FAA has allowed the company to perform
commercial drone operations. This company
does photography from the air, educating
the public on what drones could do, as
well as with other drone activities.

 

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

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf crook almost became rich
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 

04/03/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 07 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 7, 2016

— deaf model with a luxury clothing line

Offers never stop coming for Nyle DiMarco, whose original
goal in life was to become a math teacher at a school
for the deaf. He has become a model with the 2(X)IST,
which is a luxury clothing line – swimwear, socks,
underclothing, watches, etc. See his latest modeling
pose at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-model-with-luxury-line/

 

— a proposed new ten dollar bill

the US Treasury is looking for a woman to be the
face of a new ten dollar bill. The state of
Alabama is pushing for – Helen Keller to be
the face of that new bill. Will US treasury
listen? Hope so!

 

— Washington Metro “thanks” Gallaudet

The stats compiled by the Washington Metropolitan
Area Transit Authority (subways), showed a big jump
in ridership at the NoMa-Gallaudet station, the
highest such increase in the metro area. Possibly
because of Gallaudet in the area and because of
high number of deaf residents living in the area.
There are also new buildings, and very possibly
a good number of deaf people are employed.

 

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

 

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— another deaf teacher of future doctors
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 
04/03/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 06 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 6, 2016

— a big drive to save a deaf TV show
(picture)

Popular TV shows get cancelled all the time.
This is the way business works with the TV
industry – but when Switched At Birth was
to be cancelled after the 2017 season,
the viewers did not accept it. They are
working behind the scenes to try to find
a way to get the series continued. A big
problem, though, is that if the series
continue, we will be seeing “high school
age” performers pushing their thirties
and showing face wrinkles! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/ily-sign-by-a-beloved-actress/

 

— Obama’s deaf people

President Obama has two deaf women working in the
White House – Leah Katz-Hernandez, whose job title
is Receptionist of the United States or ROTUS.
The other deaf woman is Claudia Gordon, an
attorney, who works with the Office of Federal
Contract Compliance Programs. These two deaf
women were featured in a BBC story. Come
November we will find out who our next
president will be. This leads to a big
question – will the new president keep
both deaf women? White House politics
being what it is, a new President may
sweep out the old administration people.
Or maybe – a twist – the new President
could replace both deaf women with new
deaf women!

 

— a strange request in South Africa

A disabled South African activist made this
request – that all newspaper interviewers,
wanting to interview the deaf, must learn
sign language! Is this a joke? It takes
years to master sign language and an
interviewer cannot learn it in five
minutes just for an interview! Why
not just hire an intepreter? Possibly
because the confidence in interpreters
in South Africa is low.

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
deaf federal prosecutor
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/
04/03/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 05 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 5, 2016

— Time Capsule, to laugh or to cry

Way back in 1939, a group of people at Louisiana
School for the Deaf buried a Time Capsule on
the campus grounds. But it was buried somewhere
on the old school campus. No one would know or
remember exactly where the capsule was buried (on
the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police
Department). It took several years of searching
until a worker’s drill bumped into the capsule! It
was taken out and everyone was thrilled about
the contents. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/looking-at-time-capsule-material/

 

 

— year 2015 was great

Year 2015 was great for – the Deaf Entertainment
(theater, TV, movies). An entertainment article
said we had Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, Nyle
DiMarco winning TV’s Top Model, Switched at Birth
still continuing; the Ukrainian Sign Language movie
The Tribe winning raves. Hope 2016 will still be
a great year, too!

 

 

— driver license stickers

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has
come up with something new. There are stickers
for licenses of deaf drivers that says:

“Deaf” or “Hard of Hearing, speak clearly”

This is for police officers during traffic
stops. They’re often unaware of drivers’
deafness and may react in a bad way!
It is not required of deaf drivers, only just
if they want it. An explanation – this is for
drivers’ licenses in drivers’s wallets, not
license tags on back of cars – two different
things.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
a deaf surgeon in Spain
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

04/03/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 04 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 4, 2016

— lucky to be deaf in one state

Thanks to ADA, movie theaters are required to have
captioning devices on hand for deaf patrons. Deaf
people hate these devices but have no choice.
It is different in Hawaii; state law requires
movie houses to show open captions (without these
hateful devices). How is this law working?
Some theaters show open captions twice a week.
Some show open captions every day with different
films. It varies from theater to theater as long
as open captions are shown. Responsible for the
law is legislator James Tokioka. His son is
deaf, hence the reason for the law. A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/legislator-is-father-of-deaf/

 

— Fort Lauderdale tests a new deaf invention

Fort Lauderdale has become the first city in USA
to test a sign-language plug-in. It is supposed
to convert text to ASL for the benefit of
deaf residents seeking city services. It is
just a test, and not a purchase. If the deaf
people love it, the city may purchase it for
permanent use; if the deaf people hate it, well,
hope the city finds another way to communicate
with the deaf!

 

— a secret of a cell phone carrier

We have four major carriers – AT&T, Sprint,
Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile. One of them
is trying very hard to make it a secret,
hidden from the deaf, that they have a
$20.00 per month data-only plan to help
the deaf communicate via text. Why is
it a secret? Because it is so cheap –
normally cell phone monthly rates go
into $125-$150 per month!

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
a deaf boss of state printing matters
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

04/03/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest – 03 April 2016

DeafDigest Gold – April 3, 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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Old Fogey

Not Quite Correct Sign

http://deafdigest.com/comics/fogeys-not-quite-correct-sign/

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DeafDigest ASL videos moved to youtube for better viewing

Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-nina-poetsch/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/bad-deaf-handwriting/

This week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-ride-london-subways/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-chinese-sign-language/

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)

smiley inventor is deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

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“Mickey’s Harvest” at Harris Communications

“Mickey’s Harvest” tells the story of how a young deaf man learned to
survive and thrive during the early 20th century. The author, Howard
L. Terry, became deaf at the age of 11. He wrote the book between
1917-1922 to reveal the biases faced by deaf people during those
times. “Mickey’s Harvest” is filled with artistic, talented deaf
individuals who engage readers in an earlier, colorful time.

Due to a resurgence in Deaf literature, “Mickey’s Harvest” was
recently rediscovered and will be of particular interest to Deaf
studies students and history buffs.

For a limited time only, save 10% on “Mickey’s Harvest”. Normally
$29.95, now only $26.95 with free ground shipping for orders within
the contiguous US. Sale ends April 8, 2016.

For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/HarrisComm_DDG040316

Contact us at: mailto:info@harriscomm.com

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RIT/NTID announces a career exploration workshop for deaf or hard-of-hearing African American, Latino American or Native American middle school students

African American, Latino American or Native American students who are deaf or hard of hearing and are entering 5th . 9th grade are invited to Steps to Success, a free career exploration workshop that will be held April 23 at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf in Clarkson, Georgia.

This free event allows students to explore career options and goals to help prepare them for life after high school. Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend and can get tips to support their student through this time of transition, as well as share experiences and information with other parents of deaf or hard-of-hearing students.

Faculty and staff from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf will present information about the importance of leadership development and career goals, and RIT/NTID admissions representatives will discuss college preparedness and financial aid.

To register online, go to www.ntid.rit.edu/camps/stepstosuccess

For more information, call 585-475-7695 (voice), 585-286-4555 (videophone) or e-mail SteptoSuccess@ntid.rit.edu

Registration deadline is April 12, 2016.

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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

World War II major leaguer

http://deafdigest.com/world-war-ii-baseball-player/

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Top stories about the deaf:

Doctors in the Netherlands, afraid of being sued,
have been referring deaf patients to specialists
instead of advising them on their hearing loss issues!

During a Deaf History presentation, deaf ASL
professor Terrell Brittain (University of Houston)
expressed hope that Deaf Discrimination will
disappear.

An attorney that works with the deaf made this comment
that people ignore the laws that are written, with
respect to ADA.

The HSBC bank in Great Britain has set up a
sign language video to allow patrons to discuss
their banking matters.

Deaf advocates have accused the BBC in Great Britain
of not providing interpreters during candidates’
election speeches.

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WORST BIG CITY SUBWAY SERVICE
Many big cities all over the world have their
own subway systems.
Deaf people that live in these cities have no
problems on the subways and get off at their
stops.
But one city has very bad subway service
for the deaf. It is London. Ticket sellers are
often rude. And many rides are changed at
last minute with different routes or different
platforms. Hearing can hear it with public
announcements. Deaf can’t and there are not
enough public displays to let them know of
changes.

http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-ride-london-subways/

DeafDigest ASL videos moved to youtube; much better
viewing

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Surdus Remodeling specializes in remodeling bath, kitchen, and
basement of your dream throughout metro Washington, DC area. This
service is run by deaf owner/project manager with a mix of deaf and
hearing crews. All projects are in Northern VA, DC, and Maryland only.

To learn more about this company at www.surdusremodeling.com

Surdus Remodeling won Angie’s List Super Service Award in 2012 and 2013.

Contact Elijah Gold at info@surdusremodeling.com or VP at 240-654-0247

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CHINESE SIGN LANGUAGE VS USA ASL
In China, there are two different deaf sign
languages.
One is Chinese Sign Language. The other
one is Shanghai Sign Language.
Many deaf Chinese people hate Chinese
Sign Language. It is the same as in USA with
100 percent fingerspelling!
Shanghai Sign Language is different. It is
like our own ASL with these signing gestures
and no fingerspelling!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-chinese-sign-language/

DeafDigest ASL videos moved to youtube; much better
viewing

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YOU ARE DEAF AND ARE BREAKING THE LAW IF:
You live in Detroit, Michigan and you scowl something at
your wife on a Sunday. Existing in the city books is an anti-scowl
ordinance.
Well, this law applies equally to deaf and hearing – yes, but
deaf people are apt to facial expressions, and so – that makes
all law-abiding deaf Detroit husbands law-breakers while signing
something with their wives on Sundays.

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Deaf organizations

Central Oklahoma Association of the Deaf

http://deafdigest.com/central-oklahoma-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

Deaf Transitions

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

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LOOKING BACK – OLD VIDEO with captions on youtube

Airport

http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-airport/

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Deaf people can do anything

we have a deaf person who is/was a

— dog groomer

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

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. What is Donald Trump’s views on Deaf Issues?

A. Do not know and do not want to know! He has
been known to change his comments several times
on a single issue!

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Haptics is a Greek word that indicates that information is being given to us by touch and feel.

We, the DeafBlind people, are starting to use haptics with Pro-Tactile and Touch Signals.

A little dog in my house arrived for Christmas for my grandson from his aunt!

She is only about 6 months old now.  And with me as a DeafBlind man around her, gulp!

The dog now uses her nose and pokes me on my leg for attention!

The other day the dog poked me with a ball in her mouth, Hint: Let’s play ball!

It is interesting to see how this little dog has adapted to a DeafBlind man!

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 the Democratic and Republican parties will mandate
that all presidential candidates make promises for the
deaf (of course, keeping these promises once elected
is a separate issue!)

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DeafHistory:

Year 1968

First Jr. NAD Conference took place on the campus of
Gallaudet University

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

13,844

to be exact!

students identified as deaf by the California
State Department of Education

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Appalachian State – Kate Ward, sr, women’s soccer

has completed her collegiate soccer career

She started a lot during her freshman season but played
less and less and less throughout her career

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Deaf Elite Athletes:

Kevin Hall, pro golf

KEVIN HALL WILL PLAY 72-HOLE TOURNAMENT AT HARBOR HILLS THIS APRIL
6-9, 2016

Kevin Hall called to say that he is coming to The Villages soon so he
could prepare for the upcoming SwingThought.com tournament to be held
at Harbor Hills Country Club this April 6-9, 2016.  The purse money
is $120,000.  This tournament is a prestigious type where Web.com
players and SwingThought.com could compete. Harbor Hills is the site
of Web.com qualifying round, meaning top leaders would be invited to
compete at Web.com tournament.

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DeafSports Library:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)

Facts about one-season major leaguer Dick Sipek we didn’t know about

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http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-diet-bet/

This week’s ASL videos in youtube
http://deafdigest.com/videos/oral-deaf-comment/
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world’s #1 deaf musician (from UK)
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chimpanzee, Sukari. Her new friends use sign language to communicate,
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Dedication

Within a span of one week, American School for the Deaf
lost two leaders. DeafDigest is dedicating this edition
to these two individuals. Below is a posting by
Executive Director Jeff Bravin:

ASD lost two great leaders this past week!

It is with deep heart that I share this news.  I was informed that Dennis Palka, our beloved alumni and faculty of ASD has passed away.  It was unexpected and I’m still in shock.

Dennis Palka has been with ASD for more years that any one of us can imagine, he’s a beloved Alumni and Faculty of the school.  He has undertaken so many
roles at the school in our academic programs, athletic programs, international programs, alumni relations among many other activities.  He was also a former
Federation President, a leader in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, very involved with Hartford Club of the Deaf.

He sorely will be missed by everyone and may he rest in peace.

ASD also lost Lillian Garcia Peterkin.  She died March 20, 2016 at Conn Hospice after a long illness. She was the wife of David V. Peterkin. Lillian was born to Puerto Rican parents in New Haven, She graduated from the American School for the Deaf in 1981 receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in ASL/English Interpreting from Northeastern University in 2001. Lillian presented numerous training to deaf community members and interpreters on topics such as medical interpreting, deaf interpreting and consumers rights to interpreting services, all over the United States. She spent over 20 years as coordinator
of interpreting services in Mass. and Conn.

She will sorely be missed by everyone and may she rest in peace.

DeafDigest also dedicates this edition to Kenneth
Schaffer, Sterling, VA, that departed us. He was
a long time civil servant with the Federal Government
and on the side, loved railroads. He contributed many
articles on railroading, basically “riding from a
perspective of a deaf passenger.”

Top stories about the deaf:

The Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Sarasota, FL, has closed up after 31 years of operation.

The NIH is embarking on a new study – Improving the health of the deaf and hard-of-hearing population through accessible patient-reported outcome measures. What is that supposed
to mean in simple English?

Neil Maes, a deaf fifth grader at a school in South Carolina,
has advanced to the nationals in Spelling Bee.

A story about the Deaf Community in Rochester has been
featured in the Syracuse Post-Standard’s Empire Magazine.

Deaf leaders in Slovakia are trying to make the
Slovakian society more accepting of deaf people.

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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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MOST COMMON COMMENT BY ORAL DEAF
If you bump into an oral deaf, what is
their most common comment?
They almost always say:

I am deaf but I don’t sign!

http://deafdigest.com/videos/oral-deaf-comment/

DeafDigest ASL videos moved to youtube; much better
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Checklist for Deaf-Friendly restaurants

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100 MILES PER HOUR FINGERPSPELLING
A restaurant waitress had a deaf couple at
her table.
She bragged of knowing sign language. What
did she do?
She fingerspelled something at about 100 miles
per hour! It was too fast that the deaf person
just nodded his head and ignored her.

http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-ignore-rapid-fingerspelling/

DeafDigest ASL videos moved to youtube; much better
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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

The interpreter completed her mission with a deaf patient at
a state hospital. The facilities was secured with locked
sliding doors manned by remote TV surveillance.

For some reason the interpreter was not formally escorted
out of the premises by the uniformed personnel. She was left
behind the locked facility and pretty much ignored.

The interpreter ended up, screaming and yelling at the
intercom, asking for assistance. In the meantime the
commotion attracted the attention of patients, seeing
everything through the glass divider. They were all
laughing and mocking at her, and even mocking the patient
that needed the interpreter in the first place..

After 10 minutes of struggling with the useless intercom,
the interpreter whipped out her cell phone and dialed the
hospital director asking him to take her out. This did the trick.

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

In order to be able to tell good realtime captioning from bad realtime captioning, we must understand a few things.

First of all, if a program is being captioned live, there are bound to be some mistakes because the captioners are only human and they do make mistakes. When they are captioning a program live, there is no time to fix the mistakes.

However, it would help to educate ourselves about what is an acceptable amount of errors. There are times when the captioning may be absolutely terrible with error after error, and we must not just settle for poor captioning. We must let the people in charge of providing the captioning know about this lack of quality.

There are people who say that they know how to do realtime captioning who really aren’t able to provide quality captioning, and they are being hired because they may charge less than the good realtime captioners.

We cannot expect to see perfect realtime captioning, but we should strive for excellent realtime captioning.

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LOOKING BACK – OLD VIDEO with captions on youtube

http://deafdigest.com/videos/words-of-insult-with-deaf/

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A PET PEEVE OF BEING DEAF

hearing people constantly say never mind when you ask
them what were they talking about!

(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

the U.S. Attorney’s office has reached settlement with
hotels in Connecticut to make it ADA-complaint, and
that includes deaf guests that need assistive devices.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Will we be seeing a throng of deaf attorneys from
anywhere in USA converging onto Washington, DC next month?
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC),
a co-sponsor of the debuting American Bar Association
President’s Conference on the Employment of Lawyers with
Disabilities, has scheduled such a conference on
May 22-23 at the Renaissance Washington Hotel in
Washington, DC.
Deaf attorneys’ power conference? Hope so.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

If we have questions about the medicine we take, we would
love to discuss these with a deaf pharmacist. At present,
we have a few deaf pharmacists around. Possibly the next
deaf pharmacist will be Sean Burroughs. He is now a third
year student at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, half ways
towards a 6-year program.

note:
DeafDigest is not sure if he is still in the pharmacy
field

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Do read the news (above) from 10 years ago.
DeafDigest editor has noticed a trend – more
deaf attorneys have dropped out of their
professions to pursue different careers.

Fact or fiction? Or is this trend the same
with hearing attorneys?

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DeafDigest – 01 April 2016

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 1, 2016

— the mermaid is deaf

At Sacramento, CA, there is a bar that is called Dive Bar. This
bar has a 8,000-gallon water tank. It is not for fishes that
swim by. It is for mermaids! One of the mermaids is
Brenna DeBartolo who is deaf. When she learned about that
bar, she signed up to become a mermaid. It was not easy –
she had to practice being a mermaid for 30 days before
the bar owner qualified her for the job! She can be
seen using ASL while swimming inside the tank. Her picture
is at:

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

 

— a big reverse with deaf/hearing theater actors

When we see a deaf/hearing play, it is always the
deaf actor that sign across the stage while a hearing
person follows him, shouting in voice what the
deaf person is saying. But with The Shrek play,
taking place at a theater in Tucson, Arizona, there
is a reverse. The hearing actor shouts out his script
lines on the stage, and following him is the deaf
actor signing in ASL!

 

— a big irony with a deaf mainstreamed student

A deaf mainstreamed student is attending a high
school in Alabama. Her high school does not offer
ASL classes. Her goal is to receive an advanced
diploma, which requires two years of foreign
language. Without two years of ASL she cannot
receive this advanced diploma. She has offered
to teach herself ASL for two years, but needs
ASL teacher to evaulate her signing skills.
At this point this high school does not know
what to do!

 
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