DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 25, 2016


— a hard-working deaf farmer

Few days ago an obituary was published in a
Saskatechewan newspaper, honoring Willie
Hanelt, a deaf farmer in Benson, a tiny
town of 400 people. He worked on the family
farm and did everything that had to be done –
hauling grain, feeding the cattle, doing the
farm recordkeeping, identifying the better bulls
at auctions, maintaining the garden surrounding
the family home, etc. Whatever had to be done,
he would do it. When he was young, he had a
choice – between attending a school for the
deaf or staying home as a family farmer. He
chose farming, and never regretting it.
He is a Deaf Success story in Canada,
though not too many deaf people outside
of Saskatechewan knew about. A picture
is at:


— deaf woman teaching hearing women to protect themselves

Zaineb Abdulla, who is deaf and a resident of Chicago,
looks weak – just over five feet tall and weighing
just over 100 pounds. Yet she teaches hearing Muslim
women how to protect themselves when they’re out in
the public. She teaches them defensive moves in case
they’re physically threatened. She is an officer
with the Deaf Planet Soul, a social service agency
that empowers the deaf to fight for their rights.
Yet it is hearing women that come to her!


— a cruel Kansas power utility company

Is Kansas City Power and Light Company
cruel? This company turned off power at the
house where a seriously ill deaf child lived.
She depends on electricity to keep her
support systems running. Her condition
was so bad that a local hospital told the
power company not to shut off electricity.
The power company ignored the request
and still shut off the power. It made
the local news. Fortunately for the
deaf child, an anonymous person came
forward and paid the outstanding
electrical bill. The family was too
impoverished to be able to keep up with
the payments.


Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— dog fools deaf master

11/20/16 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 24, 2016


— many deaf monks

Monks follow a way of life, much different from
everyone else. Many monks take a vow of silence,
never using their voice at all for the rest of
their lives. It is interesting to see a big
story in today’s media that many monks were
deaf – from way back to Year 700! A group
of archaeologists dug up buried skulls,
and learned that many of these monks
were deaf! Years ago deaf people were not
taught how to talk – any connection
with deaf monks never using their voice?

A picture is at:


— interpreter license, important or not important

There was a hot discussion among interpreters, both
deaf and hearing, in a midwestern state, that
interpreting certification is not important,
and that it should not be part of state licensing
laws! What does DeafDigest editor feel about it?
Yes, interpreters must get certificates, but
is concerned that fees needed to get such
certificates are too expensive.


— lipreading war: professional lipreader vs computer

Who will win the lipreading war? The professional
lipreader or the computer? Google owns a company
named DeepMind. This company worked with
engineers from University of Oxford to develop
a lipreading computer. Who won? It was said
that the computer was successful 47 percent of
the time whereas a professional lipreader
was successful 13 percent of the time. Are
we going to always carry our computer everytime
we meet a hearing person who wants to talk to us?


Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— tale of two Booths

11/20/16 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 23, 2016


— finally a real deaf stamp

We have many, many stamps that honor deaf individuals
– but they were honored for helping the hearing, not
helping the deaf. We have deaf individuals, noted for
helping the deaf, that deserve stamps of their own,
but the Postal Service paid it no attention. Finally,
this Postal Service has come up with a new deaf stamp,
honoring Robert Panara, the long time professor at
Gallaudet and at NTID. He is being noted for his
contributions to Deaf Culture. Hopefully it paves the
way for outstanding deaf individuals (Mac Norwood,
who pushed hard for TV and movies captions; Boyce
Williams, who pushed hard for a long list of deaf
social and educational services and Frederick C.
Schreiber, who pushed hard for first class Deaf
Citizenship rights).

A picture of Panara is at:


— deaf landmark for sale

The Volta Place, in Washington, DC, is for sale.
Cost as listed by the realtor is nearly $2.4 million.
It was the home of the Alexander Graham Bell
Association for the Deaf (AgBell). It was
a landmark for people that strongly believed in
Oral Education of the Deaf. DeafDigest editor,
who uses ASL, was invited to attend a social
event at the AgBell building few years ago.
The social event was packed with people that
used either – oral and ASL! Everyone was
welcome regardless of their choice of language.


— perfect person not deaf

India has an interesting attitude. If a deaf person
has no hearing aid, has no CI and speaks perfectly
he is not deaf – in the eyes of many hearing
people of India! This attitude prevents these
deaf people from getting services they need
because of their deafness. The Right with
Disabilities Bill, now in legislative session,
is trying to change it all that.



Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Deaf Culture disagreement

11/20/16 Blue and Gold editions at: