DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 28, 2017

— angry legislator rips up a bill

Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, Iowa legislator, hated the
bill that would have ended licensing requirements
for many professions, including interpreters.
As a result, he ripped up the bill in half.
People watching him from the gallery all rose
up in cheers! A picture is at:



— a big concert not captioned on TV

A big event in Wales is a musical festival –
the Cyngerdd Gwyl Ddewi, a St David Day Concert.
Deaf music lovers watched the program, expecting
it to be captioned. It wasn’t and people are
angry about it. They said the broadcaster
discriminated against the deaf. The broadcaster
denied it, saying there were two reasons for
no captions – copyright issues and also
difficulty in translating Welsh songs into
English language. What would the deaf Americans
say if the recent Oscar program wasn’t captioned!


— app to improve customer service for deaf

Working with Bermuda Islands Association of the Deaf,
an American high tech company is developing
an app to help public service companies deal with
their deaf customers (telecoms, power suppliers,
banks, insurance companies, etc). No video
relay service – just the deaf customer directly
with the company.



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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— ASL, child abuse, said a state official

2/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 27, 2017

— deaf newscaster refuses to “fix” the birth of her children

Sarah-Jane Moloney is a deaf newscaster in Ireland.
At a fertility clinic in Spain, she and her husband
were asked if they could have their genes fixed so
that the children would be born deaf. She said –
no, let nature take its course. As it is, both
children were born hearing. Her comments hit
the Irish newspapers. A picture is at:




— a Deaf Oscar goof

Oscar, the highlight event of the year for actors and
performers, are always getting into goofs. An example
was announcing the wrong movie as the winner. Any
deaf goofs? Yes, but not deaf but of fake-deaf.
In 1978 at the Oscar, a group of children, announced
as deaf, sign-sang Debby Boone’s Light Up My Life.
These children were fake-deaf and even worse, they
could not really sign at all!


— disabled governor protects the deaf

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott uses a wheelchair to
get around. It is nice to hear that he protected
Texas School for the Deaf. The state has imposed
a hiring freeze on state agencies – but the
school has been made exempt from the hiring
freeze, upon orders of the governor!



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— special Gallaudet trains

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 24, 2017

— Gallaudet hopefully not losing its identity

The Washington, DC Metro (rapid transit/subway)
system is broke. And if money is not found within
coming months, there may be dire consequences.
One such consequence is selling the naming
rights to metro stop stations. One such station
is NoMa–GallaudeU station. This name has
generated millions of dollars of free publicity
for Gallaudet. If Gallaudet loses its station
name, then would Gallaudet lose its identity?
Hope it never happens. By the way, it is just
15 minute breezy walk from the stop to the
campus. A picture is at:



— a deaf pitcher at minor league spring training camp

Kevin Grendell, who is deaf and a lefthanded pitcher,
is in the Los Angeles Angels minor league training camp.
Hopefully we will be hearing more of him in years to come
since we’ve not had a great deaf pitcher since the days of
Dummy Taylor.


— DeafWest in another new play

It was mentioned that DeafWest is worried about funding,
but it did not stop them from showing a new play
“Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo” which will debut
March 7th.



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