DeafDigest Gold – April 30, 2017

DeafDigest Gold – April 30, 2017

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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube:

This week’s ASL Videos in youtube:


Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf and the engineering marvels


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Top stories about the deaf:

The National Deaf Hotline Services, sponsored
by ADWAS, has expanded into 24/7 coverage.
It used to be operated during regular
day time hours.

Evelyn Glennie, the deaf British woman, who is
the world’s #1 percussionist, has been
honored with a degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She was born in Scotland but moved to London to establish her career in music.

In New Zealand, the Captioning Working Group,
an advocacy organization, is pushing for
24/7 emergency captions on TV. For some
reason the government is reluctant.

The Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said
he will donate money to Barrier Free Living
which provides support services for the deaf
in need.

The Tennessee Legislature passed a bill that
gives foreign language credit for students
that take ASL courses.



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This week’s ASL video in youtube

This is a true story; a deaf person went to a bank
and gave the teller a note.
The teller got scared and pressed the “bank robbery”
button to alert the police.
The police came to the bank, looking for the bank
robber. The teller pointed to the deaf person.
It was realized that the deaf person was not a
bank robber but wanted to ask the teller a question
about a banking matter.
Many bank robbers pass notes to the tellers
demanding money. Not that deaf person!

This week’s ASL video in youtube


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This week’s ASL video in youtube

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!

This week’s ASL video in youtube


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People in town hear about events, announcements and alerts in many ways.

For hearing and sighted persons, information is all around them.

DeafBlind individuals can be at a loss when it comes to what is happening in town!

I decided to check Front Porch Forum, a website for our town. It is totally free.

Wow, it contains lots of information about what is going on in town that I had been left out of!

One example: Our town voted to close our local police department!

Also, there was an event to check out solar system and many other
informational goodies.

This web site includes recommendations for carpenters, plumbers, cleaners, lawn care services, and more.

It is nice to be included in my local community by joining Front Porch

You too can log into Front Porch Forum and put in your town and sign up!

Be informed!

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But Klotz isn’t just an LSU swimmer; he’s a phenom in deaf sports. Klotz
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Deaf Elite Athletes:

Matt Hamill comeback win

Matt Hamill knocks out Luiz Cane in 38 seconds, wins first fight since

Matt Hamill is still fighting and evidently still capable of finishing

Hamill knocked out former UFC veteran Luiz Cane in just 38 seconds in the
main event of Fight2Night 2 on Friday night in Parana, Brazil. It was
Hamill’s first victory since 2012.

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DeafSports Library:

Deaf Sports Collections update
— hearing ASL college quarterback (not Gallaudet)


DeafSports picture of the day


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 28, 2017


— delegates say cheering is discriminatory

Is loud cheering, especially at athletic events,
discriminatory? This is what the delegates at the
National Union of Students are saying. They
said it discriminates against the deaf that
cannot hear these loud cheers! This organization
advocates the needs of (hearing) students
that attend universities in Great Britain.
Well, the deaf have their own Wave Cheer. And
besides, we all root for our favorite athletic

A picture is at:


— needless deaf tragedy

DeafDigest has mentioned several times regarding
the strike against the Canadian Hearing Society.
And tragedies are beginning to surface. Two deaf
hospitalized patients have been without
interpreters, not understanding what the
doctors and the nurses have to say. One died,
and the other is suffering from an advanced
stage of cancer.



— strong interest among architects

The Architects’ Journal ran a great story
about Deaf Design, meaning Deaf Friendly
buildings. This magazine is not an American
publication, but a British publication.
It was not that too many years ago when
Bernard Brown came up with his Deaf House
concept. We may have very strong feelings
in favor of Deaf Design, but Bernard was
the first deaf person to come up with it!
A former Deaf Builder in Connecticut,
and then a Gallaudet faculty member,
he is now retired and living in Florida



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf female astronomer

4/23/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 27, 2017


— Rochester plans a deaf-friendly airport

The Greater Rochester International Airport is
planning to become deaf-friendly. The state
Department of Transportation has asked NTID
to help with the design to make it deaf-friendly.
A picture is at:


— our hard work for nothing

The Deaf Community fought hard for net
neutrality, otherwise internet and
cable costs may be out of reach of
low income deaf. We succeeded only
to have the White House FCC appointee
announce his plans to block net
neutrality. Very frustrating for us.


— Educators confused between deaf and hearing

In Australia, the Queensland’s Education
Department issued a report that made
Indigenous people angry. It said that
many students in some communities
have an intellectual disability. One
of these students was actually deaf,
and not intellectually disabled!



Latest deaf jobs

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

4/23/17 Blue and Gold editions at:



DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 26, 2017

— cannot caption the videos, the court says so

A court made a decision that it is a copyright violation
if someone puts captions on video material and distributes
it for free. This court is not in USA, but in the
Netherlands! But here in USA, we are seeing attorneys
fighting over other captioning issues (U of California
case; the Villages Florida case, etc). A picture is at:


— actress very busy

DeafDigest mentioned deaf actress Shoshannah Stern
sometime back in a Supernatural TV program. The
interviewer was able to interview her again
recently. He that she is very busy but still
took the time to answer his questions. DeafDigest
hopes that she will continue being busy acting once
her role in the Supernatural program ends. Busy
actresses are no longer busy acting when their
TV and movie roles end but are busy trying to
get new roles! This is Hollywood Reality.


— a shocking revelation with the continuing strike

DeafDigest also mentioned that the strikers
with the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) have not
gotten pay raises in four years whereas the CEO is
drawing a fat salary. It was also revealed today
that some other CHS top administrators have received
75 percent pay raises, while the deaf workers
have received zero percent pay raises. Fair? No!
Greed? Good question!



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— pizza chain thanks Gallaudet

4/23/17 Blue and Gold editions at: