DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 30, 2018


— priority treatments in the emergency room

When patients come to the emergency room,
treatments are not given on first come, first
served basis. It is based on priority of
treatments. Those close to death will get the
top priority. Those that need just routine
treatment get lowest priority. It is
doctors and nurses that decide the priority
of patients. With the deaf patients, it is
the fear that if they demand interpreters
and no VRI communications, they may be
placed last on the priority list. It
sometimes takes hours for an interpreter
to show up even if the deaf patient may
be dying! A picture is at:


— meeting adjourned for reasons of being hard of hearing

Something strange is going on in one South African
city. The city council members were arguing with
each other. The angry council leader said:

For those who are hard of hearing, the speaker may
adjourn the meeting

The meeting was adjourned after that comment.
The meeting re-started 20 minutes later but
it fell apart again. Not sure if the leader
meant that council members were too deaf to
be able to reason – or if he was making
a comment that made no sense?


— TV with captions or with no captions

A closed captioning advocate made this remark:

Blocked captions equals no TV picture

Trying to figure it out. Placement of
captions are always tricky. Captions at the
bottom would block streaming. Captions
in the middle would block full screen
picture. Captions on the top would
block scores and time remaining of
athletic events.



Deaf jobs – latest update

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

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 29, 2018


— using mime to teach the public on road safety

A group of 10 deaf men used mime to teach the public
on road safety (wearing helmets, stopping at
red light signals, no texting while driving,
no drunk driving, obeying road rules, etc).
It took place in five locations in Coimbatore,
a major metropolitian city in India of over
2 million people. A picture is at:


— crisis among Big 8 deaf agencies in California

California is unique in that Big 8 agencies serve
the deaf in the metro and rural areas in
the state. The state, for the most part,
fund the agencies’ operations. The state
is proposing a budget cut, and if this
happens, it may cause a number of services
to be either reduced or abolished. A
meeting with members of the state assembly
is taking place on April 11th.


— representing the deaf at a White House event

The White House Egg Roll is taking place on
Monday. One of the eggs ia a Deaf Egg,
designed by Benny Shirley, a student at
the Kentucky School for the Deaf.



Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— only deaf passenger at Titanic

03/25/18 Blue and Gold editions & options at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 28, 2018


— small town hires deaf woman as police officer

Erica Trevino, who is deaf, was hired as police
officer in Dalhart, a small Texas town of some
8,000 people. She told an interviewer that she
is ASL-fluent. How qualified is she? She graduated
third in her class at the Police Academy.
A picture is at:


— deaf walkers and joggers at disadvantage

Do deaf people have to hear to walk on the
sidewalk or to do street jogging? No,
but a deaf walker complained that there is
no way to tell others of their deafness.
Very often there are cyclists that whiz
by them, missing them by inches. The
cyclists probably yelled at them to look
out. Should deaf people wear colored vssts
with the words “I am deaf” on the back?
No, because it may be an invitation to
robbery or mugging.


— deaf person as sound engineer

A sound engineer works in studieos to
make good music, speech and sounds.
A job for a deaf person? Yes, according
to a movie titled “Rangasthalam”
produced in India. Unfortunately for
the deaf in the movie audience, this
role is being played by a fake-deaf


Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— oral talking machine

03/25/18 Blue and Gold editions & options at:


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 27, 2018


— Deaf as the Super Deaf Hero

Deaf people are in the media (TV, movies, newspapers,
web postings, etc). Great? No, according to an angry
activist that said stories about the deaf and of
deafness are inaccurate! He claims that deaf people
are made to look like “Super Deaf Hero” while in
real life they lead regular and productive lives!
In other words, being deaf is no big deal; they
function the same as the hearing. A picture is at:


— app to purchase rapid transit and bus tickets

A big city deaf passenger said:
using the app to buy bus tickets has made it
much easier for me

Yes, it means no communication hassles with the
ticket-buying windows at bus terminals.

Yet, if there is a glitch with the app, and
if the bus driver would not allow the deaf person
to get on – then the hassle continues!


— surprising fact about sign language at Martha’s Vineyard

Deaf historians pretty much know about sign language (not
ASL) that were used by deaf and hearing residents of
Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. This use of
sign language faded away when fewer deaf people
lived in the colony (during the 1950’s). What
is surprising is the discovery – that hearing people
used sign language at home – even though they had no
deaf relatives at all!


Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf woman in cosmetics

03/25/18 Blue and Gold editions & options at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 26, 2018

— arrested for probably being ashamed of a deaf daughter

Jerimahah Cory Martin, not deaf, was arrested on charges
of child deprivation and neglect in South Carolina. What
did he do? He would not allow his 8-year old deaf daughter
to wear her hearing aid! A picture is at:


— no way the director said he would cast a fake-deaf actress

John Krasinski, who was producing a movie – A Quiet
Place, said in an interview that it was no way he would
cast a fake-deaf actress. How many producers would
say the same thing? Sad to say, not too many!


— suddenly remembering sign language

A deaf man became violent after getting drunk,
threatening a crowd of hearing people with a
weapon. A police officer came over, realized
the drunk man was deaf. She learned sign language
years ago but had not used it since then. Quickly
remembering the signs she learned, she came
to the deaf man, signing to him, asking him
to just calm down, leave the scene and just
go home. He did, and no one got hurt.
How many police officers would quickly
remember the signs that were not used for
a long time?



Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— big mistake to bully a deaf child

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