DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 31, 2018


— strict rules on captions

A federal agency established strict rules for captions:

1. Captions must have perfect spelling and perfect grammar.

2. Captions must show same words that are spoken, cannot
change it around.

3. Captions must be easily read with right color background.

The federal agency will closely supervise these captions.


Finally, FCC listening to our demands? No, sorry! It is the
Federal Telecommunications Institute in Mexico!



— a sad irony with text 911

A newspaper story today said that just a few police
dispatch centers in USA can handle text 911 calls, and
pointed out a cruel irony. Everyone can send tweets,
facebook postings and chat all the time in group
chats. Yet text 911 technology is not there in
every call center! Why?


— easily remembering a deaf Uber driver

Two hearing passengers entered Uber car driven
by a deaf driver. Shocked, but needing a quick
ride, theese passengers just sat in the car,
hoping there were no communication problems.
The deaf driver simply texted on his iPhone,
asking if they were the correct passengers
and that the destination was correct. When
the two passengers nodded yes, the deaf driver
twice Thumbed Up as to say – perfect. These
hearing passengers felt bad that they didn’t
know the signs for Thank You!



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 30, 2018

— DeafDigest salutes pioneering deaf host of a TV show

Bernard Bragg has departed us. He was the face of Deaf
Entertainment in a long career that spanned 7 decades –
TV, film, stage, one-man shows, etc. One thing stood
out – he was the pioneering host of a hearing TV
program. During the late fifties/early sixties,
he hosted his own one-man TV show in San Francisco
– The Quiet Man which featured his mime movements.
It was the first time in history of TV that a
deaf person hosted his own TV show. Not wanting
to be typecast, he moved on to many different roles
in the entertainment world over the years and decades.


— hiring a bad interpreter at own risk

A Michigan medical facility hired a bad interpeter
to interpret for deaf parents while their child
was in the hospital. The interpreting was so bad
that the parents sued. The hospital won and the
parents appealed. The Michigan Court of Appeals
panel ruled in favor of deaf parents. This
should be a lesson – do not hire a bad interpreter!
DeafDigest editor knows from too many personal
experiences with bad interpreters.


— deaf-blind resident not allowed to enter main entrance of hwe condo

A New Jersey condo association would not allow a deaf-blind
woman to enter the main entrance. Reason is her service dog.
She has filed a lawsuit, with the assistance of the
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 29, 2018


— a sign language phrase we don’t understand

A British newspaper did a story on a person who
works at a deaf school as – communication practitioner.
What does that mean? Sign language instructor or
interpreter or oral speech teacher or what?


— earning a PhD in a field that was not in past dictionary

Audism is one of the newer words in the dictionary.
A newspaper story said that a person earned a doctorate
in Audism. This word means suppression of the deaf.
Would that doctorate lead to a career in Deaf Advocacy?


— Starbucks’ confession

When Starbucks opened its first sign language store
(not in Washington, DC, but in Malaysia) deaf people
were hired for jobs. But the management made a
confession that the deaf were hired for simple and
boring jobs – because they felt deaf people were not
capable of doing something better in Starbucks!
Since then, Starbucks has improved its attitude
towards deaf employees.




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— best Perogies in metro Pittsburgh area

Perogies, popular in Poland, is also popular in many
parts of USA. It is dumplings, often filled with
potatoes, but some are with sauerkraut, sweet
potatoes, cheese, etc. Deaf Perogies? Yes, Gosia’s
Pierogies located in Latrobe, PA, is deaf-owned and
most of kitchen people are deaf. Deaf husband-wife
team of Terry and Jan Smith-Rawecki, own and operate
this business. Their ingredients? Sorry, it is a
family secret, they said!


— big thumbs down from the deaf community

Hearing artist designed a mural that shows ASL
in downtown Idaho Falls, Idaho. The Deaf
Commuity unanimously thumbed it down, saying
the hearing artist knew nothing about finger
spelling and drew up the signs that were
wrongly shown. Big question – why was
a hearing artist, knowing ZERO about deaf,
given this assignment. There are many, many
talented deaf artists that can easily do the job!


— national deaf association operating a deaf school

Could National Association of the Deaf (NAD) operate a
deaf school? No, because NAD’s job is advocacy,
and while Deaf Education can be advocated, operating
the school is a different matter. Anyway one national
association operated a deaf school – the Singapore
Association for the Deaf operated the Singapore School
For The Deaf for a number of years. Unfortunately,
it closed up due to declining enrollment.



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