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DeafDigest – 31 October 2018

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 – 30 October 2018

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 – 29 October 2018

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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DeafDigest – 28 October 2018

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Top stories about the deaf:
A Fresno City College ASL instructor has filed a
discrimination lawsuit with the State Center Community
College District. She claimed not being accommodated
with her teaching needs at the college.
The Deaf Wireless Canada Committee, which advocates
for wireless needs and accommodations for the deaf,
has sown concern about vendors’ vague and misleading
wireless data plans.
One of the food carts in Saigon is operated by
a deaf wife-husband team. They communicate with
walk-in customers by notes while selling food
and fresh drinks.
Lily McManus is deaf and came up as runner ups on
The Bachelor New Zealand TV contest program.
She has expressed bitterness over being deaf.
The deaf community of Singapore is mourning the
death of Peng Tsu Ying, a long time advocate and
educator, who helped establish a school for the
deaf. He was one of the few deaf leaders in
Asia to set up a deaf school.
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AN ALMOST PERFECT BUSINESS FOR THE DEAF
    What is a perfect business for the deaf. Owning a
dog kennel. Dogs bark all the time and these loud
barking noise would not bother a deaf person.
    Why is it an almost perfect business? Because the
deaf person cannot hear the dog cry or whine. When a
dog cries, it may be for a good reason that the deaf
person may not know about.
    Yes, we do have a deaf owner of a dog kennel in
Florida. It is owned by Ernesto Freye.
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A HEARING LEADER WITH NO BACKGROUND IN DEAFNESS
    Many hearing people that are superintendents
of schools for the deaf or of deaf service agencies
have backgrounds and experience working with the
deaf.
    They take deafness classes at college and have
degrees that qualify them for work with the deaf.
    Many, but not all of them! In one state, a
former florist was appointed as director of
state deaf telecommunications service.
    Did that person have background or experience
with the deaf? No.
    Why was he hired? State politics is the reason.
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
The midterm election is on November 6.
States and towns are trying to improve accessibility for
all people.
Unfortunately, being DeafBlind I couldn’t vote independently.
I voted early due to my travel plans.  Do vote regardless!
Information is being collected by the State to help improve
accessibility.
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.
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DeafDigest – 28 October 2018

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Top stories about the deaf:
The New York School for the Deaf is not the only
school named as Fanwood. There is another school –
First Children’s School – that is also named
Fanwood, primarily located in Fanwood, New Jersey.
Both Fanwoods do have deaf students!
At a deaf awareness event, an advocate said:
The deaf culture, as a whole, doesn’t even feel like
we have a disability. We just call it “deaf”
A deaf construction worker was terminated from his
job with the Mercedes Benz expansion project in
Dorchester County (Maryland). As a result he has
filed a job discrimination lawsuit.
South Carolina sculptor Bob Doster, not deaf, was
helped by students from South Carolina School for
the Deaf and the Blind, with his “I Love You”
sculpture mounted in a public square in downtown
Spartanburg.
The United Nations funding cuts for residents of Gaza
may possibly affect the lives of deaf residents
that need services.
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HEARING WHISPER INTO HEARING EAR
We often see hearing people whisper something into
other hearing person’s ear.
It is like telling something about a big secret that
they don’t want others to know. We also know that this
whisper is very quiet with very low voice so others
can’t hear.
Why would some hearing people whisper something into
a deaf person’s ear knowing that the deaf person
cannot hear it?
And also why would these same hearing people
speak so loud with that whisper on deaf person’s ear?
A big mystery.
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Lip reading tale
Squeak was the name of DeafDigest editor’s dog
before he passed away.
Sweetie is the name of DeafDigest editor’s current
dog.
Try lipreading Squeak and Sweetie names; not that
easy to lipread at all!
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SOMETIMES HARD TO GIVE BUSINESS TO THE DEAF
    We have some deaf dentists, some deaf doctors,
some deaf architects, etc.
    We should try to give business to these deaf
professionals. but sometimes it is hard or
impossible. Why?
    This is an example. A deaf person wanted a
deaf architect to design and build a house for
him and his family.
    The deaf architect turned him down. Reason
was that the architect was not familiar with
the town’s zoning regulations and construction
license requirements. He told the deaf person
to find a hearing architect that knows the
town’s laws and regulations.
    So, the deaf architect lost business but
was honest about it.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
With all the different areas of terminology that they might have to deal
with, I am sometimes asked if broadcast captioners or CART captioners
specialize in particular areas.
In today’s fast-paced, technical environment, it seems like every industry
has its own set of acronyms and lingo. It is impossible for someone to be
an expert in every area.
Captioners do have areas of strength and weakness, but there is no formal
list that an organization like the National Court Reporters Association
keeps of areas of specialization for captioners.
Many broadcast captioners work with news broadcasts every day. There are
some captioning companies that work primarily in sports captioning.
CART captioners see a wide variety of subjects, especially in the college
classrooms. You might be working with a pre-med major one day and a French
literature major the next day.
Sometimes we are learning along with our consumers, but sometimes we try
to find someone more qualified to cover a class we feel unable to handle.
A CART captioner I know has stated that math classes are out of the
question.
In the end, each realtime will make a decision about whether they feel
qualified to provide services for a particular event. Unfortunately,
sometimes detailed information isn’t given to the captioner in advance
about the topics to be discussed, so we could unknowingly “get in over
our heads.�
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    Would we dare post our Deaf Genetic map on a website
for the whole world to review?
    Crazy? Well, the genetics professor at Harvard Medical
School and 10 of his researchers will be posting their
own genetical information on a web site.
    While these Harvard people are not deaf, it would
create a precedent for others to post their own
“maps”.
    What does the word privacy mean?
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DeafDigest – 26 October 2018

— 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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DeafDigest – 25 October 2018

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— a LanguageLine app for police officers

There was a story about police officers having the
LanguageLine app on their iPhones; over 350
different langauge translation services are
available for these police officers when
communicating the people that do not speak
English. Yes, ASL is one of these 350 LanguageLine
options. Not sure if it is available everywhere
in USA or in just a few police jurisdictions.

 

— claiming credit for saving a deaf school

Election candidates are often claiming credit, whether
these claims are accurate or not accurate. One such
candidate in Wilson, North Carolina has claimed
credit for saving Eastern North Carolina School
for the deaf from being closed up three times.
True or not true? Yes, it was true that the school
was threatened with closure few times. Did
that candidate actually save the school three times?
Do not know!

 

— after 50 years, enough!

Gary Klingensmith, who is deaf, coached football at
Juniata High School (PA) for 50 years and finally
achieved his big dream – 300th career win, has decided
to retire after this football season. He said
he was not tired of football, but wanted to spend more
time with his family, especially six grandchildren.
Before coaching high school football, he coached
Gallaudet football three seasons in the 1960’s.
The Gallaudet coaching wins he enjoyed were these
big and memorable wins!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 24 October 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 23, 2018

 

— wearing a hearing aid could kill the interview

A deaf man wore a hearing aid to a job interview.
The employer saw it and gave all kinds of excuses
for not offering him the job. He then stopped
wearing his hearing aid during other job
interviews and was able to find a job. It
bothers DeafDigest because even without the hearing
aid, the employer would have already known of
his deafness. A deaf person is deaf, with or
without a hearing aid (or a CI).

 

— a big shock in Finland

Finland is one of the world’s best nations – high standard of
living, high quality of life, great economy, etc. Yet
it came as a big shock that years ago Finland practiced
eugenics, sterilizing young people to prevent deaf and
disabled babies from being born. Deaf people are demanding
that the government issue an apology over its eugenics
past!

 

— a comment by a Certified Deaf Interpreter

A Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) said:

Doctors, interpreters and deaf patients tend to
misunderstand each other during medical
exams. And if it were not for CDI’s, lives of
some deaf patients would not be saved.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 23 October 2018

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— Einstein’s deafness mystery

Many of us know that Thomas Edison, who became
deaf as a pre-teen, was the world’s greatest
inventor. How did he become deaf continues to
be a mystery. One version was a railroad accident.
Another version said train conductor was upset
about his secret chemical lab inside a railroad
car and hit him hard on the head. A third version
was ear infections and illnesses. Which version
is true? It was a big story today in one of the
on-line publications.

 

— a sign language club offers something other clubs don’t

The Idaho State University ASL club has offered something
that other high school and college sign language clubs
don’t. This club will be featuring open captioned
movies three times per week, not just for the benefit
of the university’s deaf students, but also for the
hearing students – and also the local deaf community!

 

— three big questions with captioning devices

A captioning advocate raised three questions regarding
captioning devices. Does the theater have enough devices
in stock during peak hours? Does the theater advertise
the availabiliy of these captioning devices. Last
question is – do they have a staffer that is trained
to set up these devices upon request? If not on either
of these questions, then that theater is not in
compliance with the ADA regulations.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 22 October 2018

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— bad job better than no job or not

Many deaf people have a hard time finding jobs.
When they finally find a job, is it great news?
It all depends. Will the job lead to future
salary increases and opportunities for promotion
or is it a bad-salary job with no accommodations
for them?

 

— a big gamble by a deaf political candidate

DeafDigest mentioned a while ago that Sudeep Shukla,
who is deaf and is a software engineer in India,
is campaigning for election for a seat on the
state assembly and that the newspapers simply
described him as deaf-mute. Anyway, he has taken
a big gamble – quitting his job (with a good salary)
to devote full time to campaigning. Will he get back
his job if he doesn’t win the election? This worries
DeafDigest.

 

— Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the deaf

Computer scientists are saying that artificial
intelligence can create robots that are
super-lipreaders, much better than human beings.
DeafDigest does not believe it, because accents
are often difficult to lipread.

 

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DeafDigest – 21 October 2018

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Top stories about the deaf:
A candidate for a political office in India was called
a deaf-mute in a newspaper story. Sudeep Shukla,
who is deaf, is vying for a seat in a city assembly.
If elected, hope he will make it a point to tell
newspapers to stop calling the deaf as deaf-mutes!
Japan had this postwar eugenics law which forced
deaf people to be sterilized. The count of such
sterilizations is now at 127 people; 109 of them
are survivors and they have jointly filed a
law suit against the government. This law has
been rescinded years later.
The national medicine shortage has hit the
Tetteh-Ocloo School For The Deaf student
clinic hard. Children get sick all the time
and the school nurse has no medicine to treat them.
This issue was rasied in a newspaper story.
Researchers at University of Rochester said
deafness could be reversed into hearing by
regrowing these cells in the deaf ears.
There was outrage in Kentucky regarding
polling places. There are touch-screen
voting machines, pretty much hidden
away – and not too many deaf voters are
aware of it – one has to ask for it,
and if they don’t ask, then they just
don’t use the touch-screen machines!
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A TUNNEL ON A SCHOOL PROPERTY
    Some schools for the deaf have tunnels under
their properties.
    A past student at Arkansas School for the
Deaf was curious about the tunnel under the school
campus.
    He went into the tunnel and walked all the way
to the end, which was four miles long. He saw
rats and some sewer stuff before he reached the
river.
    That tunnel has been closed.
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that they say – Like captions on TV – for the phone!
Captions are provided at no cost to the user, with no
monthly fees or contracts required.
For more information or to order call 1-800-233-9130
For more info about CapTel or any of the many assistive
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ALMOST IGNORED A GESTURE
    Last week’s DeafDigest mentioned confusion between
ASL and gesturing.
    A deaf woman was in a room with a hearing woman.
That hearing woman always gestured when talking
with others. The deaf woman always ignored her.
    But this time the gesturing hearing woman was
trying to talk to the deaf woman, and was ignored.
    It can be embarrassing.
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Looking for appliances that are accessible for DeafBlind people
is not easy.
Today’s technology is switching to the digital age!
My wife found appliances that are on sale but not accessible for me!
For example, I would rather have the control panel in the front
not in the back.
I would have to lean over the boiling water to turn on the oven!
Maybe there will be some hair in the pot!
Maybe it is time for a live-in cook!
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.
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DeafDigest – 21 October 2018

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Top stories about the deaf:
Deaf students in India will be able to take their
exams in sign language, instead of in written
English.
Ray Bradshaw, a British Coda, performs his stage
comedy acts, both by voice and by sign language
at the same time. DeafDigest knows of a few other
Coda comedians but do they use sign language on
the state?
In a recent newspaper story, National Deaf Center
Postsecondary Outcomes said that more than 50
percent of deaf people are unemployed.
The government of Switzerland is distributing
push notification apps for the deaf to be
notified in case of national emergencies.
A young deaf man, with special needs, has been
stuck in prison in Kenya for past five months
because his mother could not afford the bail money.
It has sparked outrage among special needs
advocates.
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GALLAUDET’S BUDGET PROBLEMS
    Few years ago, Gallaudet struggled with the
budget. Increases in salaries and health
insurance messed up the budget.
    But after struggling, the budget was approved.
Gallaudet was glad.
    Gallaudet University? No, it was Denny Gallaudet,
the past superintendent of the Richmond School
System in Maine!
    Is Gallaudet part of the famous Gallaudet family?
Some think so, but not sure.
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Lip reading tale
Two women, both not fluent in ASL, were
chatting with each other.
The first deaf woman thought the second deaf woman said:
I’m having my tongue taken out
The first deaf woman burst into tears, thinking it is
actually happening.
The second deaf woman, very embarrassed about the
uncontrollable crying of her friend, actually said:
I’m having my tonsils taken out
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THE TRASH CAN IS VALUABLE TO DEAF HISTORIANS
    We use the trash can to throw out junk and
stuff we don’t need.
    And for some Deaf Historians, the trash can
is important.
    A Deaf Church was closing up for good. Everything
was thrown dumped into trash cans and trash bins.
    A Deaf Historian went through the trash cans
and saved important pictures and important
documents about the Deaf Church’s past and as saved
it for Deaf Historical Research.
    Without the trash cans, future deaf people will
know nothing about that Deaf Church’s past.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
What should a realtime captioner do if he or she simply does not
understand something that is said?
A captioner is writing along. Everything is going great. All of a sudden,
a word is said that is totally unfamiliar or somehow obscured by a sound.
Maybe someone coughed or sneezed. Maybe it’s a word that the captioner
has just never heard of.
These situations have happened to every captioner. Different captioners
may have different solutions depending on the situation and their
familiarity with the content that they are captioning.
If a captioner is generally familiar with the subject matter but does not
understand a particular word, the captioner may use another word to make
it make sense. This would be similar to what I understand many sign
language interpreters do. They convey the concept to their audience rather
than indicating that something was not understood.
If the captioner has clearly heard the word but is unfamiliar with it,
another option would be to just spell it out phonetically. Sometimes that
is helpful, but at other times it can be confusing to the users of the
captioning.
Another option might be to use a parenthetical such as (inaudible) or
(indiscernible). This would show to the audience that the captioner had
problems with that word, but it may be confusing for them. They may
totally lose the meaning of the sentence because of the distraction of the
parenthetical.
Each situation is different, and a captioner would have to make a decision
in a split second about the best way to handle it.
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    Last week it was mentioned that Fedex lost in the Supreme
Court regarding a deaf employee that was discriminated against.
    Fedex lost again. The Supreme Court refused to review a
punitive monetary damages levied against Fedex.
    Said a deaf activist:
we are popping the champagne in few minutes
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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
Eye images used to discover hearing loss? Yes, according
to team of scientists at the Department of Biomedical
Engineering at Texas A&M University. They are saying
that when the eye is scanned, there are lightwaves
that indicate hearing loss.
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DeafDigest – 19 October 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 19, 2018

 

 

— ASL as victim of language discrimination

A new phrase is language discrimination. It refers
to people looking down on ASL. North Carolina State
University was mentioned in the story about
language discrimination, saying that less than
50 of the 35,000 students register with the
Disability Resource Office as deaf and in need
of interpreters. While the story did not mention
it, one has to read between the lines in that
there are more students that are deaf but won’t
admit their need for interpreters and assistance.

 

— these impatient doctors

A research study said that many doctors lack patience,
and would rush things through with their patients
before moving on. This is scary for deaf patients
stuck with slow interpreter communications. By the
time the deaf patient understands, the doctor has
already left the examining room.

 

— a worry about our relay services

The FCC wants to reduce reimbursement rates
for text-based relay services. This is a worry
because many deaf users of relay servces rely
on text and not on videos. The impact can be
huge if text-based relay services close shop,
unable to deal with declining revenues.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 18 October 2018

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— one of six Netflix movies that was a bad stink

There was a story today about six Netflix movies
that was a bad stink. That movie was Sierra
Burgess Is a Loser. It was a big surprise that
the movie stunk. Critics thought it would be
the best movie ever but it turned out to be
the worst movie ever. The plot was about
Sierra playing as a fake deaf girl so that
she would not have to talk at all. No one
liked that movie.

 

 

— high school ASL class students quickly become interpreters

A story in today’s newspaper said:

Students at one high school are taking their American Sign
Language abilities outside the classroom and using them to
interpret for the deaf

 

ASL students becoming interpreters without taking all
these certification exams? Most ASL students do not
really sign that well. Did the writer know what
he was writing about?

 

— a hearing-invented sign language

Hearing people inventing a sign language for the deaf? It
has happened in Bengkala, a small jungle village in Bali,
Indonesia. A group of natives are seventh-generation deaf.
To accommodate this deaf group, the hearing villagers have
invented their own sign language that everyone in the
village can use it to communicate with each other,
both hearing and deaf!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 17 October 2018

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— another important Sears product for the deaf in the past

Yesterday’s DeafDigest mentioned an obsolete ear trumpet
in the 1903 Searsscatalog. There was another one – during the
early eighties – Closed Captioning Decoder Boxes. In
these days TV sets did not have built-in decoders, forcing
the deaf to buy decoder boxes. Sears made it available
for anyone that wanted it, thus making closed captioned
TV programs more popular.

 

— Subway customer’s creative solution to communications

Graham Wade, who is deaf, is a sandwich maker with
Subway in Port Aransas, Texas. He is the best sandwich
maker one could find. A regular customer, who admires
him, came up with something for him, a 2 by 4 poster of
many pictures of all Subway ingredients. A customer
would just point at the pictures, telling Graham
what he wanted in a sub! This has made Graham
an even better sandwich maker!

 

— Language activist says that interpreter not enough in court room

Zakeera Docrat, not deaf, is a language activist. She made this
comment:

All accused persons have a right to a fair trial and to be legally
represented. But can a legal representative defend the accused fully
when they communicate through an interpreter? No

 

This is her opinion. She is from Zaire. In USA we have Certified
Deaf Interpreters that do their best to make sure the accused
deaf understand the charges and accusations in the court room.
And for deaf people who do not understand sign language, there
are sign language experts that use gestures and body language
to try to get the point across to them. Not easy, though!

 

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DeafDigest – 16 October 2018

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— infamous Texas deaf legend we never knew about

Texas, a big state, is full of cowboy legends. One
such legend was Deaf Charley (real name Camillo
Orlando Hanks). He was deaf and in the early 1900’s,
he worked for the infamous Butch Cassidy gang. His
job was to be a lookout when Butch and his gang robbed
railroad passengers. His job lasted only a year and
half, as a sheriff confronted him in a saloon and shot
him dead!

 

— travel ID card not enough for the deaf

A ferry company has come up with a disability ID
cards to enable the staff to help the deaf and
the disabled. But is the card enough to help
the deaf? The ferry company said the card
helps the staff identify the deaf that
can lipread. What about sign language?
It wasn’t mentioned in the company
press release!

 

— Sears and the deaf

Sears may disappear for good. The world famous
Sears catalog has disappeared years ago. Any
deaf stuff in the Sears catalog? There was
one – the 1903 catalog listed for sale –
an ear-trumpet to help the deaf to hear better.
Yes, this was before the hearing aid made
the trumpet obsolete.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 15 October 2018

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— famous scientist was afraid of switched DNA’s

The late Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s most
famous scientists, was afraid of switched DNA’s
creating a race of superhumans. Could a deaf superhuman
race be created by doing the same thing?

 

— a network of over 1,000 radio stations sued over no captions

A deaf man filed a lawsuit against the National Public Radio
(NPR) for not captioning its videos. This is interesting because
NPR was created by an act of Congress and signed into bill by
past president Lyndon B. Johnson. While not a federal agency
it is surprising that a national network, helped by the
federal act of congress, would not caption its videos!

 

— playing in the dark

Deaf gamers have complained about lack of captions
on some of the video games they played. Why not
just use eyes? Can’t! Some of the games are played
in total darkness. Hearing gamers can listen for
sounds. Deaf gamers can’t. This is why a group
of deaf gamers are making efforts to force
game software programmers to put in captions on
all of their games.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 15 October 2018

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Top stories about the deaf:
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office (New Jersey)
will not file any criminal charges against the Paterson
police officers involved in a physical altercation
with a pepper spray with a deaf man. It was because
the deaf man attacked the police officers first,
forcing them to respond in an effort to subdue him.
The Pennsylvania State Education Department has
been awarded a $1.75 million grant to improve the
education services for deaf-blind students.
A civil war fact? It said that Eighty percent of Civil
War veterans who received a pension from the war were
awarded the funds because of a loss of hearing from
the cannon fire. Fact or an exaggeration?
There is a worry that the state of Michigan is not
equipped to deal with the growing deaf population
that are in need of services.
People are saying that the new federal law to
protect deaf and disabled travelers are a joke.
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USING TRICKS WHILE SPEAKING WITH HEARING PEOPLE
    Much have been written up this week about
deaf people knowing that they mispronounce their
words.
    Not a big deal. The smarter deaf people know
certain words they cannot pronounce when talking
with the hearing people. Instead they use
certain words they know they can pronounce very
well.
    And when hearing people understand these
words, they think the deaf person speaks
“very well.”  This is not true – this is just
a speech trick – avoid hard-to-pronounce words
and use easy-to-pronounce words!
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THE DOCTOR’S MASK
    We have a few deaf physicians. All of them are afraid
of the masks that surgeons use while in the operating
room.
    It is impossible for a deaf doctor to lipread other
doctors if masks hide their lips.
    For one deaf doctor, he was surprised when other
doctors told him that in the operating room they don’t
talk about the operation itself, but talk about sports,
dogs, weather, politics, etc!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
There seems to be a debate on what to call support services for DeafBlind
people!
Support Service Provider – SSP
Access Provider – AP
Intervenor – In Canada now spreading to school age DeafBlind students in the
USA
Co-Navigator – recently came up to replace the above
There are probably more to come!  A lot has to do with the underlying
philosophy that terms imply.
For example, they say SSP is a sort of emotional support or “helper” view.
In general, there is a need to come up with a politically correct term to
replace SSP.
More discussion on this topic will continue!
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.
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DeafDigest – 15 October 2018

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Top stories about the deaf:
One of the new businesses in Jordan is a flower
shop. The partners in that flower shop are deaf.
They use flat screen computers to communicate
with hearing customers.
The sponsor of a comic book event said interpreters
will be provided if advance notice is given.
Last minute hearing patrons do not have these
advance notice needs; not that so with the deaf.
New York City will give grants to small theaters
to make these accessible to the deaf (captions)
on smartphones and tablets.
The Kenya Deaf Community has petitioned the
Parliament to give deaf individuals jobs
in the public sector.
In Ibadan, one of Nigeria’s largest cities,
funding is scarce for Deaf Education services.
A group of deaf students are in protest.
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MCDONALD’S EMPLOYEES AT DRIVE-IN KIOSKS
    Many deaf people complain about discrimination
at fast food drive in kiosks. They cannot use
voice for their hamburger orders.
    Hopefully this may change. There have been
McDonald’s employees at drive in kiosks,
taking orders in person instead of using
voice on kiosks.
    Maybe it is a way for McDonald’s to avoid
ADA lawsuits with deaf customers?
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Lip reading tale
Two deaf people were talking with a hearing
friend in Pensacola Beach, Florida
Both deaf people got confused and thought
the hearing person either said:
Sandshaker
or
Shaka
both were the names of separate bars in
Pensacola Beach.
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AN INTERNET RELAY NIGHTMARE
    This is a nightmare. You have problems with cable
internet service. You contact the cable company through
internet relay to ask for assistance.
    The service representative advises you to disconnect
the router and then to reconnect it and to let him know
if it works.
    It is hard to explain to the customer service
representative that if you disconnect the router, the
relay call is disconnected. You explain this to him – and
he does not believe you because he thinks you are using
the TTY machine to contact him through the relay!
    This is a nightmare.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
How long does a baseball game last?  What if there’s a rain delay?  What
if it goes into extra innings?  You may not realize that these are all
important questions that people who schedule realtime captioners need to
think about.
Can a captioner be scheduled to cover a 1:00 p.m. baseball game and a 6:00
p.m. news broadcast?  Most baseball games last about 3 hours, so you would
think that the captioner should be able to cover both assignments.
However, what if the game sets a new record?
In 1984, the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers played a game that
lasted 8 hours and 6 minutes.  Actually, because of Major League Baseball
rules stating that an inning cannot begin after 12:59 a.m., the players
and fans had to come back on the next day to complete the game.
Could a captioner be scheduled to caption a half-hour news broadcast at
5:00 p.m. if he or she is also scheduled to caption the post-game show for
a baseball game that begins at 4:00 p.m.?  Once again, you would think the
captioner would have plenty of time, but what if the game set a record as
the shortest game in history?
The New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies set the record for the
quickest played game in Major League Baseball history in 1919.  They were
able to finish in only 51 minutes.
As you can see, scheduling captioners for events based on the times of
baseball games can be difficult, and you may need to have a backup plan.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    When a deaf person wins a Federal lower court case, victory
celebration is often premature until the Court of Appeals affirms
it. And again, the Court of Appeals victory means nothing until
the Supreme Court weighs on it.
    This refers to the Ronald Lockhart vs Fedex case. Lockhart,
a deaf man, was discriminated against in his place of employment
at Fedex, and so, he sued.
    He won. Fedex appealed. Lockhart won again. Fedex again appealed
and the Supreme Court decided in Lockhart’s favor.
    The lower court $100,000 punitive damages award that was
continuously appealed by Fedex probably lost the loser millions
and millions of dollars in legal fees! Who knows – just pocket
change to Fedex?
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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
When Colonel Gadaffi, the Libyan strongman, was overthrown, it took
the efforts of seven militia brigades to do the job. One of these
brigades was Misrata Deaf Brigade, all of these fighters being
deaf. This 100-strong brigade is claiming credit for the overthrow.
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DeafDigest – 13 October 2018

MCDONALD’S EMPLOYEES AT DRIVE-IN KIOSKS
Many deaf people complain about discrimination
at fast food drive in kiosks. They cannot use
voice for their hamburger orders.
Hopefully this may change. There have been
McDonald’s employees at drive in kiosks,
taking orders in person instead of using
voice on kiosks.
Maybe it is a way for McDonald’s to avoid
ADA lawsuits with deaf customers?

DeafDigest – 12 October 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 12, 2018

 

— a hearing person is anti-captions

A hearing person wrote in a newspaper editorial
that she is anti-captions. Her reasons – captions
interfere with voice dialogue; captions steal her
eyes from the film action; captions require
refocusing of eyes while watching the film;
captions interfere with the film movement;
captions cut off parts of the screen. Does
DeafDigest editor feel sorry for the hearing
woman? No – if the woman hates captions she
should look for non-captioned movies!

 

 

— seeing a trend; more flashing devices at work

Years ago, not too many work places had flashing
devices for the deaf. Deaf employees (office or
factory or garage, etc) just had to use their
eyes. There have been stories recently of
flashing devices on fork lifts for the benefit
of deaf operators, and of printing presses having
these devices for the benefit of deaf pressmen.
In a perfect world, all deaf work places are
fully outfitted with these flashing devices,
even at offices where deaf employees sit on their
desks!

 

 

— deaf apartment renters or deaf house owners

There was a survey, saying that more deaf people
rent apartments as opposed to buying homes.
Big reason is that buying a home is more complicated,
requiring use of interpreters to deal with realtors
and during the settlements. Renting an apartment
is less complicated. True or not true? Do not know.
But – buying a new car is almost just as complicated
as buying a new house (these hated paperwork moments)
yet there are many deaf people buying new cars!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 11 October 2018

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— past governor lost to a deaf man

Arnold Schwarzenegger is well known as action actor, past California
governor, professional bodybuilder, etc. He lost to a deaf man – Lou
Ferrigno for the role as Hulk in the TV series. Lou won because
he was bigger in size than Arnold! Both men are friends now,
but in the past, they were rivals.

 

— be careful when wearing a certain T-shirt design

A deaf man was wearing a deaf-theme T-shirt. A hearing
man didn’t like the T-shirt because he thought it was
gang-related. As a result the deaf man was assaulted.
The deaf man was not able to explain to the angry
hearing man that it was a deaf-theme and not a
gang-related theme. The hearing man was arrested
and sentenced to a term in prison; he previously
was never in trouble!

 

— research says 50 percent of deaf employees have been mocked by hearing

A research said 50 percent of deaf employees have been mocked
by hearing employees? True or not true? 50 percent or higher or
lower? Hard to say – but is it mocking if a hearing person mouths
“deaf mute” with someone else while talking about that deaf person
who happened to lipread that word?

 

 

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— Dragon Prince: choice between deaf and hard of hearing actress

Aaron Ehasz, not deaf, produced a Netflix fantasy –
Dragon Prince. He had a choice – use a sign language
deaf cartoon character wtih a cartoon interpreter
speaking out for her – or to use a hard of hearing
cartoon character that would sign and speak for herself.
He chose the deaf character with an interpreter character.

 

— hiring a language officer

A language officer was hired by a city council.
That officer will oversee various languages,
including sign language. His job is to make
sure all public announcements, visual displays,
and visual postings are announced in these
different languages. Language Police? Sort of!
That city council is Belfast City Council in
Northern Ireland; it didn’t say if the
language officer must be fluent in sign
language!

 

— deaf poker player at World League Poker Championships

Richy Mackie, who is deaf, will be competing at Las Vegas’
World League Poker Championships. It is his third
participation at the championships. He plays poker
full time, saying “Poker has become somewhat more than
a hobby”

 

 

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DeafDigest – 09 October 2018

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— a cop in Ohio understood the weapon gesture

A deaf man came to a cop that was patrolling the
Youngstown, Ohio downtown and used a gesture
to indicate a gun. The cop caught the gesture
and followed the deaf man to a nearby store
where a robbery was in progress. The robbers
were arrested. It took place in the 1950’s.
If this same gesture was used nowadays, would
the panicky police officers draw their
weapons on the innocent deaf man who was trying
to say something?

 

— a deaf movie with a terrible plot

A new South Korean movie is titled Bo-ri.
It revolved around a hearing girl, the only
hearing member of an all-deaf family. She
feels rejected by the family because she
is not deaf like her family members. She
does everything to make herself deaf –
listening to loud music and diving into
deep sea. Rescued she was sent to
a hospital. She wakes up as a deaf girl.
The critics have said it was a bad movie
with a bad plot.

 

— helping the deaf hear the light, not hear the sound

Does light create noise? Well, a group of German
scientists is trying to come up with a special
device that would help the deaf to hear the light.
Not exactly sure how it works, but these scientists
say it works.

 

 

 

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DeafDigest – 08 October 2018

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— a hearing employer grateful to have deaf employees

A hearing employer has several deaf employees. He said
he was grateful to have them. They come to work and do
the job. Hearing employees? Forget it, he said. They
don’t show up on time; they take time off without
advance notice; they don’t work hard.

 

— strange promise by a national park in Rwanda

There are gorillas at the Volcanoes National Park
in Rwanda. The park staff said they give extra
special attention to deaf tourists. Extra special
attention? Not sure what it means – an interpeter
fluent in tourists’ sign language; or a tourist
guide gesturing to the deaf; or deaf tourists just
given printed scripts of guide’s speech? So,
vague, the park is.

 

— understanding and not understanding the interpreter

A deaf man was arrested. He was given an interpeter;
he said he understood what the interpreter was saying.
But in the court room, this same deaf person said he
did not understand the interpreter, meaning he also
did not understand his rights. Is he telling the
truth or just faking it in hopes of avoiding a
jail sentence. This is the issue the judge, the
prosecutor and the attorney are fighting over.

 

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DeafDigest – 07 October 2018

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A group of psychologists has come up with the
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older.
A job fair for the deaf in Utah attracted
300 deaf job seekers with 40 different
employers interviewing them.
Japan may make a bid to host the Deaflympics in
2025. This nation has never hosted Deaflympics in
the past.
There has been much misunderstanding on the campus
of University of Manchester in Great Britain
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A CRAZY LAW IN MASSACHUSETTS
    For many years in Massachusetts, all deaf clubs broke
the law.
    The state had an old law that requires all movie
projectionists to have a state license! Why? We do not
know.
    This means that deaf clubs in the state that show
captioned films were in violation of the law.
    Fortunately, no deaf projectionists were arrested!
Today, it seems not to be a problem because movie
films are old fashioned; we watch movies with DVDs.
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GARBAGE IS MONEY
    Garbage smells awful, but it is money for some deaf schools
and some deaf service agencies.
    At some big events (Indianapolis 500, Kentucky Derby,
Talladega 500, etc), deaf groups come to clean up garbage.
Money from the garbage goes to deaf groups.
    So, when hearing people complain that garbage smells
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In Vermont, foliage season is at its peak right now.
How I miss hiking up the mountains to view those awesome colors!
It is not easy for me to just pack my backpack and hit the trail anymore.
I need to make advance plans and find volunteers to guide me up the
trails.
The success rate is low and it is frustrating.
You would be surprised to see the comments folks say.
“You are crazy, you are blind and should not climb mountains.”
Well folks, with proper training and guidance hiking can be very safe!
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Top stories about the deaf:
Does American River College, a two year college
really include their deaf students in everyday
campus life? An angry student wrote in a
campus newspaper, saying diversity does not
equal inclusion.
It was estimated that in the Philippines that
nearly 99 percent of deaf people do not have jobs.
If this is true, then it is sad.
In one state in India, a TV station has established
a sign language version of local news.
The Northern Essex Community College reached agreement
with University of New Hampshire-Manchester to train
students to become ASL interpreters.
Montreal is now making it a priority to make
public transportation fully accessible to the deaf.
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KICKING OUT THE DEAF GAMBLERS
    Many Americans love to gamble. Many deaf people also
love to gamble. There are many deaf poker tournaments
everywhere.
    For many years the annual national deaf basketball
tournament, run by American Athletic Association
of the Deaf (AAAD) attracted well known deaf
gamblers. They liked to place bets on their favorite
deaf teams.
    Not any more. The AAAD is also no more, replaced
by USA Deaf Basketball Association (USADB). And the
USADB officers are strict. Anyone caught gambling
on tournament games will be kicked out of the gym!
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LIVING IN A NEIGHBORHOOD
    It is not always easy for the deaf to mingle with
the hearing in a neighborhood of family houses.
    In the past DeafDigest editor lived in a nice
Annapolis, MD neighborhood. He would walk the dog
and wave to neighbors with a smile on his face.
    He did not realize, until years later that one
neighbor was a former Washington Redskins football
player, another neighbor was a former Washington
Wizards basketball coach, another neighbor was a
former athletic director of the US Naval Academy
and a fourth neighbor was a famous horse
racing jockey!
    A hearing person who loves sports would know
immediately. A deaf person who loves sports would
not know!
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
A number a television stations across the country have recently announced
their intentions to replace live realtime captioners with automated
technology for the captioning of their live events.
While realtime captioners and court reporters have embraced technology
over the years as an aid to do their jobs more effectively and
efficiently, we have seen that technology without the human element
“invariably produces subpar captioning and will negatively affect
accessibility to local news for millions of Americans,� as a statement
released by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) says.
People who rely on captioning deserve much better than what is currently
and in the future proposed to be offered to them in some areas using
artificial intelligence and automated speech recognition.
I have often commented in this article about the importance of contacting
your television stations and distributors, the FCC, and other people who
are responsible if you see captioning that is not acceptable. Now is a
time when it is more important than ever to let your opinions be heard.
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    The painful question facing Daniel Snyder, the owner
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Deaf Community roots for – is to either file an appeal or
to own up to his defeat in the Federal Courtroom.
    This refers to the Fedex Stadium captioning lawsuit
that he lost, and which was filed by three deaf
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DeafDigest – 05 October 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 5, 2018

— interpreters in legislation not a priority

New Zealand is suffering from a shortage of
interperters. As a result interpreters are
pulled from duty at the national Parliament
to every day duties such as doctors’ offices,
classrooms, attorneys’ offices, etc. Deaf
people that want to follow the Parliament
sessions are upset.

 

— A movie will involve a DeafBlind actor

Not sure if it is a first, but a DeafBlind actor
will be featured in an upcoming movie – Feeling
Through. This filming is in the planning stages
and not too much is known about what it is all
about.

 

— interesting court case

If a deaf person wants to file a lawsuit because of
no captioning, he does not have to tell FCC about it,
and can go ahead with the lawsuit. That deaf person
wanted to sue Hallandale Beach (Florida) because of
no captions during city council meetings. The town
said the deaf person must contact FCC first. The
11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said no – that
FCC does not have to be contacted first about
no captions.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 04 October 2018

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— easy way to find a job

A young deaf man needed a job. Where he lived, jobs were scarce.
His girl friend encouraged him to move out of the area and go to
another area where jobs were plentiful – even when when it meant
she would be seeing him less and less. He never bothered to seek
help of deaf social service agencies and employment agencies.
He simply walked on the job site and asked for a job and was
immediately hired (as an apprentice in construction trades).

 

— terrible hassle in watching a non-interpreted play

A deaf man, who loves theatrical plays, said it
was a terrible hassle to watch a non-interpreted
plays, and even non-captioned plays. He had to
use a small flashlight to read the script,
just to follow the action on the stage. If there
was a fake fist-fight on the stage, he would
risk missing that action, just to find out what
these dueling actors were saying!

 

— still a bad comment about deafness

DeafDigest editor saw this comment:

deafness was once a permanent disability with little hope of
living normally with, until the CI was invented

Yes, deafness is a permanent disaiblity but it does not
mean there is no hope. When the deaf people want to
succeed, they will.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 03 October 2018

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— first deaf dual-citizen hearing Olympics participant

More athletes become dual-dual citizens in order to participate
in the hearing Olympics. Outstanding deaf swimmer Matt Klotz
is a member of the Louisiana State University swimming team.
He was not able to make the USA team in the hearing Olympics
beause of too much competition for the limited available spots.
His father is a Hungarian, and for that reason, he may claim
dual-citizenship with Hungary in order to swim for that nation
in the 2020 Olympics. If he succeeds then he would be the
first deaf dual-citizen Olympian.

 

— job counselor giving the wrong message

A job counselor was quoted in a newspaper
story as saying:

we want employers to hire, keep and fire
the most deserving (deaf) person

Is the job counselor really telling the
employers that it is OK to fire a deaf
employee?

 

 

— reason employers don’t want deaf forklift operators

Deaf forklift operators operate the lifts just as good
and perhaps better than hearing forklift operators.
The big reason many employers won’t hire deaf forklift
operators is because they can’t hear the sirens that warn
them of dangers around them. Strobe lights will do
but it is a device many employers don’t know about!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 02 October 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 2, 2018

 

 

— Toronto’s birdman is deaf

Every big city has street artists and craftsmen which
add so much to local culture. One such person in Toronto
is Ross Ward. He carves birds out of wood and sells
them on the streets. He is deaf. He said that as long
as he is able to make enough money to pay his bills
he is happy.

 

— ugly fighting among board members

There was a story about a school board member getting
into a physical confrontation with another board
member during a board meeting. That person is currently
facing assault charge. Deaf board meetings always peaceful?
Not always that so. Years ago, as a young man, the DeafDigest
editor was in a board meeting with a non-profit deaf service
agency. A deaf board member, very angry, swung a chair
at the editor during the meeting. Fortunately, no one
was hurt as the angry board member was restrained and
told to cool off. Police wasn’t called in and everyone
forgot all about it.

 

— telling the deaf that the car is for them

There have been cases, one was tragic, of
passengers asking for a Lyft/Uber rides only
to enter the wrong cars. Not taking any
chances, Lyft has come up with a display
device telling the deaf that they have
entered the correct car!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 01 October 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 1, 2018

 

 

— big protest against automated captioning software

Deaf people don’t like automated captioning software
because it makes so many errors. Video providers
love it because it saves them money. Anyway there
is a group that is collecting signatures to a petition
to tell FCC to ban automated captioning software.
Will FCC listen to us? No.

 

— comment by a late-deafened person who became hearing

A woman was born hearing, but became deaf and then years
later, thanks to a CI, she became hearing again. She said:

I was just a tourist in the deaf world

It is a fact that late-deafened people have little,
if no, connection to the deaf world where everyone
grew up deaf.

 

— old way to help the deaf did help the hearing

years ago, a deaf man had a big job. He was the only
deaf person in the group, and there were no interpreters
or captions. The deaf man was important and the
supervisor wanted to make him happy. During staff
meetings, everything was written down on the blackboard.
It was realized that hearing people were also helped,
because they often forget spoken words during the meetings.
But when everyone copied everything on the blackboard,
no one forgets it. Since then these meetings had less
spoken words and more on the blackboards!

 

 

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