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DeafDigest – 30 November 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 30, 2018

 

— good fortune for a scammed deaf couple

Malcolm Wilcox and Delwin Slade wanted home improvement
work on their house. They were scammed by fake-builders
that promised to rebuild, but ran away with their money.
This sad story was reported in the media. To their
surprise, a local TV program on home building featured
them – money poured in from the public. Right now there
is enough money to do a complete rebuild that was
promised them in the first place. It happened in
Great Britain.

 

— amazing deaf-blind participant

Jason Ruggirello, who is deaf-blind, plays pool
as a member of his team in the Mid-Michigan American
Pool Players Association. He is not the best
player in the league, but is #1 player when it
comes to inspiring all the participating pool
players, all of them hearing.

 

— elected public official insults the deaf

Charley Martin, not deaf, was a long time
Bucks County (Pennsylvania) Commissioner.
He may not seek reelection. Way back in
2010, a hearing took place to evaluate
the costs of interpreters in the Bucks
County Court. He thought it was a joke
when he said that instead of hiring
interpreters, these deaf people should
have their hearing tested first before
they enter the court system!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 29 November 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 29, 2018

 

— a deaf businessman speaks out

Yesterday’s DeafDigest ran an article saying that
hearing employers say – do hire the deaf but they
don’t. A deaf businessman said:

It depends on if the deaf applicant is qualified
and is on par with the hearing employees, plus
being able to compensate for his deafness.

 

— Pope Francis laughs at a deaf child, in a good way

Pope Francis was giving an audience at the Vatican
yesterday. All of a sudden a deaf child was running
loose during the ceremony, first playing with a
Swiss Guard and then jumping on the state and
running around behind Pope Francis. The Pope
laughed – knowing kids are kids!

 

— sad news: Aspen Deaf Camp suspends operations

The Aspen Deaf Camp in Colorado has served the Deaf
Community for years with recreational needs,
programs and services. This camp has suspended
operations – because of serious financial issues.
DeafDigest hopes this camp will come back, stronger
than ever!

 

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DeafDigest – 28 November 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 28, 2018

 

— common complaint about subtitles

a common complaint about subtitles is that in some
movies and videos, it is small and hard to read!
The same can also be said for captions hard to
read because of different colors and different
backgrounds.

 

— employers say yes, hire the deaf but they don’t

Employers are always saying the right things – that they
will hire the deaf, but when the deaf applicant shows up,
he is not hired. And the employer gives all kinds of
ADA-acceptable and EEOC-acceptable excuses for not hiring
the deaf!

 

— five sign languages spoken by a deaf team

A deaf athletic team has players that speak in five
different sign languages – ASL, Cued Speech, Signed
English, Oral Sign Language and Rochester Sign Language.
How do they communicate with each other – probably by
lipreading, gestures, facial expressions, home made
signs and body language!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 27 November 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 27, 2018

 

— an overlooked deaf election winner

DeafDigest mentioned that Matthew Sampson, who is deaf,
won a seat with the District of Columbia Advisory
Neighborhood Commission (ANC). Overlooked was another
deaf winner, Robb Dooling. But as a matter of
cruel irony, they could not attend the ANC
meetings because of lack of interpreters!
They are very angry about it and are kicking up
a big storm, scaring these local government
officials into doing something.

 

— debate about science and law

On a web-based law site, there was a discussion
about science and law. Deafness was mentioned as
an example. It said that if deaf parents do not
hear their child screaming and needing help
because of a serious injury, then is it
parental abuse? DeafDigest says no. Deaf parents
have successfully raised hearing children for
centuries and many ages.

 

— Brexit and Deaf Brexit

If and when Brexit takes place, what is going to
happen to European deaf? Can they easily travel
to Great Britain and can British deaf travel
easily to anywhere in Europe? European Union
requires accommodations for the disabled and
the deaf. Will Brexit leave it alone or
destroy these set of accommodations? There is
already a discussion on one deaf-based web
site.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 26 November 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 26, 2018

 

— a problem with captioned glasses

A frequent user of Captioned Glasses said there
is a problem – must find the perfect spot
on the glasses between captions and the
movie action. It takes quite a lot of balancing
out, the deaf user said.

 

— fire fighting forensics

Many deaf people are not allowed to fight fires
even though a few volunteer fire departments
welcome deaf fire fighters. What about fire
forensics – trying to solve the cause of fires?
There is one – Wendy Read, a deaf British
woman who is a member of her fire department
Research and Intelligence team.

 

— Legal Aid for deaf clients

For years the Legal Aid office in Jacksonville, Florida
had a special program for deaf clients that need
legal assistance. Times have changed; deaf clients
that need legal assistance must see private attorneys.
Reason is that funding for Legal Aid offices depend
on interest income from special state funds. When
interest rates go down, Legal Aid offices may cut
services. Not sure if it is Jacksonville’s problem
or a problem that hits all Legal Aid offices in USA.

 

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DeafDigest – 25 November 2018

DeafDigest Gold – November 25, 2018
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Top stories about the deaf:
Mozzeria, a deaf-owned pizzeria, was lauded by
a TV news station as one of the top pizza
places in the San Francisco area.
According to a newspaper story, 10,000 ADA
lawsuits were filed in the first six months
of 2018. And over a thousand of these lawsuits
involved web site violations. The story said
that the only winners are the attorneys!
In Nagaland, a region in India, deaf advocates
told the state officials they are no longer
to be regarded as second class citizens.
In Nova Scotia, a deaf couple, because of
serious domestic issues at home, lost custody
of their three children. Despite numerous
intervention efforts, abuses continued, and
the couple paid the price.
There was a story in a newspaper in Albuquerque, NM
about a deaf husband-wife team that is one of the
top realtors in the area.
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WHICH BACKGROUND IS BEST?
    At schools for the deaf, at agencies serving the deaf,
and even at Gallaudet as we await who the new president
will be, our CEO’s have different backgrounds.
    Some CEO’s have backgrounds in Deaf Education. Some
CEO’s are business people that know corporate management.
Some CEO’s are fund raisers.
    Which CEO background is more important? There is no
perfect CEO, and at some schools, the screening committee
may like one CEO but not like another CEO. But at other
schools their preferences are different.
    This is why we hope that whoever becomes the next
Gallaudet president will be “perfect” for us.
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ALMOST A DEAF CIGARETTE
    Many years ago a deaf chemist worked for a big cigarette
company. He was analyzing the Virginia Slims cigarette and
he had a great idea – a new cigarette that tasted like a
bubble gum.
    The chemist’s supervisor liked the idea and formed a
new research team to see if a “bubble gum-tasting cigarette”
could be successful.
    Unfortunately for the deaf chemist, the bubble gum
cigarette was not successful because it would easily get
spoiled quickly on the market.
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Holidays shopping madness has begun!
For us who are DeafBlind trying to do shopping
on-line is a difficult task.
It would be more fun for us to go out to stores
and feel the products!
I have a favor to ask of you, volunteer and bring
a DeafBlind friend shopping.
It will lighten our emotions and brighten our spirit!
I want to visit Santa!
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.
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DeafDigest – 25 November 2018

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Top stories about the deaf:
The Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science
has started a news program for the deaf. It
is an experiment to see if it will be a success.
A deaf man was flying home from Cleveland, Ohio
to California. He wrote a letter to the editor
saying that the TSA agents gave him a hard time
at the Cleveland airport, saying they treated
him like a criminal for no reason.
UK Autodrive has been working on self-driving
cars, and the corporate planners have contacted
the deaf community for their feedback. The
issue is safety if deaf people cannot hear
the sounds from these cars.
The Hong Kong Association of the Deaf wanted
to display its own flag during the national
flag day. The government said no, revoking
its permission after originally issuing it!
A deaf person, in a newspaper interview, said
that his CI gave him a robotic ear.  Is he
serious or was he joking?
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TO AVOID DEAF SCAMMERS
    We have many hearing scammers. We also have some
deaf scammers, who want to cheat deaf people of their
money.
    How can we avoid these deaf scammers?
– no such a thing as sure money investment
– ask the scammer for their investment certificates
– ask who is the scammer’s accounting firm
– ask the scammer for their web site
– if they promise high interest rates, it is a fake
    We have had two deaf scammers that cheated deaf people.
One went to jail; another is in big trouble now.
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Lip reading tale
A hearing man, talking with a deaf man, pointed at a
woman across the hall.
The deaf man thought the hearing man said:
This is Billy
The hearing man actually said:
This is Millie
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NO INTERPRETER AT AUCTIONS
    Could a deaf person participate at a hearing auction
without an interpreter?
    There is fast action at auctions, and it is easy for
a hearing person to get lost!
    But what about a deaf person? A deaf businessman told
DeafDigest that he goes to auctions without an
interpreter!
    How? The auctioneers know him. And they use their
fingers to tell the deaf person the price being bid,
and will make sure the deaf person knows the price that
has been bid.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
Because court reporters and broadcast and CART captioners have embraced
technology in order to make sure their profession remains in demand, they
now rely on technology to do their job.
Just like many other professions, on a daily basis captioners depend on
technology that functions properly. Their steno machines are no longer
mechanical machines, but are computers with intricate designs. They use
laptop or desktop computers in order to translate their steno notes, and
all the necessary programs must work in order to provide an accurate
output.
There are modems, encoders, projectors, and other pieces of equipment that
can malfunction. Captioners and the people working with them must be able
to troubleshoot the problem quickly in order to make sure that everything
that is being said is being recorded correctly.
If you see captioning errors, they may not be human error, but there are
times when a computer or another electronic component malfunctions. As in
other areas of modern society, one little computer glitch can cause big
problems.
When gibberish appears on a computer monitor or a television screen, the
court reporter or realtime captioner may be stroking all the right keys on
the steno machine, but there may be a problem with a piece of equipment.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    Could we be driving a car with a special device
that flashes when someone behind us honks his
horn?
    Well, the horn-honking alerting device won the
amateur inventor Rashid Hussein Rahimi a silver
medal at the 2nd International Fair Middle East 2008
that took place recently at Qatar.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Arthur Verney,
a British deaf man, who departed us.
As the general secretary of the British Deaf
Association, he was able to change control of this
organization by hearing people to the deaf. It was
a long time in the making, but he succeeded.
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DeafDigest – 23 November 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 23, 2018

 

— a comment about deafness being fixed

A web posting had this comment that all
deaf people can have their deafness fixed.
True? No – deaf people that are stone-deaf
cannot have their hearing fixed.

 

 

— big burden on deaf actor in a Shakespeare play

A deaf actor said performing in a Shakespearian
play was more of a burden as compared to a regular
play. He had to understand the meaning of the lines
first. The he had to adjust the lines to sign
language and to mix it up with mime and
body language for the benefit of the mixed
hearing/deaf audience. He said it is very
different from regular plays.

 

— fancy wine at fancy restaurants

There are deaf people that love great wines.
This brings a big question. At great restaurants
that serve great wines, there are sommeliers
whose job is to advise patrons on which wines
that should order to match up perfectly with
the meals they have ordered. Sommeliers
would recommend a wine and would explain
why it is the best. That may take as much
as 5-10 minutes. Would these sommeliers
have patience communicating with deaf
patrons on the wines they should order?

 

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DeafDigest – 22 November 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 22, 2018

— behind the scenes on TV and radio programs

Jim Cramer is well known for his “Mad Money”
TV program as well as for his “Real Money”
radio program. A professional deaf investor
contributes material that Jim depends on for
some of his comments on both programs. If
you disagree with Cramer’s “comments” just
be aware it may have come from a deaf man!

 

— dance teacher said deaf cannot dance!

We have quite a few skilled deaf dancers.
One of them appeared on a national televised
dance program (no, it wasn’t Nyle DiMarco).
Yet recently, a dance instructor told a deaf
dancer that deaf people cannot dance and
refused to accept her into the dance program.
The rejected deaf dancer joined another dance
group that welcomed her with open arms.

 

— winning the “Sign of the Year” honor

Alain Berset, not deaf, is the President of
Switzerland. He is bald. The deaf people
in Switzerland, have created a sign to
identify their own President; it is a
sign that indicates his baldness. Yes, it
is all in good humor, and it was voted
as the winner of the Swiss Sign of the Year.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 21 November 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 21, 2018

 

— no interpreter, so just stay home!

A past mainstreamed student carries bitter memories of
the classes she attended. If she asked for an
interpreter, the school would tell her to stay home!
She then enrolled at a deaf school, but her bitter
mainstreamed memories continue.

 

— a store sign that is hated

A grocery store posted a sign which said:

Out of business; closed to public; due to ADA
lawsuit

 

That store was sued for not following ADA
regulations; rather than to fight the lawsuit,
the owner suddenly closed up the store!

 

 

— anger grows over no captions

DeafDigst mentioned that The Spyro Reignited Trilogy
(a gaming video) was not captioned; the game
developer said there is no technical standards
for captioning. Anger has spilled over to
the social media (game forums, Reddit,
Resetera) and a petition among gamers is being
launched. This is what happens when a video
is not captioned that it should be!

 

 

 

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DeafDigest – 20 November 2018

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— best past interpreters vs best today interpreters

Which interpreters are the best? Past interpreters
or today’s interpreters? No answer because best
past interpreters are same as best today’s interpreters.
Reason for bringing this up is because some today’s
interpreters are called Rock Stars. No one, in the
past, have called them Rock Stars! There was no media
(facebook, twitter, video coverage, etc) that have covered
past interpreters. Hearing people, who know no ASL
but are fascinated with hand movements, gestures and
facial expressions, have called them Rock Stars.
This is unfair to past interpreters that worked so
hard for so many hours to make the deaf understand
the hearing voice.

 

— popular TV programs of past years

In the past, the most popular TV programs were Wonder Woman,
The Bionic Woman, The Blues Brothers. These programs had
one thing in common – action filled with stunts. Performing
these stunts was a deaf woman, who passed away recently –
Kitty O’Neil. She also performed stunts on other TV
programs that we have forgotten all about!

 

— ADA, yes, but deaf not consulted about it

What good is ADA if deaf advisors have not been
consulted about it? Hearing planners of big
events decide what is best for the deaf – without –
asking the deaf first! This was the issue that
deaf advocates have been complaining for years.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 19 November 2018

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— paperwork on discrimination complaint

A deaf person filed a discrimination complaint
with a local agency. The paperwork took four
hours leaving that person exhausted. This may
be the reason why some deaf people feel it is
not worth the hassle!

 

— reason for no captions

People are complaining that the new video game –
“Spyro Reignited Trilogy” has no captions.
What did the game developer say?

There is no industry standard for subtitles!

This comment is shocking.

 

— school exam for deaf is unfair

A deaf school had an exam for its deaf
students. The exam asked to describe how
the leaves would sound when people walk
on the ground. The school is in Romania
and the deaf community is upset about
that exam and has asked the Europe
Commissioner for Human Rights to
investigate it.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 18 November 2018

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Top stories about the deaf:
Captioning Awareness Week has taken place in
Great Britain, pushing the entertainment industry
on the needs of the deaf with captions.
The Philippines passed into law that
authorizes use of Filipino Sign Language
everywhere in the nation.
The Texas education board voted to restore
famous deaf-blind woman Helen Keller into
the classroom agenda after originally
removing it – creating so much controversy.
The ASL program at University of Oklahoma faces
an uncertain future. ASL advocates are worried.
A team of engineers at University of Antwerp
in Belgium has come up with a robotic arm
that can do sign language. Will it work?
In USA the sign for the word football has
six different signs!
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THE FAMOUS BASKETBALL MOVIE – THE HOOSIERS
    The famous movie, the Hoosiers, was produced in 1986. It
is still the best basketball movie in Hollywood history.
    The character, Jimmy Chitwood, who scored the last second
basket to help his high school win the state championship,
was supposed to be deaf. It was part of the script. And
in fact, there was a brief conversation among the actors
during the filming that mentioned Chitwood’s deafness.
    Unfortunately, the film editors, cut out the
scene that mentioned Chitwood’s deafness!
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A STUPID LANDLORD IN ENGLAND
    It happened few years ago. A hearing landlord refused to
rent an apartment to a deaf-blind man.
    The deaf-blind man sued, and won. It cost the landlord
three things:
–  to pay a lawyer in legal fees
–  to pay the deaf-blind man a lot of money for punishment
–  to allow deaf-blind man to live rent-free for rest of his life!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Thanksgiving is a special gathering to give thanks.
Thanks for the Native Americans for helping the new settlers
to survive in USA.
They taught them how to grow and harvest food.
I want to give thanks to the people who work with DeafBlind people.
Thank you to interpreters, SSPs, friends, family and many more
for their countless hours working for us.
Happy Thanksgiving
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.
You can email him at mailto:info@renetheunstoppable.com
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University of California at Davis, an academically
demanding school, is offering ASL courses for the
first time.
Joseph Ronan, who is deaf and is a volunteer firefighter
with the West Haven (CT) fire department, achieved his
dream of joining the fire service.
The Kress Cinema & Lounge in Greeley, Colorado
has been praised for showing open captioned
movies for the deaf.
After some delay, the Regina Public Schools (Canada)
has opened a pre-school program for deaf children.
Glasgcow (Scotland) administrators have agreed on
plans to make education, leisure, health and public
services more accessible to the deaf.
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A FAMOUS SINGER USES SIGN LANGUAGE
    One famous singer uses sign language at home.
He is not deaf, and his wife is not deaf.
    Then why does he use sign language to
communicate with his wife?
    Because he wants to save his voice for
singing; he is afraid that if talks too much,
it will hurt his voice.
    DeafDigest does not know if he signs in
ASL or with gestures and body language!
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A hearing man was talking with his deaf friend
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The deaf man thought the hearing man said:
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The hearing man actually said:
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BAD EXPERIENCE AT AN AIRPORT
    A late deafened man flew to Australia, and
was checked at the gate by the Australian customs
inspectors.
    The inspectors refused to believe that the traveler
was deaf because his speech was perfect. The man
tried to explain that while he became deaf he still kept
his perfect speech.
    As a result he was sent to a doctor for a full
medical check up to make sure he was deaf and was not
faking his deafness! The doctor then gave him permission
to enter Australia.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
“Who is in charge of making sure that the television programs I want to
watch are closed captioned?”
According to the FCC website, “The Federal Communications Commission
regulates interstate and international communications by radio,
television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of
Columbia and U.S. territories. An independent U.S. government agency
overseen by Congress, the commission is the United States’ primary
authority for communications law, regulation and technological
innovation.”
The FCC is the agency that would be responsible for enforcing the various
disability rights laws that govern closed captioning. These would include
the Television Decoder Circuitry Act of 1990, the Telecommunications Act
of 1996, and the most recent 21st Century Communications and Video
Accessibility Act of 2010.
If you experience problems with lack of captioning or poor closed
captioning, the organization that would be in charge of enforcing the law
is the FCC.
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    John Lennon is one of the most famous names in the
world of music, as a member of The Beatles quartet.
    He was also a jerk, according to the book “The Life”
written by Phillip Norman. He had many faults, but one
especially stood out – mocking the deaf!
    If he was alive today, would he be mocking Evelyn
Glennie, an Englishwoman, who is the world’s best
percussionist? Glennie happens to be deaf!
    And as a matter of irony, the music The Beatles rendered
may have made many music lovers deaf, for it paved the way
to rock music. In essence Lennon was mocking his deaf-to-be
admiring fans!
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DeafDigest – 16 November 2018

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— non-ASL body langauge

What is non-ASL body language? It is the way people
write, drink, and walk. And even sitting positions,
eyebrow movements, shoulder movements and so on.
This topic was written up in a story today. Not
easy, during a business meeting where comments
are so quick across the table that even interpreters
and deaf participants have problems keeping up with!

 

 

— hearing comedian is scolded for mocking the deaf

Deaf celebrity Nyle DiMarco scolded comedian Dane
Cook for mocking the deaf. Dane hinted that deaf
people wake up late for work due to inability
to hear the alarm. After Nyle scolded him,
Dane quickly removed his tweet!

 

— two years to set up closed-captioned scoreboard

The New York Red Bulls professional soccer team
has added closed captions to its scorebaord at
Red Bulls Arena in Harrison, NY, not too far from
New Jersey Turnpike. But before putting up closed
captions, it took two years of research, survey
and discussions. This bothers DeafDigest. Why
two years? If everyone agrees the scoreboard
should be closed captioned, then great, but
why two very long years before it finally happens?

 

 

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DeafDigest – 15 November 2018

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— an All-Time Dream Deaf-Hearing Musical performance

DeafDigest thinks it is a first – an all-time Dream
Deaf-Hearing Musical performance. It is scheduled
for December 16, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.
The famed Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform
together with the Big Three of Deaf Music –
percussionist Evelyn Glennie, singer Mandy Harvey
and rapper Sean Forbes. Interpreters on stage?
Hope so. These three deaf performers are
interesting – Glennie does not sign; Harvey
does not sign; Forbes does!

 

 

— the blind teaching the deaf

Way back in the sixties, services for the deaf were
non-existent in a middle-sized American city. It was
so bad that in one classroom a blind teacher had a
deaf student. And there were no interpreters. Times
have changed.

 

— a reason some schools resist ASL courses

ASL courses are growing in popularity in schools
and colleges across USA. Yet, there is still
some resistance. Reason is that opponents feel
ASL is not a written langauge and so, cannot
be accepted as a foreign language credit!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 14 November 2018

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— deaf person does not want captions

A deaf woman, whose husband is hearing, wrote a letter
a newspaper editor, saying she does not want captions
on movies and TV. Even worse, she would not ask her
hearing husband what the story and the dialogue is
all about. She was afraid that hearing people would
be bothered by unwanted captions!

 

— deaf filmmaker has many roles

Hollywood hires many different people for many different
roles in making a movie. With Deaf Films, a deaf filmmaker
does everything himself – writing, directing, producing,
casting, starring in the film, marketing, publicity
and making personal film appearances. This is why
perfectly shown deaf films are amazing.

 

— rubella possibly coming back

Rubella is a disease that often causes deafness in
babies. It comes back, goes away and then comes back
and so on – possibly in 15-20 year cycles.
When rubella hits hard, it results in higher
enrollment among deaf children in deaf education
programs. Right now it is hitting Japan hard,
meaning it may spread across the globe.

 

 

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— common issue with Deaf Filmmakers and Deaf Newscasters

A common issue among these Deaf Filmmakers and Deaf Newscasters
is being short of money. In other words, they’re often broke!
Hearing Filmmakers and hearing newscasters often make
money; the deaf don’t – and it is an occupational hazard!

 

— lip-reading a silent movie

The dialogue from the silent movie “They Shall Not Grow Old”
was made possible by lipreaders that tried to figure out what
people were saying on the screen. Perfect lipreading? No way,
because too many words are missed and also many words are
mis-lipread. And many people are unlipreadable. And it is
possible that they were lipread to saying something that
they actually didn’t!

 

— criminal sentence worse if the crime victim is deaf!

In Des Moines, Iowa, a hearing man was arrested for
burglarizing a home owned by a deaf person.
He was originally charged with burglary in the 3rd
degree, a class D felony. But because the victim
was deaf, the police increased the charges to
criminal mischief in the 4th degree as a hate
crime!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 12 November 2018

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— being stared at

A young deaf woman who works at a fast food restaurant
said patrons often stare at her hearing aid. She
hated being stared but has gotten used to it.

 

— bad law in Florida

In Florida, if a deaf person owns a condo and requests
interpreter at association meetings, the law
(Florida Statues Section 720.303(2)(a), says the
association is not required to provide an interpreter!
The law only requires that association provide physical
accessibility, but not interpreter accesibility.
What about Fair Housing Act? What about ADA?
This is why we have too many attorneys that
specialize in Disability Rights.

 

— fake-deaf requesting an interpreter

Police arrested a burglar. He was taken to the
courtroom. This burglar requested a sign language
interpreter. Everyone felt the burglar was faking
his deafness, and his request was turned down.
He filed an appeal and again it was turned down.

 

 

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Top stories about the deaf:
Nelson Chamisa, a hearing politician in Zimbabwe
was praised for making sure that interpreters are
always available at his rallies and public speeches.
The Scottish Housing Regulator has made it a priority
to serve the needs of the deaf, making sure they
have interpreters at all meetings.
British deaf education advocates are complaining that
school staff caseloads have increased a lot, at the
expense of learning processes of individual deaf
students.
How big is the Deaf Community in Austin, Texas?
According to a newspaper story, it is approximately
15,000 people.
A deaf applicant for a warehouse job was refused
an interview. The company said it was a safety
issue even though the deaf applicant had previous
warehouse work experience. As a result, the U.S.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a
job discrimination lawsuit against the warehouse,
located in Washington state.
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LOSING VALUABLE DEAF HISTORY
    Few years ago a deaf man, who lived in
Washington, DC, died of old age.
    His hobby was Deaf History. He went to the
Gallaudet library all the time to research
many books and many magazines for his deaf
history work.
    When he died, all of his deaf history
knowledge, information and facts went with
him to his grave.
    Why? He wanted his work to be a secret and
did not want to share his work with others!
    It is a shame.
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PARACHUTE JUMP BY A FAMOUS DEAF BOXER
    Dummy Mahan, a famous deaf boxer during 1930’s,
wanted to become a hearing person. Some people told
him that if he jumped from an airplane on a parachute
he could become a hearing person. They felt that change
of air pressure would help remove deafness.
    The deaf boxer was not a smart person; he could not
read well, and could not understand the instructions
on how to use the parachute after jumping.
    As a result, he fell to his death!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
My recent travels turned into a horror story!
After I checked-in at the ticket desk, an airport employee guided me
through TSA screening, and to my gate to await a call to board the
plane.
It turned out that the flight was delayed and I had no access to
information.
The airport employee who helped bring me to the gate disappeared.
It was a long wait, I finally stood up and held my white cane up and
waved with my other hand.
The airline employee came and I gestured, “Time and pointed toward
boarding gate�. We were not able to communicate.
The passenger who sat next to me spanked my behind twice and hard!
Then he pulled me sharply back to my seat, then he opened my hand and
slapped his “five� fingers twice on my hand.
I could interpret that as 10 minutes, 55 minutes or maybe 55 hours!
I was humiliated by this guy’s actions and lack of responsibility by the
airport employee.
I am filing a complaint with the Department of Transportation/FAA.
Stay tuned.
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.
You can email him at mailto:info@renetheunstoppable.com
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In Burao, a large regional city in Somaliland, there
are no secondary schooling opportunities for deaf students.
This is what critics are pointing out to the government.

The Voice is a popular TV program in Great Britain;
amateur signers compete against each other for the
top prize. One of the singers – Colton Smith, is
deaf. He did not win because his deafness gave
him problems on the stage!

A student at an ASL course at University of South Dakota
said that Deaf Culture is real, something that hearing
people not too aware of. She wrote this article in
a campus newspaper.

A new law in Manitoba requires public facilities to
turn on TV captions. This law has made the deaf
community happy.

Deaf Connect, an agency in Great Britain, is facing
a 25 percent budget cut, meaning services will be
curtailed for 300 deaf clients.

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A RELAY MIX UP
About 10 years ago, before VRS became very popular,
a deaf woman called a TTY relay service to make an
appointment with a podiatrist (a foot doctor).
The relay operator got confused and called the
office of a pediatrician (a baby doctor)!
This misunderstanding created so much confusion
between the deaf woman, the relay operator and
the office of the pediatrician.

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TWO DEAF COUSINS
Two deaf girls attended the same school for the
deaf at the same time some years ago.
They were cousins, but they did not realize it.
Many years later, they met each other again and
realized that they were cousins!
This is not a surprise. We know of many generations
of deaf families, and as a result, some family members
do not realize they are related to each other.

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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

Have you heard people make these statements?

“We don’t need a CART captioner because we already have ASL interpreters
scheduled for this event.” “We will just have CART, and then we won’t
need the sign language interpreters.”

These statements were made by people who do not understand the needs of
people who are deaf or have a hearing loss. CART and ASL interpreters are
not in competition with one another. They are not interchangeable. They
serve different purposes for different segments of the population.

There are people who are late-deafened who do not know sign language. How
could an ASL interpreter help them understand what is going on?

There are also people whose first language is ASL, and they have
difficulty reading a CART screen. They need the accommodation in their
primary language: ASL.

People who work with the public must understand that ASL is not just
English using your hands. It is a separate language. It is not something
someone with a hearing loss can learn in a few weeks. Its grammar and
syntax are different from the English language.

In order to make a large event totally accessible for people with a
hearing loss, you cannot choose between ASL interpreters or CART. You
really need to have both forms of access.

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How will the Obama administration deal with the
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Said a deaf attorney:

the Republican-appointed judges tended to interpret
the ADA narrowly to favor the defendants. Of course,
there have been disappointing rulings from Democratic
appointees as well

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

It was not too long ago when an uproar was heard in
Arkansas over the appointment of a person, knowing
nothing about sign language, as a state interpreter.
This situation has been resolved and now this – the
Advisory Board for Qualified Licensed Interpreters
had its first time-ever board meeting. Of course
this is to ensure that sham hires will never happen
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DeafDigest – 09 November 2018

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— getting a refund because of driver’s deafness!

A passenger got into a private car service; no one told
the passenger that the driver was deaf. The passenger
was upset because he felt the driver was following the
route on his app and did not understand the passenger’s
short cut routes. After realizing the driver was
deaf, the passenger confronted the ride sharing company.
Not wanting any problems or issues, the company gave
the passenger a full refund! It took place in China.
The refund was given even though the “Uber” passenger
got to his destination and the ride was safe and on
time.

 

— Ripley’s Believe it or Not says no about Dummy Hoy

Baseball historians have credited Dummy Hoy for inventing
the “safe” and “out” signals for umpires to use. No, not
true, says Ripley’s Believe it or Not, saying that
umpire Bill Klem invented these safe and out signals!
Who is right? Who is wrong?

 

— if you go to a casino, a possible surprise

One of the casino dealers is a former ASL interpreter.
That interpreter would not say which casino and which
city it is located. Keep in mind that a dealer, fluent
in ASL, will not necessarily help you win more money!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 08 November 2018

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— deaf candidate wins a local election

Matthew Sampson, who is deaf and represents the
Democratic Socialists of America political party,
was elected as an Advisory Neighborhood
Commissioner in the District of Columbia.
His job is to collect complaints and issues
from ward residents for action and review
by the DC council and government. Examples are
road potholes, uncollected trash, unfair
parking tickets, neighborhood harrasment, etc.
It is believed he is the first deaf candidate
to win an election of any kind in the District
of Columbia.

 

— The National Hotline for Voter Complaints and the deaf

The National Hotline for Voter Complaints said it received
more than 20,000 complaints during the Election Day.
Many of the complaints came from the deaf.

 

— deaf people moving away from small towns

There have been some deaf people moving away from
small towns. Reason? Lonely social lives? No! Lack
of employment opportunities? No! Big reason is lack
of interpreters. Even with video relay services and
video remote interpreting, deaf people prefer one on
one interpreting, not easily available in small towns
but more available in bigger cities.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 07 November 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 7, 2018

 

— a new event many of us never heard of

Allies Conference? What is it? It will be an
event taking place next year in New Hampshire.
It is being sponsored by the New Hampshire
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
This event started in 1995 and continued for
several more years until it was stopped.
It is being revived. Deaf people, Codas and
interpreters are being encouraged to attend.
Theme? Just issues, issues and issues that
deaf people deal with – and friendly debates
by these groups are encouaraged. Two groups
were not mentioned – the oral deaf and the
hard of hearing! They should be invited
as their viewpoints are important.

 

— common complaints by deaf that ride public transportation

In Vancouver, the bus has a digital display that shows
the next stops. But the city trolley does not have a
digital display. And also the city railroad network
lacks this same digital display. This is a problem in
all cities where old trolleys and old railroads lack
up-to-date, state-of-art innovations that help the deaf.

 

— have to deal with uncomfortable situations

In a newspaper interview, a deaf person told the
reporter that deaf people are always in uncomfortable
situations every day. It is something that deaf people
don’t like but are pretty much used to it.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 06 November 2018

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— the perfect interpreter

What is a perfect interpreter? It is the
interpreter that is “invisible” – doing the
job so perfectly that neither the hearing
person and the deaf person would notice him!
The perfect interpreter is never part of the
conversation.

 

— a hearing actor turns down a fake-deaf role

How many hearing actors would turn down a fake-
deaf role? One did – Nikhil (last name not known)
turned down a deaf role, saying he would not do a
good job playing a fake-deaf role. Unfortunately,
the casting director found another hearing actor
willing to do this fake-deaf role. It took place
in Bollywood, which is India’s version of our
Hollywood.

 

— ASL as a complete or incomplete language

Many deaf people say that ASL provides a complete
language of words, ideas and thoughts. Philippe Schlenker,
the linguist at New York University disagrees, and
wrote his views in the Theoretical Linguistics
publication which is read by linguists everywhere.
He said that are always limitations to what
sign language can express. Is he right or
wrong? DeafDigest won’t go into it because
no one wins and no one loses in this possibly
heated debate!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 05 November 2018

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— DeafDigest salutes a Deaf Daredevil that departed us

Kitty O’Neil, who was deaf, has departed us. As a much
younger woman between the late sixties through early
eighties, she was the nation’s top Daredevil, either
deaf or hearing. She broke vehicle land speed records
on flat earth surfaces, driving as fast as 600 miles
per hour. And in Hollywood she performed many movie
stunts, always in demand by these film studios.
After her daredevil days, she retired and led a
quiet life.

 

— a Microsoft policy that many other companies don’t follow

Jenny Lay-Flurrie, who is deaf and is the Microsoft Chief
Accessibility Officer said there is a policy that everytime
her company comes up with something new, it MUST be
deaf-friendly. Despite ADA laws, many companies do not
make their new products deaf-friendly!

 

— One of World’s Best Vacation hotels

The U.S. News & World Report came up with its Best Vacations
rankings. It mentioned Rome as the #2 best in the world and
also mentioned The Hassler hotel as the best. This hotel is
owned and operated by Roberto Wirth, who is deaf. As a young
man he attended Gallaudet and then NTID before moving back
to Rome to start his hotel career, much against the wishes
of his parents! They felt a deaf person cannot run a hotel.
Roberto has proved them wrong many times.

 

 

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Top stories about the deaf:
A deaf man has been held in prison in Virginia
for 13 years without a trial. The big issue
is not only his lack of understanding of
sign language but also of English or in
Spanish, the language that was spoken around
him while he was growing up in El Salvador.
There was a newspaper story about the Deaf Community
of Grand Junction, Colorado having only – just – one
certified interpreter!
The National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters
(equivalent to our RID) said that the interpreting
industry has problems – interpreter strikes, interpreting
agencies going out of business and shortage of
interpreters.
A priority at Daytona State College in Florida
is hosting events that would create awareness
on the needs of deaf students.
There was a story about public apathy in India
against public office candidates that are either
deaf or disabled. One such candidate is deaf.
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A DEAF TAXI DRIVER
    Could a deaf person drive a taxi cab? DeafDigest, some years
back, brought it up, and one subscriber, who requested
anonymity, said he drove taxi cabs for a short while before
giving it up.
    DeafDigest editor was reading a book – and there was a
story of a deaf taxi driver in Mexico. In fact, he owned his
own taxi cab.
    One obvious question is – how does he communicate with his
passengers that needed to be driven to their destinations?
    Very simple – he would hand over the pad and pen and
ask them to write down their destinations. Not a problem
in almost all of the cases, he said.
note:
this video is obsolete, but it is good to know what
went on in the past with few deaf taxi cab drivers.
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A DEAF GROUP WANTED TO FIGHT IN WORLD WAR I
    During the World War I (1917-1918), past President
Theodore Roosevelt, thought the deaf can fight in the
war.
    He wanted to form again a group called the Rough Riders.
This past group fought in the Spanish-American War
(1898). He asked for deaf volunteers to join the new
Rough Riders.
    Many deaf volunteers signed up for the new Rough
Riders group, and were ready to fight in World
War I.
    President Woodrow Wilson turned down Roosevelt’s
idea!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Fajita chicken was for dinner!
My daughter searched for salsa from our cabinet.
She read that the expiration date was “August 2011”!
That makes me wonder if the DeafBlind guy will
survive-how is that bar code reader working?
The salsa is on its way out to compost pile!
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
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Top stories about the deaf:
Everyone knows that Washington, DC has a ASL Starbucks
store. Yet, there was a story in a newspaper in
Malaysia which credits its own Malaysian Sign Language
Starbucks store, and that a team of Starbucks USA
people came over to study how it works. There was
no reference in the newspaper about the Washington, DC
store – just that it was referred as a USA Starbucks
store. Strange? Yes!
A deaf woman in Kern County (California) was
arrested and held in prison for five days –
without an interpreter. As a result, she has
filed a lawsuit against the county and
the sheriff and his staff.
A newspaper editorial suggested the pooling of
three local agencies – the City Council,
Board of Education and County to split the costs
of closed captioning their own council meetings.
No one, yet, however is taking up on that
suggestion for one reason – local politics.
Melissa McKee won her fight to have emergency
rooms in Ontario hospitals fully accommodate
deaf patients. In the past, it was “too bad”
for deaf patients that missed their turn
in the waiting rooms.
The government of India has rules that
interpreters must be present at all public
events, including TV news.
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STUBBORN ORAL FAILURES
    Many deaf people went to oral schools for the deaf.
Some of them speak very well. Some of them still cannot
speak well.
    If everyone understands the oral person’s speech,
then it is congratulations.
    But if everyone do not understand the oral
person’s speech, then it could be a problem.
    If that oral person with poor speech goes to the
restaurants and points to the menu the order he wants,
this is fine.
    But if that same poor speech oral person stubbornly
speaks repeatedly on his restaurant order even if
the waiter does not understand him, then it is
embarrassing.
    Is it worth to be stubborn because of high pride?
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THE TELEPHONE AND THE AGBELL
    We all know that Alexander Graham Bell won the patent
for the first telephone. We also know that he married
a deaf woman, was interested in the oral education of
the deaf, and that the AgBell was named after him.
    What would have happened if he did not win the
telephone patent? Bell raced against another man, Elisha
Gray for the first telephone patent. Bell arrived at the
US Patents Office, beating Gray by a few minutes in 1876!
    Elisha Gray Association for the Deaf? No way, Gray
was not interested in the deaf. Bell was!
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
People have asked me this: Are there some shows that may be impossible to
caption as a realtime captioner? What about some of the reality programs
where cops are nabbing thieves, bounty hunters are chasing bail jumpers,
and repo people are towing away repossessed cars?
On some of these shows, it seems like everyone is talking at the same
time, and they’re using terminology that ordinary people may not
understand.
Fortunately, most of these programs are recorded in advance, and they
should not need to use realtime captioners. These programs are captioned
using post-production captioning. Although the programs may be difficult
to caption, someone may be able to take the time to listen to the same
segment over and over in order to try to understand what everyone is
saying. The captioner may be able to research unusual terminology on the
Internet.
Unfortunately, in order to save money, sometimes producers of shows are
choosing to use realtime captioning rather than post-production captioning
on these types of shows. When that happens, you may run into a
circumstance where it is an impossible show to caption accurately.
If the speakers are too fast-paced and overlapping or if they are using
unfamiliar terminology, the realtime captioners can only do the best that
they can do the first time around. They don’t get another chance to
listen to it. In this circumstance, it really is unfair to the caption
viewers because they deserve to see more accurate captioning.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    Cochlear implants on the assembly line?
As with automobiles on the assembly line in
Detroit auto plants?
    Well, there was a story of Apollo Hospital
in Hyderabad, India performing 18 CI operations
in one day, and claiming it was a world record!
    DeafDigest is not sure why are these implants
performed at a high speed rate?
    The hospital may brag about their high number
of implants – but the bottom line is – are these
children followed up with for years with coaching
and programming?
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DeafDigest – 02 November 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 2, 2018

 

— non-signing deaf trying to communicate with driverless shuttle bus

At the 3rd International Driverless Vehicle Summit,
one of the vehicles demonstrated has a touch screen
that allows sign language communication with
deaf passengers. The big concern is that many
deaf people do not use sign langauge. Would that
sign language vehicle be useless to them?

 

— real anger not fake anger

“Hulk” Lou Ferrigno, who is deaf, did not speak while acting his
Hulk Role. He would grunt and roar but not speaking. It showed
a lot of anger. Was it real anger or a fake anger? Lou said
it was real anger. Is that a surprise?

 

— buzzing pagers no longer used by some facilities

Some facilities have stopped using buzzing pagers
when there are long waiting lines. Reason
is that many buzzing pagers are broken. Another
reason is that people forget to return their
buzzers when they are called in. This is
not good news for the deaf.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 01 November 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – November 1, 2018

 

— non-signing deaf trying to communicate with driverless shuttle bus

At the 3rd International Driverless Vehicle Summit,
one of the vehicles demonstrated has a touch screen
that allows sign language communication with
deaf passengers. The big concern is that many
deaf people do not use sign langauge. Would that
sign language vehicle be useless to them?

 

— real anger not fake anger

“Hulk” Lou Ferrigno, who is deaf, did not speak while acting his
Hulk Role. He would grunt and roar but not speaking. It showed
a lot of anger. Was it real anger or a fake anger? Lou said
it was real anger. Is that a surprise?

 

— buzzing pagers no longer used by some facilities

Some facilities have stopped using buzzing pagers
when there are long waiting lines. Reason
is that many buzzing pagers are broken. Another
reason is that people forget to return their
buzzers when they are called in. This is
not good news for the deaf.

 

 

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