DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 31, 2018

— deafness discovery in old days

Many older deaf people share tales of how their deafness
were discovered by hearing parents. Examples were
not hearing firecrackers, not hearing loud rock bands,
not hearing banging of the kitchen pots, etc. Hearing
screening tests has pretty much made discoveries
earlier and easier!


— federal marshals bully a deaf-blind airline traveler

A deaf-blind man, who was physically big, was seated in
the first class section in a Delta (again) airline.
After the plane took off, he tried to lower his seat
so he could relax on the trip. Two angry federal marshals,
seated behind him, pushed him back three times, refusing
to allow him to lower his seat. After the third time, he
protested with the flight hostess. As a result, the
marshals continued to harass him. The passenger filed
a lawsuit against the USA government and with the Delta
Airlines. So far, the courts have sided with the
deaf-blind passenger.


— a big honor for a past New Zealand deaf MP

Mojo Mathers, who is deaf, is a past member of New Zealand
Parliament. She was one of four people in her home
area to be named to the 2019 New Year’s Honors List.
This honor is reserved for individuals who have done
so much to help improve conditions in New Zealand.


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 28, 2018


— these missing states

A deaf advoucate ran a head count of state commissions
serving the deaf and hard of hearing and came up with
35 states. That means 15 states, plus the District of
Columbia lack such a commission. Do keep in mind that
of these 35 such commissions, no two commissions
function the same. Some are powerful; some are
powerless, and so on.


— theater glasses better than hearing ears

Are theater “captioned” glasses better than
hearing ears? It was said that these glasses
are so pre-programmed that if a stage actor
accidentally skips his lines, the glasses
would capture it all – something that hearing
ears couldn’t! That would mean deaf theatergoers
are ahead of the hearing.


— a frustrated deaf music lover

A deaf man said that he was not allowed to play the
violin as a child because of his deafness. This is
a puzzling comment. There have always been a number of
deaf people that love music and would play different
kinds of instruments. There are questions – did the
mainstreamed program block him from taking music
classes. Did his parents say no to his interest
in music? Did music school instructors refuse
to teach him music?


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 27, 2018

— no wake-up alarm clock in a prison

A deaf prisoner was punished in a prison in Georgia.
She did not wake up and show up for a prisoner
attendance roll call. She protested, saying the prison
officials would not allow her to own a wake up alarm
clock. And besides no other prisoners would bother
to wake her up to help make it to the roll call!


— wrong description of a deaf play

A hearing critic watched a deaf play (helped by
stage interpreters). He wrote a review that was

wordless play by deaf performers

This description is wrong. Deaf plays are never
wordless; use of ASL plus use of interpreters
are both not wordless.


— deaf interview different from hearing interview

According to a TV reporter, interview with a deaf person
is diffrent from interviewing a hearing person. Hearing
interviews are routine and commonplace, but a deaf
interview brings out different feelings. A TV
reporter said it was a different experience.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 26, 2018


— a comment by ASL teacher, true or not true

In a newspaper interview with ASL teacher, he
said that most of his hearing students, would
at one time or other, in their lives, bump
into a deaf person. True or not true? There
have been many, many hearing people that have
never met a deaf person in their lives.
This is different from a family member that
is deaf, or a fellow employee that is deaf
or a next door neighbor that is deaf or
a deaf teammate on a hearing sports team,
and so on.


— #1 priority with deaf needs

What is the #1 priority with these deaf needs?
Is it education, employment, interpreting, access
to services, etc? Or is it captions for TV and
movies? This was the issue a deaf leader brought
up in a newspaper interview.


— best interpreters in a rural state

A deaf leader (in a rural state) said that his
interpreters are the best. DeafDigest hopes it is
true because many rural towns have problems keeping
their interpreters. They move to bigger cities where
they feel interpreting opportunities are better.


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