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DeafDigest – 31 December 2018

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 – 30 December 2018

DeafDigest Gold – December 30, 2018
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Top stories about the deaf:
Jacksons, in Idaho, just does not understand what
ADA means? A deaf employment applicant was pushed
away because of his interpreter request, and won
a lawsuit. And again, Jackson pushed away another
applicant, and that applicant won the lawsuit.
Three strikes and you’re out; is Jacksons
setting themselves up for the third strike?
British Sign Language was said by a critic to
be a language of few words in its vocabulary.
DeafDigest finds it hard to believe.
Because of lack of funding, the Irish Deaf Society
may shut down. It is up to the Irish government
to fund the deaf society or to eliminate the
funding.
There are four deaf students that attend classes
at the Mount Desert elementary school in Maine.
the principal said that teachers and hearing
classmates are learning signs for that reason.
The Accessible Canada Act is a version of USA’s
ADA. Strong or weak? Advocates are saying
The Accessible Canada Act is weak and sort of
watered down. They are saying it needs to be
tightened up before it becomes law, if it does!
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A PAST INTERPRETER FROM THE GALLAUDET LINEAGE
    In 1996, Elizabeth Gallaudet Gillen Nagler
died. She was the great-great granddaughter
of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, who founded the
American School for the Deaf and the father
of Edward Miner Gallaudet who founded
Gallaudet University.
    She was an interpreter of the deaf. She
is the only person in the famous Gallaudet
family to serve the deaf as an interpreter.
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CRAZY FLYING LAWS IN EUROPE
    A deaf man from France is a licensed airplane pilot. He is
not allowed to fly in France. French laws do not allow deaf
pilots in the country.
    Yet, he is allowed to fly airplanes in other European
nations! He has to travel to another European nation
to fly an airplane.
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
New Year Resolutions:
Year 2018 is about to end we are preparing for a fresh start of 2019.
Many of us develop New Year’s resolutions.
The resolutions below are my wishes for 2019:
–      That the American Association of the DeafBlind grows into a strong
advocacy organization.
–      That Support Service Provider (SSP) services are established in
more states for DeafBlind consumers.
–      That telecommunication accessibility is increased for DeafBlind
consumers.
–      That employment opportunities are increased for individuals who
are DeafBlind.
–      That there is stronger advocacy for a better quality education for
children who are DeafBlind.
These resolutions are what I, personally, would like to see happen in the
year 2019 and beyond!
Best wishes for the new year and hope for the best for individuals who are
DeafBlind all over the world!
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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DeafDigest – 30 December 2018

DeafDigest Blue – December 30, 2018
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Top stories about the deaf:
A newspaper story brought difficulties that
deaf people face during emergencies – the last
to know what is going on, the last to know what
procedures are taking place, and the interpreters
not being around.
The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court (India)
had five employment slots reserved for the deaf.
Because of the lobbying by a disabled applicant
who was not deaf, the deaf-slot was given to him,
meaning future deaf applicants only can compete
for one less slot.
The Snohomish and King counties in Washington will
be providing Text-to-911 service.
Are old fashioned TTY machines still widely used
in Canada? DeafDigest does not know – but there
was an announcement that the deaf can use their
TTY machines to contact Air Canada regarding
information on their flights.
An advocate for the needs of the hard of hearing
said that their issues are different from the deaf.
Could they clearly lipread the person speaking to
them? How good are the lighting conditions when
trying to communicate with the hearing? How bad
is the background noise if one uses CI/hearing aid?
And are cell phone compatible with their hearing aids/
CI’s?
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  Many deaf people travel all over the world.
And when we travel we carry our passports and our
visas.
    Deaflympics is coming up next month. We hope
there will be no passport and visa problems among
our deaf athletes when they arrive at Taiwan.
    Some years back Australia hosted the World
Federation of the Deaf, but the government refused
to allow deaf delegates from some African and
Asian nations.
    The government was afraid that some of these
delegates may sneak out and stay in Australia
after WFD has ended!
    Yes, the WFD officers were very upset.
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Lip reading tale
“Me too” and “I Do” should be easy to lipread
but for some deaf people, it can get quite
confusing!
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DIFFERENT BASEBALL RULES IN JAPAN
    In 1998, the USA national deaf baseball team
traveled to Japan to play 5 games against
Japanese national deaf baseball team.
    When the Americans played their first game,
they were very shocked and upset.
    The Japanese baseball team was not using
a real baseball; they were using a hard ball
covered by rubber. The American argued but
the Japanese players told them it is the
rules in Japan to use hard ball, not baseball.
    The Americans, not used to hard ball, lost
first two games, but learned how to play with
it, and won the last 3 games to come home
to USA happy.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
Although captioners and CART providers try to be as accurate as
possible, there are times when they make mistakes.
As we read through captioning errors, we have to always keep in mind
that stenocaptioners are primarily writing words phonetically, and
they are not typing out words “letter by letter.” As they are writing
phonetically, sometimes they stroke syllables that should be more
than one word, but the computer already knows these sounds as another
word, and it translates it incorrectly.
If a word doesn’t make sense, sometimes we need to mentally take the
syllables of the erroneous word apart in order to make it make
sense.
Some of examples of this would be:
– Steve Young is a fungi to be around
–  The lawyer recommended that they Sudan Jones for damages
– We told our realtor we wanted to Seymour houses
– After her birdie attempt, on the hole for parquet came up two feet
short
These should be:
– Steve Young is a fun guy to be around
– The lawyer recommended that they sue Dan Jones for damages
– We told our realtor we wanted to see more houses
– After her birdie attempt, on the hole for par Kay came up two feet
short
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    An interesting CI scorecard:
CI wins        325
CI defeats        0
    This 325-0 record belongs to an attorney that has
fought insurance companies to pay for deaf clients’
implants.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
A complaint by a newspaper in Pakistan – it said:
Pakistan has far too many people who are hearing-impaired
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DeafDigest – 28 December 2018

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 – 27 December 2018

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
titled:

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 – 26 December 2018

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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DeafDigest – 25 December 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 25, 2018

— big theaters to show deaf movie subtitles

“A Silent Voice” is a Japanese animated film that
features a deaf character. That movie will be shown
as subtitled in bigger movie houses in January – Multiplex
and Regal. Make sure it will be subtitled before you
go in and buy tickets. There are always some theaters
that advertise captions or subtitles but are eventually
shown as non-captioned or non-subtitled.

 

— a simple deaf gesture may scare a police officer

there was a story in a police magazine today about
a deaf person gesturing to the police officer
during a traffic stop. The deaf person would
gesture his deafness and then reach out to the
glove compartment to pull out his paperwork.
The cop, scared, has to decide if the driver
is getting too aggressive and perhaps reaching
out for his weapon or is just simply trying to
get the paperwork. The best solution is to
just shout out “I am deaf; I am deaf; I am deaf”
hoping the cop would acknowledge it. Smart cops
would, though but possibly not the case with some
dumb cops!

 

— driving one hour each way for a deaf ASL event

A hearing student, taking ASL classes, said she
had to drive one hour each way for a total of
two hours just ot attend a deaf ASL event.
That student wasn’t too happy about the long
distance ASL assignment.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 24 December 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 24, 2018

 

— difficult to find a deaf Native American friend

A deaf Native American who was successful as a young person,
disappeared from public view but was always living on a
reservation. Because of culture of secrecy, it was difficult
to locate him. It took a deaf friend two months, going from
reservation to reservation to find him. No one would
tell him.

 

— insurance requirements have hurt deaf social clubs

A deaf-owned business purchased an insurance policy.
That business has security cameras but when there was
a break-in, the insurance company would not honor the
claim – for one reason – there was no alarm system.
Because the deaf people cannot hear, they didn’t realize
the importance of an alarm system, thinking that
security cameras would be enough. It wasn’t.

 

— interpreting and note-taking do not mix

A deaf professional attended a business conference
and was provided with an interpreter. It was a disaster,
and interpreting had nothing to do with it. He took his
eyes off the interpreter to write down notes, and by the
time he looked at the interpreter, he already missed some
important points during the presentation.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 23 December 2018

DeafDigest Gold – December 23, 2018
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Top stories about the deaf:
California will not be pursuing with its tax on texting
because of FCC’s disapproval. That tax would have provided
more funds for equipment distribution for the deaf.
Public hospitals in Romania will give all newborn
babies hearing screening tests at no charge to
everyone.
Katie Irwin, deaf and older than the average
university student, has become the first deaf
commencement speaker at the University of Alaska
Anchorage graduation ceremony.
A group of school interpreters in Colorado want to
unionize to protect their rights.
A young hearing girl in school had sign language skills.
The school had another student who was deaf. That deaf
girl suddenly had a medical emergency and couldn’t
communicate, except for her sign language. The
hearing girl came over and was able to use sign
language with her and comforted her until emergency
help arrived. The school, in Virginia, awarded the
hearing girl with a trophy and a special recognition
certificate.
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TO FAKE UNDERSTANDING WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
    Many deaf people nod our heads and fake
understanding what the hearing person says to us.
    We smile, and walk away, hoping the hearing
person will leave us alone.
    Many hearing immigrants are also guilty of the
same thing. Many of them do not know English
but they may nod, and smile, and the hearing person
thinks the immigrants understand them!
    Deaf person. Hearing immigrant – same thing,
nod and smile and fake understanding!
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– Like captions on TV – for the phone!
Captions are provided at no cost to the user, with no monthly
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A TENT AT SOME DEAF CONFERENCES
    If you attend a meeting at some national deaf
conferences, you may see a small tent near the
meeting platform.
    The tent is used by the meeting parliamentarian.
This is to prevent nosey eyes when the president
asks the parliamentarian some important meeting
questions.
    The idea of a tent was invented by Bummy
Burstein, the famous Deaf Parliamentarian.
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Spending time with family during the Holiday season is joyous.
We exchange gifts and the little ones get their surprises from Santa Claus!
While we sit around opening our gifts remember our DeafBlind members.
here are a few suggestions for keeping the DeafBlind individual informed of
the progress in the room.
Bring opened gifts to the DeafBlind individual and describe what is it.
Even when we open our own gifts, we need details!
The point here is have the DeafBlind folks feel inclusive in the family and
friends gathering.
Merry Christmas!
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.
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DeafDigest – 23 December 2018

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Top stories about the deaf:
The Colorado Department of Human Resources has
established the Rural Interpreting Service Project
Pilot. The goal is to provide rural deaf with
interpreters upon need.
An infant hearing screening coordinator said
in a newspaper interview:
If we can find hearing loss before six months,
we can get the hearing impaired to perform exactly
the same as their peers for the rest of their life
Exactly?
Music-goers were more interested in a Coda daughter
interpreting the music at a rock concert for her
deaf father. This went on in Canada, and it
hit the news everywhere.
In a new first, Gallaudet has a new intern – in
Deaf Studies from CSUN!
A soldier, coming home from his tour of duty,
stopped by Michigan School for the Deaf for
a surprise visit with his deaf brother.
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media coordinator with past experience of managing media/production
projects, knowledge of journalism and management capabilities. This
full-time position involves news editorial, writing and editing,
coordinating crew members on current affairs, deaf events and sports
productions, social media and website. Canadian employer prefers position
to be based at headquarters in Toronto, Canada but may consider other
settings. For further information or to express interest, send cover
letter, resume/CV and portfolio to:  mailto:opportunities@h3world.tv
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READ WHAT THEY SAY
Unlock the phone with CapTel® Captioned Telephone!
CapTel shows word-for-word captions of everything a caller
says over the phone, letting you read everything that they say
– Like Captions for 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 listening
devices we offer, email: mailto:sales@weitbrecht.com
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THE DEAFLYMPICS AND THE DEAF CULTURE
    We have the Deaflympics, where the best deaf athletes
from all over the world compete against each other
in many different sports.
    Does Deaflympics help improve Deaf Culture? Yes and no!
A high percentage of participants in Deaflympics are
oralists, late-deafened, hard of hearing that function as
hearing, etc, etc.
    These people are most likely not part of Deaf Community.
And when the Deaflympics is over, they go back to their
own worlds!
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a real bad situation is this:
you ask someone for a favor
the hearing friend swings his head back and forth,
as to say no but with a smile, and saying something
you just miss what he said:
sure!
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VOTING MACHINE FOR DEAF
    Diebold is the name of the company that makes
voting machines. In many cities and towns, we use
the voting machines to vote for candidates in
elections.
    Diebold is strange. This company built a machine
that has voice instructions for the deaf!
    Why do deaf people need to hear voice instructions?
DeafDigest does not understand why.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
As we celebrate this holiday season, it is fun to occasionally reflect on
our lives and the people whose lives we have touched, like George Bailey
did in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life
Realtime captioners and court reporters use their talents and skills to
touch the lives of many people on a daily basis. Without them, things
would be very different for people who rely upon their services.
If court reporters were not in the courtroom, there would be no record of
the important proceedings that take place. They preserve the record for
appeals and provide a vital service for judges, attorneys, and people
involved in litigation.
If CART captioners were not in the classrooms, meetings, offices, and
other places where they provide services, many people with a hearing loss
would not be able to participate in the activities that are very important
to their lives.
If broadcast captioners were not available to cover news, sports, and
other live broadcasts, people around the world would miss information that
is necessary to function in this ever-changing world in which we live.
These people touch the lives of millions of people every day. It truly is
a wonderful life.
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    Hey, Black Panther, please step forward and
reveal your true identity!
    Marvel Comics’ first Black Superhero has
become a female. And no longer Black, it has
become a Hispanic Native American. And now
this – a Deaf Comic Book character!
    She is to debut with the Black Panther #1
edition due to hit the magazine stands on
February 4, 2009.
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Hong Kong has 100,000 deaf residents. How many interpreters
does this tiny municipality have? Just ten. This was the
focus of a recent newspaper story.
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DeafDigest – 21 December 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 21, 2018

 

— perfectly healthy famous deaf person offered a wheelchair

Nyle DiMarco, who played a season of high school football
and won first place in a physically demanding TV dancing
contest (which propelled him to fame) was offered
a wheelchair. Boarding a flight with the Delta Air Lines,
the airline personnel apparently thought deaf people
are not able to walk normally! Yes, he won a public
apology from these Delta people.

 

— a response from Deaf House

Bernie Brown who wrote the Deaf House guidelines
gave a response to DeafDigest’s mention of
Deaf Space yesterday. He said:

Thank you for your Deaf Digest’s kind words about me and
the Deaf Space. “The Deaf House” was written as early as
in 1986 when I met with several Deaf homeowners to discuss
about making their homes, Deaf friendly.

Exactly what is Deaf House? Go to:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-house/

 

— a Coda’s confession

A bored teenager, who is a Coda, has a confession.
She said when she is bored with nothing to do, she
fakes her deafness and signs out in public.
Is she immature? Yes.

 

 

 

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DeafDigest – 20 December 2018

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— Penny Marshall’s failed film

Penny Marshall, who just passed away, was one of
the most famous people in Hollywood. One of her
plans was to produce a film about Gallaudet’s
winning women’s basketball team. For some
reason she was not able to produce that movie.

 

— 466 million deaf/hearing loss people cannot access help

There was a newspaper story that said:

466 million people with hearing loss who aren’t able to access help

466 million cannot access help (interpreters, captions, getting
jobs, getting education, getting assistive devices, etc)?

 

Not sure if the writer is getting his facts correctly.
While many deaf people cannot access help, many are able to do so.
All depends on which nation they are from.

 

 

— The Economist honors Deaf Space

“The Economist” is the world’s #1 magazine
that economists read. This magazine ran a
story about Deaf Space, meaning everything inside
a house or a building must be deaf-friendly.
The first deaf person who came up with the
idea was Bernie Brown, a retired deaf contractor/
home builder, who tried to stress the importance
of deaf friendly spaces. Unfortunately the
magazine does not give him credit.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 19 December 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 19, 2018

 

— baddest or fattest

Famous MMA fighter/WWE wrestler Ronda Rousey was
wearing a T-shirt at the ring, which said:

Baddest Woman On The Planet

The TV captions said:

Fattest Woman On The Planet

Everyone laughed about it; not sure if Rousey
also laughed when told about it!

 

— pointing, rude or not rude

When hearing people point their fingers, it is considered
rude.

It is not rude when deaf people point their fingers.

Jack Volpe, who teaches ASL in Canada, made that explanation
in a newspaper interview.

 

— a way to obey ADA

A workshop took place; participants had to
pay to attend the workshop. A deaf person
wanted to attend the workshop but also
to have an interpreter. Instead of
arguing with the host, the deaf participant
suggested a compromise – that he pay for
the interpreter but to attend the workshop
free of charge. That compromise was
accepted by the host.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 18 December 2018

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— more on the deaf star in Forged in Fire

Norman “Buddy” Thomas was aired last week
in Forged in Fire. It was learned that
he is so busy with his knife making orders
from his customers that he is booked ahead
into seven months. And it is possible,
that by popular demand, he will be asked
to compete on the program at a future
airing.

 

— never enough training

Ashland (Oregon) Police Chief Tighe O’Meara
said that there is never enough training of
police officers on how to deal with the deaf.
Officers may be trained for many hours, for
many days, at many workshops – yet, it is
never enough. DeafDigest has always said
that a police officer may not meet a deaf
person for many years, and when he finally
does, then instant memory of these training
lessons may kick in – slowly!

 

— costly to discriminate against the deaf

Allure Rehabilitation Services, Cassena Care and
Centers for Specialty Care Group provide many
assisted living and specialized nursing
facilities in New York. These companies
have been accused of discriminationg against
the deaf, an accusation they deny. In a
federal lawsuit settlement, these companies
have been fined nearly $246.000. Never pays
to discriminate against the deaf.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 17 December 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 17, 2018

— a retired police officer recalls an incident

A retired police officer has recalled an incident
involving a deaf person. That deaf person was stopped
by the police, accused of public drunkedness. He
could not walk straight, but into circles late
at night. After some tests, the police officer realized
the deaf person was not drunk at all; he had Spinal
Meningitis which affected his balance at night.
And that he was lost in a strange town, trying to
find his way. The police then helped the deaf man
reach his destination.

 

— deaf person not allowed on Zip Line

There was a newspaper story about the
Apache Wind Rider Zip Tour in Ruidoso, NM.
A deaf man wanted to ride on the zip line
but the staff people would not allow him
because of his deafness. He is upset
about it and has asked the facility to
allow the deaf to ride these Zips.

 

— importance of music to the deaf and hard of hearing

How big is DPAN (Deaf Professional Arts Network)? It
is a non-profit organization that wishes to make music
accessible to the deaf and the hard of hearing. It
employs 25 deaf and hard of hearing people.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 16 December 2018

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Top stories about the deaf:
The Deaf Community in Seychelles will be
having its own deaf center to call its own,
instead of relying on borrowed facilities.
A New Jersey deaf activist has been pushing
in all directions to emphasize the importance
of writing and reading among the deaf.
The DC council will introduce, once again,
the bill to require movie houses to show
open captioned films.
The Aberdeen City Council (Scotland) is planning
to hire British Sign Language interpreters
to serve the deaf at medical centers and
at public facilities.
Deaf Wings has been established as part of the
Jacksonville Area Center for Independent Living
(Illinois) to help deaf women that are victims of
domestic violence.
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ASL WITH OTHER HEARING LANGUAGES
    This is a true story. A deaf employee had a problem
with his computer. The boss contacted a computer
repair company to come over and fix the broken computer.
    For few hours, five people were at the deaf employee’s
office. One was the deaf man himself, using ASL, one
was the boss, using English as his spoken language.
Another employee came in to help and he spoke Spanish.
Two men from the computer repair company came; one
spoke Vietnamese and the other spoke Korean.
    Five different languages but communication was
smooth; the deaf man’s ASL with his gestures helped
hearing men communicate each other.
    And yes, the computer was fixed!
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READ WHAT THEY SAY
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NO MORE CAREER DEAF EMPLOYEES?
    In the past we have met many deaf employees
that would work 40 or 50 years in the same company
before they retire.
    We are now seeing fewer and fewer career deaf
employees that work for a long time with same
company.
    More companies would lay off their employees
today if business is bad. And unions are weaker.
    Even the government may also lay off their
employees if there are budget cuts.
    This is sad.
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
It is the time of icy and slippery walkways.
Winter is here for the long haul!
Since many DeafBlind folks do not drive,
we tend to do a lot of walking to do our errands.
Sidewalks can be dangerously slippery!
There are add ons to your shoes or boots to help prevent
you from falling.
They are called crampons- they are rubber with metal grips
that stretch over your shoes or boots.
Their spikes grip your step on iced over surfaces.
SSPs, I recommend you wear them too so we both don’t
fall together!
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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Top stories about the deaf:
John Krasinski, the producer of the ‘A Quiet Place’
movie, said, in an interview, that  hiring the deaf
was always his only priority.
The NASA is working to make its videos and other
media outlets accessible to the deaf, and that
means one thing – captions.
Pinellas County (Florida) is now encouraging the
deaf to use text-911 in case of emergency, even
if it means overloading the dispatchers’
system.
The Edo (Nigeria) Association of Deaf People has
a problem. Many deaf members beg on the streets.
As a result, the association chairperson has asked
the government to push deaf people off the streets
and to require them to look for jobs.
When earthquake took place in Anchorage, Alaska,
the deaf community used group text messages
to keep each other informed on the developments.
This was part of a newspaper story on this
subject.
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Captions are provided by a free service, no monthly fees
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A HANDSHAKE OR A HUG
    Is Deaf Culture different from Hearing Culture?
We notice that when a hearing person meets an old
hearing friend, they will shake hands.
    But when we meet an old deaf friend,
we hug each other.
    Are the deaf different from hearing people?
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The boss asked the deaf employee for something
The deaf person thought the boss said:
Please get me the cream for the copying machine
The boss actually said:
Please get me the ream for the copying machine
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SOME HEARING PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THEIR GENES
    A hearing woman was surprised to have two
deaf daughters. She had no deaf members in
her family or in her husband’s family for
about 2 or 3 generations.
    She was still puzzled about it, and
decided to research her family tree. She
went to libraries, archives and spoke with
very distant members of the family tree.
    Her research went back to about ten
generations. She then discovered she had
several deaf members way back in the past.
    How many people want to do heavy
family history research? Some do, but many
don’t.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
Have you ever seen a captioning error and said, “Wow, that’s funny”? Or
have you been angry or annoyed?
When a television broadcast or an event is being captioned “live,”
mistakes are going to happen. Realtime captioners are only human, and even
if they caption with 99% accuracy, that still means that there will be 1
word out of 100 that will be wrong.
It is important that we educate ourselves on what an acceptable amount of
mistakes would be and realize that those may not be able to be avoided.
However, we must also be aware of what is unacceptable captioning. If
there are too many errors, it definitely is not humorous, and it should be
reported to the people in charge of the captioning.
If you are watching a television show that is not being broadcast “live”
and has been prerecorded, that is a different story. There should not be
any errors in the captioning. The time should be taken to correct any
captioning errors before the show is broadcast.
Unfortunately, to save money, some broadcasters allow captioning errors on
shows that are prerecorded. Complaints should be made to the people in
charge. If they do not take steps to correct the issues, a complaint
should be made to the FCC.
Let the broadcasters know that someone is watching the captioning. Give
them feedback for great captioning as well as poor captioning. Even if
they may not seem responsive, it helps to let them know that people do
care and that they are watching the captioning.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    Deaf employees are often more productive than their
co-workers. This was the message stressed by Frank
Klees, not deaf, who is the Newmarket-Aurora MPP
in Canada.
    The event was a roundtable discussion that took place
recently in Ontario.
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DeafDigest dedicates this edition to John Conforth,
an Australian. He won the Nobel prize in Chemistry in 1975.
He was deaf all his life but did not use sign language.
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DeafDigest – 14 December 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 14, 2018

 

— California text tax would give money to deaf programs

The FCC said no to California text tax plan. That plan
would have given money to the deaf telecommunications
program. Text tax good or bad? Hard to say.

 

— ouch, eight hours of tests

Researchers in Newfoundland (Canada) wanted to research
why there is deafness in some family trees that go back
to 17th and 18th centuries. That would require volunteer
families to undergo six to eight hours of various
hearing tests. But eight hours!

 

— emergency problems with deaf in Alaska

When a recent earthquake hit Anchorage, Alaska,
the deaf community faced these problems – bad
TV emergency captions; interpreters cannot be
found; interpreters that do not sign in
a language that deaf Alaskans use. This
was the story in today’s newspaper.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 13 December 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 13, 2018

 

— driving 30 miles each way to eat fast food

Would anyone drive 30 miles each way from home
to a fast food place and then back home?
Yes, in the case of Dal’s Poke in Langley, British
Columbia. The chef/owner, Dalong Houang is deaf, and
in a newspaper story, he said he has many deaf
patrons that come from Vancouver.

 

— a special TV party

Yesterday’s DeafDigest said that a deaf knife maker would
be on last night’s Forged in Fire TV competition.
Norman “Buddy” Thomas hosted a TV watch party so that
his friends would know who won. Keep in mind, Thomas
was bound to secrecy and could not tell his friends
who won – these episides are televised months in
advance. This meant Thomas had to keep his mouth
shut during these months!

 

— Coda medical student has a goal

Luke Johnson, a Coda, a medical student at
University of Washington School of Medicine,
has a goal. When he gets his medical degree
he wants to serve the deaf and the underserved.
This is a great goal.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 12 December 2018

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— Gallaudet helped DC’s A. Litteri

A. Litteri is DC’s #1 deli sub shop. Each day at
noon, lines are long at the sub counter.
It all started years ago when Silvestri brothers
(the late Todd and Toselli, born in Philadelphia
area and attending Gallaudet), were frustrated
in not finding a good sub shop. At that
time A. Litteri was just an Italian grocery
store. The brothers demanded Italian subs
and convinced the reluctant owner to make these
for them. Word got around; many Gallaudetians
came over and wanted these same subs. This
influenced A. Litteri to set up a sub counter
in the rear of the grocery store. Business
boomed, and this deli shop is a DC landmark.
There is a Gallaudet banner in front of the sub
counter. Most patrons, however, are hearing.

 

— “Forged in Fire” to feature a deaf blacksmith

DeafDigest mentioend Norman “Buddy” Thomas,
who is deaf and is a skilled knife maker.
He will be on the “Forged in Fire” TV
program on the History Channel at
9 p.m. Wednesday, December 12th. If you
miss that program, there are always
re-runs.

 

— deaf films require bigger scenes

A deaf filmmaker said that when deaf films are
being shot, it is important to have a big
scene – that must show the face, the hands
and the body language. It is different with
hearing films when faces could only be shown!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 11 December 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 11, 2018

— Skype can be turned on to watch captions

People have complained that Skype has become
difficult to turn on to watch captions.
It was announced that turning on captions has
become easier with Skype, even permanently.

 

— deaf waiters said to read facial expressions

A newspaper story said deaf waiters are able to
take orders from hearing patrons by reading
tbeir facial expressions. Does DeafDigest
believe it? No, but this is what the newspaper,
in China, said.

 

— Hacking to help the deaf

Major League Hacking is an organization that teaches
hackers to create hacking ideas for good purposes
(not evil purposes). This organization hosts
hacking events at selected colleges. One hacking
team won first place for their hacking project –
to help the deaf create emoci that would
show emotions while watching a video or a show.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 10 December 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 10, 2018

 

— “Can Science Make Me Perfect”

There was a British TV program that was aired –
“Can Science Make Me Perfect?” and it said
if things were done right with the human beings
then there would be no heart attacks, no one
falling down and – no deaf people!

 

— interpreters say that hearing say don’t say everything

Interpreters catch what hearing people say. But the
interpreters do not interpret – body language,
facial expressions, and gestures that reveal
much more than what the hearing person is saying!

 

 

— private movie room for open captions

One movie theater found a compromise to make
hearing and deaf movie watchers happy.
For open captions, the movie house has
reserved a private movie room for them.
Hearing people that don’t want open
captions, could always go to the
regular movie room!

 

 

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deaf workers.
Gallaudet’s Tower Clock (the building, not the year book)
was written up in a local newspaper, praising it as a
historical landmark.
Microsoft will be adding captions and subtitles
to its PowerPoint and Skype apps.
A deaf man was not allowed a discount on a
hearing aid by one dealer – for one reason –
he did not own a cell phone!
A deaf owned brewery in Hyattssville, MD has
been written up in the Washington Post.
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LATE DEAFNESS IN IRELAND
    There was a newspaper story of some people in
Ireland suffering from late-deafness. They were
exposed to heavy noises for many years.
    The newspaper said that some of them wait
15 years before finally seeing a doctor
or an audiologist about their late deafness.
    Why 15 years? Good question.
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HEARING PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE TTY MACHINES ARE OLD FASHIONED
    We hate it when we use the video relay to speak to a bank or a
credit card company or a department store, and they tell us
we must use our TTY machine to communicate with them.
    We try to explain to them that many deaf people have
stopped using the TTY because it is old fashioned.
    And when they don’t believe us and continue to tell
us to use our TTY, we only get more frustrated.
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Sending Holidays greeting cards to DeafBlind people is great.
They will appreciate the cards from many of you.
There are ways to make the greeting cards accessible.
For low vision, use dark thick sharpie marker and print large.
You can even use word.doc and make bold large font and insert
in the card.
For Braille users, you can contact your local agency for the Blind for
advice or possible printing one for you in Braille.
If you Google search Braille greeting cards you will find several
businesses print them.
You can also send greeting cards electronically.  There are many ecards
available.
However not all ecards are accessible for Braille users.
We, DeafBlind people get greeting cards, but they can be hard to read,
you can volunteer and visit them and help them read the holidays cards!
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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Top stories about the deaf:
The iQIYI, China’s online entertainment
service provider, has come up with sign language
Artificial Intelligence app. China has several
sign languages; not sure if that app covers
it all?
Deaf candidate Chris Haulmark did not win the
election for the Kansas Representative
legislative seat, collecting 48 percent of the
votes.
Batimon Nongsteng has become India’s first
deaf officer of a local voting station.
Her job is to settle voting eligibility issues
and polling problems.
“The Quiet Man” is a video game popular with
hearing gamers. The programmers designed
the game to disable the sound – as a level
playing field for all hearing gamers because
the main video game character is deaf! The
gamers must see, not hear, the action on the
screen.
A deaf-friendly bus has been introduced in
Adelaide, Australia, on a trial basis. It has
a sign language robot that would inform
deaf passengers of bus stops.
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IRONY ABOUT CLARKE SCHOOL
    Clarke School for the Deaf is one of the
world’s most famous oral schools for the deaf.
    Many years ago, Grace Goodhue taught at
Clarke. She then married Calvin Coolidge,
who became the president of USA.
    There was a newspaper story that was
written up about Coolidge’s wife teaching
at Clarke. The story said that she taught
at a school for the “deaf and dumb.”
    The dictionary says “dumb” means a person
cannot use speech at all!
    The newspaper reporter did not understand
the word “dumb”!
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Lip reading tale
an angry DeafDigest subscriber wanted these
lip reading tales stopped, saying these were
absurd.
Absurd? Well, one time DeafDigest editor was
in a shopping mall food court, with his deaf
friends, and wanted to order a steak sub.
He pointed to the menu. The sandwich-maker
said something so very unlipreadable. The
editor then asked a Coda child that was in
the group, to ask what the sandwich-maker
was saying.
He was simply saying:
Do you want ketchup?
He could have pointed to the ketchup or wrote
it down on a piece of paper, but he didn’t
and it caused a small incident.
So much for “absurd” lipreading tales!
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
A DIFFERENT KIND OF SIGN LANGUAGE
    Many deaf people use sign language. Not every
deaf person uses ASL as their sign language.
Many immigrant deaf people use their home nation
sign language that we, the Americans, do not
understand.
  And also, there are many deaf people that teach
themselves sign language. We also often do not
understand these self-taught sign languages.
    Self-taught sign languages create problems for
interpreters and social workers that work with
the deaf!
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Many people occasionally type “teh” when they really want to type “the.”
Sometimes stenocaptioners also make fingering errors. Because captioners
do not type one key at a time, but instead they write whole words or
phrases at one time, their errors look different from the errors of
someone typing on a computer keyboard.
If a stenocaptioner realizes that he or she made a mistake, it can be
corrected immediately. The usual method for a captioner to correct an
error is to hit the asterisk key, and that will delete the immediately
prior stroke. However, if the captioner has already entered two or three
more strokes after the mistake, it is usually too late to go back and
correct it.
If a captioner realizes that he or she made a mistake two or more strokes
previously, what most captioners do is enter a dash stroke (–) and
attempt to rewrite the wrong words. This is also the same method most
stenocaptioners use to indicate a mistake or change of thought by the
speaker, so you may not be able to tell if it was the captioner’s mistake
or the speaker’s mistake.
If you see captioning that reads, “They did an analysis of the fail
you’re rate among — failure rate among students at the university,”
that would probably be a correction to a fingering error by the captioner.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    Raghab Bir Joshi, a deaf member of the legislative
body in Nepal, has issued a demand – that schools for
the deaf be established in every Nepalese district.
    Not sure how his fellow legislators will act on
this request. This is an interesting issue because
the nation has banned private education!
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A new Officer of the British Empire, anointed by
Queen Elizabeth, is Fr Cyril Axelrod, the deaf priest.
He becomes the first deafblind person to earn this
huge honor.
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DeafDigest – 07 December 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 7, 2018

 

— a comment by owner of a movie theater

The owner of a movie theater, independent and not
part of national chains, said:

Sometimes it just takes a member of a certain community
to come to us and tell us what they need

That member wanted open captions. The owner said
it was just a matter of a switch of a button to
make the change!

 

 

— deaf woman wins movie stunts award

When we talk about movie stunts we think of the
late Kitty O’Neil. She was not the only deaf
person doing stunts. The other one was Marneen
Fields. We probably have never heard of her
but she was deaf and performed many stunts
throughout the 1980’s. The honor she just
won was Legendary Stunt Award from the
International Action on Film Festival. She
has performed stunts for some of the most
famous actresses – Jane Seymour, Priscilla Presley,
Morgan Fairchild, etc.

 

— yet another role for Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin in a sci-fi movie? Yes,
the movie “Entangled” will be shown
in 2019 and Marlee plays the role
of a hearing daughter and allowing
her to grow up on her own.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 06 December 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 6, 2018

 

— broke the law for a good reason

Amy McMillan, a young deaf woman, was rejected
many times when applying for a job – because of
her deafness. She then broke the law – not
disclosing her deafness on the application form.
She was immediately hired. The law – in Northern
Ireland required all deaf applicants to disclose
their disability on the job forms!

 

— nursing home in hot water

The Atrium Post Acute Care of Wayne, a nursing
home in New Jersey is in trouble. A deaf social
worker used deaf relay service to discuss a matter
with the nursing home, and was repeatedly hung
up. For that reason, the State Attorney General
ordered the nursing home to pay monetary damages!

 

— the revenge satisfied the deaf person

Shane van Boening, who is deaf, is the world’s
#1 billiards player. He travels all over the world,
beating hearing billiards players in tournaments.
In a newspaper interview he revealed he was bullied
throughout his school years. They were mocking
him for his deafness. It was so bad that he refused
to attend his own high school graduation ceremony.
The revenge? Living in North Dakota, he drove to
a car wash to get his new and shiny car washed.
One of the car wash people was the same person
that bullied him. Said Shane:

He was the guy who picked on me when I was a little
kid. That is what he deserved. This is what I deserved.
Think what happened better for you.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 05 December 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 5, 2018

 

— late president George HW Bush helped the deaf

The late president George HW Bush helped the deaf
big-time. He signed the bill to make ADA the law
of the land. Thank you, President Bush.

 

— helping the deaf in dangerous situations

Almost every day in USA there are dangerous situations
where lives are threatened. In these situations, deaf
people get confused, not knowing what is going on.
Are there workshops? The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police
officers hosted a workshop for the deaf to train them
on what to do in these dangerous situations.

 

— invisible interpreter is interpreting

A deaf student at a college wears special glasses.
Inside the glasses is a display of interpreter
and a built-in camera that allows the deaf student
to follow the classroom lectures and to get involved
in discussions.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 04 December 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 4, 2018

 

— sign language waiters, important or not important

There was a story about an owner of a small chain of
restaurants wanting to hire waiters that know
sign langauge. There is more to the restauarant
than sign language waiters. Is the restaurant
deaf-friendly? Are the menus easy to point and
show to the waiters? Is the restaurant lighting
bright enough for the deaf to communicate
with each other? Can the waiters solve
problems and issues with diners wanting
certain dishes? And most important of all,
is food good or bad?

 

— a dumb clerk

A couple went to the court to apply for
a marriage license. The man was from
New Mexico. The clerk thought New Mexico
was a country and asked him for his
passport! It took quite some time
for the clerk to understand that
New Mexico is a state not a country.
It sort of happened years ago at a
national organization serving the
deaf. The clerk thought Atlanta
was a state and not a city. The
deaf CEO fired her on the spot!

 

— interpreting incident during interview

A deaf man applied for a job and asked for an
interpreter. The company told him to bring his
own interpreter. He didn’t but the company
found someone that knew sign language. The
interview didn’t go well as the person
who knew sign langauge was not qualified
to do the interpreting. He felt that it
was the reason he didn’t get the job.
As a result he has filed a lawsuit.

 

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DeafDigest – 03 December 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 3, 2018

— automaker says deaf can hear the sound warning

Honda, the automobile manufacturer, said that
its’ newest CR-V has a sound warning system
that would alert deaf drivers of problems
while driving. Does Honda think deaf people
can hear? Not every deaf person wears a
hearing aid or has a CI.

 

— worst hospital interpreting issue

Not in USA, but overseas – a hospital, lacking
an interpreter, asked the Coda child to tell
his father that his illness cannot be cured
and that it would be fatal. This is the worst
interpreting issue that DeafDigest has heard of.

 

— a new word DeafDigest never heard of

A recent newspaper story was about a lipspeaker.
DeafDigest never heard of that word. It is a
person who is lipreadable.

 

 

 

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DeafDigest – 02 December 2018

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Top stories about the deaf:

Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind has made
it a priority – campus security and improved
housing conditions for its students.

During a New Jersey traffic stop, the police
arrested a deaf woman because of outstanding
warrants. The deaf woman asked for an interpreter
during the traffic stop, and it was refused.
As a result she has filed a federal lawsuit
against county jail officers and police officers.

Hard to believe, but there was a story in
Great Britain about a young deaf woman, no
luck in finding a job despite over 1,000
different job applications!

A special needs school in Uganda, which includes
deaf students, has about 200 special needs
students, a number of whom are deaf. That school
is staffed by just only two special needs teachers!

Callie Daniels, who is deaf, has been appointed as tour
guide for the deaf in North Mississippi.

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AN ANGRY VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR
Way back in the 1960’s, a deaf vocational rehabilitation
counselor was angry.
He worked very hard to find jobs for his deaf clients.
The problem was the pay was $60.00 per week. His deaf clients
turned down these jobs because they found other jobs that
paid $85.00 per week.
These deaf clients had a choice between $85.00 per week
jobs that will remain $85.00 per week for many years or
working up the ladder from $60.00 per week but with $5.00
per week raises every six months. In 3 years this $60.00
per week job would become $90.00 per week.
Yet, these deaf clients would not wait. That made the
deaf VR counselor angry.

This week’s ASL video in youtube
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A WASTED ACTING ROLE
What is a waste of time with deaf actors
in hearing movies?
A deaf person would be hired to act in a
hearing film. The role may be small, maybe just
one short scene.
And when the filming is finished, the film
editors would cut out the deaf character.
The deaf community would come to watch the
movie and be disappointed in not seeing the
deaf actor.
A waste of time for everyone. It has
happened from time to time in the past.

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

I mentioned about my horror story at the airport few weeks ago.

I filed a complaint with FAA and the airline investigated.

They recently completed the investigation.

They apologized repeatedly in the message and promised to improve their
service to woo me back.

Training to their staff doesn’t work in my opinion.

The letter said disability assistance service is only to bring me to
boarding (and airlines can approve or deny a boarding area pass for an
SSP)

So they get the easier job at the airport!

I will continue to advocate with FAA for a better and more workable
service for individuals who are DeafBlind!

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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Top stories about the deaf:

Direct Access, a British deaf-owned accessibility
consulting firm, won the International Trader Of
The Year Award by the South Cheshire Chamber of
Commerce.

Sudeep Shukla, who is deaf, has been campaigning
for a political seat in India. He has been using
much of the social media to connect with the
voters, as a way to compensate for his deafness.

Mujahid Farid, not deaf, passed away. He was a
former prisoner who reformed himself as an advocate
for rights of prisoners. While in prison, he
learned ASL to communicate with deaf prisoners
and fought with the prison officials for their
rights.

The Philippines Department of Tourism has
trained 13 deaf people to become tour guides,
so that they can give tours for deaf travelers.

The New York Police Department has changed its
procedures when dealing with deaf people. They
will log into their laptop and ask for
an interpreter. No more lipreading, notetaking
or gesturing.

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For more information or to order call 1-800-233-9130 V/TTY or
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THE DEAF AT HEARING FAMILY REUNIONS
When a deaf member of a family is invited to
a reunion, he is often surprised when family members
tell him secrets he never knew in the past.
A deaf person often grows up in a hearing family
without knowing secrets such as a brother being
arrested, a close cousin was actually adopted,
etc, etc.
Hearing family members know about these secrets
but they often do not share these with the deaf
family member.
But it is always that many years later they will
tell him the secrets that they never told him in
the past.
Are these hearing people afraid that “bad family
news” is not good for the deaf to know?

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Lip reading tale

The boss asked his deaf employee for something.

the deaf employee thought the boss said:
please get me a cream of photocopying paper

the boss actually said:
please get me a ream of photocopying paper

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HEARING TIGER AND DEAF TIGER
When we mention Tiger, almost all of us will
know it is Tiger Woods, the most famous golfer
in the world.
What about Deaf Tiger? Yes. Tiger Holland,
was a deaf man in Australia. No, he was not
a golfer, but he was involved with horse
racing for many years as jockey and trainer.
When he died last year, Australian horse
racing people gave him great honors at his
funeral.
He did not know ASL (Australian Sign
Language).

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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

Using computer-aided transcription (CAT) or captioning software, a
realtime captioner utilizes a computerized personal dictionary in order to
translate steno strokes into English words. The captioner may input
entries into a personal dictionary that look something like this:

KOPB=con
STAPB=Stan
TEUPB=tin
OEP/-L=opal

If the captioner were to write the sounds KOPB/STAPB/TEUPB/OEP/-L, they
would translate as “con Stan tin opal.�

In order to translate properly, the captioner would have to input an
additional entry to his or her dictionary like this:
KOPB/STAPB/TEUPB/OEP/-L=Constantinople

Every word or phrase that a captioner writes must be in the computer
dictionary created by the captioner. With thousands of words and phrases
in a captioner’s dictionary, it is sometimes difficult for the captioner
to remember if a particular word or phrase has been inputted into the
dictionary.

You might see occasional unusual translations when you are watching
realtime captioning simply because a captioner does not have that word or
phrase in his or her dictionary yet.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

States, because of bad economy, are cutting back on their
expenditures. And it impacts on many universities that rely
on state funds.
Washington State University is no exception. Planned cuts
may eliminate positions in the deaf teacher training program.
Possibly other universities are suffering the same fate,
as far as Deaf Education Programs are concerned but are
not saying anything, at least publicly.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Many deaf people try to go into business for themselves
for one simple reason – no one would hire them, very
especially true in Kenya. A deaf man operates his own
carpentry business in Nairoba. People are saying he is
doing very well.

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