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DeafDigest – 05 June 2018

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 5, 2018

— deaf woman nominated to be the DC Superior Court judge

Melissa Felder Zappala, who is deaf, has been nominated
to be the Associate Judge of the DC Superior Court.
It does not mean she will be the judge; her nomination
must go through the US Senate. The President was supposed
to make a nomination but didn’t. The DC Judicial Nomination
Commission then nominated her. The US Senate will need to
approve her. If approved, she will rely on CART to function
in a courtroom setting. A picture is at:


— speed dating/marriage, India style

Geeta, the deaf woman who accidentally crossed the border
to Pakistan as a teenager, was held for 12 years before
she was returned to India. Even though she could not
locate her original family, she has no shortage of
young men that want marry her. She has whittled the
long list of young men to 14. She is being set up
for some kind of a speed dating/marriage session
where she would pick the man of her preference
as her husband. Are these men deaf or hearing?
It was not mentioned in a newspaper story.


— reason internet accessibility is difficult to enforce

Does ADA law apply to internet accessibility (captions
for the deaf)? Obvious answer is yes. Yet, difficult to
argue in these ADA cases because of different
factors – ADA Title III does not cover the internet;
different ways businesses can accommodate the deaf
without using the internet. Plus the Department
of Justice has not set up rules on web site access.


Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— list of deaf judges

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