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DeafDigest – 12 April 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 12, 2019

— The Silence (Netflix) could have been a film comedy

The Silence, mentioned in yesterday’s DeafDigest,
could have been a comedy in the Deaf Community
while being a horror film with the hearing people.
Sign Langauge is so bad among these actors, and
which prompted avid film watcher Nyle DiMarco
to make this comment. He is correct.


— a proposed bill that drive-ins will hate

There is a plan to propose a bill at the
Tennessee legislature next year. It is to require
all drive-in restaurants to install devices
to allow the deaf to communicate. Those pushing
the bill say the technology is only just $1,000
and has a life of 20 years. The catch is that
it is targeted at drive-ins that have 25 or
more employees. The fear is that drive-in
owners would cap the number of employees at
24 to avoid following the law, if it passes.


— no one wants to find (and pay for) an interpreter

A deaf person, accused of a crime, needed
an interpreter. The court said it is the job
of the Office of the Public Defender. The
Public Defender said it is the job of the
Superior Court. This issue is taking place
in the Northern Mariana Islands, which is
a U.S. commonwealth in the Pacific Ocean.
Question – does ADA apply to the U.S.
commonwealth lands? Nothing about ADA
was mentioned in the newspaper story!



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