2019/01/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 31, 2019

— to trust or not trust statistics

A deaf journal said we have 10,000,000 Americans
that are deaf or hard of hearing. And that one
million of them use ASL as their #1 language.
This is an estimate, not a fact. Do we believe
in estimates?

 

— Mr. Deaf Taco

Marcus Bryant, who is deaf, operates his own
taco business in Mesa, Arizona. The business
is called “Chef Marcus’s Kitchen Tacolicious
and Catering Business.” One can taste his
tacos at gatherings – streets, private parties
and neighborhood events. These tacos vary with
a long list of interesting menu choices.
When not busy with tacos, he works as a
chef in a nearby country resort.

 

— a pole and a sign in a supermarket

Sainsbury is a big supermarket chain in
Great Britain. One of their supermarkets
would provide deaf customers with a pole
and sign that they could stick into their
shopping carts. The sign asks for assistance.
The idea is that when managers and customer
service representatives see the sign, they
know the deaf customer needs assistance
– such as looking for a horseradish
jar but not able to find it in the frozen
foods section!

 

 

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— law and regulations

The ADA was signed into law in 1990, but it did not
become immediately effective. Regulations had to be
written first. These regulations were finally
written in 1991. DeafDigest is mentioning this
because in Nigeria, the Disability Law was passed
few weeks ago, yet this law is useless because of
lack of written regulations. So far, no government
officials seem ready to write these regulations!

 

— the cop and the app

All police officers in New York City will carry
a Skype-like app on their smartphones. That
app will ask for sign language interpreters
in case they need to communicate with the deaf.
Just hope it all works out. There are always
crashes, downtimes, glitches and technical
difficulties. And hopefully these cops will
realize that not every deaf person uses
sign language.

 

— a new but confusing New York state law

New York State has a new law that requires
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) tests on all babies
that are found to be deaf. Cytomegalovirus
can be serious because it may lead to health
problems, liver issues and kidney issues.
Anyway, the state has not yet given
instructions to all hospitals on how to
deal with these CMV tests.

 

 

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— thinking English or thinking ASL

A posting in on a science web site asked this
question:

What language do deaf people think in?

There were responses; those that use ASL would think
in ASL; those that don’t use ASL think in English.
These responses are pretty much correct.

 

— lawsuit filed against Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports enjoys a great repuation for
being neutral when evaluating different
products. It, however, did not prevent
lawsuit being filed – for not providing
captions on its videos!

 

— yet another deaf-hearing airport squabble

Two deaf people got into a squabble with the Delta
people at the airport in Detroit. This is not the
first time Delta found itself in trouble. Not sure
how it happened? Lack of communications or
something else? Always two versions of an
incident, with fingers pointing at each other.
One thing is for sure – an angry agent dealing
with an angry passenger may possibly lead to
something ugly!

 

 

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2019/01/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 28, 2019

— NASA’s deaf engineers

A magazine story said that Johanna Lucht was hired
in 2017 as NASA’s first deaf engineer. This is not
true. NASA, over the years, has had several deaf
engineers. In fact, DeafDigest’s first webmaster
years ago, was a retired NASA engineer. He said there
was another deaf engineer working in the same buiilding
with him, but in different departments.

 

— a fact or an excuse

A while back, movie director John Leonetti
cast a hearing actress instead of a deaf actress
for a deaf role. He said the hearing actress
signs perfectly and knows what it feels to be
deaf. A fact or an excuse? DeafDigest says
it is an excuse.

 

— hearing poker player vs deaf poker player

Alisha Wormald, an Australian deaf woman, is
a poker champion. She was asked for the difference
between playing against hearing poker players
and deaf poker players. She said the deaf
players pick up body language better than
hearing players – reading these body movements
and facial movements, etc!

 

 

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