2019/03/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 29, 2019

— survey says 72 percent of hearing people never met deaf

A survey said that 72 percent of hearing people have
never met the deaf. DeafDigest always treats statistics
with some skepticism, and so, is this survey valid?
People often lie when being interviewed or asked to fill
out a survey.

 

— Forbes magazine made a strong comment

Forbes is a magazine that business people, economists,
and elected public officials read. Today it mentioned
that when it comes to Education, deaf and disabled
students are pretty much given low priority by the
White House. DeafDigest is still angry over the
proposed budgetary cuts to our two cherished
deaf institutions – Gallaudet and NTID.

 

— making $77,000 per year for trying to find jobs

In Great Britain, there is a proposal that would
help the deaf earn 59,200 pounds per year
($77,000 USA dollars) if they are unemployed
but looking hard for new jobs. It is part
of the Access to Work program (sort of
our SSDI/unemployment benefits plans).
Not sure exactly how it works or if there is
loopholes or conditions. Still, hard to
believe.

 

 

 

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2019/03/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 28, 2019

— Gesture Sign Language is a serious study

A group of Linguistists is studying different
gestures to see if these make sense, as
part of communicating without voice.
It is taking place at University of Birmingham
in Great Britain. DeafDigest wonders if
there is a difference between American
gestures and British gestures. It is not
known, however, if deaf people are involved
with this study.

 

— refusing to answer specific questions

It is a scary time in the Deaf Community.
White House’s Betsy DeVos wants to cut funding
for Gallaudet, NTID and Special Olympics.
Angry Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) during a budget
hearing asked DeVos specific questions on
why she wants to slash the budget for these
valued programs. He got nowhere as DeVos
danced around his line of questions.
We will see what happens.

 

— school closed up and re-opened

It was learned that in 1930, Arizona
Schools for the Deaf and Blind closed
up. Money ran out to fund the school
operations; teachers were not paid
for three months. Fortunately for
the deaf of Arizona the school re-opened
and while it operates flagship schools
in Tucson and Phoenix, it works with
local school districts to educate
mainstreamed deaf students.

 

 

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2019/03/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 27, 2019

— judge orders UPS to go stand a job lawsuit trial

A deaf UPS employee applied for promotion as
a driver. UPS refused, and he filed a lawsuit.
The UPS asked the judge to throw out the
lawsuit. The judge said no, lawsuit must
proceed. Keep in mind pay as driver is much
better than regular inside UPS jobs.
It is taking place in Maryland.

 

— SAT board slow to provide interpreter

A deaf student, wanting to take SAT exams,
asked for an interpreter. She had to wait
three months before the SAT College Board
would OK the interpreter request. It didn’t
help that the student’s mother is an
attorney.

 

— deaf is one of four categories

In Myanmar (Burma) there are four categories
defined by the government. These are physical
disability, vision impairment, intellectual
disability, and deafness. In that nation,
a deaf person holding down a regular job
is considered a success.

 

 

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2019/03/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 26, 2019

— deaf not watching captions

Some deaf people do not watch captions even though
these are turned on the TV. Their reason is that
it is hard to follow the captions and the action
shown on the screen. This was posted on a tweet
today.

 

— priority: hearing aid or social life

A social service agency refused to give a
deaf man $7,100 to allow him to purchase
a hearing aid, but gave him $10,600 to
spend on his social life needs. It didn’t
happen in USA but in Australia. The
deaf man’s family is angry about it
and would not touch a cent until
this issue is resolved.

 

— Seattle could require captions on public TV sets

Seattle may require businesses and public facilities
to turn on their TV captions – if the city government
passes the bill. Hope it does.

 

 

 

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2019/03/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 25, 2019

— dogs of hearing different from dogs of deaf

Are dogs owned by hearing different from dogs owned by
deaf? No. Dogs are dogs, especially when getting
excited upon hearing outside noises. The Park
City coop in New York filed legal papers to evict
a deaf woman because of her dog. It didn’t matter to
the coop board that other tenants had dogs. The
deaf woman went to Department of Housing and Urban
Development, and won. The coop board had to swallow
all of the legal fees it spent trying to evict
the deaf woman. Coop boards operate differently
from condo boards; deaf people with dogs need
to make sure of this fact before thinking of
buying a coop!

 

— cost to make website deaf-compliant

What is the cost to make website deaf-compliant?
$150,000 according to Butler County local
government (Pennsylvania). This may be the
reason why small businesses and small government
offices plead poverty with this issue.

 

— testing of open caption equipment

In a newspaper story Cineplex said they test
their equipment nationwide every Friday to
make sure that open captions work. They
admitted that glitches come up from time
to time that prevent open captions from
showing up on the screen. True or false?

 

 

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