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DeafDigest – 30 April 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 30, 2019

— hatred of noise

Hearing people hate noise; also deaf people
that wear hearing aids and CI’s. That means
deaf people, not wearing hearing aids and
CI’s, are not bothered by noise? Not really.
Interpreters hate noise; captioners hate
noise. When noise happens to them, then
it affects the deaf! So, we all hate
noise, no matter if we are deaf or
hearing.

 

— oops, a fact or a fib

Village Cinemas, a movie theater, showing Avengers,
advertised it as open captioned. It was never shown as
captioned, thus disappointing 40 deaf people that
showed up. The manager sort of said, oops – it was
a scheduling error. Telling the truth or just fibbing
to cover it up? It took place in Melbourne in
Australia, which does not have ADA.

 

— police incident; deaf know nothing

A deaf husband and a deaf wife were sleeping
when there was gunfire near their apartment.
They didn’t hear it; they were not harmed;
they knew nothing about it – until a neighbor
told them about it the next morning. There was
no warning device alerting them of such noises.
Their apartment had a fire alarm, but which is
for fires and nothing else. Did the landlord
break the state law about it? No, at least
in Colorado which said the landlord followed
the state law (on fire alarms only) and not
on different other noises.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 29 April 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 29, 2019

— a perfect mental health professional for deaf patients

Always difficult to attract ASL-fluent mental
health professionals (ASL-deaf and ASL-fluent
hearing). In residency at Unity Health in Searcy
(Arkansas) is Dr. Tracy Kaufman. She is a former
ASL interpreter before entering medical school.
And most important of all, mental health needs
of the deaf is her #1 priority.

 

— first big high tech company to hire full time interpreter

There are many deaf employees in these high tech
companies, especially in Seattle and Silicon
Valley. How many of them have full-time interpeters?
Zero, according to a newspaper story today that
Amazon has become the first big high tech
company with a full time interpreter. A
clarification – it seems that other high
tech companies (Microsoft, Facebook, etc)
hire on-call interpeters, but full time?
No.

 

— a Coda entertainer did it; would others do same?

Rosa Condo, who is a Coda entertainer, had all of her
shows captioned for the benefit of the deaf in
the audience. We have quite a few Coda entertainers,
fluent in ASL, that do not have their shows
captioned. They say they love the deaf, love
their deaf parents but still do not caption!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 28 April 2019

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Top stories about the deaf:
Charlotte Arrowsmith, s deaf British theatrical
actress, was an understudy to the leading
character in the “Taming of the Shrew” play.
The leading character couldn’t make it one night
and suddenly Charlotte was thrust into the
role as a leading character. She only used
signs, and the play group had to hire a
shadow interpreter to shout out her signs!
Safeway has three years to get its interviewing/
hiring act together. This was the agreement
this supermarket chain made with the EEOC
over the lawsuit that a deaf applicant
was never given an interpreter for his
job interview. The job went to someone
else.
The Voice Out Deaf Cooperative is a new
agricultural cooperative run by the
deaf in Randfontei, a town in
South Africa. It was featured in a
newspaper story.
Eleven individuals have been selected to
participate in a committee to search
for the next CEO of the Registry of
Interpreters for the Deaf.
Dancer/Model Nyle DiMarco will be adding
a third skill to his resume – actor.
He will be casted in the ‘Station 19’
in Season 2 finale.
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A CELLPHONE AT A DEAF BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
    We, the deaf use text pagers; hearing people use
voice cell phones.
    At one deaf schools basketball tournament, one of the
players from a residential school for the deaf was using
his cell phone. He was not using it to send text messages;
he was using it to communicate by voice.
    People at the tournament were surprised. That player
was hard of hearing and was able to hear the voice on
the cell phone.
    Guess not every cell phone user is a hearing
person!
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BE CAREFUL OF STATISTICS
    England says it has 9 million deaf and hard of hearing
people. The English population is about 62 million
people. That would mean about 16 percent of the population
are either deaf or hard of hearing?
Do we believe it? No, because the percentage is too high.
    But wait – England also says 6.5 million deaf and
hard of hearing people are at age 60 and above.
That means England has 2.5 million deaf people and
6.5 million late deafened people.
    Statistics is easy to fool and to misunderstand
so be careful with it.
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
When a Support Service Provider (SSP) works with a
person who is DeafBlind, they need to empower the
person they are working with.
Example: a trainer who is DeafBlind is trying to fix equipment
for a consumer who is DeafBlind.
The SSP is supposed to guide the trainer not take over the work.
It does take time for individuals who are DeafBlind to explore
the equipment in order to proceed to the next step.
The role of SSP is only to provide support, to guide, to transport
and to provide access to communication.
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 – 28 April 2019

DeafDigest Blue – April 28, 2019
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Top stories about the deaf:
A deaf man from Scotland wanted to apply
for his driver’s license, and requested
an interpreter for his driving and written
exams. The license office couldn’t (or
refused) to get him an interpreter.
They did provide him with a video of an
interpreter that signed in British Sign
Language, which the deaf applicant
couldn’t understand. It was a big story
in a newspaper in Scotland.
A deaf prisoner in Vermont has accused
the state prison system of repeatedly
refusing her requests to have her broken
hearing aids fixed and to furnish her
with batteries. The State Human Rights
panel has sided with her.
17 TTY machines in a Montana county! That
was the focus of the story about emergency
preparedness testings in Yellowstone
County. It said it involved 68,642 phone calls,
603 emails, 1,495 text messages and 17 TDD’s.
Mark Medoff, not deaf, passed away. He wrote
‘Children of a Lesser God’ which made
Phyllis Frelich and Marlee Matlin famous.
Developing the Ukrainian sign language will
be the responsibility of the National Commission
for Standards of the State Language, and the
Ukrainian Language Center. What if the deaf
invent signs that is not part of the
language agenda?
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contracts required. For more information or to order call 1-800-233-9130
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HEARING WHISPER INTO HEARING EAR
We often see hearing people whisper something into
other hearing person’s ear.
It is like telling something about a big secret that
they don’t want others to know. We also know that this
whisper is very quiet with very low voice so others
can’t hear.
Why would some hearing people whisper something into
a deaf person’s ear knowing that the deaf person
cannot hear it?
And also why would these same hearing people
speak so loud with that whisper on deaf person’s ear?
A big mystery.
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Lip reading tale
Two old time baseball fans were talking about
past players.
The deaf fan thought the hearing fan said:
Just was a good player
The hearing fan actually said:
Joost was a good player
(Eddie Joost was a major leaguer, playing
three decades, 1930’s through 1950’s)
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SOMETIMES HARD TO GIVE BUSINESS TO THE DEAF
    We have some deaf dentists, some deaf doctors,
some deaf architects, etc.
    We should try to give business to these deaf
professionals. but sometimes it is hard or
impossible. Why?
    This is an example. A deaf person wanted a
deaf architect to design and build a house for
him and his family.
    The deaf architect turned him down. Reason
was that the architect was not familiar with
the town’s zoning regulations and construction
license requirements. He told the deaf person
to find a hearing architect that knows the
town’s laws and regulations.
    So, the deaf architect lost business but
was honest about it.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
Because it is very important that all caption viewers become advocates for
better quality captioning, it is also important for us to understand what
kinds of errors are made in realtime captioning.
Sometimes people do not understand how a captioner could have made an
error because what came up on the screen seems to be totally different
from what was said. They think that the captioner might have misunderstood
or misheard what was said. Sometimes they think that the captioner is not
very smart.
That may not be the case. What may have happened was a small fingering
error by the captioner, and that turned one word into something totally
different.
Because the steno keyboard is very different from a computer or typewriter
keyboard and because captioners are writing whole words and phrases at the
same time, the “typos” that a captioner makes look very different from
typos on a traditional QWERTY keyboard.
If a captioner slips with one finger, it may not just change one letter in
a word, but it can totally change the word into another word.
Here is an example of a fingering error.
A captioner may have intended to write:
“We will be discussing how to prepare for the financial collapse.”
However, because of a slight misfingering error where the captioner moved
his or her right middle finger down slightly, it was transcribed as:
“We will be discussing how to prepare for the financial clans.”
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    The famous (Hearing) Monopoly board game involves
properties such as Kentucky Ave, Pennsylvania Ave,
Vermont Ave, New York Ave, etc.
    What about Deaf Avenues? This may be possible
because of efforts of the Deaf Awareness Group of
SW Missouri which is building and marketing their
own Deaf Monopoly game!
    Deaf-related businesses and groups have been
contacted, and as a result, there are a few
open properties available.
    DeafDigest hopes this Deaf Monopoly game will be
successful.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
Canada, one of the world’s most advanced nations,
is struggling with newborn screening procedures.
Only four provinces require it; other provinces
ignore it! Why? This is what critics are asking.
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DeafDigest – 26 April 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 26, 2019

— the ADA industry

Because of ADA, there is a booming industry of
ADA-specialist attorneys. One such ADA attorney
gave this advice for businesses that need to be
deaf-friendly – captions, interpreters, easy-to-
point signs on the wall, need to hire staffers that
are willing to communicate with the deaf, pen and
pad easily available, and so on.

 

— deaf victims in Japan to get money

Japan, years ago, sterilized the deaf so that
they cannot have children. Japan just passed a
law that sterilized deaf will get money for that
reason. DeafDigest is talking about older deaf
people that are 80-90 years old.

 

— learning ASL or watching captions

For young hearing people, which is more interesting to
them – learning ASL or watching captions on TV?
According to a teacher, it is learning ASL.

 

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DeafDigest – 25 April 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 24-25, 2019

— written agreement to refuse an interpreter

A deaf woman lost her case when she signed
papers with a hospital to allow her hearing
sister to function as interpreter instead of
using a certified interpreter. The woman
said she was forced to sign papers but it
hurt her in the court case. Not sure why
she signed papers but it was a bad advice
the hospital gave her.

 

— Skype not allowed for the deaf

Deaf people are not allowed to use Skype
because it is against the law in one
nation – the United Arab Emirates.
Hearing people are also not allowed, but
it hurts the deaf more. Leaders are
trying to have the government lift
the Skype ban.

 

— problems with subtitles in foreign films

Deaf people depend on subtitles to watch
foreign films (the same goes for captions).
There was a big story about subtitle translators
fighting each other, not agreeing with each
other on words correctly or incorrectly subtitled.
It has gotten to be so bad that two organizations
are asking for better cooperation among professional
subtiters. Are there such problems among
captioners in USA? Don’t know.

 

note: There was no 4/24/19 edition. DeafDigest
was in the process of migrating from an old
server to a new server – to make reading a
better and faster experience for all of you.
Thank you for your patience.

 

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DeafDigest – 22 April 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 23, 2019

— probably a first, a hearing event cancelled

A planned event in Florida was cancelled. The
reason was lack of interpreters to accommodate
the deaf in the audience. Is it a first?
Normally hearing events continue as scheduled
despite interpreters not showing up or couldn’t
be booked!

 

— deaf character programmed into a video game

One of the video games (name was not mentioned in
the web story) involved a deaf animated character.
She was communicating in sign language with her
hearing friend, in which a hearing participant
caught while trying to make his way through
the video terrain.

 

— high number of deaf-owned businesses became low number

High-number of deaf-owend businesses becoming low
numbers? Yes. Years way back, many deaf schools had
strong vocational programs which trained the deaf to
become printers, shoemakers, upholsterers, tailors,
auto body repairmen, barbers, etc. Times have changed,
hence fewer deaf-owned businesses. Even Dummy Hoy
was a shoemaker, operating his own shop before he
decided to become a professional baseball player.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 22 April 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 22, 2019

— flight attendants do observe all passengers

In a web story it says that all flight attendants
observe all incoming passengers – to see which of
them may be trouble makers, which of them may
have had too much to drink, which are traveling
alone and which are disabled – and yes, which
are deaf! These attendants communicate with
each other via body language, facial expressions
and hand gestures. Does this help with deaf
passengers? Lets’ say if there are no incidents
with deaf passengers then things went well on
the flight!

 

— refusing to sign up for Chicago Smart 911

Chicago had hoped that residents would sign up for
Smart 911 to allow emergency services people reach them
during emergencies. This meant revealing private
information (medications, health histories,
behavorial problems, mental issues, etc). Many of
them won’t sign up for reasons of privacy.
Smart 911 would allow dispatchers to find interpreters
for the deaf. Yet, many deaf people won’t sign up!

 

— a well known entertainer refuses interpreters

Tyler Perry is an actor, playwright, filmmaker and comedian.
Does he like the deaf? Or even more so, does he like
interpreters? At a recent event that he hosted, he would
not allow interpeters to come up on the stage to
interpret for the deaf. If this is his attitude, then
it is disappointing.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 21 April 2019

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Top stories about the deaf:
A deaf British woman has always felt she was
born to be a mermaid. This is not a joke.
As a result, she has her own mermaid fins
and uses it everytime she goes swimming.
The local government does not allow her to
wear her fins in public swimming pools,
and she’s angry about it.
A mobile app has been set up to help
deaf voters in India understand how
the election process works.
Rashays, an Australian restaurant chain,
is requiring all of its staff members to learn
basic Australian sign language, not just only
to accommodate its deaf employees but also
deaf diners.
Gallaudet is located in the middle of a
residential neighborhood, which is becoming
slowly gentrified. What is the Gallaudet’s
policy towards neighbors? An article said
that if neighbors want to entail themselves
of Gallaudet’s facilities, they must join
the Gallaudet Connection Program, but cannot
bring dogs and guests with them.
Slovenian Sign Language is on track on becoming
one of Slovenia’s Official Languages.
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WHICH IS A PRIORITY IN LAWSUITS – JOBS OR CAPTIONS?
    There are many captioning lawsuits. These lawsuits
are much more frequent than employment lawsuits.
    Which should be the top priority, otherwise
our priorities may be wrong!
This week’s ASL video in youtube
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Captions are provided at no cost to the user, with no monthly
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ORALISM IS SOMETIMES DANGEROUS
    Oralism is sometimes dangerous. Why? A deaf oral
man told a hearing friend – your wife is looking for you.
    The hearing friend left the room and came back
with a knife and gave it to the deaf person.
    Yes, the deaf person was puzzled. The hearing
person thought the deaf man said – I want a knife!
This week’s ASL video in youtube
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Being home alone(face palm) is a challenge when everyone out for long
time.
When folks are home, they don’t leave things where they should be!
The dogs (not mine) are hard to find to get them out for pee breaks!
One trick I have used with the dogs is to ring the doorbell and I will
find them both running to the door!
Now I need to find new tricks to get folks living in my house to return
things where they belong!
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 – 21 April 2019

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Top stories about the deaf:
Many deaf people know Connexin-26, as the gene
responsible for people born deaf. But it is
not the only gene. There are 37 other genes,
according to geneticists at Kings College London.
This study was published.
An interpreter in Japan was subjected to
unwanted attention though it was no fault
of his. He was listening to the speaker
announce Japan’s next era name announced
as Meiwa whereas it should have been
Reiwa. The interpreter then realized the
speaker mispronounced the word and quickly
made the correction. By that time, the
mispronunciation went viral.
The Deaf Women Association of Nigeria
staged a mass rally in a government building
to demand that all agencies hire interpreters.
A Chinese legal expert that knows sign language
said that Chinese Sign Language (several
regional dialects) are too difficult for
deaf clients that have literary issues.
There have been tales of interpreters moving
to bigger cities because of better professional
opportunities. The latest one is a rural area
in Scotland being without an interpreter for
two years. The last one retired and it is
impossible to attract new interpreters.
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word-for-word captions of everything a caller says over the
phone, letting you read everything that they say – Like
captions on 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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A SAD IRONY AT GALLAUDET AND NTID
    What is a sad irony at Gallaudet and NTID. Both campuses
have deaf students – and for new students that need to learn
ASL, the opportunities to mingle and learn is perfect.
    Yet, some students reject social life and reject ASL. As
a result, for some of them they have to enroll at ASL classes
in their home towns!
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a hearing person was pointing at another hearing person
The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
This is Mr. Gordon
The hearing person actually said:
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COMPARING 30 YEARS AGO WITH TODAY
    Thirty years ago, a Gallaudet graduate can enter any
deaf club in USA, no matter if everyone in the club are
strangers.
    He will find out who knows whom that knows whom, etc,
and then make few friends that night. This is the real
deaf network.
    Today, a Gallaudet graduate enters any deaf club and
it is possible he will not know someone that knows someone.
There are deaf people that are mainstreamed, are NTID graduates
or hearing college graduates. This is not the Deaf Network.
    Times have changed.
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Because realtime captioners do not use the QWERTY keyboard, the types of
errors that they make are different than someone who is typing on a
computer keyboard. Some people may think that captioners don’t know the
difference between simple words.
If a stenocaptioner strokes the steno for “rain” instead of “rein,” it is
not because the captioner does not know the difference between those two
words. It may just be that the captioner stroked the wrong stroke on the
steno keyboard.
Homophones are difficult for many captioners because they are words that
sound the same but are spelled differently. Captioners are trained to
write phonetically, so when two words sound the same, the captioner has to
devise a system to distinguish between the two words.
One of the solutions is to add an asterisk to the steno so that the
strokes will be different. But now the captioner has to remember which
stroke gets the asterisk: Do I add the asterisk to “guild” or “gild”?
If you ever see a sentence captioned something like, “The Army kernel went
to visit the sergeant,” remember that the words “colonel” and “kernel”
sound the same, and the captioner is writing phonetically. The captioner
probably knows the difference between those words, but he or she just
didn’t write the steno to get it to translate properly.
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    In Canada, are we seeing history repeating itself?
In 1980, California School for the Deaf moved from
Berkeley to its present site at Fremont. The move
was forced because the state government powers
were saying the school campus sat on an earthquake
fault.
    It probably was a smokescreen because University
of California at Berkeley needed land to grow,
and the deaf campus was in the way.
    And now this – University of Alberta, at Edmonton,
is coveting the land that belongs to Alberta
School for the Deaf. The university people is now
raising a big stink about it, which has hit the
newspapers this week.
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Why are Brain Anatomies different between the deaf and
the hearing? All depends on which language is first
learned. Says who?  Says Guinevere Eden, director for the
Center for the Study of Learning at Georgetown
University Medical Center (GUMC). Does DeafDigest believe
it? No! But the article was written in the Journal of
Neuroscience.
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DeafDigest – 19 April 2019

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— SSA to revise SSDI application steps

The Social Security Administration (SSA) may reconsider
the ways deaf applicants could get SSDI. SSA said the
application process is different from the past, and
that the wait will get longer for approval. Scary?
Yes!

 

— interpreter lottery

A lottery to get an interpreter?

Crazy? Well, in the rural areas of Scotland, the
shortage of interpreters is pretty much bad.
Those needing an interpreter must hope to have
their winning name pulled out of a hat in a
lottery! DeafDigest worries this situation may
get worse when Brexit is finalized.

 

— Court says ADA plus 504

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District
of New York appeals voted to “combine” ADA
with Section 504 if discrimination cases refer
to both regulations. It is said to be the first
time that discrimination cases could be combined
under these two regulations. The judges’ vote
was split, though.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 18 April 2019

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— pet peeve of a Washington, DC deaf resident

DeafDigest editor, a resident of Washington, DC,
has been often asked by acquaintances if he has
visited the Gallaudet Starbucks. For him, this
visit requires a drive (and finding a parking spot)
or a bus ride or a subway/trolley ride. There
are two Starbucks very close to the his home. Coffee
lovers would rather walk, and not drive just for
a quick morning coffee. Yes, Gallaudet Starbucks is
perfect for deaf tourists, but not for locals.

 

— Six Tucson assisted living facilities being sued

Many deaf retired people move to Arizona. DeafDigest
hopes they are aware that some assisted living facilities
discriminate against the deaf. For that reason,
six of these facilities in the Tucson area have been
sued because of discrimination. The agency filing
the lawsuit is the Southwest Fair Housing Council.
Sad to say, DeafDigest knows of some individuals that
sell their long time houses to make the move only
to face disappointment!

 

— struggling to understand high level interpreted meetings

A deaf professional was given an interpreter while attending
a staff meeting where budgets, high dollar amounts, and
other business and economic phrases were casually thrown in.
An example was – “land readjustment project” phrase that
the interpreter didn’t know how to interpret. A CART
system failed to help him. A combination interpeter/CART
system also failed. They are still struggling for a perfect
way for the deaf person to follow.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 17 April 2019

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— hearing actor defends playing a fake-deaf role

In a college publication, a hearing actor (obviously
a drama major) said that acting will always involve
pretending and there should not be a limit to the
make-believe. That hearing actor is wrong. Fake-deaf
actors usually sign ASL very badly and the deaf in the
audience would know it is fakery!

 

— an interesting venture for three deaf partners

Three deaf partners have come up with an interesting
venture. It is building a resort of small houses on a
25 acre forest plot in West Virginia, a long drive
from Washington, DC. They said wi-fi will be powerful
enough to penetrate the forest so that the renters
can stay connected to the world. This story was
published in a magazine.

 

— 4 rules for deaf-friendly web sites

A legal center outlined four rules to make web
sites deaf-friendly (and to avoid ADA lawsuits).
The web site must be easy to read and follow;
must be easy to use it; must be easy to
understand and follow the contents; must
be strong enough to withstand upgrades.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 16 April 2019

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— knew everything about the Old West and the cowboys

Joe De Yong, who passed away in 1975, was an expert
on stories and tales of the Old West, Native Americans
and the cowboy life. Film directors that needed advice
on producing Old West movies went to see him. He drew
many pictures and wrote many articles – all about the
Old West. De Yong was deaf, but it didn’t stop him
from being a worldwide authority on the life in the
Old West.

 

— praises and expectations

The Mozzeria, the deaf-owned pizza restaurant
in the heart of San Francisco, has been
praised in a magazine article for hiring
the deaf. The magazine also said that
it could help lower the 70 percent
underemployment and employment rate
among the deaf. Is 70 percent underemployment
rate correct? Yes; many deaf people are
underemployed though being employed. Is 70
percent unemployment rate correct? Well,
DeafDigest editor tends to challenge
such stats!

 

— angry TV viewers and the weather forecast

TV viewers hate it when emergency weather
captioned streamings interrupt the program they
are watching. Most of these agnry people
do not realize the FCC rules require such
weather warning interruptions – no matter if
a Tiger Woods was on the verge of finally
winning a major golf championship in so
many years.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 15 April 2019

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— Rimac Automobiles hires a deaf engineer

Croatia only has one deaf engineer – Josip Ivankovi;
impressed with his grades and efforts, Rimac
Automobiles has hired him; his job is to work on
computers in cars. Rimac? It is considered to be
one of these European “super cars.” Is he the
only deaf automotive engineer in the world?
Do not know.

 

 

 

 

 

— wheelchair is automatic response in many airports

Few weeks ago, Nyle DiMarco, a very healthy,
and athletic looking deaf dancer/model
was offered a wheelchair at an airport.
Of course, he was insulted as much as all other
able-bodied deaf people would be. An advocate
said that many airport personnel, immediately
seeing a deaf passenger, would automatically
offer wheelchairs without even thinking
about it. The same goes for a waitress,
upon seeing a deaf diner, offering Braille
menus without even thinking about it!

 

 

— fake-deaf film almost got into lawsuit

Deaf films, or or even fake-deaf films,
getting into lawsuits? Not sure if it has
ever happened, but there was a lawsuit
threat with one fake-deaf film. “The Silence”
was accused of “copying” the “A Quiet Place”
film (both Netflixes, by the way). As a result,
angry “A Quiet Place” people talked of filing
a lawsuit against “The Silence” people.
Eventually tempers cooled; probably the Netflix
people interceded, not wanting one film group
to be suing another film group under its own
umbrella!

 

 

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Top stories about the deaf:
MIT and Harvard, two of the nation’s best universities,
sitting side by side in Cambridge, MA, is still fighting
it out in a captioning court case. The fear is that both
great universities will toss in the towel and take down
all of their on-line content. A joke? No, it has happened
to University of California at Berkeley.
The two deaf education centers in New Zealand – Kelston Deaf
Education Centre in Auckland and the van Asch Deaf Education
Centre will merge to become one center. Not sure how is
this going to work even though both centers are served
by one board of directors.
A big wildlife fire broke out in South Korea.
Emergency news on Korean TV were not interpreted,
or captioned or streamed with words. The South Korean
National Human Rights Commission is now aware of it.
Vladimir Aneas, who is deaf and lives in Haiti,
is making a success of himself in the clothing
design business while at the same time, telling
people that the deaf can do anything if given
the opportunities.
The article “Linguists found the weirdest languages
and English is one of them” was posted on the
internet. It said that British Sign Language and
American Sign Language are both strange in that
sounds are not used at all!
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SOME STATE LEGISLATORS ARE FUNNY
    This is a true story. Years ago, a deaf political
advocate wanted his home state to pass a bill to give
discounts for deaf people that use TTY to make long
distance calls.
    People told him that the legislators will vote
against the bill. This deaf leader did his homework,
practicing with friends on debates, reading on legislative
rules, making contacts with deaf community, etc.
    He arrived at the state capitol ready for a fight;
his arms were carrying materials to show the
legislators.
    The legislators saw him and told him to go home
because they already passed the bill before he
arrived.
    Was the deaf man happy? No, he was very upset
because he felt he wasted his time doing his
homework! And he drove more than 2 hours from his
home for nothing.
This week’s ASL video in youtube
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WAL-MART AND THE DEAF
    DeafDigest briefly mentioned Wal-Mart
hiring the deaf but not promoting them to better
paying positions.
    A DeafDigest subscriber from a Midwestern
state said that Wal-Mart never hires interpreters
for deaf employees in staff and award meetings.
    And that for the past 10 years Wal-Mart hired
five deaf people in one Midwestern store. All
of them were fired because of minor violations.
    Is it possible that Wal-Mart hires the deaf
and keeps them for one year before firing them
to take advantage of tax incentives for
hiring the deaf?
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I have worked to mark the stove to make it accessible for me to operate.
Stoves and other appliances now use digital modes to run the appliances.
In my case, our new stove has a touchscreen which requires special
markings.
The agency for the blind came and placed “Gorilla tape” onto the
touchscreen.
It was a cut out for several rectangles and squares so I can press the
settings in the center of the cut out tape.
Also required within the strip of tape on the frame was access for me to
find the settings.
Problem- the touchscreen is very sensitive!
Result? So far I have burned a meatloaf!
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.
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Finally in New Zealand, the deaf people now have
weekend video relay services. Previously it was a
Monday to Friday operation.
The “Silent House” is an upcoming British novel
about a crime taking place in the Deaf Community
and involving an interpreter.
Texting service for 911 calls in Memphis
has begun.
There is a worry that the Horace Mann School for the
Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Allston, MA) may close,
because of issues with the building. Close temporarily
or close permanently or to move to another building? At
this point, no one knows.
Willie Ross School for the Deaf (Longmeadow, MA)
is now breaking ground to expand its building.
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TWO SEPARATE GROUPS IN SAME PARTY
  What happens when two separate groups are invited
  to the same party?
  Both groups will ignore each other and chat only
  with members of its own group.
  An example is a VIP Democratic person marrying
  a VIP Republican person. These Democrats and Republicans
  will not mingle with each other.
  This is for hearing only, not for deaf? Wrong! DeafDigest
  editor has been to weddings and big events where Gallaudet
  people and NTID people were invited.
  The Gallaudet people stayed with each other and the NTID
  people did the same thing.
  Democrats-Republicans. Gallaudet-NTID. No difference!
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A hearing wife asked her deaf husband to go to the store
The hearing wife (who does not sign) said something like:
please get me Jerry ice cream
she actually said:
please get me cherry ice cream
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WON’T ADMIT DISCRIMINATION
    There are many newspaper stories of successful deaf people.
  They are oral and do not know sign language.
    In many of these stories, there is not one word about
  discrimination.
    Are these successful deaf people refusing to admit or
  hiding their discrimination?
    DeafDigest editor thinks they hide their many years of
  discrimination!
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As viewers of closed captioning, we are very concerned that TV shows,
movies, and online videos are captioned for accessibility. Different
companies have been in the news lately because of their efforts in
providing captioning on a network, the internet, or failing to provide
captioning of their material.
What we need to remember is that it is not the just the quantity of
captioning that is important, but it is very important that the quality of
captioning be maintained. Captioning must be accurate in order to provide
meaningful accessibility.  If an organization says that they caption their
videos, yet the accuracy rate is only 80% to 90%, that is not good enough
to be considered accessible. If one or two words out of every ten are
wrong, it is impossible to understand the message being conveyed.
We must educate ourselves on what is considered good captioning, and we
must not accept captioning that does not truly provide access. It is up to
all of us, as viewers of captioning, to provide feedback to the companies
so that they know where their captioning efforts are succeeding and where
they are failing. Inaccurate captions are not providing equal access.
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  This is old news but which has kicked up again
this week. There is a serious issue of imbalance
between males and females in the Deaf Studies
major and the Speech Language Pathology and
Audiology major at Towson University in
Maryland.
    Deaf Studies has 8 males and 122 females;
the other major has 3 males and 162 females.
    This issue was brought up several years
ago before kicking up again this week by
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Austine School for the Deaf will close at end of
school year this coming June because of financial
concerns. The Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard
of Hearing, the school’s parent body, will continue
– and they hope to reopen the school in some format
by July 2016. Already, in emails today, school
alumni members are upset about it.
note:
Vermont continues as one of the few states without
a state-wide school for the deaf. DeafDigest
is worried that the list will grow in the coming
years.
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DeafDigest – 12 April 2019

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— 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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DeafDigest – 11 April 2019

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— deaf film vs deaf film

Which deaf film (both by Netflix is better –
The Silence or A Quiet Place. According to a
film magazine article by a film critic,
The Silence is much worse!

 

— the voice of a late-deafened actress

Do late-deafened people still keep their
hearing voice after becoming deaf?
Hearing people say the voice changes
and they would know it is a deaf-voice,
though very understandble, and not
a hearing-voice. A voice example would be
late-deafened actress Amanda McDonough
(Switched at Birth).

 

— deaf actress gives up a deaf role

When there is a casting call for a deaf
role, deaf actors and actresses would
fight for it. In the case of Jameela Jamil,
a deaf British actress, she gave up
an opportunity to play a deaf role.
She said:

They should find a brilliant deaf woman to
play that role, and not to be greedy
about it.

This comment is rather unusual.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 10 April 2019

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— police arresting a deaf person six times without an interpreter

It is quite shocking that the sheriff’s office of
Jacksonville, Florida arrested a deaf person six
times without an interepreter. The fed up deaf
person filed a lawsuit. As a result, the department
has been trained on how to deal with the deaf.

 

— offering deaf person a job and taking it away

Rabbits love carrots and do not like it when
these are offered and then taken away. Same thing
with a deaf woman being offered a job to work in
a hospital cafeteria. She waited two months
for instructions to report to her new job
only to get a letter saying she was a risk.
She was considered a risk – “unable” to tell
patients on costs of cafeteria meals and to
“warn” them of temperature of drinks.
This story made the front pages of newspapers
in Great Britain. Fortunately for her
she found another job with a catering company.

 

 

— trapped and forced to smile and nod

There was a discussion on the internet about
hearing people assuming all deaf people are
lipreaders and assume that when they nod
and smile they “understand” everything.
No deaf person likes to be trapped into
a corner, with no way to get out of a
“unlipreadable” ordeal.

 

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DeafDigest – 09 April 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 9, 2019

— deaf play smarter than hearing

DeafDigest mentioned that one of the best Overwatch
players in the world is deaf, considered to be amazing
since one must hear to play well. Another deaf gamer
said it is a matter of playing smarter than hearing,
many of whom only depend on sounds and do not plan
game strategy ahead of time.

 

— after hiring the deaf, the business goes double

Rebeckah Reichert, who is deaf, is a hairstylist with
a salon in Peru, Indiana. She always wanted to be a
hairstylist but no one would hire her. The owner
of a hairstyling salon in Peru went ahead and hired
her and helped set up videos to help hearing
women select the hairtstyling they wanted. As a
result the business doubled, and it has helped that
many deaf women go to her to have their hair fixed.

 

— the hearing financial adviser and the deaf client

Should the deaf seek deaf financial advisors, yet as
long as they are qualified and are certified? Yes. But
there is not enough of them around. A hearing financial
advisor recently counseled a deaf couple, and there
was a lot of nervousness on both sides. The advisor
thought of ways to clearly communicate with the
deaf couple – and felt that using the blank Word
app on the computer was the best; they could key
in back and forth. When it all ended, the deaf woman
told the advisor that they saw five different advisors
in the past and that he was the best!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 08 April 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 8, 2019

— more to ASL than just fingerspelling

Fingerspelling was never consdeered to be ASL.
A newspaper story desscribed ASL as ability
to use both hands, to use facial expressions
and to use body language, and to use face
movements – all at the same time.

 

— a deaf participant in an impossible sport

Maxim76 is deaf (real name is not known) and
he has been ranked as one of the top players
in Overwatch. Not sure if it is a sport or not
but it has become more popular. Impossible
sport for deaf? One has to hear voice chats,
one has to listen for sound clues, one has
to hear for warnings, etc. Impossible?
To Maxim76, it is not impossible.

 

— deaf waiter with his tricks

A deaf waiter who has no speech and lipreading
skills has his bag of tricks. He comes to the
tables with coded cards of different colors.
The diners point out to these cards, indicating
their meal choices including ketchup or no
ketchup, doneness of the meat, spices or no
spices, etc. These diners leave the table
happy and they tip him accordingly.

 

 

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Top stories about the deaf:
In a magazine interview, actress Katie Leclerc
(of the “Switched at Birth” fame) said that she
was late-deafened but quickly embraced ASL,
even though she functions as a hearing person.
There is a proposal on the floor in Nevada
legislative body to establish a state school
for the deaf and the blind.
An obit in a South Carolina newspaper was puzzling.
It said the deceased pushed for the establishment of
the first public school system for the deaf in
1955. Well, South Carolina School for the Deaf
and Blind was founded in 1849!
There will be a new apartment complex in
Cheektowaga, near Buffalo, NY. Some of the
units will be available for the deaf residents.
Australia reportedly wants to depart an immigrant
family whose son is deaf. Their reason is
“tax payer burden.”
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AN ALMOST PERFECT BUSINESS FOR THE DEAF
    What is a perfect business for the deaf. Owning a
dog kennel. Dogs bark all the time and these loud
barking noise would not bother a deaf person.
    Why is it an almost perfect business? Because the
deaf person cannot hear the dog cry or whine. When a
dog cries, it may be for a good reason that the deaf
person may not know about.
    Yes, we do have a deaf owner of a dog kennel in
Florida. It is owned by Ernesto Freye.
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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
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I went to the Statehouse to testify for the needs of us who are DeafBlind.
One of the most difficult to find information the legislators want are
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Counting DeafBlind people is very difficult because the Federal Government
counts them in different ways.
They will count primary disability, if you say Deaf and secondly blind,
then the count is that you are Deaf!
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is deaf then they count you as Blind.
There are no clear numbers specifically labeled DeafBlind
Now we still need to convince the legislators we need the services
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Top stories about the deaf:
Chandigarh, a city of one million people in India
is doing a disability audit. Included in that
audit is to see if public facilities and
public services are deaf-compliant.
Melissa Perrell Parker, who is deaf, but
functions as a hearing person, was profiled
in a magazine interview. She manages nearly
300 employees, over 2,200 volunteers on
a budget of $15 million dollars with the
Novant Health in North Carolina. Her job
title is Patient advocacy officer and vice
president of patient services.
The Malawi National Association of the Deaf
is angry that public facilities would not
hire interpreters to communicate with the deaf.
Rwanda will open a service center to help
the deaf in need. Hired staffers would use
sign language to communicate with clients.
Not just the White House trying to cut the
budgets of Gallaudet and NTID, but also of
the Helen Keller National Center being faced
with a 24 percent proposed cut.
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A NEW LAW UNFAIR TO THE DEAF
There is a new law in Illinois that allows hearing drivers
to use cell phone while driving a car; it must either be
a speakerphone or a Bluetooth headset – both which does
not require use of hands. What about the deaf driver? Too
bad; they cannot drive and text while hearing can drive
and talk!
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Lip reading tale
A deaf person was discussing a Greek theatrical play
with a hearing person
The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
The arrested actor played his act very well
The hearing person actually said:
The Orestes actor played his act very well
(Orestes was a Greek character with many personal
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A BAD SIGNED TV COMMERCIAL
    About ten years ago there was a TV commercial in
sign language.
    In the commercial, a hearing woman gave a pie to
a deaf woman. The signs should have been like this:
I baked this pie for you
    But the hearing woman’s signs was like this:
I baked your dog in this pie
    The shocked deaf woman threw out the pie and
ran away
    True or false?
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Because the steno machine only has 22 keys, a common question I am asked
is:  How do you write letters that are not on the keyboard?
What broadcast captioners, CART captioners, and court reporters do is that
they use combinations of letters to make other letters. For instance, when
a captioner sees the steno TPH written with the left hand, what he or she
sees is an N. The steno TP is the letter F, and the steno PH is the letter
M. These keys are stroked at the same time, like a chord on a piano. You
do not type them one at a time, like a typewriter.
The T is depressed with the left ring finger. The P is depressed with the
left middle finger. The H is depressed with the left index finger. You can
see that just a slight misfingering could change the meaning of what is
being written.
An announcer may say that they are going to discuss how to make your
vacation fun.
If the captioner accidentally added the H with his or her index finger,
that could be transcribed as how to make your vacation none.
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    Is Economic Stimulus money helping the deaf?
Time will tell, but U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)
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Department of Treasury.
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DeafDigest – 05 April 2019

— photoshopping upsets TV audience

EastEnders is #1 TV sitcom in Great Britain.
Actor Max Bowden played the role of Ben Mitchell,
wearing a hearing aid in these series. Suddenly
no more hearing aid. The national audience was
upset, wondering why the hearing aid disappeared.
It never did disappear. It was photoshopped to make
it hidden.

 

— Deaf safety at airports

A web article was titled – Safety First at Seaports and
Airports, stressing that flashing alarm systems need to be
used at all airports. There are a number of deaf people
working at airports – and if there were no flashing alarm
systems they would not be alerted to dangers around them.

 

— railroads and subways still not fully accessible

A deaf person was riding the subway, reading a book
and not aware of what was going on. The PA alerted
the passengers to get off immediately. The deaf
person did not know about it. The subway doors closed
and the train moved ahead towards emergency rail
tracks with the deaf person still inside it.
Fortunately a subway worker saw the deaf person
and ordered the subway engineer to back track
(in reverse) so that the deaf person could get off.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 04 April 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 4, 2019

— advice for restaurant general managers

There was a story today that was titled:

D.C. Restaurants Could Do More to Welcome Diners With Disabilities

Well, for the deaf diners, yes, they could always point to the
menu for their preferences. This is only one part of the
solution. The other parts are “daily specials” that waiters
don’t like to write it out. All the restaurants could do is
to print out these specials and attach these to the menu.
Some restaurants do, some don’t. Plus another thing –
questions such as “do you want your meat to be well done
or not?” are often not asked of deaf diners.

 

— big question for deaf that seek jobs

Deaf people that seek jobs are aware of ADA and
the need for interpeters. One big issue remains –

are they qualified for the jobs that they seek?

If they are qualified, great. Many unqualified
job seekers (no matter deaf or hearing) apply
for jobs that they are not qualified for, hoping
they would “grow” into their jobs, picking up
experience and knowledge. Unqualified employees
cause so much grief for themselves, for their
employers and for their fellow employees!

 

— deaf lipreaders or hearing lipreaders

There was a story today of a movie “The Tango
of the Widower” filmed in 1967 but never
finished nor shown in public. There was no
money in the budget to put in sound. The
old film, collecting dust, was discovered
recently. The production company, re-working
the film, hired lipreaders to try to put in
correct voice dialogue. Did the company
hire deaf lipraders or hearing lipreaders?
ADA? The movie was filmed in Chile.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 03 April 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 3, 2019

— budget cuts were hidden

DeafDigest mentioned twice that the White House wanted to
cut the budgets of Gallaudet and NTID. It was realized that
these budget cuts were hidden inside the thick budget
printouts. One had to be a financial detective to catch
these budget cuts. DeafDigest understands that both
institutions, their friends and their supporters plan
to wage a full scale battle against the White House
budget people.

 

 

— to hire an interpreter or to teach ASL or to write notes

What is the best way – to hire an interpreter or to teach ASL
to employees or to write notes? In a newspaper interview
an employer had three choices – and he chose to have his
employees learn sign language to deal with deaf customers.
Just hope the ASL is good because bad ASL will turn off
deaf customers.

 

— a bullied deaf employee and a big decision

A deaf employee was bullied at her hearing workplace.
She had to make a big decision – to keep her mouth
shut and to remain employed or to file a protest with
her employer. It is a decision no deaf employee
wants to make. A third decision is to quit the job
and to find a deaf-friendly workplace. These
three decisions are never easy to make.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 02 April 2019

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— Five hours of flight with no movie subtitles

Nyle DiMarco sent out an angry tweet. He tweeted:

My 5hr flight had no subtitles

 

The guilty airline is United.

 

 

— 30 percent of hearing people think deaf can do the job

According to a survey, 30 percent of hearing people
think deaf people can do the job either equal to or
better than hearing employees. DeafDigest declares
that a high percentage of the deaf employees are better
workers than hearing employees.

 

 

— Facebook accused of deaf discrimination

Facebook discrimination? Facebook was accused of
accepting postings from realtors, that said apartments
are not welcoming of deaf tenants. Facebook has
denied allowing discriminatiory statements. HUD
is looking into these issues.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 01 April 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 1, 2019

— state representative made an interesting comment

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier (Massachusetts)
said, in a town hall type meeting:

we cannot get the services for the hearing impaired

She was referring to lack of funds for all types
of services, including those for the deaf (as well
as with others)

 

— Australia accused of discriminating against the deaf

Does Australia, one of the world’s most advanced
nations with a high standard of living, discriminate
against deaf immigrants? A hearing family with a
deaf son wanted to apply for permanent residency
(same as our Green Card). Australia said no for
one reason – the son is deaf. Australian activists
are now fighting the government to allow the
family to stay.

 

 

— a Netflix movie about the deaf

“Missing Boy” is a new film, released by Netflix.
It is about hearing child being kidnapped. It
was reported to the police, which couldn’t do
anything about it. The angry mother, herself an
attorney, decides to pursue the case – and
when she finally rescues her own child, she
discovers he has become deaf. The son, that
couldn’t master good sign language, somehow
mentions the name of the kidnapper. She
then searches for the kidnapper and catches
him and brings him to “revenge” justice.

 

 

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