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DeafDigest – 31 May 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 31, 2019

— deaf culture day; no hearing culture day

Not sure if is a joke or a fact. When the Rochester
Red Wings minor league baseball team hosted a
Deaf Culture Day, a hearing person made this comment:

We had a deaf culture day. No one asked when’s hearing culture night

A joke or was the hearing person being sarcastic?

 

— big mystery with unlipreadable hearing people

Always a big mystery. A hearing person, whose lips
are unlipreadable, knows the deaf person cannot
read lips and depends on ASL and also depends
on an interpreter. Yet the hearing person would
“trap” the deaf person into a corner and go into
non-stop, one-way talking for as long as 10-15
minutes. Did the hearing person want to be
talking to a fake-smiling deaf person?

 

— series of bad captioning experiences

A deaf girl, age 16, is frustrated with
San Antonio (Texas) movie theaters.
Her bad experiences include:

broken captioning equipment
captioning equipment not fully charged
captioning equipment not fitted into cupholder

The final straw was when her hearing father
ran out of the theater to pick up a replacement
equipment. It worked for few minutes before
captions stopped.

The theater managers, apologetic, have given
her “useless” free tickets. The theater chain
said they constantly check all equipment.

Yet problems continue. What is so wrong with
open captions?

 

 

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DeafDigest – 30 May 2019

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— a big poster on the wall for an important reason

A Coda, who is an interpreter, was taking care of
his mother who was in the hospital. He noticed
that the doctors and the nurses were not paying
attention to the word “deaf” even though their
clipboards mentioned the mother’s deafness.
Instead of arguing with the hospital staff,
he posted a huge poster on the wall behind
his mother’s bed, which said one word –
deaf. It worked and the mother got the
quick medical attention she was entitled to.

 

— ACT being sued

ACT is the tests that high school students take
to see if they qualify for college. This organization
has been sued by several angry students – because
it disclosed their deafness on the computer forms.
They said it makes things harder for them to enroll
at colleges if the administrators knew of their
deafness!

 

— parts of “Summer of Rockets” has deaf themes

“Summer of Rockets” is a new TV mini-series that will
be shown on TV in Great Britain. It is about the Cold
War of the 1950’s where everyone were afraid there
would be World War III between Russia and the
rest of the world. There were three deafness
themes – early text pagers being invented, a
factory employed deaf workers and the Secret
Service thinking a bug was hidden in a
famous politician’s hearing aid.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 29 May 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 29, 2019

— never asking deaf how to make it deaf-friendly

A hearing man who uses the wheelchair, likes to
have a good time with his friends at a bar/
restaurant in Calgary. He was frustrated because
the bar was not wheelchair-friendly. Luckily
for him, the bar owner sat down with him and
asked him for advice and tips to make the
facility completely wheelchair friendly. The
owner made changes (he didn’t have to because
Canada does not follow our ADA regulations)
and the wheelchair person is happy. What about
the deaf? The chances are 99.9 percent that
the bar owner will NEVER ask the deaf patrons
how to make the facility deaf-friendly!

 

— adding captions to the videos
A comment by a video operator who wanted
to add captions:
Captions are hard and expensive to add
manually. This is the reason why much
video contents lack captions. Trying to
add captions is a nightmare.
This comment is correct, unfortunately for
all of us! DeafDigest editor personally asked
several deaf video operators about adding
captions. They all said one word – difficult.

 

— how to alert deaf to storms

Outdoor warning sirens – not good for deaf

Listening to radio – deaf can’t hear

Special NOAA radio – not every deaf person has it

Looking at weather apps – what if deaf don’t have it

TV news – what if TV station does not show streaming captions

on-line news – what if deaf person does not use computer

What is the best way? No best way; whatever works for the
deaf will work for them! TV is best only if electricity is
not shut down and if the TV station shows captions!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 28 May 2019

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— deaf man trapped in Missouri tornado

A tornado went off in Jefferson City, Missouri
last week. A deaf man, who lived alone, had no
warning that the tornado was hitting his town,
especially his apartment. There were no
electronic storm warning flashers telling him
what was going on. Already a Gofundme page
has been set up to raise funds to purchase
emergency flashers for his apartment.

 

— EMT communications

We have some deaf people that wanted to serve
as EMT but were turned away because of
their deafness. One deaf EMT person said
that communications with the hearing EMT
people is nonverbal – meaning gestures,
little ASL, body language movements and
shoulder taps. That simple? Yes!

 

— the senior bank manager with a major bank

Sanjeev Arora, who is deaf, is a senior
bank manager with the Bank of India.
This is amazing inasmuch as many hearing
people in India habitually describe every deaf
person as deaf-mutes. A breakthrough one at time.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 27 May 2019

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— first drive-in movie theater with open captions

Just a holiday trivia. Which drive-in movie theater
was the first in USA to show open captions on a
regular basis (not on a limited basis)? It was the
Midway Drive-In Theatre in Minetto, NY. It is
a small town of just 2,000 people located in
upper Central New York state.

 

— deaf employer hires the deaf and the disabled

Justin Patt, deaf owner of Bakoboy Enterprises
in Bakersfield, CA, was interviewed on a local
TV news. His company does construction and
landscaping and his employees are all deaf
or disabled. He has been in business for almost
ten years. Over the years we have had a few
deaf contractors and landscapers that hire
the deaf.

 

— deaf man’s only reason for a hearing aid

A deaf man who has a motorcycle only wears
his hearing aid for one reason – to hear
the honking horns of drivers behind him on
city streets! When not riding the motorcycle
he immediately takes off his hearing aid.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 26 May 2019

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Top stories about the deaf:
Denver may allow interpreters to join teachers’
union.
Communication Service for the Deaf is partnering
with National Deaf Therapy to provide mental
health services for the deaf.
A puzzling crime has taken place at the
Kapsabet School for the Deaf in Kenya.
Discovered was about 2,000 stolen iron sheets
hidden in the school wood workshop. The school
is not involved but someone from the outside
stole the material and hid it in the school!
The University of Kansas Edwards Campus will
be offering bachelor’s degrees in ASL as
well as with Deaf Studies.
Profiled on a TV show was a group of
five deaf people, unable to find jobs
in Ireland, and forced to move to Great
Britain where they quickly found jobs.
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LOSING PATIENCE WITH PENMANSHIP
    Penmanship means perfect handwriting. And for some hearing
people using penmanship, these deaf people lose patience.
    There are some hearing people that take as much as five
minutes to write a short sentence because of slow and
careful penmanship.
    It is not easy for a restless deaf person to stand and
wait for five minutes while the hearing person struggles
with writing a note.
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HAPPY AND JUMPING UP AND DOWN
    We read some stories of deaf people, “hearing” for
the first time with a CI, and so happy about it, jumping
up and down.
    We do not read stories of deaf people that hear for
the first time with a hearing aid and jumping up and down.
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Summer tends to be vacation time for many people.
For us who are DeafBlind this might be difficult in some ways.
We often need SSPs to get around and enjoy ourselves.
There are many camps for DeafBlind people around the globe!
These camps have volunteer SSPs and interpreters for a week in exchange
for room and board.
It is also affordable for us DeafBlind to attend these camps.
The camps plan many activities for us to participate in.
Most of the camps operate between June and September.
In USA, many states have camps for DeafBlind people.
Enjoy your summer!
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 – 26 May 2019

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Top stories about the deaf:
First it was Washington, DC and now it is in
Guangzhou, China that the Starbucks has opened
a sign language staff. Will the USA-China feud
disrupt the Guangzhou store opening?
Arizona Department of Corrections has been facing
accusations that their deaf prisoners are not
given interpreters during their medical
appointments.
The National Resource Center for Inclusive Education
hosted a training event to teach educators on
how to tactfully deal with mainstreamed students.
Orlando Fringe, an annual event in Florida, will
have its interpreters following the stage
performers instead of sitting at the end of the
platform.
The youngest mechanic at the Suburban Toyota dealership
in Troy, Michigan is Noah Range. He is deaf and is just
17 years old. He was profiled in a local TV news
program.
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HEARING PERSON ANGRY OR NOT ANGRY?
    A hearing person, listening to someone’s voice, will know
if the other hearing person is angry or not.
    When a hearing person talks “rough” the deaf person may think
the hearing person is angry. Not always, there are many hearing
people that talk rough but are not really angry!
    Often very hard to tell.
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Lip reading tale
A hearing gambler wanted to make a bet with a deaf
gambler.
The deaf gambler thought the hearing gambler said:
I will bet you a bug that the Yankees would lose tonite.
The hearing gambler actually said:
I will bet you a buck that the Yankees would lose tonite.
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WHO IS BETTER DRIVER – DEAF OR HEARING?
    Many hearing people think deaf people cannot drive.
We, the deaf, are successful drivers because we use
our eyes.
    Many hearing drivers talk on cell phones, drive
too fast, break too many traffic laws, etc, etc.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
“Is it hard to become a CART captioner?” When people see me providing CART
services, I am often asked this question.
I usually respond that it is very much like learning another language. Is
it hard to learn Japanese or French? Obviously, some people pick it up
faster than others.
The same is true for CART captioners. It takes some people much longer
than others to learn the skills necessary to become a captioner.
Most CART captioners use a steno machine, and they learn the same basic
skills as court reporters. First they learn a shorthand theory, when they
are basically taught where all the keys are and what combinations of
letters they would use to make other letters.
After that, they spend time building their speed. The first tests they
pass are at around 60 words a minute. They must build their speed to over
200 words per minute. Many schools require that you pass tests at 225
words a minute in order to complete your training.
For some people, the speedbuilding phase can take years. Every person is
different. Some people have done it in a year and a half while others have
taken four or five years or even more.
Would you consider going through that kind of training “hard”? I guess
that is the answer to the question.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    For a sad reason, the dates of October 30th
through November 9th should be considered as
non-historic!
    Deaf vacationers will have this last chance
to tour the world – with interpreters provided
by a cruise ship. The Royal Caribbean will no
longer provide interpreters after these cruise
dates.
    They will, however, provide interpreters,
just to comply with ADA regulations, if the
tour starts or ends on the American turf –
but not if these are on overseas turf.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
At the meeting of the National Governor’s Association,
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DeafDigest – 24 May 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 24, 2019

— typical day of ASL interpreter

What is the typical day of ASL interpeter?
There is no such a thing as a typical
day is what the interpreter said! Some days
it starts early and continues until late
at night – moving around different locations.
Some days the interpreter stays with just
one deaf person. Some days, no interpreting
assignments – so just stays home to catch up
with invoicing paperwork.

 

— biggest complaint about TV captions

Students at a deaf school had one complaint
about TV captions. They said captions stay on
the screen for only a few seconds during news
programs. These quickly changing captions
prevent these students from reading the
lines in full.

 

— new Ohio pilot program helps the deaf

At Ohio School for the Deaf, a pilot program
is going on – with the asisstance of
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
and the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
Deaf adults go online to get instruction
in basic courses. Responses from deaf adult
students have been positive.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 23 May 2019

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— Volkswagen trying to be deaf-friendly

A deaf advisory group was asked by Volkswagen
in a recent meeting in Washington, DC on how
to make their cars deaf-friendly. Hope
the Volkswagen people have listened to the
deaf instead of tuning out the advice.

 

 

— comment by a hearing actor

A hearing actor made this coment in a
newspaper interview. He said:

I enjoy playing deaf in the play. It is
a fun character for me.

We always hate it when hearing actors
play deaf roles, and this comment
only makes us hate it more.

 

 

— deaf sports funding; Canada yes, USA no

The Amateur Sports Act of 1978 was supposed
to help the USA Deaflympics group with funding.
For a short time, there was funding but no
more. Well, the Canadian government will be
contributing almost $800,000 to help fund
Deaf Canadians’ participation in Deaflympics.
Zero funding from USA. A big shame!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 22 May 2019

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— things with deaf students at hearing colleges

A deaf student at a hearing college said these
things are – having two interpreters, having two
captioners, using video relay services all the time,
teaching ASL with hearing classmates yet these
hearing classmates being too busy with their own
studies to help out communicate in ASL, no-shows
or absences among interpreters and captioners,
professors’ negative attitudes, arguments and
disagreements with administrators on exactly
what ADA is supposed to do, and so on.

 

— typewriter invented to help the deaf

True or false that Alexander Graham Bell invented
the telephone in hopes of helping the deaf to hear?
Well, there is another tale – that a typewriter
was invented in 1867 by Rasmus Malling-Hansen
in hopes of helping the deaf to speak better by
using their fingers on the keyboard! True or false?
Now – put together the telephone and the typewriter
and there was a 1964 TTY invention by Robert
Weitbrecht! This one is VERY true.

 

— vague ADA rules and guidelines

An attorney, specializing in Disability Law, has accused
the Federal government and the Department of Justice of
not giving out clear guidelines on ADA regulations. He
also said that this is the reason for the glut of ADA
lawsuits choking the American court system!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 21 May 2019

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— Russia’s top deaf thief continues with detention

Valery Rukhledev, the past president of the Deaflympics
governing body as well as the past president of the
All-Russian Society of the Deaf, was sentenced to
house arrest last year for stealing nearly one
million dollars. Because he has not followed
the conditions of his house arrest, the Moscow
City Court has ordered that his detention be
continued.

 

— the robot cop and the deaf driver

A new robot is being built to function as a
robo-cop. When there is a traffic stop, the
robo-cop will approach the driver and go
from there. Operating the robo-cop is the
real cop, sitting in the police car.
Hopefully this would stop the senseless
shootings that take place during traffic
stops. A big concern is the deaf driver.
What would the robo-cop do with the
stopped deaf driver? We shall wait and
see.

 

 

— a deaf man was in combat during World War I

From time to time there are efforts in USA to
have the Department of Defense to allow the
deaf to serve in the military forces. Howard
Lloyd, a young deaf man, fought in World
War I and was involved in combat – sneaking
behind the enemy lines. He signed up for the
military in Canada and was turned down.
He somehow was able to enroll – details
are murky but it seems that the Canadian
military left did not know what the
military right was doing – and so, fell
through the cracks! His combat work
took place in France. He was wounded
once but suffered no ill effects and lived
a long life in Canada.

 

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DeafDigest – 20 May 2019

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— a dead profession that employed many deaf people

There was a story of a dead profession that employed
many deaf people – the newspaper press. Years ago
everyone read the newspapers (no texts, no emails,
no social media, no nothing). Anyway it said some
of these hearing pressmen knew some sign language
in order to communicate with the deaf pressmen.
No more!

 

— a Dummy Hoy tale

Dummy Hoy had a long major league career including
several seasons with the old Washington (DC) team.
In the 1888 and 1889 seasons with the Washington
team, one of his teammates was Hank O’Day. Hank
was a Coda, and knew sign language. Baseball
historians have assumed that Dummy and Hank were
“best friends” with the team in these two seasons!

 

— great attitude vs anti-discrimination laws

Many hearing people are afraid of the deaf.
As a result, deaf people face discrimination
every day. Mark Medoff wrote the play
“Children of a Lesser God,” even though he
knew nothing about the deaf and of deafness
at that time! The first deaf person he met
was deaf actress Phyllis Frelich. Within
20 minutes of the introduction, he
decided to write a play about the deaf.
If we had many million Mark Medoffs,
there would be no discrimination and
the ADA laws would have been unnecessary!
Unfortunately this is not realistic and
as a result we have these ADA laws.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 19 May 2019

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Top stories about the deaf:
The deaf members of the Maori tribe of New Zealand
has requested that the government provide them with
interpreters during official and ceremonial events.
A lecturer at Northern Illinois University made
an interesting point – that all designs, no
matter what it is, must be deaf-friendly.
It did not matter if the hearing students
have no clue what deafness is all about, it
must still be deaf-friendly.
Ciara McBurney, 14-year old deaf British girl
will serve as the Rose Queen at the Dunham Massey
festivities. It is the biggest annual event
in this tiny British town, near Manchester.
The Nevada State College has graduated its
first class of five students that earned
degrees in Deaf Studies.
The campus of the old South Dakota School
for the Deaf is no more. The state sold
the campus to Sioux Falls Ministry Center.
One of the buildings on the campus housed
the Communication Service for the Deaf
before that agency moved to Austin, Texas.
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MISS DEAF PAGEANTS
The NAD dropped its famous Miss Deaf Pageants. One big reason
is difficulty in finding participants in many Miss Deaf State
Pageants.
What about Miss Deaf Pageants in some African nations. It is
very serious with them. A lot of money is involved. A lot of
politics is involved.
But in USA, it is a big yawn with us!
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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
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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A BIG LOSS IN DEAF HISTORY
    A deaf man, whom DeafDigest editor knows from years back,
was a self-taught Deaf Historian. He never went to college
but had a lifelong interest in Deaf History. He would do
his research at Gallaudet library and at the Library of
Congress and write his findings in his notebooks.
    At home he had many books in Deaf History plus many
notebooks.
    He, however, never shared his findings with anyone,
pretty much keeping his discoveries to himself.
    When he died, no one knew where to locate his
stuff. He lived alone and no close friends or family
members.
    A sad waste in Deaf History.
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Greetings from Winnipeg Canada,
My SSP and I are attending the Canadian DeafBlind Camp.  My SSP has been
taking lots of pictures with me in them.  I then felt bad none of them had
my SSP in them.
Then my SSP said “No problem hold the phone.” My SSP proceeded to take
pictures with her Apple Watch remotely.
I became a professional photographer!
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
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A comment by a web sites critic was this:
Often they are sites done by people who care more about
graphic impact than usability
That comment is correct!
Maybe it is a long shot, but Micheál Kelliher,
a deaf Irishman, could become an “elected” public
official without actually getting elected.
Irish law requires candidates for public offices
to submit a list of back ups, in case they cannot
serve despite being elected (resignations, deaths,
etc). Kelliher is one of the back ups.
The Variety newspaper ranked Amazon Prime’s
list of ten best movies. On the list is
Children of a Lesser God, which propelled
Marlee Matlin to Oscar fame.
The Montreal deaf community is asking for a
public forum on how to remove racism and
discrimination against them and to make
sure the deaf people are properly served
with their rights and needs.
Steve Baldwin, Austin, Texas, better
known for his research into the life
of Deaf Smith, is the winner of the
Miles-Mow Literary Award. The NAD used
to give out this award, but it was
abandoned years back.
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THESE LUCKY DEAF LEADERS
    Years ago two deaf men were not leaders.
They were followers.
    But during two big deaf protest
demonstrations in Washington, DC, these
two deaf men, without thinking or planning,
just jumped on stage and encouraged deaf
protesters to continue protesting.
    Just about overnight they were
nationally recognized as the leaders
of the Deaf Community, in which they
definitely weren’t!
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Lip reading tale
A deaf hockey player was talking with a
hearing hockey player.
The deaf player thought the hearing player said:
I bought Power skates
The hearing hockey player actually said:
I bought Bauer skates
(Bauer is a well-known, world wide, manufacturer
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A BIG KETCHUP HASSLE
    You go to a fast food restaurant with your hearing
friend.
    But before you enter the counter to place your order,
your hearing friend excuses himself to use his cell phone.
    You point and gesture and tell the counter person that
you order a hamburger.
    The counter person says something you do not understand,
and you tell him you are deaf. The counter person stubbornly
repeats the same thing and you continue to tell him you are
deaf.
    So much hassle. You get tired of it – so you run to your
hearing friend and grab him towards the counter to find out
what the counter person was saying.
    He was just asking – do you want ketchup? Frustrating
and embarrassing? Yes – but why didn’t the counter person
just point to a ketchup bottle and gesture at it?
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
Have you ever wondered when the first steno machine was invented?
The first American patent for a shorthand machine was granted to Miles
Bartholomew in 1879. He continued to make further improvements to that
machine and received another patent in 1884, but his system never advanced
beyond writing one letter per keystroke.
In 1906, inventor and reporter Ward Stone Ireland developed a shorthand
machine using the concept of producing several letters and even several
words with a single keystroke. He obtained his first patent in 1910 and
produced the first stenotype machine, but it weighed 54 pounds, so it was
practical to be used only in a fixed location. He continued to improve his
design, and by 1912 he was able to produce his fourth stenotype machine,
which weighed 8-1/4 pounds.
The key to the success of Ireland’s keyboard was that few keys were used,
and he could reduce or eliminate the awkward reaching for keys. This
keyboard design is the one still in use in court reporting and captioning
shorthand machines today.
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    At the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
(SWCID), students take vocational classes for careers in
automotive maintenance, construction, dental labs,
computers, etc. For the first time, these vocational
students are able to take classes on the SWCID campus
instead of having to travel to the main campus at
Howard College.
    Other students are also able to earn academic credits
for transfers to 4-year colleges.
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town agency to a national high profile agency, Ben
Soukup has announced his retirement, effective June
30th. Replacing him is his son Chris.
note:
CSD has since relocated from Sioux Falls, SD to
Austin, TX.
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DeafDigest – 17 May 2019

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— Never say “so, you’re deaf”

A warning for interviewers. Never say
“so, you’re deaf” with a deaf applicant.
It cost his company money when the deaf
applicant filed a lawsuit on basis of
discrimination! That deaf applicant,
by the way, had years of experience in the
job he was applying for.

 

— A deaf “fireman” on TV sitcom

A deaf “fireman” appeared on the Station 19
sitcom on TV. It was Nyle DiMarco. The
reviews said the TV audience was pretty
much hooked into the program.

 

— A deaf service agency in trouble

Deaf Service agency in Tennessee is in trouble.
An audit said:

stolen money, forged checks and fake
financial documents

The agency said it is not what is happening!
Do stay tuned as truth will sort things out.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 16 May 2019

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— fast voice vs slow texts

In Galveston County (Texas), stopwatch tests were
taken on voices and texts at 911 centers. It said
that:

voice – few seconds
texts – 3 minutes; sometimes 15 minutes; sometimes 30 minutes

Not best news for us, but hope future technology will
make text times equal or better than voice times!

 

— FCC’s captioning rules

FCC had a forum to get feedback from the deaf public.
The feedback was this:

captions must be perfect

captions must be shown at the same time voice was heard

captions must be shown froms start of program to end of program
(this means dull and boring commercials)

captions must not block other TV graphics

Perfect captions? Deaf people have been complaining for
almost 40 years. Same complaints every year with
promises, promises and promises! And captioning companies
still give us same old excuses.

 

— the deaf in military

Should the deaf serve in the military? The
Communication Service for the Deaf (Austin, TX)
thinks so. This agency plans to support
legislation to allow this to happen. Good or
bad? Does one have to hear to serve or does
one have to see to serve? Some nations allow
the deaf to serve, but USA doesn’t.

 

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DeafDigest – 15 May 2019

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— deaf devices at 2020 Tokyo hearing Olympics

The 2020 Tokyo hearing Olympics expect some deaf
Japanese people to serve as volunteers, as well as
deaf fans from all over the world. To accommodate
these deaf people, tablet devices would be
provided, allowing them to communicate with the
hearing both ways.

 

— more on Australia being anti-deaf

A columnist for an Australian newspaper admitted
that this country has a racist point of view,
especially towards the deaf and the disabled.
He made this comment:

We see people with disabilities as having no value,
only a cost

He also said that a big reason is the law – Immigration
Restriction Act of 1901. Deaf people born in
Australia are safe; just that deaf immigrants
and deaf tourists are not welcome. Very sad
that racism exists in one of the world’s
wealthiest nations.

 

— good news for deaf riders of Uber cars

Uber today made the announcement that a Quiet
Mode will be installed in Uber cars. This is for
riders that don’t want to talk to the drivers.
When Uber drivers start to talk to the deaf,
it makes things uncomfortable. No more!

 

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DeafDigest – 14 May 2019

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— important deaf person at a world-wide financial newspaper

Ben Fletcher, who is deaf, is an engineer with the Financial
Times, a financial newspaper published in London, which is
read all over the world by financial people, business people
and economists. It competes with the Wall Street Journal.
Anyway, Ben, who is also deaf-blind, helps design printing
machinery which makes smoother the publication of these
newspapers. He must make sure the machinery does not mess up
and delay the newspaper distributions on a daily basis.
This is the reason why he is important.

 

— world’s largest sign language class

Utah State University is trying to get into the
Guinness World Record for the biggest sign language
class ever. A joke? Well, the goal of the sign
language teachers is to enroll 1,500 people to
attend a class at a public arena so that the
university can brag about it. Very difficult
to learn sign language if there are 1,500
students around, screaming and making noises.
The smaller the sign language class, the better
it is for hearing students to learn these
signs.

 

— Deaf Economy

Is there such a thing as Deaf Economy? A recent
newspaper story said that the establishment of a
new deaf-owned business is going to help Deaf
Economy. Not exactly sure what the newspaper
is saying! Deaf Economy means one thing – that
all deaf people would buy products, services and goods
from these deaf owned business. Is it Deaf
Economy if a deaf person drives across the
city just to buy one thing from a deaf-owned
business? Don’t know – but economists love
to disagree over everything related to
economics!

 

 

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— deaf-owned business or hearing-owned business

A deaf businessman made this comment that hearing
customers would pick a hearing-owned business
over the deaf-owned business. Correct? Not
always that so. Roberto Wirth, who is deaf,
owns Hotel Hassler (Rome, Italy) considered to
be one of world’s best hotels. The late Al Van
Nevel was a career executive in the insurance industry,
selling many policies because he knew more about
how insurance works as compared to his competitors.
A deaf man, doing home repairs, had his hearing
sons handle all of his customers’ phone calls.

 

— a twist, bad one, with a museum interpreted tour

The New Museum (New York City) made this announcement
that one of their tours will be ASL-interpreted.
The first twist is that first priority in joining the
tour are deaf museum-goers. The bad twist is that
ASL students cannot join the tour. A bad twist?
Yes, but the museum excuse is limited capacity.
What if the ASL student is deaf and is desperate
to learn ASL? He just stays home.

 

— Coda’s unusual challenge

Kamila Carter, a 13-year old girl, is an
unusual Coda. Her mother is a deaf Mexican.
Her father is a deaf American. Her
grandmother, hearing, speaks English.
To communicate with all three of them,
she had to use Mexican Sign Language,
ASL and spoken English. And her goal is
to help the deaf in China, which led her
to learn a 4th language – Mandarin.
She just gave a speech at the annual
National Chinese Language Conference,
detailing her communication experiences
with her parents.

 

 

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Top stories about the deaf:
In a newspaper story, a deaf person said he
was eating a meal in a restaurant and was given
$20.00 to pay for that check by a hearing person
who felt sorry for the deaf person’s deafness!
Hearing people that watch deaf characters in
movies often get the wrong impression of them
(negative). This was the accusation that
The Disabled Britain on Film group made.
The school for the deaf at Oyo in Nigeria
has filed a lawsuit against the Oyo State
government for seizing the school’s
39-acre land.
The Sequoia Parks Conservancy (in California)
is now offering interpreted cave tours for
the deaf.
New Zealand is broke. As a result, the deaf
community is suffering. No money for interpreters;
no money for social services, etc. One such
agency Nelson Deaf Community, Inc. has been
shut down for the past six months.
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MENU CHOICES IN RESTAURANTS
A deaf person goes to a restaurant and points out
his menu choices to come with a meal – white rice or
brown rice, French Fries or Baked Potatoes, French
Dressing or Ranch Dressing, etc.
A hearing person will speak out his choices,
making it easy for the waiter to follow.
A deaf person would point with his finger, and
sometimes the waiter gets confused and gives the
deaf person the wrong choice!
Deaf people must be very careful with choices
in all restaurants.
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A LOST DEAF CELL PHONE
    When a hearing loses his cell phone in his
home, he uses another telephone to ring up the
number. When he hears the ring, he tries to locate
the lost cell phone.
    When a deaf person loses his cell phone, it is
too bad!
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I had to empty the recycling bin from the house.  I placed it outside,
next to the garage door.
I was sorting recycled materials in the garage.  Then, I came out to look
for the bin I had placed outside.
I couldn’t find it!  I know I placed it “there”!
It turned out that my son-in-law moved it inside the garage for me.
Without a hint, I would never have found it!
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.
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Author David Nightingale, not deaf, wrote that
Xenophobia includes some deaf people that are
anti-hearing!
A report of deaf health care issues in New
Zealand said that lack of interpreters
have led to unnecessary procedures, longer
hospital stays and higher medical costs.
The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
is now celebrating its 10th year. Previously it
was Scranton State School for the Deaf, operated
by the state. It was then turned over to Western
Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.
Columbus Police (Ohio) is now distributing
communications cards to help communicate with
the deaf.
The Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf
Advisory Board is worried about the House Bill 932,
Residential School Administration, that may affect
the way the school is funded and controlled.
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YOUR RESTAURANT CHOICE
    You have a choice as a deaf patron. Which
restaurant would you go to?
    A restaurant next door to your home that
is not deaf friendly – waiters no patience
with the deaf, cannot read the cash register,
menus hard to point to, etc.
    Or would you walk 6 blocks to a restaurant
that is very deaf-friendly!
    Your choice.
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A deaf woman was chatting with a hearing woman
in the hallway. Another woman was passing
through between them.
The deaf woman thought her hearing friend said:
This is Carolyn
The hearing woman actually said:
This is Harolyn
(Harolyn is a first name that a few women have)
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A BIG DEAF HAIRSTON CONFUSION
There are two deaf people with the same Hairston
name. The first one is Eugene Hairston, who was one
of the world’s best boxers in the late forties.
The second one is Ernest Hairston, whom for many
years, was the chief of the Captioned Films and Media
Services in US Department of Education. Both of them
are not related to each other.
Both are black – and there is so much confusion.
Some people thought Ernest was a boxer. Some people
thought Eugene worked with Captioned Films.
DeafDigest editor often had to make clarifications
when some deaf people confused both men!
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Although CART captioners and broadcast captioners use steno machines that
have computers built in to record their steno strokes, they usually do not
use the steno machines themselves to translate their steno strokes into
the English that is read by the consumers or clients. The captioners send
their steno strokes to a laptop or desktop computer, which then translates
the steno strokes into text.
Many of the steno machines nowadays offer a small screen where the
captioner can see translations of the steno notes, but in order to get
those steno strokes into a form that can be sent to an encoder or
displayed on a CART screen, a laptop or desktop computer is generally
necessary.
There are special software programs that hold “dictionaries” that the
captioners have created which tell the computer how to translate each
steno stroke that is written. These programs are called computer-aided
transcription (CAT) programs.  The CAT program is loaded on the laptop or
desktop computer, and the steno machine is hooked up either via a cable or
wirelessly to communicate with that computer.
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    It is official. Scranton State School for the Deaf
will not close, but oversight of that school will be
assumed by the Western Pennsylvania School for the
Deaf (WPSD).
    Agreement was made on a three-year plan to convert
the school into a day K-8 program. The school property may
be leased to a third party, possibly Marywood University.
If the university opts not to lease the land, then WPSD
will be the option.
    In the long run, Scranton SSD will change into a new
WPSD satellite program.
    This is the second such development this year involving
schools for the deaf. Two charter programs for the deaf
in St Paul, Minnesota merged into a single charter
program.
    We probably will be seeing more such significant
developments down the road as schools for the deaf
adapt to the changing times.
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A deaf person who voted in a local polling place in
Kashmir was beaten up by the locals; they wanted
to boycott the election and felt the deaf man broke
ranks.
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DeafDigest – 10 May 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 10, 2019

 

— deaf actor in a mysterious Netflix film plot

Sean Berdy, the deaf actor of the “Switched at Birth”
fame, has been cast as Sam in the Netflix movie
“The Society.” The plot of this film is
mysterious – almost same as “The Twilight
Zone” of the fifties and sixties.

 

— deaf paramedic’s fascinating career

Richard Webb-Stevens is deaf and is a full-time
paramedic with these fascinating backgrounds.
He first served with the Ambulance Service
before moving on to the Air Ambulance.
He is currently with the Motorcycle Response
Unit. We have frustrated deaf people in
USA wanting to become paramedics but have
been discriminated because of their deafness.
Well, Richard Webb-Stevens is from
London (Great Britain) and gets these jobs!

 

— Seattle bar owner is anti-captions

DeafDigest mentioned that Seattle became the
3rd American city to require captions to be
turned on at all times. Matt Miera owns
Marco Polo Bar and Grill in Seattle; he is
afraid the “forced” captions would drive
his patrons out of his bar. Well, his bar
advertises “best fried chicken in Seattle.”
People who drink beer would love these best
fried chickens, and for that reason, stay
at the bar!

 

 

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— what to do if no money in budget for interpreters

We have ADA but many groups, associations and
organizations just have no money in their budgets
for interpreters. What to do? Two choices –
bring your own interpreter. Yes, it costs money.
Second choice is to use Video Remote Interpreting.
Unfortunately it also costs money and FCC does not
cover it, only covers video relay services, two
separate and different things. A deaf person
said two choices work for him.

 

— three in; 19,351 to go

So far Ann Arbor (Michigan), Portland (Oregon)
and Seattle have laws that require TV in public
places to be captioned at all times. That means
19,351 cities and towns to go. The U.S. Census
bureau said we have 19,354 “incorporated places”
in USA. Long way to go? Hope not. Goal is these
big cities – New York, Chicago, Los Angeles,
as well as Austin, Rochester and Washington, DC
(these three great cities with large deaf
populations).

 

— a blessing for a late-deafened person

A late-deafened person said deafness is a
blessing. That person said:

I found out there’s a whole new language and
a culture that I didn’t even know about. There
are so many people that I wouldn’t have met,
so many things I wouldn’t have experienced
had I not learned about deafness.

That person is correct.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 08 May 2019

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— new ideas for deaf sending emergency 911 texts

A group of deaf people told the director of
the Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch
(South Carolina) that they would be comfortable
sending a picture of an accident and the location
of the accident instead of having to key in these
words. The director said it was a great
idea and is hoping the photo-sending could be
part of the next 911-text generation.

 

— not setting up funds for interpreters in budgets

Many deaf people are members of the Home Owners’
Associations (HOA). Board of directors of HOA’s
are responsble for setting up budgets to
fund operations and activities. How many of
these HOA’s (with deaf owners) would set up
funds in the budgets for interpreters?
Probably very few, or possibly none! And
when deaf people demand interpreters, there
is no money in the budget. This has led to
some cases of bitternesses between the
deaf and the HOA boards.

 

— free lance deaf fashion designer

Fashion design is a competitive, cut-throat business.
Not easy to find a full time job in this field, but
for Farah Nadhirah Kordy, a deaf Pakistan woman,
she found a different way towards success. She
became a free lancer, traveling to different
nations – Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey,
Singapore, Indonesia, Belgium, Thailand and India
and was able to get these free lance designing
jobs. While these jobs were not full time, she
was able to earn income from these assignments.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 07 May 2019

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— the deaf chef and the hostile restaurant kitchen environment

Two hearing chefs sat down for an interview. They said that
hostile kitchen environment is common in restaurants, saying
every chef is for themselves (promotions, better opportunities,
etc). We have a number of deaf chefs; hostile kitchen
environment holding them back? It may be possible.

 

— a disturbing survey

A survey was taken of hearing people in one location.
It said that just over 50 percent of them do not
feel comfortable communicating with the deaf.
And that about 20 percent of them get nervous
when they need to communicate with the deaf.
Deafphobia, sadly, is what they have.

 

— a challenge for deaf campaigners for public office

From time to time there are deaf candidates for election
to public offices. Most don’t win but some do. Their
biggest challenge is to stay away from Deaf Issues because
these turn off hearing voters. Instead they must focus
on issues these voters are concerned about – jobs, health
and social services, traffic issues, lower taxes – and
even street potholes!

 

 

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— a reason to go to Gallaudet or NTID

One reason why a graduate, according to a
newspaper story, did not go to a hearing
college. That graduate said she did not
want to spend four years communicating
with a third party through an interpreter!
That person is correct.

 

— some states unfair to interpreters

If interpreters want to be licensed in Illinois,
they must pay a $900 fee, take more than
four years of college and pass two exams.
What about other states? It was said that
nearly 30 states do not require licensing
of interpreters. Unfair? Well, 50 states
means 50 different sets of state interpreting laws!

 

— Makaton vs ASL

Makaton was invented by the Royal Association for Deaf
(UK) in 1970’s but has been used to help
hearing people that have no speaking skills. It is
more of a Gesture Sign Language, a gesture is used
to express a word. It is used in several countries.
Perhaps if hearing people and non-signing deaf in
USA learned Makaton they could communicate much
easily with the signing deaf!

 

 

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The Srinagar-Leh Highway in Kashmir is often
full of snow. It has to be plowed on a regular
basis. In charge of plowing duties is
Rajnath Anayatullah. He is deaf but is
the boss of the plowing crew, said to be
dangerous.
University of Connecticut is now offering
degrees in sign language interpreting.
Mustafa Alabssi, a deaf Canadian actor, has been
cast into Netflix’s zombie series Black Summer.
Hasan Özdemir, a blind Microsoft software
developer, specializing in accessibility, has
been chosen to lead the corporate accessibility
team. One of his tasks is to help improve
accessibility for the deaf.
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DEAF WATCHING OR NOT WATCHING SPORTS
    Many deaf people love to watch sports, the same
as hearing people.
    But do these deaf fans really watch the football
game or a baseball game at a stadium? Many of them
talk to each other with ASL and do not really watch
the action closely.
    Yes, hearing fans talk a lot with each other,
but their eyes are on the field and their ears
listen to friends’ voices. The deaf fans cannot
watch ASL hands and the action on the field at the
same time!
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PARACHUTE JUMP BY A FAMOUS DEAF BOXER
    Dummy Mahan, a famous deaf boxer during 1930’s,
wanted to become a hearing person. Some people told
him that if he jumped from an airplane on a parachute
he could become a hearing person. They felt that change
of air pressure would help remove deafness.
    The deaf boxer was not a smart person; he could not
read well, and could not understand the instructions
on how to use the parachute after jumping.
    As a result, he fell to his death!
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In Vermont, we do not have a SSP service.
I have to use the agency that provides transportation service which
utilizes volunteer drivers.
Of course, they don’t even know ASL!
The other day I needed a ride for a medical appointment.
After my appointment I waited outside for my ride so that I could return
home.
Often the drivers will drive up and open their passenger window and shout
out my name.
Their assignment form mentions that I am DeafBlind!  What is wrong with
this picture?
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Top stories about the deaf:
When The Newfoundland School for the Deaf
in Canada closed up for good in 2010, the
province administrators promised that the
mainstreamed programs would have ASL-fluent
teachers. This has not happened and this has
led to a lawsuit against the province.
An ugly contradiction is taking place in
Scotland. A deaf man was told by
social services agency that he was not
fit for employment. Yet when he applied
for disability benefits he was told he is
not “disabled” enough for it. This ugly
contradiction hit the front pages of a
Scottish newspaper.
A classroom for deaf children at Altamonte
Elementary School in Florida was given
a makeover from design program students
at Seminole Sate College. The hope was
that the makeover would provide encouragement
for the deaf in a classroom setting.
A big irony with a bank refusing to communicate
with the deaf. Danske Bank, in Northern Ireland
refused to communicate with a deaf customer
who noticed fraudulent activity on her
credit card. The bank did her a favor by
stopping the card – but would not follow
this up with the deaf woman. The bank required
her to discuss this matter by herself on the
telephone! As a result she filed discrimination
claim and won monetary damages.
Employers in Hungary have a hard time hiring
people because of the nation’s toughest immigration
laws. For some deaf people seeking employment it
has been a blessing. A factory has 18 deaf
employees – and the employer is begging for more
of them!
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HEARING ELECTED OFFICIALS AND DEAF ELECTED OFFICIALS
    For many years we have deaf individuals that won
public elections.
    Many hearing elected officials run again and win
again, run again and win again.
    But many elected deaf officials lose when they
run again.
    Why? Maybe hearing voters are disappointed in
deaf elected officials?
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A hearing gardener was talking to his deaf friend.
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A SURPRISE AT SOME MUSEUMS
    When DeafDigest editor travels, he often visits
art museums.
    Always a surprise at some museums. In Madrid,
there was a show of drawings by James Castle,
the deaf artist who could not read or write.
    In Richmond, VA there was a show of paintings
by Francisco Goya, the Spanish artist who
became deaf.
    Also some museums show paintings of a deaf
person.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
When people find out what I do for a living, one topic that many people
immediately bring up is captioning errors. People are always reading the
screens of CART captioners and broadcast captioners as we write what is
being said, and because we are human, there will always be some mistakes.
Realtime captioners cannot stop and go back to correct mistakes. Everyone
sees the mistakes that we make.
It is very important that users of realtime captioning understand what an
acceptable error rate is and what is not acceptable. Unfortunately, even
if a captioner is writing at 99.9% accuracy, there will still be 10
misstrokes for every 10,000 steno strokes. People often focus on those 10
misstrokes rather than the 9,990 strokes that are correct.
To do a little comparison with something that most of us are familiar
with, imagine if you were typing on a computer keyboard and you were
typing 10,000 keystrokes without taking a break. If you only had 10
incorrect keystrokes, you would probably be very happy with your accuracy.
Of course, there are some captioners and captioning programs out there
that may not be doing a good job, and consumers of captioning should voice
their concerns to help to improve the quality. If there is a mistake in
every sentence or if one in every 10 or 20 words is wrong, it is important
to let the people in charge know that the captioning is not good enough.
Sometimes the people in charge have no idea what good captioning is
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    DeafDigest mentioned last week a CI bill in
Wisconsin that passed legislation. A provision in this
bill, that many of us are not aware of, includes hearing
aids.
    How did this bill come into being? It was supported,
rather strongly by the Governor’s Council for the
Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a mixed group
of ASL and oral individuals.
    Said an insider – it was a political bill,
considered a win-win situation by the deaf and the
oral factions on the council.
    As a sidebar, the State Superintendent’s Council
for Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is
working on a Wisconsin Agenda, which wishes to provide
an unbiased information on CI’s and use of ASL.
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Low turnout among voting Harvard students good or bad?
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few of them, overwhelmingly voted to support ASL as
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DeafDigest – 03 May 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 3, 2019

— falling in love with a deaf baking show contestant

DeafDigest mentioned the other day that a deaf pastry
chef compted on British TV’s Bake Off: The Professionals.
After his debut, he already became the “hot” celebrity
(just like our Nyle DiMarco) and already very popular
with the viewing audience!

 

 

— interesting sign language survey

A sign language survey was taken. It said
that less than one hearing person know more
than two sign language gestures. Really?
The more DeafDigest thinks about it – many
hearing people (especially the clerks) know
the sign for the word “driver’s license” while
asking for identification. And many hearing
golfers, communicating with deaf golfers,
know the gesture for golf swing. Any other
easy to understand sign-language words?

 

— #1 fear of all police officers

Every time a police officer does a traffic stop,
there is always a #1 fear – that the driver does
not speak English (foreign language or ASL or
a deaf driver that does not use ASL). Regardless,
almost all such scenes end up peacefully
(no one wants a traffic ticket). A police
spokesperson said police officers need to
treat everyone the same and fairly.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 02 May 2019

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— some deaf people hate interpreters

Interpreters are important to the deaf; yet
because of some bad experiences with them,
there are, unfortunately, some deaf people
that hate them. Simply said, no interpreters,
the more difficult it is for the deaf!
DeafDigest editor read an anti-interpreter
posting today.

 

— over $300,000 but not for Deaf Home

An organization serving deaf senior
citizens has over $300,000 in the
bank. Why not just use the money to
buy a Home for the Deaf Seniors?
More complicated than what it seems
to be. If HUD is asked for help,
it would allow hearing seniors to
live in the Deaf Home, which is not
what the deaf members want. Why
not just go ahead and buy a building
for Deaf Home? A real estate group,
knowledgeable with Deaf Homes, said
it is a risky and bad investment!

 

— Amazon’s high level deaf administrator

A couple of days ago DeafDigest mentioned Amazon
hiring a full time interpreter. There was a reason –
the company hired Michael Nesmith, a deaf man, as the
art director, working with the Amazon Devices Marketing
team. A stressful job means last-minute staff meetings
hence the importance of full tine intepreter on the
premises! This leads to another question – is the
interpreter available only for Nesmith or for all
deaf employees on the Amazon campus?

 

 

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DeafDigest – 01 May 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 1, 2019

— 911 text calls limited in what it can do

When deaf people send a 911 emergency text,
they must give the dispatcher their exact address.
Without that information, these cell towers only can
show a general location, thus taking it a much
longer for emergency people to locate the
deaf callers. So, giving the address is
very important.

 

— must leave captions on at a big American city

Seattle now requires all TV captions to be on
at bars, restaurants, gyms, stadiums and
other public facilities. This is a new law
and anti-captions people cannot demand that
captions be turned off. Which big American
city is next with that same law?

 

— deaf baker on TV baking competition

Sam Widnall, who is deaf, is a pastry chef. He
will be competing with his hearing boss on
a TV baking contest (Bake Off!) which is a
popular program in Great Britain. As far as
DeafDigest is concerned the only deaf chef
(in USA) that competed in a TV cooking
program was Kurt Ramborger, and that was
years ago. None since then.

 

 

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