2019/05/31

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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2019/05/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 30, 2019

— 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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2019/05/29

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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2019/05/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 28, 2019

— 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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2019/05/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 27, 2019

— 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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