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DeafDigest – 30 June 2019

DeafDigest Gold – June 30, 2019
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Top stories about the deaf:
Camp Success, a deaf-only camp in Alabama,
had its session this week to help mainstreamed
students deal with life in deaf and hearing
colleges.
There was a story of National Deaf-Blind Equipment
Distribution Program providing equipment for
deaf-blind residents of Indiana.
Hyundai Motors won an award for their commercial
about a deaf passenger at the 019 Cannes Lions
International Festival.
A deaf woman in New Mexico has accused a metro
court judge of refusing to provide her with
an interpreter during a civil hearing. As a
result, the judge is facing a discrimination
lawsuit.
It was pointed out in a newspaper article
that the 1880 U.S. Census asked the residents
if they were deaf and dumb!
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
A TALE OF TWO DEAF SONS OF TWO BIG MANUFACTURERS
    Why are some deaf people successful in moving up
the job ladder while other some deaf people are not
successful?
    It may be just one word – attitude. One deaf son,
after graduating from college, was hired by his
father. He told the son to start at the bottom and
to learn his way up. He did – and many years later
he is the company vice president.
    Another deaf son, after graduating from college,
told his father he must start at the top and said
he did not go to college to learn how to sweep the
factory floors. To this day, this deaf son is still
jobless, after many years.
    Very important for deaf people to have good
attitudes.
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READ WHAT THEY SAY
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
A STUPID LANDLORD IN ENGLAND
    It happened few years ago. A hearing landlord refused to
rent an apartment to a deaf-blind man.
    The deaf-blind man sued, and won. It cost the landlord
three things:
–  to pay a lawyer in legal fees
–  to pay the deaf-blind man a lot of money for punishment
–  to allow deaf-blind man to live rent-free for rest of his life!
This week’s ASL video in youtube
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
I have been going to a State Park which is walking distance from my house
for the past 35 years.
It is a 840 acre parcel of land which is mostly wooded and has a nice camp
ground on the other side of the reservoir.
It also has 350 acres of water to swim, boat, ice fish, fish and other
outdoor recreation! About 10 years ago they built a modern restroom facility to
replace their “outhouse”.  I often go there to the state park alone to think and
relax and enjoy nature.
Recently I went down with my grandson who is 13 years old.
The park was crowded and busy and I had to rely on my grandson to guide me
to the bathroom.
After I washed my hands, my grandson guided me to the hand dryer, which I
didn’t know it existed for all those years!
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 – 30 June 2019

DeafDigest Blue – June 30, 2019
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Top stories about the deaf:
Des Plaines Limousine Service (Illinois) is facing a
disability discrimination lawsuit by the EEOC for
refusing to hire a deaf applicant as a driver.
University of Waikato in New Zealand has invited
deaf Native Americans to a conference which focuses
on the needs of deaf Natives regardless of the
nation – USA, New Zealand, Australia and others.
Larwan Berke, is deaf and is pursuing a doctorate
in computing and information sciences, has been
given an award by Microsoft to allow him to
pursue studies in automatic speech recognition
as a captioning tool.
Deaf taxi drivers in Malaysia have accused the
government of discriminating against them.
The government has required them to obtain
licenses but is not accommodating them during
their application procedures.
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced
a new theme for the 2019 National Disability
Employment Awareness Month. It is “The Right
Talent, Right Now.”
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READ WHAT THEY SAY
Unlock the phone with CapTel® Captioned Telephone!
CapTel shows 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
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A LOUD ARGUMENT AT PARTY THAT DEAF KNEW NOTHING ABOUT!
    There was a deaf-hearing party that DeafDigest editor
attended.
    It was a birthday party for a deaf friend; the Coda
people at the party were family members of that deaf
friend.
    During the party two Coda people were arguing
with each other. The argument was loud, but there
were no arguing in sign language. The argument was
verbal.
    DeafDigest editor did not know about the arguing,
and also other deaf people knew nothing, too. A hearing
person, listening to the argument, told DeafDigest
editor about it.
    Hearing people can “hide” their arguments when they
mingle with the deaf!
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Lip reading tale
A hearing person and a deaf person were talking
about politics.
The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
It is a fat that the 2020 presidential race will be close
Fat?  Makes no sense.
The hearing person actually said:
It is a fact that the 2020 presidential race will be close
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
THREE SCARY DEAF CHOICES
    When hearing parents have a deaf baby, they face three
scary choices:
1. sign language or oral
2. hearing aid or cochlear implant or nothing
3. mainstream school or state school for the deaf or hearing school
    And there are always opposing organizations that push these parents
to make these choices.    Not easy to be a parent of a deaf child!
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
By the late 1970s, the door to computer-aided translation (CAT) was open
for many court reporters. However, because of the cost, only the large
freelance firms could afford to purchase or lease the systems that were
available.
As time went on, the size of the computer hardware began to shrink, and a
number of different companies were formed to provide CAT software.
One of the things that would completely revolutionize CAT over the next
few years was when IBM took a small microprocessor chip manufactured by
Intel Corporation, went to a small company in the State of Washington
named Microsoft, and had that company develop an operating system for a
new machine called a personal computer.
By the late 1980s, the first of the DOS-based CAT systems were coming onto
the market.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    When the deaf and the blind put together a TV program,
what is the best compliment?
    It is the comment by the studio director:
Some clients don’t even know that we are deaf
    This is in reference to the work of Asvo Bergen,
an agency serving the deaf and the disabled in
Bergen, Norway. A group of deaf and blind employees
work together in editing the programs to be shown
on television.
    They use special devices that help them when
editing these programs.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
In Macau, an independent region under control of China,
leaders of the disabled and the deaf, have accused
the government of hiring the disabled, not out of
confidence in their skills but because hiring quotas
need to be met!
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DeafDigest – 28 June 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 28, 2019

— a new Deaf Pizza chain

A restaurant chain means two or more restaurants
owned by one company. Mozzeria, a deaf-owned
pizzeria based in San Francisco, will be setting
up its second restaurant – on H Street, NE in
Washington, DC within easy walking distance
of  Gallaudet University. It will open up
next year. DeafDigest hopes Mozzeria will
succeed because restaurant wars can be
extremely competitive and brutal!

 

— deaf participant in The Amazing Race

Amy De Domenico, who is deaf, will be taking
part in The Amazing Race, shown on TV.
Unfortunately it is in Canada, as the name
of the race is The Amazing Race Canada.
We are still waiting for our first deaf
participant in USA’s The Amazing Race.

 

— A judge with zero knowledge of ADA

A metro court judge in Albuquerque, NM
has this zero knowledge of ADA. He twice
refused an interpreter request from a deaf
woman that was in the court for a civil issue.
The judge is now facing a discrimination
law suit. Guess not every judge in USA knows
what ADA is all about!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 27 June 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 27, 2019

— finally having his hair cut off

Wisconsin Representative Jonathan Brostoff,
who hugely supports the deaf, made a promise
not to cut off his hair until the bill to
help the deaf with their interpreting needs
is passed. It passed and he will have his
hair cut in public. Brostoff knows sign
language – not ASL-interpreter fluent
but adequate.

 

— must get hearing aid or else

The Malaysian transport ministry has
ordered 60 deaf taxi drivers to must
get hearing aids if they wish to get
licenses. It didn’t matter to the
government that hearing aids are
useless to these profoundly-deaf
adult taxi drivers!

 

— “language pay” for ASL-fluent police officers

The Idaho Falls Police Department (Idaho)
is looking to offer extra pay (called language
pay) for police officers that are ASL-fluent.
Not sure if other cities have these language
pay opportunities.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 26 June 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 26, 2019

— a dumb police arrest

Police officers in a New Jersey town responded to
a yelling incident between a deaf neighbor and
a hearing neighbor. When the police arrived, the
deaf woman positioned herself in front of them in
order to communicate better with them. The
scared police officers arrested her for
“interference” with official police duties! As
a result, a lawsuit is forthcoming in that town.

 

— deaf travel needs same or little different

A travel agent said that the needs of deaf
travelers are a little different from hearing
travelers. Little different? The deaf enjoy
traveling as much as hearing do so the
difference isn’t there. The only difference
is communication accessibility.

 

— angry CI user at workplace

A CI user was angry. She was scolded by her
boss for “not understanding” voice tones
when hearing employees communicate with her.
She said that her CI does not help her
follow the tones. Her CI helps her understand
the hearing speech, but not the tones (high
frequency, low frequency, etc).

 

 

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DeafDigest – 25 June 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 25, 2019

— great story of Washington Post printers lacking a fact

Today’s Washington Post ran a great story about deaf
printers in the past years. This great story lacked
a great fact – that a deaf person was in the charge
of production operations. That person supervised a
shift crew of many hearing and deaf printers which
set up next days’ newspaper before it went to the
printing presses. It is believed that this deaf
person achieved the highest professional level
ever made possible at Washington Post.

 

— interpreter at front and at center

A complaint was posted on a web site about the
distractions an interpreter would create when
standing in front and at center of the stage.
The person doing the complaining suggested
that the interpeter be moved to the end of
the stage. Is the person correct or wrong?
That person is defintely wrong! Things can
happen in the middle of the stage that
the deaf would not see if eyes were focused
towards the end of the stage.

 

— volunteering to make voice telephone calls

There was an obit that praised a hearing person
for always volunteering to make voice telephone
calls for the deaf. That person volunteered years
ago when we had no relay services that served us.
We had no choice except to rely on telephone call
volunteers. That was great – except for one fact –
that the hearing volunteer could also be too
nosey and know too much about our personal lives
and personal issues!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 24 June 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 24, 2019

— angry interpreter walks out of a meeting

DeafDigest editor saw it happen – that an
angry interpreter walked out in middle of
a meeting, leaving the deaf and hearing
participants not knowing how to communicate
with each other. The interpreter was angry
when the deaf leader mocked her, saying
she was not important and was at the the
meeting just to exchange communications.
Bottom line – always treat interpreters
with respect.

 

— choices of jobs for deaf

In USA, the deaf pretty much have their
choices of employment. It is not that
always so in other nations. As an
example, the deaf in Nepal are taught
carpentry and weaving, and nothing
else. In Bulgaria, the deaf have
three choices – learn to become
dental technicians, factory
employees and opticians. What
about other choices – sorry, none!

 

— a song at a big wedding

A hearing father, so happy that his deaf
daughter was getting married, sang a song
praising her. The hearing people at the
wedding loved the song. The deaf at the
wedding? Forget it, there was no
interpreter and the deaf daughter had no
idea why everyone was clapping for her!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 23 June 2019

DeafDigest Gold – June 23, 2019
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Old Fogey
Turning off sound
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Top stories about the deaf:
Sake, a Japanese liqueur, is popular all over the
world. In Singapore, people can order sake from a
liquor store. The owner of the store is deaf.
Huawei may be very controversial, but it has
been praised for developing a book-translating
app into sign language. It was mentioned in a
business magazine.
Nassau, a county in New York, may change a bill
to the human rights law to provide devices
for the deaf.
The upcoming movie – Child’s Play involves
a teenage character that is deaf. Real-deaf
or fake-deaf? Do not know.
The Vuzix Corporation, a manufacturer of
Smart Glasses, is developing a built-in captions
with a Smart Glass model. They are saying, so far,
the experiment is a success.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
GESTURE LANGUAGE OR PANIC LANGUAGE
    Some hearing people use gestures when communicating with
the deaf. These gestures are often easy to follow and
understand.
    But some hearing people use PSL. It means Panic Sign
Language. These hearing people panic and wave their hands
or wave their fingers up in the air. This is Panic Sign
Language.
    Do we understand Panic Sign Language? No!
This week’s ASL video in youtube
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READ WHAT THEY SAY
Unlock the phone with CapTel® Captioned Telephone! CapTel shows
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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This week’s ASL video in youtube
BEST WAITER IN ROCHESTER
    At one time years ago, there was a waiter that worked
at the best Italian restaurant in Rochester, NY. He
was deaf and was a student at NTID/RIT.
    He earned more tips than all other hearing waiters.
His eyes were sharp and he did everything to make
hearing dining patrons happy.
    Who was that deaf waiter? It was Roberto Wirth,
who owns Hotel Hassler, the best hotel in Rome, Italy
and one of the best in the world!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Technology today is changing our lives rapidly!
One interesting one is doing banking from our smartphones. You just need
to Download the bank’s App.
When you get a check in the mail, you don’t need to go to the bank
physically!
Simply, with the bank’s App, you take a picture of the check and deposit
it to your bank account without leaving the house!
Look at Amazon, soon to deliver our packages within 30 minutes after you
place your order via drones!
What’s next?
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 – 23 June 2019

DeafDigest Blue – June 23, 2019
Blue Edition
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Top stories about the deaf:
Ellie Parfitt, a young deaf British woman, started
a blogging campaign to collect 11,000 signatures
to urge movie houses to caption their films.
She, however, has this feeling that these
movie house owners are ignoring her.
The Lakeway Police Department in Texas is asking
deaf people to help test their TDD/TTY equipment
with their emergency communications center.
DeafDigest just wonders if the emergency people
realize that TTY’s are obsolete and not too many
deaf people use it.
Duke University will be providing ASL translation
for deaf visitors, employees and students.
Video Relay Services Consumer Association
(VRSCA) is no more. In a recent announcement
VRSCA said its mission and goals have been
accomplished and that its work is all done.
Wisconsin legislators passed a bill to improve
on the quality of interpreters serving the deaf.
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READ WHAT THEY SAY
Unlock the phone with CapTel® Captioned Telephone! CapTel shows
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!
CapTel® Captioned Telephone – See What Everyone is Talking About!
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
HAPPY OR SORRY WITH A CI?
    There was a discussion on a deaf web site about
the CI. The question was:
Are you happy or sorry with a CI?
    About half of the deaf people were happy with
their CI. The other half said they were sorry
they had a CI.
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Lip reading tale
A deaf man and a hearing man were talking about
popular entertainers.
The deaf man thought the hearing man said:
Chair is a great singer
He actually said:
Cher is a great singer
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
TWO HALF-DEAF ACTORS IN A MOVIE
    Many years ago, famous actor Richard Widmark
was deaf in one ear. Also, another famous actor
Jimmy Stewart was deaf in one ear.
    Making it worse was that director John Ford
was late deafened.
    Both Widmark and Stewart worked together on
one movie, directed by Ford.
    It was confusing. In one scene, Stewart and
Widmark were placed across the room. Stewart’s
deaf ear was opposite Widmark’s deaf ear – and
they could not easily communicate with each
other. And they could not hear the commands
by Ford!
    The cameraman had to use hand signals
to tell these two actors what to do!
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
In the early 1970s, a number of court reporters and companies were looking
at the opportunities that were available by using computer-aided
translation (CAT). However, in the initial stages of CAT, the computer
that was being used to translate the reporter’s steno notes was not at the
same location as the reporter. The data was sent over phone lines to a
processing unit at another location for some of the systems, and in other
cases the data was sent on cassettes.
The debate at this point became whether to use a mainframe computer with a
universal dictionary, which resulted in very fast translation, or to use a
minicomputer and a personalized dictionary, which resulted in a much
slower but more accurate translation because it was tailored to the
individual reporter’s writing style. Even the “minicomputers” were so
large that they would take up most of one wall of an office.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    According to the ADA Watch Campaign for Fair Judges,
Supreme Court justice-nominee Sonia Sotomayor has
the full support of the ADA community.
    They relate to her because, as a diabetic, she is
“one of them.”
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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
Pierce College in California, a junior college, now
has its ASL/English Interpreter Education Program
taught by part-timers. The surviving full time
teacher has retired and the college has no plans
to replace her.
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DeafDigest – 21 June 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 21, 2019

— the .005 percent

The Delaware County (Ohio) 911 dispatch center
received 46,069 text calls. Just 246 of these
calls were text messages. Talking about
percentages, these text messages were .005
percent, meaning half of one percent. DeafDigest
worries that inexperienced operators, despite
hours of training, may stumble on these rare text
calls, thus wasting valuable time. Just hope
it never happens.

 

— budget cut means one less interpreter for university

What is happening to Wichita State University could
happen to other universities. The university said their
numbers of deaf students have increased but they
lost one interpreter due to lack of funds. The
interpreter was lost despite this position being
certified as legally-mandated! Said the university:

must find another way to find funds for the
interpreter.

Will they? Hope so, for the sake of these deaf
students!

 

— lack of proof

Many deaf people complain about being discriminated.
These stories are true – but with one big problem,
it is all talk, but with no proof! They must
document these cases of discrimination. Yes, it
helps that the iPhone videos are accepted as
documentation. Still, the deaf people need more
documentation than just iPhone only!

 

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DeafDigest – 20 June 2019

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— true or not true that hearing people hate captions

It always has been assumed that hearing people
hate captions and would immediately turn it off
when possible. True or not true? People that work
with TV and movies were asked that question. They
would not show proof that hearing people would
turn off captions.

 

 

— a strange comment about deafness

In a newspaper interview, the person said:

I’m not deaf, but profoundly hearing-impaired

What is the difference between being deaf
and profoundly hearing-impaired?

Same thing!

 

– a deaf basketball hero or a deaf basketball nobody

Who is Lance Allred? Ask a diehard hearing basketball
fan, and he would shrug his shoulders as if he is a
nobody. Ask a diehard deaf basketball fan, and he
would say he is a hero to the Deaf Community. This
issue was raised in a Psychology magazine. Allred,
who is deaf, played for a very short time with the
Cleveland Cavaliers, and one of his teammates was
LeBron James. A hero or a nobody? To DeafDigest
editor, he is a hero despite his minimal NBA stats.

 

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DeafDigest – 19 June 2019

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— a pledge by CBS

CBS is big – CBS Television Network, CBS Television Studios,
CBS All Accessstreaming service, etc. It just pledged
to cast the disabled into their programs. Just a warning –
pledge means promise, nothing else. And way back in early
1980’s, CBS refused to close-caption its TV programs,
which led to nationwide deaf-led rallies, thus
embarrassing this huge network. Yes, times have changed,
and we shall wait and see if their casting of the disabled
actors will also mean casting of deaf actors. As always,
stay tuned!

 

— deaf refugees without two languages

A deaf social service agency tries to help deaf refugees
that come to USA lacking knowledge of language and
knowledge of sign language. They communicate by
pointing at objects and by using gestures. This is sad.

 

— big issue in Texas

A big issue is going on in Texas. The Texas House
legislative body is accused of violating the
ADA by refusing to caption their hearings.
A late-deafened person may not not understand
ASL. Texas is saying that ADA regulations are
being followed by providing interpreters. But
there are many deaf people that don’t use ASL
and require captions. It is both a Catch-22 and
No-Win issues going on right now.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 18 June 2019

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— repeat deaf contestant at a reality TV celebrity contest

Lily McManus, who is deaf, will be competing at
the Celebrity Treasure Island reality TV program
which is aired in New Zealand. If she wins, the
prize money will go to the National Foundation
for the Deaf. It is not her first appearance. She
has competed in two previous TV reality programs.

 

— interpreter giving up

Do interpreters give up during their assignments?
An advocate said that he has had many interpreters
that give up on him while interpreting complex
discussions at the conference table. DeafDigest
hopes it is not true, but if it is, then it is
disappointing.

 

— confused deaf voters in an election

An election vote consultant said that there
are so many different voting rules in so many
different election districts. Some districts
require all voters to confirm their PIN numbers
before coming to a voting booth. And for that
reason many deaf voters are left confused and
end up not voting at all.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 17 June 2019

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— deaf person tells hospital administrators what to do

A deaf person, with an interpreter at a private conference
told the hospital administrators on how to improve
the deaf-doctor communications and relationships.
The deaf person gave the administators a long list,
and most important thing on the list is to dump
the VRI services and to hire human interpreters.

 

— deaf flag on cart

When deaf people shop for groceries at a huge
supermarket, is it necessary for them to get
a flag posted on their cart – telling the
store personnel that they are deaf? This is
what one national supermarket chain is trying
to do. DeafDigest editor personally does not
like the flag, and if he is looking for something
that he cannot find, he will ask a floor employee
to locate it for him.

 

— only 3 deaf people showed up

In a small town, there was a big campaign to have
the local movie theater show open captioned movies.
The big day came up – and despite great publicity,
only three deaf people showed up. Not only it was
a big embarrassment but the theater owner lost
money when angry hearing movie goers refused to
come and watch the movie!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 16 June 2019

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The Isle of Man is a British island between Great
Britain and Ireland. A big tradition on the island
is the annual motobike race that attracts worldwide
attention. Deaf people love to watch the annual
race but without interpreters and accommodations.
This has changed. The Manx Deaf Society has
worked to make the event accessible to the deaf fans.
St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf (Bronx, NY)
is celebrating its 150th anniversary. This
school is K-8 but years ago it was K-12, before
the high school department was shut down for
good in 1950.
South Dakota legislators are asking why the
proposed new campus of the South Dakota
School for the Deaf is located in a pretty
much rough neighborhood!
University of Connecticut is now providing
interpreters during musical events.
The students, parents and alumni of Michigan
School for the Deaf are pushing for the hire
of a deaf principal. The school wanted to hire
an interim principal, thus angering the group.
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HEARING HOPE THAT DEAF STAY AWAY
    There are many hearing people that wave hi, and smile
when a deaf person walks by him. But at the same time
the mind of the hearing person is:
I hope he does not come to talk to me
    And often after many years of saying hi and waving,
the deaf person finally comes to the hearing person to
discuss something.
    Suddenly the hearing person’s mind locks up and he
freezes!
    Very sad.
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HEARING CONTROLLING THE MEETING DISCUSSIONS
    A deaf employee knows a hearing employee for many years.
They always say hi to each other in the mornings.
    But many other hearing employees know something that the deaf
person does not know – that this hearing employee must control
the conversation – no matter if it is one on one or if it is
a meeting discussion.
    The deaf person found out the hard way, through the interpreter
during a staff meeting. It was impossible for the deaf person to
say something in the meeting because of that controlling hearing
person.
    Hearing people know – through “controlling” voice, that deaf
person does not know until it is too late!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Recently, there has been lots of discussion on the needs of individuals
who are DeafBlind.
For conference attendance, some suggest using SSPs as interpreters to save
money.
I am not sure about this idea as it may save money while losing quality
interpreting services!
Of course it is expensive to support individuals who are DeafBlind
attending conferences.
Plan a large budget for support services way in advance to avoid
disappointment.
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
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In Meghalaya, a big city in India, a one-day workshop
took place to teach hearing people on what the deaf
people can do, the issues they face and the potentials
they can offer to society.
Neil Fox-Roberts, a well-known British actor said
it is important to cast deaf actors in theatrical
roles, feeling they would be role models in the
Deaf Community. He is not deaf.
An activist stressed the need for the deaf, the blind
and the wheelchair to be consulted first before
building contractors and architects start work
on buildings.
OmniServ, based in Great Britain, will be providing
sign language services for deaf passengers at
airports.
The Sensing Change, a social service agency serving
the deaf of Suffolk County (Great Britain) is closing
up. This agency was not able to be self-sufficient
and had to depend on local government for funding.
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A DEAF PEDDLER LOVED TO VISIT GALLAUDET
    Many years ago DeafDigest editor was a Gallaudet
student.
    In these days many Gallaudet students joined
groups at the snack bar or at the dormitory to
discuss and debate for a long time on many topics
and issues.
    A well known deaf peddler visited Gallaudet
from time to time and he often joined these
discussions. He loved learning many things from
students.
    One student asked him – why are you a peddler?
The peddler said “prove it that I am a peddler?”
    No one could prove it but it was his reputation
that he was!
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A deaf person was chatting with a hearing man in
the hallway of the building where they work.
A third person passed through both of them.
The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
He is a check
The hearing person actually said:
He is a jerk!
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HISTORIANS LOVE THIS DEAF PERSON
Martin Parry, who is deaf, lives in Swindon,
United Kingdom. It is a city of 200,000 people
about 80 miles from London. He has been saving
old movies of the past days of Swindon, from
1930 through 1960. Hearing viewers are fascinated
by watching the different way of life (cars,
clothes, stores, street traffic, and famous
landmarks that have disappeared). He spends a
lot of time with this hobby.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
In the 1960s, the StenoComp Company and other early pioneers were trying
to convince the profession that the future of court reporting was in
computer-aided transcription (CAT). Their initial demonstrations were
successful, but they failed to convince people that CAT would
revolutionize court reporting.
This was at a time when many people believed that machines might someday
rule the world, taking away jobs from humans. Also, the early CAT systems
were quite different from those of today. The hardware was huge and bulky,
and the software was not user friendly.
Those who believed in CAT kept working on it, and a breakthrough came in
the late 1960s when new computers came on the scene which were faster and
had more memory. For the first time, the focus shifted to developing
hardware and software that could meet the needs of machine shorthand
writers.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    Will a judge in a bankruptcy proceedings
prevent Georgia School for the Deaf and
Atlanta Area School for the Deaf from getting
one million dollars as promised by state
education director Kathy Cox?
    She won one million dollars on a TV show
and pledged her winnings to these deaf
programs. Then sometime later her husband
filed bankruptcy because of business debts.
    The judge’s decision will be watched by the
Deaf Community in Georgia.
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DeafDigest – 14 June 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 14, 2019

— not enough captioners

Are the Americans lacking in professional captioners
that do real-time captions on our TV programs?

There was a newspaper stor that said:

captioners: An Under-Marketed Profession

This would mean no one really knows about captioning
as a profession for those that are seeking great
careers?

 

— boom in deaf people with doctorates

Way back in the 1980’s, the number of deaf people
earning doctorates were a few. University of
Southern Maine did a survey and said right now
we have 700 deaf people all over the world
with doctorates. DeafDigest is interested in
knowing how many were profoundly deaf and
use ASL and still earn doctorates?

 

 

— getting more deaf people in the nursing profession

Deaf nurses in hospitals? Why not! Pushing for more
qualified deaf nurses is The Independence Center
which hosts its own Certified Nursing Assistant
program in Colorado Springs, CO with interpreters.
ASL-signing nurses is what deaf patients desperately need.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 13 June 2019

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— alerting the emergency first responders

A concerned mother, of a 10-year old deaf girl,
came up with an idea. The mother attached a
sign to the daughter’s seat belt, showing
just one word – DEAF. That way, in case
of accidents, first responders would immediately
know of the victim’s deafness.

 

— most horrible experience

Ask many deaf people this question:

What was your most horrible experience?

Many of them would say – trying to order
food at the drive-in window. And even if
the order gets through, trying to lip
read their question – such as:

Do you want ketchup with it?

 

— won’t hire an employee

The Forbes Magazine ran an article titled
Why I Won’t Hire You (And What You Can Do About It).
It was in reference to hearing applicants, but
for all practical purposes it can also be referred
to deaf applicants.

A hearing applicant would be disappointed and
move on.

A deaf applicant would be disappointed and
file ADA job discrimination lawsuit.

A joke? No.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 12 June 2019

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— a SWCD clarification

Yesterday’s DeafDigest said that SWCID was
changing its name to SWCD, but questioned
if it was going to make a difference.
It should make a difference in that it should
give SWCD some independence from Howard College’s
control. Will it work? Hope so, because
it is not easy to change the long-time
working relationships between both programs.
In other words, we will wait and see.

 

— airline wanting to help a deaf passenger

Many airlines really do not help deaf passengers;
they say they do but they really don’t. An
example was DeafDigest editor on one airline.
One of the flight attendants knew ASL and the
crew could have switched places with a non-ASL
atendant, but they didn’t. Lufthansa was just
praised for making the travel experience very
pleasant for a deaf passenger, making sure
she was not left out of the loop on anything
and everything!

 

— Wanting to be a Deaf James Bond

Could a deaf actor play a James Bond role in a
future 007 movie? Nyle DiMarco wants to. Don’t
count him out. He won two TV contests that almost
all hearing contestants find it impossible –
America’s Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars,
and he is pretty much in demand everywhere in the
world to make personal appearances at big events.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 11 June 2019

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— handcuffing a deaf person

A deaf person is caught committing a crime. The
police handcuffs this deaf person – but should
the deaf person be handcuffed behind his back or
in front of him? It is always a hot issue; advocates
say deaf person must always be handcuffed in front
of him so that he could communicate in ASL despite
both wrists tied to each other. Well, in Kenya,
there is a new policy – to handcuff the deaf person
in front of him. What if the deaf person get
violent using his front handcuffs as a new weapon?

 

— Professor Calculus

The first Tintin Comic book edition (1930) was sold
for $1.12 million in an auction. Tintin Comics was
considered to be one of the best comic books in
the world. Anyway, one of the comic characters
in Tintin – Professor Calculus was deaf!

 

— SWCID no more

SWCID (Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf)
is no more! The college has changed its name to
South West College for the Deaf. Any difference?
Just two words – from Collegiate to College and
Institute, removed. Does it make any difference?
No – just that SWCID is now SWCD!

 

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DeafDigest – 10 June 2019

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— biggest government fear

What is the biggest fear among local and
municipal governments? It is these
ADA lawsuits! DeafDigest worries that these
lawsuits may blow up in our faces – less
government services and higher property
taxes to cover these legal fees.

 

— streamed sign language on TV

Have we ever seen a streamed sign language
announcements on TV? Not sure, but it was
announced in Great Britain that updates of
a big sporting event will carry these
sign language streams. Streams in words, yes;
but sign language streams? Something
interesting.

 

— fixing a deaf person

Do deaf people want to be fixed (from being
deaf to being hearing)? This was a question
thrown by an activist. A guarantee was
given by the activist that 99 percent of the
deaf do not want to be fixed. If a deaf person
quickly became a hearing person in mid-life,
the chances is that the person would not
feel comfortable with hearing people!

 

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Top stories about the deaf:
Artificial intelligence and Virtual Reality
are both supposed to help the deaf to hear
sounds better. This is what futurists are
saying, yet skeptics are saying it is
a myth.
A nurse who is hard of hearing and employed
at an assisted living facility in Ohio
had to deal with a patient that had
a medical emergency. She had two choices –
to contact EMT via voice 911 (her hearing
aid with amplified phone) or to use text 911.
She chose to text despite possible of
delayed time. Fortunately all went well.
Can the deaf hear sounds through their fingertips?
Don’t know but there is an invention called
Vibrating Auditory Stimulator which claims the
deaf can hear through their fingertips!
The police force in the Portlaoise District
in Ireland, have been taught basic Irish
Sign Language in an effort to better
communicate with the deaf.
Voted as the best new TV program this season
is The Walking Dead, which features deaf actress
Lauren Ridloff.
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A HANDSHAKE OR A HUG
    Is Deaf Culture different from Hearing Culture?
We notice that when a hearing person meets an old
hearing friend, they will shake hands.
    But when we, the deaf, meet an old deaf friend,
we hug each other.
    Are we different from hearing people?
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SOME HEARING PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THEIR GENES
    A hearing woman was surprised to have two
deaf daughters. She had no deaf members in
her family or in her husband’s family for
about 2 or 3 generations.
    She was still puzzled about it, and
decided to research her family tree. She
went to libraries, archives and spoke with
very distant members of the family tree.
    Her research went back to about ten
generations. She then discovered she had
several deaf members way back in the past.
    How many people want to do heavy
family history research? Some do, but many
don’t.
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
I attended a Deaf event at a State Park.  Lots of people attended.
Volunteers took turns providing me SSP service for the day.
One downside of SSP service is when they don’t know who are the
people in attendance!
This made it difficult for me to socialize when my SSP didn’t
know the names.
A few folks came to me to chat which was nice.
Now I need to take pictures of each individual and add their names
for SSP to track them down for me!
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.
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Top stories about the deaf:
Deaf private drivers (sort of Uber & Lyft) are
fighting the proposed rules in Malaysia that would
subject them to intensive regulations and tests
before giving them licenses as private drivers.
A Guinness World Record effort is being attempted
by cramming 1,500 ASL students under one roof
in Idaho Falls at the same time. Is it just
a publicity stunt?
The CSD New Zealand Ltd has increased the number
of hours per week the operations of the video relay
service. Hopefully some day it will be 24/7 same
as in USA.
Fieldfisher, a law firm in Great Britain,
said they have fought for the rights of deaf
children and also said they have never lost
a case in the court room.
The South Dakota Association of the Deaf wrote
a letter to the state government, asking to stop
the sale of the now-closed property of the
South Dakota School for the Deaf. The state
went ahead with the sale, ignoring the
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NO MORE DEAF NETWORK IN A GOVERNMENT BUILDING
    One building in Washington, DC has 3 different
federal government agencies.
    Each agency has several deaf employees. In the past,
these deaf employees would visit each other every day,
taking the elevator from one floor to another.
    No more! Strict Homeland Security rules do not
allow these deaf (and hearing) employees to travel
between floor unless these are on official government
business.
    So, Homeland Security has killed Deaf Network!
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A deaf person was at a bar, drinking his beer.
The deaf person thought the bartender was asking:
Should I run a tap for you?
The deaf person nodded yes, thinking he would be
getting more beer.
The bartender actually asked:
Should I run a tab for you?
This led to a back and forth misunderstanding
until a hearing friend interceded and explained
two different words – tab and tap with his deaf
friend.
Peace prevailed!
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GENE THERAPY HELPING SOME CI PEOPLE?
    Could gene therapy help some CI people hear better?
A British scientist says it is possible. Gene therapy
means new genes used to treat some diseases and medical
problems.
    When a person becomes more deaf because of age, then
a CI may be useless – and it is the reason why the
British scientist is trying to fix it.
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A little more on the history of computer translation for court reporters
and captioners:
All of the early research and development work to attempt to develop
software to translate stenotype shorthand symbols into English was carried
out on IBM mainframe computers, making portability impossible. By the
mid-1960s, the U.S. government did have some success with this system in
translating Russian and Chinese technical documents into English. IBM
eventually stopped work on the project because there was too small a
market for this technology.
A few years later, a new company called StenoComp Corporation took the
government’s research and development to the court reporting market.
StenoComp believed that if the system could translate a foreign language
into English, it could also translate stenographic representations of
English into English words.
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    Will the Texas governor sign, or will he not
sign? This is the question facing Deaf Texans with
respect to Texans with Disabilities Act that
passed both sides of the state legislative bodies.
    This act is stronger than the Federal ADA
regulations.
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In Worcester, a town in United Kingdom, shop merchants
do not know what to when a deaf customer walks in.
This was the survey conducted by a local agency serving
the deaf. A mystery shopper visited almost 90 stores
and most of them “failed.”
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— 1 1/2 hour drive for a dental appointment

A deaf patient told DeafDigest editor that
it is a hour and half drive from her home to
keep an appointment with her deaf dentist.
There are dentists near her home but they
are all hearing and non-signing. The deaf
dentist requires all staffers to have
signing skills. She said – I just love
going to the deaf dentist.

 

— praising, not hating the police

Many deaf people hate the police. But for
one deaf woman she praises the police.
Her car had tire trouble. She waved
at passing cars, asking for assistance.
None stopped to help her. Suddenly a
police car arrived. The police officer
came over and immediately used fluent ASL
to help her get the tire fixed. The
police officer is a Coda, hence her
skilled signing! It took place in
Oklahoma City.

 

— deaf person not allowed to become 911 Dispatcher

Robert Piscitello is deaf but functions as a hearing
person with help of his hearing aids. He teaches
music and was a telemarketer in a past job. He
wanted to become a 911 Dispatcher in Nassau
County (New York). The county refused to hire
him because of his deafness, even with two
hearing aids allowing him to function well.
A lawsuit is coming up. His attorney said
his accommodation is just minor – these two
hearing aids.

 

 

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— more nervous

Who was more nervous during a job interview with
an interpreter? The deaf person applying for the
job or the employer interviewing him? They both
were equally nervous – but it ended up great as
the deaf person was hired and the employer was
happy with the good work by that deaf person!

 

— dead deaf community 20 years ago

Twenty years ago a deaf community was dead –
no deaf clubs, no deaf activities, no deaf
social services, few deaf people that could
use sign language, and pretty much isolated.
Things have improved nowadays – in Northern
Ireland!

 

— teaching self sign language

Could a hearing person, teaching self a sign
language, become an expert with it? DeafDigest
has doubts but Michelle Bolsonaro, who is not
deaf, has been using signs in church services
as well as interpreting political speeches.
Does she understand sign language nuances
and dialects? Does she understand responses
from the deaf?

 

 

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DeafDigest – 05 June 2019

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— big reason Coda kids should not be parents’ interpreters

A deaf woman witnessed a terrible scene where a 15-year
old Coda girl was forced to interpret for her deaf father
who was in a hospital. There was no interpreter around
and the hospital “forced” the Coda girl to interpret.
The doctor said that father, because of his illness,
only had a short time to live. The Coda girl had an
emotional breakdown that required medical attention
for a week.

 

— Modern Language Association says ASL classes still popular

The Modern Language Association said that student enrollment
in different languages have decreased, or in other words,
less popular. It also said that ASL classes are as popular
as ever.

 

— an unusual voice radio show

Jon Smith, who is deaf with no real speaking skills,
will be hosting his own radio show as a special
guest. He is doing the show with an interpreter.
It is taking place in Great Britain. Well, deaf
people cannot listen to an interpreted radio
show – unless they have interpreters with them!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 04 June 2019

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— deaf-friendly every step of the way

A city council passed a new policy that is meant
to be deaf-friendly every single step of the
way with respect to new buildings under
construction. Architects, contractors,
and engineers are supposed to work together
with deaf consultants on what is deaf-friendly
and what is not deaf-friendly!

 

— ears useless for music

For one of the world’s most famous musicians, she
is deaf and her ears are useless (not even a hearing
aid or a CI would help). She feels the music through
her fingers, feet, legs, toes, etc. It is Evelyn
Glennie and for that reason, she never wears her
shoes while giving percussion performances.
Does it help? She has received probably more
world-wide honors than Taylor Swift!

 

— movie theater learns a lesson

A movie theater advertised open captions for a
great movie. A big group of deaf people showed up
only to see the movie only to be frustrated with
no captions. These deaf people used social
media, especially facebook to explain what
happened. After so many shared facebook posts,
the embarrassed movie theater then promised
to do something – and they did – increasing
the number of times per week open captions
would be shown for all future movies being shown.
It happened in a small town theater. Would
Big Movie Chains in big cities laugh it off
as if it was not their fault no captions
were shown?

 

 

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DeafDigest – 03 June 2019

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— scammers may target ASL interpreters

If you are an interpreter and receive email that
offers $150,000, saying it was a state award,
do not respond. It is a scam. It is happening
to interpreters in Idaho. The Idaho Council
for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is now
warning interpreters not to fall for that
scam trap.

 

— ASL students in two high schools hate one thing

ASL is being taught at Odessa HS and Permian HS
in Texas. Who are the teachers? These students
are not taught by real face to face teachers
but by computer videos. This is what they
hate.

 

— Deaf agencies need to be careful with tax-except paperwork

There was a posting that a national deaf agency ran into
problems with the IRS regarding non-profit status. The
IRS is saying paperwork was not filed by deadline date.
The deaf agency said it was filed. And it goes back and
forth. Said a retired deaf administrator with years of
experience with such deaf agencies – it is a common issue,
not just with deaf agencies but also with hearing
agencies.

 

 

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Top stories about the deaf:
A deaf-blind Australian woman was refused to board
a Jetstar flight despite advance notice of her
deaf-blindness. It was a big story in Australia.
Texas Tech will be offering ASL interpreting program
as a new major this coming fall.
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind has
received an endowment gift of $250,000 from the
Lastinger Family Foundation.
An interpreting agency, based in San Diego,
has been nominated as the finalist for the
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019
honor.
Martin Thacker is a rarity among elected public
officials. He is a Coda and he said the needs of
the deaf is a high priority with him. All other
Coda politicians avoid making promises on serving
the needs of the deaf. Unfortunately for the
Americans, he is British, serving the North East
Derbyshire District Council.
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TYPING VERSUS WRITING
It is always puzzling that hearing people, that
type very fast but write very slow, prefer notes
to communicate with the deaf.
For a simple sentence, a hearing person can
type it in 5 seconds, but it takes them five
minutes to write this same sentence on paper.
You ask them to please type down on computer
or email or IM instead of writing. But they
are stubborn and prefer to write.
It is a waste of time, waiting a long time
for them to write notes on paper!
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MORE HEARING ATTORNEYS HOPE TO HELP THE DEAF?
    Are we seeing more and more hearing attorneys
that hope to help the deaf win lawsuits?
    Why? Many attorneys lose hearing business because
of bad economy? Or attorneys think ADA will help them
win lawsuits for the deaf?
    This is a good question!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Spring is finally here in Vermont!
I have been switching from the gym to walking for the season.
I had not walked last year due to major road construction.
They are still working on the last stages of repaving my
main road.
The other day I tripped over an orange construction cone!
My cane missed it!
I fell and boy my knee hurt from that fall.
None of the motorists made an effort to stop and check if I
needed medical attention!
Anyway, I need to be extra careful when walking through the
construction zone!
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.
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Top stories about the deaf:
LB 248, a bill developed by the Nebraska Association of
the Deaf, passed the Nebraska legislative body and
is awaiting governor’s signature to become a law.
It will remove the term “hearing impaired” from
law books in the state. Supporting that will was
The Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Central Michigan University is offering a course on
attitudes towards the deaf and the disabled. Goal
is to prevent stereotypical opinions which lean
towards negative thoughts.
Because of budgetary concerns, the state of North Carolina
has relocated the headquarters of the NC Department of
Health and Human Services, which oversees the needs of
the deaf, from one part of state to another part.
The state of Connecticut is thinking of some kind
of an emergency plan for deaf students. When there
is an emergency very often than not the deaf students
are the last to know!
A family-owned weather stripping company in
Tomball, Texas, has a deaf brother as one of the
company partners. That deaf brother is the reason
for the increase in hiring of deaf employees.
He convinced his two hearing brothers that hiring
them was the way to go. This business was profiled
in a newspaper story.
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AN EMBARRASSMENT AT ART GALLERY
    Many years ago in Mexico, Carlos Merida, himself
deaf, was a famous artist.
    He went to an art show at a gallery. A few of his
drawings were shown at the event.
    He was alone, by himself, without an interpreter.
Two women did not like one of his drawings and
told him that his drawing was bad.
    Carlos, without an interpreter and not able to
read lips, thought these women were praising his
work. He then kissed the hands of both women.
Everyone that watched it were very shocked!
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A hearing electrician was warning his deaf
customer.
The deaf man thought the electrician said:
Be careful of the Sears in this room
The electrician actually said:
Be careful of the surge in this room
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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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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
People have asked how and when court reporters began to use computers that
eventually led to the development of captioning and CART. It all began by
filling a need for accurate and timely transcripts.
As more court reporters began to use the machine shorthand method of making the
record instead of the Gregg and Pitman pen shorthand method, it became obvious
that something needed to be done to speed up the conversion of shorthand notes
into final transcript form.
In the early 1950s, the Air Force and IBM began research to develop a
computerized system that could quickly translate foreign languages into
English. This led IBM to attempt to use similar software to translate stenotype
shorthand symbols into English. They needed to find a way to enter the data into
a computer using the steno machine.
Early attempts included modifying the steno machine so that it punched holes
into the steno paper and hot-wiring the steno keys directly into the computer,
and these proved to be disasters. Eventually a steno machine was built with a
cord running to a box where the steno strokes were captured on a cassette or
cartridge.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    We all know that Judge Sonia Sotomayor has been
nominated by President Obama to be the next Supreme
Court Justice.
    Does she have any deaf-related links in her past?
Sort of, but perhaps not really.
    She ruled against a deaf attorney in an appeals
case.
    And while she sat on the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Second Circuit, there was a deaf clerk on
that court, but not under her but for a different
judge. That deaf clerk used the CART and so, Judge
Sotomayor may have noticed it on a frequent basis.
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