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Posts published in August 2019

DeafDigest – 30 August 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 30, 2019

— deaf “able”, and deaf “not-able”

A newspaper story said that able refers to an
all-deaf staff in a restaurant, dealing
with hearing patrons. What about not-able
which woul mean just one deaf staffer in
a restaurant that has all-hearing staff
and patrons all hearing. Just a play
on these able and not-able phrases?

 

— a wild sign language rumor

Rumors can go wild. At a video games conference
a video person gave a speech, saying that
these games should have sign language. At
the time of the speech, another video person
was working with interpreters. Putting one and
one together a new rumor came out that
a new video game would have a deaf character
in the “Half-Life 3” video. Even
disability rights advocates pushed the
rumor to new heights. The problem?
The game – Half-Life 3 has not existed
in the first place!

 

— discrimination outside of workplace by workplace employees

A deaf employee is not invited to a retirement party. Also
not invited to a “TGIF” beer party at a nearby bar.
Also never given non-work memos that have been distributed
to all hearing employees. Never invited to participate
in Super Bowl pool or the NCAA pool. Discrimination
or not – even when these are not part of the job
description? ADA violation or just a social snub?

 

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DeafDigest – 29 August 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 29, 2019

— advocate pushes for captions on top of TV screen

An advocate has pushed for captions on top of TV
screen, saying it would make the screen better for
audience viewing. Good idea? Well, if one is a
sports fan, then top captions would block showing
of scores, game clock and team color identification.
Bottom line – no such a thing as perfect placement
of captions!

 

— puzzling “too busy” comment

DeafDigest mentioned that a Burger King server was
fired for telling a deaf drive-in customer that he
was too busy to serve her and for her to come
inside to place the order. What is puzzling
is that the server is too busy to serve her
at drive-in but “not too busy” to serve her
inside. Is there a difference between order at
drive-in and order inside? No difference.
A cheeseburger order is a cheeseburger order.
Would that server say the same thing to a hearing
driver at the drive-in if he placed exactly the
same order the deaf woman wanted?

 

— common complaint by users of captioning equipment

A common complaint by deaf users of captioning equipment
is this – when movie starts, they have to wait for
the captions to show up. After waiting endlessly
they realize the equipment is broken!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 28 August 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 28, 2019

— CI best but with risks

Jeff Simmons, clinical coordinator, Cochlear Implant Program,
Boys Town National Research Hospital (Omaha) said
cochlear implants can be the best option to improve hearing but
with risks. These risks are imbalance, vertigo, infection, facial
nerve damage, Bacterial meningitis, ear infection, loss of
residual hearing and Tinnitus. All operations carry risks, and
CI is no exception. But best advice is to see your physician
first before going through with the operation. No two
CI patients are the same!

 

— ADA attorney and deaf plaintiff punished by judge

Attorney Scott Dinin, ADA lawsuit specialist,
was punished by U.S. District Judge Paul Huck
for filing too many ADA lawsuits and sharing
the attorney fees with a deaf plaintiff.
They filed dozens of lawsuits in Florida.
The attorney paid the deaf plaintiff nearly
$85,000 for three years of filing these
lawsuits. Punishment is that the deaf plaintiff
had to perform 400 hours of community service
and the attorney cannot file any more ADA
lawsuits.

 

— Governor not telling the deaf about the Tropical Storm

Governor Albert Bryan, U.S. Virgin Islands, did not use an
interpreter or have his talk captioned while warning his
people of the possible Tropical Storm Dorian hitting
his nation. Several American senators were upset
about it.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 27 August 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 27, 2019

— expansion goal

Mozzeria, based in San Francisco, has expanded to
Washington, DC. The goal is to open 8 to 12 more sites
in USA. Which cities? DeafDigest’s guess is this:

San Leandro
Rochester
Austin
New York
Brooklyn
Los Angeles
Chicago
Frederick

That is eight. Four more? Well, how about this:
Fremont
Indianapolis
Riverside
Georgetown in Washington, DC

Of course, this is just a guess.

 

— biggest fear of first responders

during an emergency, the first responders have
this fear – medical allergies, different
medications, excited dogs, medical history,
victim unable to walk, non-English speaking
– and one more thing – deaf and knowing only
ASL!

 

— cooking class for the deaf

A first? A restaurant in Englewood, NJ hosted a cooking
class for the deaf. A Coda chef conducted the class
in sign language. The deaf participants learned all
they needed to know about cooking, tips, and which
food is healthy and which isn’t.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 26 August 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 26, 2019

— comment by an interpreter

An interpreter asked:

If a hearing person, knowing no ASL tell her that
the signs on the stage were beautiful.

In that case, the interpreter would ask:

What new signs did you pick up?

 

 

— Walmart continues as a mystery

Walmart lost a lawsuit; EEOC said deaf employees
still face discrimination. Yet, Walmart said
it makes it a point to hire deaf and disabled
applicants. It is the same Walmart store that
lost the case that DeafDigest shops for
food and stuff. And when DeafDigest editor
cannot find an item he is looking for,
he would write it on a notebook and show
it to a Walmart employee. In all cases,
even the top management, they have
helped him find the item. Discrimination
or no discrimination? Or being a Dr. Jekyll
and Mr. Hyde?

 

— these deafness information web sites

there are many, many web sites that carry
information about the deaf and of deafness.
The big question is – are deaf people
aware of these such web sites, whose advice
could greatly help them down the road?

 

 

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DeafDigest – 25 August 2019

DeafDigest Gold – August 25, 2019
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Top stories about the deaf:
The museums in Mexico City are working on to make their
facilities accessible to the deaf, be it interpreters
or captions.
Wisconsin representative Jonathon Brostoff, who
helped pushed for changes in interpreting
services, is not stopping at it. He is
conducting town hall meetings with the deaf
across the state to inform them of these
interpreting updates.
Google has made it a priority to make it more
deaf friendly – more specific – sign langauge
compatibility.
One 911 dispatch center said:
a phone to call 911 is still the most efficient way to get help!
If you need to text make sure you give your exact location (every
detail you can share) and the reason you are texting in the
FIRST TEXT.  And use the real words, do not use text abbreviations
or slang, this will let you be as clear as possible.
Jollibee Foods Corp, a Filipino 4-restaurant chain,
signed agreement to hire nearly 40 deaf people for
employment.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
UNDERCOVER BOSS
    Undercover Boss is a popular TV program. Yet,
we have never seen a deaf person on the program –
either as an employee or as a boss.
    Is it possible some day?
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Media Crew Opportunities – 2019
Deaflympics Winter Games
Italy December, 2019
H3 World TV, an international Deaf media organization produces and
streams TV programs using International Sign to worldwide viewing
audience. Our goal is to put Deaf communities everywhere on equal footing
through exchange of information and sharing of cultures.
We are seeking sports writers for its upcoming SportsDeaf TV news coverage
of Deaflympics Winter Games. We are seeking writers with sports writing
experiences, in English language, and preferably with media, captioning,
and/or social media experience.
Deaf Sports Writer
— Begins research now, until December
— Writes on specific topics suggested by writer or as assigned by producer
— Member of media team on-site in Italy
— Research, compile, write and edit exciting stories
— Transcribes signed dialogue and narration
— Travel to venues
— Research current events in the sport
— Makes contacts to obtain insider information or track sources
— Compile reports on players, teams and countries, background, history, profiles, etc
— Be able to dig deep for information not found elsewhere and analyze for successful content
— Verify all story content are both entertaining and factual and list sources
— Captions final videos prior to streaming, knowledge of International Sign (IS) is preferred
— Knowledge of social media tasks
Position starts now. Involves advance planning and research work. Can be
structured as paid Stipend, Internship or Academic/Community Service. We
cover the costs of travel to Italy, local transportation, shared
accommodations, meals, and per diems.
Online application – https://goo.gl/forms/DlqjD2lm6EhqiJ2l1 If you have
any questions, email: deaflympics@h3world.tv
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
WASHINGTON, DC POLICE DEPARTMENT IS DIFFERENT
    In Washington, DC, there is a special police unit
that is called the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison
Unit. This unit communicates with the deaf and
the hard of hearing on serious issues. They can
be found on the Gallaudet campus during big events.
    Do other cities have it? Yes, there are police
officers in other cities that know ASL, but are
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
There are discussions brewing about changing the service name “SSP” to
another name.
Here are a few suggestions:
Co-Navigator (CN)
Access Provider (AP)
Communication (CF)
Or just keep Support Service Provider (SSP).
There are lots of discussions trying to find the right term to help the
general public understand what is needed for guiding/communication
services for we who are DeafBlind.
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 – 25 August 2019

DeafDigest Blue – August 25, 2019
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This just in:
Ernest E. Garrett III, who is deaf and was a past
superintendent of Missouri School for the Deaf,
is the new Superintendent of the Louisiana Special
School District (SSD), of which Louisiana SD
is part of. His first day on the job is
September 3rd. This is great news as he is
fluent in ASL, a fact that some school
administrators couldn’t claim.
Top stories about the deaf:
A movie theater in Oklahoma City, popular for showing
weekly open captioned movies, shut down for good,
saddening the Deaf Community.
Deaf senior citizens of Australia have been
turned down on their request for interpreter
funds – for one reason – they are too old
to qualify for the National Disability Insurance
Plan. The deaf community is angry about it.
Deaf Australia chief executive Kyle Miers gave a
speech at the National Press Club, saying that
deaf people have been underserved in all aspects
of life.
Deaf visitors at the Chennai International Airport
(India) can order coffee at the Coffee Box  while
waiting for their flights. The Coffee Box is
operated by an all-deaf staff.
Do not give money to deaf people that beg.
This is the message that the Ghana National
Association of the Deaf is telling the public.
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Media Crew Opportunities – 2019
Deaflympics Winter Games
Italy December, 2019
H3 World TV, an international Deaf media organization produces and
streams TV programs using International Sign to worldwide viewing
audience. Our goal is to put Deaf communities everywhere on equal footing
through exchange of information and sharing of cultures.
We are seeking sports writers for its upcoming SportsDeaf TV news coverage
of Deaflympics Winter Games. We are seeking writers with sports writing
experiences, in English language, and preferably with media, captioning,
and/or social media experience.
Deaf Sports Writer
— Begins research now, until December
— Writes on specific topics suggested by writer or as assigned by producer
— Member of media team on-site in Italy
— Research, compile, write and edit exciting stories
— Transcribes signed dialogue and narration
— Travel to venues
— Research current events in the sport
— Makes contacts to obtain insider information or track sources
— Compile reports on players, teams and countries, background, history, profiles, etc
— Be able to dig deep for information not found elsewhere and analyze for successful content
— Verify all story content are both entertaining and factual and list sources
— Captions final videos prior to streaming, knowledge of International Sign (IS) is preferred
— Knowledge of social media tasks
Position starts now. Involves advance planning and research work. Can be
structured as paid Stipend, Internship or Academic/Community Service. We
cover the costs of travel to Italy, local transportation, shared
accommodations, meals, and per diems.
Online application – https://goo.gl/forms/DlqjD2lm6EhqiJ2l1 If you have
any questions, email: deaflympics@h3world.tv
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word-for-word captions of everything a caller says over the phone, letting
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Captions are provided at no cost to the user, with no monthly fees or
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
A TAP ON DEAF SHOULDER
    Deaf people are used to being tapped on the
shoulder – by other deaf people or by other
hearing people that want to call to attention.
    Tapping on the shoulder is a strong part of
the Deaf Culture.
    But tapping on the hearing shoulder is not
OK! Many hearing people object to being tapped
and they may think it is assault and battery.
    Two different things – Deaf Shoulder and
Hearing Shoulder!
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Lip reading tale
In Philadelphia, a hearing friend was chatting
with a deaf friend.
That deaf friend is not a baseball fan.
The deaf friend thought the hearing friend said:
Karpek is the greatest baseball player Phillies ever had
The hearing fan (who is a baseball fan) actually said:
Harper is the greatest baseball player Phillies ever had
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A REASON WHY TAYLOR SWIFT IS SO POPULAR
    Taylor Swift is one of the world’s most popular
singers. In a newspaper story about her, there
was a list of many reasons why she is so popular.
    One of the reasons was her donating $10,000 to the
Horace Mann School for the Deaf two years ago.
Originally she had no plans to donate the money
to that school. But she was pranked by a group
that faked a promise to the school of her singing
performance.
    To make up for it (and to get even with the pranksters)
she made that donation to the school.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
People who become court reporters, broadcast captioners, and CART
captioners come from many different backgrounds. Some go to court
reporting school immediately after high school, but there are increasing
numbers of people in the profession who have followed other paths to get
there.
There are some who have bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and even
PhDs and other advanced degrees who have decided that their real love is
realtime captioning or court reporting. They have returned to court
reporting school and learned steno theory and practiced in order to
achieve their goal.
Even for people with advanced degrees, becoming a court reporter or a
realtime captioner takes a lot of practice. In order to achieve their
goals faster, people with great determination may write on their steno
machines all day in school and then go home in the evening and practice
some more. Others may be attending an online school and practice
throughout the day. Some very determined people end up spending more than
eight hours a day practicing in order to increase their speed.
The faster one achieves the high speeds necessary to graduate from a court
reporting program, the quicker he or she will be able to achieve the goal
of being a CART captioner, broadcast captioner, or a court reporter.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    Nancy J. Bloch, the NAD CEO, will be stepping down
from her position on March 31, 2011. By then she will
have served for 19 years, which is unusually long
for a CEO position anywhere.
    The challenge facing the NAD board of directors
is the same as the challenge facing the Gallaudet
board of trustees – to find someone that will
skillfully steer the ship through rocky waters.
Some CEOs can do the job, some CEOs can’t.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Alisher Anarkulov,
a deaf chess player from Uzbekistan. Participating
at the World Chess Olympiad in Turkey, stress from
continuous competition without rest led to his death.
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DeafDigest – 23 August 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 23, 2019

— Burger King refuses to serve a deaf woman

The Burger King drive-in in Oklahoma City refused to
serve a deaf woman. The server told her that they
were too busy to serve her! In the past the
deaf woman had no problems with them when ordering
at the drive-in. Anyway, the deaf woman was stubborn
and refused to drive away, forcing the restaurant
to call police to get her to get out. The Burger
King management immediately fired the employee
and issued the deaf woman an apology, and ordered
all Burger King employees in all units in Oklahoma
City to be retrained.

 

— refusing to discuss business on voice phone

A deaf businessman, that uses hearing aid,
says he refuses to use voice phone to discuss
business, said there is too much misunderstanding
of numbers, dollars, dates and other details.
If the phone call is just social chat, then
it is OK, but if business, no! To discuss
business he uses email and text. For some
reason he won’t use voice relay services.

 

— law students mocking a deaf student

A group of law students was part of a skit
at a social event. They mocked a fellow deaf
student because of his deafness. After
an uproar, the law students apologized.
It was the law students at University of
Canterbury in Great Britain, not in USA!
They said the mocking was part of an
annual student tradition.

 

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DeafDigest – 22 August 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 22, 2019

— deaf chef in communications with kitchen staff

Deaf chef Bruce Price (yesterday’s DeafDigest)
said his staff needs to learn how to communicate
with him – be it whiteboard, understanding
his voice, gestures, etc. He said in due time,
the staff gets used to him.

 

— biggest insult thrown at the deaf

A deaf brother and a deaf sister wanted to become
motorbike racers. They had to take special lessons
on how to race motorbikes to get qualified for
these races. One racing school turned them down, saying:

a blind can be on racing tracks, but never a deaf

Fortunately for these two deaf racing candidates
another racing school accepted them without
question. This took place in Kerala, one of these
bigger cities in India.

 

— Burning Man avoids the deaf

The Burning Man is a big event at Black Rocket
City in a remote part of Nevada. Theme of
that event is to emphasize principles of life
through community and art stories. Anyway,
deaf people attend this event. It was
interpreted for them in the past – but
no more. As a result, Buring Man has
been slapped with a lawsuit for that reason.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 21 August 2019

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— Guy’s Grocery Games ignores the deaf chefs

Here is a challenge for Guy Fieri, and his
Guy’s Grocery Games TV program that many
deaf people love to watch. Why not invite
top deaf chefs to compete against each other?
We have Kurt Ramborger, Darren Weiss and
Jonathan Weiss (both Weiss chefs are not
related to each other) and other top notch
deaf culinary arts instructors at some
deaf schools as well as at hearing-run
restaurants?

THIS JUST IN – Bruce Price, who is deaf,
has been hired as the new Executive
Chef with the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has worked
with restaurants across the world –
Australia, Switzerland, China, Taiwan
and New Zealand. He is a perfect fit
for the all-deaf program.

 

— bad attitude about “not in my backyard”

People in one Albuquerque location are upset
over a proposed charter school for the deaf
being built in their neighborhood. They said
they wanted to preserve the area as is.
Bad attitude? Unfortunately, yes!

 

— High speed contest; fast interpreter vs fast rapper

Twista, a rapper, raps very fast, while challenging
Houston interpreter Amber Galloway Gallego to
keep up with him. Who won? Very easy – the deaf
in the audience that watched this event.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 20 August 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 20, 2019

— deaf detainee files lawsuit against ICE

ICE is a dirty word among these immigrants
(both legal and illegal), and especially so
for Raul Alcocer Chavez, who is deaf.
While being detained, he needed medical
attention, and asked for a device to
help him communicate with the medical
people. ICE told him – no, sorry!
As a result he has filed a lawsuit,
with assistance of Southern Poverty
Law Center.

 

— deaf wins over big and mighty Walmart

DeafDigest editor shops frequently at a
local Washington, DC Walmart and had
bumped into a shift supervisor, who
is deaf and formerly played football
at Gallaudet. He was always complaining,
but would not elaborate, on the reasons
he was unhappy at Walmart – even though
he supervised a group of hearing
employees. He quit Walmart – and ultimately
filed a lawsuit on grounds of job
discrimination (no interpreters during
staff meetings). He won, and Walmart is
out $100,000. DeafDigest does not
know where he is right now but hopes
he is doing OK.

 

— Delta tips for deaf travelers

Delta has developed a travel guide for deaf
and disabled travelers. Especially for
the deaf only, one such tip is to
download their Fly Delta app that would
allow ease of commmunications with the
Delta personnel.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 19 August 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 19, 2019

— to be the only deaf person

You are deaf and enjoy yourself at a cruise or at a
vacation resort. Everyone immediately knows you are
deaf. It is different from being a hearing person at
an all-hearing cruise or all-hearing resort!

 

— one reason for opposing cochlear implants

Many deaf people oppose the cochlear implant – not
because they think it is a built-in hearing aid,
but because they want to preserve their own
deafness lifestyle. This was a comment a blogger
made on one of his blogs.

 

— a big Greenland irony

The USA president wants to purchase Greenland.
This has been a big story in recent days – but there
is a deaf irony. A deaf travel agent has been
advertising a deaf cruise to Greenland (and Iceland).
Of course there is no way the deaf travel agent would
know in advance of the President’s intentions.

 

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DeafDigest – 19 August 2019

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Top stories about the deaf:

Are DNA testing 100 percent accurate? No, it isn’t.
There have been stories of DNA testing giving false
results, causing unnecessary anguish among
expectant mothers being told their unborn
babies may suffer abnormalities. While deafness
was not mentioned, one can never know.

A question was posted in a legal web site, asking
if employers are required to caption their
training podcasts for the benefit of deaf employees.
The answer is – yes.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
(Kansas) is introducing Diabetes Prevention Program
video in ASL.

The Calcutta High Court (India) has ordered the
state Health department to admit a deaf applicant
for medical school. In recent years the health
department continually rejected that deaf applicant.

The Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey)
is offering free public transportation for its
deaf residents.

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A NOISY FAX MACHINE
The new fax machines have a noise system! If you fax something
and forget to take out the original paper, the machine makes
noise, warning hearing people about it.
A deaf person using that fax machine will not know about it!

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-fax-machine/

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A DEAF SEATING ADVANTAGE OR DISADVANTAGE
Sometimes deaf leaders, before a big deaf meeting
starts, would argue about where to pick seats around
a large conference table.
Do they seat next to the organization president?
Or do they seat across the organization president?
Or do they seat away from their enemies? Etc, Etc.
Hearing people also argue about seating. The same as
with the deaf!

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

I needed to fly to Washington DC to attend a conference.

This time I had to fly alone without support!

My wife got a pass to assist me at the boarding gate.  But it turned out
that there was a long delay.

She couldn’t stay longer due to her aunt sitting on the other side of the
airport.

She brought the airline staff to me and showed her how to communicate with
me using Print on Palm (POP).

The delayed departure was longer due to DC  having severe thunderstorms!

Finally, the airline staff came and touched me and POP stating 6:00.

After a few minutes staff came back and printed “NOW”

Finally my journey to Washington DC!

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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Top stories about the deaf:

Deaf leaders in Trinidad and Tobago said that while
there have been much progress in deaf education,
public acceptance of sign language and rights
of the deaf, there is still much more that needs
to be done.

A 109 million dollar grant from US Department of
Commerce will go to 34 states and two tribal
nations to have their 911 systems upgraded.
That should make things easier for the deaf
when making these emergency 911 text calls.

A safety app used at Texas School for the Deaf
will alert everyone on the campus as to
dangers and issues that they should be aware of.

Dirk Hillard, who is deaf, has tossed in his
hat for the candidacy of the Davenport 8th Ward City
Council (Iowa). He is a Democrat and will be
competing against 4 other candidates.

Dr. Bethany Fiskum, who is deaf, is a pharmacist in
a Des Moines, Iowa pharmacy. She was written up in
a newspaper story.

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For more information or to order call 1-800-233-9130
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TINNITUS: A CHOICE
In Scotland few years ago, a hearing woman was
suffering from tinnitus.
It is a stubborn ringing of noise in a person’s
head that almost never stops.
The doctor told the woman that she had a choice –
to have an operation to cure tinnitus but to become
deaf for good or to ignore the operation and suffer
tinnitus for life but to remain hearing.
An awful choice!

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
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Lip reading tale

In Maine, a deaf friend was chatting with a hearing
friend.

The deaf person thought the hearing friend said:
I live in Stanford

The hearing friend actually said:
I live in Sanford

note:
Sanford is Maine’s 7th largest city

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

NEWSPAPER REPORTERS ALWAYS WRONG ABOUT HEARING LOSS
We often read in the newspapers such as “80 percent
hearing loss” or “50 percent hearing loss” etc.
This is not correct. No such a thing as a hearing
loss in percentages.
Hearing loss is measured in decibels, not in
percentages.
We almost never read in the newspapers “80dB
hearing loss” or “50dB hearing loss” etc.

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/hearing-loss-not-in-percentages/

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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

Members of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s
leading organization representing stenographic court reporters,
captioners, and legal videographers, have been meeting this week at the
2019 Convention & Expo taking place August 15th through the 18th at the
Hyatt Regency in Denver, Colorado.

Court reporters and captioners rely on the latest in technology to use
stenographic machines to capture the spoken word and translate it into
written text in realtime. These professionals work both in and out of the
courtroom recording legal cases and depositions, providing live captioning
of events, and assisting members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing
communities with gaining access to information, entertainment, educational
opportunities, and more.

Because people in the broadcast television industry and the business world
still continue to need our services, some captioning and remote CART has
been provided from hotel rooms in the Hyatt Regency in Denver, where the
convention is taking place.

So after you’ve watched your favorite live television show this week, you
might wonder where that captioner was. Could he or she have been in a
hotel room looking out over the Rocky Mountains?

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

DeafDigest also dedicates this edition to
Doris Jane Grieve, who departed us this week.
She was also a long time volunteer with
the National Association of the Deaf.
And what made it so interesting about her
was that she was an oralist; her knowledge of signs
was barely adequate, yet it did not prevent her from
volunteering, and being valued volunteer, at the
NAD, which always advocated ASL.
She needed no supervision from anyone; she would
come to the office on a regular basis and jump into
chores that she knew that had to be done, even when
she came back to town from month-long vacations!

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Kathleen
Ollerenshaw, a deaf British woman who departed
us at the age of 101. She was one of British’s
leading mathematicians. Plus she served as
Lord Mayor of Manchester and an advisor on
education to Margaret Thatcher’s government.
She functioned as a hearing person and did not
know British Sign Language.

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 16, 2019

— angry deaf driver

A deaf driver from Texas made this angry comment:

I’m a deaf person who uses my voice, but that doesn’t mean I can hear.
So when I get pulled over, they’re assuming I’m not respecting them,
that I’m not paying attention.

That angry deaf driver is correct – and besides not every
deaf person with great speech also knows ASL

 

 

— rewriting a movie or a play script

Many script writers do not like to make changes with their
movie plots or play plots. If the plot specifcally asks
for a hearing actor, the script stays the same. But from
time to time, to accommodate a deaf actor, the script
gets changed. Two examples come to mind – the late
Victor Galloway played a few scenes in “The River
Wild.” And Bob Hiltermann, another deaf actor, had
a script changed for him in one TV program.

 

 

— ADA in a big war with Domino’s

Many deaf people order pizza from Domono’s
but it does not mean that this pizza chain
is making the web friendly for them.
Domino’s, suppported by the Chamber of
Commerce, wants the Supreme Court to weaken
the ADA laws! They said web standards are
vague and confusing.

 

 

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— to be deaf in a resort town in Maine; #1 example

DeafDigest editor and his wife were vacationing in
York, Maine, a resort and tourist town of some
12,500 people. At a restaurant, a woman sitting
at the next table, forgot her purse and left
the restaurant. The hostess laughed and said
it was the 8th time this summer that it happened.
DeafDigest editor would not know about that comment
if it wasn’t interpreted for him!

— to be deaf in a resort town in Maine; #2 example

DeafDigest editor and his wife toured the museum
buildings at the Old York Historical Society.
Interpreters? None. Apps to help deaf visitors
follow the exhibits? None. Printed material to
help follow the exhibits? None. ADA regulations?

It says:
most museums have legal obligations to provide and
maintain accessibility for visitors with disabilities

Is the word – most – a big ADA loophole?

 

— to be deaf in a resort town in Maine; #3 example

More on the Old York Historical Society! Just as when
DeafDigest editor and his wife were finished touring
the museum buildings, the front desk clerk at the
museum headquarters knew sign language. Her cousin
was deaf and she learned signs for that reason.
The clerk was not a tour guide but she did explain
in ASL some of the museum stuff at the last minute
for a few minutes before musuem closed for the day!

 

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DeafDigest – 14 August 2019

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— Interesting sign language question

Question:
What is the least spoken language in the world?

Answer:
Sign language!

DeafDigest editor was surfing the net for today’s
news and found this trivia question.

 

— helping the hearing employer hire the deaf

There are some employers that want to hire the
deaf but do not know how to deal with problems,
issues and accomodations. They need to turn to
the Job Accommodation Network, which is operated
by the U.S. Department of Labor, yet many of
then have never heard of that service!

 

— two deaf STEM winners

Deaf students Esther Amino and Salome Njeri worked together
to create an Essameter, which measures distances and
angles. They put together this device from inexpensive
parts and supplies. They won two prizes – one from the
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal and another
from the International Science and Engineering Fair.
They are classmates in a deaf school in Kenya.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 13 August 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 13, 2019

— deaf in karate school

DeafDigest editor was vacationing in New Hampshire and
went to a karate school to watch his grandson practice
his karate moves. The editor asked the school general
manager if he had deaf students taking karate lessons.
He said he had a few but said that teaching the deaf
is different from teaching the hearing. The hearing
depend on verbal instructions while deaf just follow
the instructor’s hands and moves. This is not to
say deaf cannot succeed in martial arts. We have had
Dawn Birley, who won national Canadian TaeKwonDo
(hearing) championships. We have Garrett Scott, a
ranking Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter. And also
a number of deaf MMA fighters, including
Matt Hamill.

 

— newspaper wrong about deaf-owned brewery

A newspaper in New Zealand said that Richard Emerson
may be the world’s only deaf brewer; he owns a giant
brewery in New Zealand. DeafDigest ran a story on
him a while ago. But he is not the world’s only
deaf brewer. Mark Burke, who is a Gallaudet
graduate, operates his Streetcar 82 Brewing Co.
in Hyatttsville, MD. The big difference is that
the New Zealand brewery is huge while Burke’s
brewery is small – but the beers they both brew
are great.

 

— newer deaf device better or duplication?

DeafDigest editor is tired of newspaper stories
about a new deaf invention (alerting signalers,
captioning glasses, sign language computers,
etc) all saying that it would change the
way the deaf people live in this world.
Are these new inventions really better
or is just duplicating each other?

 

 

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DeafDigest – 12 August 2019

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— 911 misunderstanding, thinking caller was deaf

Cincinnati is facing a lawsuit over a 911 mistake.
The dispatcher could not understand the 911 voice
call and thought the caller was deaf. The
dispatcher then switched to a TTY machine, but
got no response. By the time the dispatcher and
the police figured out the call, the caller
died as a result of an accident. The upset family
is filing the lawsuit for that “deafness” reason.

 

— deaf people to see 500 different noises

Brandon Marin, Greyson Watkins and Spencer Montan,
all of them deaf, are starting a new company
with a special invention that would help the
deaf see which noise is which. It all started
when Montan’s house was flooded because of
broken water pipes. He couldn’t hear the
burst pipes – hence the idea of an invention
helping the deaf identify the noise. They
said the special device can have 500
different noises programmed into it.

 

— pressure on business people to hire the deaf

Business people want to hire more employees, but
are afraid to hire the deaf. For that reason,
big money people (billionaires) are pushing
these business people to hire the deaf. Hope
it works. This was the big story today.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 11 August 2019

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Top stories about the deaf:
An eye doctor in Cambodia lost her license to practice
for one year. She assaulted a deaf-blind patient
in her medical office.
For the third time in history, the Southern Baptist Conference
of the Deaf has elected a deaf female as new president –
Anna Austin of Knoxville, TN.
Vinod Khosla, not deaf, is a billionaire venture
capitalist in India. He is providing free streaming
services for the deaf in his nation. We do not
see American venture capitalists doing the same
thing!
In India, a deaf advocate is pushing for a petition
to make Indian sign language instruction compulsory
in all schools and colleges!
Debara Tucci is the new director of the National Institute on
Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) at
the National Institutes of Health. She has a strong
background in Pathological, Audiological, and Medical
perspectives on deafness, and her goal is to develop
such strategies. Does this include helping the
non-CI, non-hearing aid deaf? No.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
NERVOUS ASL STUDENT AT A BAKERY
  A deaf person went to a bakery to order
bread.
  A clerk saw him and knew he was deaf.
She came over and asked him if he knew
sign language.
  She was nervous because she was
unsure if the deaf person uses ASL or
is an oralist.
  If he uses ASL she can use ASL with him
but if he is an oralist, she may possibly
not understand his oral speech!
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EASY GESTURE SOMETIMES IMPOSSIBLE FOR HEARING TO UNDERSTAND
  A deaf man and a hearing man come across each other in
the hall.
  The deaf man, wanting to be polite, gestured “you come.”
Almost all hearing people understand the “come” gesture, but
always sometimes a hearing person does not understand it.
  Even if the deaf person gestured “come” slowly few times,
the hearing person still does not understand.
Why?
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
We go to York, Maine for our vacation yearly.  Great beaches there!
Also they have a very beautiful light house.  It is called Nubble
Lighthouse.
Recently we went to view the lighthouse with our guests.  Lots of people
were there to view.
The area is full of rocks and  it is difficult trying to walk through to
find a bench to view the lighthouse!
Once we found a bench and sat down, I could not find the lighthouse!
My wife took my hand and pointed to the lighthouse and there was the
beauty!
To help you, my vision is very narrow and it is not easy to find things in
the surroundings without  added information.
I want you to go to the kitchen and get a funnel, put the large opening to
your eye.
You’ll see how narrow a field of vision might be.
Now I am back to being a beach bum this week!
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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Top stories about the deaf:
There is an irony to Dubai’s goal of becoming the
world’s best disability-friendly city. Their movie
theaters are not captioned, a point raised by
an advocate of the deaf.
New Jersey Acting Governor Oliver signed into law
establishing Deaf Student’s Bill of Rights,
giving deaf students sweeping powers with
regard to education.
There was a story in Canada that only Ontario gives
support to the deaf-blind, the only province to do so.
Thousands of deaf people from the northeastern Chinese
Jilin province lost their savings because of scam,
promising financial rewards. Police have arrested
the scammers.
Disabled video gamers are telling video game
programmers to allow them to review new games
to make sure accessibility needs (captions, included)
are being met.
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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
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
RISK WITH RESTAURANT MENU
    You go to a restaurant, and point to the menu
the food you want.
    It is a risk. Most waiters will catch your
food order and you are happy with the food
brought to your table.
    Some waiters may read wrong with your finger
pointing. Some may look at the food above what
you pointed, or look at the food below what you
pointed.
    And you get angry when the wrong dish is brought
to your table.
    Just because a waiter smiles and nods his head
does not always mean he got your order correctly!
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Lip reading tale
A deaf person couldn’t find his friend and
asked his hearing friend about the missing friend.
The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
He is way
The hearing person actually said:
He is away
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
ASL VIDEO WITH NO SOUND
    An interpreter was watching ASL video at work. A hearing
person came around and looked at the video and was confused.
    Confused because the video had no sound. That hearing
person asked the interpreter where to turn on the sound!
    This shows that many hearing people do not realize
that the deaf live in a world of no sound!
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Renowned consumer advocate and environmental activist Erin Brockovich will
deliver the keynote address to attendees of NCRA’s 2019 Convention & Expo
taking place August 15th through the 18th at the Hyatt Regency in Denver,
Colorado.
NCRA (the National Court Reporters Association) is the country’s leading
organization representing stenographic court reporters, captioners, and
legal videographers. This flagship event serves as host to the largest
annual gathering of court reporters, captioners, scopists, legal
videographers, trial presenters, students, and other legal services
professionals.
Brockovich will address attendees on Friday morning, August 16th, during
the opening general session, which will also include the installation of
NCRA officers.
Other highlights include the National Speed and Realtime Contests, which
will be held on August 14th and 15th, respectively. These contests set the
stage for NCRA members to compete for bragging rights for having the
fastest fingers on a steno machine. Participants in both contests have
their skills challenged by speed and accuracy components.
Attendees will also enjoy cutting-edge educational sessions, networking
opportunities, an awards luncheon, a member recognition gala, an expo
floor offering vendors with the latest in products and services, and more.
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    At the recent hearing World Magic Championships
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that participated.
    Four of them were deaf (one American, two Italians
and one Japanese).
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DeafDigest – 11 August 2019

NERVOUS ASL STUDENT AT A BAKERY
A deaf person went to a bakery to order
bread.
A clerk saw him and knew he was deaf.
She came over and asked him if he knew
sign language.
She was nervous because she was
unsure if the deaf person uses ASL or
is an oralist.
If he uses ASL she can use ASL with him
but if he is an oralist, she may possibly
not understand his oral speech!

DeafDigest – 09 August 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 9, 2019

— complying with ADA is not always enough

When a hospital or a police station purchase communications
equipment just to comply with ADA regulations, it often
is not enough. Many hearing employees have not been
trained to operate the equipment! This was the accusation
an advocate pointed out in a newspaper interview! This is
the same as in past years when hearing operators did
not understand what GA and SK meant in a TTY conversation.

 

— the Fox Theatre (St Louis) captions

The 8th U.S. Court of Appeals said that Fox Theatre
(plays, concerts, etc) must provide captions – if a
deaf person requests it, but with at least two weeks
in advance. Two things to point out – last minute captioning
requests will be denied. A hearing person can attend a
theatrical performance at the last minute; the deaf can’t!
And the theatre has one more option – the Supreme Court.
The appeals vote was 2-1, and not unanimous, by the way.

 

— not all captions are the same

A veteran captioner made this comment:

there is no industry standard for captions

True or not true? Don’t know!

 

 

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— annual cost of video captioning software

St. Augustine Beach (Florida) city council
purchased video captioning software. The
cost is $6,000 per year. Nearby city St. Augustine
purchased software for $11,000 per year, same
as with St. Johns County. It is five thousand
dollars cheaper. Does it mean that quality is
better with higher priced software? Better
quality means no errors and no lag time.

 

 

— another movie with a deaf story

There is a new movie – The Parts You Lose
and it is about a young deaf boy becoming
friends with a violent hearing criminal.
A deaf actor playing a deaf role or a
fake-deaf actor playing a deaf role?
Don’t know.

 

— deaf theater discriminating against hearing

Hot Coals Theatre is a deaf theatrical group in
Edinburgh, Scotland. It does not provide
captions or sign language interpreters.
For that reason, this theatrical group
is in trouble with the city for not
making it accessible to the hearing!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 07 August 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 7, 2019

— anti-bias training not 100 percent attended

A newspaper story said that only 94 of 508 Lincoln
Police Department (Georgia) received anti-bias
training. We are talking about less than 20
percent being trained. Why? Bad attitude or
bad apathy or laziness?

 

— misleading headline

A headline said:
App that helps deaf communicate without sign language

Huh!

There are many deaf people that do not sign and
also have no speaking skills!

 

— watching a movie; three options

A Frederick, MD activist said that for a deaf
family to watch a movie, there are three
options, not all of them pleasant!

First option is – wearing glasses (that can
get quite uncomfortable and what if glasses
break down)

Second option is – watching captions on a
screen (can easily miss the action while watching
the captions and what if screen does not
operate well)

Third option is – go to an open captioned
movie (yes, best option only if the showing
is shown at a convenient hour and at a theater
near the family’s home). No one wants to
drive 30-40 miles away to an open captioned
theater; and no one would skip work to watch
an early hour movie! And what if the
projector operator forgets to turn on the
captions.

DeafDigest adds a fourth option – wait, wait
and wait for the movie to be shown on cable
TV. It may, or may never! And, yes, the
cable operator may forget to turn on the
captions.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 06 August 2019

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— deaf, not dead

An angry advocate said:

being deaf is not a death sentence

That advocate is correct.

 

 

— ADA lawsuits target these five industries

According to an ADA article, the five industries
have been targeted for discrimination lawsuits –
food services, hotels, stores, entertainment
and financial services.

 

— special sound effects help top deaf gamer

Soleil Wheeler, AKA Ewok, just 13 years old
and deaf, is considered one of the world’s
best gamers. She plays with Faze Clan, again
one of the world’s toughest gaming organizations.
Gamers depend on sound while gaming. Ewok is
deaf, but she depends on special sound effects
that alert her to “enemies” invading her turf.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 05 August 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 5, 2019

— a big fictional story of a deaf man

Nick Andros, a fictional deaf character, is
in a position of power, in control over
hearing people – in the upcoming TV story,
The Stand. This deaf character is played by
Henry Zaga, who is not deaf. CBS not
wanting to cast a deaf actor in a deaf role
in a big TV movie? Very disappointing.

 

— hiring the deaf

Kyle Duarte, not deaf, is the CEO of Everyone at Work,
an agency in Iowa that pushes for employment of
the deaf and the disabled. He said:

Iowa has achieved the lowest unemployment rate in the
nation, which is amazing, but this also means many
employers are in desperate need of new workers to fill
current vacancies and to continue to expand and grow

This comment is true, but would these employers
still hire the deaf even when they are that
desperate to fill vacancies. Just hope so.

 

— deaf in the security field

DeafDigest has mentioned that the police force of
Oaxaca City, in Mexico, has hired the deaf to
watch the videos to catch criminal acts.
How good are these deaf security people?
Security experts and international
governments from other nations have visited
the Mexican video facility to see for themselves
how good these deaf people are!

 

 

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Top stories about the deaf:
A group of 50 deaf people, some from as far as
California and Texas attended a big event
at Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s oldest volcano, which
is the highest point in the state. The belief
is that the old volcano gives respect to
sign language.
Chestnut Lane in Oregon is now celebrating its
16th year of serving the deaf community with
their housing needs.
A comment from a hearing aid user:
Hearing aids will not cure your hearing loss
A hearing aid will not return your hearing to normal.
And while a hearing aid won’t cure your hearing loss,
it will help you to hear conversations, the TV or the
radio.
During the recent TV debate of Democratic
candidates for the presidency, none of them
discussed issues and problems facing the deaf
and the disabled.
Deaf fans of The Eternals movie started a petition
to urge Marvel Comics to open caption their
films.
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A LIPREADING FRUSTRATION
    DeafDigest editor was on vacation. He was staying at a
hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
    In the hotel lobby, there was a coffee shop. He wanted
a coffee cake – and pointed at it behind the counter.
    The man behind the counter was an immigrant whose lips
could not be read. It was a back and forth struggle until
another clerk saw it and solved the communication problem.
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READ WHAT THEY SAY
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CapTel shows word-for-word captions of everything a
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LIBRARY AT MARTHA’S VINEYARD
    Many of us know that there were many generations of
deaf people that lived on Martha’s Vineyard. And that hearing
people in the town used sign language to communicate with
the deaf.
    A deaf group took a tour and stopped at the library at
Martha’s Vineyard to see if there were any ancestors
in their family trees.
    The librarian showed them the birth-and-death book.
Those that were deaf were marked as “deaf.”
    If a deaf person wants to do research, it is a tough
job because the library did not have deaf genealogical
files in the computer.
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
We hosted a picnic for a small group of Deaf friends.
One of the friends brought a lawn game called corn hole.
I got a chance to play this simple game.  One friend mapped information
about were each bean bag landed, on my back.
It was very helpful and I was able to get the bean bags in the hole
several times!
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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Top stories about the deaf:
The South Dakota School for the Deaf
will be moving to a building, previously
housed by a bank. The move will take
place within a couple of months.
Tim Roberts, a deaf British financial
marketer was turned down for an interview
for a higher position at HSBC Global Asset
Management. They told him – you are too deaf!
As the Michigan School for the Deaf is
looking for a new principal, the students
are saying they are being ignored with their
feedback.
A publisher of a Japanese magazine devoted
to the disabled has established a new business –
a talent agency to represent the deaf and
the disabled in the entertainment field.
Edinboro University in Pennsylvania is now
offering degrees in Deaf Education.
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Captions are provided at no cost to the user, with no
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LEARNING ASL FAST OR LEARNING ASL SLOW
    Always a mystery about learning ASL. Some hearing
people learn very fast and other hearing people
learn very slow.
    A perfect example is a husband who works at
Gallaudet. His ASL is slow and fair. His wife
who does not work at Gallaudet and does not work with
the deaf, learned ASL faster and signs much better
than him.
    Why? Always a mystery.
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Lip reading tale
A deaf employee thought the hearing employee said:
I am going to worship
The hearing employee actually said:
I am going to workshop
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DEAF TOURS OR INDEPENDENT TOURS
    We have many deaf tours; these tours are led by great tour
leaders.
    Other deaf people prefer to tour by themselves. Which is better –
going on a deaf tour or going by themselves?
    There are advantages and disadvantages. With a deaf tour, everything
is organized for you. You do nothing on your own. Disadvantage is that
you must follow the tight tour schedules.
    When you travel by yourself, you must worry about many things;
worry about communicating with hearing people, etc. The advantage
is the fun “in getting lost” in traveling through the cities.
    Which is best? You decide!
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
All steno theories teach shortcuts or brief forms for certain words and
phrases that are the most common. Because most captioners learn the same
theory as a court reporter, a common word for them would be “defendant.”
Many steno theories teach that the steno for DEFT can be written in one
stroke instead of writing it in three strokes as DE/FEND/ANT.
Another common brief form is the steno for SDENT, which is the word
“accident.” It can be written in one stroke rather than three strokes –
AK/SI/DENT.
Each captioner will find certain words and phrases are more common in his
or her work, and they will memorize brief forms that someone else may be
using, or they will create their own.
A captioner may find that the word “thunderstorm” comes up frequently when
they caption the weather, so they may incorporate a brief like THORM in
steno.
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    There are always two sides to a story. It was
mentioned in DeafDigest last week that a deaf person
has filed a lawsuit against Ohio State University
for failure to provide captions at home football
games.
    The Ohio State University ADA Coordinator said:
Ohio State University has not received any requests
for captioning at football, other sporting events or
concerts in the ten years I have been with the
university. During the same period we have received
a number of requests for interpreters at concerts,
interpreters and captioning at a wide range of public
events.
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DeafDigest – 02 August 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 2, 2019

— Amazon’s hero deaf employee

Marnie Wilson, who is deaf, is Amazon’s hero
employee. Her job title is Amazon associate,
and she works at the Shakopee, Minnesota
warehouse. There are always issues at huge
warehouses – boxes get misplaced, boxes can
get crushed in the conveyor belt, computer
cannot read the box labels, etc. You name
it and the warehouse has experienced it.
Marnie’s job is to catch these errors
and to make quick fixes. She was featured
in a newspaper story.

 

— #1 advice for deaf that don’t enroll at Gallaudet or NTID

There is an important advice for deaf students
at colleges which is not either Gallaudet or NTID
– go to the Office of Disabled Services and inform
them of needs (interpreters, CART, etc). For some
reason there are deaf students that don’t
follow that advice.

 

— our deaf helicopter pilots

We have a good number of deaf airplane pilots
but what about deaf helicopter pilots? Just
two – according to a member of the
Deaf Pilots Association. Operating a
helicopter more difficult than operating
an airplane? Don’t know.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 01 August 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 1, 2019

— Nyle’s experiment with hearing

Years ago a deaf man did an experiment. He hung out at an
apartment swimming pool where many 20’s, 30’s something
hearing people would hang out and make friends with
each other. He wanted to know how many of them would
approach him for a social chat. None did. Fast
forward – Nyle DiMarco is premiering on a TV
program – What Would You do? He entered a restaurant
hoping to strike up a sign language conversation
with a waiter. Yes, these waiters freaked out.
Not really a surprise.

 

— Alexa in ASL

Could Alexa communicate in ASL with a deaf user?
Abhishek Singh, himself not deaf, has developed
a sign language Alexa. It is not just yet ready
for the marketplace. Will it work? Sign language
has so many dialects and “accents” that a computer
inside Alexa may have problems recognizing!

 

— death is a big loss

Café Coffee Day is to India what Starbucks is
to USA, a mecca for coffee-lovers. The
founder – V G Siddharth – passed away.
While growing his chain nationwide, he made it
a point to hire the deaf whereas no one would
hire them. Will his successor continue to hire
the deaf? Hope so!

 

 

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