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DeafDigest – 31 December 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 31, 2019

— deafness is not a reason for captions and subtitles

Either captions or subtitles are an option when
one watches a video that is not shown in English.
Is it basically installed to help the deaf? No,
it basically helps everyone (both deaf and hearing)
because there are over 50 language options in
these videos. This is the reason for English
language captions and subtitles.

 

— a cruel federal offset

The White House has announced the biggest pay raise
for federal employees in ten years. Yet, the cruel
offset is that the White House is seriously considering
a decrease in SSDI checks for the deaf and other
disabled groups.

 

— deaf lost a comic book role

Maya Lopez aka Echo, a deaf female fighter, is no
more. Marvel’s New RONIN comic book series is
featuring a different female hero that is not
deaf. Why?

 

 

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DeafDigest – 30 December 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 30, 2019

— hearing harassing a deaf-owned business

Instead of praising a deaf-owned business, hearing
people have been harassing The Abey Khao restaurant
in Pakistan. Just hope this never happens in USA
with all deaf-owned businesses.

 

— NIH says “leave genes alone”

The National Institutes of Health, in a newspaper
story, basically told geneticists to leave genes
alone, and this means altering genes, either
to prevent deafness or to create deafness!

 

– Year 2019 – top deaf monthly news
http://deafdigest.com/2019-top-deaf-monthly-news/

 

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DeafDigest – 30 December 2019

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Top stories about the deaf:
The Hutto City Council (Texas) has established
two task forces that are supposed to help the
deaf – the Technology and Communications Task Force
and the ADA Task Force. Not surprisingly, it
was a deaf resident that pushed the council to
establish these two task forces.
Oklahoma legislators have filed Senate Bill 1128,
which would allow deaf teachers to teach mainstreamed
classes.
Comcast said they have 4 ASL-fluent employees
that serve deaf customers.
The monument to Thomas Gallaudet, father of
Gallaudet founder Edward Miner Gallaudet,
sits on the campus of American School for
the Deaf (West Hartford, CT). It is being
restored thanks to successful fund raising
efforts by the school.
Deaf people being kicked out of stores
because of their deafness? Hope not, but one
deaf businessman said he had that experience.
Anyway Aldi has been banning customers from
their supermarkets; and of these banned
customers one was deaf. In a newspaper interview
the deaf customer said she did nothing wrong
while shopping.
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ACTING IS DANGEROUS
    Is acting more dangerous than football? Many deaf actors
go to hospitals because of broken foot, leg infection,
bad shoulder, muscle pulls, etc.
    Said a former deaf actor:
our deaf actors visit hospital emergency rooms often
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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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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
When I was a young teen, we lived on a farm
We all did chores everyday around the clock!
One early morning before sunrise, my father asked me
to get the cows from the field.
I drove the tractor and barely saw with the lights!
I parked the tractor and left lights on and called the cows.
The cows start coming one by one walking slowly to the barn.
I felt sure all the cows were gathered in the barn, but not half
the herd!
My father was angry and went out to get the rest of the cows.
This was one of many times that my family and my schools overlooked
my symptoms of Usher Syndrome.
Most of us start experiencing night or dark blindness in our early teens.
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 December 2019

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Top stories about the deaf:
There was a story in India of a deaf man that
not only sells products from his cart but
supervises other cart-pushers, encouraging
them to meet their own sales quotas.
A group of hearing architecture students at
Drury University (Missouri) designed and
built a Deaf Home for a deaf person who was
previously homeless.
Arkansas State Rep. Charlene Fite has been
praised for on-going work for the deaf, and
just received an honor for that reason.
Interpreters in the Netherlands are complaining
that speeches from King Willem-Alexander are
very difficult to interpret because of his
vague and conflicting comments that even
hearing people cannot understand!
The mother of a deaf girl was held by ICE
and sent back to Mexico, leaving the
deaf girl behind!
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WHY DO MANY DEAF PEOPLE RETIRE FROM JOBS?
    Many deaf people work for many years and then
retire?
    Why do they retire? Because they want to relax
and enjoy life? Maybe. Because they can live
comfortably from their retirement pensions and
social security? Maybe.
    But for many of them the #1 reason they retire
is that they’re fed up with their hearing bosses
picking on them!
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Lip reading tale
A hearing man and his deaf friend were talking all about
these old-time famous TV sitcoms.
The deaf friend thought the hearing friend said:
I loved the Pork character that was played by Robin Williams
The hearing friend actually said:
I loved the Mork character that was played by Robin Williams
note:
this refers to the famous TV sitcom – Mork & Mindy that was
played in the late seventies and early eighties
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A RECENT DEAF CONVENTION
    A deaf convention took place recently. There were no
laptops, no paging devices, no computers. Many deaf people
spent time in the lobby chatting with each other.
    No laptops, no paging devices, no computers? Are we talking
about 1940 or 1950?
    No. The power was out at the hotel. So instead of using
computers, laptops and pagers, deaf people just chatted with
each other.
    Which is better? 1950 without electronic devices, but
making face to face friends or 2010 with electronic devices
but not making face to face friends?
    You decide!
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
As we begin 2020, it is the time of year when many people make New Year’s
resolutions. For some court reporters and realtime captioners, their
resolutions are to practice their steno writing so that they can increase
their speed and accuracy.
Some people look at captioners as if they were machines. They might think
that all realtime captioners write the same way. But that is not true.
Writing on a steno machine is a skill that must be developed and worked
at. You must practice it and stay in shape in the same way someone must
follow an exercise program for their body.
There are dictation drills and finger exercises that increase your
dexterity and speed. Students who are studying steno must learn to reduce
hesitation and increase their ability to concentrate for long periods of
time.
Just like people who exercise their body, people practicing on the steno
machine should keep a positive outlook and look to the future for the
goals they want to achieve. Above all else, they should try to make it fun
and something they enjoy doing, so that they will stick with their new
“exercise program” in the coming year.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
It was reported that Matt Hamill, our deaf UFC fighter,
was badly beaten by illegal blows by Jon Jones, but won
via disqualification. Jones, who originally accepted the
disqualification loss, had second thoughts and filed
an appeal with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The commission, however, turned down the appeal and
Hamill’s win via disqualification stood.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
Joseph Sargent, probably the best friend in Hollywood
among the deaf actors, passed away. While he was not
deaf, he did much for the deaf. He co-founded the Deaf
West Theater. He directed the movie “Love is never
Silent” which is considered to be the best deaf movie
ever. And not afraid of controversy, he directed
the movie – Sweet Nothing in My Ear, which starred
Marlee Matlin. It was about a deaf-hearing couple
having a hard time deciding about a CI or not for their
deaf son. DeafDigest wishes there were more Joseph
Sargents in Hollywood.
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DeafDigest – 27 December 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 27, 2019

— front page story: an angry Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin is not a diva, or a “problem”
actress but when she gets upset, it is for
a good reason. Her most recent anger hit
the front page news of newspapers. She
boarded a Delta flight – and yes, as
you guessed it, no closed captions on
inflight movie programs!

 

— rookie police officer; #1 language is ASL

Angel Familia, a Coda, is a rookie police officer
with the New York Police Department. His bio
says that his #1 langauge is ASL and his #2
language is English. If he is the police force’s
#1 person to communicate with the deaf then hope
it all works out as New York is a huge city and
it is not easy to get around in a matter of
minutes (heavy traffic jams) if he is
needed.

 

— Little Rock bus refuses to stop for deaf passenger

Charles Askew, who is deaf, is a resident in Little
Rock, Arkansas. He does not drive and depends on the
public bus to get around. Something has happened
between him and the Rock Region Metro bus company.
As a result the bus drivers would not either pick
him up or drop him off at his destination. He has
filed a law suit based on First Amendment retaliation
claims.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 26 December 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 26, 2019

— changing town name from Franklin to Whoville

Franklin, NC is a town of 3,800 people. For the holidays
the town name was changed to Whoville. The suggestion
for the temorary name change came from a young student.
He is deaf, and his love for Christmas was the reason
for the name change!

 

— The Deaf Economic Power

A newspaper headline said:

Americans with disabilities have $200 billion in
spending power

What this means is that deaf people, as a bloc, is
very much part of the economic spending power.
This being said, businesses that discriminate
against the deaf hurts them in the wallet!

 

— deafness and 20 other disabled groups

A government group in Asia identified 21 separate,
and different disabled groups. One of these is
deafness. What this means is that there are more
people with other disabilities than deafness.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 25 December 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 25, 2019

— deaf patrons and deaf TV commercials

A deaf patron was filmed in a TV commercial
involving the Chick-fil-A restaurant in
Topeka, Kansas. The deaf person used ASL
to communicate his order, and the Chick-fil-A
wanted to make a commercial out of it. This
is interesting because there have been many
hearing clerks, knowing ASL that do communicate
with deaf customers – but no commercials came
out of it – just ordinary business transactions
between customers and clerks. Why just
Chick-fil-A and not others?

 

— arguing in front of the Supreme Court

Michael A. Chatoff was the first deaf attorney
to argue a case in front of the Supreme Court.
It took place in 1982, during the famed Rowley
Case. Thirty-seven years later a group of
deaf attorneys were sworn during the U.S.
Supreme Court Bar Association event, making
them eligible to argue future cases at the
nation’s highest court. Will they? The
Supreme Court is extremely picky on which
cases they will listen to, meaning huge
majority of cases will not be heard at all!

 

— Freelance interpreters in California may be nervous

California has many freelance interpreters. Again, many of
them are great interpreters – and all the more reason for
them to be nervous. It is the proposed Assembly Bill 5
which may require interpreting companies to treat
freelancers as employees, not as contractors. Many
of these interpreters want to be classified as
contractors and not as employees. Stay tuned!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 24 December 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 24, 2019

— an interpreting role that should never have happened

A four year old Coda volunteered to interpret a movie
program for his deaf parents. A video was taken
and it went viral and many people said it is so
cute! Why wasn’t the movie captioned? It took
place in Great Britain where laws on required
captions are weak.

 

— a puzzle-adventure game involving the deaf and the blind

Weakless is a puzzle-adventure game with crazy-looking
backgrounds, that involve the deaf and the blind.
The deaf sees the world with all these colors.
The blind hears sounds – and these two characters
switch roles! It has been widely praised by these
gamers.

 

— ASL signs that emergency responders learn

Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf is
conducting a sign language class for emergency
responders. They are taught 30 different signs/
gestures that they could use in emergency
situations – only if interpeters are not around.
Just hope they will quickly remember these signs
if not using these for years and years until
they encounter their first deaf person
during an emergency!

 

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DeafDigest – 23 December 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 23, 2019

— most important job in a hospital

Hospitals carry many different supplies (medical and general)
plus all these medicines. A purchasing agent, employed by a
hospital has this responsibilty for making sure these
supplies are ordered and arrive on time. This means
constant contact with so many different medical and non-medical
vendors. A deaf man, known only by his first name Bubba, was
employed for 30 years as the hospital’s purchasing agent
in New Orleans.

 

— best bartender in Australia

The best bartender in Australia, at least in the
Gold Coast region, is a deaf man. His name is
not known but he was written up in a newspaper
story as an award-winning bartender. In an
interview he said he struggled with his deafness
all his life. This is remarkable because in a
crowded bars, thirsty drinkers lack patience
waiting for the drinks they ordered!

 

— people staring at upside down telephone

A deaf woman is able to use the voice telephone
(with help of an amplifier). Her hearing aid
microphone was hidden inside her shirt and
she had to turn the telephone upside down
to face the microphone. Hearing people
passing by her would stare at her, not
knowing what it was all about. She would
give a demo, with a smile, on how it works.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 23 December 2019

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Top stories about the deaf:
Slovak Telekom, in Slovakia, was praised for establishing
a sign language kiosk for the benefit of its deaf
customers.
Deafness researcher Marc Marschark, Rochester, NY,
has announced his retirement from his career-long
work on deafness and of the deaf.
A newspaper ran a story on a hearing aid dealer,
saying they sell premium hearing aids at
low prices. If this is true then this is rare
because premium hearing aids are normally
sold at off-the-charts prices!
Putin and the deaf children? Well, controversial
Russian geneticist Denis Rebrikov said, in an
interview, that Putin openly encourages all
types of research, including genetics with the
deaf!
One of the best comic books for deaf children is
El Deafo. A comic books web site said so.
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CLEAR HANDWRITING IS IMPORTANT
    A deaf man, with sloppy handwriting, went to a
restaurant. He wrote down his order. The waitress
could not believe it, and asked the deaf man if
the order was right.
    The stubborn deaf man said his order was
right.
    The waitress then delivered 8 milk shakes to
his table.
    8 milk shakes?  He wrote down “light milk shake”
but the waitress thought letter L was E and it
looked like “eight milk shake”.
    It is very important for a deaf person to have
clear handwriting!
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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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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Winter is finally here in Vermont.  Robert Frost, a poet from Vermont, has
written beautiful poems about our winters in Vermont!
Winter sports gearing up everywhere and of course shoveling snow!
We who are DeafBlind walk a lot for errands, medical appointments and
exercise.
Sometimes it can be dangerous for us to walk on snow and ice.
There is some safety tips, one is wearing spikes on your boots to avoid
slipping.
They are available in many retail stores that sells shoes and boots.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!
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 December 2019

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Top stories about the deaf:
The Deaf Refugee Advocacy, an agency in Rochester, NY
was praised in a newspaper story for helping deaf
refugees settle in USA and learn ASL.
Transport for London, which oversees rapid transit
lines in the metro area, said it plans to make
rides fully accessible to the deaf.
Palm Springs Community Police Academy (CA) will be
providing interpreters for deaf participants.
A $4.6 mil grant was given to Gallaudet University
to help improve technology access for the deaf
David Buxton, a deaf British man, plans a legal
action over refusal of the British government to
provide him with interpreters during his campaign
for a MP seat.
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word-for-word captions of everything a caller says over the phone, letting
you read everything that they say. Like captions on TV – for the phone!
Captions are provided at no cost to the user, with no monthly fees or
contracts required. For more information or to order call 1-800-233-9130
For more info about CapTel or any of the many assistive listening devices we offer,
email: mailto:sales@weitbrecht.com.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
THE DEAF HAIRSTYLIST’S BEST FRIEND
    We have a few deaf hairstylists. Some of them
are great and earn a lot of money in tips from
happy customers.
    For one deaf hairstylist, what is her best
friend?
    Is it an interpreter? No. Is it deaf customers?
No. Is it a boss that is easy to read lips? No.
    The best friend is the hairstyling magazines.
She would show the magazine to the hearing
customers and ask them to point to the picture
of the hairstyle they want!
    This is communication in pictures.
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Lip reading tale
A deaf teenager was talking with a hearing
teenager in a city neighborhood.
A hearing bully walked through both of them.
The deaf teenager thought the hearing teenager
said:
This is Matty
The hearing teenager actually said:
This is Manny
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SIGN LANGUAGE ON TENNIS COURT
    Belgium had two famous hearing tennis players –
Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters.
    Belgium has 3 languages –  Dutch, French and German.
Justine spoke French. Kim spoke Dutch. They met
each other for the first time at the age of 10.
    When they were on the same doubles team, they
had to communicate with each other in sign language.
    Both women are now older and they both can
speak English, and they have stopped signing to
each other!
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As we celebrate the holidays, it might be fun to look at how some of our
holiday terms are written in steno and a couple potential mistakes that
could happen if captioners and court reporters aren’t careful.
The mistaken sentence translated as:
“The decorations were very festive and seemed so Chris Massey.”
This should read:
“The decorations were very festive and seemed so Christmasy.”
Another mistaken sentence:
“Being in the holiday spirit, she bought a Hannah Cabell collar for her
dog.”
This should read:
“Being in the holiday spirit, she bought a Hanukkah bell collar for her
dog.”
HAP/PEU/HAPB/TPHU/KA/-RBGS/PHER/REU/KREUS/PHAS/-RBGS/HAP/PEU/KWAPBZ/SA/APBD/HAP/PEU/TPHAOU/KWRAOER/-FPLT
In English the steno reads:
Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy New Yea
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much controversy over the casting of a hearing actor
for a deaf role.
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DeafDigest – 20 December 2019

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— comment by deaf worker in construction trades

A deaf worker in construction trades made this
comment:

On the job, I cannot hear people’s voices even
when they shout, cannot hear alarms, cannot
hear sirens and cannot hear incoming traffic.

This is the reason why his employer has outfitted
him with a special flashing alarm system that
alerts him to such noises.

 

 

— horror movies; times have changed

Many people love to watch horror movies.
Times have changed with these movies.
In the past years deaf characters
and disabled actors were cast as
“evil” people. Not any more these
days!

 

— a soccer federation punishes a deaf fan

İlhan Biçer, who is deaf, roots for the
Demir Grup Sivasspor professional soccer
team in Turkey. The Turkish Football Federation
banned him from attending one game. What did
he do (or didn’t do)? The federation said he
was with a group of hearing fans that shouted
insults at the opposing team. He said that just
because he sat with them does not mean he
vocally insulted the other team. He was also
banned three years ago for the same thing, but
the federation forgave him because of his deafness.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 19 December 2019

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— official ASL interpreter

A newspaper ran a story about one state’s
official ASL interpreter. Official State
Interpreter? Not sure why that story is
being titled that way. Is it saying that
all other interpreters in that state are
“unofficial” regardless of their own
RID certificates?

 

— a new deaf movie is already too scary

Do Scary Deaf Movies scare us? Well, A Quiet Place Part 2,
supposed to feature in March 2020, is said to be
too scary. It again involves a deaf actress
Millicent Simmonds. We shall wait and see how
scary it really is!

 

— telecommuting or coming to work every day

For a deaf employee, which is better – telecommuting
or coming to work every day? If a deaf person comes
to work he may have to deal with meetings, telephone
calls, supervisor instructions, etc. Disadvantage with
telecommuting? No human contact! We all love
human contact.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 18 December 2019

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— deaf waitress, that functions as hearing, not tipped well

A deaf woman, that functions as a hearing person, said she
was given low tips by patrons. She couldn’t get by with
tips only and for that reason, she never worked again
as a waitress. She has continued working in restaurants,
but not as waitress!

 

— two reasons deaf people hate captioning devices

Here are two reasons why many deaf people hate
captioning devices.

Reason 1 – if one eats and chews on food while
watching captions, the captioning glasses may
bounce up and down, making watching of captions
more difficult

Reason 2 – batteries die too often!

All the more reason for open captions.

 

— restaurant agrees to post accessible signs

The Market Place Kitchen & Bar is a fancy
restaurant in Newtown, CT. As a result of
ADA-lawsuit, the restaurant agreed to post
“accessible signage.” DeafDigest is not
sure exactly what this means – electronic
displays (that restaurants normally do not
have) or menus on the walls that the deaf
person could point or what? Do deaf people
need accessible signage if they could just
point to items on the menu?

 

 

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DeafDigest – 17 December 2019

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— trying to explain live interpreter

What is a live interpreter? An interpreter said a live
interpreter means interpreting in person and also on relay
(both VRI and VRS). If an interpreter is not live, then VRI
and VRS would have no interpreters in front of the camera!

 

— not good news for agency helping the deaf

The Minnesota Chemical Dependency Program for Deaf and
Hard of Hearing Individuals is slated to close for good
this coming February. It had been in existence for 30
years. Same old reason – lack of funding.

 

— adult deaf person not allowed to buy beer

A supermarket cashier refused to allow an adult
deaf person to buy beer! It took place at Loblaws,
a supermarket chain in Canada. Hard to believe?
Yes!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 16 December 2019

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— deaf-owned business hopes to expand

DeafDigest has mentioned a couple of times about
Gosia’s Pierogies (Latrobe, PA) which is deaf
owned and probably the best in the Pittsburgh
area. This business is hoping to expand, hire
more deaf employees – yes, always red tape
(permits, approvals, council votes, etc).
The husband-wife team of Terry and Jan
Smith-Rawecki, both own the business.

 

— list of deaf truckers is growing

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
said there are over 450 deaf individuals that
are allowed to drive trucks on interstate routes.
Just hope this number grows, because many
hearing truckers are losing their jobs, thanks
to bad economy.

 

— a crook has helped deaf big in California

Terry Goggin, not deaf, is a crook. He formerly
served in the California legislature. His big
contribution to the deaf? He wrote the bill
on free TTY’s and sneaked it into an unrelated
bill at the very last minute just as when
legislative body was hurrying things through
before it closed for the year. The bill passed,
much to puzzlement of these legislators. That
took place in the early 1980’s. He just
pleaded guilty to charges that he defrauded
investors that invested in his coffee cafe
chain. These investors never got their
money back. Was he a Robin Hood? Just dunno.

 

 

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Top stories about the deaf:
In St. Petersburg, Florida, a family of a 8-year old
deaf girl, asked the city to install a “deaf child”
sign. She wanted to play outside but it was unsafe
because of speeding cars. The city did not respond
despite repeated efforts. Giving up, the family asked
a local TV On Your Side team for their assistance.
Within a couple of days, the Deaf Child sign was
installed!
The American Institutes for Research posting said
that if businesses are not web-compliant, they lose
a lot of business, as word of mouth spreads around
very fast.
A deaf person stopped at a Department of Motor Vehicles
office in California. There was no interpreter
and the deaf person struggled, trying to
communicate with the clerk. The person got
agitated and police was called. The officer knew
ASL and was able to calm things down. And when
the deaf person was short of cash to pay for the
fees, the officer paid for it out of his pockets!
British parents with deaf children are often
out of luck when wanting to learn sign
language. These sign language classes
are too expensive for them!
A columnist with Henry County Times (Georgia)
wrote that people that use sign language and
gestures are not just only the deaf but traffic
cops, military, orchestra conductors, air
marshals among other professions.
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HOW TO PICK A COLLEGE?
    About 15 years ago, one deaf football star in a
public high school received a few football scholarship
offers.
    He had a hard time making a choice. Deaf students
in one college told him their interpreters were
lousy, but he knew he would play a lot if he
picked that college.
    Deaf students at the other college told him
interpreters were the best, but he knew he would
not play much if he picked that college.
    He decided to pick the second college because
it offered best interpreters.
    As a result, he played very little in four
seasons of football!
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A FUSSY DEAF UNIVERSITY STUDENT IN PARIS
    At the deaf school in Paris, the administrator told DeafDigest
editor a story.
    They are proud of one of their graduates, who is attending a big
university in France. But that student is fussy.
    He refuses French Sign Language interpreters. He also refuses CART
services.
    What does he prefer? A notetaker that goes with him to every class
in the university!
    Weird? Possibly.
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Holidays parties are everywhere celebrating the holidays.
Here in Vermont we held our holiday party with families with Deaf, Hard of
Hearing and DeafBlind children and Vermont Association of the Deaf.
I performed as the Grinch!  The children had a lot of fun watching and
participating!
Weeks before the holiday party, one of the volunteers begged me to be
Santa Claus!
I told her I am too blind to do the job!  But she kept on begging me to do
Santa!
I asked my wife to be Mrs. Claus and she can helped me with communication
with the children!
The children had a great time meeting Santa Claus with Mrs. Claus!
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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Indiana State University will be offering a new
program in Education of the Deaf. It was approved
by the Indiana State Board of Education.
Google Accessibility is now making things easier
for the deaf that want to communicate in ASL
with the customer service people.
According to a survey, only five percent of
deaf children go to school – in India.
The London underground rail system is confusing
for tourists. It is also a nightmare for deaf
people that ride the rails, too? Emergencies,
schedule changes and other announcements are
not captioned. This was the complaint a deaf
resident of London said in a newspaper story.
The Association of the Deaf in Latvia has been
showing concern that access to services for
the deaf is too few.
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Our daily video report, “SportsDeaf Winter: Italy” can be seen
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FINGERPOINTING – RUDE OR NOT RUDE?
    Is it rude to point at someone? In Hearing Culture,
it is rude.
    In Deaf Culture, it is ok.
    Which is better – Deaf Culture or Hearing Culture?
No culture is better than other; we must accept different
cultures.
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Lip reading tale
A hearing person was introducing a friend
to a deaf person.
The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
This is Dino
The hearing person actually said:
This is Tino
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DEAF TEACHERS IN HEARING CLASSES
    We have some deaf teachers in hearing classes.
They are deaf; they do not speak well; they
do not hear anything as hearing aids don’t
help them. And they don’t have interpreters.
    How do they succeed? Said one deaf teacher
in a hearing classroom:
I use anything – powerpoint, blackboards, visual
cards, photocopies of notes,  laptops, verbal
gestures, etc.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
When someone finds out that broadcast captioners and CART captioners use
steno machines to produce their captions, they often wonder about how it
is done.
Some people think that the steno machine is just a miniaturized typewriter
keyboard, but it is not. There are 22 keys and a number bar on the
standard keyboard. You can depress more than one key at a time, much like
chords on a piano keyboard. You can write complete words with one stroke
on the keyboard.
You use your left hand to depress initial consonants, your thumbs to
depress vowel keys, and your right hand to depress final consonants.
Because there are so few keys on the keyboard, you use combinations of
letters to make other letters.
For example, on the left side of the keyboard where you write your initial
consonants, there is no letter N. In order to write a word where you need
a sound for the letter N, you would need to depress the T, P, and H keys
at the same time.
As you can see, people using the steno machine must either attend school
or do some sort of home-study in order to learn steno theory.
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    Braving the weather elements in Washington, DC
over 600 people attended the gala where everyone wished
Bob Davila happy farewell as he steps down from the
presidency of Gallaudet University.
    He said he could not imagine Dr Elizabeth Peet spending
50 years at Gallaudet, only to find himself in the field
of education of the deaf for 57 years!
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DeafDigest – 13 December 2019

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— 250-year old rock star

Beethoven is now being celebrated in Germany,
saying he is a 250-year old rock star. Beethoven
created the world’s best music – after he became
deaf.

 

— bragging as the only video-friendly for deaf

KUDO is a New York start-up high tech company.
It distributed a press release, saying it is the “only”
video conferencing platform for the deaf. Only?
Just almost every week, there is always a press release
about high tech companies being deaf-friendly.
What is going on?

 

— greaf deaf actor many don’t know about

Who is Troy Kotsur? He is deaf and is an actor.
Not too much known about him – but he has acting
credits with The Number 23, Criminal Minds,
CSI: NY, Scrubs and now this – as the sign language
actor in the Mandalorian “Chapter 5: The Gunslinger”.

 

 

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— See (Apple web TV series), including or not including the deaf

See is a Sci-Fi web TV series produced by Apple and shown
on Apple TV+. Apple said diversity is shown on that TV
series, but seems not too many deaf people are in it, except
for those in the background non-speaking, non-important roles.
Why not use the deaf in primary roles?

 

— Tacoma 100 percent captions

Tacoma, a major city in Washington, now requires
captions on TV sets shown in bars, restaurants and
other public facilities. Those that refuse to turn
on captions will be fined by the city. The city
council agreed on these rules just recently.
Next big city – which?

 

— many restaurants breaking or not breaking ADA rules

Many restaurants make their web sites deaf-friendly,
and therefore not breaking ADA rules? Yes, but in other
ways, waiters at these restaurants do not explain what
today’s specials are, not explaining which dishes are
spicy or not spicy, not asking if meat are to be rare
or medium or well done not even worse, not telling the
deaf that the dish they want are not available!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 11 December 2019

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— soft signer or fast signer

An ASL teacher said there are two ways of signing –
signing softly and gently or signing fast and furious.
Everyone signs differently!

 

— serious issues with contractors

There are contractors that work with the deaf –
ASL instructors, interpreters, sub teachers, etc.
In some states, there are laws regarding contractors.
Right now in New Jersey, there is a fierce discussion
on what to do with contractors (in all fields,
including the deaf). Are they subject to orders
from employers or are they independent? And
also about paying these employment taxes, among
other issues.

 

— operating the lottery

In some states, lottery earnings provide funds for
deaf programs. This has been going on for years.
But do deaf services run the lottery? In Australia,
the main lottery operator Jumbo Interactive has
contracted with Deaf Services, an agency that
works with the deaf. It is supposed to monitor
lottery sales. Not exactly sure how it works,
though.

 

 

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— video on interpreter program student not captioned

DeafDigest editor was watching a Lifetime cable TV
movie last night. During the commercial, there was a video
about an interpreting program student explaining her goals
and ambitions. That short commercial was not captioned!
A cruel irony? Yes. The hashmark on that commercial was
# see hear. The Lifetime movies, however, are always
captioned.

 

— just ask the deaf

An advocate said:

How to make museums more accessible for disabled people? Ask them!

That advocate is correct. Hearing people should never decide
what is best for the deaf without asking the deaf first. For
some reason, they just don’t ask the deaf!

 

— deaf characters in The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead came up with its midseason
final episode. Involved were Connie and Kelly,
both deaf (but functioning as hearing) facing
problems and issues during the episode.
Will have to wait until February 2020 to see
what happens!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 09 December 2019

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— early-born hearing screening test is not always perfect

There was an article in the web site hosted by the
Infectious Diseases in Children. It said that failed
screens do not always show that the baby is deaf,
and even worse, babies that “pass” these tests
may still have hearing loss. The grandchild of
DeafDigest editor went through two or three
hearing tests just to make sure he is hearing!

 

— hearing actor listening to the deaf

Ryan Reynolds, not deaf, is an actor/model.
He was in a Peloton video that went viral.
A deaf woman was disappointed that the video
had no captions. Using the social media
she made contact with him – telling him that
his videos must be captioned. Just almost
immediately, it was captioned. Just like
that. Just that easy. Many hearing actors
do not, however, listen to the deaf! But
Reynolds did.

 

— a video showing a bullied deaf student

A group of high school students bullied a deaf student.
What they did not know was that the video went viral.
The school district, which does not tolerate bullying
is looking into this issue in order to decide on
the punishment of these hearing students.

 

 

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Top stories about the deaf:

An advocate that keeps track of ADA lawsuits said
that Amazon, Fox News, Burger King, Nike, CVS Pharmacy
and NBA (pro basketball) all have faced ADA lawsuit
threats!

Do newspapers print stories about the deaf?
Yes, but not enough, said a deaf leader.

In a newspaper interview young deaf physicist
Giordon Stark has a goal – to make physics
fun learning for the deaf. He is currently
a postdoctoral fellow at University of California
at Santa Cruz.

Parents of the deaf in Tulsa are worried that the
Tulsa Public Schools may close up its deaf
program in one building. The school board said
it would move to another building, but the
parents say it will not be the same.

Taking the train in London can be complicated
and difficult for tourists. For that reason
Arriva Rail is hosting workshops to help
employees communicate with the deaf passengers
that need directions to reach their destinations.

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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.

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/overlooked-deaf-members-in-family-tree/

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A DEAF FOSSIL
Earth has many, many fossils. Were any of the
fossils deaf?
There was one – a fossil of a bat that is
52 million years old.
Bats are deaf. So, possibly this is the oldest
Deaf Fossil that we know about!

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

On a trip last summer, we stopped at a rest area to have lunch on a picnic
table.

I realized I forgot my white cane!  We were already half way in our trip
to our destination!

It just happened the rest area had an outdoor potty that did not require
my white cane to guide me!

Upon arrival to our hotel, I searched the internet for a local retailer
that sold white canes.

I found a store and emailed them my inquiry for purchasing a white cane
for the blind.

They said they did have them!

When my wife was free from her workshop, we went there to get the cane for
my needs.

My wife needed her wire fixed to plug in her laptop, so I sat in the car
explored my new cane.

To my surprise, the color was grey!  New canes for the blind now come in a
variety of colors!

They still have red color at the bottom of the cane and whole cane glows
in the dark!

Look at the bright side, the grey cane matches my grey hair!

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:

Harvard, after facing a lawsuit, has agreed
to caption all of its videos.

An activist said the ADA was a joke because
it took between 7-10 years for it to be
effective after it was signed into law.

Takudzwa Phiri, a deaf Zimbabwean woman,
finished runner up at the Deaf Africa
that took place at Seychelles. She traveled
to that country alone. Trying to return
home, she missed her flight, confused at
the airport. No one was around to help
and direct her to the right connection!
Upset countrymates are trying to help
her reach home.

The DC Office on Deaf and Hard of Hearing
may be nearing reality as the city council
is favorable towards this concept.

The Baltimore Business Journal ran a piece saying that
accessibility is important to future of businesses.

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THE DOCTOR’S MASK
We have a few deaf physicians. All of them are afraid
of the masks that surgeons use while in the operating
room.
It is impossible for a deaf doctor to lipread other
doctors if masks hide their lips.
For one deaf doctor, he was surprised when other
doctors told him that in the operating room they don’t
talk about the operation itself, but talk about sports,
dogs, weather, politics, etc!

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Lip reading tale

Introducing a new employee, the deaf person
thought the boss said:

This is Kevin Little

The boss actually said:
This is Kevin Liddle

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IGNORING A DEAF ACQUAINTANCE
A deaf man works in customer service at his place
of employment.
He contacts many hearing employees through
email. He has never met these employees in
person but they know him, and they know he is deaf.
Suddenly one day, one employee shows up
at the office and says hi to everyone, hugs everyone
and chats with everyone.
But this friendly hearing employee ignores
the deaf person!
Why?

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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

When people see me providing CART services, I am frequently asked how someone
becomes a CART captioner or broadcast captioner and how long it takes.

Realtime captioners use the same basic skills as court reporters, so you would
attend a school that teaches court reporting. The National Court Reporters
Association has a list of NCRA-certified schools and participating programs.

You can get that information on their website at www.ncra.org.

There are also Facebook and other online groups of court reporting students
where you may find recommendations of court reporting schools and programs.

As far as how long it will take you to get through court reporting school, that
is a more difficult question to answer. Every person is different. First you
will learn the shorthand theory, and then you will spend time building your
speed. It is essentially up to you how long it will take. It may take between
two to five years, depending on how quickly you gain steno speed.

The programs in the schools are set up so that you must pass one speed to
progress to the next higher speed. For example, you must pass tests at 100 words
a minute in order to progress to the next class at 120 words per minute. If that
takes you six weeks or six months, it is totally up to you. Most schools require
that you pass tests at 225 words a minute in order to complete your training.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

A proposed bill in New Zealand is making the deaf community
upset. It has been proposed that hearing people, injured in
place of employment and becoming deaf as a result, be entitled
to lifetime compensation equal to six percent loss of their work
income. This would leave deaf employees out in the cold because
injured deaf workers are still deaf after the injury and not
subject to such compensation.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

It was reported that the Seattle Public Schools
do not have someone responsible for overseeing
the needs of deaf students. Rather it has been
divided among teachers, already overloaded with
their own duties and responsibilities.

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DeafDigest – 06 December 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 6, 2019

— upon learning child is deaf

What do some hearing parents do upon learning
that their child is deaf? They may learn ASL,
may learn about deaf schools, may learn about
counselors that work with deaf children,
may learn about these teachers of the deaf,
network with other parents of deaf children,
and so on.

 

— waiting months in advance for a great interpreter

It is hard to believe. If a deaf person wants the
best interpreter, he has to make reservations
and wait several months in advance. This is not a joke!

 

— rare deaf person in construction trades

There are not too many deaf people in the
construction trades field. Discrimination
or disinterest by the deaf? Do not know,
but there was a newspaper story today about
a construction company in Vermont having
a deaf employee and the management
enrolling him in classes and workshops to
teach him more skills in this field.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 05 December 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 5, 2019

— crisis in education of the deaf in South Dakota

Splashed across many newspapers is the bad shape
education of the deaf is in South Dakota. This
is sad; the state closed up the main campus of
South Dakota School for the Deaf, instead,
farming it out to respective school districts.
Former governor Dennis Daugaard is a Coda;
was it in his past agenda to preserve the
campus of the deaf school? Apparently not.
Additionally, Communication Service for
the Deaf, the nation’s most visible agency
serving the deaf, moved to Austin from
past location in Sioux Falls. Could CSD
have saved the school, inasmuch as it was
located on the campus? Probably not, but
yet, it hurts.

 

— some customer service people freak out on relay calls

A comment caught DeafDigest editor’s attention – that
some customer service people either are not used or
do not know how to deal with VRS calls, thinking it
may be a scam or a fraud, and as a consequence,
hang up on these calls. Does not matter if
the VRS staff explain what these relay calls
are all about, they still get hung up on!

 

— Hope Valuable 500 is helping the deaf

There is a group – called Valuable 500. The
mission is to educate Fortune 500 corporations
to be sensitive to the needs of the deaf and
disabled. The Valuable 500 web site lists
such conglomerates as Barclays, Microsoft
and KPMG as their clients. Just hope that
these corporations will accommodate the
deaf much more than just captions and interpreters
(meaning employment and attitude adjustments).

 

 

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DeafDigest – 04 December 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 4, 2019

— the deaf and the Comcast

There was a story that Comcast will use interpreters
to communicate with the deaf. Just hope it all
works out. Several times in the past years,
DeafDigest editor used video relay to communicate
with Comcast to fix problems with TV and with
the internet. To make long stories short, these
were big time ordeals that no one could endure.
If there is a future issue with Comcast, DeafDigest
editor will just walk over to the Comcast store and
write notes with the customer service rep!

 

— making it on the Forbes’ Under 30 list

Soleil Wheeler, who is deaf, and is well known
in the hearing world-wide gaming community as
Ewok, has made it on the prestigious Forbes’
Under 30 gaming list.

 

— New York Times Magazine’s important person

Matt Willey is probably the most important person
that works for the New York Times Magazine. It is
a thick magazine pull out that comes with
New York Times every Sunday. He is deaf, and
is the magazine’s Art Director. He does not use
ASL and functions as a hearing person.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 03 December 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 3, 2019

— Denver Broncos rejects the Deaf Voice

The Denver Broncos has established the
Disabled Access Advisory Committee to
advise the team on the needs of disabled
(and deaf) fans. This committee includes
City and County of Denver Commission for
People with Disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans
of America, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition,
National Spinal Cord Injury Association,
and Craig Rehabilitation Hospital. Where
is the Deaf Voice on the committee? None!
Zero! Sad irony since Broncos hired a
full time interpreter to accompany
Kenny Walker when he played for them
for two seasons way back in the early
1990’s.

 

— deaf people creating their own sign languages

How did the deaf create their own sign language?
Linguists thought that when two deaf people, both not
knowing each other, would create a common language
with signs and gestures that both would understand.
Multiply that by groups of deaf people meeting
each other for the first time everywhere in the
world and we see these multiple, and different,
sign languages.

 

— serious VRI issues at a major DC hospital

George Washington University Hospital is a huge
and sprawling complex of buildings scattered
across the city. The hospital replaced live
interpreters with VRI. DeafDigest editor had
an appointment today with a doctor at that hospital.
The staff had a hard time locating the VRI
iPad that was needed, but finally found it.
The iPad was low on power and the staff could
not locate a charger. They found a charger but
it was the wrong one. Eventually the VRI iPad
went dead. The rattled doctor then cut short
the appointment. The interpreter, which was
great, was located in Houston, Texas and it
took quite a moment to understand these
sign language differences. Bottom line – does
DeafDigest editor like the VRI experience?
No. A live interpreter is always preferable.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 02 December 2019

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 2, 2019

— ASL-fluent nurses told not to interpret

At the San Francisco General Hospital, nurses
who are fluent in ASL are told not to serve
as interpreters. Nothing to do with them not
being RID-certified, but because of union
rules regarding no extra pay for bilingual
services!

 

— clueless business places

There are always some business places that think
the ADA regulations do not apply to them. And they
learn, too late, that it very much does.

 

— becoming a manbat

Batman’s best friend is Dr. Kirk Langstrom,
a deaf zoologist, who wanted to have super-hearing
senses. He injected himself with a serum. It
was a mistake because he became a manbat (half-man,
half-bat), becoming a crazy creature. It is part of
DC Universe’ new comic book series.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 01 December 2019

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Top stories about the deaf:
The FCC is now tightening its rules to make sure
federal funds will not go to “bad actors” which
is in reference to the Deaf Relay scandals of
some years back.
There is a dangerous trend for the deaf people,
seeking medical aid, in Canada. More clinics and
labs are closing up, forcing them to travel greater
distances for their appointments.
ASL interpreters with the Virgin Islands Territorial
Emergency Management Agency have been contacting
sign language users in different territorial areas
for one reason – too many sign language dialects
can make interpreting difficult. The interpreters
wish to know these signs in these dialects.
Liisa Kauppinen, a deaf advocate from Finland,
was bestowed with a great honor – Light for the World
award for her years of work in advocating for the
rights and needs of the deaf.
Police officers in Edmonton are now given communication
cards to communicate with the deaf during traffic
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
A MYSTERY AMONG PARENTS OF THE DEAF
    Many hearing parents have two or more deaf
children in their families.
    Some parents will send their first born deaf
child to a mainstreamed program but send their
second born deaf child to a deaf school.
    Some other parents will send their first
born deaf child to a deaf school but send
their second born deaf child to a mainstreamed
program.
    Why? Always a mystery!
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TWO DIFFERENT NATIONAL SIGN LANGUAGES IN INDONESIA
    The deaf of Indonesia is stuck with two different
sign languages.
    It is two – because one was created by the hearing
and the other one created by the deaf.
    The deaf are complaining that the signs created
by hearing is too difficult for them to understand.
    This is the reason why the deaf leaders created
their own deaf-friendly deaf sign language!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Thanksgiving is over and now the Holiday shopping season is on!
Many of us do our shopping online due to no SSP service or program
to provide us transportation.
Reading descriptions of the items online is not fun!  It is really
tiring for our vision.
It would do us good if you would offer to volunteer and take us out
shopping!
Feeling the products is a lot more fun than reading the information
online!
And of course there is the added benefit of seeing the Holiday
decorations all over town!
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 Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, in
Colorado, is re-opening. It was temporarily closed
because of issues with non-profit tax reports.
Right now there are 17 deaf Korean people that make
a full time living as taxi drivers, with help of
a special app that allows them and hearing passengers
to communicate with each other on their rides.
The goal is to increase the count of deaf taxi
drivers to 30.
Big Lots, a department store chain, paid a $100,000
fine for discriminating against a deaf employee
at the Elkins, WV location. The EEOC agreed to
the settlement.
“No captions, no vote” is the rally cry among
deaf advocates that complain of no accessibility
at voting booths in Great Britain.
In midst of raging fires in Australia, the
deaf groups are asking first responders to
learn signs to better communicate with them,
so as to explain what is going on.
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SCARED OF LEGAL INTERPRETING
    There are some interpreters that are scared to
do legal interpreting – in the court room, or in the
attorney’s office or in the police station.
    Reasons are that:
– a deaf person may not understand legal words
– the interpreter may not know how to interpret legal words
– if an interpreter makes an error that is overlooked, the
deaf person may suffer
    This is why there are workshops on legal interpreting.
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Lip reading tale
In a workplace hallway, a deaf employee was
chatting with a hearing employee. A third
person passed through them.
The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
This is Ape
The hearing person actually said:
This is Abe
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DEAF VIDEO BECOMING USELESS?
    Some deaf sign languages are dying in small communities
all over the world.
    Some deaf linguists are using the video to tape these
sign languages before the older sign language users pass
away.
    DeafDigest wonders if these videos are useless – because
no one in the world could understand these dying sign
languages?
    Just wondering! Maybe DeafDigest is wrong?
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
“There is a court reporter who attends my church. I think I will have her
provide CART for the services.”
I have heard people make a comment like this one many times. However, what
these people have to realize is that all court reporters do not feel
comfortable providing CART. Even though court reporters, broadcast
captioners, and CART captioners possess the same basic skills, there is
different training required for all of those positions.
Court reporters are trained to work in a legal environment, but they may
have no training in working with people with a hearing loss. Their main
goal in recording the information on their steno machines is to make a
record. If they write something phonetically and it does not translate
properly, they can just enter the proper term in their computer after the
proceeding when they are producing a transcript.
CART captioners have the goal of accurately communicating what is being
said to the people using their services. If something does not translate
properly, they can’t go back and fix it after the proceeding. They strive
to get it to translate so that the people reading their screens can
understand and follow what is being said.
There are many court reporters who might be willing to provide CART
services in a church setting, but don’t assume that all of them would feel
comfortable doing that. Depending on their background, it might be like
asking an eye surgeon to operate on someone’s back.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
Mississippi School for the Deaf leaving its Jackson
campus for a campus in Brookhaven? The state government
made that suggestion that the school move to the
Mississippi School of Arts campus. Rationale given
was that it would boost the area economy as well as
to provide a safe environment for deaf students.
DeafDigest knows for sure that the Mississippi Deaf
Community will fight against such a move.
note:
the school is still there in Jackson.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
The real time captioners were described as one
of these invisible jobs that earn good money,
according to The Fiscal Times.
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