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DeafDigest – 31 January 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 31, 2020

— deaf be visible or be invisible

Do deaf people want to be invisible or to be
visible? A supermarket, wishing to accommodate
deaf shoppers, has offered them special flags that
are attached to their shopping carts. That way,
when they need shopping assistance, help is
quickly on the way. DeafDigest suspects that many
deaf people prefer to stay invisible, and would
rather spend time looking for hard-to-find
products than to seek assistance!

 

— few words about the deaf

A deaf intern, with an agency that works with the
deaf and the disabled, was shocked. He read the
mission statement and agency reports. Very little
was mentioned about the deaf, whereas much attention
was focused on people of other disabiilities.
Politics among the disabled? Do not know – but
that intern vows to change things.

 

— Vermont tech wants to help the deaf-blind

Accessible Web, a tech company in Vermont, wants
to help the deaf-blind to use the web. The problem
is money and lots of it. For a just a basic web
site for the deaf-blind, cost is few thousand
dollars. But for a much better web site that will
do more for the deaf-blind, it will cost $10,000!
DeafDigest disappointed about the cost? Yes.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 30 January 2020

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— 140 miles each day to attend classes

What good is a mainstreamed program if the daily
commute totals 140 miles each school day?
A deaf student that lives in Muleshoe, Texas
(5,000 population) has to commute to a mainstreamed
program in Lubbock, Texas, which is 70 miles away!

 

— an unfair deaf survey for the deaf

A deaf mental-health group, wanting to know more about
the needs of their deaf patients, sent out a survey.
At the bottom of the survey, it said it must be answered
ont paper, and not through sign language videos!
An unfair survey run by a deaf group that wants to help
the deaf but not helping the deaf at all!

 

— deaf attorneys working with hearing attorneys

We have a good number of deaf attorneys that work
with hearing attorneys. Are these deaf attorneys
happy at work? Many have said they were bullied
and treated poorly by their hearing peers. This
may be the reason why a number of deaf attorneys
leave the legal profession for other professinal
opportunities!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 29 January 2020

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— important thing with a deaf-blind dog

Filbert, who is a deaf-blind puppy, will be
one of the Super Bowl Day TV participants.
The Filbert’s trainer said that while the
puppy loves to play, as all puppies do,
the important thing is that he depends
on smell and touch. This means no moving
around of his toys on the floor – just leave
toys as is!

 

— 35 mile drive to watch an open captioned movie

A deaf person that loves to watch movies, complained
that for one open captioned movie, he had to drive
to a theater 35 miles away from his home. None of the
theaters in his hometown advertised the movie as
opened captioned whereas the distant theater did.
What about captioning glasses? No way, he said.

 

— must use telephone to appeal a parking ticket

Discrimination? Yes, in the case of a deaf person
that parked his car on a street while shopping.
His shopping took too long and when he came back,
his parking ticket was inserted in the car
windshield. He wanted to appeal the parking
ticket but was turned down for one reason –
he had to use the voice telephone, and for
him, it was impossible!

 

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DeafDigest – 28 January 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 28, 2020

— ballot question, easy or hard to read

Maryland State Sen. Cheryl C. Kagan has introduced
a bill to require language in a ballot question to
be on the 5th grade, not on the 6th grade level.
This bill was in reference to trying to help the
deaf understand these ballot questions. Interestingly
enough, one legislator said that for some hearing
with college education, some of these questions
are hard to read!

 

— a fact with a doctor or a joke?

There is a book, based on a true story – The Open Heart Club
by Gabriel Brownstein, who is not deaf. It is about the early
days of open heart surgery, an operation considered dangerous
and risky at that time. In one part of the book, it said:

a deaf, dyslexic pediatrician who listened to kids’ heartbeats
with her fingertips

A fact or a joke? The author said it is not a joke!

 

— bank says it is the first to serve the deaf

A deaf bank? JPMorgan Chase says it is, opening
a branch not too far from the Gallaudet campus.
Just hope it all works out. Deaf people that live
in the suburbs (Maryland and Virginia) likely
will not drive all the way just to bank at the
“deaf” bank – because there are many, many
JPMorgan Chase branches everywhere. And besides
DeafDigest has seen big improvements in
customer service when dealing with questions
and issues from the deaf. If JPMorgan Chase
will reach out to Gallaudet graduates and
offer them jobs at their branches, great!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 27 January 2020

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— ADA lawsuit has hurt the deaf

Crema Coffee, San Jose, CA, has shut down – thanks
to a ADA lawsuit. It was not a deaf-related lawsuit,
but it has hurt the deaf. The owner employed deaf
students from the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s
post-secondary program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
The person who filed the lawsuit has filed many other
ADA lawsuits everywhere – in other words, a serial
filer of lawsuits.

 

— New York says hotline 311 is useless

Hotline 311 is considered non-emergency calls, and while
it is supposed to be accessible to the deaf, New York
City councilmember Fernando Cabrera said it is useless.
311 involves too many parts – TTY, 711 relay and the
video relay – all of which is not handled by the 311
operators. For some calls, the wait can be 45 minutes
long. It was a story in today’s newspaper.

 

— stock market selling shares in Deaf Coffee?

Any deaf-owned, deaf-run businesses selling shares
in a stock market? Not in major stock markets in USA
and in other bigger nations. But – in Jamaica?
Business leaders in Jamaica are pushing for their
own stock market to encourage their small businesses
to join in and help with the national economical
growth. Deaf Coffee? In a press release, one leader
said – include the deaf people in the coffee industry!

 

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DeafDigest – 26 January 2020

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Top stories about the deaf:
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, himself a controversial
person, said “Proud to hire and train deaf associates
program we’ve in India”. This was in reference to
hiring the deaf in Amazon warehouses in India.
Becky Daykin, who is deaf, is partners with
a hearing chef to run a popular vegan
restaurant – Luck and Boo, in Melton, a medium
sized town in Great Britain.
The Datong Knife-Cut Noodle Restaurant, located
in the Kaifeng in central China’s Henan Province,
is an all-deaf staff of chefs to waiters.
The only hearing persons are the brother and
sister owners, but in their family, another brother
and another sister are both deaf.
Ad Infinitum, a hearing theater in Bristol, UK
is planning to train the deaf to become
directors of Deaf Plays.
In Ohio, the police officers, during traffic stops,
can go into their laptops and look up the drivers’
disabilities, including deafness and then know what
to do appropriately. Problem is – information is
voluntary. If deaf driver won’t volunteer his
deafness information then the police officers
may sometimes know nothing about it!
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
HITCHCOCK’S BODY LANGUAGE
    Alfred Hitchcock was a famous movie director for his
many mystery movies.
    In all of these movies of mystery he emphasized
body language. These actors do not speak but use
body language in some brief scenes.
    He never used deaf actors. He should have, because
deaf actors are great with body language!
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
DEAF VOTE BRIBERY?
    Can a group of deaf people be “bribed” to vote in favor
of a hot issue?
    Bribe with money? No. A deaf man who wanted the hot issue
to be passed by the members had a different bribe.
    He bribed everyone in the meeting room (about 40 delegates)
with beer! Cost of beer multiplied by 40 members is expensive.
    Did he win? Yes.? If he did not bribe with beer, would he win?
Good question!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Recreation is fun and good exercise.  For me, that is important!
When we get a good amount of snow, many of you just pack up and jump into
your car to go skiing.
For me, I need to reserve a spot in advance, in most cases two weeks in
advance.
The organization that provides support and volunteers requires time to
schedule us in.
The frustrating part for me is that by the time they are ready to have me
hit the mountains, it’s raining!
That is part of my life as a DeafBlind person.
Now mother nature needs to stop this off again on again behavior!
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.
You can email him at mailto:info@renetheunstoppable.com
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DeafDigest – 26 January 2020

DeafDigest Blue – January 26, 2020
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Top stories about the deaf:
Bleetech is a new sign language TV station set up
in India. It plans to cover all news, the same
coverage as hearing people get on their TV news
programs.
King’s Court, a landmark building that formerly
housed the East Lancashire Deaf Society in Blackburn,
UK, has been sold. The sale went for £925,000
but the past deaf society is not off the hook,
as they owe another £191,000.
Donna Sorenson will take over as the superintendent
of Mississippi School for the Deaf and also of
the Mississippi School for the Blind on March
1, 2020. She will leaving her same position at
Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind.
A deaf girl takes daily taxi rides from her
home in Southwark, in the southern part of
London, to a deaf school in St Albans, in
the northern part of London. These taxi
rides cost Southwark Council £30,000 per
year. The family has tried desperately to
move to an apartment near the deaf school
but cannot get funding. This problem
will get worse because the girl’s younger
brother is also deaf and will start schooling
soon!
A New Jersey newspaper ran a headline that
said:
Insurance does not find it necessary for children to hear
This was in reference to an angry debate about
insurance companies refusing to cover hearing
aids.
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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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FAX MACHINE BECOMING UNIMPORTANT?
    About 20 years ago, the fax machine became very popular
in the deaf community. It replaced the TTY machine as a way
for deaf people to communicate with each other.
    One deaf family used the fax machine to communicate with
their deaf family members that lived in another city. That
fax machine was busy all day, every day.
    Not any more. Deaf people use email, use chat, use
pagers, use web cams, etc. And more deaf people have thrown away
their fax machines!
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A hearing man was talking with a deaf man about a
banking transaction.
The deaf man thought the hearing man said:
This is ill eagle
The hearing man actually said:
This is illegal
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DEAF BECOMING BEST FRIENDS WITH HEARING
    A few deaf people have become best friends
with hearing.
    How and why? They go outside to smoke
cigarettes. Since there are fewer smokers
today because of anti-tobacco laws, they
quickly become good friends while smoking
together!
  Smoking is bad. Making best friends is
not bad!
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
Why are there going to be some mistakes in realtime captioning?
Some people do not understand that realtime captioning is actually being
done “live” as an event is taking place. The captions are displayed
immediately, and there is no time to proofread or correct an error.
Imagine if you were typing along on a keyboard as fast as you could type.
Even if you are an excellent typist, there will be some mistakes. Although
captioners do not use QWERTY keyboards, they may be writing on their steno
machine keyboards at top speeds for extended periods of time.
It is important that caption viewers learn how to distinguish between good
captioning and poor captioning. Even though there will always be some
mistakes in realtime captioning, caption viewers should not have to settle
for poor captioning. We must learn what an acceptable amount of errors
would be.
An occasional error in realtime captioning would be acceptable. When there
are many, many errors to the point that possibly you cannot even follow
what is going on, it is time to think about complaining to the television
station or programming distributor.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
It was learned that Disability Rights Advocates, which
is a legal advocacy agency in California’s Bay Area,
is interested in hearing from us, the deaf, on being
hung up on relay calls from financial institutions.
An example was Wells Fargo hanging up on us repeatedly.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
Four small Japanese towns have set up a set of procedures
to send emergency messages for deaf residents in case of
disasters (floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc).
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DeafDigest – 24 January 2020

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— nation’s only deaf and world’s only deaf?

‘Deaf Trucker Girl’ whose real name is Candice Lureman
was profiled in an Australian newspaper as her nation’s
only deaf female truck driver – and – as the world’s
only deaf female allowed to drive super-huge trucks.
DeafDigest editor is not sure of the “world’s only”
distinction that the newspaper claims. This being
said, do we have other deaf female super truckers
that we don’t know about?

 

— rating these small towns according to criteria

WalletHub, a personal finance web site, ran a survey
of Ohio’s 186 small towns – these real, as-is small
towns, not part of a bigger metro area. One of the
criteria WalletHub used to rate these small towns
is this:

a school district with a well-run program for deaf children

While this is a good criteria, how would WalletHub
determine if a school district in one small town
is better than another school district in another
small town? WalletHub people are financial
specialists, not deaf education specialists!

 

— Streetcar 82 helping town politics

Streetcar 82 is a well-known deaf operated, deaf
run brewery in Hyattsville, MD. Most of the patrons
are hearing, including the town police chief who
likes to stop by for a pint after he gets off
duty. Anyway the local Hyattsville government
is testing closed captions on webcasts of
council meetings. Did Streetcar 82 push for
these captions? Surely, not – but every council
member knows what Streetcar 82 is all about,
as a symbol of a deaf-owned business doing
Hyattsville proud. Come to a council member
with a deaf issue, and he will immediately
think of Streetcar 82.

 

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DeafDigest – 23 January 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 23, 2020

— financially challenging times for deaf service agencies

Because of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act becoming effective
this year, the nonprofit agencies, especially those that
work with the deaf, will face new challenges in fund
raising. This law raises the amount of money one could
donate – just to get a tax break. Challenges mean
creating better ways to get donations – face to face
meetings with donors, using social media to create
agency visibility, staying with agency goals
amd missions, hosting one or two annual BIG fundraisers,
be open with public on what deaf agency have been
doing for deaf clients and also on missions and goals.
Keep in mind, this is not just a Deaf Agency challenge
but a challenge for all agencies (deaf and hearing).

 

— Deaf Glass Bottle has a great value

Way back in 1880’s deaf artist Andrew Clemens
specialized in putting layers of sand of different
colors into tall glass bottles. His glass bottles
sold for just a few dollars at that time. During
an episode of the TV Antiques Roadshow program,
an appraiser estimated that Clemens’ work would
be valued at $30,000 – $50,000 nowadays!

 

— laws on truck drivers and the deaf truck driver

Even though the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
has given about 600 waivers to allow deaf individuals
to attend trucking schools and become full time truck
drivers, the anti-deaf trucking restrictions are still
on the administration books. There is a “war” going on –
instructors of truck driving schools do not want deaf
truck drivers; agencies that work with the deaf want
the deaf to be allowed to drive trucks. At this point,
no one knows what it is going to happen.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 22 January 2020

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— actress Katie Leclerc and the deaf

Katie Leclerc has played deaf roles. She has said
she is not deaf but has a hearing loss. Not sure
what is this supposed to mean – deaf people are
basically broken down into four categories –
profoundly deaf, severely deaf, moderately deaf
and mildly deaf. Certainly she functions as a
hearing person, because she has also played
many, many hearing roles. Best to leave it at
that! One thing for sure – it is fun to watch
her perform in many different roles.

 

— ASL and these European sign languages

Royal Society Open Science published an article
written by linguists that say that the European
sign languages have roots, coming from five separate
sign languages – Austrian, Swedish, French,
Spanish and British. While Americans and the
British people share the same spoken and
written language, the ASL comes from French
Sign Language, not the British Sign Language.
British fingerspelling is two-handed; ASL
fingerspelling is one-handed.

 

— unrealistic TV plot about the late-deaf

The NCIS Season TV series has a plot about
a late-deafness character. Upon being deaf,
the character quickly became an expert
lipreader; the character fired a weapon,
unaware of the command telling to stop firing;
co-workers unaware of her deafness despite
red flags that went up all the time.
Discussed, though, during the program was
that other nations allow the deaf to serve
whereas the deaf in USA cannot serve.

 

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DeafDigest – 21 January 2020

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— swab test said to detect deafness

a newspaper story said that a new genetic test,
which consists of swabbing the baby’s cheeks
could help detect deafness. These swabs took place
at two hospitals in United Kingdom. Best is to wait
and see if it really works in the long run.

 

— trend: better captions or low-cost (free) captions

The National Court Reporters Association is
pushing for students to enroll in captioning
courses to become well-qualified captioners.
The local government agencies is pushing for
software that will provide free captions.
Two trends clashing with each other?

 

— a Coda scared of interpreting

A Coda, with a long line of deafness in his family
tree, said signing socially is much different
from doing professional interpreting. For that
reason, getting trained to be a certified
interpreter, wasn’t an option with him. After
going through employment layoffs, he then
decided to get an intpreting certification.
He is happy now, so is the Deaf Community.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 20 January 2020

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— Iowa possibly not ready for deaf and disabled on Caucus Day

The Republican and Democratic groups and disabled activists
are working at the last minute to have deaf/disabled voters
ready for full participation on Caucus Day. There are
concerns that it is all talk and no action and at the end of
Caucus Deaf, the deaf and disabled voters will continue
being disappointed.

 

— the truth to the filing of ADA lawsuit

A deaf person has filed a lawsuit with a video
provider for not having the contents captioned.
Amid much furor, it was learned that the person
filing the lawsuit, is a serial lawsuit filer –
he has filed lawsuits in the past, here and there,
left and right. And what did the video provider say?
That they carry captions, just that the deaf person
did not know where to turn on the magic CC button!

 

— Brewability employs the deaf and the disabled

Brewability is a craft beer pub in Englewood, CO.
The sign at the door says:

we hire the disabled

The brewery, with a staff of about 25, has a number
of deaf employees as well as with hearing employees
with other disabilities. They all perform all
duties – bartending, serving drinks, making
pizza, counting the change as the cash register, etc.
Any difference between Deaf Beer and Hearing Beer.
No. A bad beer is bad; a good beer is good.

 

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DeafDigest – 20 January 2020

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Top stories about the deaf:
Many subtitled movies are badly messed up
in Great Britain. Movie houses promise
subtitles but either forgot to turn these
on or these were never coded into the film.
A newspaper story featured these issues.
Adefala Alaba, the director of the
Lagos State Deaf Association (in Africa)
said in a newspaper interview that his
priority is to improve the welfare
of his deaf people.
A big issue in prisons in Ireland is
bullying of deaf inmates. This was an
issue that was brought up in a
newspaper story.
A new app is on the market, that allows deaf
person to press on it for immediate access to
an interpreter (on screen).
The Office of Civil Rights reached agreement with
Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System
(Texas) to make sure interpreters are provided
for deaf patients.
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SCARY IN HEARING PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT
    It is often that a deaf employee would get great
job performance reviews every year by his supervisor.
But when the supervisor leaves his employment and
a new supervisor is hired, he may not like the
deaf and may give the deaf employee a bad job
performance review!
    Scary that one year great job performance review
and next year a bad job performance review.
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A DEAF BUSINESS CARD
    Many deaf people have their own business cards which advertise
their own part time businesses – such as computer repairs, painting,
handyman work, photography, etc.
    One business card by a British deaf photographer is interesting. It asks
for hearing customers to call him on voice phone, but to wait for the
fifth ring to leave in a text message because there is no relay service.
    Does it help? No – hearing people have no patience!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
As many of you are aware, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7.
Windows 7 was the most accessible operating system for individuals who are
DeafBlind and Blind.
I tried to upgrade my computers from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
In the process, a window popped up asking if I want to uninstall
ZoomText!  No way!
The problem is that once that program is uninstalled I cannot function on
the computer at all!
I required someone with good eye sight to assist me in upgrading to the
newer Windows 10.
I even emailed the company that created this awesome program asking for
guidance during the upgrade.
The reply I got from them, “You must uninstall ZoomText, then upgrade
Windows 10”.
This sound so insensitive since many DeafBlind folks cannot function on a
computer without ZoomText!
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.
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Canberra is the capital city of Australia, and
the nation’s largest inland city. This nation
is suffering from raging wild fires, but for
the deaf Canberra only has one certified
interpreter!
The National Book Critics Circle has announced
that one of the finalists in the poetry category
is Ilya Kaminsky, that wrote the poem – Deaf
Republic. This group is an organization of
book review editors and critics.
Dr. Amanda Mooneyham, who is deaf, was featured
in the media as a primary care provider at Shasta
Community Health Center in Redding, CA.
Veteran deaf actor Russell Harvard was duly
noted for acting in a hearing play – ‘Mockingbird
on Broadway in Manhattan.
Christine Sun Kim, who is deaf, will be sign-singing
the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Just hope she
will be on the screen instead of being pushed out
as was the habit of TV people in the past
Super Bowls.
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A DOG AS A PET OR AS A HEARING EAR DOG?
    DeafDigest editor and his wife, with the family dog,
were staying at a hotel in North Carolina as a stopover
on way to Holiday Season vacation in Florida.
    The hotel in North Carolina allowed dogs, but there
is an extra charge for it.
    The hotel policy is no charge if the dog is certified
as a Service Dog.
    DeafDigest editor’s dog is a pet, not a Service
Dog. The hotel, however, said that if the dog’s owner
is deaf, then this dog is “certified” as a Service
Dog, no matter if the dog is a pet!
    This was a surprise because DeafDigest editor expected
to pay extra for the dog in the hotel room.
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Lip reading tale
A hearing senior citizen was chatting with a
deaf senior citizen.
The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
I used to watch a lot of programs on the Dupont TV network
The hearing person actually said:
I used to watch a lot of programs on the Dumont TV network
note:
Between 1942 and 1957, Dumont was USA’s fourth TV
network, competing against ABC, CBS and NBC.
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AMERICANS SIGNING FOREIGN AMERICAN LANGUAGES
    This is a true story. Two deaf Americans were arguing
in sign language. The third person, himself deaf, watched
the argument but did not understand the argument.
    Why? The two deaf Americans were arguing in ASL;
the third deaf person, not arguing, but watching,
only knew SEE (Signing Essential English) and could
not just understand one word!
    Do we, the deaf in USA, have too many different
American languages in signs?
    Yes.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
People have asked me, “What is the difference between subtitles and closed
captioning?”
First of all, the answer to that question depends on what country the
person asking the question is from. When people from the U.K. refer to
subtitles, they are referring to what we in the United States call
captioning.
However, to answer the question for those of us in the U.S., the use of
subtitles began many years ago for people who can hear but do not
understand a language. Subtitles usually are translations of the dialogue
only.
Closed captioning was created to help people with a hearing loss, and it
includes not only the spoken words, but also music and background noises
such as birds chirping, gunshot noises, and doors slamming.
There is also a difference in how subtitles and closed captioning look on
the screen. For closed captioning, the captions are hidden or “closed” in
the video signal, and you have a decoder in your television or other
device in order to turn the captioning on. You generally see the
captioning with a black background and white letters as a separate box on
the screen.
Subtitles can be viewed without a decoder. You usually see them at the
bottom of the screen, and they may look like part of the picture. There is
not a background color, and different fonts and colors may be used for the
text itself. You often find subtitles on foreign language films.
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his research team claimed that ASL users speak as fast
as hearing speakers. The story, however, did not
say where the group was coming from. Anyway, DeafDigest
is not surprised because we have ASL interpreters, with
maybe 3 or 4 hand movements, would tell us what a
long winded hearing speaker is trying to say!
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Pete Seiler, Linsay Darnall and Jonathan Scherling
spoke at the State Board on behalf of the deaf in
Nebraska pushing for tightened interpreting
standards. Three organizations – Nebraska
Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing,
HLAA and Hands and Voices worked together
to make these testimonies possible.
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DeafDigest – 17 January 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 17, 2020

— panic hearing yelling and screaming

There was a story of an emergency situation
at the Newark Airport (NJ) that created
a mass panic scene – hearing passengers
were yelling and screaming. That meant
the screams drowned out the public
address announcements. That also means
the importance of captions, captions
and captions! Yelling hearing people
can read the captions.

 

— airlines allowed not to caption its movies!

Deaf passengers, upset at airlines not captioning
their videos, scream ADA, ADA and ADA. But ADA
may be a joke – because it does not cover air travel.
ADA covers everything else – just not air travel.
The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 only offers
protection for deaf passenges, but does not require
captions. A legal mess? Yes, very much so.

 

— a puzzling purchase

There was a story of a deaf husband and deaf wife, in a
rural country town, purchasing tech equipment that would
convert voice to text. Only one thing went wrong –
the town has no internet connection. This bothers
DeafDigest editor. Were they advised to make sure the
town has internet before spending money on tech
equipment? Did the sales person explain this fact
to them? Or the couple did not fully understand what
they needed in the first place – internet equipment?
Did they consult other deaf computer-literate friends
for advice?

 

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DeafDigest – 16 January 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 16, 2020

— plaintiff losing ADA discrimination lawsuit

A hospital in New York no longer has to worry
about ADA discrimination lawsuit, over refusal
to provide an interpreter for a deaf patient?
Two reasons – it took place a long time ago
and the statute of limitations expired – and –
because the lawsuit was filed by a hearing
sister whose deaf brother was a patient. The
hospital said she had no authority to
request an interpreter, and the brother
didn’t request it!

 

— captioned glasses, to laugh or to cry

A deaf moviegoer went to watch a “1917” movie
in a major city theater. The captioning
glasses didn’t work, only to be told the
movie wasn’t captioned. He went to a nearby
theater, which advertised the movie as
captioned, and picked up captioning glasses.
The captions showed up slowly but it did not
match what the actors were saying – it said
“Truck revving…spinning wheel”, etc.
The manager realized the captioning glasses
was programmed for a different movie at a
different theater! The glasses were
exchanged. Captions worked for a while
then the power in glasses went out.
Giving up after going to two theaters
he was able to get refunds and went
to a nearby bar to cool off.

 

— deaf employee’s “deaf” badge does not help

A deaf employee at a department store said
the “deaf” badge he wore, often does not
help. A frustrated hearing shopper would
come to him, saying something that is not
understood. The deaf employee would point
to his badge and ask to please slow down.
That only makes the hearing shopper even
angrier! Yes, the deaf employee’s supervisor
had to come over to calm down and help the
hearing shopper.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 15 January 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 15, 2020

— Another city with automated captioning

DeafDigest was concerned that automated
captions may lead to bad captions,
and that Minneapolis, to save money,
went for automated captions. It is
now happening in Knoxville, Tennessee,
according to a deaf agency leader.

 

— cashier telling deaf customers to come to her lane

Heidi Courtway, who is deaf, is a check out cashier
at the Krogers supermarket in Arkansas. Several
deaf people shop at the store – and if she sees
them at other check out lanes, she will wave
at them and ask them to come to her lane. That way
they can communicate if there were check out problems
at her lane.

 

— notes or pen & pad

Which is better – to communicate with the hearing?
Using iPhone notes app or to use pad and pen?
A DeafDigest subscriber said he uses iPhone
notes at a fast food place, saying it is easy to
get the order through with no problems. DeafDigest
editor, a bit old fashioned, just uses his pad
and pen. Every deaf person has their personal
communication preference.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 14 January 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 14, 2020

— fear of ordering at fast food place

Many deaf people have this fear when they
order fast food; even when they point at
the menu at the counter – that the order
will come out wrong. And with line getting
bigger behind them, they accept the wrong
order, not wanting to hassle with the
fast food employees. This was what one
Coda pointed out in a newspaper story.

 

— a deaf employee operates a crane

Heavy construction is everywhere in USA,
especially with these huge cranes. All
of these operators are hearing – with
one exception – Brandon Salley, who is
deaf and operates a crane at the Puget
Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate
Maintenance Facility in Washington.
He had an interpreter with him while
going through training sessions and
passed his qualifications with flying
colors.

 

— captions required for hearing people!

Many hearing people hate captions but a
newspaper story said that it is required
for them during conferences, training
sessions and workshops! It said hearing
ears get tired after trying to listen
to speeches all day – hence the importance
of captions.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 13 January 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 13, 2020

— a long-time TTY mystery

Marjorie Hill Ashman departed us recently.
This name jogged the memories of DeafDigest
editor, who served as the TDI CEO between
1979 and 1983. At that time the TTY Model
15 was the king, but the TDI agents in
Philadelphia and South New Jersey were
complaining that she hoarded hundreds of
donated TTY machines in a warehouse. These
machines could have been reconditioned and
given to deaf users. She never made contact
with the TDI office nor with any of these deaf
TDI agents. Googling up her name revealed nothing
about these TTY machines, except to say that
she worked with CONTACT, an organization that
helped serve the TTY needs of the deaf. Once
a mystery, always a mystery!

 

— store employing over 30 deaf people

It was learned that Apple store in downtown
Washington, DC has over 30 deaf employees.
Great – or not so great? Great if they are
all full-time employees with these benefits
(health insurance, vacation time, pension
plans, etc). Not so great if they are
part-timers without these benefits.
Apple is one of the world’s biggest
and richest tech companies.

 

— a reason for movies having less voice talk

Ana Lily Amirpour is a film director and
screen writer. She uses a lot of action
and less on voice in her movies. The
reason is her hearing loss, wanting
the audience to rely on action to
tell the story.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 13 January 2020

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Top stories about the deaf:
Deaf advocates in Great Britain are arguing
against the use of Blue Badge parking permits.
Blue Badge refers to the color of these special
parking permits and they are saying that since
deafness is an invisible disability these
parking permits would not do them any good!
A Nebraska legislator is pushing for ASL
to be an officially recognized language
in the state.
Emma Viskic, a deaf writer, is having her book
“Darkness For Light” published. It involves
a fictional deaf detective trying to solve a
crime.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute won a $1 million
National Science Foundation grant to see how
computers can help deaf learn ASL better
in the classroom.
A tradition has continued at New York
School for the Deaf, as far as Paul Feiner
(not deaf) is concerned. He was re-elected to
another two year term as Greenburgh Town (NY)
Supervisor. He started the tradition 30
years ago of being sworn-in at the school
and it continues.
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A CUTE HEARING GRANDCHILD
    A deaf husband and wife both have a cute hearing
grandchild from their hearing daughter.
    The cute child knows that her grandparents are
deaf – but she thinks everyone is deaf. When she
grows up she then realizes there are deaf people
and there are hearing people!
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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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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
I went snowshoeing the other day with a friend who does SSP work with me from
time to time.
I have been snowshoeing for years, since our street borders a Vermont State
Park!
I have gone alone for many years exploring the area and checking on folks who
are ice fishing.
My vision kept getting worse as it was more difficult for me to find the trails.
Even when the trails already have snowshoe prints, it is difficult now.
So if I go alone again, I’ll just use the open space to exercise.
When I have an SSP, we’ll go through the woods together!
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.
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DeafDigest – 13 January 2020

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The Delaware School for the Deaf be having
classes in Chinese language next year.
The U.S. Department of Labor will be
celebrating year-long the anniversary of
the ADA.
Coming back to haunt the government of
South Dakota is a newspaper story saying
that:
state leaders overall have ignored the needs
of deaf and hard of hearing students for decades
The sad Australian fires may be affecting
Deaf Communications. A deaf person made an
appointment; he never got a response but showed
up for the appointment. No one was around because
he never got a response which said the appointment
was cancelled. Fortunately for all concerned,
things went well with the deaf person’s reason
for the appointment.
In Arkansas, a fire department is looking
very hard to find deaf families that could
get flashing fire detectors. Either the
fire department does not know how to reach
out to the deaf community – or deaf people
do not want these fire detectors?
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A DEAF CLUB IN NEW CAR DEALERSHIP?
    Years ago, a popular and a well-known deaf man worked
in a Washington, DC new car dealership. He specialized in
sales of new cars for deaf customers.
    The dealership general manager hated it when many
deaf friends came to the dealership just to chat with
the deaf salesperson.
    This general manager asked his deaf salesman:
is this an auto dealership or is this a deaf social club?
    Few weeks later, the deaf salesman quit his job.
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A hearing fisherman and a deaf fisherman were talking
about fishing.
The deaf fisherman thought the hearing fisherman said:
I caught a Mike today
The hearing fisherman actually said:
I caught a pike today
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NEVER LAID OFF DURING RECESSION
    A deaf man worked for an engineering firm;
he did not have a college degree in engineering.
Yet, when business went bad, the company engineers
were always laid off.
    This deaf man was never laid off! Why?
He was so valuable to the company in many
different ways. He could make corrections
in technical reports and in blueprints;
he was a great photographer and also a
great freehand artist. He also knew how to
fix computers; he was also able to fix
company cars.
    In fact he could do almost anything.
That is why the company always kept him
even during bad business times while
they lay off hearing engineers!
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
Some viewers of captions have asked about the delay when viewing realtime
captions. What we should understand is that when a show is prerecorded the
captions can be displayed at the same time that the words are being said.
When watching a sitcom, you may get used to having the words on the screen
while those words are still being spoken.
However, if a show is being captioned in realtime or “live,” there will
always be a short delay after a word is said before it appears on the
screen. First, the captioner must hear the word and then stroke it on the
steno machine. The computer must then translate that steno into English
and display it on the screen. There is sometimes communication over
hundreds or thousands of miles.
It actually amazes me at how quickly captions do appear when I realize how
far the sounds and words must travel and how quickly the captioner and the
equipment must react in order to display the captions.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
The National Fraternal Society of the Deaf
(The Frat) will finally close on March 6th.
The board gets together for one last meeting
to disburse the remaining funds and then to
host a reception. Said a board member:
This will sadly close another chapter in the
American History of the Deaf People
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Deaf people of India are complaining that their
sign language does not keep up with the jargon
and the lingo that hearing people use while
speaking.
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DeafDigest – 10 January 2020

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— ESPN continues with insults for 2nd day

Two days ago Woody Paige sort of insulted the
deaf in his talk-show. And now this – Kirk
Herbstreit posted a tweet that said:

You’re either deaf or don’t have closed caption.
Or better yet you DO HAVE closed caption and can’t read

Again, as with Paige, was Herbstreit joking
or just being serious with his ill-advised comment?

 

— automobiles many years ago

The automobiles, many years ago, had
bells that would inform hearing drivers
that they forgot to take their key out
when parking their cars. It helped the
hearing, but did not help the deaf –
especially these “lock outs.”

 

— reason some TV stations do not show interpreters

If interpreters are shown next to speakers, then
deaf people can see the signing. But if interpreters
are moved off the stage, then TV stations may not
show it – reason is that these news program directors
want to give attention to the  stage speakers. This
is a disappointing reason.

 

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DeafDigest – 09 January 2020

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— a comment about closed captioning is shocking

Woody Paige, not deaf, participates in these crazy
ESPN talk shows. He is well-known for writing
crazy comments on the small blackboards that are
shown on TV. He wrote:

Pay no attention to closed captioning. Misquotes are here

DeafDigest editor is not sure if he is talking about
these captioning goofs or something else?

 

 

— the weirdest customer complaint ever

All employees deal with crazy customer demands,
requests and complaints. It comes with the job.
One clothing store employee said the craziest
complaint she had to deal with was this – a
hearing customer complained about no deaf
devices in the dressing/fitting room when she
wanted to try on new clothes!

 

— captioned news, good or bad

TV stations in Minneapolis said the city
meetings and events will be captioned.
Great? Well, they said the captioning
will be automated. This means city saves
money but with more errors with these
automated captions. Is that great or
not so great?

 

 

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DeafDigest – 08 January 2020

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— Golden Globe winner supports captions and subtitles

Bong Joon-ho, not deaf, just won a Golden Globe for his
“Paradise” movie. Taking advantage of attention by the
audience he explained his support for captions
and subtitle, saying it is not just for the deaf –
but also for the hearing. Open subtitles, however,
is different from Open captions.

 

— ADA court-case loser agrees to do this, to do that

Cutter Mazda, based in Hawaii, lost ADA case because of
refusal to hire a deaf applicant. As part of the deal,
they will:

#1 – provide full ADA training to all employees
#2 – train their human resources department on how to
deal with deaf applicants
#3 – train everyone on what Deaf Culture is all about

Bottom line – will they do a good job or a bad job?
People learn and they will, eventually, forget!

 

— full-length deaf movie could be costly

There are many deaf film-makers; they do short films
and short indie films. They may have wished to do a
full-length deaf movie – but it is too costly.
A deaf movie production group wants to do a deaf movie;
the cost for doing so would be nearly five million
dollars.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 07 January 2020

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— immediately telling flight crew of American’s deafness

A deaf American passenger told one flight attendant
of his deafness. Just almost immediately, this
attendant told all other crew members about it.
As a result, the flight was pleasant as these
attendants communicated well with the American
passenger on his needs. And the flight movies had
English subtitles. Which American airline was
it? Nope – it was Air China!

 

— delivering a meal to the wrong address

Muhammad Nur Syahir, who is deaf, rides his
bicycle to deliver home meals for his
customers. He received a wrong address
on his text. The customer realized her
mistake and told the deaf deliveryman
to keep the food for himself and he will
still be paid for his delivery (to the
wrong address). He wanted his customers
to be happy, regardless of the wrong
address – so ignored the customer’s request
and delivered the meal at a longer distance.
It took place in Singapore not USA.

 

 

— analyzing a deaf truck driver lawsuit

A deaf driver was not hired for a truck driving
job. He filed a job discrimination lawsuit,
with the help of Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission. There were issues:

1. the driver got OK from Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration
2. the driver passed his school truck driving exams
3. the driver received his commercial license
4. the driver, while in school, sent a pre-application
to the company
5. the company pre-approved it
6. the company told driver to attend orientation program
7. the driver requested interpreter
8. the company asked how could the deaf drive trucks
9. the driver explained he checks all mirrors and
uses his eyes while driving
10. the company would not hire him
11. the driver asked the company why
12. the company would not respond
13. giving up, the driver applied with another company and was hired
14. ADA says employers cannot hire drivers that are direct threats
15. this lawsuit continues – back and forth fighting with both sides

Stay tuned.

 

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DeafDigest – 06 January 2020

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— NASA does not know its deaf history

NASA does not know its deaf history. There were
two deaf engineers that worked for NASA in the
past years – John Wheeler and Richard Dawes.
Yet there was a newspaper headline today
that said:

NASA’s First Deaf Engineer – which profiled
a much younger deaf engineer.

This is not the first time NASA made this
“first deaf engineer” blunder. Both Dawes
and Wheeler retired after long careers
as engineers with the NASA.

 

— U.S. Customs and Border Protection discriminates against deaf

There was a story today of the U.S. Customs and
Border Protection ignoring the deaf that needed
medical attention in Texas. Their excuse was:

CBP holding cells were “too crowded” and it would
be “inhumane” to take them in

Is U.S. Customs and Border Protection saying
that deaf are not human beings?

 

— an issue with teachers misunderstanding ASL

The Psychology Today ran a story on educators
thinking ASL is the same as gang signs
and as a consequence, dismissing atheltes
from their school sports teams.

 

 

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Micheál Kelliher, who is deaf, missed his flight
at Dublin (Ireland) airport because he was confused
and the airport authority would not guide him to
the gate. As a result the airport authority
was fined 1,000 euros by the national airport
agency.
Kim Robinson, a deaf resident of New Zealand,
visited USA in 1990 and was so inspired by
opportunities given to the deaf Americans.
He decided to do something for his deaf
friends of New Zealand. His advocacy
efforts has led him to the honor –
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
While this is great, it is with irony
since the government heavily discriminated
against former deaf MP Mojo Mathers
when she asked for assistance with her
interpreting and captioning needs with
her parliamentary work!
Deaf people in Great Britain are upset that
they subscribed to a new television
programming service only to see that
captions and subtitles are missing.
They are causing a big stink in the
British newspapers.
The Rose Parade had a deaf performer, who
was part of a high school color guard.
A new digital cookbook has been developed
for the deaf in Northern Ireland.
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COMMUNICATING WITH A HEARING PERSON
    There are four different ways for a deaf person
to communicate with a hearing person.
– gesturing, but some hearing people can’t follow gestures
– sign language, but some hearing people can’t sign
– body language, but some hearing people can’t follow body language
    The fourth way is the best – use pen and pad!
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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.
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
iPhone and iPad owners experience issues with Apple’s iOS recently updated
software.
Updates are getting more frequent complaints from DeafBlind individuals.
The majority of the time these issues impact Braille users.  Most recently
issues affect individuals who are low vision.
Low vision folks need large font and inverted colors.  Meaning black
background and yellow font as an example.
So most recent Apple’s software updates cause frustration for us who need
to invert colors!
Complaints are showing up everywhere on Facebook, DeafBlind lists and so
on.
Let’s contact Apple directly with these issues and hopefully they will
speed up the newer updates!
Here is  the email address to send your issues to: accessibility@apple.com
So I strongly encourage you to contact them, the more  of us sending
messages, the more likely they’ll get to it!
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.
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The Abey Khao cafe is Pakistan’s first
deaf-owned, deaf-run restaurant.
Maritime Sign Language is a dying sign
language in the Atlantics region of
Canada. Older deaf people use it but
younger deaf people use ASL. To preserve
that sign language, there is an effort
by linguistics people at Saint Mary’s
University. DeafDigest editor saw a
display of that sign language on
video – and it is beautiful.
A hearing-aid doll has been introduced
by American Girl. Input for this such
doll was solicited from several deaf
organizations, including Gallaudet.
David Vaughan, a deaf British man, was
denied compensation when his house
caught fire; the town said that his
paperwork deadline was missed. He is
making a big stink about it in a
newspaper story.
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FAST NEWS IN OLD DAYS
    We have email, videos, blogs, vlogs, AIM, pagers, etc.
All of these help us get news very quickly. An example
was when Ben Soukup introduced Alan Hurwitz as the
new Gallaudet president. Everyone knew about it within
few seconds.
    What about the old days of TTY machines. Were the
news slow? Well, one news-hungry CEO of a deaf agency
used his TTY for about 2-3 hours a day just to get deaf
news from anywhere in USA?
    Yes, telephone bills were high.
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COULD NOT ACCEPT DEAFNESS
    DeafDigest editor knows of a Coda that works with the deaf
in a social service agency.
    This Coda got married and had a deaf child. We would imagine
that if a Coda knows what deafness is all about because of his
parents and because he works with the deaf, he would easily
accept the deafness of his child.
    Wrong! This Coda was very upset that his child was deaf.
Why?
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
Over the holiday season, many TV stations have featured special
holiday-themed programming. We have seen special sports and entertainment
shows. Now, as the holiday season comes to an end, we will find many TV
shows beginning their new seasons.
Personally, I have seen a number of shows over this holiday season where
the captioning has been absolutely fabulous, but I have also seen
instances where the captioning was very poor or totally overlooked.
Unfortunately, there are people out there who do not think that captioning
is important. They may try to pay as little as possible, so if that means
poor quality captioning or no captioning, that may be what they will try
to do. They may feel that no one is watching the captioning, so it doesn’t
matter.
As caption viewers, we should also be advocates for captioning. If we see
a show where the captioning is horrible, we need to let the cable
companies, television stations, and captioning companies know this. If the
television stations are using people who are unqualified just because they
don’t charge very much, we have to communicate to them that that is not
acceptable. We must let them know that someone is watching the captioning.
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have their way. Time will tell if this joint effort
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as he had been in ill-health for quite some time.
He was a whistleblower that exposed relay fraud
that sent some individuals to prison.
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DeafDigest – 03 January 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 3, 2020

— neutral people in the courtoom

There was a newspaper story about neutral people
in the courtroom. They are not part of the
court system or are connected to any of these
social service agencies. An example would be
a hearing person that knows ASL observing
sign language communications between
the interpreter(s) and the deaf plaintiffs
and deaf defendants. They observe to see if
sign language is fairly presented and not
biased or slanted either way. The judges
regard these neutral people as their friends.

 

— closed captioning is a goal for a small-business owner

Amanda Beals, not deaf, just opened her small storefront
clothing store in Ellsworth, Maine, selling clothing
perfect all of women’s sizes. She also wants to serve
deaf women and is planning to close caption her
clothing videos to accommodate them. This is great –
and how many small, tiny shops would do that?
Possibly almost none, but Amanda Beals is an
exception!

 

— interpreter serving on city council

Theresa Gadus, an interpreter, was appointed to
the Toledo City Council (Ohio). DeafDigest
has two questions for her. Will she:

interpret for the deaf while participating in
council discussions?

fight for rights and needs of the deaf – example,
Toledo city law on restaurant captions always turned
on?

Just hope she will make Deaf Community happy.

note: first question is silly; interpreters cannot
interpret while getting emotionally involved in heated
council arguments. Still, for argument’s sake, will she?

 

 

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— rejections by the Hearing Millenniels & Deaf Millenniels

the following is the list of things being rejected:

landline phones (no TTY’s any more for the deaf)

life insurance (no Frat any more for the deaf)

door bells (no more flashing signalers for the deaf????)

golf (less deaf golfers and less deaf golf tournamens????)

movie theaters (less possibility of open captions)

Change is good or is it bad? For the deaf, DeafDigest
is afraid these changes is bad!

 

 

— making 911-text calls too complicated?

DeafDigest is worried about deaf people trying
to make these emergency 911-text calls
from Mohave County (near the Utah-Arizona
border). The set of instructions being
passed around includes 14 steps to follow!
People in panic (both deaf and hearing)
cannot calmly follow these instructions
during emergencies!

 

— A Quiet Place: Part II copying a 1994 movie

A new movie – A Quiet Place: Part II, featuring
a deaf actress, Millicent Simmonds, is sort of
copying a 1994 movie. In that past film –
The River Wild – Victor Galloway, a deaf man,
with no previous acting experience, was
featured as the grandfather of his hearing
family. They knew sign language to communicate
with the grandfather – and knowledge of this
language came in handy when they were placed
in a dangerous situation because of a crazed
criminal. Rookie actor Victor passed away in
2013. The family in the Quiet Place movie
“knew” sign language to be able to communicate
with each other in these dangerous situations.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 01 January 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 1, 2020

— the 11 Deaf Heroes

Who are these 11 deaf heroes? Actually it was called
the Gallaudet Eleven. And it has nothing to do with
football’s required 11 players on the field. The NASA
asked for deaf volunteers, those with Spinal meningitis
(no balance) to go through these lengthy NASA
lab tests during the late fifties/early sixties
to see if human beings can become astronauts.
And in the years since then NASA has never really
given the Gallaudet Eleven full credit they deserve.
It was brought up in the media ever so recently.

 

— United Nations helping or not helping the deaf

There is an agency within the United Nations –
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
It should be able to wield more powers than the ADA,
but it doesn’t. Possibly this UN agency is a joke
as long as hearing people in many other nations
continue to label the deaf as deaf-mutes!

 

— do tap or not do tap the deaf on shoulder

Is it always safe to tap the deaf person gently
on his shoulder to get attention? Yes and no.
Yes, for a huge majority of the deaf. No, for
a few deaf people. Depending on the national
Deaf Culture, a gentle tap may mean violence
and the deaf person could react (in a bad way).
It happened once to the DeafDigest Editor when
he was trying to tap the shoulder of a deaf
person (not an American) to warn him of an
automobile that was coming behind him on a
public street.

 

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