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DeafDigest – 28 February 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 28, 2020

— a reason podcasts are not captioned

Podcasts can be captioned but mostly isn’t.
Reason is that podcast producers do not
make written transcripts available for
captioners! This was the comment by a
podcast captioning advocate.

 

— a great winemaker

Yossi Samuels is an expert winemaker,
that works with a winery. He has produced
a wine, named Yossi for the Herodion Winery.
It is great – because Yossi is deaf-blind.

 

— deaf truck drivers, no; deaf pilot, yes

UPS has been accused of discriminating against
deaf truck drivers, yet Chuck Patterson,
who was deaf, was a pilot for UPS in
Louisville, KY! He just departed us. A cruel
UPS irony? Yes!

 

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DeafDigest – 27 February 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 27, 2020

— perfect system or cheapest system

The KTBS-TV3 (ABC) and KPXJ-TV21 (CW) TV
networks (in Louisiana) has looked around
for the “best” closed captioning system
and found one captioning provider. They
said it is a “perfect fit.” Is it
really a perfect fit or just the cheapest
fit, being covered up as a perfect fit?
If that is the case, then captioning
bloopers will continue!

 

— deaf winner in Shark Tank

Kobe Johnson, who is deaf, had an idea for
an invention called Tailgate N Go. He was
invted to a Shark Tank show and came out
a winner. He will be getting a $250,000 investment
for a 20% share in the business from investor Matt
Higgins, who is the CEO of RSE Ventures. They
said he is the first deaf person to appear
on the show? Really? Not sure!

 

— circle table bad for deaf in a meeting

For years, the Circle Table has been a
perfect meeting table for the deaf.
Everyone can see all others in meetings.
Yet, a circle table issue came up in
a public small town meeting. Deaf people
complained, that even with interpreters,
it seemed that hearing participants
have their backs to the deaf. Even when
interpreters point at who is speaking,
the deaf person cannot match it with
faces!

 

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DeafDigest – 26 February 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 26, 2020

— mixing ASL and opera

Is it possible to mix opera with use of ASL?
Deaf West Theatre says yes, and is using the
play “My Sister in This House” as evidence.
Said deaf actor: I think we will be able to
bring that out opera through our beautiful ASL

 

— a door sign telling the world the resident is deaf

Do deaf people want a door sign telling the world
they are deaf? Well, if the Carver County (Minnesota)
Sheriff has his way, then deaf residents can get
special “first responder” signs telling them
of their deafness. There should be a better way
of telling the first responders of deafness without
telling the whole world about it!

 

 

— inventor hopes Vision D helps the deaf

Inventor Leoncio Huamán Peredo, working with the
MIT Technology Review group, has come up with
a device that is called Vision D. Vision D. It
is a device clipped to a person’e eyeglasses
that shows a screen that tells him what the
hearing person is saying. And most interesting
of all, there is no patent on that invention.
Anyone can “copy” it and make money off it
(if it makes a lot of sales).

 

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DeafDigest – 25 February 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 25, 2020

— a deaf daredevil

In the past we had a deaf daredevil in the late
Kitty O’Neil who broke landspeed driving records
and performed many movie stunts. Are we seeing
a new deaf daredevil right now in Dane Jackson.
He jumped 134 feet down in a waterfall in his
kayak at Salto del Maule waters in Valle de
Los Condores, Chile. It is said to be the
second highest waterfall jump in history.

 

— courtroom reasonable accommodation

A job applicant for a courtroom officer position
won the support of the New York State Division of Human
Rights, saying his use of hearing aid is reasonable
accommodation. What if that job applicant depends
on ASL interpreting to function in this same job?
Would that still be considered reasonable
accommodation? Hope so.

 

— more on EastEnders’ deaf character

There is a twist on British TV screens because of
Ben Mitchell’s deafness scenes in the EastEnders
sitcoms. When he speaks up, the sound on the screen
is distorted – to reflect his deafness! What if
EastEnders is shown on USA TV, would the captions
be distorted? EastEnders was shown in the past,
but seems no longer.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 24 February 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 24, 2020

— a resolution or a legislative bill

Which is better – a resolution or an
introduced law-making bill? In Utah,
there is a resolution to encourage
closed captions in public facilities.
A resolution? Why not a law-making bill?
People can ignore resolutions but cannot
ignore laws!

 

— ASL interpreting on a British TV program

As mention in DeafDigest few days ago, the Lefors
family of St Augustine, Florida, appeared on
British TV’s Nickelodeon’s The Crystal Maze.
They won, but what was neat was that there
was no need for a British Sign Language
interpreter – because one of the oldest
daughters interpreted in ASL for the family!
We do not see BSL interpreting in American
TV sitcoms.

 

— two competing deaf-themes on British TV

going on right now are two competing
British sitcoms with these deaf-themes.
One is the EastEnders character, shown
as deaf in one ear, in danger of
becoming deaf in another ear. The
Second one is Coronation Street parents
Gemma and Chesney, upset over their new
baby born deaf – and quickly making a
CI decision plus some willingness
to learn signs. Two competing
deaf-themes on USA sitcoms? No way,
as American TV producers won’t go
for it.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 23 February 2020

DeafDigest Gold – February 23, 2020
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Top stories about the deaf:
A tech web site said that deaf children can immediately
become hearing successes, thanks to CI. Is this web site
saying we have no CI failures among these deaf children?
What Is the Hardest Language in the World to Lipread?
This was a story that was written up, very long stuff
reading, though. Some said it is the Jul’hoan language
spoken in parts of Namibia and Botswana – no lip movements
at all.
Rosatoro Restaurant, a Peruvian restaurant in Astoria, NY
has a goal – to make all deaf patrons feel welcome with
staffers that use sign language with them.
No books for deaf children? This is what Stephanie Nishek-Marrufo,
not deaf and a North Dakota mother of her deaf child, said.
As a result she went out and wrote her own book about
the deaf! It is titled – All the Ways I Hear You.
A newspaper story said there is a fear that sign languages
of the Philippines, Thailand, Costa Rica and Vietnam
may disappear in due time because of attitude and
cultural changes.
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A DEAF BANKER COULDN’T HELP THE DEAF
    We have a deaf man who owns a few small banks
in the Midwest. He is oral and knows no ASL.
    He wants to help the deaf with their banking
needs. But he couldn’t. Why?
    Because his board of directors showed no
interest in helping the deaf!
    It is sad.
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DO DEAF PEOPLE VOLUNTEER IN SMALL TOWNS?
    There was a newspaper article about a small town needing
volunteers to advise on the town’s zoning laws (residential,
industrial, mixed-use, public parks, etc).
    What if a deaf person volunteers and no other hearing person
volunteers?
    Will the small town pay for interpreters? Many small towns
have tight budgets!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Here is Guest writer Rona writing…
“Insomnia”
Everyone who gets older yet wiser, would likely have “insomnia” at nighttime.
Insomnia means almost a total lack of sleeping successfully throughout the
night.
It is rather disruptive, robbing one from a healthful, restful sleep.  Also
called a Sleeping disorder for older folks; this disorder affects anyone
sighted, hearing, deaf, disabled or blind.
After a night of sleep deprivation, our body feels like we’ve just wrapped up a
long international flight with it’s associated ‘jet lag’ symptoms only to
realize it’s caused by insomnia!
After waking up, we’re pushing our wobbly, and weary bodies in the morning,
trying to stay awake, resuming our normal daily  routines.
During the middle of the night, you find yourself ‘suddenly’ awake in bed,
fretting frantically over the fact one cannot return back to a sound sleep.
What should you do?
With your mind racing, thinking to yourself, maybe just give up trying to sleep,
let’s try to burn the midnight oil.
Options:
* Walk around?
* Tiptoe to open the refrigerator to search for
    something to eat?
* Read a book?
* Watch TV?
* Working on papers / bills / writing letters;? * Taking sleeping
prescriptions?
* Call a friend/family members via any  communication devices?
***WARNING*** If living with someone (hearing), DO refrain from doing house
domestic chores like laundering / cleaning / vacuuming, or loud talking….
Otherwise the aforementioned activities are “perfectly OK” while living alone.
Consider this: Honestly ask yourself if you’ve tried any of the activities
listed above, was it successful in helping you fall back to sleep afterwards?
A BIG surprise, I discovered by accident this unique activity by experience.
  Of course, out of love and deep respect for my loving husband while sleeping,
I chose NOT to use any of the list above.
Just STAY in bed, and enjoy reading Braille books in the dark!
  It’s the “PERFECT remedy” to nurture you.  Experiment and see if it works for
you!
  For those weary INSOMNIAC’S, especially for Braille Readers, this is ‘your
thing’.  It’s an ABSOLUTELY fun trick to try!
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 February 2020

DeafDigest Blue – February 23, 2020
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Top stories about the deaf:
Savannah (SC) Police Department is now using communication
cards to help better communicate with the deaf.
Extraordinary Wall of Silence, a British deaf play, was
praised by a hearing critic in a newspaper story for
showing Deaf Culture while at the same time telling
hearing people the difficulties of being deaf.
The Linden Police Station, in Zaire, is asking
for volunteer interpreters to help with the deaf
communications. No certified interpreters around?
New York Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr, in a newspaper
interview, praised captioning as a vital skill that
would help the deaf follow what is going on in the
state legislature.
The M&M Limousine Service, in Des Plaines, IL, was
ordered to pay a deaf applicant $30,000 as
settlement for refusing him a job interview.
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Captions are provided at no cost to the user, with no monthly fees or
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DISABLED STUDENT SERVICES AT HEARING COLLEGES
    A deaf student in high school has two choices –
to attend Gallaudet or NTID or CSUN. The second
choice is to attend a hearing college.
    Those attending Gallaudet or NTID or CSUN – no problem
with interpreters.
    Those wanting to attend hearing college may have a
hard time looking on the web sites for the colleges’
disabled student services! Most hearing colleges do not
have a full web site explaining their interpreting
services or CART services. These colleges know about
ADA requiring interpreters or CART, but do not want
to tell the deaf about it!
    Why? These services are very expensive.
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times have changed. More colleges use web sites to explain
services offered to deaf and disabled students. Not perfect,
but still getting there
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Lip reading tale
On a hearing-deaf date, a divorced hearing woman
was chatting with her deaf date.
The deaf date thought the hearing woman said:
I married Arthur Plend and then divorced him
The hearing woman actually said:
I married Arthur Blend and then divorced him
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DEAF PLANTS AND HEARING PLANTS
    Do we have Deaf Plants and Hearing Plants?
Yes, we do.
    The Hearing Plants have chemicals that help communicate
with other Hearing Plants.
    Some other plants do not have chemicals and cannot
communicate. These are Deaf Plants!
    This is not a joke. Biologists say that plants use
chemical language to communicate with each other.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
When I have worked at different events as a court reporter or a CART
captioner, oftentimes people have approached me who have never seen a
steno machine up close.
They usually ask how the machine works, and one of the first comments many
people make when they see the machine for the first time is that there are
no letters on the keys. The tops of the keys are blank. They wonder how we
know which keys are which.
People who use the steno machine must memorize what all the keys are.
There are 22 keys on the machine. We use combinations of letters to make
other letters.
We don’t depress one key at a time, like you would on a typewriter or
computer keyboard, but we stroke multiple keys at once, much like chords
on a piano. A captioner must memorize what combinations of keys must be
depressed in order to make up the phonetic sounds that occur in the
English language.
Writing whole words and phrases in a single stroke is a very important
factor in being able to reach the high speeds necessary to be court
reporters and realtime captioners.
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College professors in Ireland have been accused
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DeafDigest – 21 February 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 21, 2020

— tossing out cigarettes at a risk

Wolverhampton, a city in Great Britain, has a new law
that would heavily fine smokers for throwing out
their cigarettes into trash cans. This reminds
DeafDigest editor of a deaf club – Detroit
Association of the Deaf. That club had posted
signs warning members that they would be fined
for tossing their cigarettes onto the floor.
Reason – more work for cleaning crew to sweep
the club floors. Amount of fine? Just 25 cents,
but that was way back in the 1970’s.

 

— deaf truckers vs anti-deaf truckers

The hearing truckers are saying deaf cannot drive trucks
because they cannot hear bad tires, air leaks, engine
failures, bad brakes, knocking engines and pre-ignition
issues. Deaf truckers said they have been driving
trucks for some 30 years and have never experienced
these issues. Always a first time – but deaf truckers
have this 6th sense that tells them something is
wrong and they will pull over the highway!

 

— screens to order food

Many fast food chains have screens to allow all customers,
including the deaf, to place their orders without
misunderstandings with the kitchen staff. A perfect
solution? Well, a deaf person could press on the
wrong button – and have a hard time explaining it
with the staff, or even trying to explain credit
card issues. Even when the screen has this “cancel”
option, there may be mistakes that are hard to explain!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 20 February 2020

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— very deaf juice stand operator no one knows about his deafness

Ilitai Masilaca is deaf but is valued by his boss as
a juice stand operator, serving over 200 juices per day.
Customers come to him to buy juices and then walk away,
totally unaware of his deafness. He has no speech and cannot
lipread and communicates by gestures, a fact that busy
customers, in a hurry, do not notice! Not in USA, but in
Suva, Fiji.

 

— a troubling agreement by a police department

St Paul (Minnesota) Police Department lost a lawsuit
over refusal to provide a deaf person that wanted to
file a domestic assault report. What was troubling
was the agreement that ASL interpreters will be
provided each time a deaf person needs it! Many,
many, many deaf people do not use ASL and so,
an ASL interpreter is useless to them! This
agreement needs to be revised to provide all
types of communication, and not just ASL
interpreters alone.

 

— efforts in Martha’s Vineyard to revive sign language

Deaf historians all know that people in Martha’s
Vineyard, years and years way back, communicated
in sign language because so many residents of that
isolated island, were deaf. It was not ASL but
more of MVSL – meaning Martha’s Vineyard Sign
Language. MVSL died out when the last deaf
resident, in the 1950’s, passed away. There
are efforts, right now, by several island
natives to revive the sign language. Reminds
DeafDigest editor of efforts by several deaf
people in the Maritimes (New Brunswick, Nova
Scotia, and Prince Edward Island) to revive
its own dying sign language.

 

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DeafDigest – 19 February 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 19, 2020

— dedication to a legendary deaf person

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to
Donald A. Padden, a Gallaudet lifer that
departed us. He was pretty much a Gallaudet
legend (last surviving member of the 1943
Gallaudet Iron Men basketball team that won
the conference championship despite an overall
losing record; a basketball court named after
him; father of two well known deaf individuals
– Robert Padden and Carol Padden, a long time
professor of deafness at University of California,
San Diego; plus many other accomplishments too
numerous to mention. May you rest in peace, Donald,
as he joins his wife Agnes that departed us not
too many months ago!

to look at the group picture of the Gallaudet Iron Men:
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Padden is the one with jersey #9

 

— deaf family on Nickelodeon’s The Crystal Maze

Those that watch the Nickelodeon’s The Crystal Maze
would await the episode on Feb. 21, 2020 at 7 PM.
The LeFors family of St Augustine, FL, both deaf and
hearing, will be on the program. It involves a lot
of activities through the obstacles. The winner could
get cash prize of $25,000. Father Eric is a well known
football and basketball coach at Florida School for
the Deaf and Blind; mother June Ann is the school’s
ASL specialist. Priscilla, one of the four daughters,
attends middle school classes at the school. What
is going to happen? Just watch the program!

 

— a piece of metal or a piece of junk

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred made a comment
that the World Series championship trophy is a
“piece of metal” – in reference to the Houston
baseball scandal. This is a painful memory
for DeafDigest editor. Years ago, way back in
1980, a deaf activist said that the TV decoder
was a piece of junk. To make a long story short,
there were no built-in captions for these TV
sets and one had to buy a decoder in order to
get captions. There were two rival captioning
devices; the deaf activist was pushing for one
device; the majority of the deaf in USA was
pushing for different device – both of which
provided captions. The deaf activist made that
“junk” comment which came back to haunt him!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 18 February 2020

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— Owner–Operator Independent Drivers Association won’t support deaf truckers

The Owner–Operator Independent Drivers Association has asked
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to keep the
rule that does not allow the deaf to drive trucks. This is
disappointing, at least in the long term. Currently the
applications of deaf truckers are reviewed on a case by
case basis. What this means that some deaf can drive
trucks while some deaf cannot! Confusing and complicated
set of regulations? Yes!

 

— hidden deafness different from invisible deafness

For years deaf people have known that their deafness
is invisible to the public, unless they use
sign language. And now this – hidden deafness.
Same thing? No, it is deafness that disappears
from audiograms! This is not an issue with the
deaf people but an issue with audiologists.

 

— a rare certification: legal/court interpreter

How rare is the certification for legal/court interpreter?
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf said it is
less than 3.5 percent. What this means is that if you
need a legal/court interpreter, you may not get it!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 17 February 2020

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— mocking a deaf person

Will Palmer, who is deaf, was mocked by a hearing
person for just one reason – his deafness. Was mocked
not just once but several times. It took place during
a soccer game – in Great Britain. What happened?
Fans supported the deaf player. The hearing mocker’s
club suspended him for seven games. Will this happen
in USA – that a hearing mocker would be punished for
mocking a deaf person? Yes, we do have ADA, but is
there language in ADA that covers mocking issues?

 

— deaf people hearing a quiet voice

Do deaf people hear quiet voices inside their
heads? Yes, according to Naomi Lavelle, who
specializes in the science of communications
(or is it science of non-communications).
She wrote about it in a newspaper column
today.

 

— departure of a deaf person we never heard of

Michael Frutchey, who just departed us, was
described as a colorful person in an obit,
despite his deafness. He was a professional
model, owner of his roofing business, riding
motorcycles, driving fast cars and generally
living on the edge. He also loved making people
laugh, enjoying loud music and dancing. Growing
up he attended Michigan School for the Deaf. This
is the first time DeafDigest editor read an obit
that described all these stuff! May he rest in peace.

 

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Babylon, a town on Long Island in New York,
has installed a relay service in a government
building, for the benefit of its deaf
residents.
Michigan SD finally hired a new principal after
a long process. The new principal is Rex Vernon.
The past principal just up and quit last year.
Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital
both have said they have found a way to treat
deafness that is hereditary.
The Oscar voters have been praised for voting for
Parasite as the first subtitled film to win the
big honor.
It was learned that Lavrentiy Beria, the second most
powerful person in Russia, serving under Joseph Stalin,
had a daughter, Anna, who was deaf. Details of her
life, unfortunately, was murky.
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A LONG TIME AGO DEAF BOXER HELPED CREATE 10-COUNT RULE
    Deaf Burke was a famous early 19th century boxer. Before one
big match, the referee was worried about Burke not able to
hear the shouted 10-count rule. If a boxer is knocked to the
floor, he must get up before the end of the 10-count rule or
he is knocked out. Instead, the referee used his arms to show
Burke each count. This is the rule that boxing uses today –
thanks to deaf Burke!
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OUR STUBBORN DEAF HANDYMEN
    We have many deaf people that are great handymen.
They can build anything – often better than hearing
handymen.
    There is one problem – communications. When these
deaf handymen have a problem during their projects,
they often do not go back to the hardware store to
get advice. It is because they are afraid to try
to communicate – and there may be misunderstandings.
    As a result, some of them work 3-4 months on a
project that can be finished in one Saturday morning!
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Extremely cold up here in Vermont and in the northern part of the USA.
The temperature was deeply below zero!
Of course we DeafBlind folks don’t drive and need to go out.
Some helpful tips in keeping you warm when going out.
Dress in layers, that will help very much in this cold weather.
Since we need to use our hands to touch and hold our white canes, most
gloves don’t do the trick!
I use silk like glove liners as a base layer then winter gloves, it really
helps.
So bundle up and enjoy the cold outings!
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
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Sam Goodbody, a deaf apprentice electrician,
was recognized as one of British’s top
apprentices in an awards ceremony at
the House of Commons.
The AV Translation Center and the  Institute for
the Languages of Finland reached agreement
on subtitling standards for the benefit of
the deaf.
A fire has destroyed a deaf school in Zaire;
classrooms have been moved around to other
school buildings and authorities said a new
building will not be finished until 2024.
It was announced that a new deaf app will help
deaf voters understand the voting process.
There is some talk about Kentucky Department
of Education giving up management of Kentucky
School for the Deaf. Suggestion is that the
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A BIG SHOCK FOR TWO DEAF BROTHERS
    Two deaf brothers graduated from an oral school. They
did not know sign language. Their deaf parents were oralists,
and never used sign language at home.
    Both brothers went to Gallaudet where they became
ASL experts. They came home for the summer months from
Gallaudet.
    At home, both brothers got the biggest shock of their
lives.
    The big shock was that their deaf parents finally
used ASL at home! They were hiding their ASL from their
sons for many years. They felt safe using ASL when their
sons went to Gallaudet.
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A hearing father and a deaf son, both basketball
fans, were watching a game.
The father pointed at one player on the floor.
The deaf son thought the hearing father said:
He is blind
The hearing father actually said:
He has blood
(face bloodied by rough action)
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THE GEICO CAVEMAN ADS ARE FALSE
    When we watch TV we laugh at these famous
GEICO caveman ads.
    These ads are false. In these ads, the Cavemen
use voice to communicate with each other.
    During the Stone Age, the early Cavemen used sign
language to communicate with each other for
many years.
    The GEICO ads should have used sign language
Cave Men!
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
Before court reporters started using computer-aided translation
(CAT), they would usually dictate or type their notes or use a person
who was a note reader to transcribe their notes. Most court reporters
at that time were taught to primarily use the asterisk key in the
center of the keyboard only to indicate that they had made a
mistake.
As CAT became more popular, more and more reporters found another use
for the asterisk key. They could use it to slightly alter their
steno outlines to eliminate words that would be written the same
because they sounded the same. For instance, the words “pat” and
“Pat” would have been written the same on the steno machine because
they sound the same. Since all steno keys are capital letters, there
is no way to simply capitalize a word on the steno keyboard.
Some reporters found that they could add an asterisk to their steno,
and that could eliminate conflicts. In this circumstance, “pat”
could be written as PAT, and “Pat” could be written as PA*T.
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The Greensburg City Council in Pennsylvania
has agreed to pay an interpreter at the rate
of $60.00 per hour for its next council
meeting at the request of a parent of a
deaf child. Two interesting things – the parent
is not a city resident, and while the parent
requested an interpreter, she did not explain
why. Not wanting to get entangled into a
lawsuit, the council agreed to this request!
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DeafDigest – 14 February 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 14, 2020

— must wait for deaf story in Coronation Street

A DeafDigest subscriber watches Coronation Street
(the British TV series) quite a lot. He said that
if he wanted to see the episode that involves
a deaf baby character, he has to wait about
two weeks for it to come up on his TV screen –
it takes time for the series to move from
Great Britain to Canada to USA! It requires
patience.

 

— from deaf to hearing

A character has been changed in a story from being
deaf to being hearing. British horror writer
James Herbert wrote the book – Shrine. In that
book, written in in 1983, there was a deaf character,
a young girl. But in a film just produced now,
this same deaf character has become a hearing
character. Why? Hollywood people ashamed of
casting characters as deaf?

 

— Stalin’s deaf great-grandson

Selim Ben Saad, who is deaf, is the great-grandson
of past Russian dictator Jospeh Stalin. Because news
coming out of Russia is often confusing and vague,
it is not known if Selim has departed us or has
disappeared and in hands of the Russian government
officials. This story surfaced today.

 

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— deaf doctor on TV

It was announced that Shoshannah Stern will play the
deaf doctor role on a Grey’s Anatomy TV episode and
that it is the first time a deaf actor would play the
deaf doctor role. What about a real live deaf doctor
on TV? Dr. Philip Zazove, who is deaf, was featured
on a TV news program in 2015. Real deaf doctor on
a TV show or a actress playing role as a deaf
doctor? Your preference!

 

— fed up interpreters in California

There is a fear, that because of a bill introduced
in legislation, interpreters in California may
get fed up and leave the profession for something
else. Regulations, payment hassles, tax hassles,
paperwork hassles, carpal tunnel issues and other
hassles may be too much for some interpreters
to handle. Possibly not just in California but
in other states!

 

— deaf with Gift Bag

Christi Leonardi, who is deaf, owns her small
beauty soap-making business in Albuquerque, NM.
During the recent Oscars event, her soaps
were part of gift bags, containing beauty
samples that were distributed among the crowd
watching the big event. She is hoping that
celebrities noticing her soaps would be a
boost for her business.

 

 

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— Netflix has been scolded

Netflix has been scolded in a web posting that ran
this headline:

15 Things Netflix Tried To Sweep Under The Rug (And Failed)

It said that Netflix was not doing a good job with
deaf accessibility, meaning captions, and even with
subtitling errors.

 

— police chief with degree in ASL interpreting

It was announced today that Nick Hurley, the new
police chief of Corvallis Police Department
(Oregon – 58,000 people) has a degree in American
Sign Language and English Interpretation from Western
Oregon University. We would assume he is still
fluent in ASL, and just hope he will have his
police officers know what to do when they deal
with the deaf.

 

— controversial deaf vs controversial hearing in an election

Connell Crooms, who is deaf, and was once beaten up by police,
is challenging Kim Daniels, not deaf, but pushes Evangelism
even as a public official. It is for a seat in Jacksonville,
Florida city council. Tempers will be frayed among the
opposing Jacksonville voters!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 11 February 2020

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— a frustrated Coda

There was a story today of a Coda not being able
to converse with his deaf parents. DeafDigest
is puzzled. Many Codas do understand the voices
of their deaf parents, having grown up in their
deaf households. And even if many Codas do not
master ASL, they would still understand simple
signs and gestures of their deaf parents. There
must be some issues with the Coda that prevents
him from successfully conversing with his deaf
parents?

 

— helping with captions

A country, wanting to improve captioning standards,
asked its own national association of the deaf,
its own national interpreting association and
also its own association of (hearing) language
experts. It worked. This did not happen in USA
but in Finland! Would it have happened in USA?
No, because competing organizations push their
own captioning agendas above others!

 

— TV episode: refusing to accept deafness

Is the birth of a deaf baby so terrible, forcing
the parents to refuse to accept it? Many, many
deaf babies have successful lives. Anyway,
on a Coronation Street TV episode, British’s
most popular soap opera, characters Gemma and
Chesney threw a terrible fit upon learning of
their baby’s deafness. Again, many deaf British
babies become successful British citizens!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 10 February 2020

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— that many deaf organizations in a major Maryland county

Frederick County, in Maryland, has some 252,000
residents. A newspaper story said that the county
has 22 deaf organizations. And that there are
plans for these groups to establish a Maryland Deaf
Community Center. Is this number of organizations
typical or impressive when compared to other
metro areas across the USA?

 

— an important job at a ski resort

Allison Cunningham, who is deaf, is a ski lift
operator at the Breckenridge Ski Resort in
Colorado. She was featured in a newspaper
story. Only deaf lift operator in the
world? Do not know. First deaf lift operator
in the world? Again, do not know – but
DeafDigest praises the ski resort for hiring
the deaf in an important job. If hearing skiers
cannot be lifted to the top, they cannot ski and
everyone is unhappy!

 

— deaf person becoming a sarpanch

A deaf person is becoming a sarpanch. DeafDigest
never heard of the word and googled it. Sarpanch
sort of serves as a member of a small village
council in India – with powers of council vote
on village issues and matters. The honor goes
to Lalu, who is deaf (full name not mentioned
in the newspaper story). DeafDigest recalls
some years back a deaf man serving as an
administrative officer with decision-making
powers in a small city in India.

 

 

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Top stories about the deaf:
Deaf people of Ireland are angry that the government
does not respect Irish sign language as far as
the national elections are concerned. Deaf voters
do not have access to political agendas or
candidate “promises.”
Hawaii legislators may enact a new bill that would
create board of trustees for the Hawaii School for
the Deaf and Blind. This bill would require at
least two deaf members, knowledgeable in education
of the deaf and of ASL.
The New York Times ran a piece saying that there
are “hints” of progress in casting deaf actors
in Hollywood. Hints means little.
The investigative stories by the Sioux Falls Argus Leader
newspaper has prompted state legislators to file
two bills to change the way the state educates the
deaf.
An Irish deaf woman, with a wheelchair, is fighting the decision
by health authorities to have her placed in a nursing home that
is too small to have her move her wheelchair around. Making
it worse was that she was labelled as having an intellectual
disability, in which she isn’t.
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WORKING AT DEAF PLACE OR WORKING AT HEARING PLACE
    A deaf person worked for many years at a hearing
place, where he was the only deaf employee.
    His boss would write down his tasks on paper –
#1 task, #2 task, #3 task, etc.
    The deaf person would follow the notes while
doing his tasks. Easy. No problem.
    The deaf person quit his job at the hearing
workplace to work at a deaf place (agency serving
the deaf).
    His new boss was deaf. Not necessary to write
notes? Well. The new boss would sign in ASL very
fast – please do task #1, please do task #2,
please do task #3. It was so fast that he had a
hard time remembering these tasks.
    This deaf person realized he made a mistake
by leaving a hearing job for a deaf job!
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TWO DEAF IN A BIG FACTORY OF 10,000 EMPLOYEES
    At a big factory, there are two deaf employees.
This factory is in a small town where Deaf Community
is small. That factory has over 10,000 hearing employees.
    Both deaf employees hate each other, and they
don’t talk to each other every day.
    They admit that their social life is lonely in that
small town!
    It is sad.
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
A winter storm arrived in Vermont and it was a mixture of snow,
rain and sleet!
It snowed heavily and there was very limited visibility.
The snow was heavy to shovel, thank goodness for the
snowblower!
After clearing out snow most of the afternoon, I went inside
the house.
It was time to prepare dinner, but it was difficult to see.
Being outdoors for a long period of time, it then takes a
long time for my eyes to adjust back to normal.
I hope folks survived my cooking with my “eyes closed”!
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Top stories about the deaf:
Iowa Sen. Roby Smith has been accused in a scathing
newspaper editorial of wanting to eliminate the
license requirements for ASL interpreters in the
state.
Did Beethoven create his biggest symphony work while
deaf? A music historian disagrees, saying he was
hard of hearing at that time!
The British House of Commons has televised its
first BSL interpretation of Prime Minister’s Questions.
An agency serving the deaf said it is a welcome step
forward.
There was a discussion about the ADA Education and Reform
Act of 2017. At that time it was a resolution and nothing
else. If this Act is passed, then a deaf person would be
required to give a written notice of ADA violation –
instead of slapping business owners with surprise
lawsuits.
CVS (a pet shop chain in Great Britain) is establishing
a video relay for deaf customers. We do not see Petco
and Petsmart in USA offering this same service, but
again, British people love their dogs big time.
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DISABILITY LAWS IN GREAT BRITAIN
    In Great Britain, they have a law – Disability
Discrimination Act (DAA), which is almost same as our ADA.
    An oral deaf woman asked for an oral interpreter for
her new job. The British government said no. She sued
the government and lost.
    Why did she lose? The DAA allows government to say
no, if the cost of interpreter is too expensive!
    The woman was earning about $78,000. The cost of
oral interpreters for her would be about $390,000
per year.
    This is the reason why the British government said no!
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A hearing friend was introducing a deaf friend to
another hearing person.
The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
This is Mr. Tennis
The hearing person actually said:
This is Mr. Dennis
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DON’T TEASE THE DEAF
    Many hearing kids are cruel, teasing the deaf and
making them feel bad.
    One hearing kid did, and he was sorry for the rest
of his life.
    The deaf kid’s father owned a big company that hired
many people. The father saw his deaf son being teased
and did not like it.
    Years later the hearing kid grew up, graduated from
college and applied for a job at that big company.
    The hearing kid did not get the job, and he was
sorry that he teased the deaf kid a lot in the past.
    Too late!
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What should a captioner do if a word isn’t in his or her computer
dictionary?
The hard part about being a captioner is that you cannot be a total expert
in all areas. No matter how good captioners are, they all run across
situations where some unusual word is not in their dictionary.
A situation was brought to my attention where the words “carve telly” kept
coming up in the captioning of a food show. One time the word “cavatelli”
finally appeared. It was then realized that, all those times that “carve
telly” came up, it should have been “cavatelli.”
When a word is not in a captioner’s dictionary, it can be a nightmare.
Captioners usually write out complete words and syllables in each stroke.
It is possible to spell out words letter by letter, but that is very slow
compared to writing by syllables.
When a speaker is talking very fast and a word comes up that is not in the
captioner’s dictionary, what can a captioner do? In this case, it appears
that this captioner just kept writing the sounds phonetically, and “carve
telly” came up.
Another option is to try to fingerspell the word letter by letter. If it
is a long word, that can be another big problem. The captioner may not be
able to keep up with what is being said because fingerspelling a long word
is much, much slower.
The other choice for the captioner may be to use a synonym. In this case,
the captioner possibly could have written “pasta” so that the viewers
could understand what was going on.
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    DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Jack Holt who departed
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engineering courses at Youngstown University and then
spent his lifetime at the Leetonia Tool Company, moving
up the ranks, becoming a plant superintendent and then as
company secretary/treasurer. This tool company, still
in business, delivers its products to many shops across
the country.
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DeafDigest – 07 February 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 7, 2020

— advice for behavior on first day with a new job

There was a posting that said:
The 10 rules to succeeding at work once you’ve started a new job –
and what you should never do

An ambitious deaf person, on his first day on the job,
spent a lot of time going through the brochures
distributed at the agency human resources office.
Needless to say, he did not last too long with his
new job! Bad first impression leads to continued
bad impressions.

 

— notetakers or interpreters or CART

Always thought that notetakers have been made obsolete
because of ASL interpreters and CART services. Well,
there was a story that Seattle Central Community College
used notetakers for deaf students in the classrooms!

 

— first responders learning ASL

It is always great when a group of first responders
learn ASL. There was a newspaper story about
a group of first responders learning ASL
at a fire academy near Pittsburgh. The concern
is that ASL is not at always easy to learn – it
requires daily, constant practice and use of
ASL. It is so easy to forget the just-learned ASL.
DeafDigest has had hearing people tell him they
learn ASL but have no one to practice it with
on a regular basis!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 06 February 2020

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— two choices in filing a complaint

When there is a violation (no interpreter, no captions, etc)
the deaf person has two choices. Most common choice is filing
complaint with U.S. Department of Justice, but there is
a scond choice – to directly file a lawsuit in the
courtroom (not involving the Justice). Which is the
best choice? There are always pros and cons.

 

— a troublesome explanation

A museum in Utica, NY had this explanation:

Movie screenings will feature Open Captions for the
benefit of our deaf guests. Please be aware that
this service is not always available from the
film distributor

This is troubling. Why would the museum select a
certain film if they know captions are not
available? Why not select one of the films that
are already captioned?

 

— witness communicating in ASL with accused deaf person

A deaf person committed a crime, and police was called
over. But before the police arrived, the witness, that
knew ASL, communicated with the deaf person. When police
arrived, the witness told them what the deaf person said.
This would lead to problems – are comments by the
witness, as a third person, without presence of the
police, be admissable? Would attorneys challenge these
comments?

 

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DeafDigest – 05 February 2020

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— state capitol building ignores ADA

There was a newspaper story about the North
Dakota capitol building not following the
ADA. There are no captions for the benefit
of deaf visitors and observers. A serious
ADA violation, it certainly is.

 

— Deaf Heroine vs Hearing Villain

There was a comic book story about The Marvel supervillain
Taskmaster never losing a battle with any and all
heroes – with one exception – the Echo, who is a deaf
heroine. Reason she wins is because her deafness has
helped her develop photographic reflexes. Fantasy?
Yes, but fun reading for those that love to see
the deaf win in comic book tales.

 

— active deaf students become issue for interpreters

If deaf students just go to class and go home, then
it is less of an issue with the interpreters. But
if deaf students are active with campus life (social
events, theatrical plays, club meetings, participation
in varsity and intramural sports, etc) then it becomes
an intepreting problem – due to limited numbers
of interpreters available. This was an issue
brought up in a campus newspaper at Fresno
State University.

 

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DeafDigest – 04 February 2020

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— Deaf complaints with the 2020 Census

One big complaint is that Census does not
identify which are deaf, which are hard of
hearing and which uses ASL. And also deaf
people that struggle with printed language
may not understand the census, and as a
consequence, throw it into the trash can.

 

— Iowa Democratic officials forced to listen to deaf

Iowa Caucus is a way of life in the state,
but have always discriminated against the
deaf. Finally this time Gretchen Brown-Waech,
who is deaf, forced the state Democrats to
accommodate her and her deaf group with
interpreters. Hopefully this is a permanent
accommodation and not a temporary accommodation
that will go away at the end of the Caucus.

 

— As usual, Super Bowl fails us

As usual, the ASL rendition of the Super Bowl
national anthem has failed us. The signing of
Christine Sun KimChristine Sun Kim was pushed
off to the corner. She said two words:

Huge Disappointment

 

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DeafDigest – 03 February 2020

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— doctors accused of ignoring the deaf, despite interpreters

Do intepreters help doctors communicate with the deaf?
According to an activist, many doctors ignore the
needs of deaf senior citizens, despite presence of
interpreters. This may be the reason why gerentologist
physicians are a slowly growing speciality in the
medical profession. Still, generentologists may
still tell the deaf senior citizens to drink
8 glasses of water every day and to also walk
10,000 steps every day. Is it their way of
brushing asides the communication needs of
the deaf senior citizens? Hope not!

 

–theatrical play based on the 1880 Milan Conference

The 1880 Milan Conference passed a resolution,
banning sign language all over the world.
Gallaudet and some deaf schools refused to
accept the resolution. Anyway there is a
play “Extraordinary Wall of Silence” which
is a Time Machine. It featured three cases –
a deaf person, knowing no sign language;
an oral deaf peson finally exposed to
Deaf Culture; a deaf person implanted with
CI accepts Deaf Identity. There was no
CI in 1880 hence the Time Machine theme.

 

— NAD, huh? Say it again!

DeafDigest editor just could not believe his
own eyes regarding the Super Bowl ASL rendition
of the National Anthem. A newspaper story said:

it was part of the NFL’s collaboration with the
Nationwide Affiliation of the Deaf

National Affiliation of the Deaf? Never heard of it.

National Association of the Deaf? Yes, been around
since 1880. And still helping us.

1880, well, Milan Conference (see the above
story) took place the same year. Another
story for another time!

 

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Top stories about the deaf:
New Zealand is hosting a sign language conference
of 25 delegates from Asia and the Pacific. Goal
is to have sign languages legally recognized
in their own nations.
There was a humorous article about twists that
foreign language offers – in that people that
who do not understand such foreign languages
may be innocently subject to insults without
knowing what these were all about. It briefly
mentions not knowing sign language, being
subjected to these signed insults!
An opera is being set up for the deaf in
Calgary, Canada. One of the leading
performers is Dawn Birley, herself a past
Gallaudet athletic legend (Sweet 16
basketball team, an almost-Canadian hearing
Olympian).
Mental health services for the deaf in Minnesota
will continue, but under a different arrangement –
joining up with another mental health group.
Some deaf people are not too happy about it.
A newspaper editorial in Malaysia said the nation
is not business-friendly. This meant that efforts
to establish new businesses must go through a lot
of paperwork, these red-tape issues. This editorial
praised one deaf-owned business – a bakery, that
overcame red tape and finally opened up its shop.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
A DEAF TAXI DRIVER
    Could a deaf person drive a taxi cab? DeafDigest, some years
back, brought it up, and one subscriber, who requested
anonymity, said he drove taxi cabs for a short while before
giving it up.
    DeafDigest editor was reading a book – and there was a
story of a deaf taxi driver in Mexico. In fact, he owned his
own taxi cab.
    One obvious question is – how does he communicate with his
passengers that needed to be driven to their destinations?
    Very simple – he would hand over the pad and pen and
ask them to write down their destinations. Not a problem
in almost all of the cases, he said.
note:
this video is obsolete, but it is good to know what
went on in the past with few deaf taxi cab drivers.
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MANY HARD OF HEARING PEOPLE ARE EMBARRASSED ABOUT ONE THING
    Many hard of hearing people are embarrassed about one thing.
They go to a play or an event or a meeting and they want to sit
in the front row so that they can use hearing aids to hear
everything.
    But they are too embarrassed to ask the hosts to save a front
seat for them!
    The deaf are different. They sit in the front row to watch
our interpreters.
    It is different with hard of hearing people!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
I have been reading horrific stories by people with disabilities in their
communities.
People are getting more angry than I have ever seen in my life time.
One story I read took place in Canada.
A DeafBlind man got out of work in the evening.
He got on the bus and near his stop, he got up and felt his way to the
front with his white cane.
His cane bumped a person’s shoe in front of him. When the bus stopped,
they got off the bus.
The DeafBlind man was confused and discovered the person in front of him
had lifted his white cane and broke it in half.
He needed to bend down tenuously find his way home.
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:
500 students at University of Maryland signed
a petition to have the university create a new
major in sign language. Not sure if it is for
those interested in interpreting or for those
that want to teach sign language?
Salisbury, a city of some 45,000 people in Great
Britain, has a goal. It is to become Europe’s
most deaf friendly city. This project is being
led by a group of deaf students, and they have
secured funding and sponsorships.
Two bills have been introduced in Nebraska
legislature, both wanting to offer access to ASL
to students that want to use it.
The Crocker Art Museum, in California, will be
exhibiting paintings by legendary deaf artist
Granville Redmond. Altogether Redmond’s 80
paintings will be shown at a special exhibit
through May 17th.
Canada’s major Internet Service Providers,
in a joint press release, announced videos
in ASL and LSQ that would help the deaf-blind
use the internet more effectively.
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A BIG MAN IN FRANCE BUT NOT IN USA
    A deaf American, with strong interest in deaf theater
and in deaf arts, moved to France.
    In USA, he was not well known among the deaf in the
Deaf Theater/Deaf Arts community.
    In France, he suddenly became very popular and was
a big leader in the French Deaf Theater/Deaf Arts community.
    After about 10 years in France, he moved back to USA
and again became “unknown”. The French deaf people continue
to miss his leadership because there was no one there to
replace him!
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Lip reading tale
A male walked between a deaf man and a hearing man
that were chatting in the hallway.
The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
This is Erin
The hearing person actually said:
This is Aaron
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A SERIOUS IDENTITY PROBLEM
    A very hard of hearing person, who signs ASL
smoothly, has a problem.
    Is he deaf like us because of his smooth
signing ASL? Or is he hard of hearing because
he can use the voice telephone easily. Or is
he hearing because he socializes easily with
hearing people?
    Deaf or hard of hearing or hearing – a serious
identity problem!
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
Have you heard someone make this statement?
“I have a friend who is a court reporter. I think I will just have her
come in and provide CART at this meeting.”
Yes, some court reporters do provide CART. However, there are many court
reporters who cannot or will not provide CART.
What some people may not realize is that not all court reporters use
realtime translation in their job. Many of them take down the proceedings
on their steno machine and then later translate their steno on a computer.
In this way, only the court reporter sees what comes up on the computer
screen.
Some court reporters may write words and phrases like “did you go,” “dug,”
and “Doug” the same. When they prepare the transcript, they simply put in
the appropriate words. However, if someone is reading their screen, it may
be very difficult for an untrained person to figure out what is being
said.
Other court reporters may have a real fear of letting anyone see what they
write, and they may be very uncomfortable allowing someone to read their
output.
If you need a CART captioner for a meeting, it would be a good idea to ask
the court reporters if they feel that they are qualified to provide CART.
You really do want someone who is trained in CART. Do not assume that
every court reporter can do it.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    The late Douglas Burke founded the SouthWest Collegiate
Institute for the Deaf. It was his dream and his vision.
    He shared his vision during the early eighties with
DeafDigest editor, whom at that time, was the TDI executive
director.
    The SWCID, in paying homage to Burke’s efforts, has
named the administration building, The Douglas Burke Education
and Administration Building. It was part of the SWCID 30 year
anniversary celebrations.
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The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has ordered
its TV stations to raise the standards of captions.
People were complaining on how shoddy these captions
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