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DeafDigest – 30 April 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 30, 2020

— good acting assignments for deaf actress we never heard of

Deaf people that follow the theater and the TV may have
never heard of Marsha Vae Goeken, who is deaf. Even
deaf people that work in Hollywood also have never
heard of her. She gets her share of roles for one
important reason – she holds a union card as a member
of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screenwriters
Guild of America.

 

— a deaf joke hearing not appreciate

A deaf employer always joked that his
hearing employees were selectively-deaf.
He did not realize it for a long time
that his hearing employees hated that
“joke.” Partly for that reason, an
important hearing employee quit her
job after working for him for a long
time!

 

— EEOC tells employers to provide deaf with see-thru masks

For obvious reasons, deaf people have problems with hidden-lips
masks. The EEOC has just issued guidelines that require
employers to provide deaf with see-thru masks. For the
deaf that have returned to the work place, this is great
news.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 29 April 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 29, 2020

— a comment – Good Luck

A Coda, with many years of experience working in
different jobs and roles in Hollywood, gave a piece
advice to a young deaf actor, that dreamed of
making it big. The comment was this – You are
competing for 15,000 jobs in Hollywood. Good Luck!

 

— must be careful to help deaf telecommute in their jobs

If an employer just tells the deaf employee to stay home
and just telecommute, he may be making a big mistake.
The employer must make sure the deaf person’s computer
is set up to telecommute. He just cannot tell the
deaf person to go home and set up everything on his own.
Many computer problems are solved by phone; not easy
for a deaf person through a relay service or through
text or emails!

 

— Fedex hires many deaf and discrimates against many deaf

Is it a cruel irony that Fedex hired many deaf people but
at the same time discriminates against them – refusing
to provide interpreters or captioned videos? A mystery
we may never understand!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 28 April 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 28, 2020

— 75 different sounds deaf cannot hear

A manufacturer of a new device said it will
capture 75 different sounds that the deaf
people cannot hear but will tell them of
microwave ringing, shattered glass, etc.
Just wondering – many hearing people tune
out these sounds every day, all the time.
Will the deaf tune out these alerting
sounds – and only pay attention to the
most important sounds – baby cry,
someone knocking on the door, etc?

 

— many deaf actors don’t listen to Marlee

In a speech some time ago, Marlee Matlin had
this advice for deaf actors wanting to make
it in Hollywood – must get an agent.
A deaf person, pretty much knowledgeable
with the entertainment world, said that
there are great many deaf actors that
don’t have an agent! Why?

 

— Boris is getting same old complaint

Deaf people have complained that the White
House does not provide interpreters.
It was also learned that Boris Johnson,
the British Prime Minister does not have
interpreters for speeches that he gives.
London and Washington, DC speeches both
equally not interpreted? Sigh!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 27 April 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 27, 2020

— captions or sign language on TV news (or both)

There was a story about deaf people watching captioned
news to keep up with Covid-19 updates and that some
words (or sentences) were garbled. What about news in
sign language? Well, an interpreter asked – how do
you sign “don’t drink bleach?” This is not a joke!

 

— 2nd place in a big TV race

DeafDigest mentioned a while ago that a deaf man
participateted in the made-for-British-TV
Race Across The World 2020. The deaf man,
Rob, finished runner ups while partnering with
his wife.

 

— that many deaf actors

The Deaf West Theatre is a rarity, a long
surviving deaf theatrical group – on par
with the National Theatre of the Deaf.
Other deaf theatrical groups, sadly, have
been shortlived. Anyway, when Deaf West Theatre
makes plans for a new theatrical play, they
have a roster of 200-250 deaf actors they could
ask to come over for an audition! That many?
Yes!

 

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DeafDigest – 26 April 2020

DeafDigest Gold – April 26, 2020
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Top stories about the deaf:
Corporations have their own customer data base,
which, of course, is a corporate secret. Do
these corporate data bases divulge customers’
deafness – which could be of assistance to
medical personnel in case of Covid-19 cases.
This was an issue brought up in a web posting.
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A big concern during the pandemic is that
the needs of the Deaf Community, everywhere
in USA and the world are being neglected.
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Do deaf people function well while working from
home? A newspaper story said no!
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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued
guidelines for people that return to work.
In the guidelines is protecting the rights
and needs of deaf employees.
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Alexander I of Russia, who ruled Russia
between 1801 and 1825, was said to be deaf
according to a historian, doing that article
for a newspaper.
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ASL OR GESTURES
Often we walk on the streets and see someone
moving their hands.
Is it ASL or just hearing gestures? We often
don’t know and watch that person for about 30
seconds to make sure which is he – deaf or hearing!
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SOME BANKS ARE AFRAID OF THE DEAF
    This is a true story; a deaf person went to a bank
and gave the teller a note.
    The teller got scared and pressed the “bank robbery”
button to alert the police.
    The police came to the bank, looking for the bank
robber. The teller pointed to the deaf person.
    It was realized that the deaf person was not a
bank robber but wanted to ask the teller a question
about a banking matter.
    Many bank robbers pass notes to the tellers
demanding money. Not that deaf person!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Covid-19 continues with social distancing.
It is hard for us who are DeafBlind not being able to touch.
This puts us into isolation at home or wherever we are.
We are using group lists on Google groups to stay in touch.
In one group I joined, people are from East coast to West cast on the
list.
I wake up in the morning finding 50 – 75 emails overnight!
The time zones are making it difficult for us to handle.
The group leader decided to limit 15 postings a day,  5 in the AM, 5 in
the afternoon and 5 during the evening till midnight.
This new policy will start Monday.  Let’s see if this will work for us to
stay connected!
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 April 2020

DeafDigest Blue – April 26, 2020
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Top stories about the deaf:
Sarah Petherbridge, who is deaf, was profiled as a
Ernst & Young tax specialist, advising clients
on their tax moves. She depends on communication
devices to work with the clients.
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A consultant gave this advice to police officers
to learn all these basic signs when stopping a
deaf person, while at the same time, waiting
for an interpreter to arrive.
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A deaf attorney, that worked for the Linklaters,
a British law firm that is one of the world’s
elite firms, said in a web posting that
USA could have won the Vietnam War if these
best attorneys were involved in negotiations.
Is he correct? Do not know.
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South Korea has required movie theaters to show
captions and sign language videos on the screen
to explain to the deaf in the audience on what to do
in case of emergencies (ie fire disasters)
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The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation has been
ordered by the national court to make their
broadcast programs accessible to the deaf
(captions and sign language).
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HAND GESTURES VERY IMPORTANT FOR ALL DEAF
    There are some oral deaf that do not understand
simple gestures.
    There was a report from University of Chicago
that said hand gestures help oral children learn
better English.
    Is Hand Gestures same as Sign Language?
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Lip reading tale
A hearing friend was chatting with a deaf friend.
A third person passed through them in the hallway.
The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
This is Joe Plum
The hearing person actually said:
This is Joe Blum
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
A printer in a computer room needed a new toner.
A hearing woman, with no real experience, struggled
with the toner.
A deaf man saw it all and knew how to put in a
new toner, but he kept quiet and stayed back.
Reason is that if he butts in and tries to help
the hearing woman, she may scream “assault and
battery” because she does not know how to communicate
with the deaf.
As a result, the woman messed up and ruined the
new toner!
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
As realtime captioners and court reporters are spending more time working
from home, we are finding more need for backup systems to be in place.
Even if we may be prepared for power outages, it also seems that internet
outages are becoming more commonplace. What if our captioning or court
reporting assignment requires use of the internet and our home internet
service has been interrupted?
In addition to our home internet service, having a jetpack from our cell
phone provider might be a backup method for most captioning or court
reporting assignments. Also, in an emergency, using our cell phone as a
hotspot might also be an alternative.
The more backups we have available, the more we can be assured that our
consumers and clients will be able to have uninterrupted service.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Jerome Schein
who departed us. He had been ill for quite some time.
Young deaf national leaders may not know who he was.
During the sixties and seventies, he was NAD CEO Frederick
Schreiber’s confidant, advisor and mentor, all behind the
scenes. NAD grew by leaps and bounds during this era
because of Fred’s ideas and astute business moves. It
was Schein whom Fred ran to for feedback and for fine-
tuning.
When Fred passed away in 1979, Schein moved on to other
endeavors and became well respected in his own right
as educator and scholar of programs for the deaf in
USA and Canada.
It was at Gallaudet during the fifties that Schein got his
introduction to the deaf world. The Deaf Community has
become stronger because of his wisdom, influence and
counsel !
Thank you, Jerome.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Audree Norton
that departed us. She was our #1 deaf actress, many
years before Marlee Matlin came on board. She appeared
on TV sitcoms, TV commercials and was one of the founding
members of the National Theater of the Deaf.
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DeafDigest – 26 April 2020

ASL OR GESTURES
Often we walk on the streets and see someone
moving their hands.
Is it ASL or just hearing gestures? We often
don’t know and watch that person for about 30
seconds to make sure which is he – deaf or hearing!

DeafDigest – 25 April 2020

CHANGING THE PRINTER TONER

A printer in a computer room needed a new toner.
A hearing woman, with no real experience, struggled
with the toner.
A deaf man saw it all and knew how to put in a
new toner, but he kept quiet and stayed back.
Reason is that if he butts in and tries to help
the hearing woman, she may scream “assault and
battery” because she does not know how to communicate
with the deaf.
As a result, the woman messed up and ruined the
new toner!

DeafDigest – 24 April 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 24, 2020

— ex-White House press secretary ignored interpreters

Stephanie Grisham is no longer the White House press secretary,
as she stepped down not too long time ago. It was understood
that when the president gave a speech, it was not
interpreted. When the deaf community protested, she
never responded even though arranging for interpreters
was her responsibility.

 

— Cued Speech is impossible with face mask

Deaf people that use Cued Speech as their communications
mode found that masks has made this task impossible!
One has to take off the mask to make it possible.

 

— Baltimore mayor blocks interpreter

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young does not
like for deaf to know about protesters shouting
at him during his speech. When the interpreter
tried to interpret comments from these protesters
the mayor blocked it, and had it edited out of
the videos! Deaf community was in uproar; few
days later the mayor apologized and promised it
would not happen again. The mayor is saying it
is OK for hearing people to hear the protests
but the deaf cannot!

 

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DeafDigest – 23 April 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 23, 2020

— our Master Level ASL teachers

We have American Sign Language Teachers Association
(ASLTA). This organization has approximately 650
members and has been around for a long time.
How many of them are certified to teach ASL?
Approximately 90. How many of them achieve this
much tougher Master Level certification. Just
over 40 of them!

 

— the deaf and the wipe board

In the past deaf clerks in stores used pen and
pad to communicate with the hearing customers.
Times have changed. Pen and pad is out; in is
the wipe board. Hearing people love it.

 

— deaf and disabled OR deaf and not disabled

Deaf people part of the disabled group, or
deaf people not really part of the disabled
group? This was the issue brought up by a
deaf writer in a newspaper column today.
The ADA places the deaf in the disabled
group that needs ADA protection. We need
the ADA but the ADA says disabled have
equal rights with the non-disabled.

 

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DeafDigest – 22 April 2020

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— need to know more about Covid-19 updates

Deaf people know what is Covid-19. They also
know it is dangerous. They also know that
social distancing is required. They also
know that face masks is required. What
any of them may not know are these Covid-19
TV news updates! This is all the reason why
all public announcements must be captioned
and must be interpreted (without face masks)!
DeafDigest editor saw a face-masked interpreting
on TV and HATED it!

 

— only deaf person in a senior living center

A deaf woman lives in a senior living center;
she is the only deaf person there and the
staff do not know what to do with her. If
she is hungry and wants to bring in food,
she must call “By Phone Only”. Even though
she has smartphone and tries to use text,
this leads to worse hassles. No one was
willing to help her with her voice call
with a local supermarket. Fortunately,
after some time, a living center resident,
came around and made this food phone order
for her.

 

— Queen Elizabeth felt responsible for her deaf mother-in-law

Queen Elizabeth’s husband Prince Philip was notorious
for mocking people. He mocked a deaf group one time.
Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Greece,
was deaf. When Elizabeth and Philip married, the
bride made it a point to be sensitive to the needs
of her new mother-in-law. This came up during an
interview a newspaper had with Philip’s cousin,
Lady Pamela, 91 years old but with a sharp memory!

 

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DeafDigest – 21 April 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 21, 2020

— Workplace captions and the deaf

A deaf employee gave this advice – that if you want
captions, plan for it in advance with the captioner.
This means no last minute captioning assignments for the
captioner. And still, free captions are not the best
and paying for the better captions is what many employers don’t
want to pay.

 

— liability insurance and the ADA discrimination claims

Are ADA discrimination claims covered by general insurance
liability policies? This issue was brought up in the
The Second Circuit court. Instead of deciding on it,
this court passed the buck to the New York Court of Appeals!
Is it a hot potato issue that judges are trying to avoid?

 

— responsible for bulk bins in a supermarket

Kirsten McGraw, who is deaf, was profiled in a
newspaper story about her job as a bulk buyer
at the Co-op Market Grocery & Deli in
Faribault, Minnesota. Buying nuts in bulk,
buying cereals in bulk, etc – go and see
her is what customers do in the supermarket.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 20 April 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 20, 2020

this just in – a Gallaudet announcement

Carol J. Erting will step down as Gallaudet provost
at the end of June. Replacing him on a 2-year interim
basis is Jeffrey W. Lewis, who is deaf. Gallaudet will
embark on a search for a permanent provost.

 

— a small town deaf firefighter/first responder

Chad Grabousky, who is deaf, is a firefighter and
first responder in Linglestown, a small town
in central Pennsylvania. He uses ASL and was
praised by his peers as a well-trained firefighter.
Does he fight fires inside the buildings or provides
ground support for the inside firefighters? Do not
know.

 

— many fast food places overlook one ADA issue

All big fast food chains know what ADA is all about,
and they employ full time ADA advisors, whose job
is compliance in order to avoid lawsuits. If a
fast food place has a menu on a customer-touchpad,
it is ADA-compliant, but if the menu is posted on
the wall, then it may not be ADA-compliant. Trying
to point at something on the wall could lead to
terrible sandwich-maker, deaf customer hassles!
The same goes for food-trucks with wall menus,
forcing short order cooks to poke their head
out of the side windows.

 

— the deaf and the mask

Do deaf people like the mask? They all basically
hate it. A deaf advocate said communications with
each other is missing a lot because of the mask.
Figuring out ASL signing tones, facial expressions
and facial reactions is just about impossible.
Will see-thru masks help? Stay tuned!

 

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DeafDigest – 20 April 2020

DeafDigest Gold – April 19, 2020
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Top stories about the deaf:
A historian said Beethoven was never that totally,
100 percent deaf, and said that his best music
after he became deaf was false.
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Past Tennessee School for the Deaf
superintendent Nancylynn Ward, who is
deaf, can go ahead with the filing of
the claim that the Tennessee Department
of Education discharged her because
of her gender. She said that the
male consultant was sexist in his
dealings with her and recommended
that she be replaced.
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An interpreter said:
I interpret important information for the deaf,
which often is a matter of life and death.
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An Ethiopian paper bag manufacturer has
almost 20 deaf employees. Their job is
to go out and to try to persuade clients
to go green, and to get rid of these
plastic bags. They use gestures to sell
the idea of paper bags.
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South Korean deaf activist Kim Cheol-whan
is collecting signatures for a petition
protesting lack of captions on local
news programs with three top TV stations.
This petition will be given to the
National Human Rights Commission.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
ASL IN YAKIMA, WASHINGTON
    Yakima is the 8th largest city in Washington; population
is just under 100,000 people. Yet, Yakima is probably USA’s #1
ASL city!
    Employees at Yakima’s stores, shops and restaurants know
some ASL. They learned ASL from four different high schools
and from two different colleges.
    And there are three coffee cafe chat events where hearing
people are invited to join in and practice their ASL.
    A deaf person said Yakima is so much better than some bigger
cities, especially Washington, DC, for ASL users!
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Unlock the phone with CapTel® Captioned Telephone! CapTel shows
word-for-word captions of everything a caller says over the phone, letting
you read everything that they say – Like captions on TV – for the phone!
Captions are provided at no cost to the user, with no monthly fees or
contracts required. For more information or to order call 1-800-233-9130
For more info about CapTel, email: sales@weitbrecht.com
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
A COMMON CODA TALE
Every Coda has tales of growing up in families of
deaf parents.
What is the most common Coda tale? As teenagers,
before they were allowed to drive cars, they would
sneak out to drive the car at 2 AM or 3 AM while
deaf parents were sleeping.
And how did the deaf parents catch them? Very
easy – they would look at the number of miles on the
car and ask them if they drove those “extra miles”
last night!
This week’s ASL video in youtube:
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Social distancing is very difficult for many of us who are DeafBlind.
More weeks without tactile ASL with friends and family!
This reminds me of a movie called “The Bubble Boy”.
The movie was about a teenager sensitive many elements of the environment
and he had to be behind a glass globe.
Rubber gloves were attached to the glass, similar to an incubator in the
nursery of a baby ward.
Maybe it is time for all our DeafBlind folks to have bubble that folks can
reach into with those rubber gloves so that we can communicate again!
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The Market Research Intellect, a marketing
industry newsletter, said that Sign Language
apps is a booming industry because of
Covid-19.
……….
For deaf fans of these Bruce Lee martial arts
fighting movies, there is a new set that can
be ordered – and all of them are subtitled.
In the past, the sets were not subtitled.
………
Many newspapers are saying that interpreters
steal the show. This is wrong. Interpreters
serve the deaf and this is what newspaper
reporters do not realize.
………
Does a cochlear implant help a person that
is tone-deaf (inability to hear in the high
frequency range? In a newspaper interview
with a tone-deaf person, the response is no.
……..
Kingston University’s pharmaceuticals
instructors in Great Britain have been
praised for adjusting their teaching
plans to meet the needs of deaf students.
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WORST DEAF-HEARING COMMUNICATIONS
What is worst Deaf-Hearing Communications?
It is a deaf man with terrible handwriting.
And also a hearing man with terrible
handwriting!
It has happened to DeafDigest editor several
times in the past.
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It was raining hard outside.
The deaf child thought the hearing mother said:
It is boring outside
The hearing mother actually said:
It is pouring outside
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A LUCKY DEAF ECONOMIST
    We have had a few deaf graduates from colleges
with degrees in Economics. Finding a job in the
field of Economics is very difficult.
    A deaf man worked for a big corporation. His
college degree was not in economics – but his
supervisors noticed he loved to read newspapers
and magazines and books about economics.
    One day the corporation needed an economist.
Instead of advertising in newspapers, they just
promoted the deaf man to a job in Economics.
    He was lucky. He worked at the corporation
for many years until he retired.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
As most of America continues to shelter in place, captioners and court
reporters continue to find ways to improve their skills and knowledge so
that they can offer new and better services to their consumers and
clients.
Numerous webinars, seminars, and online meetings are taking place to learn
about different ways to serve people. The National Court Reporters
Association and many other organizations are stepping up and presenting
learning opportunities for their members. These include Stenopalooza,
StenoFest, and many others.
Many different platforms are being looked at to find the best solutions
for online meetings, virtual classrooms, and presentations to be
accessible. Ways are being investigated to conduct safe and secure court
and deposition proceedings over the internet.
As I have heard many times over the past few weeks, “We’re all in this
together.”
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John Ball, not deaf, pushed hard for closed captions
while serving as NCI’s first president during the
early eighties. He also made it a point to maintain
close professional relationships with deaf community
leaders, and which was why NCI was held in very
high esteem at that time.
note:
times have changed; NCI is not the only player
in the closed captioning market. Competition is
everywhere.
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WORST DEAF-HEARING COMMUNICATIONS
What is worst Deaf-Hearing Communications?
It is a deaf man with terrible handwriting.
And also a hearing man with terrible
handwriting!
It has happened to DeafDigest editor several
times in the past.

DeafDigest – 17 April 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 17, 2020

— shockingly low numbers of 911 centers can get texts

The Crime and Justice News said that only 15 percent
of text calls by deaf can reach 911 centers,
needing police assistance. Is 15 percent an
exaggeration? Another source said it is almost
35 percent, which is still unacceptable.

 

— Zoom, no; Youtube yes, for deaf student

A deaf student, taking on-line classes at
Middle Tennessee State University, could not
understand Zoom sessions. The professor
then replaced Zoom with Youtube videos
(with captions) that was nearly the same
as the material he was teaching. Everyone
was happy about the change.

 

— possible deaf discrimination case in Supreme Court

Would the Supreme Court listen to a Deaf Discrimination
Case? Richard Natofsky, who is deaf, said he was
demoted because of his deaf in a past job with the
New York City government. His attorney said the
2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong in
saying he had no proof that he was demoted because
of his deafness. The Supreme Court will decide if
this case is worth pursuing or to throw it out.

 

 

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— these last minute interpreting assignments

An interpreter said that he got a last
minute assignment request from a
fellow interpreter. He got the phone
call at 8:45 AM to rush to the 9:20 AM
assignment. Reason for the last minute
request was the first interpreter was
stuck in a bad traffic jam and knew
he couldn’t make it at 9:20 AM!

 

— a law firm or a public relations firm

Is it the changing of times that a personal
complaint would get a response from a law
firm instead of a public relations firm?
A deaf person wrote to local TV station
concerning lack of captions on a local
news program. In the past the public
relations firm would respond to the
complaint. This time the deaf person
got a response from the TV station’s
law firm! The attorney basically said
the same thing that a PR firm would
say. Oh, well.

 

— deaf cashier solves customers’ mask issues

A story surfaced today about Matthew Simmons,
a deaf cashier at Trader Joe’s. Normally he
would lip read customers’ comments, but
their masks prevented him from lip reading.
He solved the problem by wearing the T-shirt
that said “I’m deaf” on front and “tap on
the shoulder” on the back. Quickly – problem
solved; everyone is happy!

 

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DeafDigest – 15 April 2020

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— Zoom and Skype and etc good or bad for deaf

An I/T expert was worried that Zoom, Skype and
other apps may not be good for the deaf. For
the deaf knowledgeable about these apps, it
is not an issue – but for other deaf that are
not, they need technical assistance, especially
with these evil hackers around.

 

— an interpreter that hates public attention

An interpreter that hates public attention said:

The attention is not on us. It is about the
Deaf Community

That interpreter has a great attitude, says
DeafDigest.

 

— Orlando deaf people rally for see-thru face masks

There was a rally by the deaf of Orlando, Florida
for see-thru masks to make things easier for them.
They are correct. Masks that block lipreading and
facial expressions are cruel!

 

 

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— Deafness as a superpower

Connie is a deaf character in The Walking
Dead, a TV version of the comic book series.
This role is played by Lauren Ridloff,
who is deaf. Connie was told by one of
the characters that her deafness is not
a weakness, but a superpower!

 

— a positive or a negative comment

An interpreter, in a newspaper interview,
said that ASL is not his language, despite
being fluent with it. DeafDigest is not sure
if it is a negative comment?

 

— cops would not know of person’s disability

Ohio has a database law. It would help police
officers know of person’s disability – but it
will not specify which disability. Is it
deafness or something else? This is for the
cops to find out! And besides, not just any
deaf person can sign up; it must be verified
by a doctor or a psychologist or a psychiatrist!
A hassle? Very much so.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 13 April 2020

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— Netflix’s Crip Camp

Netflix has come up with a new movie – Crip
Camp, a documentary film about a Disability
Revolution. Part of the film focused on the
504 sit-in rally in 1977 in the lobby of the
HEW secretary Joseph Califano. The congress
passed the 504 regulations but Califano, for
reasons of his own, would not have his
people write up the rules, regulations and
procedures. This led the late Terrence J. O’Rourke,
himself deaf and president of American Coalition
of Citizens with Disabilities, to stage a
sit-in. A segment showed O’Rourke giving
a speech at the rally, and one of the sit-in
participants was the DeafDigest editor, as a
young man 43 years ago. A subscriber saw the
documentary and alerted DeafDigest editor
to it.

 

— communicating with deaf through face masks

Deaf people hate face masks for obvious
reasons. Could hearing people with these
face masks communicate with the deaf?
Yes – they must write notes, use gestures,
use body language. The problem is that
many hearing people either don’t or haven’t
thought of these communication tricks.

 

— much better public awarenesss of interpreters

Many past TV updates of 9/11 attacks, Hurricane
Katrina and others were not interpreted. Times
have changed – current profile of interpreters
have increased positively because of these regular
TV announcements. This leads to a hope that
public perception of people that are deaf
are much more positive!

 

 

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This just in –
The NAD Conference, slated to take place
June 30-July 5, 2020 in Chicago, has been
cancelled, a victim of the pandemic.
Top stories about the deaf:
Medical personnel dealing with Covid-19
patients wear facemasks. A newspaper
ran a story of deaf patients having problems
communicating with doctors and nurses that
wear facemasks. Interpreters, yes, but
facemasks continue as a sore point among
these deaf patients.
Spencer Tracy, one of the world’s most
famous actors of all time, was written
up as a monster. His son John was born
deaf and Spencer wanted to have nothing
to do with him – leaving the burden of
raising him to his wife. This led to the
wife establishing the John Tracy Clinic
in Los Angeles. John briefly attended
Gallaudet in the early sixties, still
knowing no ASL.
In the Philippines, deaf people driving
motorcycles no longer will have
their licenses marked as “deaf” – but
on the flip side, they must wear
hearing aids. Will the police notice
these fake hearing aids during traffic
stops?
The annual Capital Fringe Festival, taking
place in Washington, DC, has been cancelled.
Gallaudet was slated to be one of the venues.
Much to the anger of the British Deaf
Community, the TV updates on Covid-19
are not subtitled, nor is interpreted.
Angry deaf leaders are threatening to
file legal action against the government.
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HEARING EMPLOYEE TELLING A LIE
    A new deaf employee, confused about the job
assignments, asked a hearing employee for
help and advice.
    The hearing employee replied:
I am sorry. I don’t understand the work assignment
you are doing
    It forced the deaf employee to find another
hearing employee for help and advice.
    Few months later, the deaf employee realized
that the first hearing employee knew everything
but said “I don’t understand” just to avoid
communicating with a deaf person!
    It is sad that some hearing employees will
lie to a deaf employee.
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THUMP WHILE SLEEPING
You are sleeping one night. All of a sudden
you feel a big thump.
You get scared and wake up and run around the
house, wondering what the thump was.
You ask a hearing person if he heard about the
thump noise. Hearing person said he heard nothing.
A Big Thump Mystery!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Banking has become more difficult during the COVID-19 crisis.
Banks are still open but with strict safety procedures.
Sometimes they are inaccessible for us who are DeafBlind.
Example of current procedures include using the drive-thru teller service,
staying 6 feet back, or using the ATM.
Are there other ways we can access our banking services?  There are a few
options.
Many banks have apps for you to download for free and you can scan a check
and send it to the bank for deposit.
You can use online banking to pay bills and transfer funds.
I use PayPal to purchase online because it is very accessible for me.
Getting cash is almost not needed these days!
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.
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Because of the pandemic, the convention hosted
Hearing Loss Association of America has
been cancelled. It was to take place in June.
Canada was mentioned in a newspaper story
as “failing” its deaf artists, citing
Dawn Birley, deaf actress, originally
born in Canada as an example. She has
lived in Finland for the past 20 years,
a great place, she says, to perform
her acting skills.
Jane Norman, long time deaf actress,
entertainer and advocate of art,
has departed us. Her last position
in her long career was as faculty
member in the Gallaudet Department of Art,
Communication, and Theatre and director
emerita of the National Deaf Life Museum.
A Justice Department spokesperson said
deaf people deserve their Civil Rights
in midst of this pandemic.
Apps great for the deaf during social
isolation? No, said an advocate –
when apps go off-line, the social
isolation continues!
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TOO MUCH ME-DEAF ATTITUDE
Nina Poetsch, who is deaf, did not succeed
in the “Survivor” TV program.
Her big problem was – me, deaf, please
respect me deaf.
This turned off hearing people on the
program, even though people watching the
program loved her.
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A deaf neighbor and a hearing neighbor were
standing near the bay.
The deaf neighbor thought the hearing neighbor said:
this is a beautiful bag
The hearing neighbor actually said:
this is a beautiful bay
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BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT OTHER DEAF PEOPLE
Many deaf people have so many deaf cousins that
they can’t remember which cousin is with which
mother and father, etc.
A deaf friend was saying bad things about
another deaf person. His friend told him that
this deaf person is his very distant cousin,
but could not remember if it was 4th or 5th or
6th cousin, etc!
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
As the world continues to shelter in place and stay at home, I would like
to give a shout-out to the realtime captioners who continue to bring the
important information into the homes of people who rely on their
captioning.
When the bad news gets too much for many of us to bear, we can just turn
it off. However, the captioners who are captioning the news channels must
keep listening and conveying that information.
Not too long ago, there was a variety of news stories that the captioners
were captioning. Even though there was a lot of bad news, at least there
would be a change of topic for the captioners to focus on.
As almost every story now revolves around COVID-19 and the coronavirus, I
wish our captioners well, just as I do our medical personnel and first
responders. May they remain physically and mentally strong. Thank you all
for what you’re doing.
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The Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Department of
Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Austin, Texas, has received
information indicating that an on-line scam, using the name of the
Texas Commission for the Deaf could be a threat to the deaf community
in Texas and nationally. As reported, a person was informed by email
of winning “Hot Ball:15” in an alleged Texas Lottery Commission lottery
game and would receive a cash prize of $250,000. The hitch is that
the “winner” must send in a check for $450 to receive a check for the
cash prize.
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fighting the FCC rates is concerned. They have
asked the FCC to hold on the rates. Will FCC hold
these rates?
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DeafDigest – 12 April 2020

A THUMP WHILE SLEEPING
You are sleeping one night. All of a sudden
you feel a big thump.
You get scared and wake up and run around the
house, wondering what the thump was.
You ask a hearing person if he heard about the
thump noise. Hearing person said he heard nothing.
A Big Thump Mystery!

DeafDigest – 11 April 2020

BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT OTHER DEAF PEOPLE
Many deaf people have so many deaf cousins that
they can’t remember which cousin is with which
mother and father, etc.
A deaf friend was saying bad things about
another deaf person. His friend told him that
this deaf person is his very distant cousin,
but could not remember if it was 4th or 5th or
6th cousin, etc!

DeafDigest – 11 April 2020

TOO MUCH ME-DEAF ATTITUDE
Nina Poetsch, who is deaf, did not succeed
in the “Survivor” TV program.
Her big problem was – me, deaf, please
respect me deaf.
This turned off hearing people on the
program, even though people watching the
program loved her.

DeafDigest – 10 April 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 10, 2020

— not really a self-taught interpreter

A newspaper headline ran like this:

Meet the self-taught ASL interpreter

Self taught? In an interview the
interpreter said he taught himself
ASL by reading these ASL books.
He later became friends with two
ASL-signing deaf individuals and
learned much of ASL from them.
Even without formal certification
he became an interpreter. Fortunately
he became certified and is still
interpreting!

 

— “A Quiet Place” movie title makes no sense

The title of that widely acclaimed
Deaf Movie – A Quiet Place – makes no sense
according to a movie critic. Deaf people
can use voice even though hearing people
do not understand what they are saying;
deaf people can scream and yell, and all
hearing people know what it is. And
when deaf people furiously use their
signs in anger, they are not quiet!

 

— a Texas Ranger hall of famer

Texas Rangers (not baseball) is sort of
same as a state bureau of investigation.
It investigates serious crimes that took
place in the state. Anyway there is a
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, honoring its
best fighters and investigators. One
of the hall of famers is John Coffee Hays,
who is not deaf. While learning to become
a Ranger, he has thanked Deaf Smith
for mentoring him with these tricks.

 

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— deaf patients’ favorite communications device

The SUNY Downstate Medical Center (New York) has
quite a few deaf patients. The spokesperson said
their favorite device for communications purposes
is iPads. What about smartphones? No. What about
iPhones? No – just iPads.

 

— deaf son of a notorious gangster

Al Capone was USA’s most notorious gangster
during the 1920’s and 1930’s. He had a
deaf son by the name of Sonny. He later
changed his full name from Sonny Capone to Albert
Francis. Al loved Sonny, but the son rejected the
father. Sonny graduated from University of
Miami but struggled with career jobs – selling
used cars, printing, operating a restaurant
and selling auto tires. The last name – Capone
was his lifetime nightmare. He died in 2004.
While he was deaf, he knew no ASL and functioned
as a hearing person.

 

— deaf serving in the National Guard

James Franklin “Bud” Culp departed us recently.
He attended Oregon School for the Deaf and
during the 1950’s, he served in the
Oregon National Guard. DeafDigest editor
has never heard of that person but it is
surprising that a deaf person would serve
in the National Guard. DeafDigest knows that
there were some deaf people that wanted to
serve in the military but couldn’t – but
Oregon National Guard? Probably a mystery
we would never know.

 

 

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— Deaf Zoom vs Deaf Google Hangouts

Who wins – Deaf Zoom vs Deaf Google Hangouts?

Well, it was said that Deaf Google Hangouts
can carry captions while Zoom has these serious
hacking issues! Just beware, make sure you
have a I/T expert around before this stuff
is installed.

 

— sign language and captions blocking each other

Deaf people watch many news programs that have
both sign language interpreters in one corner
and captions, anywhere on the screen – top or
middle or bottom. There is always this concern
that captions would block sign langauge. Years
way back DeafDigest served on the NCI Consumer
Advisory group – deaf people in that group
all complained that captions and football
scores would block out each other. The NCI
response was that this problem was “impossible”
to be solved!

 

— interpreters wearing face masks

it is a big nightmare for the deaf when interpreters
wear face masks. Cannot lipread. Cannot see
facial expressions. Cannot see nothing. Just hope
all interpreters will use see-through masks
instead of these masks that block the faces.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 07 April 2020

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— Canada pushes out deaf actors

There was a newspaper story, titled:

Canada is failing its Deaf artists

It cited Dawn Birley as an example.
Born in Canada and a graduate of
Gallaudet, she has lived in Finland
for the past 20 years – where
conditions were much better for
her as deaf actress as opposed to
living in Canada!

 

— advice for deaf in hospitals during pandemic

Make sure there is a sign posted on the wall
saying that you are deaf. Make sure you bring
your iPhone or Smartphone (with battery
recharger). Make sure you have VRI apps
on your iPhone. Make sure the hospital
wi-fi system works. Make sure you have
pens and notepads. Make sure you have
extension cord in case your bed is too
far from the wall outlet. If doctors
and nurses give you hard time, demand
to meet with the hospital top administrator.

 

— famous hearing actress accused of being a thief

Angelina Jolie is one of the world’s most famous
actresses. She has been accused of being a thief,
stealing an idea of a character that was portrayed
in the movie – The Eternals. Making the accusation,
of which intellectual theft lawsuit has been filed
is Antoinette Abbamont, a deaf teacher, producer
and actress. Keep in mind Jolie is not exactly
popular in Hollywood.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 06 April 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 6, 2020

— fast interpreter signing good or bad

A newspaper ran this headline:

Fastest signer in the West

What good is an interpreter signing so fast
that many deaf people in the audience may not
understand? DeafDigest editor remembers a deaf
meeting years ago when the deaf speaker signed
so fast. Almost immediately hands were raised
in the audience begging him to slow down and to
repeat what he said. He repeated but would not
slow down! Deaf people gave up and moved on
with the meeting.

 

— ASL robots

The Citadel is a military college in South Carolina.
Many graduates become military officers yet students
in the college engineering lab are building robots
that can sign in ASL. Will the robots be able to
adjust for differences in regional signs for the
same word?

 

— coffee refill leads to terrible misunderstandings

A deaf man walked into a store and paid for his
cup of coffee. Half hour later he went to the
store, thinking the refill was free. It was not
free and one misunderstanding led to another
misunderstanding (between the deaf man and
the store clerk). Police was called but without
an interpreter. The deaf man then realized
he had to pay for the refill; he offered to pay
but the police refused to allow it, saying
he was “stealing” coffee. It led to an ugly lawsuit
and as a result, the city of Lynnwood (WA) had
to pay to reach settlement with the deaf man.

 

 

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Top stories about the deaf:
Maggie Campbell, not deaf, distills craft liquors
at the Privateer Rum, that she owns in Ipswich,
MA. Deaf patrons coming in will be pleased to know
that she knows ASL.
Linguists are never satisfied with their sign
language research. They want to research more
and more into that field – and this applies to
team of linguists at University of Birmingham
in Great Britain. It was written up in a
newspaper.
Famed deaf wildlife artist departed us.
During his painting career, he has won
numerous wildlife picture contests in
Maryland and elsewhere.
Kim Wadsworth is the new superintendent
of the South Dakota School for the Deaf.
The school does not serve students just
locally but serves all school districts
that have these mainstreamed students.
Frank Wu, not deaf, served on the Gallaudet
board of trustees for ten years. A colleague
said he was a great trustee to work with.
He has a new job – president of Queens
College in New York. Just hope he will
do much for the college’s deaf students
as much as did at Gallaudet.
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THE CAR BATTERY
    A deaf driver was driving for a long time with a
weak battery. There was no warning signal on the dashboard
about a weak battery.
    A hearing friend happened to hear the car engine and
said “your battery is weak; I will jump the battery for you”
    How did the hearing friend know? He said he heard clink,
clink while the engine was turning and knew the battery was
weak.
    Lucky to have a hearing friend!
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DEAF DUAL CITIZENS
    We have many deaf people that are dual citizens. This means
citizens of two nations, such as USA and Canada? Yes, but
there is another meaning.
    It means that deaf people that are comfortable mixing
with the deaf and also mixing with the hearing.
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Deafblind people are being frustrated by a lack of accessibility during
this COVID-19 Pandemic.
Many places like hospitals, nursing homes, psychiatric hospital, etc. are
prohibiting visitors and setting policies around reduced use of in person
interpreters.
This is a scary time for us who are DeafBlind, rearing that we will not be
able to communicate via tactile ASL!
A consumer group, made up of organizations for the Deaf, hard of hearing
and DeafBlind, has banded together to advocate.
Recently we filed a petition with the FCC requesting emergency support for
access by relaxing their rules temporarily.
One remediation would be allowing Telecommunication Relay Service Funds to
pay for software for DeafBlind individuals to enhance their access to
telecommunication.
Another request to the FCC is to relax the rule against “same room” relay
calls so that DeafBlind people could use same room services in hospitals,
medical offices and so on.
It takes time but our first meeting with the FCC is Monday, let’s hope
this will happen.
This will not resolve communication accessibility for all DeafBlind
individuals.
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
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Deaf advocates of Nigeria are saying that deaf people
do not understand public announcements on how to use
safety tips during this pandemic.
There was a story in a New Jersey newspaper
about funding issues with the Mountain Lakes High School
which houses a regional school for the deaf. Something
to do with improperly classifying the funds that
would go to the school from various school
districts in the school’s location.
The deaf of New Zealand are upset that some hearing
people, having never seen an interpreter in action
on the stage, would mock them! This took place
during Covid-19 announcements.
In Canada, the TV program – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
is popular. One new episode involved the deaf in a
“deaf dorm” on the campus of a hearing college.
Don’t know if the deaf dorm is a reference to one
of deaf post-secondary programs in USA or is just
a fictional one!
MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL, is closing
up for good. This college had a well respected
Deaf Education program which produced teachers
and educators for the deaf over the years.
Some deaf school superintendents have graduated
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    What is a Dog Leash Vibration? A deaf person’s
dog would howl when he hears sirens from fire truck
or police car.
    The howl causes the dog leash to vibrate! This
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A hearing foodie was talking about desserts with
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A BAD DIET BET MISUNDERSTANDING
    At a hearing college many years ago a deaf student
was very fat.
    His hearing friends begged him to go on diet and to
watch what he eats. He refused.
    They made a bet with him, a lot of money, that he
has to lose weight to win the bet.
    The hearing students told him he must lose 50
pounds. The deaf student, lipread the words and
thought it was 15 pounds.
    There was almost a big fight because the
deaf student refused to pay off the bet over
a misunderstood word!
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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, a national emergency was declared on
March 13, 2020. The FCC has rules about televised emergency information
being accessible.
How do we know what needs to be captioned or made accessible in some other
way?
The FCC website has a page that is devoted to Accessibility to Emergency
Information on Television. It says that emergency information is intended
to help protect life, health, safety, or property. One example of this
information is related to community situations such as pandemics.
To provide access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, emergency
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Yes, Forsythe was not deaf – but in the early
days of closed captioning in the eighties, not too
many TV programs were captioned. Dynasty became
our most popular captioned program. Deaf
organizations knew better not to schedule
meetings on the evenings this program was aired!
John was probably the first hearing actor that
deaf people hated – because of his
wicked and scheming ways in these Dynasty
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deaf people attended a disability summit only to have an
interpreter not show up. As a result, the event was
cancelled rather than to face the ire of the Deaf and the
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DeafDigest – 04 April 2020

DOG LEASH VIBRATIONS
What is a Dog Leash Vibration? A deaf person’s
dog would howl when he hears sirens from fire truck
or police car.
The howl causes the dog leash to vibrate! This
tells the deaf person that the dog howls for a
reason!

DeafDigest – 03 April 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 3, 2020

— most interpreters don’t seek public attention

Because of pandemic, many interpreters have been
written up in the newspapers as heroes of the
Deaf Community. An interpreter said that normally
interpreters do not seek, nor crave public
attention. That interpreter is correct.

 

— agency does not require deaf to use video

A service agency that serves both deaf and hearing
clients requires all hearing clients to use
video to get advice and counseling on their
issues. But for the deaf, the agency allows
them to come in person to get face-to-face
counseling. They felt it face-to-face was
better for the deaf.

 

— FCC stands up and says “you must caption”

The FCC, probably tired of these non-captioning
complaints, has just told all TV broadcasters and
all video providers to caption, caption and
caption. It is great – just that when complaints
come in, FCC is normally slow with their actions.

 

 

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 2, 2020

— deaf trucker nominated for national trucking honors

Candice Lureman, who is deaf, is Australia’s only
deaf female truck driver. She has been pushing
the industry to hire more deaf truck drivers.
And she is around when truck drivers need her
advice and assistance with their trucks. For that
she has been one of the nominees for a 2020 National
Trucking Industry Award. Do we have that in USA?
No.

 

— ADA rules at a football stadium is 5 pages long

Empower Field at Mile High is where Denver Broncos
NFL football team play their home games. The team
was slapped with a lawsuit a while years way back
over stadium scoreboard not being captioned. Just
today the team made an announcement of the ADA
rules it must follow. Their set of rules is
five pages long; it emphasized deaf and disabled
people as – ADA qualified patrons. This phrase
bothers DeafDigest editor. Does it require all
deaf/disabled patrons to bring papers to prove
to the Broncos management that they are ADA-
qualified? And what if the Broncos feel that
these deserving fans are faking their deafness
or their disability? This is not a joke!

 

— ADA wins not always road to riches

If people think they can be rich by winning
ADA lawsuits, then they need to take notice
of the decision made by the judge in Wisconsin.
Walmart lost a $5.2 million case because of
discriminating against a deaf employee.
Walmart appealed and the judge said federal
limits is just $300,000. And $200,000 compensatory
damages award was already paid out by Walmart, it
left the deaf winner with just $100,000. What
about attorney’s fees? Do not know.

 

 

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— not realizing that an interpreter is needed

Deaf people expect interpreters to be available.
Many hearing people do not realize that deaf people
are always expecting interpreters. This was a comment
an interpreter made during a newspaper interview.

 

— becoming late-hearing

A deaf activist that attends a hearing college said:

Most deaf wouldn’t choose to be hearing even if the
opportunity presented itself

Is he correct? Don’t know. If a person has been
deaf all his life and then all of a sudden he
becomes hearing, it is not easy to adjust to the
hearing world. There was a movie about a blind
man, suddenly able to see. He struggled about
his new vision and became uncomfortable with his
new vision world. He then chose to become blind again!
Sorry, DeafDigest editor cannot remember the
movie title as he saw it a long time ago.

 

— possible scary lockdown order

In the metro Washington, DC area, police officers
have been enforcing the rule that everyone must
stay home. They drive police cars and shout these
orders via horns. What if a deaf person (shopping
for groceries or walking the dog or walking to a
pharmacy) cannot hear the police warnings? Very scary!

 

 

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