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DeafDigest – 31 July 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 31, 2020

— hot selling burgers

Aris Burger stand is operated by two deaf men in
Bangi, a small town in Malaysia. The sign in front
of the stand tells the public that it is deaf-owned
and deaf-operated, and for patrons to write down
their orders in a note book. The burgers are so
popular that the note book gets full every few weeks,
and has to be replaced with a new note book!

 

— Silent Network returns to cable TV

Silent Network has affiliated with DATV of Dayton, OH
on the Spectrum cable network. Silent Network, which
started in 1979, has been showing programs through
broadcast, cable and satellite systems over the years.
It also shows accessible sign language programs through
Access Network.

 

— deaf actors’ nightmare

There have been occasions that deaf actors respond to a
casting call asking for deaf actor, only to show up
and find the interpreters not being around! It, indeed,
is a nightmare. Difficult to understand why these
producers would ask for a deaf actor without providing
an interpreter for him?

 

 

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DeafDigest – 30 July 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 30, 2020

— forgiving Netflix or not forgiving Netflix

Several years back Netflix was slapped with a
lawsuit for not captioning all of its videos.

There was a headline today that said:
Netflix Celebrates ADA

Should we hate Netflix for refusing to caption
until the lawsuit forced them to do so. Or should
we forgive Netflix for supporting ADA?

 

— some last names of deaf people changed without permission

There is a bit of history behind some deaf people’s names being
changed without their permission! Immigration to USA was heavy
in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Deaf people,
without notes and pencils and without interpreters, were
asked by immigration agents for their last names. If the deaf
couldn’t communicate then these agents, deciding on the spot,
would write down last names that were different from their
own names.

 

— deaf character in a comic book; same character as hearing in a movie

Hawkeye has been profiled as a deaf character in the Marvel
comic book series but this same Hawkeye character has been
profiled as hearing character in movies and videos. Why?
Totally makes no sense at all.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 29 July 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 29, 2020

— a first for Gallaudet

In a first for Gallaudet, a past chair of
the Board of Trustees has returned, years
later, to his old position. Past chairs
have only served once and that was it.
This repeat chair is Glenn Anderson, who
chaired between 1994 and 2005. As with all
colleges and universities across USA, these
are challenging times for Gallaudet. DeafDigest
has confidence that Anderson will again do a
great job.

 

— Hollywood may not listen to a popular Oscar winner

Octavia Spencer, not deaf, has achieved a Grand
Slam – an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and
three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She said today
that fake-deaf and fake-disabled actors should
NEVER play deaf roles and disabled roles. Will
Hollywood listen to her? DeafDigest has doubts
that Hollywood will listen, except for these
once-in-a-while token roles by the deaf and
the disabled.

 

— a deaf deer seen at a major city campus

Would a deer visit the campus of Gallaudet
University? There was a posting that it
happened, attracted by “free” food being
offered! Keep in mind years ago, part of the
Gallaudet campus was farm land. There was
a building that was called Hay Barn and the
football field was named Garlic Field. A
deer chasing Gallaudet ghosts?

 

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DeafDigest – 28 July 2020

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— a newspaper story raises a question

A newspaper ran this headline:

volunteers translating the event into American Sign
Language to provide a more accessible platform for
deaf protesters.

Volunteer hearing people, who are not professional
interpreters – or – professional interpreters that
volunteer their time? DeafDigest hopes it is
volunteer professional interpreters. Volunteers
who are not trained interpreters may make
interpreting errors! During the Gallaudet’s
first Deaf President Now protest, the interpreters
were professionals that volunteered their time.

 

— hidden-face mask rules, confusing and confusion

Are deaf people required to wear masks. Some states
and some cities say yes, while others say no.
Are hearing people, trying to communicate with the
deaf, required or not required?

A newspaper headline today said:
You do not have to legally lower your mask for lip-readers

Confusing and confusion? Yes.

 

— teaching the deaf, past and nowadays

A teacher of the deaf said things have changed
between past years and nowadays. In the past
there were enough mainstreamed students from
small towns. Nowadays, numbers of mainstreamed
students from these small downs have gone
down. It has forced the teacher to change directions
with her teaching career.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 27 July 2020

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— choice of jobs, now and past

Years ago, a deaf person, graduating from a
school for the deaf, was told that he could
either become a baker or a printer or a shoemaker.
This is pretty much the same in Bulgaria during
the Communist years – factory job, become an
optician or dental technician. Times have
changed and qualified deaf people can aspire
for better jobs. They just have to fight for it.

 

— FCC confessing or non-confessing

FCC said they have made progress on accessibility
in smart devices for the deaf – but that there have
been gaps and failures. A confession of failure
or a non-confession of failure? Do not know.

 

— face masks hiding mouth or clear face masks

A group of small business owners were polled for
choice of face masks hiding the faces or see-through
face masks. A huge majority of these business people
have preferred clear face masks – for one big
reason – lip reading!

 

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DeafDigest – 26 July 2020

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Top stories about the deaf:
ADA encourages the disabled to become self-advocates.
This is what one ADA activist said.
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The Mexican government has enacted its intellectual
property law to require on-line and printed
material to be deaf-friendly.
……….
In an effort to show the public that the deaf can
do anything, Archana Timmaraju, who is deaf,
rode her motorbike from one end of India to the
other end of India. It was a trip that took her
48 days.
……..
A group of German researchers are working on a CI
that uses sound waves instead of electrical waves!
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Deaf people need jobs, no matter where in the
world. Kevin Coster, who is deaf, with years of
experience working on farms in New Zealand, had
no luck finding a job. He then held up a big
sign poster on the highway, asking for employment.
He said he has attracted several queries but no
concrete job offers yet. DeafDigest hopes that
by the time this edition goes out he has already
found a job.
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CLASS IN A DARK ROOM
A deaf student attends classes at a hearing
college, with interpreters.
In one class, the classroom is dark. You cannot
see the interpreter. The professor refuses to turn
on the lights so that you can see the interpreter?
Discrimination? Yes, but why not attend Gallaudet
or NTID or CSUN?
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UNDERSTANDING FRENCH SIGN LANGUAGE
    DeafDigest editor is fluent with ASL. But can he understand
French Sign Language? No!
    He was watching several deaf French people communicate in
FSL for a long time – and he did not understand what they were
talking about!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
For years, I have tended to knock over glasses filled with liquid, such
as milk.
I didn’t see it near me or forgot it was there!
That is what it is like to be DeafBlind or have a senior moment.
My daughter gave me a plastic glass with a suction at the bottom.
Interesting! It works great, I can hit the glass on the side and it will
not fall over!
You must pick the glass straight up to release the suction.
She gave me a “beer can cooler” which has a suction on the bottom too!
It doesn’t knock over and keeps my drinks cold!
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 July 2020

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Top stories about the deaf:
The Tetteh Ocloo State School for the Deaf in
Ghana, once threatened with closing due to
lack of funding, has been granted a reprieve.
Three businesses have pledged funds.
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There is fear among some freelance interpreters
that California’s notorious AB5 law will spread
across USA, creating copycat laws that would
treat interpreters as non-essential employees.
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The New York Times ran a story titled:
I’m a Lip Reader in a Masked World
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There have been stories of stores and shops
asking people to remove their masks to
help the deaf read their lips!
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Actor Mark Harmon, not deaf, was “praised” for
picking up sign language skills for an acting
role in 1991. The article implied that he will
have an easier use of sign language if his
future roles ask for it. That easy to re-use
rusty sign language skills? Do not know.
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EASY JOB AT HEARING CONVENTION BOOTH
Could a deaf person successfully sell stuff at a
booth at a hearing convention?
One deaf person did. She sold books and put the
price of book on front cover of each book.
There is no communication required. Hearing
people would just pick up the book they want
and pay for it.
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Lip reading tale
A hearing person was introducing a friend to
a deaf person
The deaf person though the hearing person said:
This is Bob Zipper
The hearing person actually said:
This is Bob Zimmer
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CODA HATES THIS QUESTION
A Coda told DeafDigest that he hates this question
from his hearing friends.
The question is:
Why are you not deaf if your parents are deaf?
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
Because stenocaptioners write phonetically syllable for syllable and there
is no space bar on the steno machine, many captioners believe that the
most difficult type of error to avoid is what is called a word boundary
error. As we read through captioning errors, it may be helpful to spend a
little more time on these because they are common.
Here are some samples of word boundary errors.
“He will adventure capital to his company.”
“The doctorate at his favorite restaurant.”
“He left his wallet behind in Hispanic.”
“They shallower it into the water.”
These should read:
“He will add venture capital to his company.”
“The doctor ate at his favorite restaurant.”
“He left his wallet behind in his panic.”
“They shall lower it into the water.”
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
The audience at the International Congress on the Education
of the Deaf meeting last week at Vancouver, BC agreed to
the statement, crafted by the conference organizing
committee and the BC Deaf Community.
The statement was to reject the infamous 1880 Milan resolution
that “banned” sign language as mode of instruction in classrooms
all over the world. And to acknowledge, with regret, on how
bad the resolution was, and to ask all nations to respect
all forms of communications.
Apology was not mentioned in the statement. Yet, elated deaf
groups have been using this statement as an apology.
Oh, by the way, the resolution should have never been
made in the first place, years ago in 1880.
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DeafDigest – 26 July 2020

CLASS IN A DARK ROOM
A deaf student attends classes at a hearing
college, with interpreters.
In one class, the classroom is dark. You cannot
see the interpreter. The professor refuses to turn
on the lights so that you an see the interpreter?
Discrimination? Yes, but why not attend Gallaudet
or NTID or CSUN?

DeafDigest – 25 July 2020

CODA HATES THIS QUESTION
A Coda told DeafDigest that he hates this question
from his hearing friends.
The question is:

Why are you not deaf if your parents are deaf?

DeafDigest – 25 July 2020

 

EASY JOB AT HEARING CONVENTION BOOTH
Could a deaf person successfully sell stuff at a
booth at a hearing convention?
One deaf person did. She sold books and put the
price of book on front cover of each book.
There is no communication required. Hearing
people would just pick up the book they want
and pay for it.

DeafDigest – 24 July 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 24, 2020

— Deaf Chocolate-maker and the Pandemic

Ross Demars, who is deaf, is an assistant Chocolate Maker
at the Champlain Islands Candy Lab in Vermont. His boss
has been giving him chocolate-making lessons and tips
beginning from the day he was hired. The Pandemic shut
down the shop, and it has just re-opened. Very difficult
to communicate with face masks and with clear face masks.
Since then it has been a struggle but no one is giving up.

 

— a Deaf Karen

Karen is a new nickname for older women that create problems
over small issues and ask for police assistance. Daily newspapers
have run stories on these Hearing Karens. A Deaf Karen? A
deaf woman wanted to order pizza but without her facemask.
She was told by employees to put on her mask and she has
refused. It went on back and forth with her claiming that
ADA does not require her to wear masks. Fortunately, without
calling the police, she agreed to have the pizza delivered
to her vehicle. Hope this is the last Deaf Karen story
we will read about.

 

— a legislator cannot locate disappeared Deaf Bills

Rep. Mark Pearson, New Hampshire, introduced two Deaf
Bills, both of which was passed in the state House and
then sent to the Senate. No one in the Senate knows what
happened to these two Deaf Bills. Was it killed? Was it
bundled into a bigger, but unrelated bills? Or was it
“lost” somewhere? Legislator Pearson is not too happy
about it!

 

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DeafDigest – 23 July 2020

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— deaf astronomers, past and future

We’ve had some great astronomers that were deaf, but
that was years ago. Will we be getting deaf astronomers
in the future years? The National Science Foundation
hopes so, and has backed it up with grant money
to train future deaf astronomers.

 

— a shocking gesture by interpreter (or not shocking)

An interpreter, on TV, used a gesture that many people
thought was a dirty word. The speaker spoke the word
“lazy” and it led the interpreter to show that
gesture. The speaker was Daniel Andrews, the
Premier of Victoria (in Australia). Many signs
for many words are different in USA and in Australia!

 

— A comment by the Father of ADA

Retired congressman Tom Harkin, known as the Father
of the ADA, made this comment today:

employment still an issue on 30th anniversary of ADA

He is correct. How does he know much about the deaf?
His late brother was deaf.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 22 July 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 22, 2020

— purpose of sign language classes

For some ASL students, they take sign language classes
to learn to become interpreters or to become teachers
of the deaf or to help the deaf (psychologists, social
workers, counselors, etc). But for some students, learning
ASL is a fun hobby for them. And when they lose interest
in the hobby, their ASL knowledge gets rusty. Of course,
for many others, it is a way to earn academic credits.

 

— Microsoft says so

Microsoft said, in an article today, that modern
devices are not better than human interpreters
but that captions could do the job, if not better
than interpreting.

 

— sign language bracelets and wristbands

Bracelets and wristbands reading our sign language?
Yes, according to engineers from Cornell University
and University of Wisconsin working together on
this project. Well, in 1946, the Dick Tracy comic
strip came up with wrist radios (voice only).
Nearly 75 years later, we may now have this
voice-less wristbands!

 

 

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DeafDigest – 21 July 2020

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— video producers must make a decision

Not really in USA, but in other nations, video producers
of films must make a decision – to caption the film or
to subtitle the film. This is what one European video
producer said in an interview. Which is best? Both
have their pros and cons.

 

— the power of the word of mouth

Derik Kendrick, not deaf, is a contractor in Texas.
He has never, just once came into contact with a deaf
person. One of his hearing employees asked Kendrick if he
was willing to hire a family member who is deaf. Kendrick
hired him and was so happy with his work. Word got
around and two deaf men, looking for jobs, were also
hired – and quickly there were ten deaf men working
for that company. He now has to deal with phone calls
asking to hire more deaf! The word of mouth is
quite powerful. Just wish many other employers out
there have this positive attitude that Kendrick has.
Kendrick then learned sign language to communicate
with his deaf employees.

 

— ADA celebration party

ADA is nearing its 30th anniversary as the world’
most set of disability laws. A party is being
hosted by ADA activists – theme is ADA30 Lead On
and it will feature entertainment shows by
disabled entertainers, including the deaf.
Just hope there are many deaf entertainers in
these shows instead of just a “few”!

 

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DeafDigest – 20 July 2020

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— art museum curator is deaf

Liza Sylvestre, who is deaf, is the curator of the
Krannert Art Museum on the campus of University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign. DeafDigest editor does not see
too many, if any, curators, especially in museums,
that are deaf but she is it. Most important of all
she works with heads of academic departments to
make them understand that the deaf can do anything
despite inability to hear.

 

— using app to communicate with a deaf patient

a deaf patient stopped by a medical clinic.
The medical assistant, who knew no sign
language, quickly went to a sign language
app to pick up signs to communicate with the
deaf patient. The medical assistant said
it was successful, but was it really a
success? It is much easier with expressive
sign language but very difficult with
receptive sign language!

 

– a joke or not a joke

A newspaper writer wrote this joke:
He could talk the ears off of a deaf man

Hearing people may laugh at this “joke” but
this is not a laughing matter for the deaf.
No deaf person likes to be trapped into
an unlipreadable talk by a hearing person
where there is no “escape” from it. This
has happened too many times with the DeafDigest
editor over the years, at places of work,
at employment interview sessions, in the
hall ways of buildings, at parties, etc.

 

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DeafDigest – 19 July 2020

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Top stories about the deaf:
Roberto Wirth, who is deaf, owns Hotel Hassler
in Rome. This hotel is considered to be one
of the world’s best. Has the Pandemic affected
his hotel business? Yes, but he is adapting.
In the past, the hotel restaurant – Imàgo
has been located in the lobby area. He has
moved the restaurant to the outdoor space
on the 7th floor. This restaurant, by the
way, has been given Michelin honors.
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In India, severely and profoundly deaf people,
despite their legal qualifications, cannot
be appointed as civil judges. This was the
issue raised in a legal publication.
……….
A trick legal question surfaced in a court case
involving a deaf defendant in an assault case
he was involved with few other hearing defendants.
The attorney, defending the deaf man, said that
because of his deafness, it was impossible
for him to work together with his hearing
friends. The judge turned down the attorney’s
argument.
……..
In a newspaper interview, a hard of hearing
man, who functions as a hearing person,
revealed his tricks – must know where to
sit in the room, must make sure people
sit on the side of my better ear (not my
worst ear) and always facing the person
to read lips while hearing the voice
with his better ear.
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A deaf boy lost his cochlear implant, dropping
it in the lake by accident. The lost device
was found thanks to expertise by a professional
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TO ACCEPT HEARING PEOPLE OR TO AVOID THEM
Many deaf people hate it when hearing people
come to them, trying to get into a conversation.
This is why many deaf people walk away when
hearing people come to them. Too much hassle in
trying to lipread or to write notes or to use
gestures.
But – we may never know? You walk away from
a hearing person that could have been a great
contact for you – such as a better job offer!
Or maybe it is a scout for a movie, looking
for a perfect character for a new movie!
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A SPEECH WITHOUT A PRINTED COPY
    In 1966, there was a surprise visitor that came to
the Gallaudet University graduation ceremony.
    The surprise visitor was president Lyndon B.
Johnson. No one knew about the visit – not even
the Gallaudet president or the White House.
    Johnson arrived at the graduation and immediately
went on the stage to give a speech. After the speech
he left Gallaudet.
    Where is the printed copy of his speech? The
Johnson Library archives does not have it. The
Gallaudet archives does not have it.
    A big mystery!
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I walked down to the reservoir (our state park) with my adopted
daughter for the afternoon.
Things had changed, the bath house was closed and they had set up
porta potties in the parking lot.
My daughter guided me to the door and I opened it.
I didn’t know it was a handicapped potty room!
It was so dark and I felt like I was in a prison cell feeling
my way around.
I finally found the toilet and relieved myself.
After I finished I had to feel my way around to find
hand sanitizer.
Remember I was in the handicapped potty,  and it was
at a standing height
Lets see my experience with my guide next time!
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A deaf shoe repairman in Damascus was profiled
in a story, saying he is multi-lingual and
a scholar, plus being fluent in sign language.
……….
There have been no ASL interpreters at Florida
governor Ron DeSantis’ Covid-19 press conferences.
For that reason, he is being slapped with a lawsuit
by the Disability Rights Florida.
………
Kaiser Foundation, of California, has been
slapped with a lawsuit for trying not to honor
insurance coverage by two deaf patients.
……..
The City Hall of Williamsport, PA, lacks
flashing fire signal system, an accusation
made by deaf activists.
……..
At the 16th China International Cartoon & Game Expo
taking place this week in Shanghai, sign language
animations, for the benefit of the deaf, are on exhibit.
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A DEAF EMPLOYEE AND A BLIND BOSS
    This is a true story. A blind man owns an auto
repair shop in Oregon.
    One of his employees is a deaf mechanic. The
blind man can’t drive. The deaf mechanic can’t
hear engine noises.
    They have worked together very well.
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A hearing person was introducing himself to a deaf person
The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
I am a hook
The hearing person actually said:
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SAD DEAF-HEARING FAMILY REUNION
    It is common but sad – that hearing and deaf members
of a family have a bad argument about 50 years ago
with insults and accusations, etc.
    Deaf and hearing family members don’t see each other
for 50 years until they meet again in a family reunion.
    What is sad? That many of them (deaf and hearing)
don’t remember what the argument was all about!
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
As we are reading through captioning errors, one of the easier types of
captioning errors to understand is homophones. Since stenocaptioners
primarily write phonetically rather than typing out words letter by
letter, it is fairly easy for them to make this sort of error.
What many people may not think about is how frequently a captioner has to
differentiate between words that sound alike. A captioner may know the
correct spelling of a word but choose the wrong steno outline.
Some examples of this kind of error would be:
“It would seamless interesting to him.”
“He let his car idol for a couple minutes.”
“The seen at the haunted mansion was rather Erie.”
And one where the stenocaptioner really has to maintain his/her focus:
“The reign would seam to be heaven scent.”
These should read as follows:
“It would seem less interesting to him.”
“He let his car idle for a couple minutes.”
“The scene at the haunted mansion was rather eerie.”
“The rain would seem to be heaven sent.”
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motocross racer. She has won championships in the
past and is hoping to pick up another championship this
season.  Anyway she has been nominated for the
ESPN ESPY Awards in the female category for Best Action
Sports Athlete. She, however, didn’t get it as the honor
went to a snowboarder.
note:
Despite her young age, she stepped away from motocross
racing, giving up her worldwide stature and endorsements.
Do not know why.
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The existence of the Metro Deaf School, a charter
school in the Twin Cities area, is threatened.
The state has cut off the funding – as a consequence
of the budgetary squabbles between the governor
and the state legislative body.
note:
the Metro Deaf School is stronger financially
right now, having survived the scary past.
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DeafDigest – 19 July 2020

TO ACCEPT HEARING PEOPLE OR TO AVOID THEM
Many deaf people hate it when hearing people
come to them, trying to get into a conversation.
This is why many deaf people walk away when
hearing people come to them. Too much hassle in
trying to lipread or to write notes or to use
gestures.
But – we may never know? You walk away from
a hearing person that could have been a great
contact for you – such as a better job offer!
Or maybe it is a scout for a movie, looking
for a perfect character for a new movie!

DeafDigest – 17 July 2020

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— a deaf man on History Channel’s “The uneXplained”

Lidell Simpson, who is deaf, will appear on
History Channel on the The uneXplained program.
He will discus synesthesia, a brain and a nervous
system that messes up with the five senses
(touch, taste, sound, sight, and smell).
While he is deaf, the four other senses
rings up weird sounds in his head!
He does not use ASL, and functions as a
hearing person.

 

— list of ADA modifications

A newspaper story said a building has these
ADA modifications – disability signs, hallway handrails,
entrance ramps to buildings, accessible seating,
door handles, restrooms and parking spots. What
about stuff for the deaf (flashing signalers, digital
read outs, interpreters, captions, etc)? The
story did not mention things for the deaf!
Very strange.

 

— Gally is the name of a new zoo animal

The National Zoo, in Washington, DC has welcomed two
new animals – both American bison. The Smithsonian
has asked Gallaudet and Howard University to name
their own Bison. Gallaudet named its own bison as Gally!
Why Howard? For some reason both universities have
the same name – Bison as their mascots. Yes, Gallaudet
and Howard have played each other in some sports in
the past – and it was a matter of Bison vs Bison.

 

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— freelance interpreter vs full time employed interpreter

Which is better for an interpreter? Go freelance or
work as full time interpreter for an employer?
This is a decision that interpreters need to make
for themselves. A freelance interpreter said he
decides on cost for his services, sets his own
interpreting hours and selects (or rejects)
clients, but the disadvantage is the need to
maintain accurate income records for tax
purposes.

 

— veterinarians that know ASL

There was a story of veterinarians that learn sign
language to communicate with deaf clients that own
dogs and/or cats. Not in USA, but in Great Britain.
We have a few deaf veterinarians in USA, but probably
too far and too few in between. A sick animal is
not interested in ASL but in getting quick veterinary
attention!

 

— deaf characters for hearing gamers

Hearing gamers are only interested in winning
their own games against their own competitors.
Do they care if the video characters are hearing
or deaf? Well, it was learned that GRIP Combat Racing
has a video game that involves disabled and deaf
characters. This is probably a first with these
video games!

 

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DeafDigest – 15 July 2020

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— Dancer, Model and now Actor

Nyle DiMarco, who won top honors with Dancing with
the Stars with Next Top Model, is now moving to a big
challenge – starring in a comedy program, about life as
a Deaf Person. Will this lead to a third big honor –
an Oscar?

 

— an interesting career

A deaf woman, who passed away recently, was
written up in an obit as – having worked
on the management levels of a supermarket
chain (Hannaford Stores) and with some
restaurant chains. Many deaf people work
in supermarkets and restaurants but only
just a very few work on the management levels.
Keep in mind managers often deal with
customer complaints!

 

— aging and clunky equipment

A newspaper story said that the TTY was
aging and clunky. This is partly correct.
Model 15 machines were clunky. The
portable digital TDD machines are
aging but not clunky. These digital
devices were easy to carry around.

 

 

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DeafDigest – 14 July 2020

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— costly to change a deaf name

The Washington team in the NFL will be changing its name.
How much would it cost the team to change the name – logos,
colors, stationery, business cards, video images, legal
issues, etc? More than millions of dollars! In the late
seventies, the NAD was asked about a name change. The
NAD business manager warned that the costs would be over
$10,000 to complete name change. It was “pennies” at
that time but nowadays, costs would be much higher!

 

— Slack or Zoom

Slack? It is an app that is almost the same as
Zoom. A deaf social service agency is using
Slack, and said it is just as good as Zoom.
Helps the deaf stay in touch with each other
during this Pandemic.

 

— ADA is a law or ADA is a right

A disability advocate said:

ADA not just a law but a right

ADA has become a law because of bad
attitudes among many people that would not
give the deaf and the disabled these
opportunities (jobs, education, social
services, captions, etc).

 

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DeafDigest – 13 July 2020

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— a deaf-owned bakery in the Los Angeles area

A & S Sweet has been written up in a newspaper
as a deaf-owned bakery in Panorama City, CA.
The owners are Aina Mulleda and Sunshine Enriquez.
They serve up these Filipino sweets. Deafness
and communication issues affecting them? They
said no.

 

— viewpoint of deafness by a deaf person

A deaf person made this comment:

Every deaf person looks on deafness differently

That person is correct. No two deaf persons
think the same way about their own deafness.

 

— interpreting a bad luck name

Macbeth is a Shakespearean play. This name is
considered to be bad luck – because of these
theatrical superstitions. When this play is
shown in Great Britain, the interpreters do not
have a sign for that name. What about this
play as shown in USA? Do not know!

 

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DeafDigest – 12 July 2020

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Top stories about the deaf:
Two restaurants in Mumbai, India that hired over
50 deaf people, have closed up. The owners said
they have no money to continue operations.
……….
The deaf of Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia are publicly
protesting that the society rejects them because
of their deafness.
……….
An advice column in a newspaper said there is
no such a thing as one-size-fits-it-all hearing
aids. In other words, not one hearing is the
best for anyone.
……..
A history section in Indianapolis newspaper
said that during the ‘The Great Influenza’
pandemic in 1918, soldiers were stationed
at Indiana School for the Deaf. They were
in the city to restore public order.
……….
The Seattle Deaf Film Festival is featuring
27 different deaf films. Not sure if this is
a record among these previous Deaf Film Festivals.
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SOME HEARING PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF THE DEAF
    In some offices, there are some hearing people
that are afraid to communicate with the deaf.
They do not want to write notes. Instead they try to
communicate with crazy behavior.
    Examples are:
– waving the workpaper left to right back and forth
– pointing at the workpaper without explaining why
– showing the workpaper about 5 feet away from the deaf person
making it hard to read
    Is it funny or is it sad?
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CI OPERATION CANCELLED TWICE
    A deaf man was scheduled for a CI.
He showed up at the hospital. The
surgeon arrived but after waiting for
a long time, the deaf man was told
operation was cancelled and to go home.
    Why? Because the CI surgeon did not
have his surgical equipment. It happened
not once but twice!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
As many of you know, in the time of COVID 19, meetings are frequently
scheduled via Zoom Video Conference.
I happened to be the chairperson for an advisory council.
Three interpreters are typically hired to work with me during the
meeting.
The State banned in person meetings until further notice.
As a DeafBlind person who uses tactile ASL, using Zoom video conference is
inaccessible.
The 3 interpreters who were scheduled to work with me had to drop out for
safety reasons.
My last resort is to use one of the VRS providers using my software and to
call in.
The software is called myMMXdb, where I can use ASL on the VRS system and
the interpreter will type back in text.
I can set my needs such as font size and background colors.
So soon I’ll be doing this, when all others are using Zoom Video
Conference.
Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.
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Top stories about the deaf:
Chris Dodd, a deaf Canadian person pretty much
involved in the entertainment industry, has
issued a casting call for a deaf actress in
a future Disney Plus TV production.
……….
Charles Thompson Memorial Hall, St. Paul, MN, was
given a write up in a newspaper, profiling it as
the first deaf social club in USA. DeafDigest is
not sure of that statement.
………
What kind of a person was Beethoven at the
time he composed the world’s best music.
He did not like to follow the musical
rules, and this is the reason why his music
was a huge success.
……..
A web site, devoted to legal issues, explained
how Comcast won the job discrimination
lawsuit. Costco listed in 1-2-3 steps their
efforts to accommodate the deaf employee.
Each step was turned down by the deaf person.
This argument swayed the Appeals court though
the vote was split.
……..
Aylin Acikalin, a candidate for city judge
in New Orleans, said:
I would like to increase access for sight and hearing
impaired individuals. For example, the city council
does not currently offer subtitles for their meetings.
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DEAF COMMUNITY’S TWILIGHT ZONE
    The “Twilight Zone” was a popular TV program during
the late fifties and early sixties. And we see reruns
from time to time on cable TV.
    Do we have a Deaf Twilight Zone? No, but there
was a joke about an interpreter involved with the
Deaf Twilight Zone.
    The interpreter, on TV, was located in a small box
in the corner of the TV set. When the program ended,
the interpreter was still stuck in that small box,
unable to escape!
    It is just a joke.
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Lip reading tale
A hearing person and a deaf person were discussing
these past Supreme Court nominees.
The deaf person though the hearing person said:
Pork was rejected by the Senate
The hearing person actually said:
Bork was rejected by the Senate
note:
Robert Bork was nominated by President Reagan
in 1987 for the Supreme Court vacancy but
the Senate would not approve it.
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DEAF MAN INTRODUCED TO “ORAL” DEAF WOMAN
    This is a true story. It happened many years ago when
it was not “polite” for the deaf to use sign language
in public.
    A deaf man, using ASL, was introduced to a deaf woman
who seemed to be “oral.”
    The man liked the woman very much, but the deaf woman
“could not sign” and it forced the ASL deaf man to
communicate in an oral way.
    This was going on for about an half hour until the
deaf man realized the deaf woman was skilled with ASL.
    He asked her why was she using oral language while
she could use ASL. She said it was not polite and also
embarrassing to sign in public. He told her to forget
about embarrassment and to sign ASL with him.
    She did – and they fell in love and got married.
They have been happily married for many years with
children.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
Although broadcast and CART captioners try to be as accurate as possible,
there are times when they make mistakes.
As we read through captioning errors, we have to always keep in mind that
stenocaptioners are primarily writing words phonetically, and they are not
typing out words letter by letter. As they are writing phonetically,
sometimes they stroke syllables that should be more than one word, but the
computer already knows these sounds as another word, and it translates it
incorrectly.
If a word doesn’t make sense, sometimes we need to mentally take the
syllables of the erroneous word apart in order to make it make sense. Some
of examples of this would be:
“Ben McAdoo is a fungi to be around.”
“The lawyer recommended that they Sudan Jones for damages.”
“We told our realtor we wanted to Seymour houses.”
“After her birdie attempt, on the hole for parquet came up two feet
short.”
These should be:
“Ben McAdoo is a fun guy to be around.”
“The lawyer recommended that they sue Dan Jones for damages.”
“We told our realtor we wanted to see more houses.”
“After her birdie attempt, on the hole for par Kay came up two feet
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
The world’s most famous inventor, Thomas A. Edison,
a deaf man, may be honored with a statue at the
National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington, DC.
note:
Yes, there is a statue of Edison, representing the
state of Ohio at the Capitol.
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An old posting from the British Deaf Association
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As long as we have deaf people on earth, we will have signs
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DeafDigest – 10 July 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 10, 2020

— ADA’s boss

Who is ADA’s boss? It is not a person but
a small federal agency – the National Council on
Disability (NOD). This agency is supposed to be
independent, meaning no other agency can boss it!
NOD said, in a statement:

Everything we do is about ADA. That’s who we are

 

— audios on NFL team websites, no captions

Many of us root for our NFL teams.

All NFL teams have their own web sites. The
video audios are not captioned.

ADA violation? Possibly, but do read on.

DeafDigest editor contacted one NFL
team about their non-captioned audios.

The NFL team responded, saying that:

#1 – the team discussed it with the NFL Digital staff

#2 – the team has no control over captions as the
NFL digital group handles it (for all 32 teams)

#3 – the digital group told the team it takes
24-72 hours for captions to appear on a video.

#4 – the NFL team told the digital people that
the 24-72 hour wait is not acceptable.

#5 – that NFL team looked at its own audios and
learned that all were not captioned at all.

#6 – the NFL team promised to follow this up with
the league. A suggestion was hiring a third party
vendor that provides captions. Would the NFL
headquarters permit it?

Just stay tuned.

 

— Sign Language announcement interrupting a hearing TV movie

People that watch many TV programs are used to
these “interruptions” – but there is a twist.
The program “There She Goes” was suddenly
interrupted by an announcement of an upcoming
sign language program. Not in USA but in
Great Britain. Very embarrassing for these
British TV producers!

 

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— see-through masks or face masks

Deaf people hate face masks. Deaf people love
see-through masks. It was disappointing to read
today that an official of a public health agency
in Canada said face masks offer better protection
than see-through masks! If this is true then we
need a better third option.

 

— small town newspapers dying

A story came up today that said small town newspapers
are dying. No one reads or are interested in
small town newspapers. The Deaf Community has
had about a half-dozen deaf newspapers. It was
popular and widely read. The most notable one
was Silent News. Not any more; there are no
deaf newspapers in existence nowadays, and this
means we miss out on these interesting deaf
stories.

 

— one of the most famous graduates of Harvard

Harvard, over the years, has had a number of
deaf graduates. Harvard, in a recent posting,
listed its most famous graduates. One of
them was Helen Keller. She graduated in 1904.

 

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— Walmart may offer something free that is not deaf-friendly

Walmart is seriously thinking of offering free drive-in
movies at their own parking lots. Open captions for
the deaf? This matter was not discussed in their
announcement. Walmart is sometimes good to the deaf;
Walmart is sometimes not good to the deaf. We shall
see if their free drive-ins are open captioned!

 

— deaf trying to open combination lock safes

There was a story that hearing people, with superior
sense of hearing, can open up combination lock safes,
after listening for these clicks. This story also said
this method will not work for the deaf. DeafDigest
has known of deaf locksmiths. Are they able to open
up these safes?

 

— percentage wars

We have many tech groups trying to develop sign
language gloves, possibly each thinking their
such glove is the only one of its kind in the
world! One would say their glove is 98 percent
accurate; another one would say their glove is
99 percent accurate, and so on. Percentages?
Is it possible that the one saying it is 98
percent accurate may say it is 99 percent accurate
on their next testing, and also those saying
99 percent may go down to 98 percent, too.

 

 

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— four cats that help the deaf

DeafDigest mentioned a while ago that cats may help
the deaf. A DeafDigest subscriber has four cats, and
they all raise their heads when there is noise
coming from the outside. And they also raise their
heads when people walk up the stairs. So, dogs do
help the deaf, so do the cats.

 

— city council compares captioning options

In a medium-sized town, the city council has
decided to caption its meetings. Three
options were brought up.

#1 – captions from a public domain app? It cannot
be livestreamed and has errors, and speaker
identification is not shown.

#2 – captions from a provider at a very low cost?
It has errors, and voice speech sometimes shows
dirty words!

#3 – captions from another provider, cost much
higher than #2 option? 95 percent accuracy rate
with speaker identification; the longer the
meeting the higher the cost!

The city council, upon recommendation from a
local deaf agency, recommended #3

 

— preferred accomodation vs reasonable accomodation

A deaf employee preferred live interpreter; the employer
preferred video interpreting. The deaf employee filed
a lawsuit. The jury agreed with the employee with a
$775,000 award. The 11th Circuit Appeals court
disagreed and threw out the case, making Costco,
the defendant, the winner, saying employer can
provide reasonable accomodations. Next step –
the Supreme Court, which almost just rarely takes on
deaf cases?

 

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DeafDigest – 06 July 2020

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— if video movie has no sound

If a hearing person watches a video movie
and there is no sound, then what to do?
There were 9 suggestions; the last
suggestion was this – turn on the captions.
DeafDigest editor has this question – what
happens if captions do not work (or is terribly
garbled)?

 

— first accessible fast food place

Americans grab their food at fast food places
(and eat on the go). Sheetz, a popular gas station/
fast food chain in the eastern parts of USA came
up with touch screen menus in 1995. The ADA
was signed into law in 1990. Was ADA the reason
for Sheetz’s touch screens or was it set up
to make things easier for the hearing (while
at the same time, making things much, much
easier for the deaf).

 

— our Deaf Astronauts

Our Deaf Astronauts? A joke? No. A research paper
was written by two linguists and published
in a European Space Agency journal. It said
that linguistics could become an issue during
space travel. These writers suggested that
sign language could be used to overcome linguistic
issues. This is where, DeafDigest suggests, that
we train deaf individuals to become astronauts!

 

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Top stories about the deaf:
Shaylee Mansfield, who is deaf, is an actress
with the Netflix’s ‘Feel the Beat’ movie.
She is just 11 years old.
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Powerlink, a tech company that works with
the internet, discriminated against deaf applicants
and deaf employees. As a result, EEOC won a
case, forcing Powerlink to reach a cash settlement.
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To help the deaf of China understand and keep up
with the world’s current events, three deaf
sign language anchors were hired. They all said
it is not an easy job but always trying to do their
best.
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Nakuru County Assembly (Kenya) passed a motion to hire
more interpreters, acknowledging that the deaf need
interpreting services that could possibly lead them
to finding employment.
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The following deaf agencies and schools have won grants to help
clients deal with Covid-19 issues – Arizona State Schools
for the Deaf and the Blind, CaringWorks, Health Signs Center,
Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities,
Partners in Deaf Health and The Learning Center for the Deaf.
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A HEARING EAR CAT
    A Hearing Ear cat? Not a joke. In England there was a
deaf woman, who lived by herself in her apartment
with a cat. Each time the doorbell rang, the cat would
jump into the deaf woman’s lap, alerting her that someone
was at the door. It worked each time.
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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
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My term as president of American Association of the DeafBlind
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Newly elected AADB board list below for two years
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Tara Invidiato – Secretary
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Deaf people of China are telling the government
not to ignore their communication needs during
this Pandemic. They said they were ignored earlier
this year and do not want a repeat.
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Advocates in upper New York State are urging that
interpreters be considered essential workers,
because of these Covid-19 and face mask issues.
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residential schools. The newspaper headline is
the reason:
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Indiana School for the Deaf is planning to open for
business this coming school year. This school
issued a new rule – that outside local deaf organizations
no longer could use the school facilities for their
meetings, events and functions. What this means
these local organizations need to look elsewhere.
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What do 911 center dispatchers do when getting a
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A deaf person was promoted to a big and important
supervisory position in a big company.
Congratulations or sympathy? Well, in that company
almost all hearing workers were lazy and did not
want to work hard.
Plus there are six different unions that these
hearing employees are members of.
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A BIG SCANDAL IN OFFICE
A deaf person worked in an office. He is the only
person that is deaf.
There was a big scandal. The company bookkeeper
showed a $2.60 difference. The boss was angry and
ordered an outside auditor to find out the $2.60
difference. It was solved but the boss had to pay
the auditor $525.00 for this job. Everyone knows
about it.
The deaf person knows nothing because no one told
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
Last time we talked about what may be the easiest types of errors to read
through. This time we will take a look at what may be some of the most
difficult types of errors to read through. Stenocaptioners use what are
called brief forms, which are abbreviations for a word or phrase, in order
to be able to write quickly in steno. Even though captioners try very hard
to be as accurate as possible, sometimes they make mistakes.
If the brief form isn’t in the captioner’s dictionary or if they slightly
misstroke it, captioning errors can occur. Many times these types of
errors occur with proper names or places, so if you’re trying to read
through this type of error, try replacing the erroneous word with an
appropriate name.
A few examples would be:
“They went to Luxembourg and beverage.”
“President Kennedy told crutch to take his missiles and go home.”
“The leaders were a Pittsburgh Pirate and adroit Tiger.”
These should be:
“They went to Luxembourg and Belgium.”
“President Kennedy told Khruschev to take his missiles and go home.”
“The leaders were a Pittsburgh Pirate and a Detroit Tiger.”
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past dedications were USA presidents.
This time it was a deaf man – the world’s most
famous inventor – Thomas A, Edison
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DeafDigest – 04 July 2020

A BIG SCANDAL IN OFFICE
A deaf person worked in a office. He is the only
person that is deaf.
There was a big scandal. The company bookeeping
showed a $2.60 difference. The boss was angry and
ordered an outside auditor to find out the $2.60
difference. It was solved but the boss had to pay
the auditor $525.00 for this job. Everyone knows
about it.
The deaf person knows nothing because no one told
him about it!

DeafDigest – 04 July 2020

CONGRATULATIONS OR SYMPATHY
A deaf person was promoted to a big and important
supervisory position in a big company.
Congratulations or sympathy? Well, in that company
almost all hearing workers were lazy and did not
want to work hard.
Plus there are six different unions that these
hearing employees are members of.
Not an easy supervisory job for anyone!

DeafDigest – 03 July 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 3, 2020

— creating a sign language dictionary

It is never that easy to create a sign language
dictionary. The reason is local and regional
dialects. Even in USA, there are as many as
half dozen signs for the word – computer!
In one nation, a team of 100 sign language
people from 60 different cities and regional
areas met together to agree on best signs
for each important word or important phrase.

 

— boycotting Facebook

Facebook is being boycotted by a number of
huge corporations. Any deaf-related corporations
boycotting Facebook? There was a short newspaper
story of a small hearing aid company boycotting
Facebook. That company admitted that by joining
the boycott they would lose exposure – because
it is so small that most people have never
heard of it!

 

— Heavy Equipment operator

Hunter Flower, who is deaf, graduated at the top
of his class at the North Country Heavy Equipment School
in Michigan. The instructors used gestures to communicate
with him during these heavy equipment field drills.
Plus they installed a flashing signaler inside his cabin
so that he would just stop the machine if there were
issues. The newspaper story did not say if he found a
job at a construction site. Hope he did.

 

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— dangers of a future sign language glove

DeafDigest brought up the UCLA sign language glove
only being tested by four deaf people. There
was a newspaper headline that said that over 1,000
spoken words may accidentally turn on a voice device
such as Alexa and Siri. Well, how many wrong sign language
gestures could accidentally turn on a sign language glove!
Scary?

 

— Oscar has 819 new voters

With the goal of diversity in mind, Oscar has invited
819 new voters. Approximately 45 percent are women,
and 36 percent are non-white. What percentage of
new members are deaf? Zero percentage, and it is
disappointing.

 

— Drive-in movie thoughts

A DeafDigest subscriber, who is an avid
movie-goer, gave his thoughts regarding
captioned or non-captioned drive-in
theaters. Issues were – would captioning
glasses work through the car windshield?
Could he eat his popcorn at the same time
handle the captioning box? Are these
captioning devices cleaned up (Covid-19)?
The wide-length drive-in screen may not
possible work with the glasses? He has
a suggestion – bring own iPhone and the
theater could provide a “Guest Wifi
Theater Channel” but would these
theater owners go for it? And if
open captions are forced on them,
these theaters could just go out of
business just to avoid the hassles of ADA
lawsuits!

 

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— a surprising story about the latest sign language glove

A sign language glove is nothing new. There are always
announcements from time to time on labs creating their
own latest sign language glove. But what was shocking was
the announcement that UCLA scientists came up with
their own sign language glove. The shocker was that
only just four deaf individuals were tested with that
glove the scientists were working on. Normally if one
wishes to develop or invent something, then the field
testing must involve much more than just four humans
being tested on! The Los Angeles area has many, many
deaf residents, so why just four?

 

— sign language user bumping into a street pole

We often hear of jokes of sign language users
bumping into street poles, not careful with
walking and signing. It is not a joke in Dublin,
as there were complaints of 300 street poles
in the city without signs, confusing hearing
pedestrians, drivers as well as deaf users
of sign language. Michéal Kelliher, who is
deaf and uses sign language, said these
“empty” poles are not a joke to them.

 

— sign language confusing a fake-deaf actress

A fake-deaf actress, selected for a deaf role
in a movie, is fluent in three spoken languages.
Sign language is not one of these languages.
Anyway she was supposed to use sign language
in a movie scene and she struggled to keep
her knowledge of sign language apart from
her three fluent languages. It took several
takes before the scene was done right.

 

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