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Posts published in September 2020

DeafDigest – 30 September 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 30, 2020

— police officer confused by deaf-speech

During a traffic stop, the police officer was
confused by the “deaf-speech” of the deaf
driver and asked him if he was drinking!
Apparently the police officer thought
“deaf-speech” may be the “drunken-speech”
by a driver that had one too many.
Fortunately, the deaf driver convinced the
police officer that he was deaf and was not
drunk at all.

 

— deaf owner of a shipping container factory

Stephen Foster, who is deaf and whose three children
are also deaf, owns Chill Pak, a manufacturer of
plastic-based shipping containers in Missouri.
He said he went out and founded his own company
for one reason – hearing employers would not
give him the opportunities he wanted to do.
Yes, many of his employees are disabled.

 

— Uber accused of deaf discrimination

A big irony with Uber. Many deaf drivers work
for Uber, and they are happy with the tech
support given them. But deaf passengers are
not happy, saying Uber discriminates against
them. A Human Rights committee is looking into
these accusations. Right hand Uber not getting
along with Left hand Uber!

 

— Uber accused of deaf discrimination

A big irony with Uber. Many deaf drivers work
for Uber, and they are happy with the tech
support given them. But deaf passengers are
not happy, saying Uber discriminates against
them. A Human Rights committee is looking into
these accusations. Left hand Uber not getting
along with Right hand Uber!

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
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DeafDigest – 29 September 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 29, 2020

— a hearing crook cheats about 850 deaf investors

Roger Nils-Jonas Karlsson, not deaf, was born in
Sweden but is a resident of Thailand. His fake
company – Eastern Metal Securities promised
deaf and hearing investors big earnings from a
fake funded-pension plan, with no risk of losses.
He also said top economists operate the company
with him. The Securities and Exchange Commission
has charged him with this crime, because many of
his deaf victims are Americans. Sad to say, this is
not the first fraud that fooled deaf victims, nor
it is going to be the last. If promises sound too
good to be true, then it is fake.

 

— Union Pacific is a liar

DeafDigest mentioned a deaf conductor losing
his job with Union Pacific because of his
deafness. This case has bounced between the
federal court and the federal appeals court.
Union Pacific told the appeals judge that
they looked very hard to find ways to
accommodate the conductor’s deafness and
failed. The judge said Union Pacific never
really looked around. In other words,
Union Pacific was lying. For that reason,
the case has restarted.

 

— law enforcement officer pays the price

In Michigan, a county sheriff made anti-deaf
comments about one of his officers. This
officer filed a lawsuit. As a result, the
sheriff decided not to run for election
again, knowing his opponents would make
a big issue of his anti-deaf comments!
It never pays to make anti-deaf comments.

 

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DeafDigest – 28 September 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 28, 2020

— bad Twitter news for the deaf

Many deaf people tweet their short messages
on the Twitter – and here comes the possible
bad news – that it is coming up with voice
messages? If this is the case, would these
voice messages be captioned – on top of
these text Twitter messages?

 

— something wrong with “What The Deaf Man Heard” movie

It has been said that the movie shown 20 years ago –
“What The Deaf Man Heard” was one of the best TV
movies ever shown. One thing wrong with it – the
main role was played by a Fake-Deaf character.
The movie should have been titled as:

What The Fake Deaf Man Heard

 

— bypassing the police roadblock

DeafDigest editor lives in downtown Washington, DC
and recently there was a police roadblock on the
street in front of his residence, because of a
nearby public BLM demonstration. DeafDigest
editor opened the car window, and gestured softly
“I sleep there” several times. The police officer
realized the gesture and allowed the car to go
through to enter the parking garage. Many people
fight the police and it often leads to tragic
results – but a smiling gesture, repeated several
times, should not lead to communication problems
or issues!

 

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DeafDigest – 27 September 2020

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Top stories about the deaf:
An educator, who is also an advocate, said:
It is very important when working with deaf students
to understand the deaf culture, even if you cannot
use the sign language
That advocate is correct.
………..
Could the Deaf Community of USA challenge our
national political leaders to learn how to
fingerspell their names – as part of Deaf Awareness
Week?  These leaders would probably not accept
the challenge – but it is working in Australia.
Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia
has accepted the challenge along with 51 other
Australian hearing leaders.
……….
Oscar changed its rules to make the honors
more diverse. A loophole was pointed out –
what defines hard of hearing? As an example
Katie Leclerc has a hearing loss, but she
functions perfectly as a hearing person.
Would she still be defined as hard of
hearing?
……….
Are architects and interior decorators
aware of ADA rules? Yes, according  to
an article in a magazine distributed
among hotel owners.
……….
The Rochester Fringe Festival is going on
right now. A well known group doing
a variety of performances is called
Dangerous Signs. Yes, it more or less
represents the NTID people.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
EASY CONFUSION OVER HEARING EAR DOG
    DeafDigest editor has a dog, as a pet, not as a
Hearing Ear dog.
    Many years ago, a deaf woman, who hated
Hearing Ear dogs, confronted DeafDigest editor
and mocked him for having a Hearing Ear Dog.
    DeafDigest editor told the woman that she
was wrong because she confused two different
people with the same first name – Barry. The
other Barry had a Hearing Ear Dog, which
made it confusing!
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CORRECT FLOORS BUTTON IN ELEVATORS
Why that 99 percent of time when hearing people
with a deaf person enter an elevator, the hearing
person always whispers the floor number to push
the button. Sometimes hard to lipread what floor
the hearing person wanted.
But one percent of the time, the hearing person
knows about a deaf person in the elevator. Instead
of whispering the floor number, he will flash
his fingers, telling him which floor button to
push. Five fingers in one hand and two fingers in
other hand tells the deaf person it is 7th floor.
Rare that hearing person thinks to use his hands.
He whispers all the time.
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Guest writer, Rona writes again
‘DeafBlind memory map organization system’
It is important to reduce the frustrations that many DeafBlind people may
experience as others utilize shared equipment and neglect to return it to its
assigned place in the home.
When this happens, you can tap the offenders shoulder for help and TELL them
when they are done to please return stuff back to the EXACT place where it
belongs, to make it easier for all to find things for  their needs.
If things get misplaced more often, you need to persist in alerting them and
hopefully they will soon realize how frustrated you are and how necessary it is
for DeafBlind people to know where to find things in their environment.
It’s far better and quicker for you knowing where to find things according to
your DB memory map organization system and you instruct those around you to
abide by your system. Life would be so much more pleasant all around.
The DeafBBlind memory map organization system can be applied everywhere at home
or at work or other commonly travelled areas, making it easier for everyone to
find things faster according to your DB memory map organization system.
Happy Autumn!
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 – 27 September 2020

DeafDigest Blue – September 27, 2020
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Top stories about the deaf:
A deaf community advocate said:
In most cases, deaf people at stores and shops could
not be assisted because there was no one who could
communicate with them
There are stores that are deaf-friendly and
stores that are not. DeafDigest editor simply
avoids deaf-unfriendly stores!
……….
A group of deaf people are being trained in
New Zealand to become first responders –
meaning they come to the rescue of hearing
people in need of attention.
……….
Joe, who owns a carpentry business in Tulsa, OK
(Erwin Custom Woodworks) was featured in a
newspaper story. His last name was not
mentioned in the story. He said that he
likes to fix things.
……..
Engineer Saad Bhamla said he has come up with
a hearing aid from off-the-shelf electronic
parts that would only cost $1.00. A spokesperson
from Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public
Health at Johns Hopkins said it is legitimate.
………
A group of interpreters hosted an event at
University of Connecticut to address issues
of mental health and suicide prevention among
the deaf.
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NOT UNDERSTANDING A TRAGEDY
There was a tragedy at one apartment
building. The deaf man saw people running
up and down the hall. He also saw a woman
crying and slamming her fists on the floor.
The cops and EMT people were also running
up and down the hall.
Hearing neighbors saw it all and knew
what was going on.
The deaf person, seeing it all, did not
know what was going on – because no one
told him that someone died.
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Lip reading tale
A hearing friend was introducing a friend to his deaf
friend.
The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
This is Bob Happens
The hearing person actually said:
This is Bob Hopkins
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
DEAF CULTURE BOOKS?
    How many Deaf Culture books have been printed?
Don’t know. Maybe 1,000 or maybe 5,000? Hard to say.
    A hearing chef said he has his own library at
home of 4,000 different cookbooks!
    A deaf person told DeafDigest editor that he has
a big home library of Deaf Culture books. He is always
buying new Deaf Culture books all the time. Does
he have 5,000 Deaf Culture books?
    Good question!
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
Another piece of punctuation that many captioners use is a set of dashes.
Many captioners use these either to indicate an interruption or change or
thought by the speaker or to indicate that they are rewriting something
that they realized they misstroked or misheard.
Since there are no punctuation keys on the steno keyboard, different
captioners may use different symbols to designate the dashes.  Some
stenocaptioners use the steno strokes “OE/OE.”  For some captioners, this
can also be close to the words “oh” or “owe.”
If you ever see the word “oh” or “owe” and it doesn’t make sense in
context,  try to mentally replace it with a set of dashes and see if it
makes sense.
Some examples of this would be:
Are you sure that owe did that really happen?
She was the oh she was the only one who arrived on time.
It was an event for oh owe it was an event sponsored by the City.
These should read:
Are you sure that — did that really happen?
She was the — she was the only one who arrived on time.
It was an event for — it was an event sponsored by the City.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
One of the nation’s last surviving manual bookbinding
businesses was deaf owned, the Atlantic Bookbinding Company
in Atlantic, Iowa.
It was owned by Soren Petersen, who has been in the field
for 50 years. He is closing the shop at the end of this
month, weary of these 12-14 hour, 6 days a week grind.
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Which is better – Cued Speech or Lipreading? This
was the debate that was conducted on a British
deaf chat group!
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DeafDigest – 26 September 2020

NOT UNDERSTANDING A TRAGEDY
There was a tragedy at one apartment
building. The deaf man saw people running
up and down the hall. He also saw a woman
crying and slamming her fists on the floor.
The cops and EMT people were also running
up and down the hall.
Hearing neighbors saw it all and knew
what was going on.
The deaf person, seeing it all, did not
know what was going on – because no one
told him that someone died.

DeafDigest – 25 September 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 25, 2020

— no one forgets a Deaf Legend

Beethoven passed away 193 years ago. Yet
music-lovers and non-music lovers all know
who he was. Very few people are well-remembered
so many years later after their deaths. Beethoven
is in that group of well-remembered select few!

 

— Deaf Man Cave; Hearing Man Cave

There was a big story in the newspapers about
Hearing Man Cave inside a hidden and
forgotten utility room deep inside, under these
Grand Central (NYC) railroad tracks. It is
illegal and these three employees have gotten
away with it for years until they were caught.
Deaf Man Caves at some Deaf Organizations and at
some Deaf Schools? In a way, yes. There have been
tales over the years of these secret (and
illegal) Man Caves at these Deaf Sites.
DeafDigest editor actually saw one such
Man Cave – but that was years ago.

 

— Judge’s ruling ordering the White House is flawed

A U.S. district judge in DC ordered the White
House to use ASL interpreters at all Covid-19
press conferences. A win for the deaf? Hope so
because this ruling only applies to Covid-19
briefings and not to all other non-Covid-19
briefings. And what happens if White House
stops these Covid-19 briefings? This is
scary.

 

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DeafDigest – 24 September 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 24, 2020

— Forbes article – true or false

An article in the Forbes Magazine said
a person, who became deaf at the age
of 45, taught herself sign language
and lip reading in a short time, and
that she ended up teaching others.
True or false? Fact or exaggeration?
DeafDigest finds it difficult to
believe.

 

— Covid-19 hurts sponsorship funds

Professional racers depend on funding from sponsors
to allow them to race their cars. It is much harder
for one deaf racer. He had no problems getting
sponsorship funds from local hearing merchants
in the past. But when Covid-19 hit everyone all
around, sponsorship funds suddenly disappeared.
A hearing racer can somehow get some sponsorship
funds but it is different for deaf racers.

 

— a panel involving deaf owners of small businesses

There was a panel of deaf owners of small businesses.
The biggest issue among these business owners is
interacting with the hearing. They said:

some hearing employees resist the idea of deaf owner
giving orders and instructions

some hearing customers do not like to be served
by deaf owners

hearing competitors may deliberately create a playing
field that is not level for the deaf business owners

some deaf business owners use hearing family members
to handle telephone calls and for face to face
discussions with hearing customers

 

 

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DeafDigest – 23 September 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 23, 2020

— the deaf leak

How often does it happen that the first deaf person learned
about a confidential matter that was revealed by the second
deaf person. It was assumed that the first deaf person knew
about it! Deaf leaks or hearing leaks? Same thing!

 

— author’s challenge

A hearing author wanted to write a mystery book about an
all-deaf town – and that these deaf people were better off
being deaf than being hearing. His challenge is to make
the story believable otherwise knowledgeable deaf people
would see through this fakery! This was what he said
in a newspaper interview.

 

— nightmare for hearing mother of two deaf children

The family of hearing mother and two deaf children
live off the grid – with very weak dial-up internet
connection. These deaf children are being remotedly
schooled – requiring all-day wifi links. As a result
she had to drive both girls to a library parking lot
to pick up wifi connection. Other times she has to
use the wifi that town shops and stores offer.
Sometimes wifi is weak, forcing her to drive around
the town, looking for a better connection. She
has asked the school to help but is not getting it.

 

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DeafDigest – 22 September 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 22, 2020

— a trailblazing interpreter

A newspaper story described an interpreter
as trailblazing. This word means introducing new
ideas or methods. Not sure why that interpreter
was described that way because interpreters have
been operating the same for years and years.

 

— deaf-hearing team in operating room

Some time ago DeafDigest mentioned that a deaf
mother serving as office manager for her son
in a medical practice. There is another one –
a hearing surgeon has his deaf brother as his
operating room assistant in the OhioHealth
Grant Medical Center. Hope we are seeing more
other deaf-hearing teams in medical facilities
that we don’t yet know about?

 

— difficult to get a job at law firms

Do private law firms hire deaf attorneys?
Some do, but many don’t. A frustrated
job-seeking deaf attorney said that
he passed his bar exam and has the
support of a society of attorneys,
but not a single offer from a private
law firm. One firm told him he has to
be a rainmaker, meaning bringing in
new clients that the law firm can make
money out of billable hours!

 

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DeafDigest – 21 September 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 21, 2020

– impossible in the military

Impossible in the military? A hearing person said
that his father, 90 percent deaf in one ear and
70 percent deaf in the other ear, served in the
military during World War II. The father was
wounded in action and sent home and placed on
limited duty.

No such a thing as percentage deaf; it probably means
Decibel-deaf.

Believe it or not?

 

— an obit – a deaf caddy

A deaf man passed away recently.

His obit said he was employed as a golf caddy.

note:

never thought of it – but have we had some deaf
working as caddy on a golf course?

 

— public utility company refuses to write letters

A public utility company is trying to discuss an
issue with a deaf customer. This company refuses
to respond through letters, insisting that the
deaf customer use voice phone to discuss the
ongoing issue. Public utility company ashamed
of its bad grammar and thus avoiding letters?
As a result, the deaf customer refuses to do
business with that public utility company!

 

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DeafDigest – 20 September 2020

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Top stories about the deaf:
a tweet said:
There is a legend that deaf people started the football
huddle so the other team couldn’t eavesdrop.
note:
Eavesdrop? It means listening to voices. Gallaudet quarterbacks
use sign language, not voices, to give signals before the ball
is snapped!
………..
In a newspaper story a deaf person said that when he
meets up with a hearing friend at a bar, they start
off the conversation by passing notes back and forth.
But after a while, they both get tired of writing
and resort to lip reading and gestures to continue
the conversation. It pretty much runs true for
many deaf people@
……….
A common deaf phase – I can do anything
except to hear was divided into these
categories by a deaf leader – must
be able attend a deaf school, must be
able to communicate with hearing without
assistance (meaning no interpreters),
must be able to support myself
financially, a first class interpeter
during classes and speeches, excellent
deaf devices to help me, a deaf-only
social life and so on. A long shopping list?
Yes. Realistic? Good question.
……….
Brian Kane, who was born deaf, was written
up in a newspaper as he was celebrating his
65th year, of operation of a local empire of
residential and commercial properties. He
functions as a hearing person and does not
use sign language.
……….
The staff at Blip Roasters, a popular coffee
place in Kansas City, Missouri, have
developed “coffee sign language” to better
communicate with deaf coffee drinkers.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
A LEADER DISAPPOINTED IN THE DEAF COMMUNITY
    A leader moved to a new Deaf Community. He
thought deaf people would be interested in
employment, social services, interpreting,
and other benefits.
    Much to his disappointment, their #1
priority was seeing that the movie theaters
show open captions. Nothing else mattered
to them.
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READ WHAT THEY SAY
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
ABUSIVE DEAF AIRPLANE PASSENGER
Flying in an airplane can be stressful
for many passengers, both deaf and hearing.
One flight attendant remembers one
incident with a deaf passenger.
The deaf person asked for a pen.
The flight attendant loaned it to him.
The deaf person wrote insulting
comments about the flight attendant.
Fortunately for the deaf passenger,
the airline didn’t kick him out of the
plane!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
I was starting to do “Mr Mom’s” chores the other day.  I couldn’t find
Clorox Bleach cleaner that morning.
I complained to my wife and suspected one of our kids used it to clean
upstairs.
I couldn’t find it so I went to the basement storage and took another
bottle up.
I started cleaning the kitchen counter with the new Clorox Bleach cleaner
spray bottle.
My wife found the missing bottle from upstairs and she traded it.
She informed me that the new bottle was for the bathroom!
A formula or something in the bottle for the bathroom.
Now the kitchen doesn’t smell like a swimming pool!
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Every deaf person knows the difference between
subtitles and closed captions – but – explaining
the differences could be difficult. An article
said subtitles converts sound from one language
into another language; captions show words
spoken on screen (English to English). At this
point, the rest is too technical. Bottom line
– we basically understand what the actors are
saying on the screen.
……….
Shafil Irsaz Ali is deaf and is the foreman with
the Abbas Engineering, a factory that produces
metal parts. He said he got the job because of
his superior knowledge and skills that his
hearing employees don’t have. He also said that
some employees laugh at his sign language
and gestures, that he chose to ignore.
……….
A deaf person said that captions meets his
basic accommodation needs? What about
interpreting? Is that also a basic
accommodation need on the same level as
captions?
……..
David Del Pizzo, who is deaf, has been appointed to the
Foxboro (MA) Commission on Disability.
………
Confusion between VRS and VRI. Same thing?
No. And for that reason, a workshop is taking
place to clarify the difference between
VRS and VRI.  Just keep in mind that deaf
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SCARY GESTURES AT DOCTOR’S OFFICE
A deaf man brought his hearing wife to the
doctor’s office for a routine operation.
The wife entered the operating room and
the door was shut. The deaf man had to wait
outside.
Suddenly a medical assistant came out of
the room (but quickly shut the door). She
was gesturing with another medical assistant.
It was not sign language but the gestures looked
like if the wife had problems during the
operation.
Hearing people in the waiting room could
hear the conversation. Deaf person in the
waiting room was scared something serious
happened to the wife.
Fortunately the operation was fine.
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Lip reading tale
A hearing person was introducing a friend to a deaf person
The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
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The hearing person actually said:
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PERFECT SPEECH DEAF PERSON PREFER INTERPRETER
Many perfect-speech deaf persons prefer
interpreters to speak out for them.
These hearing people can easily understand
the perfect-speech deaf people?
Why interpreter?
A perfect-speech deaf person said that
interpreters prevent misunderstandings.
This is a strange explanation.
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
Since there are no punctuation keys on the steno keyboard, another piece
of punctuation that can be misstroked is the question mark. Many
stenocaptioners use the steno “STPH” for the question mark. That is also
the same steno for the phonetic sound “sn.”
The “S” must be depressed by the little finger on the left hand, which is
many captioners’ weakest finger, so sometimes captioners can miss it or
not totally depress it. In that case, you can end up with just an “N” or
“TPH” in steno.
That is the same steno that many captioners use for the word “in.” I have
seen captioners have the word “in” floating in captioning when what they
actually desired was a question mark.
In your caption viewing, if you see a sentence that is grammatically a
question that has the word “in” at the end and it doesn’t seem to make
sense, try to mentally replace “in” with a question mark. It might help to
make sense.
An example of this would be:
“Why did you start your presentation in it is too late to finish today.”
This should read:
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The Gulf Coast Claims Facility is where the oil spill
victims could file claims for costs and damages.
Are interpreters available for deaf claimants?
The facilities administrator said there is a TTY and email.
The administrator, however, sidestepped the interpreting
question.
note – a big hint
White House would not use an interpreter during
Covid-19 briefings until ordered to do so by
a federal judge!
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DeafDigest – 20 September 2020

ABUSIVE DEAF AIRPLANE PASSENGER
Flying in an airplane can be stressful
for many passengers, both deaf and hearing.
One flight attendant remembers one
incident with a deaf passenger.
The deaf person asked for a pen.
The flight attendant loaned it to him.
The deaf person wrote insulting
comments about the flight attendant.
Fortunately for the deaf passenger,
the airline didn’t kick him out of the
plane!

DeafDigest – 19 September 2020

PERFECT SPEECH DEAF PERSON PREFER INTERPRETER
Many perfect-speech deaf person prefers
interpreters to speak out for them.
These hearing people can easily understand
the perfect-speech deaf people? Why interpreter?
A perfect-speech deaf person said that
interpreters prevent misunderstandings.
This is a strange explanation.

DeafDigest – 19 September 2020

SCARY GESTURES AT DOCTOR’S OFFICE
A deaf man brought his hearing wife to the
doctor’s office for a routine operation.
The wife entered the operating room and
the door was shut. The deaf man had to wait
outside.
Suddenly a medical assistant came out of
the room (but quickly shut the door). She
was gesturing with another medical assistant.
It was not sign language but the gestures looked
like if the wife had problems during the
operation.
Hearing people in the waiting room could
hear the conversation. Deaf person in the
waiting room was scared something serious
happened to the wife.
Fortunately the operation was fine.

DeafDigest – 18 September 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 18, 2020

— AI and the lost sign languages

There was a story that was titled:
Surprising Ways AI can help recover lost languages

Just add one word:
Surprising Ways AI can help recover lost sign languages

An example of a lost (or dying) sign language is the
Maritime Sign Language. DeafDigest editor saw a
video of a deaf person demonstrating this sign language.
Rest of Canada uses ASL, while in Quebec, the deaf use
French Sign Language. Years ago, the deaf of the
Maritimes used their own sign language. The younger
deaf of the Maritimes use ASL instead.

Would artificial intelligence help save these
lost sign languages? Hope so.

 

— deafness cures

A deaf woman is writing a book on efforts of her
family to try to cure her deafness. All of these
cures failed. Examples were religious events,
applying herbs, special food, plant-based food,
airplane diving, placing many different objects
into the ear, fake ear drums, opium, tobacco, etc.
These people just could not accept their deafness,
and move on.

 

— learning sign language five minutes per day

There is an app that says “Learn sign language in
5 minutes per day” – that easy to learn sign
language? No. It requires constant use of
sign language all day to pick up speed both
ways – reading signs and expressing signs.

 

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DeafDigest – 17 September 2020

— honoring a captioning pioneer

A tech web site ran this piece:

1947:
Emerson Romero, a deaf former silent film actor,
develops the first technique for captioning movies
with sound by splicing images with text between picture
frames, similar to the text cards of the silent film era.

While DeafDigest is not sure if Romero was the first
person to caption a movie, it is great that he is
being recognized. This task was so labor-intensive
and so time-consuming that he was only able to caption
just a few full length movies.

 

— American deaf child transfers to a deaf school in Canada

An American family, with a deaf child, moved from USA
to Canada. Reason was to have the deaf child attend
classes in Canada, instead of taking classes on-line.
How was this possible. The father is a Canadian citizen
hence making the move possible. The mother who is an
American, was not happy with the on-line classes in USA.

 

— a big reason to caption the videos

Captioning a video is hard work and time consuming.
No one likes to do it. Yes, there are auto-captions
that could do the job, but captioning accuracy
is a big issue. Anyway one important reason to
caption the video, either manually or automatically
is to locate the video easier during web searches.

 

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DeafDigest – 16 September 2020

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— an expense that many people dread

What is an expense that many hearing people
dread?

Paying for interpreters.

It was mentioned in a newspaper story
and this is why we have the ADA.

 

— gestures and ASL

There are computers that can recognize
ASL and convert it to text or voice.

These same computers cannot convert
gestures to text or voice!

This was the story of a Netlix engineer
being recognized for programming gestures
into word balloons.

Word balloon? Just a new thing in texts.

 

— classes for deaf students

A question was asked of an adminstrator of
a mainstreamed program:

What is your plans for deaf students?

The response was disappointing:
We don’t know what to expect.

 

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DeafDigest – 15 September 2020

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— National Labor Relations Board says RID broke no rules

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) deleted facebook
posts that discussed bad union issues and bad working conditions.
This complaint was brought to the attention of the National
Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In a ruling, NRLB said RID’s
actions was legal – because these postings were not made
by RID’s employees but by those not employed by RID!

 

— Union Pacific Railroad discriminates against deaf train conductor

DeafDigest editor was surprised that we do have a train
conductor that has been deaf most of his life. Train conductors
deal with passengers that never paid for their tickets or with
passengers that missed their stops, etc. He was employed
by the Union Pacific Railroad Company but was fired because
of his deafness. This lawsuit dragged on and just now, the
Seventh Circuit agreed to restart this lawsuit after it
was originally thrown out.

 

— One of world’s most famous movie comedians was deaf

Leslie Nielsen, the world’s most famous comedian, who made
many people laugh in his movies, was deaf. He passed away
ten years ago. He wore hearing aids all of his life and
for that reason, many people never knew of his deafness.
Take off his hearing aids, he was profoundly deaf.
ASL speaking? No, as he was able to function as a
hearing person.

 

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DeafDigest – 14 September 2020

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— a twist in hiring the deaf

There have been some hearing parents that own big
businesses, but would not hire their deaf
children. There was an obit  today – but with a twist –
it said that a deaf son that owned a medical practice
hired his deaf mother to be the office manager!
Being the office manager is not always that easy
a task, hence it is a big deal to hire the deaf.

 

— no interpreter in a court case

What is going to happen if the appointed interpreter
does not show up in a court case involving the deaf?
An upcoming workshop will be discussing this
situation – suggesting that deaf people have
rights, benefits and challenges in case there
are no interpreters. Really? In almost all cases
the judge will postpone the case.

 

— company co-started by the deaf now listed on the stock market

Do deaf-owned companies get listed on the stock market? Don’t
really know, but a company that was started by two partners,
one deaf and one hearing, has just got listed. The company
is AI-Media, which is one of USA’s largest captioning
providers. The deaf partner is second in command with
the company operations.

 

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Top stories about the deaf:
A hearing basketball team lost a game to a
deaf basketball team. Said a hearing player:
they had better communication than us, what could I say!
………..
Buzz words (or buzz phrases) come and go. The latest one is:
deafness is a disability but not inability
……….
A headline on deaf actress Shoshannah Stern was
this:
She Turned Down An Audition To Play A Patient On Grey’s Anatomy.
A Decade Later, She’s Finally On The Show—As Its First Deaf Doctor.
……….
The first responder and the deaf, in need of assistance.
The first responder would normally ask R U OK?. These
responders may possibly not know that the person
seeking assistance is deaf. Several things may happen –
that the deaf person may tell the responder he is ok, not
wanting to go through the communication hassles
that the first responder may struggle with communications,
not realizing the person is deaf
that the first responder may delay assistance, waiting
for an interpreter.
These scenarios are scary
……….
The National Theatre of the Deaf, the long time
mainstay in Connecticut, will be moving to
Washington, DC.  In the past Hughes Memorial
Theater, based on the Gallaudet campus but
not part of Gallaudet, was a popular theater
in the metro DC area. It was an all-ASL theatre
where as NTD is not.  We shall see what happens.
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ABUSIVE DEAF EMAIL MESSAGES
    From time to time DeafDigest editor receives abusive
email messages from a few deaf people.
    DeafDigest editor has noticed one thing – that these few
deaf people have serious problems with their life – in trouble
with law, problems making friends, problems with their spouses,
problems with their jobs, etc, etc.
    Do happy deaf people send abusive emails? Or is it unhappy
deaf people that send abusive emails?
    Don’t know – it is a good question!
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A COMMON ARGUMENT AT POST OFFICE MANY YEARS AGO
Years ago many deaf families watched
Captioned Movies at home with their 16mm
projectors.
The post office delivered these films to
their homes. They had to go back to the post
office to return these films.
It was always same old story – arguing with
the confused post office clerks – some thought
postage was free; some thought postage was
library rate; some thought postage was regular
rate!
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
Breakfast
I was frying eggs for breakfast.
I always use plenty of pepper on my eggs.
It just happened that my pepper mill was out of pepper corn!
So, I use already ground pepper in a can from McCormick.
I flipped one side open and it poured!
Oh, what a hot spicy breakfast I had!
Lesson learned! I need to feel the top before shaking!
Coffee refill coming up!
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A deaf man went out for a long ride on his bicycle
in Oregon. He normally rides for two hours and then
returns home. This time he did not come home within
the two hour span. His panicked family called the
police thinking he was lost. He was never lost
in the first place, just wanting to extend his
ride as he was in the mood for it! This was what
he explained to the police when they found him
hours later.
……….
Melanie Lemaistre, a sign language professor,
told her class that she is deaf but is not
mute. Her comment ended up in a newspaper
story about deaf empowerment.
……….
A new museum – Museum Of Words – will open
for business in Washington, DC next month.
Sign Language part of the museum exhibits?
Yes.
……..
A deaf astronaut? Yes, we have one – in Leland
Melvin. He became deaf because of an astronaut
training accident. Instead of kicking him out,
NASA kept Melvin – and in due time he was
able to fly in space – as the first Deaf
Astronaut! Does he know ASL? No.
………
a joke?
There is a running joke with TV martial
arts action hero Chuck Norris – that
he can hear sign language.
How can he hear sign language if he does not
know, nor use sign language?
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FEAR OF GESTURES, NOT FEAR OF DEAF
    A hearing person has no fear with the deaf;
always writing notes back and forth. Very friendly
with the deaf.
    But that hearing person is scared when a deaf
person uses simple gestures.
    This is strange!
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A hearing person introduced himself to a deaf person
The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
My name is Pray
The hearing person actually said:
My name is Bray
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HIGHWAY AMBER ALERT DISPLAY SIGNS DIFFICULT FOR DEAF
Sometimes we drive on highways and see the “Amber
Alert emergency alert” display signs. They are
asking drivers to call an emergency number if
they know the driver trying to get away.
A hearing driver, seeing the emergency sign,
can use his cell phone, while driving and inform
the police.
The deaf person has to pull over and stop
on the shoulder because driving and texting is
very dangerous!
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
In order to help us understand captioning errors that may occur, it is
important to remember that stenocaptioners do not write their punctuation
as you would on a typewriter keyboard.
There are no period, comma, or question mark keys on a steno keyboard.
Captioners use different combinations of letters to make their punctuation
marks.
Many captioners use the letter combination of “RBGS” for a comma.  That
same steno can also be used for the phonetic sound of “rks” or “rx.”
If you were to see the English “gorks,” that could mean that the captioner
wrote the word “go” and the comma in the same stroke.  Again, if you see
“rks” or “rx” and it doesn’t make sense in context, mentally try to
replace that with a comma and see if that makes sense.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
Extreme Makeover, that wildly popular TV reality series,
has come to the Deaf Community for the second time.
The first time, it was for a deaf household in Michigan
in 2004. And now this time, for a dormitory at Oregon
School for the Deaf.
It was not a simple procedure – just selecting the school
for the reality TV project. School officials had to make
sure all regulations were in compliance, a much more
difficult task as opposed to sending carpenters to the
scene.
The televised showing date of October 31st is appropriate,
keeping in mind two things – the Halloween Day and the
school’s famous Haunted House!
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A COMMON ARGUMENT AT POST OFFICE MANY YEARS AGO
Years ago many deaf families watched
Captioned Movies at home with their 16mm
projectors.
The post office delivered these films to
their homes. They had to go back to the post
office to return these films.
It was always same old story – arguing with
the confused post office clerks – some thought
postage was free; some thought postage was
library rate; some thought postage was regular
rate!

DeafDigest – 12 September 2020

HIGHWAY AMBER ALERT DISPLAY SIGNS DIFFICULT FOR DEAF
Sometimes we drive on highways and see the “Amber
Alert emergency alert” display signs. They are
asking drivers to call an emergency number if
they know the driver trying to get away.
A hearing driver, seeing the emergency sign,
can use his cell phone, while driving and inform
the police.
The deaf person has to pull over and stop
on the shoulder because driving and texting is
very dangerous!

DeafDigest – 11 September 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 11, 2020

— too bright or just ok

The Architect Magazine ran a piece on the
new Mozzeria restaurant. What caught DeafDigest
editor’e eye was the apparent brightness
of the restaurant interior, as designed
by a “Deaf Space” architectural firm.
Too bright or just ok, perfect balance
between brightness and darkness? Do not
know – must go into Mozzeria to find out!
Admittedly DeafDigest editor hates to eat
in a very bright restaurant as much as
he hates to eat in a dark restaurant.

 

— deaf employee’s home needs

Many people, including the deaf, work at home
because of the pandemic. Do hearing employers
realize these deaf work needs? These needs
are password access, access to on-line work
interpreters, chat box to discuss work matters
with fellow employees, captions when work
videos are shown AND hearing employers
willing to write notes (and post them into
PDF formats)? And most important of all –
during these Zoom office meetings, do deaf
employees have equal voice?

 

— terps’ oops

Do interpreters make mistakes (oops) while
interpreting? A workshop, taking place in
Texas, focuses on how to quickly fix these
mistakes without the deaf in the audience
realizing these oops! To err is human, happens
to all – no matter the professions they are in.
No one is perfect.

 

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DeafDigest – 10 September 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 10, 2020

— old Deaf films better than old Deaf videotapes

For deaf people that wish to preserve Deaf Heritage
or Deaf Culture, they need to realize that saving
old Deaf Films is much better than saving old
Deaf Videotapes! Says who? Says David H. Pierce,
who knows a thing or two about saving old Deaf
Stuff, as he operates Silent Network, which
focuses on these great Deaf History material
saved on videos and films. The Silent Network
banner ad is located on this web page.

 

— judge says White House “may” have violated ADA

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said the White
House “may” have violated federal law by refusing
to provide an interpreter during Covid news conferences.
“May” is the big word that bothers DeafDigest!
It is a big difference between a comment that
mentions “may” as compared to a comment that leaves
out that word. Anyway the White House must provide
a visible ASL interpreter at least on a temporary
basis. DeafDigest will not be surprised if the
White House immediately files an appeal. So
disappointing.

 

— personal trainer in gym or an all-deaf gym

There are deaf people that go to gyms for physical
work outs. Many of them struggle, trying to understand
the commands of gym directors. Some bring their
own personal trainers. Some do work outs on their
own. What about all-deaf gyms? A deaf member of an
all-deaf gym said it is a big and huge difference.

 

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— same Mozzeria or different Mozzeria

Mozzeria has opened up for business in Washington, DC,
serving pizzas. It is being headed by CEO Ryan Maliszewski
and his management team. What about Russell and Melody Stein,
the owners of the San Franciso’s Mozzeria? They serve as
consultants, inasmuch as the current management team hopes
to franchise Mozzeria in other parts of USA at the rate
of two new restaurants per year. Are Mozzeria dishes
delicious? A food critic said:

I love their Duck Pizza and their Burrata dish

Hope the Duck Pizza and Burrata dish will taste as great
in DC as it is in San Francisco?

 

— new Oscar rules carry hope for  deaf in Hollywood

Oscar has changed its rules to create diversity
(ethnic minority, racial minority, the disabled,
the LGBTQ, the deaf/hard of hearing, etc). It will
take effect in 2024, meaning in 2021, 2022 and
2023 Oscar may follow the old rules. Waiting
three years for it to happen? So disappointing!

 

— our deaf-owned businesses

A newspaper said there are less than 500 known deaf businesses
in the country. Really that few? Many deaf people work at
full time jobs but operate private businesses on the side,
pocketing taxable income. Does that count as part of 500
or as non-500?

 

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DeafDigest – 08 September 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 8, 2020

— not comfortable with sign language

Ana Rocha, a hearing film director, said in an
interview that she was not comfortable with
sign language. Her film script asked for
a sign-language deaf character. Despite her
discomfort she gave a deaf actress that role.
How many entertainment directors would do
the same thing? Not too many, unfortunately
– but fortunately Rocha did it. Hope other
directors would do the same thing in future roles.

 

— unable to find employment

A deaf woman said she was turned down 3,000 times
in her search for employment and thinks the reason
is her deafness, that no one wants to hire her.
It is never that easy for a deaf person to find
employment – but there always ways. Examples are
moving from city that is hard to find employment
to another city where finding employment is easier;
networking with family members and friends, always
someone that may know of someone with contacts;
doing some research, finding which employers have
deaf members in their families, meaning they may
be willing to hire deaf people; going to deaf
social service agencies and employment agencies.
No method is perfect but whatever may work would
be great.

 

— a deaf professional poker player at Las Vegas championships

Richy Mackie, who is deaf, and plays poker
professionally, has been invited to take part at the
Redtooth Poker’s VEGAS100 national final at The Orleans
Hotel and Casino next year. It is not his first trip
to Las Vegas as he competed there professionally three
times in the past. Maybe the fourth time will be the
charm. He is profoundly deaf.

 

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DeafDigest – 07 September 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 7, 2020

— Zoom is bad for a deaf defendant

A deaf person, defending himself in a criminal case,
appeared on the Zoom screen in a court case. His
interpreter had serious technical issues with Zoom.
Making it worse was time lag delays; muffled voices,
and continuous attorney interruptions. Judge’s face
was also hidden from the Zoom screen. And captions
were bad. The judge, giving up, sent the case back
for future recall. The defendant later eventually agreed
for dismissal of case in exchange attendance in anger
management classes.

 

— interpreting a job interview

A deaf person applied for a job 24 years ago, and
got it. That person continued with the job until
recent retirement. Who served as interpreter for
the deaf person during the job interview? It was
the deaf person’s son. ADA was already six years
old, yet the employer would not hire a professional
interpreter for that interview. Fortunately for the
deaf person and the employer, it was a great hire,
never mind ADA laws were broken!

 

— batting average of a deaf district attorney

Janine Madera is deaf and serves as the prosecutor
in the Orange County District Attorney’s office
in California. Very challenging for the deaf in the
legal profession – but she is considered a success.
She has prosecuted 72 jury trials in 15 years and
won 58 of these cases, already an impressive batting
average. While she functions as a hearing person,
she uses an interpreter in the court room. Plus
her own bag of tricks (studying body language,
and speaking with an authoritative voice, etc).
Even with the visibility of an interpreter, many
court room observers do not realize her deafness!

 

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DeafDigest – 06 September 2020

DeafDigest Blue – September 6, 2020
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Russian biologist Denis Rebrikov continues to support
CRISPR genome to edit out deaf genes, wanting all
babies to be born with normal hearing. Critics
are still saying his method is not safe.
……….
The ever so controversial inventor Elon Musk,
himself a futuristic visionary, said that
his newest device – Neuralink could
fix deafness.  Will it?
……….
A comment from a 911 dispatcher:
Before computers, we had to know the country,
know the roads, know how the response system
works. Even with computers today, you still
have to know the county and the roads and the
system.
What was not mentioned was knowing the
households that deaf people live in!
……..
KBS, MBC and SBS, these three major South Korean
TV networks, will be featuring sign language
interpreters during news programs.
………
Boys Town Hospital has a web site advising
people about these hearing aid extenders,
because of many cases of masks accidentally
pulling off these hearing aids without users
realizing it!
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A DEAF FATHER AND A HEARING SON
    When parents are deaf, some children learn signs;
some other children don’t learn signs.
    There are some Codas that wish to learn signs.
Why didn’t they learn signs from their deaf parents?
    Because the deaf parents refuse to teach them signs!
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Lip reading tale
A deaf person was hunting for an apartment.
The deaf person thought the apartment manager said:
We need please
The apartment manager actually said:
We need lease
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HEARING AID PROBLEMS
Many hard of hearing people have problems
with their hearing aids because of computers
inside it.
Old fashioned hearing aids were simple
to use.
New hearing aids are different; many people
struggle to set up the computer right way
with these hearing aids!
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
In reading through captioning errors, we have seen that because
stenocaptioners write entire words and phrases phonetically, occasionally
there may be issues with homophones, words that sound the same but are
spelled differently.
We have to also be aware that those homophones can sometimes attach to
other words and become compound words that may be a little confusing.
Examples of this would be:
Now, that’s what I call barefoot ball.
Did you seaside views of the X-ray?
It was a hardware resistant coating.
These should be:
Now, that’s what I call Bear football.
Did you see side views of the X-ray?
It was a hard, wear-resistant coating.
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DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Tony Wallace, who departed
us tragically last week.
A NTID/RIT graduate and hard of hearing, he served as a police
officer in Hoonah, Alaska, a town of 800 people 40 miles away
from Juneau.
He and a fellow police officer was shot to death while making
a police call at a residence.
At NTID/RIT, he was an All-American wrestler. And as police
officer he conducted several classes to teach the police
on how to deal with the deaf.
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The New Zealand deaf community is asking that the
human rights commission order TV captions of the
upcoming Rugby World Cup matches, the #1 event
among these sports loving natives. It is akin to
the Super Bowl not being captioned!
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Sign language class is discriminatory? It
involves New York University, one of the world’s
most prestigious universities. A professor
said that if students cannot afford a text book
and a DVD they should not take ASL classes.
Students are furious. Will NYU take action?
NTU in the past offered a graduate program
for deaf people wanting to serve the deaf.
Not any more because of the same old story –
lack of federal funding.
………..
a geneticist said:
The human race is gradually losing its hearing
This is an interesting comment because there
are geneticists that try to fix deafness!
……….
If Stacey Knoell, a former interpreter and a
Democrat, wins the seat in Kansas Senate’s 9th
District (Olathe), will she interpret
her own legislative speeches – or at least
make sure it is interpreted by another
interpreter? We shall see.
……….
Better communications in space among the
deaf, not among the hearing! Says who?
An article in the New Yorker magazine.
Sign language communications were always
great to begin with, either on Earth
or outside of Earth.
……….
The New York Times said that one of the 20
TV shows to watch is the Gallaudet series
on deaf students – showing them just as
human as hearing students are at other
colleges.
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BAD QUESTION TO ASK DEAF PERSON
A bad question from hearing person
to ask deaf person is this:
Can you read?
We should ask the hearing person this
bad question:
Can you write?
Note:
As a child, the DeafDigest editor was asked
by a neighbor that wrote on the black board
that question – can you read?  DeafDigest
editor told his mother about it; very furious,
the mother confronted the neighbor, telling
her that deaf people are not stupid, despite
their deafness!
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A deaf person was job-seeking. He could
not find a job.
During one interview, the employer says
all employees must be able to communicate
with customers, and that a deaf person cannot
communicate.
The deaf person said he could write his
responses on paper or through relay service.
The employer’s automatic excuse:
Sorry, I cannot hire you.
It happened in Great Britain, where there
is no ADA. If the employer said the same
thing in USA, he will be sued
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I had an observation at my recent appointment with Tactile ASL interpreter
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The nurse asked me all kinds of questions and took temperature.
Of course this was to be safe and protect others in the medical building.
One thing I noticed was that the nurse did not ask the interpreter the
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This procedure is important for our safety too!
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DeafDigest – 06 September 2020

AUTOMATIC EMPLOYER EXCUSE
A deaf person was job-seeking. He could
not find a job.
During one interview, the employer says
all employees must be able to communicate
with customers, and that a deaf person cannot
communicate.
The deaf person said he could write his
responses on paper or through relay service.
The employer’s automatic excuse:

Sorry, I cannot hire you.

It happened in Great Britain, where there
is no ADA. If the employer said the same
thing in USA, he will be sued.

DeafDigest – 06 September 2020

BAD QUESTION TO ASK DEAF PERSON
A bad question from hearing person
to ask deaf person is this:

Can you read?

We should ask the hearing
person this bad question:

Can you write?

DeafDigest – 05 September 2020

HEARING AID PROBLEMS
Many hard of hearing people have problems
with their hearing aids because of computers
inside it.
Old fashioned hearing aids were simple
to use.
New hearing aids are different; many people
struggle to set up the computer right way
with these hearing aids!

DeafDigest – 04 September 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 4, 2020

— confessions of a deaf man that functions as hearing

A deaf person (lost without his hearing aid, but functions
as hearing with his hearing aid) said:

I struggle to hear a whisper from few feet away if their
backs are turned to me

I use telephone but must have double amplifier

Cannot always follow the topic (words, yes) on the telephone

I am always having problems with certain frequency ranges

And most frustrating of all, Deaf Militants hate me even
though I use ASL fluently!

 

— a perfect description of the hated facemask

An advocate said:
Facemasks are almost impossible barrier for the deaf

That advocate is correct. DeafDigest editor hates
the facemask.

 

— wide range of CI device failures in percentages

A magazine devoted to audiology ran a piece on
CI device failures, requiring repeat operations.
It said failures range from 4 percent to 11 percent.
This is puzzling. While statistics are often
misleading, it is surprising to see a statistical
count of failures in this wide a range of seven
percentage points? DeafDigest thinks this statement
is too confusing to figure it out.

 

 

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— a phrase, an insult or not an insult

If a hearing person calls a deaf person
as “deafie” it is an insult

If a deaf person calls his deaf friend
as “deafie” it is not an insult

This was the issue a deaf writer wrote
in her column.

 

— backing up and removing mask

A deaf person said that many courteous hearing
people would back up (to provide more space)
and then remove the mask – in order to communicate
better. That deaf person said backing up is not
always possible in tight public spaces!

 

— lip reading allowed or not allowed

A hearing man was convicted of a crime. He filed
an appeal in Iowa, saying witness’s lip reading
of his comments as caught on video, should not be
allowed. The Iowa Court of Appeals disagreed,
saying the lip reader’s description would be allowed.
This may be the reason why we have professional
lip readers!

 

 

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 2, 2020

— hearing deciding what is best for the deaf

Deaf people pretty much hate it when hearing people
decide what is best for them – without even asking
the deaf for their input and comments. The
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf began during a
conference of 73 participants in 1963 in Indiana.
58 of these participants were hearing; just 15
were deaf. Was the root of RID’s problems and
issues nowadays caused by the majority vote
57 years ago? We don’t know and we hope RID
will fix itself now and move on smoothly.

 

— difficulty in publishing a sign language dictionary

A sign language dictionary is 80 percent complete but
it has been sidetracked for quite some time. Very
difficult to find an editor that knows sign language
and also knows linguistics. Turnover has been high
in that editorship position, which requires travel
to all parts of the nation, asking around which sign
should be used for which word and so on. That
nation is Rwanda. We already have quite a few sign
language dictionaries in USA.

 

— the deaf and the TikTok

TikTok is very controversial. Many people love it.
Many people also hate it. What about the deaf?
A TikToker is trying to teach Sign Language, one
TikTok video at a time. The title of the video
series is –

TikToker Uses App to Raise Awareness About the Deaf
Community

 

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DeafDigest – 01 September 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 1, 2020

— the McDonald’s discriminations

Today’s headline said:
McDonald’s discriminates against Black franchisees, lawsuit claims

True story but not a newspaper headline many years ago:
McDonald’s discriminates against a deaf franchise applicant

In the late 1970’s, a deaf man, that functions as a hearing
person and knowing no ASL, wanted to purchase a McDonald’s
franchise. That man had a lot of money and could easily
afford these franchise start-up fees, but he was turned
down. McDonald’s basically told him a deaf person cannot
own a franchise. Upset, he went to the NAD; at that
time NAD had its own law center, and they tried to
help him win. Don’t know what happened, but there
was no ADA in these days.

 

— a mask loophole

The state of Indiana allows hearing coaches to take
off their masks if they have a deaf athlete on their
teams. Coaches of teams that have no deaf athletes are
not allowed to take off masks during games and practices.

 

— something that a deaf actor hates

Many deaf actors only get a few roles in TV episodes.
What they hate the most – is for script writers to
write them off the script! This means they cannot
come back to the same program sometime later on.
Being written off the script is common for hearing
actors, and they more likely will find other roles
in different TV programs. Not always that so with
deaf actors.

 

 

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