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DeafDigest – 28 February 2021

DeafDigest Gold – February 28, 2021

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Lookalikes

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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
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http://deafdigest.com/videos/mediation/

This week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/starbucks-vs-deaf-clubs/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/streetgestures/

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Top stories about the deaf:

Before there was a Modern Man that appeared on
the Earth, there were prehistoric Neanderthals.
How did the Neanderthals communicate with
each other? There was a discussion and some
archaeologists and linguists that felt
the Neanderthals used sign language!

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A state senator from Idaho has introduced a bill
to require public venue TV sets to be captioned.

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Lake Land College, in Illinois, will be offering
a program in TV captions for future TV captioners.

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Paintings that show sign language finger spelling
has been displayed at many bus stops in Biasha,
a city in Poland.

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While Zoom has offered free captions, there are
still problems according to an angry deaf user.
A big problem is that while Zoom will offer
transcripts, waiting for it takes a long time!

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

STARBUCKS VS DEAF CLUBS
Why do many young deaf people avoid going to
deaf clubs? And why do many young deaf people
love to socialize with each other at Starbucks?
Deaf clubs are hurting because of lack of
members. And deaf people buying coffee only
helps Starbucks make money, but does not help
the Deaf Culture.

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/starbucks-vs-deaf-clubs/

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

SPANISH SIGN LANGUAGE OR SPANISH GESTURAL LANGUAGE?
Spanish Sign Language same as Spanish Gestural
Language?
Madrid is a city popular with tourists – the French,
the Italian, the Dutch and from many other countries.
Many Spanish people do not use English as second language.
There is a lot of communication struggles between tourists
and waiters, police officers, shop merchants, etc.
This is where the deaf are equal to these hearing
tourists – because all of them share communication
problems!

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/streetgestures/

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DeafDigest – 27 February 2021

DeafDigest Blue – February 28, 2021

Blue Edition
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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-lost-in-france/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/fussy-deaf-university-student/

This week’s ASL videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/the-scared-pharmacist/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/no-ci-deaf-person/

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Top stories about the deaf:

Why is it assumed that all deaf people know sign
language? This was the complaint by a non-signing
hearing loss organization.

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The Supreme Court refused to take up the case
of a deaf woman accusing of being fired by Costco
in a job discrimination issue.

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University of Northern Colorado has published an ASL
legal on line-dictionary.

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Zoom has announced that free captions are offered
to its users. Hope it work out well for all
concerned.

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Max, who is deaf, has a new job – delivering pizzas
to customers’ homes. He is a working dog, not a working
human being!  It was a story in newspapers across USA.

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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
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This week’s ASL video in youtube

SCARING THE PHARMACIST
A deaf man has problems with a pharmacist
who is afraid to communicate with the deaf.

The pharmacist would use body language
to avoid the deaf person, write a very brief
2 or 3 word note and then walk away.

Tired of pharmacist avoiding the deaf
person, he took control. He barked at her
in loud voice, with facial expressions
and gestures.

It worked. The pharmacist no longer
avoided the deaf person!

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/the-scared-pharmacist/

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Lip reading tale

A hearing football fan was talking about assistant
football coaches with a deaf football fan.

The deaf fan thought the hearing fan said:
Shook has become a new assistant coach at Maryland

The hearing fan actually said:
Zook has become a new assistant coach at Maryland

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

SICK AND TIRED OF THIS CI QUESTION
A hearing stranger talks to a deaf person.

The deaf person tells the stranger he is deaf.
The stranger immediately asks the deaf person
if he has a CI.

The deaf person says no. The hearing stranger
scolds the deaf person for not having a CI.

This hearing person has the big nerve to
ask this question!

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/no-ci-deaf-person/

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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

We have been looking at different things to help us read through
captioning errors, and we have recently spent some time looking at how
stenocaptioners write vowels. Let’s take a look now at how they write
different consonants.

Captioners need to be able to write all the sounds in the English
language, but they do not have all the consonants available on the
keyboard. Therefore, they use combinations of letters to make other
letters.

The initial consonants on the keyboard are STKPWHR. Those letters are used
in various combinations to make all the sounds that words start with.

These are keys located on the left side of the keyboard, and the captioner
will use his/her left hand to depress them.

Some examples of how this works are:
TK is the steno for the letter D.
PW is the steno for the letter B.
HR is the steno for the letter L.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

The Royal National Institute for Deaf People Scotland
has complained that the deaf people are being
underserved at audiology departments, lacking the
support they deserve. And even worse, members of the
audiological staff do not communicate well with the
deaf patients.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Interpreting at the annual meeting of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science has become
a challenge for interpreter Maureen Wagner. These
sessions are heavy with terminology in science that
every day interpreters do not sign for these words.
Interpreters, not only must get advance copies of
the speeches and then to discuss with the deaf
participants their preferred signs and their preferred
sign language.

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DeafDigest – 27 February 2021

 

SCARING THE PHARMACIST
A deaf man has problems with a pharmacist
who is afraid to communicate with the deaf.
The pharmacist would use body language
to avoid the deaf person, write a very brief
2 or 3 word note and then walk away.
Tired of pharmacist avoiding the deaf
person, he took control. He barked at her
in loud voice, with facial expressions
and gestures.
It worked. The pharmacist no longer
avoided the deaf person!

DeafDigest – 26 February 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 26, 2021

— can remember or can’t remember during emergency

The apartment manager knows a deaf tenant. Yet when
there is an emergency that requires residents to
vacate the premises, would that apartment manager
remember that deaf tenant?

 

— an old crime TV movie

In an old TV movie, a criminal was arrested and
the police said he was deaf and dumb. Years ago
deaf people were often called as deaf and dumb.
While it was a common phrase, it is never that
acceptable! Dummy Hoy, the baseball legend?
Well, this is a debate good for another time!

 

— comparing deaf waiter with a hearing waiter

a restaurant critic, that was served by a deaf
waiter, said they perform much better, taking
orders and serving orders and handling menu
specials and menu problems as compared to hearing
waiters! It is not a surprise.

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

02/21/21 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
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DeafDigest – 25 February 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 25, 2021

— Gallaudet becomes a leader in local Covid-19 testing

Gallaudet is establishing a new lab site on campus
to test Covid-19 samples, not just from people
at Gallaudet but also of Marymount University,
American University and Catholic University PLUS
public schools in Baltimore! Quite a huge honor
for Gallaudet to serve as a leader in the fight
against Covid-19.

 

— an apology and rematch requested

Yesterday’s DeafDigest ran a story of a deaf
wrestler in Nebraska high school state
championship finals – who lost because the
referee would not clearly communicate with
him, which cost him an all-important point.
The family has demanded an apology from
Nebraska State High School Athletic
Association plus a championship rematch
with the hearing winner. DeafDigest
hates to say it but a rematch more likely
is not going to happen. Referees decisions
are always final in all sports even when
they have made apologies for their own wrong
decisions!

 

— a fake-blind actor

There was a TV re-run on “In the Heat of the
Night” in which a fully-sighted actor became
blind because of violence. For the remainder
of the program, his eyes were blindfolded,
and he struggled while moving around. Should
we call it a “fake-blind” actor even when he
previously was a sighted person per the script?
Always such issues with fake-deaf actors
playing deaf roles.

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
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02/21/21 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
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DeafDigest – 24 February 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 24, 2021

— a parallel to a famous comment

In 2006, Jane K. Fernandes, after being ousted
as the the incoming president of Gallaudet
Univesity, made this comment that reached
front page headlines – I am not deaf enough.
Fifteen years later (yesterday), a parallel
comment came up – a disabled person said “I
am not disabled enough” after losing her
position with the disabled group!

 

— referee punishes a deaf wrestler

Paul Ruff, who is deaf, was wrestling in the Nebraska State
wrestling tournament championship finals. Just to play
it safe, Ruff’s coaches advised the referee of his deafness.
Did it help? No. Ruff could not understand the gestures
of the referee, who was wearing a mask. While the referee
gestured, Ruff misunderstood, and as a result was given
a penalty point for “not following” instructions.
It was a major factor in the hearing wrestler winning
the state championship. If it is any consolation,
the champion wrestler got a lot of criticism on
the social media for defeating a deaf wrestler
who could not understand these “masked” instructions.
Why didn’t the referee accommodate Ruff’s deafness?
We shall never know!

 

— breaking ADA laws or not breaking ADA laws

A hospital has come up with an idea to communicate
with deaf patients. No interpreters. No VRI. Just
digital flashcards that asks deaf patients questions
about their medical issues. These flashcards work
with phone, tablet or computer. ADA? The hospital
is not worried as it is in Ireland!

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

02/21/21 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
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DeafDigest – 23 February 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 23, 2021

— screaming at a deaf group

Years ago, a hearing person saw a group
of deaf people in a room – and immediately
screamed:

CAN YOU HEAR ME?

A hearing person that witnessed this
screaming said she has been haunted
to this day by this lack of respect for
the deaf. 

 

— NASA never planned to train deaf astronauts

Way back in the late fifties, the NASA tested
a group of Gallaudet students to see how
their deafness gave them “perfect” balance
in space. Was there a hope that NASA would
train a deaf person to become an astronaut?
A NASA spokesperson said the deaf were never
considered as astronauts even though their
balance was much better than hearing!

 

— a deaf kickboxer with an interesting background

Mary Whittaker, who is deaf, has a blackbelt in
kickboxing. Her background is interesting as she
is a minister in the Church of Scotland, taking
care of her deaf parishioners.

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

02/21/21 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
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DeafDigest – 22 February 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 22, 2021

— coin flip: captions or interpreters

Leon County Schools in Florida has used interpreters
at their School Board meetings. Now they are
switching to captions. Which is better – interpreters
or captions? Both are better, meaning coin flip,
that everyone hates!

 

— a sign language dictionary compared to another one

Comparing one sign language dictionary with another
one? The latest sign language dictionary has these
sign categories broken down into percentages:

32 percentage – every day signs
25 percentage – academic signs
20 percentage – agricultural signs
13 percentage – technical signs
10 percentage – legal signs

This dictionary in USA? No, it is in India.

 

— Full length deaf films or short length deaf films

Very few full length deaf films, led by deaf actors,
not fake-deaf actors, have been produced – those come to
mind are – Love is Never Silent; And Your Name Is Jonah;
Children of a Lesser God plus some others. What about
deaf short films – too many of them! A Hollywood insider
said that the way to get deaf actors more roles is to
make more full-length movies about them!

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

02/21/21 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
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DeafDigest – 21 February 2021

DeafDigest Gold – February 21, 2021

Gold Edition
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Old Fogey

Law banning discrimination between deaf people

http://deafdigest.com/comics/fogey-law-banning-discrimination-between-deaf-people/

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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/disability-studies-or-deaf-studies/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deafplacement/

This week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/3d-and-deaf/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/mediation/

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Top stories about the deaf:

Employers are avoiding the application
box asking if the applicant is deaf
or disabled. Not in USA, but it was a
big newspaper story in Australia.

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Abigail Heringer, the popular deaf contestant
on The Bachelor, did not make the cut,
much to the disappointment of her fans.

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British astronaut Tim Peake, who works with
the European Space Agency, said that those
wanting to become astronauts must have
hearing loss of 25 dB or less. In his
viewpoint – deaf astronauts? No!

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A sad situation in the hospital. Interpreter
was not available in Yorkshire, England –
and so, the Coda daughter had to tell her deaf
father that he was dying! The deaf wife
was there to see it all.

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Not all European truck drivers know English
(outside of Great Britain). For that reason
there is “Brexit Sign Language” used by
British military troops to communicate
with these truck drivers when they cross
the border both ways.

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

3D AND DEAF
3D is hot right now. People think 3D
can build anything.
Can it build a CI? Not too sure because
CI must be hand-implanted by a surgeon.

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/3d-and-deaf/

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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
V/TTY or visit http://www.weitbrecht.com/captel.html

For more info about CapTel, email: sales@weitbrecht.com

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

DISAGREEMENT WITH A SCHOOL DISTRICT
Many parents of deaf children have disagreements
with the school district.
An example would be that the parents want to send the
deaf child to a residential school but the district
wants the deaf child to go to a mainstreamed program.
If you live in Virginia, you may be lucky. The
state Department of Education has mediation services.
The parent and the district can go to mediation
and hopefully solve this disagreement issue.
Does your home state have it? Maybe you may need
to find out.

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/mediation/

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DeafDigest – 20 February 2021

DeafDigest Blue – February 21, 2021

Blue Edition
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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
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http://deafdigest.com/videos/free-hearing-aids-for-deaf/

This week’s ASL videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-lost-in-france/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/fussy-deaf-university-student/

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Top stories about the deaf:

A deaf customer was not allowed to enter a store
because she was wearing the wrong kind of mask –
a see through mask instead of a regular mask!
This incident was posted on a tweet.

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A dispute is going on between the public schools
and New Mexico School for the Deaf concerning
funding of deaf students. Legislators on
both sides of this issue feel trapped.

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The “cancel” culture is on us. Do something
wrong and angry people will demand that
the culture behind the issue be cancelled out.
A music critic said that Ancient Greek, Latin,
Italian, French or German be cancelled out
when trying to learn classic music. Sign
Language? This critic said it should be
saved, not cancelled!

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Facebook has shut down the news media
in Australia because of an ongoing
dispute over content rights. As a result
the deaf community have been cut off from
access to sign language news.

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All languages are right languages. In that
category is the Black American Sign Language.
There is a movement to push this sign language
into the mainstream.

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READ WHAT THEY SAY

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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
V/TTY or visit http://www.weitbrecht.com/captel.html

For more info about CapTel, email: sales@weitbrecht.com

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

DEAF LOST IN FRANCE; HEARING LOST IN FRANCE
Learning the bus system, the metro subway system, the railroad
system in France can be a big challenge.
Which is better – to be deaf in France and to depend on eyes to
follow directions, or to be hearing in France and to depend on
ears to follow directions?
No difference. Hearing people get lost in France; same as with the
deaf!

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-lost-in-france/

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Lip reading tale

A deaf person thought that hearing person asked:
Do you have time?

The hearing person actually asked:
Do you have dime?

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

A FUSSY DEAF UNIVERSITY STUDENT IN PARIS
At the deaf school in Paris, the administrator told DeafDigest
editor a story.
They are proud of one of their graduates, who is attending a big
university in France. But that student is fussy.
He refuses French Sign Language interpreters. He also refuses CART
services.
What does he prefer? A notetaker that goes with him to every class
in the university!
Weird? Possibly.

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/fussy-deaf-university-student/

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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

As we have been looking at vowels and vowel sounds, we have seen that most
stenocaptioners write the “ow” sound with the steno OU, and they write the
“oy” sound with the steno OEU.

Fingering mistakes can happen, and captioners can either miss a letter or
add one when it shouldn’t be there. If they do, they can get a totally
different word than they meant to write.

Some examples of this would be:
He dried off with a large beach toil.
She did not want the water in the pot to bowel over.
The politician was being cow about his intentions.

These should be:
He dried off with a large beach towel.
She did not want the water in the pot to boil over.
The politician was being coy about his intentions.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Martha Harris, not deaf, had been serving on the
board of Ohio School for the Deaf for two years,
and had two years to go on a 4-year term. She came
to the next board meeting only to be told she was
no longer on the board. As a result, she has filed
a lawsuit. The state said her seat was “open”
because the past governor did not fill out the
necessary paperwork for the Ohio Senate Clerk
to have it confirmed! And while she was attending
meetings for two years, she was considered to be
an unofficial member. But no one told her that.

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This just in – Jaromir Ruda, the chairperson of the cancelled
Winter Deaflympics, has been arrested by the Slovakian police
just as when he was trying to cross the border that separated
Hungary from Slovakia.

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DeafDigest – 19 February 2021

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— one-time pointing or 1,000-times pointing means nothing

A deaf man was in an automobile accident. The police
came over. He pointed to his own card which said:

I Am Deaf or Hard of Hearing

He pointed at it many times. And the more he pointed,
the more he was ignored by the police. He was never
provided with an interpreter or with some communication
aids. For that reason, a lawsuit against the police
in Michigan has been filed just recently.

 

— Coda’s biggest fear

A Coda said that her deaf father operated a
business that partly depended on her interpreting
with hearing customers and her handling of
these voice telephone calls. When she grew up,
she became more interested in other, and different
things. For that reason, she has carried this guilt
(depriving her father of providing for the
family).

 

— finally after many years

Finally after many years of begging and pleading.
Deaf people hate it very much when captions on
TV would block football scores or something
like that. Deaf people have complained and
was told there was nothing that could be done
with it. Now, Samsung is saying that their
4K and 8K QLED TVs can be adjusted to move
captions away from these “football scores.”
Will it? We need to wait until their March
2nd showcase event.

 

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DeafDigest – 18 February 2021

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— by invitation-only

Some deaf professionals, that want to participate
in conferences and workshops via Zoom and
even the Clubhouse and other “conference”
apps, are worried. They get the impression
that while they are told they are welcome,
the ome hearing participants give hints
that participation is by invitation-only.
Just hope it never happens – because it would
lead to more and more ADA lawsuits!

 

— tone-deaf an insult or a joke

Is the phrase tone-deaf an insult to the
deaf or just a joke among the hearing?
A writer, arguing against ableism, said
it is an insult to everyone.

 

— wanting to become deaf

A hearing woman, suffering from misophonia,
has asked her doctor to make her deaf!
Misophonia is a psychological disorder
in that certain sounds would lead to
emotional issues. Not sure if the doctor
would agree.

 

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— interpreter’s own version of ASL

A newspaper story, in part, about an interpreter, said:

while providing her own American Sign Language version while she spoke

DeafDigest is not sure exactly what “own version” of ASL
means, while interpreting? Does the writer know what he
is “writing” about – because interpreters need to be
consistent with ASL while interpreting.

 

— says the chief accessibility officer

Quemuel Arroyo, who is disabled, is the chief
accessibility officer of the New York City
public transportation system. He said that
public transportation workers that know
ASL should make themselves available to
deaf passengers. This is important – in
case of emergencies, public address
systems would not help the deaf!

 

— a deaf joke ends up in the Supreme Court

A deaf joke ends up in the Supreme Court.
Not of USA, but of Canada. Years ago
a Canadian comedian told of a joke about
a young singer with a disability, which
included deafness. Ten years later, this
joke complaint is being heard in the
Canadian Supreme Court! Comedians try
so hard to be funny but it often
blows up in their face.

 

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— finally revealing hotelier’s deafness

Roberto Wirth, who is deaf, owns two hotels,
one in Rome and one in the nearby mountains.
His hotels have been been written up as
world’s best in many newspapers and magazines.
Yet, for years, his deafness has never been
mentioned. Those that do not personally
know him, may never realize his deafness.
Finally, one recent story said:

Roberto Wirth, was born profoundly deaf and
is the fifth generation of a famous family of
Swiss hoteliers

While in USA, Wirth attended both Gallaudet
and NTID before moving on with his career
in the hotel field.

 

— an app possibly inviting itself into a messy lawsuit

The Clubhouse is an audio-based app that is gaining
in popularity. It seems not to be deaf-friendly
for reasons of audio. Yet, a deaf person set up
captions on the Clubhouse. Much to her anger,
she was kicked off the app because the users
objected to captions on the screen. What this
means is that Clubhouse may be setting themselves
up for a lawsuit, discriminating against deaf users!

 

— a thief mocks a deaf security guard

A thief, not wearing a mask, stole merchandise
from a supermarket and attempted to escape.
He realized the security guard was deaf and
mocked his deafness while running away.
He was caught and in addition to charges of
stealing, was charged for verbal abuse of
individual’s deafness!

 

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— a poster saying the employee is deaf

Do you want a poster at your workplace telling
customers that you are deaf? Well, at the Subway
in Fort Valley, GA, there is a sign saying the
sandwich maker is deaf. There are many deaf people
comfortable with this poster but there are also
many other deaf people that just want their
deafness to be invisible!

 

— Kevin Hall and the Pebble Beach Golf tournament

Kevin Hall, who is the world’s best deaf golfer,
competed at the Pebble Beach Golf tournament
on a sponsor’s exception. He did not make the
cut but was extremely competitive against the
world’s best golfers. How did he get the
exception? The Advocates Pro Golf Association,
a golfing organization for top minority golfers,
makes pushes for exceptions for these golfers
at big time golf tournaments. This is not Hall’s
first exception and most likely, not his last one!

 

— high percentage of these fake actors

A survey was taken in Hollywood on the percentage
of fake-deaf and fake-disabled actors playing these
deaf and disabled roles is shockingly high – 78
percent! We do see some deaf and some disabled
actors, but not enough.

 

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Top stories about the deaf:

A TV historian said, in an interview, that
he remembers very well the deaf actress
(Linda Bove) that played as Allison
in the 1980 episode of Happy Days. Reason
was that the Fonz chose to learn signs
to try to communicate with her rather
than to urge her how to speak. The
irony is that she dumped the Fonz in
favor of another hearing person who
already learned ASL for her.

………..

There is a twist in the Nike lawsuit
settlement by a deaf litigant. As part
of the settlement, Nike is paying the
ligitant an amount of money as service
award because of nearly 20 hours she spent
in preparing the lawsuit.

……….

When Wawa ASL-sang the national anthem
at the Super Bowl, he had one fear – that
the audience would sleep on him. Instead,
he won praises for his rendition!

…………….

A newspaper said:

Court reporting might be the best job you’ve never
considered

This was in reference to recruiting interested
candidates for the captioning field.

………………

Spain has approved see-through face masks
to accommodate the deaf.

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DISABILITY STUDIES VERSUS DEAF STUDIES
Disability Studies is a becoming a popular choice of
major at more and more colleges.
It will be interesting to observe the trend of
Deaf Studies with Disability Studies at these colleges.
Will Deaf Studies be absorbed as part of Disability
Studies? Or would both Studies co-exist as two
separate majors?
This would be interesting to see how things play out
within the next five years.

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VERY DEAF PERSON IN DEAF WORLD OR IN HEARING WORLD
There are many “very deaf” people that function
in Deaf World. There are also many “very deaf”
people that function in the hearing world.
Why? Many reasons such as marrying a hearing
spouse, living in a small town,  rejecting Deaf
Culture, parental choice in placing deaf with
hearing people, etc, etc.
There is also another possible reason. Some
oral schools for the deaf would transfer some
very deaf, but very functioning, deaf child
to hearing schools. They feel these deaf children
are better off in the hearing world.
Were these oral schools right? Hard to tell.

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Top stories about the deaf:

A hearing actress, in a past DeafWest play, said in
a newspaper interview that working with a deaf actor
meant one thing – they both have to depend on each
other on the stage with their lines!

……….

There are already complains that the Clubhouse, another
communications app, is totally useless for the deaf.

……….

A new group, Writers on Zoom, has announced an
online conference for writers on how to improve
their writing craft. It said that writers that
want to write about the deaf are welcome to join.
What is troubling is that the announcement said
nothing about sign language or captions to accommodate
interested deaf participants!

……….

Edison’s deafness has been well known over
the years, but what is the extent of his
hearing loss? A historian said he eventually
became deaf in one ear and partially deaf
in the other ear.

……….

A sad scene – a non-signing Coda had to
bring a white board to communicate with
a deaf mother, living at assisted living
facility – had to be apart from each
other due to social distancing rules.

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Many people visit Gallaudet University.

What is one of the most popular places for visitors
on the campus?

It is the old Gallaudet swimming pool on the first
floor of the Ole Jim (Alumni House).

Gallaudet shut down the swimming pool during the
fifties. but it was never torn down.

One can see a small part of the pool through thick
glass. It is located in the Ole Jim meeting room.

If the door is closed, you have to wait till the meeting
ends to look at the pool.

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Lip reading tale

A deaf friend was watching the Super Bowl on TV with
his hearing friend.

During one play, the hearing fan pointed at one
player.

The deaf fan thought the hearing fan said:
He is emotion

The hearing fan actually said:
He is in motion

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GIVING FREE HEARING AIDS
Derrick Coleman, the past Super Bowl football player, who
is deaf, gave free hearing aids to several deaf students.
DeafDigest hopes these deaf students will use the
hearing aids.
Many years ago, a famous baseball player came to a
school for the deaf, to give a free hearing aid for a
hard of hearing student from a poor family.
What did that student do? Put the hearing aid in
his bedroom cabinet drawer and never used it!

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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

As we have been looking at how stenocaptioners write vowels, we have seen
that many captioners use the steno AO for the “oo” sound or spelling, AOE
for the long “e” sound, AOU for the long “u” sound, and AOEU for the long
“i” sound.

Because these letters are all depressed at the same time, like chords on a
piano, there is a chance that a captioner could miss one of the keys or
accidentally depress an extra key, and then an error would occur.

Some examples of this would be:
This game was presented by the National Feeble League.
He received fry tickets for the event.
She said she didn’t fool good today.

These should be:
This game was presented by the National Football League.
He received free tickets for the event.
She said she didn’t feel good today.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

The state of Texas is broke, and has been warning
people about possible budget cuts. Such funding
issues may impact on Texas School for the Deaf.
This school, by law, is obligated to accept students
from referring districts. Still, the school may have
to put a cap on enrollment size, and it technically
may break the law!

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Deaf people that rely on body language gestures
to communicate may have problems understanding
math – especially numbers higher than three.
This was the study that was published by the
National Academy of Sciences. The title was
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DeafDigest – 12 February 2021

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— the imperfect Zoom and the deaf

Zoom is not perfect. There was a hearing attorney
showing up on Zoom as a cat. And again of Cal Ripken, Jr,
the baseball legend, showing up on Zoom with just
his head and without his body! We can laugh; and these
hearing people use voice to try to fix things on
the screen. What about the deaf, stuck on Zoom,
if we cannot see their hands and faces on the
screen?

 

— a bobblehead for the deaf

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
will be distributing a new set of bobbleheads.
One such bobblehead will be of Dummy Hoy, who
needs no introduction to all of us.

 

— to be known as actor or known as deaf actor

An actor said, in a newspaper interview, that he
wanted to be acknowledged as an actor rather
than an actor of a cultural/ethnic background.
The same can be very said of our many deaf
actors and actresses!

 

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— meaning of the word – dumb

What does that word dumb mean? Is it
deaf person that cannot talk? Is it
deaf person that is not smart? Or
is it both? This is the reason why
legislators in Nevada are planning
to remove the words “deaf mute”
in the state law books.

 

— refusing to turn on captions

A deaf woman did not get along with the
town council in her home town. As a result
council members refused to make accommodations
for her deafness – meaning turn on the captions
during council meetings. They still refused
even when she put up a big sign that
said:

I’m deaf, please turn on the closed captioning

It was a big story in the local newspaper.

 

— making a bet on The Bachelor

Bookies.com suggested that The Bachelor’s
deaf contestant Abigail Heringer would be
facing poor odds if bets were made in
her favor! It is just fun talk because
bets cannot be legally made on the program’s
contestants.

 

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— a big problem real-time captions

There is a serious problem with real-time
captions, according to a deaf person,
who is a TV critic and watches news and
talk programs. The real-time captions
is fine. What is not fine is that hearing
speakers talk too fast, real too fast,
making it a challenge for captioners
to catch up! Interpreters, too!

 

— one kitchen, yes; other kitchen, no

A deaf person applied for a job in a kitchen
of a Cracker Barrel restaurant, and was
refused an interview because of his deafness.
Not giving up, he applied for another kitchen
in a different restaurant and got the job.
To this day he is still successfully employed
in that restaurant. Is there a difference
between one kitchen and another kitchen –
inasmuch as all kitchens pretty much look
the same? Anyway Cracker Barrell has to pay
to settle the EEOC lawsuit.

 

— fake-patients, deaf and hearing

A team of researchers at Idaho State University
conducted an experiment. A group of four
deaf fake-patients and four hearing
fake- patients attempted to make medical
appointments. These medical facilities
said yes to these four fake-hearing
patients but gave four fake-deaf
patients a very hard time. Discrimination?
So very obvious!

 

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— a village’s two unusual things about sign language

Adamrobe is a tiny village in Ghana of 1400 hearing
and 30 deaf residents. It is unusual for two reasons –
deaf population was about 140 in the early sixties;
the village chief made it a rule that deaf cannot
marry another deaf – in an effort to bring down
the deaf population. For better or worse, this is
the reason deaf population is lower nowadays.
Second reason is that sign language is used
by all residents, both deaf and hearing.
In Martha’s Village, hearing people sometimes
(not all the time) used signs with other
hearing people.

 

— a grammar that is alive

What is alive grammar? Deaf people watch the
interpreters’ faces for facial expressions
and for lipreading, while at the same time
watching the signs. Alive grammar is
sometimes called facial grammar.

 

— AI (artificial intelligence) and the deaf danger

Many social media platforms use AI (artificial intelligence)
to trap bad words and bad phrases, but for the deaf, it may
trap the “bad” word and may block it from being posted.
An example would be – “I am a woman who is deaf” and the
AI may think it is a bad phrase that would be insulting.
AI engineers are very aware of it and are hard at
work improving on better formulas to know the
difference between “I am a woman who is deaf” (good)
and “he is tone-deaf” (bad)

 

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— High stakes confidence in interpreter’s neutrality

Today’s newspapers ran stories of the past White House
interpreter not being asked by the new administration
to continue interpreting for them. Two points need
to be raised – when the new White House takes over,
many, if not all, past White House people, are
replaced. Secondly, while all interpreters say they
are neutral, regardless of personal beliefs, the
audience must have have confidence in the interpreter’s
neutrality. No confidence means serious speech issues!

 

— advising HSBC clients of best investment opportunities

HSBC is a huge international investment bank,
tasked with giving clients their best investing
opportunities. One of these investment counselors
is Tim Roberts. He is deaf, but knows no sign
language.

 

— A deaf person stole the show from MVP Brady

Warren Snipe, better known as Wawa, is deaf
and he gave the ASL rendition of the National
Anthem. Not only he outperformed Tom Brady
(who does not sing at all) but also of the
Eric Church-Jazmine Sullivan voice duet.
The newspapers said the voice duet was a
mess while they all said Wawa, who does not
play football,  was great. About time for the deaf
to get national attention from the media and
the newspapers during the Super Bowl!

 

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Top stories about the deaf:

a discussion ensued about

Disasters affect everyone – fires, earthquakes,
weather, etc. Does not matter where in USA
the disaster takes place. This is where
Deaf Emergency Management comes in – make
sure friends, neighbors and family members
know where you are and how would they communicate
with you. And most important of all, make sure
of emails, texts and TV emergency captions
and interpreters during news conferences.

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Are Subtitles Illegal? Here’s What Court Says About Using Subtitles

This was what a newspaper headline said – not in USA
but in the Netherlands!

Something to do with copyright issues on these subtitled
movies.

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Assuming correctly or assuming wrongly?

‘Bachelor’ Contestant Abigail Heringer, who is deaf,
said she expects her children to be deaf.

DeafDigest editor knows genetics could be
tricky – hearing children born of multi-generational
deaf families, and deaf children born of hearing
parents with no deaf genes!

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TV manufacturer Samsung, in a newspaper story,
admitted that some of their TV features are too
challenging for the deaf to locate, both on the
remote and on the screen!

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A children’s book about a deaf character
is out on the market. The name of the book
is Boy and it involves a deaf boy who has
problems communicating with his hearing
neighbors – but when an enemy group tried
to attack the village, he was able to
communicate with the enemy, bringing
peace to the village. As a result, the
happy neighbors began to learn sign
language to communicate with him!

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

SIGN LANGUAGE AT THE AMERICAN STOCK EXCHANGE
For many years, the brokers at the American Stock
Exchange used special sign language to communicate
buy and sell orders with each other. Sign language
is no longer used because of computers.
Many years ago, two Coda brokers worked at the
American Stock Exchange. One day they used ASL to
chat with each other on the trading floor for a
few minutes.
The American Stock Exchange managers were upset
about it, and these two Coda brokers were told
never again to use ASL on the trading floor.
These managers were afraid that other brokers
would think the Codas were using ASL as a code to
hide their buy and sell instructions!
American Stock Exchange is no more. It was
purchased by New York Stock Exchange and the
name was changed.

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/asl-on-trading-floor/

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DEAF MEET HEARING, ALWAYS THE SAME COMMENT
It never fails that when a hearing person meets a
deaf person for the first time, he would tell the
deaf person that he may either:

– have a family member that is deaf
– have a neighbor that is deaf
– played football in high school with a deaf teammate
– had a childhood deaf friend
– etc
– etc

Almost never fails!

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DeafDigest – 06 February 2021

DeafDigest Blue – February 7, 2021

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Top stories about the deaf:

The previous White House would not make
accommodating the deaf and the disabled
a priority. This still-brand new White
House is making it a priority.

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Susan Ruzenski is the new CEO of Helen Keller
Services, based both in Brooklyn and Long Island.

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An activist said:

In the deaf community, we often drive far and near to
hang out with other deaf friends

It was in reference to the pandemic changing the
ways of life of the deaf.

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In an interview deaf artist Christine Sun Kim
said:

Alexander Graham Bell is probably the biggest source
of trauma for the Deaf community in a historical sense

DeafDigest has a question – which trauma was worse –
Bell’s anti-ASL views or the 1880 Milan resolution
banning ASL in the classroom?

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Is it Geico which produces funny commercials
or some other insurance company? There is
a casting call for a young deaf person to
appear in an upcoming insurance commercial.

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SPANISH SIGN LANGUAGE OR SPANISH GESTURAL LANGUAGE?
Spanish Sign Language same as Spanish Gestural
Language?
Madrid is a city popular with tourists – the French,
the Italian, the Dutch and from many other countries.
Many Spanish people do not use English as second language.
There is a lot of communication struggles between tourists
and waiters, police officers, shop merchants, etc.
This is where the deaf are equal to these hearing
tourists – because all of them share communication
problems!

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/gesturelanguage/

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Lip reading tale

a deaf friend was chatting with a hearing friend
in the rural part of Maine.

The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
I see booze there

The hearing person actually said:
I see moose there

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

TELLING A STUDENT NOT TO GO TO GALLAUDET OR NTID
Years ago, a principal of a deaf school hated
Gallaudet and NTID.
He told his best students, not to go to either
college but to go to a hearing college. He said it
is best for them.
One student wanted to go to a deaf college,
but the principal used heavy pressure on him
everyday, telling him to go to hearing college.
The stubborn student gave up and went to a
hearing college.
Was he happy? No, he was very bitter about
it. He became a board member of the deaf school
board of directors and used his powers to give
the principal very hard time!

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading
organization representing stenographic court reporters, captioners, and
legal videographers, has designated February 6-13 as the 2021 National
Court Reporting & Captioning Week.

The week-long event themed “All you need is love and steno” will highlight
the many aspects of court reporting and captioning that make it a viable
profession, including good salaries, flexibility, interesting venues, and
the increasing demand for more reporters and captioners to meet the
growing number of employment opportunities available in the field.

Court reporters, captioners, and court reporting schools around the
country will also participate by hosting an array of activities, including
conducting Veterans History Project interviews to support the Library of
Congress Veterans History Project, volunteering to lead an NCRA A to Z
Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program, media outreach, and more.

Professionals in the field will use these opportunities to demonstrate how
the stenographic machine works to capture the spoken word and translate it
into written text in real time.

NCRA members will also share their stories with the public about how they
became involved in the profession, the interesting events they have
reported on, and why their career choice has proven to be one of the best
decisions they’ve made.

Career information about the court reporting and captioning professions
can be found at DiscoverSteno.org

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

If you are deaf and live somewhere in the northeastern
part of Pennsylvania and get into trouble, be prepared
if you are taken to Magisterial Judge Jonathan M Wilcox
for a hearing. He is fluent in ASL.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Years ago DeafDigest brought up the possibility of
a Deaf Robot, either as a joke or as a fact.
Well, a team of students at the Spring Creek Elementary
School (Florida) put together Lego pieces to come up
with a Deaf Robot. This robot is said to be capable
of communicating in sign language, and is ready to
stand competition with rival robots at a Lego contest.
It has something to do with motion sensors working
in concert with software for the signs to be made
possible.

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DeafDigest – 05 February 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 5, 2021

— a very simple advice that is mostly ignored

An advocate said:
just listen and communicate with the deaf

It was brought up in a newspaper interview.

 

— an increasingly popular hobby

Learning sign language has become an
increasingly popular hobby for people
that stay home because of the pandemic.
Just hope that when the pandemic ends,
these sign language learners will
continue to learn and practice in
actual surroundings. Who knows –
some of them may become interpreters
or teachers or in work in professions
that deal with the deaf.

 

— an important job during World War II

A deaf man wanted to serve in the military
during World War II but couldn’t because of
his deafness. Instead he was given a job
of huge importance – as air raid warden.
As the warden in his home district, he
directed people to air raid shelters where
they would stay until the bombing ended.

 

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DeafDigest – 04 February 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 4, 2021

— a big hospital nightmare

A hospital says they offer interpreters
for the deaf. Great, only that it is
VRI, not face-to-face interpreting.
VRI is better than no interpreting
at all but it leads to one huge
nightmare. It is that a VRI may run
low on battery power and the nurses
do not know where to locate the
battery charger. It happened to
DeafDigest editor once; in fact
the nurses were warned that the
VRI was low on battery, and
they were dismissive about it!

 

— USA vs China; China wins

USA vs China; China wins. USA has just
one ASL Starbucks store (in Washington, DC).
There was a story today that China now has
four sign language Starbucks stores –
Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing and Hangzhou.
Why is this happening?

 

— deaf CEO makes big money

CEO Martin Port made big money by selling
Bigchange, his high tech company, to
Great Hill Partners, a US private equity
firm. Port is deaf, but functions as a
hearing person.

 

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DeafDigest – 03 February 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 3, 2021

— GSL or USL – which one?

GSL means Gesture Sign Language.
Many hearing people use it, and
it is not the same as ASL.

USL means Useful Sign Language.
DeafDigest saw this phrase while
surfing today’s deaf news. Same
thing as GSL? Probably so!

 

— first alarm clock for the deaf

Was the first alarm clock for the deaf invented
in 1948? There was a short story in a newspaper
in 1948 that said a deaf man from Rainsboro, Ohio
invented his own alarm clock. He was worried
about not coming to work on time in the mornings.
The name of the deaf man was not mentioned in
the story.

 

— hearing doctors discriminate against deaf doctors

There was a story today of Dr. Chad Ruffin, a deaf
ENT physician saying ableism exists in the medical
field. Ableism is discrimination, just a different
word describing the same thing. Keep in mind
discrimination against deaf professionals exists
in all fields, and not just medicine. Successful
deaf professionals have shared with DeafDigest
their stories of discrimination at their work
places. A sad fact of life? Yes.

 

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DeafDigest – 02 February 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 2, 2021

— BioCatch hopes to help the deaf

BioCatch is a new tech company that should help
the deaf. People, both hearing and deaf, forget
their passwords and go through lots of trouble
trying to log in. Support service people ask
them to use their voice to establish their
identities. This does not help the deaf.
Instead, BioCatch copies people’s computer
mouse movements and establishes their identity
in case they forget their passwords. Hope it
works because it is a terrible hassle for the
deaf to use voice relay and run into challenges
by these support service people.

 

— one deaf patient, two different medical opinions

Doctors often (or always) disagree with each other.
There was a newspaper headline that said:

Two doctos give different disability certificates
to a deaf patient.

One was certified as deaf; the other was certified
as disabled.

 

— the CODA movie

Is the upcoming CODA movie realistic? There are Codas
that are very comfortable being with the deaf. There
are other Codas that are very uncomfortable being
with the deaf. No two Codas are the same. DeafDigest
editor never forgot an argument at the bar with one
of the Coda founders. He loved being a Coda but said
it is often an uncomfortable feeling. It was an
issue that DeafDigest editor’s deaf friend, himself
a father of two Codas, disagreed.

 

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DeafDigest – 01 February 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 1, 2021

— deaf in dangerous jobs

Could deaf people work in dangerous jobs?
A hearing peson that works in a dangerous
job said that his fellow workers use
gestures and simple sign language to
communicate with each other! Pay in
dangerous jobs are much better than
those in “safe” jobs.

 

— coded sign language

Some deaf people use ASL to communicate in
codes, that other deaf people would not
understand. An annual event in New Ulm,
Minnesota is the Amazing Race. Just
recently over 30 hearing teams took part
in this event. One of the race clues
was in ASL, hidden in a code. The
teams had to figure out the code before
running to the next location.

 

— importance of interpreter’s neutrality

DeafDigest questioned the neutrality of
the White House interpreter. He recalls
an incident, many years ago. At that time
there was no such a thing as RID-certified
interpreters. Interpreting was mostly
voluntary. At one meeting, a very hard of
hearing person volunteered to interpret.
At the end of the meeting he was challenged
as to his neutrality, being accused of
distorting the speaker’s words!

 

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