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Posts published in April 2021

DeafDigest – 30 April 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 30, 2021

— no one knew the defendant was deaf

A deaf person was arrested but the police
officer and the arraignment judge both
didn’t know until later he was deaf. It
did not help that the deaf person was
angry and violent. An interpreter was
brought in but they all realized he
did not know ASL. It took notes passed
back and forth, before the angry deaf person
calmed down, realizing what led to
his arrest! Believe it or not?

 

— full time job for a deaf person

an activist said:
Being deaf is a full time job, but it shouldn’t have to be

That activist is correct – examples are using eyes
instead of ears walking on the sidewalk; entering
a store to determine if it is deaf-friendly
or not; hearing person encountering you, requiring
you to point to your ear to indicate your
deafness, and so on!

 

— deaf women’s clothing designer is everywhere

There was a story today of Mona Thalheimer, who is
deaf and owns her own clothes design company. How
good is she? Her clothes can be found at Bergdorf
Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue,
Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Fred Segal and others.
The story also said that she is first deaf American
in this clothing field. Don’t know if this is
true – but what she has done with her career
is quite an accomplishment.

 

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DeafDigest – 29 April 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 29, 2021

— shock: from big city to a small town

A deaf person lived in a big city and was
“spoiled” by a wide range of services
and opportunities – employment, social
life, captions, interpreters, social
services, etc. Needing a change of
scenery this deaf person moved to a
small town and was shocked by lack of
things that a big city would offer. It
was profiled in a newspaper story.

 

— no interpreter at Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour

There was a posting by the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour
(Scranton, PA) that a handout has been prepared for
the deaf who are not accompanied by an interpreter.
Legal or illegal? The Small Museum Association
said that tourists should request an interpreter
via advance notification. In other words, no
last-minute walk-in requests!

 

— important meeting place in Faribault

Faribault is where Minnesota State Academy
for the Deaf is located. For the deaf
residents of Faribault, the most important
meeting place is the coffee shop in downtown!
For that reason, the coffee shop owner hired
a sign language person to accommodate
deaf patrons that want their coffee.

 

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DeafDigest – 28 April 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 28, 2021

— to grab by the arm or to tap on the shoulder

Two police officers tried to help a deaf person,
who seemed to have problems but would not admit it.
This incident was part of a police department
investigation. What was troubling was the one of the
officers grabbed the deaf person by his arm to draw
him to attention. Shouldn’t he have gently tapped him
on the shoulder?

 

— a group of deaf women refused seating at a crowded restaurant

A restaurant seated patrons on a first come, first served
basis. The average waiting time was 25 minutes, but after
an hour and half of waiting, the staff told the deaf
group to leave the restaurant. This led to words between
the group and the staff. Fortunately, the restaurant
manager realized what was going on – and immediately
seated them – with discounts on meals and drinks.
Bitter feelings still have continued afterwards.

 

— visible deaf actors are considered invisible

A deaf actor said in a newspaper interview:

Deaf actors are often invisible in the theater
community. We belong in the room. We are every
one of you. We have the talent. We have the skills.
Yet we are invisible to them.

 

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DeafDigest – 27 April 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 27, 2021

— this is nothing new

Oscar fans were upset that Academy Awards presenter
Marlee Matlin was cut away from the viewing while
presenting documentary awards in ASL. Hint? Our past
Super Bowl ASL presentations of our national anthem!

 

— an almost ADA-perfect hospital

A big hospital in Washington, DC has an excellent
reputation for medical services in addition to
being almost ADA-perfect. Only one thing wrong –
the callbox in the hospital emergency parking lost
is not deaf friendly!

 

— opening up a small town restaurant

Kendall Kail, who is deaf, lost his job in a
Minneapolis restaurant because it closed up
during the pandemic. He grew up in Farnhamville,
Iowa, which has a population of 371 at the
2010 Census. Returning home, he opened a
new restauarant in the same town. So far
the residents are happy for they needed a
place to hang out after a long hard day
at the farm or at the factory.

 

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DeafDigest – 19 April 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 19, 2021

— from old career to new career

Owen Logue, who is deaf and participated in the
past Deaflympics, retired from a long career as
educator. His most recent job was executive director
of Maine’s Governor Baxter School for the Deaf.
His new career is feeding the hungry, as the
interim executive director of the Bar Harbor Food
Pantry and its resale clothing boutique.

 

— Deaf attorney wins defamation case

Lawyer Chris Murphy, who is deaf and has
been victimized by ageism, filed a lawsuit
accusing a newspaper of saying that he was
“too old and deaf” to represent his clients
in court. The judge observed Murphy and said
he had no problem following the courtroom
proceedings despite his deafness, and
awarded him monetary damages!

 

— critic said Godzilla vs. Kong movie was awful

A critic said the Godzilla vs. Kong movie was awful.
One of the reasons was a fake-deaf child actor
who just couldn’t act at all!

 

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DeafDigest – 18 April 2021

DeafDigest Gold – April 18, 2021

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Top stories about the deaf:

The word “rare” should be replaced with “common”
re Disney Plus series as Echo AKA Maya Lopez
in the statement that said:

Echo AKA Maya Lopez, one of the rare deaf superheroes in the
Marvel universe

………..

Laura Siegel is the new director of Vermont
Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf/Blind Services.
Keep in mind Vermont is one of the few states without
a state school for the deaf. Austine School for
the Deaf was shut down some years back.

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An activist said, in a private email, to DeafDigest
editor:

remote work is problematic for deaf employees; one of
the reasons are that Zoom leaders do not really involve
the deaf in the work-related issues

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US Department of Transportation is updating
its Passengers with Disabilities guidelines
because of continuing issues with deaf
passengers “getting” lost in these
huge airport terminals.

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A film awards critic said:

Disabilities in films aren’t new, but Oscar recognition sure is

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

ASL COURSES POPULAR WITH COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS?
There are many, many college football players that
take ASL classes.
Do these football players love ASL and love Deaf
Culture?
No. Many football coaches tell these players to
take ASL classes because they think it is an easy
class for them to pass and to continue playing
football.
An example was a group of 29 football players at
University of Oregon taking these ASL classes.
Maybe this is why the team is very strong since
all of them passed their ASL classes!

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/asl-classes-with-football-players/

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TINNITUS: A CHOICE

In Scotland few years ago, a hearing woman was
suffering from tinnitus.

It is a stubborn ringing of noise in a person’s
head that almost never stops.

The doctor told the woman that she had a choice –
to have an operation to cure tinnitus but to become
deaf for good or to ignore the operation and suffer
tinnitus for life but to remain hearing.

An awful choice!

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/tinnitus-to-be-deaf-or-hearing/

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DeafDigest – 17 April 2021

DeafDigest Blue – April 18, 2021

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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
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This week’s ASL videos in youtube:
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http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-job-or-hearing-job/

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Top stories about the deaf:

Lillie Brown, not deaf, is a student at Lincoln Land Community
College. She won an award at the Illinois Community College
Journalism Association spring conference for her article.
It was about deaf students inconvenienced by the COVID-19
pandemic.

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In her acceptance speech as the new chancellor of the
Robert Gordon University in Scotland, Dame Evelyn Glennie,
the eminent musician who is deaf, said:

I share Robert Gordon University’s ambition to eliminate barriers
to higher education

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How is Black Sign Language compared to ASL?

Daisy Rivenbark, the North Carolina Deaf Services
Specialist, said:

We sign pretty much big, instead of smaller signing space.
We sign big and very expressive

A deaf Black person, from the North, never used
Black Sign Language in his life. He moved South
and struggled with it even when his new deaf
friends tried to help him with it!

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Drew Gordon, a past Gallaudet basketball star,
has been credited for establishing Adjacent Space
as a non-profit agency in Birmingham, Alabama.
The agency mission is to build a bridge between
the deaf and the hearing.

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Will Marlee Matlin pick a second Oscar, this time as
executive producer of a live action short film –
Feeling Through. We will have to wait and see.

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HOMEWORK FOR DEAF DURING CONVENTION
When people attend conventions, do they do homework
in their hotel rooms?
Normally, no. But every year there is a national
convention of the National Court Reporters Association.
It is an organization of real-time captioners.
Many of them do their “homework” during the
convention week. Their homework is to caption
the TV news programs in their home towns!
For them it is not “play” time during
convention, but “work” time.

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/captioners-for-deaf-homework-2/

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Lip reading tale

A hearing nature-lover was walking through
the woods with a deaf nature-lover.

The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
Look at the tree. It is marked

The hearing person actually said:
Look at the tree. It is mocked.

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

WORKING AT DEAF PLACE OR WORKING AT HEARING PLACE
A deaf person worked for many years at a hearing
place, where he was the only deaf employee.
His boss would write down his tasks on paper –
#1 task, #2 task, #3 task, etc.
The deaf person would follow the notes while
doing his tasks. Easy. No problem.
The deaf person quit his job at the hearing
workplace to work at a deaf place (agency serving
the deaf).
His new boss was deaf. Not necessary to write
notes? Well. The new boss would sign in ASL very
fast – please do task #1, please do task #2,
please do task #3. It was so fast that he had a
hard time remembering these tasks.
This deaf person realized he made a mistake
by leaving a hearing job for a deaf job!

This week’s ASL video in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-job-or-hearing-job/

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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

We have seen that stenocaptioners write the initial consonants T and K
with the ring finger of the left hand, and when they depress both keys
simultaneously, they get the sound for the letter D.

The same thing also applies when these letters are part of a blended sound
at the beginning of a word. A slip of the ring finger could totally change
the word. Remember that captioners are writing phonetically, so the K
sound could be spelled with a “k” or a “c.”

Some examples of this would be:
She tripped on the scare.
He thought the bread was scale.
The government class visited their skate capital.

These should be read as:
She tripped on the stair.
He thought the bread was stale.
The government class visited their state capital.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Deaf students are no different from hearing students
as far as the cell phone is concerned. At West
Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, the students
were permitted to use their cell phones to send text
messages during lunch time. It was learned that some
of these students sneaked in text messages during
classes and while they were in rest rooms. As a
result the school changed its policy not to allow
cell phones during school hours!

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Cheryl Heppner, CEO, Northern Virginia Resource Center
for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, an agency across
the river from Washington, DC, goes into conference
calls quite a lot despite her deafness. She uses CART
to read what is being discussed. The trick to these
deaf-hearing conference calls is to jump into the
conversation with something to say at the first pause.
This is not an easy thing to do because by the time
she starts to say something, someone else has
controlled the conversation. Fortunately for her
the Department of Education funding has helped create
a special device, called Trace Online Hand-Raising
Utility, that allows participants to take turns
instead of jumping over each other!

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DeafDigest – 16 April 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 16, 2021

— something else instead of closed captions

In the late 1990’s, a South Korean committee
met to discuss ways to set up closed captions.
The committee vote was to forget closed captions
and to install very loud TV speakers to help
the deaf follow the programs! Hard to believe?
Yes, but very fortunately this loud speaker
idea was never used and the group agreed to
follow USA’s closed captioning model.

 

— another deaf invention helping the hearing

A deaf invention is speech to text. Surprisingly
enough this invention seems to benefit the
hearing (possibly more than the deaf). During
hearing meeetings, no one takes accurate notes;
people don’t remember the issues being discussed;
information over due time will go away. This is
where the deaf device – speech to text comes in!

 

— yelling across the court room

A deaf person, that depends on hearing aids,
was using a special device to hear questions
from the attorney during a cross examination.
The device broke down, and the hearing
aid did not help. For some reason, instead
of asking for a recess to find a replacement
device, the judge allowed the cross examination
to proceed. It forced the attorneys to yell
across the court room to allow the deaf
person to catch what was being said. This
incident took place in a courtroom in
Sacramento, CA. Shocking? Yes.

 

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DeafDigest – 15 April 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 15, 2021

— to be serious or to be funny

A deaf person and a hearing person share the same
residence. The deaf person requires captions
whereas the hearing person hates captions – and
repeatedly suggests that the deaf person wear
hearing aid when watching TV. Is the hearing
person serious about it or is repeatedly trying
to be funny about it? Sad!

 

— these disability statements

If and when you surf corporate web sites to look
up something, it may be best to look at
these disability statements. These big
corporations – such as American Airlines
and Marriott have their own disability
statements inside somewhere their own
web sites. They do not want ADA lawsuits
hence these statements. The problem is
that such statements are hidden and
it may not be easy to find it!

 

— using wrong interpreters

A deaf woman, near Las Vegas, was arrested in a
traffic stop. Her children were riding in the
car with her. Realizing communication was
impossible, the cops used the children to
interpret for their mother! The police
department said afterwards:

This department will make every effort to see that
its employees communicate effectively with people
who have identified themselves as deaf or hard of
hearing

 

 

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DeafDigest – 14 April 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 14, 2021

— the newspaper headline is wrong

A newspaper ran this headline:

Lip-reading masks help sign language users

This headline is trying to tell us that all
deaf people, even those that use sign language,
can read lips! The writer does not know what
he is writing about.

 

— advocate for the deaf shames the head of a nation

A head of nation knows what ADA is, for he is a dual-citizen
(of USA and Great Britain). It is UK’s Boris Johnson who
spent nearly £2.6m (nearly $4.0 million USA dollars) on
press conferences – but with no interpreters! Angry
Vicky Foxcroft, the Shadow Minister for Disabled People,
pointed this out to Boris’ face. Boris, who normally
is outspoken and is never at loss for words, had nothing
to say to Vicky! Same thing happened to the White House of
the previous administration, which had to be sued for this
same reason.

 

— TV weather news led by deaf meteorologist

Meaghan Thomas, who is deaf, but functions as
a hearing person (with hidden hearing aids)
is the meteorologist of the Nashville (TN)
WKRN News. She does not use sign language,
but only recently has accepted her deafness.

 

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DeafDigest – 13 April 2021

— lip reading contest: deaf vs AI machine

Lip reading researchers said that in a
deaf vs AI machine contest, focused on
a TV news program, AI machine would win.
They said AI machine catches 48 percent
of newscaster spoken speech as compared
to deaf human’s 12 percent accuracy.
Really? Four times machine accuracy rate
above human accuracy? In real life,
lipreading is always tricky – accents,
dialects, lips easy to read, lips
impossible to read and so on.

 

— Godzilla vs. Kong is a big deal for one reason

Much publicity has been focused on deaf actress
Kaylee Hottle’s performance in the Godzilla vs. Kong
movie. It is a big deal for one reason – according
to a movie critic, it is a high budget film. And for
that reason, Hollywood people shy from casting deaf
people in “expensive” films! Low budget films, yes,
but not films that expensive.

 

— jobs for deaf at GBH

Years way back in 1972 WGBH came up with closed
captions for the deaf. WGBH has now become GBH
and they announced Donna Danielewski to be their
first Executive Director of Accessibility. The
goal is to employ the deaf, and  the disabled. Hope it
all works out.

 

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DeafDigest – 12 April 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 12, 2021

— one deafness insult will be difficult to forgive

Prince Philip insulted many people and many things
for many years. He even insulted a group of deaf
people – even though his mother was deaf. Now
that he has departed us, it will now be more
difficult for the Royal Family to ask the
public, especially the deaf, to forgive his
insults!

 

— less entertainment for a group

For a group of deaf, hard of hearing, hearing impaired,
late deafened, hearing loss, it means one thing.

Less entertainment for the group when watching non-captioned
movies.

This is what one critic said in an interview!

 

— deaf marriage on TV

Roy E. Pyles, a long time resident of West Virginia,
departed us. He was praised for his leadership among
the deaf of West Virginia. He also has earned a big
honor – getting married on a 1954 TV program – NBC’s
Bride and Groom. His bride was the former Delores Stepp.
Keep in mind there were no captions in these days.
Was the program interpreted? Do not know. Anyway,
only deaf marriage on TV or were there others?
Again, do not know.

 

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DeafDigest – 11 April 2021

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Old Fogey

Equal Access

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Top stories about the deaf:

What is a fog of communications? It is when the mask
blocks verbal, visual and social cues. This was
what one deaf activist complained in a newspaper
interview.

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The Quinte West councilors in Belleville, Ontario,
are discussing the possibility of offering interpreting
services for the deaf upon demand.

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The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles will be providing
ASL video of Operator’s License Knowledge Test.

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The U.S. Department of Labor will be listening to the
public for advice on best ways to hire the deaf for
all types of jobs.

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Deaf Austin Theatre will be hosting the works of
deaf artists via live streaming.

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

BOUNCERS IN BARS
Many bars have bouncers. They have two roles – not allow
underage kids to enter the bars; and to keep peace in the bar
when drunk people want to fight.
Have we had any deaf bouncers? There have been several
deaf bouncers – now and in the past. DeafDigest editor knows
of two deaf bouncers – one was a 285-lb former Gallaudet
football player; the other was the famous deaf fighter
Matt Hamill!
Deaf bouncers can do their job by using gestures.

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THE THREE SISTERS
Three sisters in a family were close to each other
in age. One was born deaf; the second one was born
hard of hearing; the third one was born hearing.
The deaf sister went to a residential school.
The hard of hearing sister went to a mainstreamed
program.
Years later these sisters reached into 30’s in
age. The hard of hearing sister lost her hearing and
became deaf. The hearing sister also lost her hearing
and has become deaf.
Genetics playing a funny game with these three
sisters? Hard to say. The father fought in the Vietnam
War where Agent Orange was used. He says it changed
his genes, thus causing deafness in his three
daughters. He is very bitter about it.

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Uber has been training its drivers to look for
non-discriminatory ways to reject certain passengers,
including the deaf, that will avoid ADA lawsuits!

……….

There is a cooperative of 45 deaf pig farmers
in Rwanda. Lack of knowledge of sign language
among some of them is what is preventing
the cooperative of healthy business growth
with hearing farmers.

………

The Tarrytown Pharmacy, based in Austin, Texas,
has been praised for helping the deaf with their
Covid-19 shots.

……….

There has always been talk over the years of
Captioned Radio for the deaf. Only one such
network existed – in the Philadelphia area
during the late seventies/early eighties
until funding ran out. Now, the WAMU(FM)
radio station is coming up with the idea
of Captioned Radio for the deaf in the
Washington, DC area. Will it work, especially
with their auto-captions?

…………

Philip has departed us. Two things about him –
his mother was deaf and he made too many bad
jokes about anything, even laughing at the deaf
that stood next to the band. In his defense
a newspaper said he was prone to bad jokes.

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DEAF COMPLAINTS, MANY YEARS AGO AND TODAY
Many years ago, deaf students that attended mainstreamed
classes (without interpreters) had a complaint – that many
hearing teachers were hard to lipread. The deaf students will
tell each other which teacher was easy to lipread, and which
teacher was hard to lipread.
Today, deaf students have a different complaint – that some
interpreters (without certificates) cannot sign too well!
Times have changed!

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Lip reading tale

A deaf fan and a hearing fan were talking
about baseball.

The deaf fan thought the hearing fan said:
The Yankees should have signed Writers

The hearing fan actually said:
The Yankees should have signed Wieters

Wieters is Matt Wieters, a long time veteran
as catcher.

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AN UGLY DEAF INCIDENT AT MCDONALDS
A deaf husband and wife couple, both of them
anti-hearing extremists, walked into a local
McDonalds. They used ASL to order their food.
Of course, the woman behind the counter
did not understand ASL. She called for her manager
to help. Yes, the manager also did not understand
ASL.
It only made the deaf couple angrier and angrier.
At this point, another deaf couple entered McDonalds
and saw this incident. They were so embarrassed that
they quickly left the place.
DeafDigest does not know what happened afterwards.
But signing ASL with hearing people that does not
know ASL is the worst example of Deaf Extremism!

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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

We have seen that stenocaptioners write the initial consonants H and R
with the index finger of the left hand, and when they depress both keys
simultaneously, they get the sound for the letter L.

The same thing also applies when these letters are part of a blended sound
at the beginning of a word. A slip of the index finger could totally
change the word.

Some examples of this would be:
She changed the word with a ship of her finger.
Children should be instructed to use caution around lawn mower braids.
He always wanted to visit the ever grades.

These should be read as:
She changed the word with a slip of her finger.
Children should be instructed to use caution around lawn mower blades.
He always wanted to visit the Everglades.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

A popular pizza place in West Seattle is Abbondanza Pizzeria.
A good number of patrons are deaf, and it is for a good
reason. The owner, Robert Esposito, is deaf. He has owned
and operated his pizzeria for ten years. This place was
written up in the food section of a Seattle newspaper.

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An unusual deaf kid is Tyler Bowes, only 15 years old and a
sophomore at Old Fort HS in Ohio. He is the school student
athletic director, but actually does the work of a real
athletic director – be it filming the games, bringing out
equipment, helping the game referees, serving the team
with water and refreshments, setting up the game clock and
scoreboard, etc, etc, etc. All of that on top of a 4.0
grade average and a burning ambition to become a pilot,
despite his deafness.

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— Captions for the Hearing, not for the Deaf

There was a survey that said 80 percent of people
using captions were hearing, not deaf! Three reasons –

… hard to hear sounds in a noisy room
… to better learn English as a language
… to understand speakers that have thick accents

Could we say captions is the big Deaf Contribution to
the Hearing Society? Yes!

 

— Comment by New York Times

The New York Times headlined a story, saying
that Granville Redmond was an early example
of deaf representation in Hollywood. He was
well noted for his skills in painting and
acting and as a friend to everyone. Deaf
representation is not a correct description.
The correct description is Token Hollywood
Representation. While Redmond passed away
in 1935, this tokenism continues to this day!

 

— Bad communication: Doctors and/or Deaf Patients

Even with interpreters and video devices, something
always seem to be missing when doctors and deaf
patients try to communicate with each other.
Examples are – doctor telling the deaf patient
he will be getting a prescription, yet he leaves
the office without a slip for the pharmacist.
Another example is telling the deaf patient
he will be getting full tests – yet the deaf
patient leaves the office thinking he has not
gotten these tests. Whose fault is it? A group
of students from Babson College in Massachusetts
is working with University of Global Health Equity
on how to best improve communications.

 

 

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— Hollywood diversity officer vs Hollywood casting director

Right now Hollwood studios are being asked to hire
diversity officers. What this means – no more fake-
deaf actors. Will studios accept this idea? What
is going to happen to Hollywood casting directors
that want to cast fake-deaf actors whereas Hollywood
diversity officers tell them – cast real-deaf, not
fake-deaf actors for deaf roles? Will be interesting
to see how this all develops!

 

— easy talk, no action

Employers are always saying “we will hire the deaf;”
we respect the ADA and support it”

Yet when a deaf person applies for a job and is
turned away, this easy talk becomes no action

DeafDigest editor, over the years, has been
discriminated by hearing people that tell him
they are very supportive of ADA!

 

— deaf person becoming a chancellor

Robert Gordon University is a public university in
Aberdeen, Scotland. This university has named a
new chancellor – and it is Evelyn Glennie, who is
deaf and is considered one of the world’s most
famous musicians. Some questions – is she a graduate
of university? Yes – the Royal Academy of Music.
As a chancellor, is she the “boss” – the university
CEO? No, in the United Kingdom, it more or less
is an ambassador of the university, spreading
goodwill and making important contacts wherever
she travels! Congrats, Evelyn.

 

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— fake-deaf actor’s ASL skills

A movie critic had this to say about ASL skills
of a fake-deaf actor. The critic said:

The actor does not know ASL; not even accurate
or correct with it. For that reason this
movie – a comedy where we laugh with the plot
has been changed to – we laugh at the actor’s
ASL struggles!

 

— the worry of a deaf activist

A deaf activist, that loves sports, has this
worry – that if and when stadiums reach full
capacity, the teams will forget the needs
of deaf fans – meaning interpreters and
scoreboard captions. Yes, we have ADA
but things may have a way of falling through
the cracks!

 

— state representative remembering or forgotting

There was a story of Arkansas Representative
Charlene Fite as she goes through a typical
hectic day. Her second task of the day
was going to the budget committee to
restablish the office of the deaf and
hard of hearing services. After this is
done, she moves on to other tasks, hour by
hour until the day ends and she arrives
home exhausted, and probably jumping
backwards on her bed. Will she remember
her appointment earlier in the day on
behalf of the deaf? Hope so.

 

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— to clean, clean and clean

A big screen theater, that never closed up during
this pandemic, has been cleaning everything every
day. One of the most important things being cleaned
up is captioning devices. It is still cleaned
up even when no one used it the previous day!

 

— to work with the deaf, hearing must remember something

Hearing employees know that a fellow employee is deaf –
and that they must either gently tap on his shoulder
or to wave in front of his eyes to get attention.
Yet they will forget sometimes – and then throw
paper clips or crumpled paper to get his attention.
Making things worse is that some of them would
speak too fast for a long time, “trapping” the deaf
person against the wall, not able to lipread a word!

 

— more important, or less important

Many deaf people own iPhones and Androids.
These devices are packed with features.
Which is the most important deaf-feature?
Is it weather alert? Is it text/email
alerts? Is it sound alerts? Or whatever!

 

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— a president broke a promise to hire an interpreter

Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa, promised
the deaf community that he would hire an interpreter. He
never did. A group of organizations serving the deaf
have asked him to apologize to them – in sign language –
for breaking the promise. Do the deaf really want an
apology in a broken sign language that the president
will quickly forget few minutes later?

 

— auto-captions on instagram

Instagram management is working on auto-captions.
Great for deaf? Yes, if captions is perfect.
Auto-captions not always perfect! Should deaf
people accept it as better than nothing?

 

— continuing to insult the deaf

Prime Minister Edi Rama, of Albania, has
continued to insult the deaf by calling
them deaf-mutes. European human rights
organizations are now asking the
European Commissioner of Human Rights
to stop  his insulting of the deaf. Will the
Prime Minister listen to the
human rights people?

 

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Top stories about the deaf:

Zheng Xuan, who is deaf, has been pushing for
respect in linguistic research into Chinese sign
language, a field dominated by hearing people
that claim to be sign language experts.

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A public display garden in Costantia, a suburb of
Cape Town in South Africa, was razed and destroyed
much to the dismay of residents. The landscape
architect was Ann Sutton. She was deaf.

……….

Texas School for the Deaf has been working with
a local pharmacy to provide Covid-19 shots.
This is said to be unique Deaf community service.

…………….

A school district is worried. The high school in
that district will start ASL courses, but the
big question among the administrators is:

do we have enough teachers?

………………

The Deaf West Theatre has withdrawn from the
LA Stage Alliance because its request for
ASL interpreter or captions was ignored.

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IS ADA STRONG OR WEAK?
Is ADA strong or weak? ADA is 20 years old but
we are always having problems. Almost every week we
read in newspapers about lawsuits against doctors
and hospitals. They would not give us interpreters.
ADA is very strong if hearing people have strong
attitude and want to help the deaf. ADA is very
weak if hearing people have bad attitudes about us.
ADA strong or weak? You decide!

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UNION STATION IN WASHINGTON, DC
Union Station is not too far from Gallaudet
University.
This station has a lot of history. Many years ago
Gallaudet students went to the Union Station to take
the trains back to their home towns. There were always
many Gallaudet students at Union Station greeting
each other for the fall semester, and saying farewell
after the spring semester.
Times have changed. Students either fly or drive.
But many deaf people still go to Union Station – because
it has a big Food Court and students always get tired
of college food!

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Top stories about the deaf:

Patti White Fuller, not deaf, was written up in
a newspaper story as the pioneering captioner
of the scoreboard at the Busch Stadium, the
home of the St Louis Cardinals. Before technology
came around, she jury rigged the scoreboard wires
to make captioning work.

……….

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department (Indiana)
has purchased Automated external defibrillators,
but made sure these are deaf friendly, for possible
use by the deaf.

………

Doing their part to get rid of plastic on earth,
a deaf-owned, deaf-run business team of women
have been rolling out handmade paper bags and
distributing these out in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
A newspaper story described these deaf women
as environmental warriors.

……….

BSL Health Access, a video relay service in Great
Britain, has shut down due to funding issues.
The deaf of Great Britain are not too happy
about it.

…………

A volunteer has been teaching “recreational”
sign language classes at a college. DeafDigest
is not sure what recreational is supposed to mean
as far as sign language is concerned. Does
recreational mean slow learning, fun with laughs,
learning bad words, etc?

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DEAF SHIRT, HEARING SHIRT
If you study groups of hearing people and deaf
people, you may notice a difference. Many hearing
people wear shirts without front pockets, and many
deaf people wear shirts with front pockets.
Front pockets? Yes, for pen and pad that we use
to write notes with hearing people. This is called
the Deaf Shirt.

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Lip reading tale

A deaf person and hearing person, both fans of
TV mystery series, were discussing these
crime detectives.

The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
Marble is a great TV detective

The hearing person actually said:
Marple is a great TV detective

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VIDEO OF A DYING LANGUAGE
In Great Britain and Scotland, deaf people used fingerspelling
for many years with both hands. This fingerspelling language
is dying because younger people use signs not fingerspelling.
As a result, there is a project right now – to visit older
people in Scotland that continue to use two-hand fingerspelling.
The deaf filmmakers want to video this fingerspelling before
these older people die.

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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

As we have been looking at initial consonants that captioners depress with
their left hands, we’ve seen that the lower bank consists of the letters
S, K, W, and R. The S key is pressed down using the pinky finger, while
the other three fingers depress the K, W, and R.

Some words require that the captioner write the steno SKR for the “scr”
sound, as in the word “screen.” The steno KR would be used for the “cr”
sound, as in the word “crown.” A slip of the pinky finger could once again
totally change the word.

Some examples of this would be:
She went to the French restaurant and ordered scrapes.
He brought his bolts, nuts, and cruise.
He crawled his name on the document.

These should be read as:
She went to the French restaurant and ordered crepes.
He brought his bolts, nuts, and screws.
He scrawled his name on the document.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Sandra Cottrell, a deaf British woman, has been employed
as a caretaker and as a physical therapist aide with the
Tyneside Disability Forum. This agency serves the needs
of the deaf and the disabled. Yet, this agency would not
accommodate her on her communications needs – despite –
the agency mission of helping the deaf and the disabled.
She filed a lawsuit, asking for monetary damages – and
won!

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

New York’s 4201 schools can breathe a bit easier
re the funding issues. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who
originally wanted the funds cut, changed his mind
and said the state will continue with funding.
The concern right now is that there may be changes
with procedures in funding. Will just have to wait
and see, but for now, 4201 schools are very much
alive.

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DeafDigest – 02 April 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 2, 2021

— drive-in theater in large deaf community won’t respond to deaf

Frederick, MD has a large deaf community, and there
was talk that a drive-in theater will be coming
back to that city. The management, however, refused
to respond to this question:

Will this drive-in theater show captions for the deaf?

A deaf person made a stink out of the refusal in
the newspaper “Letters to the Editor” column.

 

— said to be one of the oldest deaf clubs in USA

A deaf club 121 years old? The Puget Sound
Association of the Deaf was written up in
a newspaper, saying it is one of the oldest
deaf clubs in USA. It is located in Seattle,
WA. We do have other older deaf clubs –
Buffalo Club for the Deaf and Pittsburgh
Association of the Deaf and Charles Thompson
Memorial Hall (St Paul, MN) but Puget Sound
is older than these three deaf clubs. Is
there another deaf club that is older than
Puget Sound? DeafDigest editor does not know.

 

— police roughs up deaf man with cerebral palsy

A deaf resident, of Dayton, Ohio, with cerebral
palsy, has accused the city police of roughing
him up for no reason. He was handcuffed and taken
to a hospital at quite a distance from his home.
The city said police actions were justified. The
public Citizens’ Appeals Board said police actions
were not justified. At this point, the city does
not know what to to!

 

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DeafDigest – 01 April 2021

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 1, 2021

— honoring a NTID legend

Dr. Robert Frisina, a NTID legend, departed us
yesterday. He started his career working with
the deaf at Gallaudet in the late forties,
even coaching the basketball team one season.
In the late sixties, he moved on to another
career with the brand new NTID. People have
said it was Frisina that made NTID the world’s
most eminent technical school for the deaf.
Thank you, Robert, for providing the world
with highly skilled NTID graduates in the
rapidly evolving world of technology.

 

— bad lipreading April Fools’ Day joke

A hearing person may say Voltswagen,
and the deaf person may think it is
Volkswagen. It was an attempted
April Fools’ Day joke, telling the
world of the name change to Voltswagen.
Not only the joke was leaked out few
days before today – but that the company
may have broken the US securities law
for possibly misleading the investors.
A bad Deaf Lipreading joke that may
have backfired on them!

 

— the mask and the deaf, per shop owner

A shop owner told his hearing employees:

Wear your mask, but always think about deaf customers

 

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