2021/04/30

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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2021/04/29

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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2021/04/28

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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2021/04/27

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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2021/04/19

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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