2021/03/03

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 3, 2021

— McDonald’s or 7-Eleven

If a deaf individual has money, should he invest it in
a McDonald’s franchise or a 7-Eleven franchise?
A McDonald’s franchise may require an upfront money
of over 2 million dollars. 7-Eleven is much cheaper
– $150,000 upfront money plus least $150,000 net
worth. Money may not be the problem (if the
deaf person has it); biggest problem is attitude.
McDonald’s once refused a deaf applicant, which
led to a lawsuit. DeafDigest does not know if
a deaf person approached 7-Eleven management
about buying a franchise and was turned down?

 

— can hear but is considered deaf

There was a story of a person that can hear
but ears and brain “don’t” work together.
For that reason, that person is considered
deaf. There have been different cases of
“hearing” people considered deaf because
of issues – cannot hear high frequency
sounds; up and down deafness just like
an elevator ride; cannot hear in a crowded
room but one on one is fine, and so on.

 

— unusual comment about deafness

We always see this phrase, that we hate –
turning a deaf ear. Could this be part
of an unusual comment re deafness?

A newspaper story said:
Don’t turn a deaf ear to ‘deafness’

Rather unusual a comment, says
DeafDigest!

 

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2021/03/02

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 2, 2021

— deaf on one side; hearing on one side

In cramped workplaces, many deaf employees work opposite
hearing employees, with just a counter or desk or a
wall separating them. Hearing people can communicate with
other hearing people via voice. Deaf people can’t. If
a hearing person cannot reach over to call attention
to a deaf person, then it is a serious communications
challenge. Just tossing a paper clip or a crumpled
piece of paper won’t do in these days.

 

— a comment by a medical student that works with the deaf

A 4th year medical student at University of Minnesota
works with deaf patients. She said that some are pushed
into cochlear implants or being “forced” to mingle with
the hearing despite their discomfort. She is correct.

 

— another Zoom tweak

Zoom is not perfect. Hearing users tweak it.
Deaf people tweak it, first with captions
and now this – the ASL that they use.

 

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2021/03/01

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 1, 2021

— deaf member of SWAT team

Could a deaf person serve with a SWAT
team? Hard to believe, but a newspaper
story (not in USA) said that a SWAT
team has a deaf member. Are newspaper
stories always well-written and accurate?
Not always that so!

 

— a careless tweet posting

A tweet said deaf people invented closed
captioning. Wish it was true, but it
is not true. The first closed captions
came up when a team of hearing engineers
at ABC and the National Bureau of Standards
worked together to come up with it. The
year was 1972 but the deaf people had to
wait 8 years before closed captions
became available to them.

 

— police teaching police to deal with the deaf

Karran Larson, not deaf, has been appointed by
Great Barrington Police Department (MA) to
train officers on how to best work with the deaf
during emergencies and other critical issues.
Just hope it all works out. In the heat of action,
police officers often forget what they have learned!

 

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2021/02/26

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.

 

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2021/02/25

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.

 

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