DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 14, 2021

— Akron finally recognizes the deaf

Akron is now displaying a new statue which honors the
huge contributions the deaf made to the city. The
statue has a kiosk; hope it is deaf-friendly. The
contributions were:

Ben Schowe, who was deaf, was a labor economist,
pushing for deaf rights with Firestone

deaf employed at rubber plants were valued as noise
didn’t bother them

growth of Deaf Population as #1 largest in USA

Goodyear’s training of “Silent Squadron” which
was tasked with doing all tasks the plant expected
of them

Goodyear Silents semi-pro football team that won
championships and had games with Akron Pros, an
early year NFL team!


— big reason some prison officers don’t like ASL

There are sign languages communicated by hearing
prisoners, which is not ASL. Some prison officers
feel that ASL, with a lot of facial expressions,
may be the same as one of sign languages used
by the hearing (coded communications). This is
the reason why some ASL interpreters are
given hard time in some prisons.


— second deaf wedding in NBC’s Bride & Groom

A while ago DeafDigest mentioned that the marriage
of Roy Pyles and his wife was featured in the NBC’s
1954 Bride & Groom program. It was learned that
there was another deaf marriage on TV – of Archie
and Roberta Woodie shown on the same program, at
a different time in 1954.


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 13, 2021

— harassed interpreter wins $1.5 million

The California appellate court agreed with the
lower court to award an interpreter $1.5 million
from the California Department of Corrections.
The interpreter claimed harassment and
discrimination by the corrections staff who
did not like the way she was providing
services for deaf inmates. She was accused
of being too close to deaf inmates, a charge
she has denied.


— using the old-fashioned water pump

There is a tale that Helen Keller,
who was deaf-blind, used the water pump
to learn how to communicate with her
teacher-mentor Anne Sullivan. This
water pump is on the site that is
listed with the National Register
of Historic Places.


— always with a partner while on the job

Erica Trevino, who is deaf, is a police officer
with the Dalhart (TX) Police Department. She has
two job accommodation rules – must always have
a partner with her; she cannot drive alone
on police calls. Second rule is that all
calls to her while on patrol must be by
text. She can listen to radio calls but
still, must use texts. Her goal is to
become an investigator in the Police
Criminal Department.


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 12, 2021

— deaf, but works as motorcycle paramedic and flight paramedic

Richard Webb-Stevens is deaf but performs both as motorcycle
paramedic and as flight paramedic. Possible for deaf to
find either positions in USA. Do not know – but it is
in London where he works for the London Ambulance Service.
His notable accomplishment? As the first responder
to arrive at the Westminster Bridge attack in 2017!


— due to communication and miscommunication issues, 4 interpreters needed

A deaf defendant in a court case requires four interpreters.
It is because of issues with communication and miscommunication.
Two CDI’s and two legal interpreters? Don’t know – newspaper
story didn’t say.


— a graduate from Johnson & Wales

Johnson & Wales is one of the world’s best culinary
schools. Graduates get top jobs in restaurant
kitchens. Jinhwan Kwon, who is deaf, graduated
after taking courses in baking and pastry.
It was not easy for him; coming from South
Korea, he had to learn two languages – English
and ASL just to keep up with the courses.
He hopes to stay in Rhode Island and find
a baking/pastry job; just do the paperwork
on Employment Authorization Document.


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 11, 2021

— returning to the interpreting field

An interpreter left her profession in order
to raise her children. Now that her children
are now in college, she has returned to the
field. She said interpreters nowadays are
very encouraged to seek college degrees in
interpreting, regardless of their high level
signing skills. In the past there was no
such encouragement! She is taking courses
while at the same time interpreting for
her clients.


— advice for hearing

A deaf lecturer gave this following advice for the
hearing that want to communicate with the deaf:

point at something

use gestures

use notebook or text

never joke and say “I only know one sign” (dirty word)

never say “I will explain this later to you”

never say “Never Mind”


— the captioner disappeared

A deaf person depended on the captioner
during meetings and discussions. When
Zoom came up, the big question was:

hey, where is my captioner!

Yes, it is a nightmare


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 10, 2021

— powerful deaf banker in medium-sized British city

William Wall, who was deaf, was written up in
a newspaper story as one of Oxford’s most
powerful bankers. He was said to be involved
in every major financial transaction in Oxford.
It was during the latter part of 19th century.


— deaf engineer in a TV drama

Racquel McPeek Rodriguez ia a deaf actress playing
the role of Sienna Marchione, an angineer on a
dangerous mission with her team. Military Technology
was stolen by the enemy and she is trying to get
it all back before further damage is done.
The program is ‘NCIS: Los Angeles.’


— Oscar puts its foot down with new rules

New rules for eligibility for Best Picture
consideration on will take place, not in 2022 or
2023 but during the 2024 Oscars. In four
categories, the minimum level of representation
must be met. Three years from now, ugh, yes!


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