2019/03/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 21, 2019

— comments by a deaf actor

A deaf actor said it is very difficult to
get roles only for the reason no one writes
in these deaf roles in their productions.
Also, very difficult to communicate with
fellow actors and directors during rehearsals
and filming productions. They have never
worked with a deaf actor before and
are afraid to do so.

 

— bad quality captioning software

Many agencies use captioning software knowing
that quality is bad. They try to save money,
saying their captions comply with ADA rules,
regardless of quality with it. A big shame!

 

— anti-deaf customer

A hearing customer went to a coffee cafe and was angry
to see deaf people being employed, brewing and
serving coffee. The angry customer confronted the
owner, promising never to buy coffee again from
his cafe. A facebook page showed the posting
of the anti-deaf customer. It did not take
place in USA but in the Philippines!

 

 

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2019/03/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 20, 2019

— no interpreter during Bomb Cyclone weather

The Rocky Mountain ADA Center said there was no
interpreter on weather emergency news during
last week’s Bomb Cyclone weather that hit
Colorado Springs hard. What was the excuse?
The director of the Pikes Peak Regional Office
of Emergency Management said no time to
get an interpreter – plus – too dangerous to
bring the interpreter to the TV studio.
The ADA center said excuse is not valid.

 

— an important job not heavily in demand

An important job that not too many businesses
and agencies hire is ADA/disability rights specialist.
This may be the reason for so many ADA lawsuits!

 

— can talk but prefer notes

At a museuem in Georgia, there was a deafness
theme and a late-deafened artist created a program
that emphasized communications through notes
instead of voice. This purzled DeafDigest because
the artist became deaf because of a childhood
accident, yet was still able to continue with his
speech skills. If a deaf person still can speak, so
why ask for note-taking communications?

 

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2019/03/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 19, 2019

— NASA does not know its deaf history

NASA does not know its own deaf history. It continues
to say they have its first deaf engineer in Johanna Lucht.
NASA has had deaf engineers in the past – Richard Dawes,
graduate of Florida School for the Deaf and Blind and
also of University of Florida. The other deaf engineer
was Thomas Wheeler, who attended Alabama School for
the Deaf and Blind and also of University of Alabama.
There may have been several more others in the past!

The newspaper story today said:

Johanna Lucht, the first NASA engineer who is deaf

First? NASA does not do its own deaf homework

 

— fake-deaf in trouble in South Korea

The The Military Manpower Administration of
South Korea is angry. This agency caught
eight hearing men of faking their deafness
to avoid serving military service!

 

— Crazy Clowns in Germany

Clowns are supposed to make people laugh.
But a group of street clowns in Gelsenkirchen,
a town in northern Germany, is not something
funny. They attacked a deaf person who was
walking in downtown. There was no reason for
this attack. They ran away, but just hope the
police will find them and bring them to justice.

 

 

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2019/03/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 18, 2019

— problems in deciding what is the best

In a Forbes magazine article, the issue discussed
was – what is the best? Hearing people deciding
what is the best – better kitchen stuff, better
apps, better ATMs, etc? These great products
are not deaf-friendly and therefore, not really
the best!

 

— Starbucks and the deaf

Starbucks just announced the opening of its
30,000th store in the world. It also said
it was proud of its first deaf-friendly
store in Washington, DC, within walking
distance of Gallaudet University. Is Starbucks
planning to open a second deaf-friendly
store in Rochester, NY, within walking distance
of NTID?

 

— a request hard to believe

A video stream producer posted this request on
a web site, looking for a volunteer captioner.
Very hard to believe that it was posted. Captioning
a video is not an easy task. No one wants to volunteer
for difficult tasks, captioning included.

 

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2019/03/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 15, 2019

— deaf person involved with property management

DeafDigest editor met a deaf person who owns
a property management company, and operates
it on a full time 24/7 basis. Been in that
business for years, providing the family
with comfortable income. If someone says
a deaf person cannot own a property
management company, then that person is wrong!

 

— the CI and the deaf community leader

A leader of a deaf community decided to go for a
CI as he felt it would help him to hear better.
As a result, he was ostracized by the deaf community
despite his popularity and his effectiveness as
a leader. What happened? It created a copycat
“me, too” CI’s among others in the Deaf
Community. And slowly, the leader won back his
popularity and respect!

 

— Elvis Presley required a 3-way interpreting

World famous rocker Elvis Presley died in 1977.
There was a story of an Elvis Presley requiring
a three-way interpreting in a court session,
something to do with him getting into a fight
at a shop. He seemed to be deaf but functioned
as a hearing person, yet still requiring
3-way interpreting. It was not the legendary
Elvis but a young Irishman with the same name.
The judge ordered the case to go to trial.

 

 

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2019/03/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 14, 2019

— a non-sign language that always fascinates sign linguists

For some reason the Nicaraguan non-Sign Language has
fascinated sign language linguists over the years.
It first attracted notice in the late eighties and
then from time to time since then. Non-Sign Language?
The deaf people of Nicaragua communicate via body
language and gestures since there was no official
Nicaraguan Sign Language at that time.

 

— hearing then deaf then hearing then deaf

Hawkeye, in the comic books, started as a hearing
character, but over the years the cartoonist made
him deaf, then again hearing and then again deaf.
Fantasy? Yes. Realistic? No.

 

— shop talk sometimes hard for deaf to follow

When hearing people discuss work issues at a place
of employment, their language shifts towards
shop abbreviations and shop lingo with shop talk
thrown in. Even with interpreters it can be difficult
for the deaf to follow – nothing to do with lack of
knowledge but much to do with not seeing these words
come up every day, all the time!

 

 

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2019/03/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 13, 2019

— too many sign language machines

we have too many “inventors” claiming to be the
first to “invent” these sign language machines.
An article in the Smithsonian Magazine questioned
the usefulness of these (many) sign language
machines. The magazine is correct.

 

— a weakness in FCC’s captioning law

The FCC requires captioned videos on-line
only if that original program was already
captioned on TV. The loophole is videos
that were never shown in TV. Because
of lawsuits targeting that loophole,
the FCC may (or may not) require these
non-TV videos to be captioned. Confusing?
Yes, and this is why we have attorneys
fighting each other in the courts.

 

— to laugh or to cry at a doctor’s office

DeafDigest editor went to a doctor’s office
to pick up a patient. The receptionist knew
the editor was deaf and told him to go to
the waiting room to wait for the patient.
A different employee shouted out a name.
No response. She again shouted out this
name and again, no response. The editor
saw it all but assumed it was for a
different patient. The receptionist
then realized what was happening and
came over to him to go and pick up
that patient. A minor issue, yes, but
to laugh or to cry?

 

 

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2019/03/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 12, 2019

— Coda’s nightmare

Coda stands for Child of Deaf Adults. This abbreviation
has become a word over the years. In a newspaper story,
a Coda explained his nightmare – comments from friends
such as dummy, how can you speak if your parents sign,
do you interpret all tne time, do you always make noise
at home, and so on. Many codas deal with it; many
don’t.

 

— big publicity for nothing

British Airways announced that they were doing a
commercial involving deaf 12-year old female
twins. The British deaf community was excited
about it. The commercial taping only took
20 minutes. But when the commercial aired on
TV, the twins were missing, thus disappointing
the TV viewers. This is how it works in the
industry – that not everything that gets taped
gets shown!

 

— deaf food stand owner and impatient customers

There are deaf owners of food stands. They create
special menus where hearing customers could just
point to the dishes they want. Very helpful?
Not always! One deaf chef said there are always
some impatient customers that just want to
voice out their orders instead of pointing to
dishes on the menu. It is a big shame.

 

 

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2019/03/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 11, 2019

— the boss of a professional basketball team is deaf

Tamika Catchings, who is deaf, but functions as a hearing
person, was promoted to her new position as the Vice
President of Indiana Fever, a women’s pro basketball team in
WNBA. She is charge of all basketball operations.
Her goal is to become the General Manager of a team in
the NBA. Never say impossible.

 

— interpreter following deaf chef in kitchen!

A newspaper story said that a deaf chef in a kitchen
is always followed by an interpreter! A newspaper
story said that a deaf chef Saima Shafaatulla,
has an interpreter always with her in the kitchen
of the Grand Central Hotel, Glascow, Scotland.
Hard to believe. An interpreter at kitchen staff
meetings, yes, but during hectic kitchen moments
where everyone is yelling and there are always
kitchen mistakes.

 

 

— major travel agency makes deaf needs a priority

A travel agency has required all of its coffee cafes
to make everything deaf-accessible. This means
pad and pen always available for deaf travelers.
Also computerized table touch pads for them.
It is So-Coffee, operated by the agency
based in Poland! Why not American agencies?
We have ADA.

 

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2019/03/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 8, 2019

— Upcoming book of poetry “Deaf Republic”

Deaf author Ilya Kaminsky has written a book
on a series of poems about a fictional deaf town
“Vasenka.” Those that have read “Islay” by
Doug Bullard years back, may enjoy this book.

 

— unexpected problem with employer that hires the deaf

There is a big problem with an employer that hires the
deaf. He can only hire just a few deaf applicants, but
is overwhelmed with too, too many deaf applicants.
They get angry when they apply and don’t get the job
and accuse the employer of discriminating against the deaf!

 

 

— duties of an audiologist

What does an audiologist do? He diagnoses hearing
issues and problems and tries to fix them. Well,
a newspaper story said:

a doctor that develops hearing aid technology

Hearing aid technology as in developing better
hearing aids!

DeafDigest does not know what to make of these
two completely different job descriptions for
the same job – audiologist.

 

 

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