DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 20, 2020

— Iowa possibly not ready for deaf and disabled on Caucus Day

The Republican and Democratic groups and disabled activists
are working at the last minute to have deaf/disabled voters
ready for full participation on Caucus Day. There are
concerns that it is all talk and no action and at the end of
Caucus Deaf, the deaf and disabled voters will continue
being disappointed.


— the truth to the filing of ADA lawsuit

A deaf person has filed a lawsuit with a video
provider for not having the contents captioned.
Amid much furor, it was learned that the person
filing the lawsuit, is a serial lawsuit filer –
he has filed lawsuits in the past, here and there,
left and right. And what did the video provider say?
That they carry captions, just that the deaf person
did not know where to turn on the magic CC button!


— Brewability employs the deaf and the disabled

Brewability is a craft beer pub in Englewood, CO.
The sign at the door says:

we hire the disabled

The brewery, with a staff of about 25, has a number
of deaf employees as well as with hearing employees
with other disabilities. They all perform all
duties – bartending, serving drinks, making
pizza, counting the change as the cash register, etc.
Any difference between Deaf Beer and Hearing Beer.
No. A bad beer is bad; a good beer is good.


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 17, 2020

— panic hearing yelling and screaming

There was a story of an emergency situation
at the Newark Airport (NJ) that created
a mass panic scene – hearing passengers
were yelling and screaming. That meant
the screams drowned out the public
address announcements. That also means
the importance of captions, captions
and captions! Yelling hearing people
can read the captions.


— airlines allowed not to caption its movies!

Deaf passengers, upset at airlines not captioning
their videos, scream ADA, ADA and ADA. But ADA
may be a joke – because it does not cover air travel.
ADA covers everything else – just not air travel.
The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 only offers
protection for deaf passenges, but does not require
captions. A legal mess? Yes, very much so.


— a puzzling purchase

There was a story of a deaf husband and deaf wife, in a
rural country town, purchasing tech equipment that would
convert voice to text. Only one thing went wrong –
the town has no internet connection. This bothers
DeafDigest editor. Were they advised to make sure the
town has internet before spending money on tech
equipment? Did the sales person explain this fact
to them? Or the couple did not fully understand what
they needed in the first place – internet equipment?
Did they consult other deaf computer-literate friends
for advice?


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 16, 2020

— plaintiff losing ADA discrimination lawsuit

A hospital in New York no longer has to worry
about ADA discrimination lawsuit, over refusal
to provide an interpreter for a deaf patient?
Two reasons – it took place a long time ago
and the statute of limitations expired – and –
because the lawsuit was filed by a hearing
sister whose deaf brother was a patient. The
hospital said she had no authority to
request an interpreter, and the brother
didn’t request it!


— captioned glasses, to laugh or to cry

A deaf moviegoer went to watch a “1917” movie
in a major city theater. The captioning
glasses didn’t work, only to be told the
movie wasn’t captioned. He went to a nearby
theater, which advertised the movie as
captioned, and picked up captioning glasses.
The captions showed up slowly but it did not
match what the actors were saying – it said
“Truck revving…spinning wheel”, etc.
The manager realized the captioning glasses
was programmed for a different movie at a
different theater! The glasses were
exchanged. Captions worked for a while
then the power in glasses went out.
Giving up after going to two theaters
he was able to get refunds and went
to a nearby bar to cool off.


— deaf employee’s “deaf” badge does not help

A deaf employee at a department store said
the “deaf” badge he wore, often does not
help. A frustrated hearing shopper would
come to him, saying something that is not
understood. The deaf employee would point
to his badge and ask to please slow down.
That only makes the hearing shopper even
angrier! Yes, the deaf employee’s supervisor
had to come over to calm down and help the
hearing shopper.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 15, 2020

— Another city with automated captioning

DeafDigest was concerned that automated
captions may lead to bad captions,
and that Minneapolis, to save money,
went for automated captions. It is
now happening in Knoxville, Tennessee,
according to a deaf agency leader.


— cashier telling deaf customers to come to her lane

Heidi Courtway, who is deaf, is a check out cashier
at the Krogers supermarket in Arkansas. Several
deaf people shop at the store – and if she sees
them at other check out lanes, she will wave
at them and ask them to come to her lane. That way
they can communicate if there were check out problems
at her lane.


— notes or pen & pad

Which is better – to communicate with the hearing?
Using iPhone notes app or to use pad and pen?
A DeafDigest subscriber said he uses iPhone
notes at a fast food place, saying it is easy to
get the order through with no problems. DeafDigest
editor, a bit old fashioned, just uses his pad
and pen. Every deaf person has their personal
communication preference.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 14, 2020

— fear of ordering at fast food place

Many deaf people have this fear when they
order fast food; even when they point at
the menu at the counter – that the order
will come out wrong. And with line getting
bigger behind them, they accept the wrong
order, not wanting to hassle with the
fast food employees. This was what one
Coda pointed out in a newspaper story.


— a deaf employee operates a crane

Heavy construction is everywhere in USA,
especially with these huge cranes. All
of these operators are hearing – with
one exception – Brandon Salley, who is
deaf and operates a crane at the Puget
Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate
Maintenance Facility in Washington.
He had an interpreter with him while
going through training sessions and
passed his qualifications with flying


— captions required for hearing people!

Many hearing people hate captions but a
newspaper story said that it is required
for them during conferences, training
sessions and workshops! It said hearing
ears get tired after trying to listen
to speeches all day – hence the importance
of captions.



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