2019/07/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 17, 2019

— deaf-hate posting in Facebook

A hearing woman did not like a deaf woman.
Because of her hatred she posted an anti-
deaf comment about the deaf woman’s deafness
on her facebook page. The upset deaf woman
then blocked these messages but the angry
hearing woman found a way around it. She
was arrested and brought to justice in
the court room.

 

— not all deaf people are the same

Many hearing people think all the deaf people
from all over the world are the same – same
sign language, same culture, same interests,
etc. This is wrong – same thing as not all
hearing people are the same!

 

 

— keyless cars may be dangerous for the deaf

The Kentucky Commission of Deaf and Hard Hearing
is warning people that keyless cars may be dangerous
for the deaf. A deaf woman died of carbon monoxide
poisoning. She forgot to turn off the engine in
her keyless car and the car continued to run all
night. Hearing people may hear the motor running.
The deaf can’t.

 

 

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2019/07/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 16, 2019

— interesting viewpoint of the deaf by a past professor

Harlan Lane, who was widely acclaimed for his published
books on the deaf, has departed us. He was always supportive
on the needs of the deaf – yet his interest was different
from most professors that work with the deaf. He was
more interested on how hearing authors “label” the
deaf, much in a negative way. He would read all these
books, making a list of different labels that
hearing authors describe the deaf. Just as an
example, his list would say the deaf have been
labelled as:

1. functionally illiterate
2. oral
3. ASL
4. having employment issues
5. having underemployment issues
6. etc
7. etc

Lane did not agree with these labels hence
his interest in looking for more labels.

 

— a messy ADA lawsuit ends in a defeat for deaf patient

A deaf woman lost her ADA lawsuit against the hospital
nurse that coordinated her medical needs. Everything
went wrong. The interpreter came with her to for the
obstetrician appointment but did not come with her
for the emergency room appointment. The nurse,
without an interpreter, wrote notes that the deaf
woman nodded as if she understood. The ultrasound
equipment went bad. The VRI was blurry. The nurse
couldn’t find a replacement interpreter. The court
said the nurse did everything reasonably appropriate,
trying to accommodate the deaf patient even when
things went wrong. It took place in Louisiana.

 

— deaf people not interested in Open Caption Pilot Program

Deaf people living in the greater Washington, DC area are not
interested in D.C. Theaters’ Open Caption Pilot Program. It
is not shocking. Many deaf people live in Maryland and
Virginia and it is a transportation hassle to come to
DC to watch these open captioned movies. Pushing very
hard for this pilot program is the National Association
of Theatre Owners; deaf people are pushing back because
they want open captions in theaters near their homes at
all times. It has become a stalemate that no one wins!

 

 

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2019/07/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 15, 2019

— the deaf without interpreter and with interpreter

How do hearing people look at the deaf that are without
interpreters as compared to those with interpreters?
This issue was put up for discssion on a web posting.

 

— app to tell deaf the value of paper money

A software company is asking for an app
to help the deaf know of the value of their
paper money. In other words, telling the
deaf that the $5.00 bill is five dollars.
Is that app necessary? Is that app insulting
the intelligence of the deaf? All deaf people
know that $5.00 is actually five dollars!

 

— more dangerous to walk on the sidewalk

Is it becoming more dangerous for the deaf to
walk on the sidewalk? Many scooters zip by
these deaf people, often as a matter of inches.
If a deaf person changes direction of his walk
right in front of the scooter then ugly
collisions might happen. Hearing people can
hear the sound of the scooters; the deaf can’t.
And also the deaf can’t hear the screaming by
these scooter riders to get out of the way!

 

 

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2019/07/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 12, 2019

— a hospital twist that is puzzling

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, KY,
serves the military as well as non-military patients
that live in the area. For deaf patients, VRI is offered.
The newspaper story, however, did not say what happens
if a deaf patient refuses VRI, preferring a live
interpreter. The twist is that some of the hospital
staffers get together twice a month to learn ASL
via video chat. To teach the staffers some basic
ASL but only to steer deaf patients towards VRI!

 

— deaf on The Bachelorette reality TV

We have many reality TV programs in USA.
New Zealand is coming up with its own
The Bachelorette New Zealand reality
program. Six young women are auditioning
to become the program’s first Bachelorette.
One of them is Lily McManus. She is said
to have a hearing loss. According to
TV insiders she is favored to win the
audition. Does she use sign language?
Probably not.

 

 

— copying Sheetz

Sheetz is well-known for highway convenience
store/gas station stops in the eastern
part of USA. Deaf people love Sheetz for
one reason – touchpads that allow them
to place meal orders without struggling in
communications. Anyway Sheetz may have
a copycat in Indiana. Which Wich Superior
Sandwiches has opened up for business,
with touchpads, in New Albany. The owners
feel the deaf people will love these
touchpads. The dream is that all food
stores will offer touchpads in USA.
It it realistic? Hope so!

 

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2019/07/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 11, 2019

— these two deaf annoyances

A newspaper posting pointed out two deaf annoyances –
watching captions at the bottom of the screen and
missing out on the movie action above it; watching
the interpreter at the end of the stage and missing
out the theatrical action in the middle. These
two annoyances are what deaf people are used to!

 

— no free distribution yet of these iPhones

California distributes free these telecommunication
devices for the deaf. Been doing that since the early
1980’s as it is part of the state law books. There
was an issue regarding no distribution of these
iPhones! TTY devices are pretty much obsolete,
but iPhones have become popular with the deaf for
these text messages. This issue was raised in
a newspaper article.

 

— Vermont finally doing something to help the deaf

Austine School for the Deaf, in Vermont, closed up five
years ago. Since then, there was so much talk but no
action on fixing the problem. The school provided
services for the deaf and when it closed, these
services disappeared. Finally the state has decided
to do something about it – to hire a director
that would coordinate such services. Hope it works
this time.

 

 

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