2019/08/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 14, 2019

— Interesting sign language question

Question:
What is the least spoken language in the world?

Answer:
Sign language!

DeafDigest editor was surfing the net for today’s
news and found this trivia question.

 

— helping the hearing employer hire the deaf

There are some employers that want to hire the
deaf but do not know how to deal with problems,
issues and accomodations. They need to turn to
the Job Accommodation Network, which is operated
by the U.S. Department of Labor, yet many of
then have never heard of that service!

 

— two deaf STEM winners

Deaf students Esther Amino and Salome Njeri worked together
to create an Essameter, which measures distances and
angles. They put together this device from inexpensive
parts and supplies. They won two prizes – one from the
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal and another
from the International Science and Engineering Fair.
They are classmates in a deaf school in Kenya.

 

 

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2019/08/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 13, 2019

— deaf in karate school

DeafDigest editor was vacationing in New Hampshire and
went to a karate school to watch his grandson practice
his karate moves. The editor asked the school general
manager if he had deaf students taking karate lessons.
He said he had a few but said that teaching the deaf
is different from teaching the hearing. The hearing
depend on verbal instructions while deaf just follow
the instructor’s hands and moves. This is not to
say deaf cannot succeed in martial arts. We have had
Dawn Birley, who won national Canadian TaeKwonDo
(hearing) championships. We have Garrett Scott, a
ranking Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter. And also
a number of deaf MMA fighters, including
Matt Hamill.

 

— newspaper wrong about deaf-owned brewery

A newspaper in New Zealand said that Richard Emerson
may be the world’s only deaf brewer; he owns a giant
brewery in New Zealand. DeafDigest ran a story on
him a while ago. But he is not the world’s only
deaf brewer. Mark Burke, who is a Gallaudet
graduate, operates his Streetcar 82 Brewing Co.
in Hyatttsville, MD. The big difference is that
the New Zealand brewery is huge while Burke’s
brewery is small – but the beers they both brew
are great.

 

— newer deaf device better or duplication?

DeafDigest editor is tired of newspaper stories
about a new deaf invention (alerting signalers,
captioning glasses, sign language computers,
etc) all saying that it would change the
way the deaf people live in this world.
Are these new inventions really better
or is just duplicating each other?

 

 

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2019/08/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 12, 2019

— 911 misunderstanding, thinking caller was deaf

Cincinnati is facing a lawsuit over a 911 mistake.
The dispatcher could not understand the 911 voice
call and thought the caller was deaf. The
dispatcher then switched to a TTY machine, but
got no response. By the time the dispatcher and
the police figured out the call, the caller
died as a result of an accident. The upset family
is filing the lawsuit for that “deafness” reason.

 

— deaf people to see 500 different noises

Brandon Marin, Greyson Watkins and Spencer Montan,
all of them deaf, are starting a new company
with a special invention that would help the
deaf see which noise is which. It all started
when Montan’s house was flooded because of
broken water pipes. He couldn’t hear the
burst pipes – hence the idea of an invention
helping the deaf identify the noise. They
said the special device can have 500
different noises programmed into it.

 

— pressure on business people to hire the deaf

Business people want to hire more employees, but
are afraid to hire the deaf. For that reason,
big money people (billionaires) are pushing
these business people to hire the deaf. Hope
it works. This was the big story today.

 

 

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2019/08/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 9, 2019

— complying with ADA is not always enough

When a hospital or a police station purchase communications
equipment just to comply with ADA regulations, it often
is not enough. Many hearing employees have not been
trained to operate the equipment! This was the accusation
an advocate pointed out in a newspaper interview! This is
the same as in past years when hearing operators did
not understand what GA and SK meant in a TTY conversation.

 

— the Fox Theatre (St Louis) captions

The 8th U.S. Court of Appeals said that Fox Theatre
(plays, concerts, etc) must provide captions – if a
deaf person requests it, but with at least two weeks
in advance. Two things to point out – last minute captioning
requests will be denied. A hearing person can attend a
theatrical performance at the last minute; the deaf can’t!
And the theatre has one more option – the Supreme Court.
The appeals vote was 2-1, and not unanimous, by the way.

 

— not all captions are the same

A veteran captioner made this comment:

there is no industry standard for captions

True or not true? Don’t know!

 

 

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2019/08/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 8, 2019

— annual cost of video captioning software

St. Augustine Beach (Florida) city council
purchased video captioning software. The
cost is $6,000 per year. Nearby city St. Augustine
purchased software for $11,000 per year, same
as with St. Johns County. It is five thousand
dollars cheaper. Does it mean that quality is
better with higher priced software? Better
quality means no errors and no lag time.

 

 

— another movie with a deaf story

There is a new movie – The Parts You Lose
and it is about a young deaf boy becoming
friends with a violent hearing criminal.
A deaf actor playing a deaf role or a
fake-deaf actor playing a deaf role?
Don’t know.

 

— deaf theater discriminating against hearing

Hot Coals Theatre is a deaf theatrical group in
Edinburgh, Scotland. It does not provide
captions or sign language interpreters.
For that reason, this theatrical group
is in trouble with the city for not
making it accessible to the hearing!

 

 

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