2021/07/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 28, 2021

— gold medal winner

Meg Harris, from Australia, is hard of hearing, and
has struggled trying to catch messages from the public
announcement system. It did not stop her from winning
a gold meal with her swimming relay team at the
Olympics.

 

— Netflix’s hard of hearing pastry chef

Maya-Camille Broussard is a Chicago pastry chef;
she competed on the Netflix’s pastry competition.
She is hard of hearing, and said:

I relied on my superpowers in the sense of smell and
sense of taste to lead me in creating flavorful dishes

 

— a surprise USA announcement about the Paralympics

It was announced that American medalists in the
upcoming Paralympics will be paid the same as
American medalists in the Olympics. This means
$37,500 reward for each gold medal collected
with a sliding scale down to bronze medalists.
Two things – will it prompt our Deaflympics to
affiliate with the Paralympics? Money talks, you
know! And the second thing is that deaf-blind
swimmer Becca Meyers would have been paid if she
participated and won medals! She withdraw from
the Paralympics because the committee would not
allow her mother to be her personal assistant!

 

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2021/07/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 27, 2021

— deaf stunt legend and speed racer was a good person

A deaf narrator said that Kitty O’Neil, who was deaf,
was a renegade (a person described as no good) while
speed racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats and while
performing impossible movie stunts. She also was a
diver with USA Deaflympics team in 1965. A renegade?
No way! She has always received good press in the
newspapers – so why was she described as renegade?
She passed away in 2018 at the age of 72 living out
a quiet life in South Dakota, away from the glare
of Hollywood.

 

— hearing governments looked on as ignoring the deaf community

An activist said that hearing people are the first to know
about social distancing, mask rules and lockdown rules.
And that deaf people are unaware of it until much time
have passed. And that some of these governments resist
hiring more interpreters and adding  more captions!

 

— New Jersey provides legal services to the deaf

The state Human Services announced partnership
with the Community Health Law Project to provide
legal services for the deaf. This is great. Years
ago we had a number of legal services for the
deaf across USA. Not any more; maybe just a few.
Why? Same old story – funding issues.

 

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2021/07/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 26, 2021

— Deaf Art possibly locked away

A newspaper ran this headline –

Museums are keeping the world’s most famous
art locked away in storage

Some of these artwork are never showed in public

Deaf Art? Some years back there was a gallery of
deaf art hanging on the walls in Rochester, NY. 
Drawings were fascinating. This gallery closed
up; what has happened to these drawings? Also,
over the years there were tales of some great Deaf
Art being lost for good in hearing museums and
hearing galleries. These such paintings cannot
be located!

 

— information on health needs of the deaf

A doctor that works with deaf patients said that hearing
people can pick up health information from TV, the internet,
family and friends. It is different with deaf patients.

 

— Deaf Arts Festival

We have deaf arts festivals which feature deaf music,
deaf arts, deaf entertainment, and deaf culture. Put all
of them together and would it become the world’s largest Deaf
Arts Festival? This is what organizers of Festival Clin d’Oeil
is saying – and it is in France.

 

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2021/07/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 23, 2021

— Indians, no; Bison, yes

For years the mascot of the athletic teams at Oklahoma
School for the Deaf was the Indians. No more! The
mascot is now the Bison. Discussions among the alumni,
and staff agreed on the change to the Bison. Sounds
familiar? Yes – the Bison has always been Gallaudet’s
mascot.

 

— Deaf Green; Deaf Red

A Coda is a fitness instructor, using musical boxes
to set the tone for her classes’ physical movements.
Her deaf father, watching her conduct her classes,
suggested that for deaf clients, she make an
adjustment with the colors to indicate green
as “go ahead and start exercising” and to
indicate red as stop. She immediately accepted
the suggestion as a great idea.

 

— no more walkie-talkies

On field trips, walkie-talkies is a much better
way of communicating by voice instead of the
cell phones. For a deaf scientist, working
on the field with hearing scientists, the
walkie-talkies is pretty much useless.
This deaf scientist suggested few simple
gestures. As a result, the walkie-talkies
has been used less and less by these
scientists.

 

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2021/07/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 22, 2021

— deaf biomedical scientist with unusual interest

Lorne Farovitch, who is deaf, is a biomedical scientist,
with an interest in zoonosis. Not knowing what this means,
a google search says it is a disease that normally exists
in animals but that can infect humans. Why zoonosis? He
said he has always been interested in learning more about
infectious diseases to find a way to stop it.

 

— the deaf and the right to vote

Deaf people that live in Texas, Florida, and Georgia,
are worried. Will they be able to vote in future
elections? The state governments in these states are
making it harder to vote, especially more so for
the deaf voters. Will the federal government help?
Hope so!

 

— from licensed practical nurse to registered nurse

DeafDigest editor knew of a deaf woman who was a
licensed practical nurse. She always wanted to move
up to become a registered nurse. The path was not
easy for her – because of her deafness an the
discouragement by medical professionals. There was a
story yesterday of Angela Knight, a deaf licensed
practical nurse who worked in that field for many
years. At the age of 50, she took a big step to take
college classes to become a registered nurse – and had
to overcome too many challenges. She is making it
sometime soon.

 

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