2019/05/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 17, 2019

— Never say “so, you’re deaf”

A warning for interviewers. Never say
“so, you’re deaf” with a deaf applicant.
It cost his company money when the deaf
applicant filed a lawsuit on basis of
discrimination! That deaf applicant,
by the way, had years of experience in the
job he was applying for.

 

— A deaf “fireman” on TV sitcom

A deaf “fireman” appeared on the Station 19
sitcom on TV. It was Nyle DiMarco. The
reviews said the TV audience was pretty
much hooked into the program.

 

— A deaf service agency in trouble

Deaf Service agency in Tennessee is in trouble.
An audit said:

stolen money, forged checks and fake
financial documents

The agency said it is not what is happening!
Do stay tuned as truth will sort things out.

 

 

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2019/05/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 16, 2019

 

— fast voice vs slow texts

In Galveston County (Texas), stopwatch tests were
taken on voices and texts at 911 centers. It said
that:

voice – few seconds
texts – 3 minutes; sometimes 15 minutes; sometimes 30 minutes

Not best news for us, but hope future technology will
make text times equal or better than voice times!

 

— FCC’s captioning rules

FCC had a forum to get feedback from the deaf public.
The feedback was this:

captions must be perfect

captions must be shown at the same time voice was heard

captions must be shown froms start of program to end of program
(this means dull and boring commercials)

captions must not block other TV graphics

Perfect captions? Deaf people have been complaining for
almost 40 years. Same complaints every year with
promises, promises and promises! And captioning companies
still give us same old excuses.

 

— the deaf in military

Should the deaf serve in the military? The
Communication Service for the Deaf (Austin, TX)
thinks so. This agency plans to support
legislation to allow this to happen. Good or
bad? Does one have to hear to serve or does
one have to see to serve? Some nations allow
the deaf to serve, but USA doesn’t.

 

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2019/05/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 15, 2019

— deaf devices at 2020 Tokyo hearing Olympics

The 2020 Tokyo hearing Olympics expect some deaf
Japanese people to serve as volunteers, as well as
deaf fans from all over the world. To accommodate
these deaf people, tablet devices would be
provided, allowing them to communicate with the
hearing both ways.

 

— more on Australia being anti-deaf

A columnist for an Australian newspaper admitted
that this country has a racist point of view,
especially towards the deaf and the disabled.
He made this comment:

We see people with disabilities as having no value,
only a cost

He also said that a big reason is the law – Immigration
Restriction Act of 1901. Deaf people born in
Australia are safe; just that deaf immigrants
and deaf tourists are not welcome. Very sad
that racism exists in one of the world’s
wealthiest nations.

 

— good news for deaf riders of Uber cars

Uber today made the announcement that a Quiet
Mode will be installed in Uber cars. This is for
riders that don’t want to talk to the drivers.
When Uber drivers start to talk to the deaf,
it makes things uncomfortable. No more!

 

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2019/05/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 14, 2019

— important deaf person at a world-wide financial newspaper

Ben Fletcher, who is deaf, is an engineer with the Financial
Times, a financial newspaper published in London, which is
read all over the world by financial people, business people
and economists. It competes with the Wall Street Journal.
Anyway, Ben, who is also deaf-blind, helps design printing
machinery which makes smoother the publication of these
newspapers. He must make sure the machinery does not mess up
and delay the newspaper distributions on a daily basis.
This is the reason why he is important.

 

— world’s largest sign language class

Utah State University is trying to get into the
Guinness World Record for the biggest sign language
class ever. A joke? Well, the goal of the sign
language teachers is to enroll 1,500 people to
attend a class at a public arena so that the
university can brag about it. Very difficult
to learn sign language if there are 1,500
students around, screaming and making noises.
The smaller the sign language class, the better
it is for hearing students to learn these
signs.

 

— Deaf Economy

Is there such a thing as Deaf Economy? A recent
newspaper story said that the establishment of a
new deaf-owned business is going to help Deaf
Economy. Not exactly sure what the newspaper
is saying! Deaf Economy means one thing – that
all deaf people would buy products, services and goods
from these deaf owned business. Is it Deaf
Economy if a deaf person drives across the
city just to buy one thing from a deaf-owned
business? Don’t know – but economists love
to disagree over everything related to
economics!

 

 

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2019/05/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 13, 2019

— deaf-owned business or hearing-owned business

A deaf businessman made this comment that hearing
customers would pick a hearing-owned business
over the deaf-owned business. Correct? Not
always that so. Roberto Wirth, who is deaf,
owns Hotel Hassler (Rome, Italy) considered to
be one of world’s best hotels. The late Al Van
Nevel was a career executive in the insurance industry,
selling many policies because he knew more about
how insurance works as compared to his competitors.
A deaf man, doing home repairs, had his hearing
sons handle all of his customers’ phone calls.

 

— a twist, bad one, with a museum interpreted tour

The New Museum (New York City) made this announcement
that one of their tours will be ASL-interpreted.
The first twist is that first priority in joining the
tour are deaf museum-goers. The bad twist is that
ASL students cannot join the tour. A bad twist?
Yes, but the museum excuse is limited capacity.
What if the ASL student is deaf and is desperate
to learn ASL? He just stays home.

 

— Coda’s unusual challenge

Kamila Carter, a 13-year old girl, is an
unusual Coda. Her mother is a deaf Mexican.
Her father is a deaf American. Her
grandmother, hearing, speaks English.
To communicate with all three of them,
she had to use Mexican Sign Language,
ASL and spoken English. And her goal is
to help the deaf in China, which led her
to learn a 4th language – Mandarin.
She just gave a speech at the annual
National Chinese Language Conference,
detailing her communication experiences
with her parents.

 

 

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