2020/08/04

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 4, 2020

— fortunate to have relay services

In USA, the deaf people are fortunate to have
relay services. This cannot be said for other
nations overseas. In one nation, appointments
to COVID-19 testing centers require voice
telephone calls. That nation lacks a relay
service.

 

— tricks of a deaf farmer

In a newspaper interview, a deaf farmer explained
his bag of tricks – using eyes instead of ears
to look for problems and issues; feeling the
vibration in farm machinery; flashing signalers
and digital read outs, again in farm machinery;
using computer monitors to give updates on
his agricultural fields. And most important of
all, years of experience giving him the 6th
sense.

 

— deaf winner in Film Festival

Arnav Roy Choudhury, who is deaf, was voted as the
#1 animator at the Kosice International Monthly Film
Festival in Slovakia. His cartoon was judged to be
the best among his hearing competitors. The title of
his cartoon is The Open Window.

 

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2020/08/03

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 3, 2020

— finally a movie after 32 years

Nyle DiMarco is producing a “Deaf President Now”
movie. This historic event took place in 1988,
and there was a buzz among some interested deaf
people on making a movie out of it. This idea
got nowhere because of issues such as funding,
legal agreements, business structure, agreements
with writers and copyright ownerships, etc. This
being said, Nyle has succeeded in what other
deaf people in the entertainment field have
failed to do so!

 

— a deaf daredevil

Danny Murphy, who is deaf and is just 16 years old,
is a fearless daredevel. He has cleaned outside windows
of a tall building, jumping off a bridge with a
bungee, etc. Apparently Great Britain allows these
stunts to take place because it not that easy to
get away with it in USA.

 

— insurance for a deaf device

Could a deaf device by covered by insurance?
Yes, in the case of hearing aids by a pet
insurer. A dog ate the deaf owner’s hearing aid,
and insurer honored the coverage. Unusual?
Yes.

 

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2020/07/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 31, 2020

— hot selling burgers

Aris Burger stand is operated by two deaf men in
Bangi, a small town in Malaysia. The sign in front
of the stand tells the public that it is deaf-owned
and deaf-operated, and for patrons to write down
their orders in a note book. The burgers are so
popular that the note book gets full every few weeks,
and has to be replaced with a new note book!

 

— Silent Network returns to cable TV

Silent Network has affiliated with DATV of Dayton, OH
on the Spectrum cable network. Silent Network, which
started in 1979, has been showing programs through
broadcast, cable and satellite systems over the years.
It also shows accessible sign language programs through
Access Network.

 

— deaf actors’ nightmare

There have been occasions that deaf actors respond to a
casting call asking for deaf actor, only to show up
and find the interpreters not being around! It, indeed,
is a nightmare. Difficult to understand why these
producers would ask for a deaf actor without providing
an interpreter for him?

 

 

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2020/07/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 30, 2020

— forgiving Netflix or not forgiving Netflix

Several years back Netflix was slapped with a
lawsuit for not captioning all of its videos.

There was a headline today that said:
Netflix Celebrates ADA

Should we hate Netflix for refusing to caption
until the lawsuit forced them to do so. Or should
we forgive Netflix for supporting ADA?

 

— some last names of deaf people changed without permission

There is a bit of history behind some deaf people’s names being
changed without their permission! Immigration to USA was heavy
in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Deaf people,
without notes and pencils and without interpreters, were
asked by immigration agents for their last names. If the deaf
couldn’t communicate then these agents, deciding on the spot,
would write down last names that were different from their
own names.

 

— deaf character in a comic book; same character as hearing in a movie

Hawkeye has been profiled as a deaf character in the Marvel
comic book series but this same Hawkeye character has been
profiled as hearing character in movies and videos. Why?
Totally makes no sense at all.

 

 

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2020/07/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 29, 2020

— a first for Gallaudet

In a first for Gallaudet, a past chair of
the Board of Trustees has returned, years
later, to his old position. Past chairs
have only served once and that was it.
This repeat chair is Glenn Anderson, who
chaired between 1994 and 2005. As with all
colleges and universities across USA, these
are challenging times for Gallaudet. DeafDigest
has confidence that Anderson will again do a
great job.

 

— Hollywood may not listen to a popular Oscar winner

Octavia Spencer, not deaf, has achieved a Grand
Slam – an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and
three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She said today
that fake-deaf and fake-disabled actors should
NEVER play deaf roles and disabled roles. Will
Hollywood listen to her? DeafDigest has doubts
that Hollywood will listen, except for these
once-in-a-while token roles by the deaf and
the disabled.

 

— a deaf deer seen at a major city campus

Would a deer visit the campus of Gallaudet
University? There was a posting that it
happened, attracted by “free” food being
offered! Keep in mind years ago, part of the
Gallaudet campus was farm land. There was
a building that was called Hay Barn and the
football field was named Garlic Field. A
deer chasing Gallaudet ghosts?

 

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