2019/03/06

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 6, 2019

— explaining how it is to be deaf in hearing world

Jovita, 14-year old British deaf girl (last name not known),
is one of the finalists in the BC Young Reporter Competition.
Her story, as a deaf girl from a deaf family, dealing with
the hearing in the real world, beat out 1,500 competing
entries!

 

— not yet Halloween, but a horror movie

A new horror movie coming up is – Soul To Keep.
It features a deaf actress – Sandra Mae Frank,
who previously acted on stage in Broadway.
More details are coming up soon about that film.

 

 

— non-deaf person helping the deaf

Ask any older deaf person who was John Skakandy,
and the chances are that no one has heard of
him. The DeafDigest editor served TDI, Inc
as the CEO during the early eighties and made
many contacts among hearing people in the
computer, captions and TTY fields. Skakandy
just passed away, and the obit said he helped
set up a computer-based TTY system during the
early eighties. Obviously no one in the
Deaf Community also heard of him.

 

 

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2019/03/05

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 5, 2019

— trained by the best, but no job offers

There was a story of a deaf person wanting
to become a chef. The deaf agency sent him
to several top restaurants in the city
to be trained each day by these hearing
chefs. The story said these chefs worked
hard to teach the deaf chef these kitchen
tricks of the trade. Job offers – none
so far! Why? Are these chefs saying
“let other restaurants hire him, not me?”
These restaurants are in Karachi, Pakistan.

 

— deaf person is now top boss of a professional basketball team

Tamika Catchings, who is deaf but functions as a hearing
person, was promoted to a new position – as the vice president
of basketball operations of the Indiana Fever professional
women’s basketball team (WNBA). She retired few years ago
after a successful playing career with the same team.
Not sure exactly what her duties are but DeafDigest
feels she runs the show – has the final say on all
baskeball decisions (hiring, firing, drafting, signing
contracts, trading, etc). She probably does not know or
uses ASL.

 

— a failed Deaf Caucus

A story five years ago caught DeafDigest editor’s
attention. Past Congressman Kevin Yoder wanted to
form a Deaf Caucus on the Hill. His efforts did not
succeed. Possibly it is because he was not
re-elected from his district in Kansas.

 

 

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2019/03/04

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 4, 2019

— agencies say they don’t discriminate, but they do

No government agency would admit they discriminate
even when they do. A deaf person resigned from his
job with a government agency. The agency director
jumped high with joy. Reason – saving the agency
money in interpreting costs. Discrimination?
Yes.

 

— always scary

A deaf man was seated in a railroad seat.
A hearing person stood up and shouted abusive
comments, unaware that the person in front of him
was deaf. By luck, the deaf person turned around
and saw him ready to get into a fight. The
deaf person easily overwhelmed the abusive
person. Police came and the abusive person
was arrested. Scary? Yes, as it could happen
to any of us. In other words, try to always
watch your back.

 

— discrimination lawsuits said to be useless

Discrimination lawsuits useless? Deaf people win,
but does it change things. No, discrimination
continues. This is what an advocate said.

 

 

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2019/03/01

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 1, 2019

— bad recordkeeping in Martha’s Vineyard

Much have been said about generations of
people born deaf on Martha’s Vineyard and
that many villagers knew sign language
to communicate with the deaf as well as
with each other. It was learned that many
older natives could not remember which of
their ancestors were deaf and which were
hearing!

 

— two year program or four year program

Which interpreting program is better? Two
year (associate degree) or four year
(bachelor’s)? A coda’s parent said two year
is much cheaper than a four year program.
An administrator said two years may not be
enough for interpreting students to become
more fluent with their signs (expressive
and receptive).

 

— a serious problem with the deaf in prison

A most serious problem the deaf prisoners
face (asides from these ADA and discrimination
issues) is social isolation. Hearing prisoners
mingle with each other socially; not always
that so easy with the deaf.

 

 

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2019/02/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 28, 2019

— a powerful comment by an advocate

An advocate said that ADA itself is powerful, but
it does not help deaf people in social situations
(without interpreters) with hearing people. Examples
are private hearing/deaf parties; hearing/deaf
gatherings at restaurants; hearing/deaf family
dinner table, etc.

 

— basketball referee orders interpreter to get out

In a recent basketball game in Indiana, a hearing team
has a deaf player. The interpreter was always with
the deaf player – during practices and games.
But in one recent game, the referee told the
interpreter to get out and cannot interpret
at all. The Indiana High School Athletic Association
isn’t too happy about it and said it will
investigate the situation.

 

 

— police offers deaf 6 different choices

The police department in a small New Jersey
town has a card that would show deaf drivers
their choice of six different options –
Interpreter or texting or writing or
lip reading or no-lipreading or assistive
listening device – all during traffic stops.
Six different choices, yes, but the seventh
choice is overlooked – Certified Deaf Interpreter.

 

 

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2019/02/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 27, 2019

 

 

— saluting an Educator of the Deaf that departed us

Larry Hawkins has departed us. He served as the
superintendent of the Oklahoma School for the Deaf,
and before that, served the deaf community for so
many years in different capacities.

 

 

— an interesting newspaper headline

Today, a newspaper headline said:
Non-hearing Lee student pursues deaf ministry

What is the difference between non-hearing
and deaf? No difference but to mention both
phrases in the same headline is something
unusual and interesting.

 

 

— 24 important signs for first responders

24 different signs were identified as very
important for first responders to ask the
deaf during emergency situations. An
example is – where is your pain? There are
two concerns – that not every deaf person
knows signs and also not every first responders
would remember these 24 signs if they’ve never
used it previously.

 

 

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2019/02/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 26, 2019

— prison officers yelling at deaf inmates

One of the reasons why the federal judge in
Michigan said that the Michigan Department of
Corrections violated ADA regulations was
that prison officers were often yelling at
deaf inmates. Just yelling; no interpreters,
no gestures, no notetaking, etc.

— a famed Deaf Education program suspended

For years Western Maryland College (now McDaniel
College) trained many graduate students to
become teachers of the deaf. No more. This
program has been suspended. Many people are
not too happy about it. Keep in mind
that this program has been in decline in
past years because of competing on-line
programs and decreasing interest among
young people in becoming teachers.

 

— radio captions explained

A posting today explained what radio captions
is all about. A demonstration will be given
at a big event in Las Vegas soon. Anyway,
these radio captions show up in a browser
or an app site, telling us what the
radio is saying. Is it something that will
be popular in the deaf community because
we like to watch captions on the screen.
We are not used to reading captions all
by itself.

 

 

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2019/02/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 25, 2019

— an organization we do not have

In Myanamar (Burma) there is an organization
called Deaf Chefs Organization. In USA we have
a good number of deaf chefs but there is no
organization serving them. Keep in mind
DeafDigest ran a story few days ago on the deaf
Weiss chefs in the Los Angeles/Southern California
area.

 

 

— an interpreter that fainted on stage

A sign language interpreter fainted on the stage.
It was a hot day, and heat was the cause of her
collapse. Yes, it caused panic among the deaf
people in the audience. It took place in
Zimbabwe. Fortunately, the interpreter
recovered with no ill effects.

 

 

— biggest workplace problem

What is the biggest problem facing the deaf
at a workplace? According to human resources
people, it is just one word:

isolation

 

 

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2019/02/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 22, 2019

— deaf chef in a new documentary film

Darren Weiss, a deaf chef with the Chelsea’s in
Hermosa Beach, CA, will be featured in a
new documentary film. This is a great honor.
Just a warning; do not confuse him with
another deaf chef with the same last name,
Jonathan Weiss, that lives in the same
Southern California area. They are not
related to each other, but know each
other professionally.

 

 

— attorneys encouraging deaf to help them

A group of attorneys have been very much aware
that many deaf clients have language issues,
and are now getting advice from them.
Why not CDI? Well, these attorneys are
in Ireland.

 

— duty of deaf person with NASA

Johanna Lucht, who is deaf, has an important
job with the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
in Los Angeles. She watches the data on the
computer and shares the results with the staff.
She is probably the first deaf NASA engineer
to work at a flight control center. The NASA
has had other deaf engineers but never in
the flight control center.

 

 

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 21, 2019

— that airline attitude

It was widely written up in the newspapers
that Nyle DiMarco, who is physically fit,
was given a wheelchair because of his deafness.
It was written up today in another story
that the United Airlines’ attitude was this:

ooh, a deaf person, give him a wheelchair

— refusing to go to barber for a reason

Jonathan Brostoff, not deaf, is a legislator in
Wisconsin Assembly. He will not go to the barber
until the assembly passes a bill to hire more
ASL interpreters. His interest in deaf? He
worked for past Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) years
ago and made friends with two deaf interns
on the Hill and learned ASL from them.

— finally fired a racist employee

A deaf man and his hearing cousin went to a
pizza place to order a pizza. They then waited
for their order and picked it up. On the receipt,
it identified the deaf man with an inappropriate
word. The deaf man protested it with the manager
and was told the employee could not be fired
because there was no one else in the shop to
replace him. Few hours later the management
learned about the incident and immediately
fired the employee!

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