2020/04/01

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 1, 2020

— not realizing that an interpreter is needed

Deaf people expect interpreters to be available.
Many hearing people do not realize that deaf people
are always expecting interpreters. This was a comment
an interpreter made during a newspaper interview.

 

— becoming late-hearing

A deaf activist that attends a hearing college said:

Most deaf wouldn’t choose to be hearing even if the
opportunity presented itself

Is he correct? Don’t know. If a person has been
deaf all his life and then all of a sudden he
becomes hearing, it is not easy to adjust to the
hearing world. There was a movie about a blind
man, suddenly able to see. He struggled about
his new vision and became uncomfortable with his
new vision world. He then chose to become blind again!
Sorry, DeafDigest editor cannot remember the
movie title as he saw it a long time ago.

 

— possible scary lockdown order

In the metro Washington, DC area, police officers
have been enforcing the rule that everyone must
stay home. They drive police cars and shout these
orders via horns. What if a deaf person (shopping
for groceries or walking the dog or walking to a
pharmacy) cannot hear the police warnings? Very scary!

 

 

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2020/03/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 31, 2020

— levels of interpreting

A newspaper story said that interpreters which
interpret Covid-19 announcements are bringing
the interpreting field to a next level. Not
sure exactly what is this supposed to mean –
because interpreters interpret all kinds of
announcements. Next level for interpreting
is these specialized fields – medical,
legal and others. To reach these next
levels interpreters must be certified first.

 

— Covid-19 traps a deaf American in Croatia

Howard Gorrell needs no introduction to many
people in the Deaf Community – political
activist, deaf sports leader and in the
past a former statistician with the
National Republican Party headquarters.
He was touring Croatia, doing family history
research when the pandemic broke out.
Not allowed to leave Croatia to come home,
he has remained in the nation – continuing
to do family history research. Hopefully he
will not have to wait too long before
coming home.

 

— White Houuse has not responded to us

A while ago, the White House made a Covid-19
announcement – which was not interpreted.
Deaf people were angry about it and asked
the White House why was this happening.
Did the White House respond? No.

 

 

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2020/03/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 30, 2020

— hearing aid dealers not considered essential business

Because of Covid-19, many non-essential businesses have
been closed. One of these businesses is hearing aid
dealers. Many ASL speaking deaf people wear hearing
aids and they rely on this device. When hearing aids
break down, it becomes a problem for them. Very sad.

 

— Nexstar hints that hearing first, deaf last

Some time back, the local WIVB (Buffalo, NY) TV station
did not caption an emergency announcement. This station
is one of the Nexstar local affiliates. A high ranking
Nexstar executive responded to the deaf viewer’s written
complaint – but the comments were vague. Anyway Nexstar
said that deaf people can access these delayed captions
much later, via other ways, after hearing people heard
about it first. This is a hint that deaf people are
last and hearing people are first. And to add insult to
injury, the deaf person, who is a male, was addressed
as a female in the letter, despite the male first name!

 

— same stamp design, two different-looking stamps

Helen Keller and her aide, Anne Sullivan, were pictured
in one stamp design. Yet, the Keller stamp from Brazil was
different from the Keller American stamp – though both
came from that same design. Shocking? No, according to
a person that knows much about stamps, it happens
from time to time with different nations.

 

 

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2020/03/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 27, 2020

— Beethoven’s hates

Beethoven is the world’s greatest musical
composer. He had two hates in life – people
that would praise him and music that went
wrong! This was a comment in a web site
today.

 

— Pandemic causes high number of relay calls

Not sure if pandemic is causing high number of
relay calls in USA, but Relay Missouri said
volume of their calls have been higher than
normal. Just hope that these state relay
services are able to handle these calls
normally. Relay calls are very important
to the deaf.

 

— blank-faced interpreter

All interpreters have to interpret these
unexpected bad, horrible and terrible news.
One interpreter told DeafDigest editor that
when she hears these bad news that she has
to interpret, she works very hard to keep
a blank face even when her stomach boils
inside her. For that reason she has always
been regarded as the best interpreter among
her peers.

 

 

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2020/03/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 26, 2020

— wearing a cape or not

An interpreter said:

Not all heroes wear capes

This is an unusual comment; many
people, including interpreters, work
in important professions, but we do
not always consider them heroes. These
heroes are those that jump into burning
buildings to save lives. Interpreters
do not jump into burning buildings.
They interpret important things the
deaf people need to know.

 

— movies involving Deaf Smith

Steve Baldwin, who is deaf and is the
nation’s #1 authority on Deaf Smith,
said there were about 10 movies that had
Deaf Smith roles. And these “Deaf Smith”
actors were either terrible or phonies.
The best Deaf Smith actor was in the
movie – Texas Rising. Those that want to
know all about Deaf Smith can go to
https://www.txssn.org/Page/522, courtesy
of Steve Baldwin.

 

— deaf denied a job in prison industry administration

The California Prison Industry Authority
oversees over 100 industries in 35 state
prisons. A deaf person applied for an
administrative job and was turned dwon because
of his deafness. They said it is a dangerous
work environment for a deaf person. He filed
a lawsuit and won and the prison industry
group promised not to let it happen again.

 

 

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