2020/09/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 15, 2020

— National Labor Relations Board says RID broke no rules

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) deleted facebook
posts that discussed bad union issues and bad working conditions.
This complaint was brought to the attention of the National
Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In a ruling, NRLB said RID’s
actions was legal – because these postings were not made
by RID’s employees but by those not employed by RID!

 

— Union Pacific Railroad discriminates against deaf train conductor

DeafDigest editor was surprised that we do have a train
conductor that has been deaf most of his life. Train conductors
deal with passengers that never paid for their tickets or with
passengers that missed their stops, etc. He was employed
by the Union Pacific Railroad Company but was fired because
of his deafness. This lawsuit dragged on and just now, the
Seventh Circuit agreed to restart this lawsuit after it
was originally thrown out.

 

— One of world’s most famous movie comedians was deaf

Leslie Nielsen, the world’s most famous comedian, who made
many people laugh in his movies, was deaf. He passed away
ten years ago. He wore hearing aids all of his life and
for that reason, many people never knew of his deafness.
Take off his hearing aids, he was profoundly deaf.
ASL speaking? No, as he was able to function as a
hearing person.

 

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2020/09/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 14, 2020

— a twist in hiring the deaf

There have been some hearing parents that own big
businesses, but would not hire their deaf
children. There was an obitĀ  today – but with a twist –
it said that a deaf son that owned a medical practice
hired his deaf mother to be the office manager!
Being the office manager is not always that easy
a task, hence it is a big deal to hire the deaf.

 

— no interpreter in a court case

What is going to happen if the appointed interpreter
does not show up in a court case involving the deaf?
An upcoming workshop will be discussing this
situation – suggesting that deaf people have
rights, benefits and challenges in case there
are no interpreters. Really? In almost all cases
the judge will postpone the case.

 

— company co-started by the deaf now listed on the stock market

Do deaf-owned companies get listed on the stock market? Don’t
really know, but a company that was started by two partners,
one deaf and one hearing, has just got listed. The company
is AI-Media, which is one of USA’s largest captioning
providers. The deaf partner is second in command with
the company operations.

 

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2020/09/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 11, 2020

— too bright or just ok

The Architect Magazine ran a piece on the
new Mozzeria restaurant. What caught DeafDigest
editor’e eye was the apparent brightness
of the restaurant interior, as designed
by a “Deaf Space” architectural firm.
Too bright or just ok, perfect balance
between brightness and darkness? Do not
know – must go into Mozzeria to find out!
Admittedly DeafDigest editor hates to eat
in a very bright restaurant as much as
he hates to eat in a dark restaurant.

 

— deaf employee’s home needs

Many people, including the deaf, work at home
because of the pandemic. Do hearing employers
realize these deaf work needs? These needs
are password access, access to on-line work
interpreters, chat box to discuss work matters
with fellow employees, captions when work
videos are shown AND hearing employers
willing to write notes (and post them into
PDF formats)? And most important of all –
during these Zoom office meetings, do deaf
employees have equal voice?

 

— terps’ oops

Do interpreters make mistakes (oops) while
interpreting? A workshop, taking place in
Texas, focuses on how to quickly fix these
mistakes without the deaf in the audience
realizing these oops! To err is human, happens
to all – no matter the professions they are in.
No one is perfect.

 

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2020/09/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 10, 2020

— old Deaf films better than old Deaf videotapes

For deaf people that wish to preserve Deaf Heritage
or Deaf Culture, they need to realize that saving
old Deaf Films is much better than saving old
Deaf Videotapes! Says who? Says David H. Pierce,
who knows a thing or two about saving old Deaf
Stuff, as he operates Silent Network, which
focuses on these great Deaf History material
saved on videos and films. The Silent Network
banner ad is located on this web page.

 

— judge says White House “may” have violated ADA

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said the White
House “may” have violated federal law by refusing
to provide an interpreter during Covid news conferences.
“May” is the big word that bothers DeafDigest!
It is a big difference between a comment that
mentions “may” as compared to a comment that leaves
out that word. Anyway the White House must provide
a visible ASL interpreter at least on a temporary
basis. DeafDigest will not be surprised if the
White House immediately files an appeal. So
disappointing.

 

— personal trainer in gym or an all-deaf gym

There are deaf people that go to gyms for physical
work outs. Many of them struggle, trying to understand
the commands of gym directors. Some bring their
own personal trainers. Some do work outs on their
own. What about all-deaf gyms? A deaf member of an
all-deaf gym said it is a big and huge difference.

 

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2020/09/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 9, 2020

— same Mozzeria or different Mozzeria

Mozzeria has opened up for business in Washington, DC,
serving pizzas. It is being headed by CEO Ryan Maliszewski
and his management team. What about Russell and Melody Stein,
the owners of the San Franciso’s Mozzeria? They serve as
consultants, inasmuch as the current management team hopes
to franchise Mozzeria in other parts of USA at the rate
of two new restaurants per year. Are Mozzeria dishes
delicious? A food critic said:

I love their Duck Pizza and their Burrata dish

Hope the Duck Pizza and Burrata dish will taste as great
in DC as it is in San Francisco?

 

— new Oscar rules carry hope forĀ  deaf in Hollywood

Oscar has changed its rules to create diversity
(ethnic minority, racial minority, the disabled,
the LGBTQ, the deaf/hard of hearing, etc). It will
take effect in 2024, meaning in 2021, 2022 and
2023 Oscar may follow the old rules. Waiting
three years for it to happen? So disappointing!

 

— our deaf-owned businesses

A newspaper said there are less than 500 known deaf businesses
in the country. Really that few? Many deaf people work at
full time jobs but operate private businesses on the side,
pocketing taxable income. Does that count as part of 500
or as non-500?

 

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