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DeafDigest – 28 April 2019

DeafDigest Blue – April 28, 2019
Blue Edition – updated every Monday
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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube
This week’s ASL videos in youtube
Top stories about the deaf:
A deaf man from Scotland wanted to apply
for his driver’s license, and requested
an interpreter for his driving and written
exams. The license office couldn’t (or
refused) to get him an interpreter.
They did provide him with a video of an
interpreter that signed in British Sign
Language, which the deaf applicant
couldn’t understand. It was a big story
in a newspaper in Scotland.
A deaf prisoner in Vermont has accused
the state prison system of repeatedly
refusing her requests to have her broken
hearing aids fixed and to furnish her
with batteries. The State Human Rights
panel has sided with her.
17 TTY machines in a Montana county! That
was the focus of the story about emergency
preparedness testings in Yellowstone
County. It said it involved 68,642 phone calls,
603 emails, 1,495 text messages and 17 TDD’s.
Mark Medoff, not deaf, passed away. He wrote
‘Children of a Lesser God’ which made
Phyllis Frelich and Marlee Matlin famous.
Developing the Ukrainian sign language will
be the responsibility of the National Commission
for Standards of the State Language, and the
Ukrainian Language Center. What if the deaf
invent signs that is not part of the
language agenda?
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
We often see hearing people whisper something into
other hearing person’s ear.
It is like telling something about a big secret that
they don’t want others to know. We also know that this
whisper is very quiet with very low voice so others
can’t hear.
Why would some hearing people whisper something into
a deaf person’s ear knowing that the deaf person
cannot hear it?
And also why would these same hearing people
speak so loud with that whisper on deaf person’s ear?
A big mystery.
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Lip reading tale
Two old time baseball fans were talking about
past players.
The deaf fan thought the hearing fan said:
Just was a good player
The hearing fan actually said:
Joost was a good player
(Eddie Joost was a major leaguer, playing
three decades, 1930’s through 1950’s)
This week’s ASL video in youtube
    We have some deaf dentists, some deaf doctors,
some deaf architects, etc.
    We should try to give business to these deaf
professionals. but sometimes it is hard or
impossible. Why?
    This is an example. A deaf person wanted a
deaf architect to design and build a house for
him and his family.
    The deaf architect turned him down. Reason
was that the architect was not familiar with
the town’s zoning regulations and construction
license requirements. He told the deaf person
to find a hearing architect that knows the
town’s laws and regulations.
    So, the deaf architect lost business but
was honest about it.
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Because it is very important that all caption viewers become advocates for
better quality captioning, it is also important for us to understand what
kinds of errors are made in realtime captioning.
Sometimes people do not understand how a captioner could have made an
error because what came up on the screen seems to be totally different
from what was said. They think that the captioner might have misunderstood
or misheard what was said. Sometimes they think that the captioner is not
very smart.
That may not be the case. What may have happened was a small fingering
error by the captioner, and that turned one word into something totally
Because the steno keyboard is very different from a computer or typewriter
keyboard and because captioners are writing whole words and phrases at the
same time, the “typos” that a captioner makes look very different from
typos on a traditional QWERTY keyboard.
If a captioner slips with one finger, it may not just change one letter in
a word, but it can totally change the word into another word.
Here is an example of a fingering error.
A captioner may have intended to write:
“We will be discussing how to prepare for the financial collapse.”
However, because of a slight misfingering error where the captioner moved
his or her right middle finger down slightly, it was transcribed as:
“We will be discussing how to prepare for the financial clans.”
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    The famous (Hearing) Monopoly board game involves
properties such as Kentucky Ave, Pennsylvania Ave,
Vermont Ave, New York Ave, etc.
    What about Deaf Avenues? This may be possible
because of efforts of the Deaf Awareness Group of
SW Missouri which is building and marketing their
own Deaf Monopoly game!
    Deaf-related businesses and groups have been
contacted, and as a result, there are a few
open properties available.
    DeafDigest hopes this Deaf Monopoly game will be
News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
Canada, one of the world’s most advanced nations,
is struggling with newborn screening procedures.
Only four provinces require it; other provinces
ignore it! Why? This is what critics are asking.
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