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DeafDigest – 17 August 2020

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This week’s ASL videos in youtube:
Top stories about the deaf:
An administrator of an interpreting agency
said that ASL interpreting is a profession,
where as many hearing people thought it is
a hobby or a personal interest.
A deaf woman, that loves pizza, made this
complaint in a newspaper article – that she
patronized a pizza parlor for 35 years,
becoming acquainted with the long-time
owners. Come the new owners, she was treated
badly because of bad communications through
face mask. She will be taking her pizza
patronage at another pizza parlor.
The North Dakota capital has been spending
money to upgrade the legislative facilities.
It said money was spent to upgrade sound
systems for the hearing impaired. But nothing
was said about interpreters, captions, digital
displays and flashing signalers!
Lufthansa Technik, a German aircraft manufacturer,
said they will be training two deaf people to
become tool mechanics.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
A deaf member of a hearing college fraternity
was given a new-member hazing.
He, and new members of hearing college fraternity
were blindfolded and dumped at a park, a long
distance away from their college campus.
During the car ride to the secret location,
the hearing frat members could communicate with
each other by voice. The deaf Frat member was
stuck – alone, blind and abandoned!
This week’s ASL video in youtube:
Lip reading tale
A deaf person thought an angry hearing man said:
Sip your lip
The angry hearing man actually said:
Zip your lip
This week’s ASL video in youtube
    Two Gallaudet friends were playing basketball
at the Gallaudet Field House.
    One day one friend was wearing a sweatshirt with a
logo of a small town. The other friend looked at the
logo and was puzzled and asked few questions about it.
    Then after they were chatting with each other, they
realized they were 5th cousins – they compared their
family trees and were shocked they were related!
    Always a surprise with Deaf Family Trees.
This week’s ASL video in youtube:
A good thing to keep in mind as we’re reading through captioning errors is
that the final –S and final –T on the steno keyboard are by each other,
and they are both depressed by the little finger of the right hand by the
stenocaptioner. Because it is usually one of the weakest fingers for most
captioners, it accounts for a number of the captioning mistakes that you
may see.
If you see a word that would make more sense with a “t” rather than an “s”
at the end of a word or vice versa, you can mentally replace those
Some examples of this kind of error would be:
“He is known at the league’s best player.”
“It was hits last strikeout.”
“He threw a pat to the wide receiver.”
These should read:
“He is known as the league’s best player.”
“It was his last strikeout.”
“He threw a pass to the wide receiver.”
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
If a hearing shoplifter is violently tackled on the ground,
it is not front page news.
But if a deaf shoplifter is violently tackled on the ground,
it becomes international news within few minutes, thanks
to the internet and the video camera. This happened to a
deaf man, accused of shoplifting. He exited a store
in Los Angeles, unaware that the alarm went off and was
violently tackled by the security guard.
This episode has become a hot issue in the Deaf Community,
only because the security people did not know that the
captured person was deaf.
Did he shoplift or not? Computers that trigger the
store alarm may be malfunctioning! Or maybe not.
News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf has
announced that all interpreter evaluation
tests are being suspended for the time being.
Reason is to make sure criteria and credentialing
are made workable. Good news or bad news?
Probably bad news because we may be stuck
with uncertified interpreters!
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