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DeafDigest – 05 December 2020

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Top stories about the deaf:

A newspaper story was headlined as follows:

Not all disabilities are visible, but everyone has at least one

For years we have known that deafness is one of the world’s
most invisible disability.


Worst nightmare for a deaf patient in the
operating room? No interpreter plus staff
(surgeons, assistants and nurses) in wearing
unlipreadable masks). This tale was profiled
in a local newspaper. ADA? Yes, but for some
reason the hospital didn’t follow these


The ACLU of Nebraska has ended its lawsuit against
Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
for discriminating against disabled prisoners.
One of the reasons was that a sign language
interpreter was given to one of the deaf


said a job recruiter in a newspaper interview:

You can understand why deaf people in corporate
America have to jump through many hoops to get to
where they want to be, professionally


An interpreting nightmare took place during a
traffic stop. The police officer, who should
have known better, asked the deaf driver’s
8-year old daughter, sitting in the backseat,
serve as interpreter. The hearing daughter
then went into a crying fit, forcing the
deaf mother to FaceTime her mother to serve
as interpreter!


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This week’s ASL video in youtube

This is a true story. DeafDigest will not mention who
the person is or what agency it was.
A deaf CEO was not happy about a deaf employee. He and the
deaf deputy CEO both agreed that the employee should be
The CEO wanted to be careful with words to inform the
employee that he was to be fired during a private meeting
between CEO, deputy CEO and the employee.
During that private meeting, the CEO had to go to the
restroom. When he came back, the employee was already
fired by the deputy CEO (without CEO’s permission).
The CEO was angry about it and also fired deputy CEO!

This week’s ASL video in youtube:


Lip reading tale

President-elect Biden will be bringing two dogs
and a cat to the White House.

A deaf friend thought a hearing friend said:
Biden is bringing a rescued dog to the White House

The hearing friend actually said:
Biden is bringing a rescue dog to the White House

A rescue dog is not the same as a rescued dog, unless
the rescued dog has been trained to become a rescue


This week’s ASL video in youtube

We have our own Deaf Social life. Some of us
go to deaf clubs, some go to deaf churches,
some go to deaf sporting events, some go to school
alumni reunions, etc.
Some deaf people do not go out and have a
social life. Yes, they have a social life but it is
different. They work at Gallaudet or NTID or at
schools for the deaf where there are many deaf
employees. When they work all day with their deaf
friends, it becomes their daily social life.
It is the same with deaf people at factories
where many other deaf people work there, too.
On weekends, they stay home because they get
tired of seeing the same old deaf faces every
day at work!

This week’s ASL video in youtube:



In reading through captioning errors, we have been looking at vowels and
vowel sounds. We have seen that many captioners write the steno AOU for
the long “u” sound or spelling.

Most captioners would write the steno AO for the “oo” sound or spelling.
Sometimes errors can occur in differentiating between those two sounds or
spellings, especially when captioners must do that at speeds over 200
words per minute.

Some examples of this would be:
The average gasoline and diesel fool prices fell this week.

He was driving an old book.

For her healthy lifestyle, she wanted everything poor and natural.

These should be:
The average gasoline and diesel fuel prices fell this week.

He was driving an old Buick.

For her healthy lifestyle, she wanted everything pure and natural.


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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Are deaf referees better than hearing referees?

This is what researchers at University of Sheffield
in England are saying.

They are saying that the deaf eyes observe much better
than hearing eyes and therefore are capable of making
better calls.


News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Is it language evolution when deaf children gesture out their
body language signs to express their comments?

Dougal Sutherland, not deaf and student at Swarthmore
College (PA), brought up this possibility.

While he is a Computer Science major, he also minors
in math AND in Linguistics. He feels that body language
signs is the first step towards a more formal sign language


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