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DeafDigest – 10 February 2019

DeafDigest Blue – February 10, 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:
As usual, the Super Bowl pre-game sign language
rendition of the National Anthem has been cut
off from the TV screen. The NFL has been
suffering from too many black eyes, and this is
another one.
The MYP, with 70 percent of voters, in the Puppy
Bowl, is Bumble, who is deaf and blind. DeafDigest
hopes she found a forever home.
Nebraska becomes the latest state to consider
a bill to remove the “hearing impaired” wording
and to replace it with “deaf and hard of hearing/deaf
or hard of hearing”
At the Philadelphia 30th Street Amtrak train stop,
the old fashioned information screen was taken down
last month because it was not ADA compliant. The
passengers were angry about it because they loved
that information screen. It will be put back on
to make passengers happy. How and to what extent
could it be made ADA-compliant, the railroad
officials yet do not have an answer!
A two year old deaf girl in the metro Boston
has 20 hearing neighbors willing to learn
sign language to communicate with her.
If this is true, this is unusual because
in almost all cases, neighbors do not bother
to learn sign language at all.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
    In the 1950’s and 1960’s, the most powerful deaf man in
USA was Boyce Williams.
    He worked for the old Health, Education and Welfare
cabinet in the Federal government. He started the
National Theatre of the Deaf, the Registry of Interpreters
for the Deaf, Captioned Films for the Deaf, Sign Language
program at NAD, the National Leadership Training Program
at CSUN, NTID and others.
    Suddenly, he lost his power. Why? Because his boss
was Mary E. Switzer. She had a lot of power and
allowed Boyce to follow his ideas. She retired,
and there was no one to work with Boyce.
    As a result, we have not gotten too many new
programs for the deaf since 1970’s.
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Lip reading tale
A deaf man and a hearing man were chatting on the sidewalk.
A stranger passed through them.
The deaf man thought the hearing man said:
He’s a millionaire
The hearing man actually said:
He’s a billionaire
This week’s ASL video in youtube
    A deaf husband and wife both have a cute hearing
grandchild from their hearing daughter.
    The cute child knows that her grandparents are
deaf – but she thinks everyone is deaf. When she
grows up she then realizes there are deaf people
and there are hearing people!
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As we have seen, the stenocaptioner’s personal dictionary is very
important to accurate translation. Every word must be in the dictionary in
order to translate properly. A captioner may be able to write very
accurately and quickly, but if the words have not been entered into the
dictionary, it may still be very difficult to follow what is being said.
Here is an example of the words being written correctly but not
translating properly because they have not been entered into the
captioner’s dictionary:
“Then he went on to discuss the core pus el and the cap Larry.”
This should read:
“Then he went on to discuss the corpuscle and the capillary.”
The words “corpuscle” and “capillary” must be entered in the personal
dictionary in order for them to translate properly.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    For years DeafDigest has always felt that the deaf
that want to actually fight fires are being discriminated
against. These deaf fire fighters at volunteer departments
are relegated to small fires, equipment operation and
other back room responsibilities.
    Well, in Mark S. Kite, Sr, who is deaf, we have a
Deaf Chief of a hearing volunteer fire department.
    He supervises his crew of 75 volunteer fire fighters
at the Yukon Volunteer Fire Company, located in the
Pittsburgh area. He was elevated to chief first week
in January. He was with the company for 31 years.
    Is he a deaf person, functioning as a hearing
person? No! He is deaf and uses ASL and when communicating
with hearing he relies on careful speech and lip reading.
Of course, there are hand signs that fire fighters use to
communicate with each other during fire fighting.
News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
Congressman Kevin Yoder has been reappointed to the
Gallaudet board of trustees. He is the one that has been
trying to form a Deaf Caucus on the Hill.
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