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DeafDigest – 20 January 2019

DeafDigest Blue – January 20, 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:
Zurich UK, a British financial services company,
has set up a video relay line to help accommodate
its deaf customers.
DeafDigest knows of some deaf people that went
through sudden-deafness syndrome. Also some
deaf people that cannot hear high frequency
sounds. And now this – a hearing woman suddenly
could not hear male voices but can hear female
voices. This is a first that DeafDigest has known of.
The Ruderman Family Foundation and Yale School of Drama
have become partners in a mission – to push the
deaf and the disabled into jobs in the entertainment
Aaron Loggin will be singing Super Bowl National
Anthem in ASL. Same old question as with past
Super Bowls, will the TV screen include him or
cut him off?
Idaho insurance companies are now required to cover
hearing aid costs for deaf children. It was the
result of a rule change in the state.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
    A hearing actor won a role to play a deaf
character in a movie. He knew nothing about ASL.
    It took him 44 days of private ASL training
for him to use sign language in the movie.
    The movie itself took 11 days to finish. This
means a 4 to 1 ratio – 44 days of ASL classes for a
11-day movie!
– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
Lip reading tale
A hearing man was chatting with his deaf friend
about NCAA national championship football game.
The deaf person thought the hearing man said:
This was the right win for Clemson
The hearing man actually said:
This was the giant win for Clemson
This week’s ASL video in youtube
    About 15 years ago, one deaf football star in a
public high school received a few football scholarship
    He had a hard time making a choice. Deaf students
in one college told him their interpreters were
lousy, but he knew he would play a lot if he
picked that college.
    Deaf students at the other college told him
interpreters were the best, but he knew he would
not play much if he picked that college.
    He decided to pick the second college because
it offered best interpreters.
    As a result, he played very little in four
seasons of football!
– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
Some people think that all broadcast captioners and CART captioners use
the same “code” when they write on their steno machines. However, that is
not true. Every captioner writes somewhat differently.
Even though there are some similarities to all styles of writing on a
steno machine, each captioner modifies his or her own steno theory. There
are a number of steno theories that have been taught by the different
court reporting/captioning schools.
As the captioner is taught steno theory, he or she is taught the basic
location of the keys on the keyboard and what combinations of letters to
use to make other letters. For example, in most steno theories, the
letters “TPH” when depressed with the left hand will be used to represent
the sound of the letter “N” at the beginning of a word.
After the captioner learns the basic theory, he or she will continue to
tweak their writing throughout their entire career. Even someone who has
been in the business for many years will find new ways to write certain
sounds, words, or phrases.
You can find forums on the internet where court reporters and captioners
share information about how they write, and new ideas and concepts can be
incorporated in all steno theories.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    Two schools for the deaf in St Paul, Minnesota
will be merging this year. The involved schools
are Minnesota North Star Academy (high school)
and Metro Deaf School (preK-8). The combined
facility will be at 1471 Brewster St.
    DeafDigest is not sure if it is the first
time two separate schools for the deaf have
News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
We have a list of deaf nurses. This list will grow
by one more new nurse that is deaf. There was a big
newspaper story of Kimber Fink, Faith, NC who just
graduated from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences.
She was constantly told all throughout her life that
she cannot become a nurse because of her deafness.
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