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DeafDigest – 31 March 2019

DeafDigest Blue – March 31, 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:
The British Deaf Association (equivalent to
our NAD) is having serious issues. The
Deaf Community wanted to know more about it –
and were told to watch the captioned streaming
video. The videos never worked at all, and
deaf people are angry about it.
An useless theft? Two thieves stole 12 packs of
hearing aid batteries from a Kroger
supermarket. They decided to return what they
stole, hoping to get a “refund” but instead
they were arrested.
Pallet Cafe, in Nairobi, in Kenya, has been
hiring the deaf to work as waiters and in
the kitchen. This cafe won praise in the
newspapers for hiring the deaf.
Claude Stout, the long time TDI Executive Director
has announced plans to retire on May 29, 2020.
This should give TDI plenty of time to find
his replacement.
U.S. Department of Labor is establishing
a network of apprentice work sites to help
the deaf and the disabled develop career
job skills.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
    The Block is a popular reality TV show in Australia.
This program has been around, on and off, since 2003.
    It is about 5 couples that buy houses for renovation
and then sell at auction for the highest price
    One of the apprentice carpenters on this
TV program is James Vea. He is deaf and on the program
his name is Deaf Tradie. Why that strange name? Do not
— This week’s ASL video in youtube:
Lip reading tale
A hearing man was talking with a deaf man
A military man in full uniform passed by them
The deaf man thought hearing man said, while pointing
to the military man:
Look at the medal on his just
The hearing man actually said:
Look at the medal on his chest
This week’s ASL video in youtube
    A deaf group went to restaurant to eat together.
In that group was a hearing woman, whose husband
was deaf. That hearing woman was fluent in ASL
    A deaf woman, who hates hearing and loves ASL,
did not know the hearing woman, but both communicated
very well with each other in ASL.
    The waiter came to the table to get orders from
the menu.
    The hearing woman spoke to the waiter about her
order. The deaf woman saw it and got very angry.
    She thought the hearing woman was deaf and
was trying to use her “oral skills”.
    The deaf woman’s husband cooled her off and
explained that it was a hearing woman, fluent
in ASL and whose husband was deaf.
    The deaf woman’s face became red.
— This week’s ASL video in youtube:
Another type of realtime captioning error that people may not understand
is when something comes up as two words when it should be one word or vice
versa.  They may think the realtime captioner does not know that certain
words are compound words.
What many people do not understand is that there is no space bar on the
steno keyboard.  A broadcast captioner or CART captioner will write one
stroke at a time.  That stroke may be a word or phrase on its own, or it
may have to be combined with the stroke before it or after it to make a
word.  Examples of words that could create problems are “off,” “on,”
“over,” “back,” “through,” and “out.”
Even though a captioner writes phonetically, in order to avoid word
boundary problems, the captioner must have different ways to write a word
when it stands on its own as opposed to when it is used as a prefix or
If a captioner put the word “overtime” in his or her dictionary, it could
present a problem when sentences like these come up:
“The fee started at $5 and increased overtime.”
This should read:
“The fee started at $5 and increased over time.”
“He read a newspaper at the airport during his lay overtime.”
This should read:
“He read a newspaper at the airport during his layover time.”
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    Maple Woods Community College, in Missouri, may close
up its sign language interpreting program, leaving
Johnson County Community College as the only one in
the metro area.
    Why may it close up? Low enrollment is the reason.
Low enrollment in bad economy when demand for
interpreters is at an unparalleled high.
    Something is not right.
News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
NAD CEO Howard Rosenblum has been re-appointed by Obama
to serve on the  U.S. Access Board. What does this board do?
It makes sure facilities are accessible for the deaf. In
the case of the deaf, it means one thing – captions, captions
and captions.
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