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DeafDigest – 04 November 2018

DeafDigest Blue – November 4, 2018
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This week’s ASL videos in youtube
Top stories about the deaf:
Everyone knows that Washington, DC has a ASL Starbucks
store. Yet, there was a story in a newspaper in
Malaysia which credits its own Malaysian Sign Language
Starbucks store, and that a team of Starbucks USA
people came over to study how it works. There was
no reference in the newspaper about the Washington, DC
store – just that it was referred as a USA Starbucks
store. Strange? Yes!
A deaf woman in Kern County (California) was
arrested and held in prison for five days –
without an interpreter. As a result, she has
filed a lawsuit against the county and
the sheriff and his staff.
A newspaper editorial suggested the pooling of
three local agencies – the City Council,
Board of Education and County to split the costs
of closed captioning their own council meetings.
No one, yet, however is taking up on that
suggestion for one reason – local politics.
Melissa McKee won her fight to have emergency
rooms in Ontario hospitals fully accommodate
deaf patients. In the past, it was “too bad”
for deaf patients that missed their turn
in the waiting rooms.
The government of India has rules that
interpreters must be present at all public
events, including TV news.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
    Many deaf people went to oral schools for the deaf.
Some of them speak very well. Some of them still cannot
speak well.
    If everyone understands the oral person’s speech,
then it is congratulations.
    But if everyone do not understand the oral
person’s speech, then it could be a problem.
    If that oral person with poor speech goes to the
restaurants and points to the menu the order he wants,
this is fine.
    But if that same poor speech oral person stubbornly
speaks repeatedly on his restaurant order even if
the waiter does not understand him, then it is
    Is it worth to be stubborn because of high pride?
DeafDigest says no!
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Lip reading tale
two hearing people – one with last name Riggs and the
other one with Griggs.
Try lipreading either last name!
This week’s ASL video in youtube
    We all know that Alexander Graham Bell won the patent
for the first telephone. We also know that he married
a deaf woman, was interested in the oral education of
the deaf, and that the AgBell was named after him.
    What would have happened if he did not win the
telephone patent? Bell raced against another man, Elisha
Gray for the first telephone patent. Bell arrived at the
US Patents Office, beating Gray by a few minutes in 1876!
    Elisha Gray Association for the Deaf? No way, Gray
was not interested in the deaf. Bell was!
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People have asked me this: Are there some shows that may be impossible to
caption as a realtime captioner? What about some of the reality programs
where cops are nabbing thieves, bounty hunters are chasing bail jumpers,
and repo people are towing away repossessed cars?
On some of these shows, it seems like everyone is talking at the same
time, and they’re using terminology that ordinary people may not
Fortunately, most of these programs are recorded in advance, and they
should not need to use realtime captioners. These programs are captioned
using post-production captioning. Although the programs may be difficult
to caption, someone may be able to take the time to listen to the same
segment over and over in order to try to understand what everyone is
saying. The captioner may be able to research unusual terminology on the
Unfortunately, in order to save money, sometimes producers of shows are
choosing to use realtime captioning rather than post-production captioning
on these types of shows. When that happens, you may run into a
circumstance where it is an impossible show to caption accurately.
If the speakers are too fast-paced and overlapping or if they are using
unfamiliar terminology, the realtime captioners can only do the best that
they can do the first time around. They don’t get another chance to
listen to it. In this circumstance, it really is unfair to the caption
viewers because they deserve to see more accurate captioning.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    Cochlear implants on the assembly line?
As with automobiles on the assembly line in
Detroit auto plants?
    Well, there was a story of Apollo Hospital
in Hyderabad, India performing 18 CI operations
in one day, and claiming it was a world record!
    DeafDigest is not sure why are these implants
performed at a high speed rate?
    The hospital may brag about their high number
of implants – but the bottom line is – are these
children followed up with for years with coaching
and programming?
News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
The FCC has issued a special report that lies down the
ground rules for relay service operations. This was
to ensue that fraud will not happen again and that
all providers must follow the rules.
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