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DeafDigest – 15 October 2018

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Top stories about the deaf:
One of the new businesses in Jordan is a flower
shop. The partners in that flower shop are deaf.
They use flat screen computers to communicate
with hearing customers.
The sponsor of a comic book event said interpreters
will be provided if advance notice is given.
Last minute hearing patrons do not have these
advance notice needs; not that so with the deaf.
New York City will give grants to small theaters
to make these accessible to the deaf (captions)
on smartphones and tablets.
The Kenya Deaf Community has petitioned the
Parliament to give deaf individuals jobs
in the public sector.
In Ibadan, one of Nigeria’s largest cities,
funding is scarce for Deaf Education services.
A group of deaf students are in protest.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
    Many deaf people complain about discrimination
at fast food drive in kiosks. They cannot use
voice for their hamburger orders.
    Hopefully this may change. There have been
McDonald’s employees at drive in kiosks,
taking orders in person instead of using
voice on kiosks.
    Maybe it is a way for McDonald’s to avoid
ADA lawsuits with deaf customers?
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Lip reading tale
Two deaf people were talking with a hearing
friend in Pensacola Beach, Florida
Both deaf people got confused and thought
the hearing person either said:
both were the names of separate bars in
Pensacola Beach.
This week’s ASL video in youtube
    This is a nightmare. You have problems with cable
internet service. You contact the cable company through
internet relay to ask for assistance.
    The service representative advises you to disconnect
the router and then to reconnect it and to let him know
if it works.
    It is hard to explain to the customer service
representative that if you disconnect the router, the
relay call is disconnected. You explain this to him – and
he does not believe you because he thinks you are using
the TTY machine to contact him through the relay!
    This is a nightmare.
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How long does a baseball game last?  What if there’s a rain delay?  What
if it goes into extra innings?  You may not realize that these are all
important questions that people who schedule realtime captioners need to
think about.
Can a captioner be scheduled to cover a 1:00 p.m. baseball game and a 6:00
p.m. news broadcast?  Most baseball games last about 3 hours, so you would
think that the captioner should be able to cover both assignments.
However, what if the game sets a new record?
In 1984, the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers played a game that
lasted 8 hours and 6 minutes.  Actually, because of Major League Baseball
rules stating that an inning cannot begin after 12:59 a.m., the players
and fans had to come back on the next day to complete the game.
Could a captioner be scheduled to caption a half-hour news broadcast at
5:00 p.m. if he or she is also scheduled to caption the post-game show for
a baseball game that begins at 4:00 p.m.?  Once again, you would think the
captioner would have plenty of time, but what if the game set a record as
the shortest game in history?
The New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies set the record for the
quickest played game in Major League Baseball history in 1919.  They were
able to finish in only 51 minutes.
As you can see, scheduling captioners for events based on the times of
baseball games can be difficult, and you may need to have a backup plan.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    When a deaf person wins a Federal lower court case, victory
celebration is often premature until the Court of Appeals affirms
it. And again, the Court of Appeals victory means nothing until
the Supreme Court weighs on it.
    This refers to the Ronald Lockhart vs Fedex case. Lockhart,
a deaf man, was discriminated against in his place of employment
at Fedex, and so, he sued.
    He won. Fedex appealed. Lockhart won again. Fedex again appealed
and the Supreme Court decided in Lockhart’s favor.
    The lower court $100,000 punitive damages award that was
continuously appealed by Fedex probably lost the loser millions
and millions of dollars in legal fees! Who knows – just pocket
change to Fedex?
News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
When Colonel Gadaffi, the Libyan strongman, was overthrown, it took
the efforts of seven militia brigades to do the job. One of these
brigades was Misrata Deaf Brigade, all of these fighters being
deaf. This 100-strong brigade is claiming credit for the overthrow.
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