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DeafDigest – 21 October 2018

DeafDigest Blue – October 21, 2018
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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube
This week’s ASL videos in youtube
Top stories about the deaf:
Deaf students in India will be able to take their
exams in sign language, instead of in written
Ray Bradshaw, a British Coda, performs his stage
comedy acts, both by voice and by sign language
at the same time. DeafDigest knows of a few other
Coda comedians but do they use sign language on
the state?
In a recent newspaper story, National Deaf Center
Postsecondary Outcomes said that more than 50
percent of deaf people are unemployed.
The government of Switzerland is distributing
push notification apps for the deaf to be
notified in case of national emergencies.
A young deaf man, with special needs, has been
stuck in prison in Kenya for past five months
because his mother could not afford the bail money.
It has sparked outrage among special needs
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
    Few years ago, Gallaudet struggled with the
budget. Increases in salaries and health
insurance messed up the budget.
    But after struggling, the budget was approved.
Gallaudet was glad.
    Gallaudet University? No, it was Denny Gallaudet,
the past superintendent of the Richmond School
System in Maine!
    Is Gallaudet part of the famous Gallaudet family?
Some think so, but not sure.
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Lip reading tale
Two women, both not fluent in ASL, were
chatting with each other.
The first deaf woman thought the second deaf woman said:
I’m having my tongue taken out
The first deaf woman burst into tears, thinking it is
actually happening.
The second deaf woman, very embarrassed about the
uncontrollable crying of her friend, actually said:
I’m having my tonsils taken out
This week’s ASL video in youtube
    We use the trash can to throw out junk and
stuff we don’t need.
    And for some Deaf Historians, the trash can
is important.
    A Deaf Church was closing up for good. Everything
was thrown dumped into trash cans and trash bins.
    A Deaf Historian went through the trash cans
and saved important pictures and important
documents about the Deaf Church’s past and as saved
it for Deaf Historical Research.
    Without the trash cans, future deaf people will
know nothing about that Deaf Church’s past.
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What should a realtime captioner do if he or she simply does not
understand something that is said?
A captioner is writing along. Everything is going great. All of a sudden,
a word is said that is totally unfamiliar or somehow obscured by a sound.
Maybe someone coughed or sneezed. Maybe it’s a word that the captioner
has just never heard of.
These situations have happened to every captioner. Different captioners
may have different solutions depending on the situation and their
familiarity with the content that they are captioning.
If a captioner is generally familiar with the subject matter but does not
understand a particular word, the captioner may use another word to make
it make sense. This would be similar to what I understand many sign
language interpreters do. They convey the concept to their audience rather
than indicating that something was not understood.
If the captioner has clearly heard the word but is unfamiliar with it,
another option would be to just spell it out phonetically. Sometimes that
is helpful, but at other times it can be confusing to the users of the
Another option might be to use a parenthetical such as (inaudible) or
(indiscernible). This would show to the audience that the captioner had
problems with that word, but it may be confusing for them. They may
totally lose the meaning of the sentence because of the distraction of the
Each situation is different, and a captioner would have to make a decision
in a split second about the best way to handle it.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    Last week it was mentioned that Fedex lost in the Supreme
Court regarding a deaf employee that was discriminated against.
    Fedex lost again. The Supreme Court refused to review a
punitive monetary damages levied against Fedex.
    Said a deaf activist:
we are popping the champagne in few minutes
News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
Eye images used to discover hearing loss? Yes, according
to team of scientists at the Department of Biomedical
Engineering at Texas A&M University. They are saying
that when the eye is scanned, there are lightwaves
that indicate hearing loss.
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