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DeafDigest – 16 September 2018

DeafDigest Blue – September 16, 2018
Blue Edition – updated every Monday
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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube
This week’s ASL videos in youtube
Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf doctor shock
Top stories about the deaf:
A 7-year old deaf child has not been to school
for eight months in Great Britain. The school
district has not been able to find a teacher
that can teach him on a daily basis. The
parents are very upset about it and have
been threatening legal action.
The welding classes at the Wisconsin Indianhead
Technical College has had three deaf students.
One more new student will be enrolling soon.
Is welding one of the options in employment?
Why not? Not everyone wants to attend college;
and many people are good with their hands.
In Pakistan, the deaf community is planning
a public demonstration, protesting that the
promised government quota of 5 percent job
allotment has never been implemented.
U.S. House Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint, introduced
a bill to block the deportation to Nigeria of
Francis Anwana, a deaf man who overstayed his
student visa for 34 years. ICE wanted to deport
him but backed off and said deportation is voluntary.
There was a story about British Sign Language
being credited for many of the world’s major
sign languages being developed. ASL? It
wasn’t mentioned in the article.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
    Every deaf service agency needs a lot of money.
Also, every school for the deaf needs a lot of money.
    Political contacts with the state legislators are
very important.
    One superintendent of a deaf school made his
own political contacts. He visited the offices of
all legislators in his home state. That state has
almost 200 legislators. This means 200 visits
with legislators’ offices.
    He would not talk about his school for the
deaf. He would just introduce himself as the
deaf school superintendent, and then they would
talk about anything – baseball, fishing, lousy
weather, great restaurants, etc, etc.
    Every year when the legislators vote on
the school budget, they all remember who the
superintendent is!
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Lip reading tale
A pharmacist was explaining a certain drug with
a deaf patient.
The deaf patient thought the pharmacist said:
You need to take the injection
The pharmacist actually said:
You need to take the Unjection
Unjection is a Pfizer Inc trademark with
respect to its XELJAN medicine
This week’s ASL video in youtube
    About 25 years ago, DeafDigest editor was
visiting his mother, who was in a hospital. He
needed to use a TTY to make a telephone call.
There was a TTY sign on the hospital wall,
but the hospital people did not know where
the TTY was located.
    The hospital people had to make many phone
calls to try to locate the TTY. The wait was
about an half hour. Finally they found the
TTY – but it was located in one building
on the huge hospital grounds. It took a very
long walk from one hospital building to another
hospital building to locate the TTY.
    Altogether, it took about an hour. That was
25 years ago; we are lucky we have pagers and
laptops that make communications much easier
for us!
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When a person who is deaf or hard of hearing attends school, there are a
number of different accommodations that may be appropriate. People should
be able to choose the method that would help them achieve their greatest
Obviously, for people whose primary language is ASL, a sign language
interpreter would be their first choice in most circumstances. However, if
the class involved specialized terminology or technical jargon, a
different accommodation might be selected.
Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) is word-for-word instant
speech-to-text translation. CART captioners attempt to give as close to a
verbatim translation as possible.
In addition to CART, there are other services that are sometimes used in
an educational setting. Using special software, people who are trained in
text-condensing strategies type onto a laptop computer. These services are
said to provide a meaning-for-meaning rendition of what is said.
Additionally, sometimes professional notetakers or student notetakers are
also used. Because there are currently no national testing standards for
notetakers, the quality of these services can vary widely.
One of the advantages of using a sign language interpreter or a CART
captioner over the other services is that the consumer is able to
understand almost everything that is going on in the class. With a
meaning-for-meaning transcript or notes taken by a notetaker, much of the
dialogue is lost.
A notetaker’s transcript of the class will be much shorter than the CART
captioner’s near-verbatim transcript. Some consumers may want to review
a transcript of the entire session and be able to choose for themselves
what is important, while others may appreciate only having to read through
a few pages of notes provided by the notetaker.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    Are presidential candidates Obama and McCain
sensitive to the needs of the disabled, the deaf
    No, says American Association of People with
News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a Coda, gave a speech
at a local gathering, praising employers for hiring the
deaf and the disabled.
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