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DeafDigest – 29 September 2019

DeafDigest Blue – September 29, 2019
Blue Edition – updated every Monday
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Top stories about the deaf:
The International Day of Sign Languages took
place this week, honoring world wide’s 300
recognized sign languages, including ASL.
Vodafone Qatar, a telecommunications provider,
will staff sign language employees in
all of their stores in the country. It does
not mean employees that are deaf, just
hearing employees that know sign language.
The “Models of Diversity” catwalk took place
in London; one of the models is Ryan Trimmings.
He is deaf and the audience gave him a very loud
A new novel is out on the market – Emerald City.
Pretty much includes all the good and all the
bad things in Deaf Culture and in Deaf Community.
All fiction.
There is a fear that Judge L. Steven Grasz, a
recent presidential appointee, will cut down
on movie captions for the deaf moviegoers.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
Many years ago, printing was a popular job for the deaf.
Many deaf people earned good income and good living working
as printers.
Many of these deaf printers worked as linotype operators.
And some of them loved their jobs even though they had to
sit on a chair all day.
Why? Because they can read the material that they are typing
for the newspapers. At home, they read books because they enjoyed
This week’s ASL video in youtube:
Lip reading tale
A woman passed by a deaf person and hearing
person chatting in the hallway.
The deaf person thought hearing person said:
This is Dex
The hearing person actually said:
This is Tess
This week’s ASL video in youtube
    Two deaf people lived in their own apartments.
Both apartments were near each other. These two deaf
people were not friends with each other.
    Both bought their own wireless doorbell signalers.
Lamps in their apartments will flash when someone
presses on the door buttons.
    Unfortunately for them, their signalers were on
the same frequency. When someone rings at one
apartment, the other apartment will flash signals.
Same thing with another apartment.
    It drove both people crazy. They were angry at
each other and blamed each other for buying the
same doorbell model. It went on for several weeks
until one of them “gave up” by going to the
dealer to have the frequency changed.
This week’s ASL video in youtube:
As a CART captioner, I find that in certain circumstances one of the
hardest things for me is hearing and understanding what people are saying.
Sometimes people with a hearing loss don’t realize that there are
situations where people with normal hearing do not hear or understand a
If a speaker turns his or her back on you or if someone next to you
coughs, sneezes, or laughs, it can be impossible for someone with normal
hearing to hear every word that is said.
In a classroom setting, it can be difficult to get the students to speak
up to be heard. Sometimes they intentionally want to speak softly so that
no one will hear them make a mistake, or they may be shy and not want to
be embarrassed.
Another problem can be when the CART captioner is sitting in a position
where it is difficult to hear. The CART captioner may be positioned in the
corner of the room, and if the acoustics are not good, the captioner may
not hear or understand what is going on.
There can also be noises outside of the room that interfere with hearing.
Construction might be going on, and these would be sounds the captioner
would have to try to block out in order to hear the speakers.
If you find your CART captioner using “(inaudible)” frequently during an
event or if you find that what is coming up on the screen does not make
sense, you might want to ask the speakers if they would please speak up.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    Last week DeafDigest mentioned HR 3200, a
bill on Capitol Hill, which would give doctors
the authority to make infant hearing decisions,
meaning forcing CI on them, and that there is a
struggle between pro-CI and anti-CI factions.
    Well, what about it? DeafDigest does not
recommend HR 3200 as a bed time reading material.
    Why? This bill is over 1,000 pages. Complained
Rep. Bill Posey, R-FL:
it takes congressmen few days to read and to
understand what CI and deafness is all about
News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
The Nine East Network, a local service agency, has been
selected by the Vermont Agency of Education to take
care of the educational needs of the deaf children
in the state, now that Austine School for the Deaf has
closed its doors.
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