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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 23, 2012

— A difference between Ashley Fiolek and Marlee Matlin

Ashley Fiolek is a famous deaf motocross champion.
Marlee Matlin is a famous deaf actress. What is the
difference between these famous deaf women? Marlee
requires all of her movie and TV appearances to be
captioned. Ashley performed in a recent Red Bull/Honda
commercial – that was not captioned! Did Ashley ask
the TV people to caption the filming?

— ASL could instruct computer what to do!

A deaf person using ASL to tell the computer to do
something? Yes, as Microsoft engineers may make it
possible with the new SoundWave software. SoundWave
can recognize hand gestures. With more software
improvements, SoundWave may later recognize
ASL. If successful then we can use ASL with our
tablets and smart phones!

— Times Square’s CBS Super Screen shows important deaf message

New York’s Times Square has the CBS Super Screen. Everyone
looks at it while walking through. And it is showing
a deaf message – the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services
and its Public Service Announcement about rights and
needs of deaf women in domestic situations. These messages
are 15 seconds long and rotates with other messages.

— Insulting the deaf while seeking help from the deaf

A hearing person posted on a deaf web site this message:

I am not deaf, and very thankful for that. I wish to
learn ASL. Please tell me where are the ASL classes
being held?

Not a surprise; no deaf person helped that hearing person.
No one should ever say in front of a deaf person that he
is thankful for not being deaf! It is very insulting.



— Fire alarm at theatre that showed captioned movie

A moviehouse in Abingdon, MD was showing the captioning of
the movie “Avengers.” An angry hearing patron, who did not
want captions, complained to the theater general manager.
The manager offered a refund, but the man turned it down
and then watched the captioned movie. When the movie ended,
the man, still upset, demanded his money back. The manager said
no because he already saw the film. The angry man then pulled
the fire alarm! He was arrested and may be fined $5,000!

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