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DeafDigest Blue – November 29, 2015

DeafDigest Blue – November 29, 2015

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Saturday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise


Top stories about the deaf:

James Castle, who became famous after his death for his quirky
artwork, will have his Idaho house preserved thanks to a
community-wide fund raising drive. Castle liked to draw
on scraps of paper that he saved for years until his
death. He attended Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind
but never learned to read or write.

Deborah Willow, who is deaf, has been appointed as the
director of Washington Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Her appointment takes effect on January 5, 2016.

The deaf of India and Pakistan getting along with each
other much better than the governments of both nations?
Well, there is an effort by the deaf to establish
a common Indian-Pakistanian sign language.

Bill Corwin is stepping down from his position as the
president of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
after nine years. During his regime he had the
school evolve from a sole campus to satellite
campuses across the nation.

Airbus has been giving workshops for its employees,
educating them on many issues – including how to be
sensitive to the needs of the deaf.


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A deaf person has a medical appointment. He told
the desk receptionist he is deaf.
When it was his turn to be called into the doctor’s
office, the receptionist stood up in front of him,
but her clipboard accidentally covered her lips.
The deaf person could not read lips through the


First postal card to mention something that is


Many hearing people learn ASL and use it for a short
time before forgetting it.
DeafDigest editor recently met a woman who signed
Thank You in ASL with a hearing child.
Puzzled, DeafDigest editor asked the woman. She
said she taught in a deaf school for a short time,
but when she left, she forgot all about ASL – except
for Thank You!


College named after a deaf person



Grumbled an administrator of an interpreting agency:

demanding deaf clients ask for interpreters at the
last minute and throw a terrible fit when we turn
down their requests


What should a captioner do if a word isn’t in his or her computer dictionary?

The hard part about being a captioner is that you cannot be a total expert in all areas. No matter how good captioners are, they all run across situations where some unusual word is not in their dictionary.

A situation was brought to my attention where the words “carve telly” kept coming up in the captioning of a food show. One time the word “cavatelli” finally appeared. It was then realized that, all those times that “carve telly” came up, it should have been “cavatelli.”

When a word is not in a captioner’s dictionary, it can be a nightmare. Captioners usually write out complete words and syllables in each stroke. It is possible to spell out words letter by letter, but that is very slow compared to writing by syllables.

When a speaker is talking very fast and a word comes up that is not in the captioner’s dictionary, what can a captioner do?  In this case, it appears that this captioner just kept writing the sounds phonetically, and “carve telly” came up.

Another option is to try to fingerspell the word letter by letter. If it is a long word, that can be another big problem. The captioner may not be able to keep up with what is being said because fingerspelling a long word is much, much slower.

The other choice for the captioner may be to use a synonym. In this case, the captioner possibly could have written “pasta” so that the viewers could understand what was going on.


hearing people that always carry a long list of
stereotypes about the deaf

(Every deaf person, no matter if it is ASL, oral,
Cued Speech, late-deafened, hearing aid user, CI user,
etc, share these pet peeves. You may laugh or cry)



— you chew on piece of plastic on your salad and
complain to the manager; the manager says something
you don’t understand and wouldn’t write it down

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The McDonald Hearing Aid Center in 19 different northern California locations is in hot water with the state Department of Consumer Affairs. This provider has been accused of pushing deaf customers to purchase
unwanted hearing aids at wildly inflated prices.


News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

In Rome, Hotel Hassler is considered to be the
city’s best hotel, winning raves from well-to-do
tourists from everywhere, and from hotel critics.
Roberto Wirth, who is deaf, and came to USA
to get better educational opportunities to prepare
himself for a career in hotel management, is the
General Manager – in other words, the man who calls
the shots.
He graduated from American School for the Deaf
and attended both Gallaudet and NTID before continuing
his education at Cornell University’s famed program
in Hotel Management.
He recently was bestowed with the honor of the
2005 Independent Hotelier of the World.


News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Maryland School for the Deaf has two campuses, the
well known Frederick campus, and the relatively
newer campus at Columbia.

Past superintendent David M Denton was instrumental
in securing state funds to build the Columbia
campus which opened in 1973.

37 years later Denton was honored with the naming of
the main building after him. The ceremony took
place recently.


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

A big deaf irony is going on at the White House.
They have a deaf receptionist – Leah Katz-Hernandez,
who personally greets the world’s most powerful
people that come to discuss business with Obama.
Yet, White House videos are not captioned!


Always a political mystery.


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