2019/03/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 15, 2019

— deaf person involved with property management

DeafDigest editor met a deaf person who owns
a property management company, and operates
it on a full time 24/7 basis. Been in that
business for years, providing the family
with comfortable income. If someone says
a deaf person cannot own a property
management company, then that person is wrong!

 

— the CI and the deaf community leader

A leader of a deaf community decided to go for a
CI as he felt it would help him to hear better.
As a result, he was ostracized by the deaf community
despite his popularity and his effectiveness as
a leader. What happened? It created a copycat
“me, too” CI’s among others in the Deaf
Community. And slowly, the leader won back his
popularity and respect!

 

— Elvis Presley required a 3-way interpreting

World famous rocker Elvis Presley died in 1977.
There was a story of an Elvis Presley requiring
a three-way interpreting in a court session,
something to do with him getting into a fight
at a shop. He seemed to be deaf but functioned
as a hearing person, yet still requiring
3-way interpreting. It was not the legendary
Elvis but a young Irishman with the same name.
The judge ordered the case to go to trial.

 

 

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2019/03/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 14, 2019

— a non-sign language that always fascinates sign linguists

For some reason the Nicaraguan non-Sign Language has
fascinated sign language linguists over the years.
It first attracted notice in the late eighties and
then from time to time since then. Non-Sign Language?
The deaf people of Nicaragua communicate via body
language and gestures since there was no official
Nicaraguan Sign Language at that time.

 

— hearing then deaf then hearing then deaf

Hawkeye, in the comic books, started as a hearing
character, but over the years the cartoonist made
him deaf, then again hearing and then again deaf.
Fantasy? Yes. Realistic? No.

 

— shop talk sometimes hard for deaf to follow

When hearing people discuss work issues at a place
of employment, their language shifts towards
shop abbreviations and shop lingo with shop talk
thrown in. Even with interpreters it can be difficult
for the deaf to follow – nothing to do with lack of
knowledge but much to do with not seeing these words
come up every day, all the time!

 

 

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2019/03/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 13, 2019

— too many sign language machines

we have too many “inventors” claiming to be the
first to “invent” these sign language machines.
An article in the Smithsonian Magazine questioned
the usefulness of these (many) sign language
machines. The magazine is correct.

 

— a weakness in FCC’s captioning law

The FCC requires captioned videos on-line
only if that original program was already
captioned on TV. The loophole is videos
that were never shown in TV. Because
of lawsuits targeting that loophole,
the FCC may (or may not) require these
non-TV videos to be captioned. Confusing?
Yes, and this is why we have attorneys
fighting each other in the courts.

 

— to laugh or to cry at a doctor’s office

DeafDigest editor went to a doctor’s office
to pick up a patient. The receptionist knew
the editor was deaf and told him to go to
the waiting room to wait for the patient.
A different employee shouted out a name.
No response. She again shouted out this
name and again, no response. The editor
saw it all but assumed it was for a
different patient. The receptionist
then realized what was happening and
came over to him to go and pick up
that patient. A minor issue, yes, but
to laugh or to cry?

 

 

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2019/03/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 12, 2019

— Coda’s nightmare

Coda stands for Child of Deaf Adults. This abbreviation
has become a word over the years. In a newspaper story,
a Coda explained his nightmare – comments from friends
such as dummy, how can you speak if your parents sign,
do you interpret all tne time, do you always make noise
at home, and so on. Many codas deal with it; many
don’t.

 

— big publicity for nothing

British Airways announced that they were doing a
commercial involving deaf 12-year old female
twins. The British deaf community was excited
about it. The commercial taping only took
20 minutes. But when the commercial aired on
TV, the twins were missing, thus disappointing
the TV viewers. This is how it works in the
industry – that not everything that gets taped
gets shown!

 

— deaf food stand owner and impatient customers

There are deaf owners of food stands. They create
special menus where hearing customers could just
point to the dishes they want. Very helpful?
Not always! One deaf chef said there are always
some impatient customers that just want to
voice out their orders instead of pointing to
dishes on the menu. It is a big shame.

 

 

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2019/03/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 11, 2019

— the boss of a professional basketball team is deaf

Tamika Catchings, who is deaf, but functions as a hearing
person, was promoted to her new position as the Vice
President of Indiana Fever, a women’s pro basketball team in
WNBA. She is charge of all basketball operations.
Her goal is to become the General Manager of a team in
the NBA. Never say impossible.

 

— interpreter following deaf chef in kitchen!

A newspaper story said that a deaf chef in a kitchen
is always followed by an interpreter! A newspaper
story said that a deaf chef Saima Shafaatulla,
has an interpreter always with her in the kitchen
of the Grand Central Hotel, Glascow, Scotland.
Hard to believe. An interpreter at kitchen staff
meetings, yes, but during hectic kitchen moments
where everyone is yelling and there are always
kitchen mistakes.

 

 

— major travel agency makes deaf needs a priority

A travel agency has required all of its coffee cafes
to make everything deaf-accessible. This means
pad and pen always available for deaf travelers.
Also computerized table touch pads for them.
It is So-Coffee, operated by the agency
based in Poland! Why not American agencies?
We have ADA.

 

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