DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 15, 2012

— Deafness was a secret with a famous TV actress

Charlene Tilton, who played the role of Lucy Ewing
in the famous TV series – Dallas, during the early
eighties, was deaf. It was a secret with everyone.
Her TV producer and director knew nothing about it.
Her hearing aids were hidden in her hair. Why a
secret? She was afraid she would not be hired if
TV people knew of her deafness!


– An important deaf man in the Japanese court system

The courts in Japan operate differently from USA.
In Japan, lay judges handle non-jury court trials.
They have no law degrees, but investigate the cases,
study the evidence and decide if the defendants are
guilty or not guilty. One lay judge, Tomaru Takayuki,
is deaf and uses sign language. He has interpreters
in the court room. He is Japanese’s first deaf lay judge.

— New Zealand Parliament fights deaf legislator

New Zealand Parliament won’t pay for electronic
notetaking needs for Mojo Mathers, the first
deaf member of Parliament. Her party will pay but
may seek legal action to get money back from the
Parliament. She gave a speech, saying that Parliament
speaker’s attitude is wrong. New Zealand’s “ADA”
gives rights to the deaf. When Gary Malkowski
was in Ontario’s parliament, they paid for his
interpreters. It is different in New Zealand.
Already the New Zealand papers said the Speaker
spends money on trips, art, parties, but not
a penny on deaf devices!


— A comedy about audism in a theatrical play

Playwright Nina Raine, not deaf, wrote a play,
“Tribes” going on now in an Australian theater.
While the phrase – audism – is not mentioned
in the play, it is so obvious. The play is
about a deaf boy that struggles with his
hearing father that wants “perfect” speech,
“perfect” lipreading, “perfect” acceptance
into hearing world. The deaf boy rebels and
joins the Deaf Community. The father is upset.
The deaf character in the comedy is deaf
himself. The audience is mostly hearing and
they laugh at the comedy.


— Why was Super Bowl ASL Sing Signer ignored on TV?

The list below shows ASL Sing Signers that were shown
on TV in the past Super Bowls:

1993 – Marlee Matlin
1995 – Heather Whitestone
2007 – Marlee Matlin, again

all others were ignored on TV
It is obvious. If the signer is famous, she will be
televised. If she is not famous, the TV will ignore her.
Shame on these TV people for their attitude!

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 30, 2011

— A deaf couple lost money to an evil hearing neighbor

In England, a deaf husband and wife became friends
with Jacqueline Taylor, a hearing neighbor. They asked to
have their mail delivered to her house because their dog
was always tearing up the letters. Instead of bringing
the mail to the deaf couple’s house, Jacqueline opened
the mail herself and took out checks and new credit cards.
With forgery she spent nearly $24,000 on stuff
(vacations, booze, hair styling appointments, etc).
She is now in jail. Said the angry judge:

They trusted you; you were one of the family

— A surprise with the Dallas cheerleader that was
“tackled” by a Dallas Cowboys player?

We know that Melissa Kellerman, the Dallas Cowboys cheerleader,
was accidentally tackled by a Cowboys player while on sidelines.
She is a college student, and her minor is Sign Language Studies!
She says she can use sign language, and her goal is to
become a Special Education teacher after she finishes college.

— USA better off than China with captions

We watch movies on TV with captions. We also complain about
Netflix not captioning their videos. But we are lucky to be
Americans. In China, the government gives away 10,000 captioned
videos free for the deaf. But this is a joke. The government
produces 10 to 20 new captioned films per year. In USA, many
of us watch 10 to 20 new captioned films per month!


— A harmless deaf man on bicycle was tased and killed

A 61-year old deaf man in Scotland Neck, NC, a small town of
just 2,000 people, was stopped by a rookie police officer. The
cop saw him falling off his bicycle Suspicious, the cop walked
over to him, and saw the deaf man reaching for something in
his pocket. It was food that he wanted to eat. The cop, panicking,
tased him. After being tased, the deaf man fell down again,
his head hitting the pavement. Taken to the hospital, the
deaf man died. This cop has been placed on administrative
leave while the police department investigates this tragic

— Shocking incident at World Deaf Indoor Soccer championships!

Last week the World Deaf Indoor Soccer championships took
place in Sweden. The Iranian deaf team defeated the Turkish
deaf team 4-2 in the championship game. During the post-game
ceremony, an angry Turkish fan stabbed an Iranian fan in
the neck, and then escaped. They were taunting each other
throughout this emotional game. And when Iran won, the
Turkish fan lost his temper and pulled out his knife.
At this point, additional details are vague and there
have been no arrest.