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!


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 4, 2012

— The nation’s only deaf TV reporter

Years back, we had several deaf TV reporters. But
now, there is only one. Why? Some reporters had
their TV programs canceled. And some of them passed
away. Now, who is the only deaf TV reporter?
It is Karen Meyer, who is on TV twice a week with the
Chicago’s ABC News station. She discusses issues about
the disabled.


— Year 2011 Strangest Deaf News

What is the Strangest Deaf News of 2011? It was when
two deaf men were chatting with each other in ASL at
a Florida bar. An angry hearing woman thought ASL was
Gang Sign Language, She stabbed both of them with her
knife! Yes, the police arrested her.


— A future hearing aid is smaller than a dot

Hearing aids are getting smaller and becoming more
invisible. Engineer Bahram Azizollah Ganji, not deaf,
is building a hearing aid that is smaller than a dot,
which makes it invisible. He said deaf people can wear
it and hearing people would not know about it. He also
says this tiny hearing aid would be as powerful as
some of the bigger hearing aids. He is hoping to
manufacture it for a much lower cost than these
$5,000 hearing aids.


— Our 30,000 deaf college students?

How many deaf and hard of hearing students attend
American colleges? A survey said 30,000 students.
The survey did not say if it also counts students
from Gallaudet, NTID, CSUN and SWCID. This survey
also did not say if it is 4-year colleges only
or if it includes both 2-year and 4-year colleges.


— Captioned movies in 3-D?

Some electronics manufacturers are building 3-D Home
Movie Theaters. Strange, because there are too few
3-D movies available for showing. Anyway, could these
3-D movies be captioned? Yes, according to observers
that have watched these open and closed captioned
demonstrations. Still – too few 3-D films around.


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 26, 2011


— Our deaf NFL cheerleaders

A big story broke out last week of Melissa Adams, a deaf woman, becoming a cheerleader with the NFL’s San Diego Chargers. She is not the first deaf cheerleader in the NFL. The others before her were:

Lisa Fishbein, Miami Dolphins

Christina Murray, Dallas Cowboys

Mona Vierra, Oakland Raiders


 — What is normal? What is disabled?

A deaf student, attending Georgetown University, said:

If you say “disabled” you usually mean that the person is unable to function in society like normal people. I am normal. Deaf people are normal. We just have a different language, different culture, and a different way of viewing life.


— European “911” number not accessible to the deaf

Europe’s 112 emergency number is supposed to function the same as our 911 number. There are already complaints that this 112 number does not work with the deaf. Even though the European Commission has mandated the use of the 112 number for Europeans in need, there are still problems. A lot has to do with delays in getting the equipment set up everywhere in Europe. And this is hurting the deaf the most.


— A $215,000 diamond engagement ring or $12,000 hearing aids

New York attorney Ira Schacter, not deaf, going through a divorce, was dating Playboy-bunny Lace Rose Allenius. He gave her a $215,000 diamond engagement ring, but refused pay $12,000 for hearing aids for his deaf daughter. It backfired because the fiancee broke off the engagement and returned the $215,000 ring to him! It was a big story in the New York Post, a popular tabloid.


— A lot of work involved with Wonderstruck, a novel with a deaf theme

Brian Selznick wrote the novel Wonderstruck. It took him three years to complete it. To learn about Deaf Culture, he went to New York, and researched Deaf Culture at the 47 School for the Deaf. A deaf archivist Lloyd Shikin helped him with the research. The story weaves back and forth between two parallel characters of different years. Rose, a deaf girl, of the year 1927 and Ben, who became deaf because of a lightning hit, of the year 1977.



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