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DeafDigest – 06 January 2020

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 6, 2020

— NASA does not know its deaf history

NASA does not know its deaf history. There were
two deaf engineers that worked for NASA in the
past years – John Wheeler and Richard Dawes.
Yet there was a newspaper headline today
that said:

NASA’s First Deaf Engineer – which profiled
a much younger deaf engineer.

This is not the first time NASA made this
“first deaf engineer” blunder. Both Dawes
and Wheeler retired after long careers
as engineers with the NASA.


— U.S. Customs and Border Protection discriminates against deaf

There was a story today of the U.S. Customs and
Border Protection ignoring the deaf that needed
medical attention in Texas. Their excuse was:

CBP holding cells were “too crowded” and it would
be “inhumane” to take them in

Is U.S. Customs and Border Protection saying
that deaf are not human beings?


— an issue with teachers misunderstanding ASL

The Psychology Today ran a story on educators
thinking ASL is the same as gang signs
and as a consequence, dismissing atheltes
from their school sports teams.



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