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DeafDigest – 26 April 2020

DeafDigest Blue – April 26, 2020
Blue Edition – updated every Monday
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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
This week’s ASL videos in youtube:
Top stories about the deaf:
Sarah Petherbridge, who is deaf, was profiled as a
Ernst & Young tax specialist, advising clients
on their tax moves. She depends on communication
devices to work with the clients.
A consultant gave this advice to police officers
to learn all these basic signs when stopping a
deaf person, while at the same time, waiting
for an interpreter to arrive.
A deaf attorney, that worked for the Linklaters,
a British law firm that is one of the world’s
elite firms, said in a web posting that
USA could have won the Vietnam War if these
best attorneys were involved in negotiations.
Is he correct? Do not know.
South Korea has required movie theaters to show
captions and sign language videos on the screen
to explain to the deaf in the audience on what to do
in case of emergencies (ie fire disasters)
The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation has been
ordered by the national court to make their
broadcast programs accessible to the deaf
(captions and sign language).
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
    There are some oral deaf that do not understand
simple gestures.
    There was a report from University of Chicago
that said hand gestures help oral children learn
better English.
    Is Hand Gestures same as Sign Language?
This week’s ASL video in youtube:
Lip reading tale
A hearing friend was chatting with a deaf friend.
A third person passed through them in the hallway.
The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
This is Joe Plum
The hearing person actually said:
This is Joe Blum
This week’s ASL video in youtube
A printer in a computer room needed a new toner.
A hearing woman, with no real experience, struggled
with the toner.
A deaf man saw it all and knew how to put in a
new toner, but he kept quiet and stayed back.
Reason is that if he butts in and tries to help
the hearing woman, she may scream “assault and
battery” because she does not know how to communicate
with the deaf.
As a result, the woman messed up and ruined the
new toner!
This week’s ASL video in youtube:
As realtime captioners and court reporters are spending more time working
from home, we are finding more need for backup systems to be in place.
Even if we may be prepared for power outages, it also seems that internet
outages are becoming more commonplace. What if our captioning or court
reporting assignment requires use of the internet and our home internet
service has been interrupted?
In addition to our home internet service, having a jetpack from our cell
phone provider might be a backup method for most captioning or court
reporting assignments. Also, in an emergency, using our cell phone as a
hotspot might also be an alternative.
The more backups we have available, the more we can be assured that our
consumers and clients will be able to have uninterrupted service.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Jerome Schein
who departed us. He had been ill for quite some time.
Young deaf national leaders may not know who he was.
During the sixties and seventies, he was NAD CEO Frederick
Schreiber’s confidant, advisor and mentor, all behind the
scenes. NAD grew by leaps and bounds during this era
because of Fred’s ideas and astute business moves. It
was Schein whom Fred ran to for feedback and for fine-
When Fred passed away in 1979, Schein moved on to other
endeavors and became well respected in his own right
as educator and scholar of programs for the deaf in
USA and Canada.
It was at Gallaudet during the fifties that Schein got his
introduction to the deaf world. The Deaf Community has
become stronger because of his wisdom, influence and
counsel !
Thank you, Jerome.
News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Audree Norton
that departed us. She was our #1 deaf actress, many
years before Marlee Matlin came on board. She appeared
on TV sitcoms, TV commercials and was one of the founding
members of the National Theater of the Deaf.
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