Sunday, 19 November 2017

Is lottery and charitable/disability funding advancing access ?

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In the wake of CIN the annual beggarthon that just ended on the BBC. (A beggarthon initially the deaf withdrew participation with, because it exploited deaf children for the pity angle).  

Now deaf charities que up with their hands out, but not everyone sees charity as positive in Deaf terms.

Ergo:  "I think the days of throwing money at minority output for no other reason than it is a minority serves no purpose of integration or access at all, just reinforces the status quo.  It is why SEE HEAR and BSLTV still survives with no viewing numbers of note, but justified because it does provide jobs for the deaf boys and gals. 

A patronage that is supported.  There are deaf bloggers who rely on charity support, which mean they are airing bias and providing free advertising.  That most support for Deaf relies on charity ignores the actuality the reason, that is their rights are being ignored, a far more serious issue.  Charity also enforces the 'poor me, I'm disabled' image too, since a positive image of deaf people deters fund-givers. If you are positive and outgoing, obviously you are not needing 'help'.  Of course the spate of media programs focusing on how heroic we all are simply because we cannot hear, see or walk is dubious to the extreme.  Deaf became a commodity to be sold.

E.G. must charitable/Lottery funding goes towards educational and help with work etc, two areas the state is obliged to fund itself but offloaded to others.

Funding part-supports its own cultural self-image, but as most deaf output goes under the disability label there are issues with the that as a concept, so an uneasy alliance.  Despite 30 odd years of funding BSL, it has barely moved outside its own area, basically because they don't want to move out of it.  We aren't fooled because there seems lots of it online, where it counts on the street it isn't there. Mostly funding is used to prop up culture, which would fail without it.  Up until very recently deaf clubs only survived because the local authorities paid their rents, when that stopped, most folded.

Deaf culture's bases was the deaf school and now only about 20 exist, and 50% under the threat of closure as inclusive education gets rolled out.  Wales hasn't 1. Despite claims to the contrary BSL recognition has still been blocked in education as a stand alone immersive means, because parents say it prevents choice and holds back the child.  They want much more inclusion and more options.  What they don't want is their child's education used as a 'tiered' system where some deaf children get an advantage over another or feel ostracised, by communication used, or alleviations obtained.

You have to e.g. feel for the genuine deaf actor who wants to move outward, no scope at all really.  It's co-disability arts, or BSL stuff.  Mainstream seems as remote as ever.  We believe media prefers to fund them in isolation, even the BBC that helps raise money for them, because it saves questions on access and inclusion that is causing them cost and bother.   They had to close down their online feedback because of outrage regarding bias.  Disability areas retained theirs, but the deaf got thrown out.  It is claimed HoH/deaf brought down BSLTV feedback, and they responded by bringing down the RNID (the dominate HoH charity in the UK), forums in retaliation.  Deaf V deaf very confrontational at that time.

'All Deaf together', means, 'It keeps them apart and out of our way' basically. The BBC fed up of being arbiter day in and day out.  They moved them to social media and both areas closed each other out.  Maybe media understand as most of us do, Deaf don't want out of where they are anyway.  With a third of deaf all in one City (London), the cultural concept gets driven from there, or in Scotland.  The real proof is going to mainstream and selling BSL and culture, to see where it goes.  Any audience is driven by demand, but the present systems are just job creation for the few, most of that funded by hand outs and with content that is honed to specific areas, mostly, their friends !

Sadly culture doesn't give you a job, a proper education, or helps you manage mainstream after that specialisation, mainly because deaf charities don't provide those jobs, and  because deaf won't join as members.   Inclusion is always relative, not a direction as such.  Have we gone full circle in relying on charity and handouts, that are based on the fact Deaf are not being included or taught properly ? Whilst the recipient believes it is some sort of cultural recognition instead, who cares where the money comes from ?