Wednesday, 26 July 2017

No strategy to include UK disabled in the workplace.

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A senior civil servant has admitted to MPs and peers that the government’s industrial strategy will not be “fit for purpose” unless it corrects its failure to consider disability and other equality issues in a green paper it published in January.

Alex Williams, the civil servant responsible for sector deals* for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), was twice forced to acknowledge to the all party parliamentary group for disability (APPGD) that the government’s industrial strategy would need to address the previous failure to mention disability and equality issues, when it is published later this year.

In its first meeting of the new parliament, the APPGD focused on the government’s attempts to halve the disability employment gap. But Philip Connolly, policy manager for Disability Rights UK (DR UK), told the meeting that both the green paper and the government’s earlier national infrastructure plan “may not even be legal documents” because of their “complete omission of equalities”.

He said he believed the government had breached its public sector equality duty to look at all of its policies and programmes through the “prism” of equality and fairness, and he asked why there was “a complete omission of equalities in the drawing up of these documents”.

Despite the equality duty, there is not a single mention of disability or disabled people, or even equality, in the 132-page Building Our Industrial Strategy green paper, while there is just one mention of disability (relating to investment in special educational needs) and no mention of equality in the 113-page 2016 National Infrastructure Delivery Plan.

News for Deaf/HoH job-seekers.

Florida driver licences to ID deaf...

A new look is coming to Florida driver's licenses and ID cards with new security measures.  Starting in August, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will issue new IDs that will include security features designed to crack down on the production of fake driver's licenses.

"This is the most secure over-the-counter credential available," said spokeswoman Alexis Bakofsky. "We want customers to know that it has double the number of security features to try to combat counterfeit and driver's license fraud."  Law enforcement officials and tax collectors from across the state were involved with the redesign process, she said.

The colorful new cards include ultraviolet ink and features only visible if viewed under UV light. The subject's photo will also be printed with a transparent background and appear in four places on the card.  "The person's picture will be on it in four different locations ...," Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano said. "So it'll be extremely difficult to replicate."  Fasano said the problem of fake IDs is one he's had to deal with in his jurisdiction.

"It wasn't long ago that the (Pasco County Sheriff's Office) had a press conference that I was at that we had some guy selling driver's licenses right over the Internet," he said. The new IDs will also include features to make it easy to identify what type of license it is and some of the special privileges of the license holder:

• Each card will have a different colored header to designate what type of license it is. Commercial driver's licenses will be blue; standard driver's licenses will be green; identification cards will be red; and learner's licenses will be orange.

• Floridians under the age of 21 will have a red box on the front of their licenses that will list the date of their 21st birthday.

• The new IDs will also include other designations such as lifetime boating and hunting licenses; freshwater and saltwater fishing licenses; that identify military veterans; and list medical conditions such as hard of hearing and insulin dependency; and, of course, whether the holder is an organ donor. Adding those designations, with the exception of developmental disabilities and organ donors, will add $1 for each designation when the card is renewed or $2 when it's replaced.

"What they're trying to do, and I think it's a great idea, is have everything incorporated on your license," Fasano said.

Those designations could benefit drivers, he said, such as those who are deaf. A driver who is pulled over because they didn't hear an emergency vehicle's sirens could prove they're hearing impaired.

Long Lost Family

Image result for long lost familyHas first deaf person to help. 

Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell investigate two firsts for the show.

Andy McNichol from Walsall is the first father to ask the team to help find his child, who was adopted at birth against his wishes. When Andy’s girlfriend, Brenda, became pregnant, he hoped to raise their son together but, unable to marry Brenda, she broke off contact and gave their son up for adoption.

Also featured is the story of Mary Davies from London, who is the first deaf person to appear on the show. She is searching for her birth mother, who was young and unmarried when she had Mary 56 years ago.

Mary spent her first six years in children’s homes as she waited to find a family who were willing to adopt a deaf child.


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Carers who abused the elderly...

Susan Draper, 44, was caught on camera abusing Betty Boylan after the pensioner's family set up a covert camera in her room
Horrific abuse by a paid carer who sprayed aerosols into the face of an old woman, raised justifiable anger by relatives and disabled alike, why does this continue to happen ?

Care homes are not paid by LA's (Local Authorities),  the fees they need to provide adequate, consistent, or qualified cover. As a result far too many staff are part-time and barely qualified at all. One care home had a 60% staff turnover ratio, it proved impossible to get people to stay for longer than a month or so, and the residents did not know from one day to the next who was staff and who wasn't.  

Basically anyone could walk in, few knew who the regular staff were.  A check on qualifications was blocked by the care home owners itself despite complaint, they used the data protection act and Human rights laws, to prevent identifying staff, being unable to ID staff of course, meant you could not determine their qualifications either.  

Complaining to the LA/SS got nowhere either, what happens is the care home provider sends a list of qualified staff (No names), to the LA as 'proof', but, this does NOT mean those qualified staff are actually in the home your relative is in, they could be in an office, commuting between homes, may even have left the employer months ago, and never replaced. 

The system is wide open to abuse as a result.  The staff turnover of local authority staff is high too, so continuity and regular checks go out the window, sheer chaos in most part. The usual approach is just 1/2 members of staff who have full qualifications are in attendance at the home, there again they may NOT be there to provide 24/7 supervision, because no-one works 24 hours a day.  Most not even 12.

This leaves little cover for patients or residents that require 24/7 support.  The only option then is to send in the heavies to sort it out, but it can go on for years before someone does that.   What the UK sees happening, is once issues are identified, home providers decide to close them rather than comply, and sell sites at a profit, putting the onus back on LA's or the NHS.

The old adage if you pay peanuts you get... apparently is the basis of care provision in the UK. What we see is an 'explosion' of college and other courses being offered on 'care' that don't actually ensure it is enough to care for someone.  It's done on paper mostly.  The only way to get experience is at the homes themselves, that also requires supervision that isn't there long enough, but no effective psyche profile of the staff is done to ensure staff are sufficiently balanced to cope with demanding patients or issues they might present.  

Not everyone is cut out to be a carer, and some (Like the lady in the case quoted), should not be allowed anywhere near vulnerable people.  What we are seeing in this latest news item, are staff who lack the patience to cope properly and totally unsuited to be carers at all.  Combine that with zero hours, low wages, zilch morale etc, the quality of hired help is far too narrow to just people prepared to work in those conditions. 

As regards to CCTV, unless it is independently run and monitored who can rely on it ?  No care home with issues is going to film it's own shortcomings.  Most filming that exposes abuse, are done by relatives, visitors with mobile phones or secret cameras.  Cuts to state funding ensure regular checks to ensure care provision is adequate, are not happening. Obviously there are residents or patients that present very challenging behaviours etc, but those are the most entitled to the best care, not, the worst.

The way the UK treats all its vulnerable and disabled is a world disgrace and abuse of basic human rights.  We are the biggest hypocrites in the world and should be ashamed, instead we proudly boast we support the third world with £B's in aid, that aid money was taken directly away from UK disabled and elderly via cuts to their welfare and support.  To date near 6,300 have died prematurely as a result.  So we are killing our old people and disabled to save the disabled and old elsewhere. Cattle are treated better....

Monday, 24 July 2017

App provides virtual pharmacist for Deaf people

*Please note this is the UPDATE to a previous post re virtual pharmacy (Which was an unapproved draft).

When most people go to the pharmacy to collect their medication, they are able to talk to the pharmacist, ask questions about their medication and read the printed directions on the product label.

This is not the case for many Deaf people. According to Professor Bill Tucker, Associate Professor in Computer Science at UWC, many Deaf people are textually illiterate and are primarily literate in sign language. Unable to discuss their needs with the pharmacist, disadvantaged Deaf people tend to merely collect their medicines and rely on families and friends to advise them on how to take them.

Seeking a solution that would allow Deaf people to independently access information about their prescribed medication, Prof Tucker, together with doctoral students Prangnat Chininthorn, Mariam Parker and Andre Henney, and several other postgraduate students, developed an app suite for mobile phones that provides Deaf people with the information they need about their medication and illness in sign language.

The main app, a video application for mobile phones dubbed ‘SignSupport for Pharmacy’, was developed in consultation with Deaf people as well as pharmacists and other experts.  Pre-recorded videos in South African Sign Language (SASL), which cater for a range of medical needs, are loaded onto phones and can be accessed via the app. The apps can be accessed on mid-range phones costing about R1 300.

“Once they are on the phone it doesn’t cost the end user anything. That’s key for us as we are dealing with poor people,” says Henney. One of the problems the team had to overcome was that there are many variations of South African sign language. People in different communities have developed their own variations in SASL, much like the different dialects of English developed.

However, Chininthorn says, “Even though there are multiple dialects [in SASL] there’s enough commonality among Deaf people. It is possible for good signers to sign in a way that more people can understand, for instance in a video.”  “We had an industrial design engineer work with Deaf people to get their input, and a PhD student in Pharmacy who made sure everything adhered to proper pharmacy protocols. Then we handed all this work to computer scientists who coded the mobile app,” says Prof Tucker.

Another challenge is to clear up misunderstandings. This requires a call centre staffed by trained and certified SASL interpreters to provide remote video interpreting. “We aim it at the lowest-end phone that has a front-facing camera so when Deaf people have questions, they can connect to a remote interpreter to clarify information.” 

However, unlike using SignSupport, video relay, with video running in both directions from a phone, would be very expensive, unless subsidised by a mobile operator. Having worked with the Deaf community since 2001 and on the app since 2010, the team feels the app suite, including SignSupport for Pharmacy, an authoring tool to create additional scenarios, and a mobile video relay, is ready to be handed to an organisation to take further. Ideally, this organisation would be owned and run by Deaf people. 

According to the researchers, DeafSA estimated that there were about 600 000 Deaf South Africans in 2006. Despite this huge market, getting the government to buy into the concept has been difficult. SASL is still not an official language in SA. Furthermore, “We have had meetings with the government, which went well, but then nothing happened. What we need is to form an organisation that will take ownership of this project.

“This needs to somehow be commercialised, even if for free, which is how I would like to see it,” says Prof Tucker. Prof Tucker says the app was not intended for all people with hearing loss, but for a specific segment of that community.  “Deaf – with an upper case ‘D’ – denotes people who primarily use sign language as their mother tongue and as their identity. Cultural identity is attached to your language.

“With a lower case ‘d’, ‘deaf’ people are usually older people who suffer from hearing loss and can communicate with hearing people as they have been reading, writing, speaking and hearing all their lives. These ‘deaf’ people are more likely to be able to lip read, talk and use a hearing aid. “Our target audience is ‘Deaf’ people, for whom SASL is a sense of identity and community. For instance, children of Deaf parents might be able to hear, but their first language is sign language. They would also call themselves Deaf even though they can hear – as that is the language they use,” says Prof Tucker.

Getting away with murder ?

Deaf and autistic Georgia Fields may avoid prison after being among a trio who committed murder.
Deaf and autistic Georgia Fields may avoid prison after being among a trio who committed murder. A deaf, autistic and intellectually challenged young woman who murdered a man by pushing him off a Melbourne balcony might avoid prison because of her "unusual" mix of conditions.

Georgia Fields, 21, was one of three deaf people found to have murdered 36-year-old Robert Wright who died in hospital after plunging from a Ringwood balcony in January 2015. She faced the Victorian Supreme Court on Monday where Justice Jane Dixon said she presented a "very unusual" and difficult case when considering custody options.

Prosecutors believe Fields should serve time at a women's prison.  But the Department of Health and Human Services has suggested she be placed on a non-custodial supervision order, which the judge will consider. "Ms Fields needs a great deal of support and assistance to navigate her future because of her particular combination of profound deafness, atypical autism and borderline intellectual functioning," Justice Dixon said.

"This is a very unusual case and Ms Fields presents a very unusual mixture of disability that is very problematic in a prison setting." Family members of Mr Wright were in court and spoke out in frustration when they heard Fields may avoid going to jail. "It just seems like he's been completely forgotten," a voice from the gallery said. "Robbie has not been forgotten, I can assure you," Justice Dixon responded, "I'm sorry, Your Honour, I just can't see it like that," the exchange continued

At an earlier hearing, Mr Wright's family said they were worried the autistic and intellectually disabled killers would get away with murder because of their special needs.

Phoning your audiologist...

Deaf should not sit in the exit row

Saturday, 22 July 2017

91yr old gets ear implant...

Raymond Kelly
Great-grandfather Raymond Kelly beams with pleasure every time he hears the newest addition to his family giggle – and even the crying of the nine-month-old baby does not bother him.

Raymond Kelly became the oldest person to get a state-of-the-art ear implant, Raymond, 91, could not hear the simple sounds that most of us take for granted. Now he says his greatest pleasure is being able to hear his 10 grandchildren, whose ages range from nine to 31, and two great-grandchildren – the other is seven years old.

Raymond, of New Malden, south-west London, lost his hearing as a child. He was offered an operation at seven but his parents turned it down, fearful of the risks involved. Over the years his hearing deteriorated until he stopped bothering to go out because he could no longer hear what was going on in the hubbub of voices.

SignHealth on the move.

More charities who feel better off moving 'out of the sticks' to London, that makes 60 major charities in recent years closing down regional offices to go to S. E. England instead. The centralisation of our charities ATR feels, is yet again removing easy access to regional Deaf for support they need.  Charities sitting in an office in London at a computer, isn't how Deaf want to be served. There is a greater demand to put offices where the need actually is.  And it isn't all in London.

SignHealth has announced its departure from Baring Road for the capital in a staggered move at the end of July. Head office will be relocating to a new premises in Balham, south-west London, where an existing project is, in a move to save money and consolidate resources.

Launched in 1985 from a room above the Oxfam shop in the High Street, SignHealth saw continual growth, leaving for Penn before returning to Beaconsfield in 2004.  The charity said the move would allow staff to be closer to teams and service users in London.

It will continue to work with deaf adults and children in Buckinghamshire and will maintain four staff in the south of the county. The charity said it had strong links to the capital, having run services there for many years, and the move will allow it to build and grow.

Abby Herbert said: "We have enjoyed some fantastic local support over the past 30 years and while we hope that much of this will continue, we recognise some will not be possible – a downside of the move."  "We hope to attract more deaf staff in the future, and that will be easier if we are in London," she added. "It has been lovely working with you over the last few years." CEO James Watson-O'Neill added: “The time is right.

“The charity started in Beaconsfield. From there it has grown and grown.  "We want to see that growth continue. Being closer to our services will be a big help.  "We want to continue to improve the health of deaf people in London and beyond.

"SignHealth has an exciting future and this move will give us a much stronger position to build that growth." The headquarters will be based in Oakmead Road, Balham, from the end of July.


Charity merger threatens demise of UK HoH groups ?

This latest reported merger suggests further reduction in the support of HoH by UK charities, leaving only one clear 'winner' the AOHL/RNID, who must be rubbing their hands with glee at the 'consolidation' of these poorly supported charities.  

By far the saddest aspect was the reporting of the merger suggesting 'Two deaf groups' were to merge.  This was inaccurate reporting and shows confused understanding of the very diverse hearing loss areas, in fact 3 of them not two, who are now put on par with animals..  

Background: The First merger between Hearing Concern and LINK, was between two groups who did NOT promote their operations as 'support for the Deaf'.  Both were very much HoH and deafened-based, with LINK at the time NOT promoting sign language use.

(LINK was a predominantly the sole charity based on supporting deafened people, in reality the ONLY charity in the UK doing this and deafened support suffered as a result after the merger, there is no longer a charity solely designed to meet deafened need).  The NADP is invisible.

Hearing Concern was basically the poor man's RNID and had few offices nation-wide at all, including none in Wales, it had no dedicated areas as such with the HoH of note, it was one of 56 'HoH' charities at the time with similar aims and similarly ineffective.  

It is confusion personified the merged charities of Hearing Concern/Link are to merge yet again, this time with a dog charity (?).   (ATR rejects the need for deaf assistance dogs). The merger suggests HoH and deafened are in the future being supported less, than they are now.  It also suggests they are on borrowed time and stand to be swept aside by the mega-powerful AOHL, already accused of dumping the 'Deaf'.  The merger may be financial expediency, or the admission they cannot 'sell' HoH need and need to use animals to pull in funding.  No doubt the next thing we read will be 're-branding' and new names etc.  Re-arranging the deck chairs on the HoH Titanic.

There seems little appreciation or understanding that the reason for these mergers is a total disinterest in HoH need and of hearing loss interest in charities. If there was a merger would not be necessary.  It has echoes of the RNIB (The UK blind charity), who due to the fickle nature of the UK joe public, saw blind dog charities make 4 times the funding, compared to charities dedicated to actual blind people's support.  At one time the blind dog charity was sitting on 12 times the funding of the RNIB itself. (The UK public put animals first not people).

That the declaration of the merger came from corporate 'Third sector' (An area UK charities use to hire hearing, not deaf or HoH professional staff), is no surprise, and reveals just how far charity has shifted from a grassroots based, to a corporate take over where grass roots need not apply.  The circle of support being squared to enable  hearing to make capital on our issues by running our support areas and determining directions of that support without us.

The blurb

Hearing Link will become part of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People from 1 August, with both brands continuing to operate The merger will provide people who have hearing loss with access to a broader range of services, the statement said.

Hearing Link, which helps people to deal with the practical and emotional challenges of hearing loss, has been spending hundreds of thousands of pounds more than its income in recent years, accounts filed with the Charity Commission show. It spent £1.2m in 2015 against an income of £671,257, the accounts show.

"As with many small charities, the challenging and competitive fundraising environment has proved extremely difficult for Hearing Link," a statement on Hearing Link’s website said. "By merging with Hearing Dogs and incorporating Hearing Link as a distinct service within the larger charity we have secured our future to enable us to continue to deliver our life-changing services."

Hearing Link has 13 staff. Hearing Dogs, which provides assistance dogs for people with hearing loss, has 184 staff and had an income of £7.5m in the year to the end of March 2016.  A spokeswoman for Hearing Dogs said the merger would not result in any redundancies.

Michele Jennings, chief executive of Hearing Dogs, will continue as chief executive of the merged organisation, and Lorraine Gailey, chief executive of Hearing Link, will become chief operating officer and retain responsibility for Hearing Link within the merged charity. The spokeswoman said the charities would be able to make savings by merging back-office functions because Hearing Link would no longer need to outsource areas such as finance or IT.

Friday, 21 July 2017

What is deafness ?

Being deaf, or hard of hearing comes with a plethora of different terms, and different meanings. I've been deaf all my life, so did some more research and the fancy words and give you the run down on what Deafness is. More videos shall be on the way with me explaining various topics, such as what it's like, how to communicate with a deaf person, and more.

Deaf and Blind services

Turning voice into text

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How one business is helping the hard-of-hearing and others. Elizabeth Archer says it’s “totally gratifying” to help the hard-of-hearing and others with her business that captures voice and translates it into text. 

The Portland-based company provides Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART), also known as live-event captioning, as an option for people with hearing challenges.

“People who use my services are typically deaf and hard of hearing who prefer to voice for themselves and don’t use sign language or interpreters,” says Elizabeth Archer, owner of the company. “My clients are also typically late-deafened adults who grew up in the hearing world and prefer CART as opposed to having to learn sign language in their later years. I’ve also provided CART for people with autism, traumatic brain injury and ESL students.”

The benefits, Archer says, “are pretty straight forward – communication access.” “Services are used in classrooms, at medical appointments, in courtrooms and other legal settings, conferences, legislative hearings and business meetings,” she says.

CART is a means of transcribing the spoken word into readable English text using a stenograph machine, computer and real-time software. Text appears on a computer monitor or other display and serves as an important communication tool for those using the service. CART provides a verbatim translation of all spoken words, on a one-to-one basis, to multiple users, or projected on a large screen for an audience. A simulation on the company’s website demonstrates the service.

Archer began CART service, which is provided online, onsite and on-demand, in 1995 and expanded to a national level in 2005 by using the internet.

“Remote CART is when I provide services off-site,” Archer says. “For this to work, the person using CART needs a computer, and I need some kind of audio. This can be done via the internet using Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts and other web-based platforms as well as conference and speaker phones. I send the link to the client, we connect with audio, and I write down whatever is being said in the venue.”

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Deaf dogs not welcome.

Maggie Turvey with Rupert and June Spouncer
A pensioner who was left profoundly deaf after falling down stairs at work says she has been refused entry to several shops in Boston due to her hearing assistance dog.  Maggie Turvey was left partially deaf after damaging nerves in her neck and spine after falling down stairs while working in a crisp manufacturing company in 1983.

She was hospitalised for some weeks after the accident left her with nerve damage and her hearing deteriorated leaving her profoundly deaf. Mrs Turvey, 68, from Boston, felt insecure and afraid to go out alone for many years until she was given the gift of confidence from her newly beloved assistance dog Rupert in 2013. Mrs Turvey now has the confidence to go out alone with her beloved spaniel who is almost six.

But she says life isn’t easy for her and claims she has been refused entry to many shops in the town including some major retailers, restaurants and food shops, with staff telling her pets are not allowed. Mrs Turvey said: “It can be scary when you go from hearing everything to hearing hardly anything. I am not going to name the shops as I feel that is unfair.

“Rupert has given me so much confidence to go out. He alerts me to any dangers such as alarms or if a beeping bus is coming along the precinct he will pull me to one side. He comes everywhere with me including into shops and is a special trained assistance dog, no different to a guide dog for the blind.


NOT a fan of dogs for the deaf, we don't feel deaf need assistance animals, obviously as a pet/companion there is no issue.  We just feel the deaf are taking advantage of the real need the blind have for one.  To put themselves on the same level of recognition of need assistance to the blind, when the comparison isn't really validated, seems basically unfair to blind people.

We don't need animals to know the doorbell/phone/oven is being used, we have flashing/vibratory alerts for this, we don't need a dog to guide us to the shops, our vision is mostly OK etc...  Modern technology invalidates the need for a dedicated assistive animal.   

(NOTE: The animal in this instance seems a psychological/companion form of support, but better the lady sought counselling as to why she isn't coping with her deafness... from what little we know, dogs are poor speakers or signers.... so pretty poor conversationalists).

Deaf Community struggle to vote...

The deaf community is feeling left out of the electioneering process.

Often left without a New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) translator at political party events, Deaf Action New Zealand (DANZ) has to organise its own event so deaf voters in Auckland can participate. DANZ's meet the candidate event will be held at the Auckland Deaf Society in Balmoral on July 22, and live steamed on Facebook for others to access.   

It will be attended by six political parties, including Maori Party's Cinnamon Whitlock who's standing in the Kelston electorate. 

But DANZ has to find $600 to pay two NZSL translators for the event.

* Concern over access to sign language interpreters after 64-hour wait.

* Mojo Mathers officially selected as Green candidate for Rangitata ​DANZ chairperson Kim Robinson, a former Massey and Te Atatu Peninsula resident, said there weren't many options for the deaf and hard of hearing community to access NZSL election information.

Since 2007, Robinson and his team have been pushing for government to set up an accessible election fund for the deaf community and disability groups. "Any voter or candidate shouldn't be restricted by communication barriers that are created by financial means," Robinson said.

He said most electioneering events don't have interpreters and it was "very hard" for the deaf community to be fully informed before they voted. "Captioned content and NZSL accessible content can make a huge vote difference."

Deaflympics ?

Or Aladdin...

What is deaf ?

It pays to advertise... NOT !

Or does it ?  Does it help to show you cannot hear ? The 'I'm deaf' one does not say what to do next, the face me one does not say how to speak... mostly, people start waving and pointing to you, some weird assumption you are dumb as well as a sign user !

#1 My mum has badges and blings up her hearing aids and still people that are hearing don't pay attention and either ignore them or don't see them or can't be bothered to see them.

#2  I had badges specifically made, people don't bother to read them, gave up wearing them, so when people talk to me facing the other way, I tell them I didn't hear them as they were not facing me. I get tired telling people, it's hard work.

#3  My mum says that it's exhausting as she lip reads and when doing so you use so much concentration.  It's really not good just goes to show how many people don't take notice x

#4  I've found that often people assume that if you wear hearing aids then they fully compensate for your deafness and this isn't the case for lots of people.

#5  Have to add I am often tempted to have a badge made which reads "I'm deaf not stupid!"

[Been done, they ignore those too]

#6  I don't think they serve any purpose at all frankly, you never see deaf people wanting them. Nor cards which say the same thing. Facing us when speaking is still hit and miss if you are a poor lip-reader, and most are, so it tends to complicate rather than help situations. You just need to tell people the best way that works for you, that does require honesty and most with hearing loss are not that ! They always tend to suggest they hear more than they ever do. Deaf refused outright to advertise the fact, they suggest it makes them targets for abuse.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

UK sport unfair to the deaf ?

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Complaints UK sporting set ups are failing to provide funding for the deaflympics and TV coverage is failing to advertise the fact the Deaflympics started today in Turkey.

If they accept equality and join the Paralympics or even the main eventers, then they will get support they ask for, this will also push the sporting bodies to include deaf people. 

Many deaf have refused to participate and dissed disabled as unworthy of their mutual inclusion in part, because of deaf V disability politics.  It is clear to see what that attitude has done for the deaf.   Their db rated approach is also highly suss, along with demands for signing only participants in many areas.

The Deaf are in effect asking sporting bodies to support a deaf culture tradition, not a sporting event as such.  The Olympics was designed to accept and include ALL cultures and participants, (providing they qualify of course). They haven't done it, because deaf have gone off on their own and not challenged them except to ask for money to do own thing. While Deaf go it alone, then no-one is going to be concerned they have no access anywhere else.  Inclusion means deaf too.

Question: Where would it end if sporting bodies provided funding by 'cultural background' or 'db' alone ?  

Sport would be the first casualty of that, and competition.  The whole point of inclusion is to get pitched against the best in the world, deaf OR hearing.  No athlete wants anything else, or medals are meaningless.  Being the fastest and best in your own area, doesn't travel on the world stage.