Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Campaign against us we will stop your funding.

Political parties and charity bodies condemn Eric Pickles' 'sock puppet' comments
More evidence,if we did not have enough already, of the outright blackmail and attacks on Britain's vulnerable and disabled as tory minister threatens 'Play Ball with us, or we cut your funding..'


So if charities are gagged, then how do we lobby at all for fair treatment ? TWONK !   Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs yesterday denounced Eric Pickles’ assertion that charities would be stripped of grants if they campaigned against government, and said they would reverse such measures if they held power after the election.
Pickles released a statement last week on gov.uk saying that charities could not use taxpayers’ funds to lobby government. He said there was a widespread practice of government funding charities as "sock puppets" to lobby itself.

Open Access (Australia).



Experience accessible learning for Deaf or hard of hearing students with OpenAccess Excursions. Captions and Auslan video translations of educational guide material provide an enhanced learning opportunity.

Like Dad like Daughter...


Dad gets CI tattoo to empathise with daughter...

We are deaf, not dumb !

Deaf Teens and Work experiences...



SUBTITLES AVAILABLE – turn on the CC button in the bottom right-hand corner of the video. Deaf teens Chloe and James tell us about their work experience placement at John Lewis.

Bank of America fess's up to discrimination..

Bank of America initially honored a deaf customer’s request to communicate with her solely via email as she sought a mortgage modification, but then stopped honoring it in the months immediately before it denied the modification, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights said.
Bank of America will pay $155,000 to settle allegations the Charlotte-based bank ignored a deaf customer’s request that it communicate with her solely via email as she sought a mortgage modification she was ultimately denied, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights announced Monday.


In her complaint with the Department of Human Rights, the customer, Kathryn Letourneau, said she had requested the bank use only email to communicate with her during the modification process, the department said. The bank initially honoured her request but then stopped honouring it in the months immediately before it decided to deny the modification, the department said.

The denial of the modification “was attributable to Bank of America’s refusal to reasonably accommodate the deaf customer’s request to communicate by email,” the department said.

“Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. All businesses that serve the public must ensure that they are providing reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities,” Kevin Lindsey, commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, said in a statement.

The settlement resolves a “probable cause finding of discrimination” by the Department of Human Rights, the department said.

Bank of America spokeswoman Jumana Bauwens said in an email that the bank does not discriminate. She also said the bank complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar state laws prohibiting disability discrimination.

It’s not the first discrimination complaint the bank has faced.

The list includes a 2012 settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve claims the bank discriminated against mortgage loan borrowers on the basis of disability and receipt of public assistance. In November, a federal regulator cited that settlement as among other factors in its decision to lower Bank of America’s rating for community lending and investing from "outstanding” to "satisfactory.