Friday, 24 February 2017

The politics of Envy ?

Image result for politics of envy"Why are some people in the deaf community so dead against those of us that never learnt to sign. ??"  

Another lamentable query from a social media Hard Of Hearing site, still struggling as we all are with coping with hearing loss.  To turn around and suggest sign users are against HoH, we need really to accept we envy how they have coped and managed with their profound loss, because we still cannot. It would help if the 'Other' community did not take it upon themselves to decide to attack alleviations of hearing loss or medical advances, because HoH hold on to that hope for a cure, and will resent the Deaf Community's reluctance to do the same, as a slight against those struggling.

The issue of sign use is one that rambles on, and on, and on.  I don't think it helps when HoH charities promote sign use either, because they are world's (Literally), apart from those who have always signed. Mostly the HoH areas try to jump the cultural bandwagon simply to try highlighting their own issue, and it just promotes more cultural support as mainstream assumes then we are one and the same, the basis of the 'All deaf sign' gig.  You won't find cultural or sign campaigns jumping on any HoH campaign, they are loss areas and contribute to medical perceptions of deafness which cultural deaf won't accept..

The mindsets of HI/HoH are different too, so sign use won't level that playing field.  Like most who have a hearing and profound loss later and after formative years, I believed there was no such thing as Deaf or deaf, we all had hearing loss, the years have proven chalk and cheese is far nearer the mark and a definite ideological and political difference now exists.  30 years ago I would have thought there was a chance of unity, not now.

To us sign is a 'tool' and with an uncertain access to it to make it really viable, because we don't move in the same signing areas to make it viable.  There is an assumption you can sign and then carry on in mainstream and socialize, it doesn't happen either. Sign and social is integral to making it work.  The 'Deaf' cannot adapt, can we ?   Our desire to not use any cultural approach to sign use, pits HoH directly against the cultural concept.  Our naive assumption we sign therefore are the same as those who always did it, is ridiculous without the background or even the social lifestyle to support it. Can we assume the 'Deaf' position ? we cannot, we will always struggle with it hoping there is an exit option. Always thinking, one day I won't need all this.....We need a HoH 'Space' to escape from the 'Deaf' one, because that can stress as much as mainstream can.  

In campaigning for access for ourselves, (CI's, better hearing aids, genetic advance support, alternatives like text etc), we become the medical model they hate.  Even support for the hearing medico's determined to erase all they hold dear, we can be seen as the 'Trojan Horse', more often than not, seen as whining and negative.   We will forever chase an impossible dream of one hearing loss area. I sign because my partner does, no other reason, it is no use whatever to me outside my home or in the street, so for me it was simply a practical issue of using what works to enable me to communicate myself, and without an reliance on an area that is itself, permanently reliant on others.  So long as a decibel exists we cannot even start to integrate.  But we cannot form a HoH community either.

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There is the other primary issue for HoH, reliance on others, but, born signers take it as a natural thing and can divorce their constant reliance on interpreters or family from their day to day issues, because their social areas revolve around other signers, they have had this since day one.    Even re-branded interpreter usage as 'empowerment' and not support. In real terms the HoH area has been zeroed by the effective unity of deaf signing areas, and we play second fiddle because we lack that unity.  Such is that 'norm' it is well documented the 'Deaf' struggle with the equality concept, and would prefer not to fully integrate or work at that concept if it means hearing or even HoH moved into their areas, what they call the 'Deaf Space'.   They want the access, but on their terms. 

The HoH have that equivalent too, but not the same reason for having a 'space'  for them it is an area where all are signing,  so communication is no issue for them, for us that 'space' is a refuge to avoid daily stress.  We see our isolation as part refuge, Deaf see it as a form of self-protectionism to preserve the status quo.  The HoH are a ship without a course to steer.  We should not envy the signers unity of purpose, it is what works for them, equally, we should never assume it can work the same for us, we would still not choose the same options as they do.  As HI or HoH we need to accept who we are, and not assume the role of those we are not.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

The Deaf Case Video

Deaf Driver Card: A story.

Priest confession: We sexually abused deaf children

IRS Scam linked to deaf VRS...

IRS warns of scam targeting deaf, hard of hearing
Every day scammers come up with new ways to steal taxpayers’ identities and personal information. Some scammers pretend to be from the IRS with one goal in mind: to steal money.

Be aware that con artists will use video relay services (VRS) to try to scam deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Don’t become a victim. Deaf and hard of hearing taxpayers should avoid giving out personal and financial information to anyone they do not know. Always confirm that the person requesting personal information is who they say they are.

Do not automatically trust calls just because they are made through VRS. VRS interpreters do not screen calls for validity.  The IRS has procedures in place for taxpayers who are experiencing tax issues. If you receive a call through VRS from someone claiming to be from the IRS, keep this in mind:

The IRS Will Never:

• Demand immediate payment and require the payment be made a specific way, such as by prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. In most cases, the IRS will not call taxpayers about taxes owed without first having mailed a letter to the taxpayer.

• Threaten that local police or other law-enforcement groups will immediately arrest taxpayers for not paying a tax bill.

• Demand that taxpayers pay taxes without giving them the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.

• Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

Receive a Suspicious Call? Here’s What to Do:

• Deaf and hard of hearing taxpayers who owe taxes or think they might owe taxes should call the IRS at 800-829-1040 through VRS. IRS employees can help with a payment issue or confirm if there really is a tax issue.

Deaf Discrimination Case nets $100,000

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A deaf and speech-impaired woman who sued the NYPD for allegedly denying her a sign-language interpreter while she was jailed overnight has won a $100,000 settlement from the city, the Daily News has learned.

Opal Gordon was arrested on Sept. 21, 2015 while leaving Manhattan Family Court. Cops accused her of violating an order of protection. Gordon, now 54, was at court for a custody proceeding involving her daughter.

The Manhattan resident, who describes herself as “profoundly deaf and speech-impaired,” claimed cops didn’t explain why they collared her — and didn’t provide a sign-language interpreter.

Gordon, who filed a lawsuit against the city on Dec. 11, 2015 over her arrest, also alleged the officers did not read her Miranda rights. After police brought Gordon to the 45th Precinct station house in the Bronx, they kept her there for two hours before taking her to a holding cell in Bronx Central Booking.

11 Million Illegals abuse USA hospitality ?

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Much is made of 'immigrant' rights, unsurprising from a country that is based on immigration and who decimated its native residents in the process. 

The UK introducing slavery to the USA didn't help much either.  In all the rhetoric we read clear ignorance is displayed about what an immigrant is, there are legal ones and illegal ones, work migrants, and, there are refugees. 

Too much deliberate confusion is created by medias who do not clarify those differences, because blurs mean column inches.

According to some USA statistics 11 MILLION 'immigrants' are actually illegal ones.    Is Mr Trump not correct in saying they have to leave ?  How many amnesty's do you give before you cannot cope any  more ?  Offer another amnesty ?

There is no perspective given with rights areas, left political areas always blur the issues to promote wholesale abuses of the equality laws.   All is based on idealism. An 'anything goes' approach in the name of human rights.  UK Human Rights lawyers were examined and found to be abusing the human rights laws to allow terrorists in and to make money from the British taxpayer in the process, even chased down our armed service personnel to get money to pay to terrorists families. They were called 'Tank Chasers'.  One screwed the UK for over a £1m and was struck off.  Our vets sleep on the streets, the illegals take their homes is how one area put it.

Human rights is becoming tainted by association, and genuine areas suffering persecution are being ignored.  Taken to its ultimate understanding, everything done is a human right, regardless who gets hurt.   Choice becomes something else, a discrimination against another who doesn't share yours and doesn't have to.  Hate breeds.

Britain has near 1 million illegals and already cannot cope.  Why can't we stop all these people coming ? and start addressing those who should not be here anyway ?  For every illegal that enters a country, 1 less refugee can seek sanctuary, so those who most deserve our help are pushed out in favour of people who are simply work migrants or there illegally, often perpared to work for less than those mongolot to the host country.  Unscrupulous employers claiming migrants provide skills, ignore the fact our own are not considered.  They ignore too the lack of any desire by the state to put an end to the inequality, by ensuring our own young people and disabled get those skills.  Employers are not interested in equality only profit, why use home grown talent, or even train them, when they can buy in and sack a migrant at will ?

It was no surprise to read IT companies like Google and others funded opposition as they buy in their expertise. Slavery has now become legal again.  That extends to 63% of all disabled and deaf who will never get a job of any kind, again because they can import/export someone with neither issue. The state responds by preventing deaf migrants coming too.  In the UK the argument ignores, that unlike the USA, we are a small ISLAND, and there IS a limit to how many people we can logically support. The infrastructure isn't there, wholesale areas are existing where no-one speaks English, a recipe for hate groups to exist.   

Multiculturalism means sectarianism is allowed free reign.  According to USA statistics, they have reached their limit already. Equality is a dirty word, discrimination a matter of personal choice/view, not actual suffering, or it depends who makes the most noise about it..  Freedom of worship actively opposed in the name of atheism, and gender preference.  As human rights applies to us all, then 6B people will have issues with each other, and there is no law that can ever be enacted to satisfy everyone..  Some will always be more equal than others. It's a fact of life, and indeed, the corner stone of the American dream, now an American and British nightmare.  The wheel of equality has perhaps, turned too far to be safe, or to enhance equality...

The meek will not inherit the earth, the best they can hope for, is if the strong show them that compassion.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Deaf Women in Business

Deaf Women in Business Video from Love Language on Vimeo.

Video is NOT captioned or subtitled.

Finding Captions...

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Learn how to find movies and TV shows on the iTunes Store that have closed captioning or subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Open iTunes.
Click iTunes Store.

In the search bar in the upper-right corner, type a specific title or keyword. You can also type "closed caption" to browse all available titles with closed captions or "subtitles" or "SDH" to browse all available titles with subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing. Then press the Enter key on your keyboard.

In the column on the right-hand side of the window, click Movies or TV Shows.
When you find something that you'd like to watch, click it. Look for a closed caption icon  or a subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing icon  on the item's product page, under its title.
Scroll down to the bottom of an item's product page and look in the Languages section for information about available closed caption and subtitle languages.

On your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Tap iTunes Store.
From the navigation menu at the bottom of the screen, tap Search.
In the search bar at the top of the screen, type a specific movie title or keyword. You can also type "closed caption" to browse all available titles with closed captions or "subtitles" or "SDH" to browse all available titles with subtitles.
Finding and locating cations...
When you find something that you'd like to watch, tap it. Look for a closed caption icon  or a subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing icon  on the item's product page, underneath its title.
Scroll to the bottom of an item's product page and look in the Languages section for information about available closed caption and subtitle languages.
On your Apple TV

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility.
Turn on Closed Captions and SDH.
Then, depending what you want to watch, open the Movies or TV Shows app.
Browse to or search for a movie or TV show.
On the movie or episode description page, a closed caption icon  appears if closed captioning is supported. A subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing icon  appears if subtitles are supported.

Swipe down on your remote to move to the bottom of an item's product page. Look in the Languages and Accessibility sections for information about available closed caption and subtitle languages.

Spanish Deaf: An Historical perspective...

Image result for spanish deaf historyTHE HISTORY of education of the deaf in Spain is one of extremes. On the one hand, it has been seen as a model for educational innovation (during the 16th and 17th centuries), and on the other hand, it has been seen as lacking in educational initiative (18th and 19th centuries and part of the 20th century). Today's situation represents an intermediate point, one increasingly characterized by a move toward modernity. 

The origins of education of the deaf are attributed to the Benedictine monk Pedro Ponce de León (1506-1584), who proposed educating the deaf children of a rich, bureaucratic family from Madrid's royal court despite the general belief of the time that the "deaf and the mute" were unable to learn how to speak, read, or write. Ponce de León kept his methods secret. Nevertheless, later writings have revealed that he used speechreading, fingerspelling, and the use of signs and of a manual alphabet (the origin of today's International Alphabetic System), which was published by Melchor de Yebra in 1593 (Oviedo, 2006). 

Later, in 1620, Juan Pablo Bonet (1573-1633) published his book Reducción de las Letras y Arte para Enseñar a Hablar a los Mudos (The Reduction of Letters and the Arts for Teaching the Mute to Speak), the educational effect of which was very influential. Historical sources reveal, therefore, that it was during the 16th century in Spain that the education of the deaf began (Plann, 1997), although the clumsiness and secretiveness surrounding these first efforts (Gunther, 1996) resulted in their being forgotten and wrongly attributed to the Abbé de l'Epée and his 18th-century school for the deaf in Paris. Bonet's book, inspired by Ponce de Leon's methods, was translated and published in English, French, and German in the 19th century, and it had significant influence on John Bulwer (1614-1684), William de Holder (1616-1698), and John Wallis (1616-1703). 

Bonet's book introduces modern concepts of phonetics and speech therapy to the teaching of the deaf. Although it defends the practice of oral training for older students, it argues, nevertheless, that the first pedagogic task consists of teaching the letters of the manual alphabet in their written form. 

La historia de la educación de las personas sordas en España es uno de los extremos. Por un lado, se ha visto como un modelo para la innovación educativa (durante los siglos 16 y 17), y por otra parte, se ha visto como carente de iniciativa educativa (siglos 18 y 19 y parte del siglo 20 ). La situación de hoy darstellt en el punto intermedio, una vez más caracterizado por el desplazamiento hacia la modernidad.

Los orígenes de la educación de los sordos se atribuyen al monje benedictino Pedro Ponce de León (1506-1584), quien propuso la educación de los niños sordos de una rica familia, burocrático de corte real de Madrid a pesar de la general fue parte del tiempo, dass die "sordo y el mudo "no fueron capaces de aprender a hablar, leer y escribir. Ponce de León mantuvo sus métodos secreto. Sin embargo, los escritos posteriores han revelado hicieron que utiliza la lectura de labios, deletreo con los dedos, y el uso de los signos y de un alfabeto manual (el origen del sistema alfabético Internacional de hoy), el cual lo que publicado por Melchor de Yebra en 1593 (Oviedo, 2006).

Más tarde, en 1620, Juan Pablo Bonet (1573-1633) publicó su libro Reducción de las Letras y Arte para Enseñar un Hablar de los Mudos (la reducción de las Letras y las Artes para enseñar a los mudos), el efecto educativo de los cuales era muy influyente. Las fuentes históricas revelan TANTO, hicieron que, durante el siglo 16 en España hizo la educación de los sordos comenzó (Plann, 1997) A pesar de la torpeza y el secretismo que rodea tesis primeros esfuerzos (Gunther, 1996) dieron lugar a su ser olvidado y atribuyó erróneamente a la de su escuela del siglo 18 para sordos en París Abbé de l'Epée y. El libro de Bonet, inspirado en los métodos de Ponce de León, que se ha traducido y publicado en Inglés, francés y alemán en el siglo 19, y tuvo una influencia significativa sobre John Bulwer (1614-1684), Guillermo de titular (1616-1698), y John Wallis (1616-1703).

El libro de Bonet presenta los conceptos modernos de la fonética y la terapia del habla para la enseñanza de los sordos. A pesar de que defiende la práctica de ejercicio oral para los estudiantes mayores, sostiene, sin embargo, dass mueren primera tarea pedagógica besteht de la enseñanza de las letras del alfabeto manual en su forma escrita.

Gallaudet and the English Connection.


The Deaf Culture in America took shape at Martha's Vineyard. In Martha's Vinyard 1 in 155 people were Deaf. In the town of Chilmark 1 in 25 individuals were Deaf. The village of Squibnocket 1 in 4 people were Deaf. The mainland had only 1 in approx. every 6000 people who were Deaf so there was a marked difference in the average of Deaf individuals on Martha's Vinyard. The reason for this was the intermarriage of individuals who carried genes for Deafness. 

As these individuals intermarried and had children, more and more Deaf children were born on the island. Because of all this, Martha's Vineyard Sign Language [MVSL] developed. It was used from the early 1800's to 1952.  The last native resident of Martha's Vinyard died in the 1950's.  Both Hearing and Deaf individuals in Martha's Vineyard chose to use Sign Language. Hearing people would sign even when there were no deaf people present: children signed behind a schoolteacher's back; adults signed to one another during church sermons; and farmers signed to their children across a wide field, where the spoken word would not carry. Deafness disappeared on the island when individuals with Deafness genes left the island to live on the mainland. 

Rev. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet was sent to England to learn about Deaf education. While there, he met an Abee (French priest) named Roch-Ambroise Cucurron Sicard and two staff members Laurent Clerc and Jean Massieu. The Abbe was the director of the Institution Nationale des Sourds-Muets à Paris. The Abbe invited him back to Paris to learn about Deaf education first hand. He did so, and there was exposed to Old French Sign Language (OFSL). 

Gallaudet befriended Clerc and convinced him to head back to the United States in order to establish a school for the Deaf. The two men collected public and private funds throughout New England and were able to establish a school for the Deaf in Hartford, Conn. The American Asylum for Deaf-mutes was established in 1816. Today the school is called "The American School for the Deaf" or ASD.