Saturday, 6 February 2016

UK Government tells charities: DON'T use our funds to campaign.

Charity collection boxWriting on the wall for deaf charities who use funds to lobby for BSL and deaf access and equality, if the state gives you funds they will take the funds back, and report you to the charity commission for violation of the charitable guidelines, which could ask for your charitable status removal.....  

Organisations given UK government grants will be banned from using the money to try to persuade ministers to change the law or increase spending. A new clause will be added into all new and renewed grant agreements to ensure funds are spent on good causes, rather than on political campaigns.

Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock said "the farce of government lobbying government" had to stop. Critics said the new rules, which begin in May, could be hard to enforce. The Cabinet Office said UK government departments gave the voluntary sector about £10bn in grants last year.

The government says it wants to put into the official conditions that government grants to charities cannot be used for "activity intended to influence - or attempt to influence - Parliament, government or political parties".

Under the rules charities would still be able to use private donations, but, how will the government know which is which ?

Deaf Ed Video Phones

O&A Deaf Ed Video Phones from Lubbock ISD on Vimeo.

#withsubtitles, and #withcaptions please.

Deaf & Blind refused accommodation.

Police Object: Deaf are too noisy....

Illusive Festival at Stockwell Farm which police say caused numerous problems in 2014... Picture: Oliver Pooley PhotographyPolice are objecting to a licence for a three-day festival likely to attract at least 500 deaf people from across the UK – because they fear the event will be too noisy.

The England Deaf Party wants The Deaf Foam Festival to take place on July 8-10 at Stockwell Farm, Leighton Road, Eggington, with entertainment running through until 4am. Despite not yet having a licence its website says certain ticket types are sold out or nearly sold out.

Beds Police licensing officer PC Liam Mitchell has told Central Beds Council that the event’s website and social media pages made reference to ‘Live Music, All Night Long’. “This is despite regulated entertainment not being requested on the application,” he said.

“Such music is likely to result in a repeat of the noise nuisance seen by the residents of Eggington during the event in 2014 [The Illusive Fest].”

He pointed out that the Illusive Fest at the same site attacted around 1,500 people, resulted in multiple arrests for drug offences, assault, criminal damage and a serious road traffic collision. Villagers from Eggington also complained of excessive noise.

Pc Mitchell said: “The previous festival at the site in question in 2014 demonstrated the impact on crime, disorder, public safety and nuisance that a well-planned event at this location generated.”

He described the planning for the Deaf Foam Festival as “worrying limited”. He added: “On speaking to the applicant via email, no public safety risk assessments appear to be in place. A review of the organiser’s website, Twitter, and Facebook pages raise further concerns about how the event is being managed.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Eliminating Offensive Terms about People With Disabilities

Maybe eliminating political correctness should be the first thing to do ! 'deaf', and 'HoH' and 'Deaf' are all divisive and completely obscure definitions too. Not forgetting the 'Deaf' view they haven't a disability... DOH ! Negativity comes from sectors of hearing loss who label themselves, NOT, others !

Integrating people with disabilities requires not only strictly enforcing the ADA but also changing the perception of those with disabilities. This begins with changing our language. As Rosa's 11-year old brother Nick said so articulately when President Obama signed Rosa's Law eliminating the words "retarded" and "retardation" from government language, "What you call people is how you treat them."

Certain words such as "retarded" are slowly being eliminated from our language, but there are far too many other words that appear to be entrenched in it. People may be offended when inappropriate language is brought to their attention. The perception is that the person complaining is acting as the "politically correct" police rather than that the term used just insulted a class of people. We changed how we refer to people based on race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation, but somehow it appears acceptable to use outdated language to refer to people with disabilities.

The "H-word" or "handicapped" should be the first to go. It allegedly derives from a beggar with a cap in hand or "hand-cap." Using the label reinforces the antiquated perception that providing access to people with disabilities is charity for beggars rather than equal access or a human/civil right. Yet the label "handicapped" appears on parking signs throughout the country rather than "accessible." The word should describe the nature of the location and not the person.

"Hearing impaired' is another description that is offensive to many. Barbara Kelley, acting executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) says, " 'Hearing impaired' has a negative connotation. 'Hard of hearing' or 'deaf' are the preferred terms but both need to be used together to include the full group as 'people who are deaf or hard of hearing'." Likewise, "wheelchair bound" implies that the person is tied to a wheelchair rather than using a wheelchair, and "suffers from" indicates that the person is a victim rather than that he or she has a disability.

These negative terms not only pervade conversational language but are also reinforced by the media. The press regularly uses "the disabled" as a noun rather than "people with disabilities," which shifts the disability to a descriptive adjective. 

BDA Film: Amateur and unworthy of wider viewing.

A critical review of the BDA's 'Power in our hands' film. Panned by their own newspaper support, gotta hurt !  'Early 20thc: When deaf were second class citizens' you mean, it's changed ?

It is tempting to dismiss this well-meaning but clunky documentary about the video archive of the British Deaf Association as of interest to the deaf community only. But the cache of film clips, dating back nearly a century, reveals a secret history that has been largely ignored by the hearing world – and as such, it’s perhaps just as important that the film finds a hearing audience as it does a deaf one. 

Power in Our Hands recalls a time, in the first half of the 20th century, when deaf people were essentially regarded as second-class citizens and were reluctant to use sign language in public. The hostility was such that, as one commentator reveals, it was not unusual for deaf people to be pelted with stones. It traces the birth of a deaf community, and of advocacy and ultimately militancy in the service of equal rights. 

However, important as the issues are, it is hard to maintain that this somewhat amateurish film needs to be seen in a cinema.