Is now for perusal on this blog. ATR extends many thanks to selected areas of the UK deaf and HI community for taking the trouble to wade through the rough drafts, and to offer input and advice (As well as correcting my abysmal proof reading efforts!). For first time readers, I should explain that the primary purpose of this report/paper is AWARENESS. Inclusions/suggests as to how to address some issues are also included.
I considered day one, that filling it with statistical mumbo-jumbo would be a complete turn off for most deaf or HI readers, and I didn't want to look like an amateur pretending to be a professional. What is contained in my report/paper is REALITIES of many here in Wales, and the difficulties of raising awareness in an primary area of our lives, i.e. keeping us healthy.
Many reports I have read over the years contained technical and clinical speak and was produced by people who provided health services or the occasional and poorly researched 'steering groups' who floundered to produce awareness, because they could not report from a basis of validated grass root responses, and really ,do not explain or offer real insights to the many problems deaf and other communicationally - impaired people struggle with on an daily basis, particularly in my own area of Wales. This is my report from the cutting edge.
Some comments included does offer up challenging to the NHS, particularly on deaf/lip-reading sectors not being offered adequate or sufficiently English language educated medical staff. This potentially has cross - rights implications, but my concern is solely, that both the deaf person and their support are able to fully understand, what the medical staff are saying, and trust the reader views it in that context. Please read the report and let me know what you think, the link is top right-hand corner of my blog.