Thursday, 25 May 2017

Deaf Connections: News

Deaf Girl signs her thanks...

A schoolgirl born with a variety of health complications has starred in a touching new video to thank hospice staff for their care.

Amelia Morgan, who is profoundly deaf, used her sign language skills to pay tribute to the incredible staff at Ty Hafan in Sully, Vale of Glamorgan.

The 12-year-old needs regular visits to the children’s hospice which offers care to children and support for their families throughout Wales.

ATR's City in Lockdown

After suspicious packages and a car are left unattended.  Maybe the USA will begin to understand freedom of speech  in the US can lead to dangers here Stop aiding IS !

USA assisting Terrorists ?

British authorities warn of 'damage' to investigation from leaks
"Police hunting the terror network behind the Manchester Arena bombing have stopped passing information to the US on the investigation as a major transatlantic row erupted over leaks of key evidence in the US, according to a report."

This is after a USA newspaper published data designed to assist anti-terror agencies worldwide, were then published in an USA newspaper.  This allows IS and others to plan more atrocities providing less clues for our police and other agencies to trace them.

Complete irresponsibility from the USA and its media.  These animals of IS blew up our children.  Because of USA abuses of information, they will get LESS help or information from the UK, which ultimately means more successful outrages, we have to be able to trust the Americans, and it seems we now cannot ?  Trump sells your secrets to Russia, other give secrets free to terrorists.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Deaf - Blind Info...

Deaf Diabetes UK...

A huge thank you to the Derby Deaf Diabetes UK Fundraising Community for raising £4,061 for Diabetes UK during 2016! You’re helping us work towards a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Oh dear....

Hearing-impaired people in Louisiana might be officially called "deaf," "Deaf" or "d/Deaf" under measure that state Rep. Pat Smith is sponsoring. (Photo by Brett Duke, The Times-Picayune archive)
There are so many totally misleading and one-sided statements here it is difficult to find truth. Please quit with the divisive rhetoric and division by background, decibel or mode. 

50 years of emancipation sold down the river by a minority identity gig. 'WE are this, THEY are that..' it defines segregationist aspiration. So they have redefined US too ?  By what right ?  We can show them many many examples where their ID definition just does not apply.

One good reason English grammar needs to be included in sign use, if only to explain to deaf people the implication of what they are saying. Sign grammar does not seek to do that.

Hearing-impaired people in Louisiana might be officially called "deaf," "Deaf" or "d/Deaf" under measure that the state Senate is considering. The Judiciary A Committee on Tuesday (May 23) endorsed a resolution asking the Louisiana State Law Institute to address language in current laws addressing deafness.

In hearing-impaired circles, a distinction is made based on an individual's degree of disability. In text, a capitalized "D" in "Deaf" represents someone born without the ability to hear, while a lowercase "d" denotes someone who lost hearing ability over time or as a result of some injury. The collective term is stylized as "d/Deaf."

But certain portions of Louisiana's legal text do not allow for symbols such as the slash or hyphen. Laws passed by the Legislature could be misconstrued or unnecessarily complicated by this stylization.

House Concurrent Resolution 36 by Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge, asks the institute to provide some clarity through a better textual, collective definition for the community. The resolution has already passed the House.

10 Tips for serving cultural deaf people..

10 Tips for Serving Deaf Customers at Your Small BusinessAnother guide to assisting deaf people, but sadly ot assisting deaf who do not sign or rely on cued speech, text, or lip-reading.  We all yearn for a more inclusive approach to improve access for us all, we are still not seeing this. The image is NOT of a deaf person, but a Deaf signing person. Others sidelined by default.

Marilyn Weber’s path to being the president and CEO of Deaf Interpreter Services, Inc. (DIS)  in San Antonio, Texas, has a personal side. She began learning American Sign Language when her daughter was diagnosed with profound hearing loss at the age of three.

Today, her thriving business provides certified interpreters, video productions geared toward American Sign Language and other services. She talked with Small Business Trends about the things entrepreneurs can do to make their small businesses more deaf-friendly.

Tips for Serving Deaf Customers

Be Aware of the Video Relay System.

A deaf person who uses American Sign Language places a video “signing” call to a business that has hearing staff who act as liaisons. Companies like Sorenson have contracts with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to interpret sign language verbally over the phone using video. They connect the deaf person at one end with hearing counterparts at the other through interpreters.

“This technology allows the deaf individual to communicate back and forth in real time in their language,” Weber says.
Small businesses need to be aware these systems exist. Shop owners need to educate their staff and to let them know the interpreters identify themselves at the beginning of each phone call.

Use Text and Email Too!

 A lot of our everyday technology works well with deaf clients. Along with the relay services mentioned above, text and email are great ways to communicate with deaf people.

Adjust the Interview Process Accordingly

Making provisions for deaf people can be as simple as tweaking pre-interview questionnaires and other documents and processes.
“If you have someone who applies to your company that is deaf, you need to be open to fact that doesn’t limit them from communicating with you, other consumers or anyone else,” Weber says.
The whole thing can be as easy as taking stock of those questions that are geared toward hearing only people. Otherwise, an unintentionally slanted pre employment questionnaire can disqualify a deaf person who is qualified for the job.
“We should be open to adjusting these questionnaires to include people with other kinds of abilities,” Weber says.

Stress Other Visual Helpers

Video relays systems are just one way to accommodate deaf customers. There are several onsite ideas small business owners can adopt to make for a more comfortable shopping and working experience. Weber points out making sure fire alarms and smoke alarms have visual cues like strobe lights make for a welcoming atmosphere for both clients and employees.

She says making sure these get placed in washrooms goes a long way to establishing a deaf-friendly safe reputation that leads to more deaf clients and profits.

Teach Your Staff Some Basic Signs.

“If a deaf person comes into a restaurant, they don’t just want to point to something on the menu if they want it prepared a certain way.”  Weber stresses training restaurant staff in some simple signs or encouraging them to take the time to write notes and pass them back and forth is a good practice. Taking those few moments can even help you find out if a deaf person has allergies.

Act Out Scenarios at Work

Play acting can help to engage your small business staff and teach them about the needs of deaf customers. Weber suggests running through some ‘what-if’ scenarios so everyone on staff knows what to do.

Survey Deaf Customers.

Keeping things simple is always a best small business practice. Just asking deaf customers or experts how you can improve your processes goes along way. Deaf people are loyal clients and word travels quickly in their communities about shops and small businesses that go the extra mile. Weber makes this simple.  “If you want to know how to have a deaf-friendly business, ask a deaf person.”

Be Aware Of Deaf Target Markets.

If you’re planning on or have already made deaf accommodations, targeted advertising works to everyone’s advantage.  La Vista is a good example of an entire community that focuses on the deaf and hard of hearing. It’s located in San Marcos, Texas. Looking for deaf markets in your area works wonders.

Learn Deaf Etiquette.

When dealing with a deaf person and an interpreter, small business owners need to talk to the deaf person directly. Look at the client and stay away from phrases like “Tell her I said,” and remember to say what you mean and mean what you say.
Interpreters sign everything they can decipher.

Be Open Minded.

Most deaf people don’t look at themselves as being disabled. Small business owners shouldn’t either. Weber says that by just making little accommodations, you can tap into a whole segment of the population that has tremendous potential. “They are no different from you, me or anyone else,” she says.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Hospitals lack sign language interpreters in ER

A review by STAT of court records and inspection reports of hospitals around the nation found dozens of instances in which deaf patients said they were not given adequate interpreter services.

In one instance, a man who thought he was suffering a heart attack was forced to wait anxiously while a nurse struggled to set up a video screen to connect him to a remote American Sign Language interpreter, according to the report. Eventually, hospital staff asked the man to instead communicate by writing notes.

"I wished I had four arms at the time," the man told STAT. "They were saying, 'Oh, I'm sorry, I can't find your vein,' while I'm trying to write them notes, trying to guide them."

Hospitals are challenged with the need to provide interpreters for numerous languages, including ASL. On-site interpreters can be expensive and difficult to find, leading many to seek video conferencing solutions with remote interpreters, according to the report. However, many deaf patients have complained about the use of remote interpreters in emergency rooms, namely over nurses who are not practiced in setting up the equipment or being unable to focus on the small screen.

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires all hospitals that receive federal money to provide deaf patients with adequate services to ensure effective communication, including on-site and remote ASL interpreting, handwritten notes and captioned telephones. The ACA mandates hospitals to give "primary consideration" to a patient's preference, though hospitals get to decide which services to offer.

The Department of Justice's Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative has settled 16 cases regarding interpreting services for deaf hospital patients since 2011, according to the report. Some settlements have reached $70,000.

Deaf woman appeal allowed over interpreter...

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A severely deaf woman who claims her repeated requests to police for an interpreter went unheeded has won an appeal to have her discrimination case reconsidered in Queensland.

Veronica Woodforth, who wears hearing aids in both ears to limited effect and has minimal lip reading ability, first took her complaint to the Anti-Discrimination Commission after she was allegedly assaulted by one of her landlords in 2011.  Later, she took the matter to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal seeking a public apology from the state, anti-discrimination programs for the Queensland Police Service and compensation for "humiliation and distress".

The case eventually made its way to the Court of Appeal after Ms Woodforth's attempts within QCAT were unsuccessful and, on Tuesday, the state's highest court allowed the appeal - meaning it will be reheard by the tribunal at a later date.

The court noted the alleged assault took place on December 13, 2011, and Ms Woodforth said she was only able to properly explain what happened with the help of an Auslan interpreter more than a month later.  It came after multiple visits to the Ipswich Police Station, including on the day after the alleged fight. It was then that a receptionist declined to call an Auslan-compatible service, saying "it was not part of her job".

Similarly, the court noted an occasion on December 23 when Ms Woodforth went to the station and asked for an interpreter but was told one couldn't be arranged because it was the Christmas period.  It found there were problems with how the tribunal had applied the case to the state's Anti-Discrimination Act and ordered the matter be returned to the tribunal's appeal division for a rehearing.

The state was ordered to cover Ms Woodforth's costs for taking the matter to the Court of Appeal.