Thursday, 15 September 2016

HoH: We don't want to attend deaf clubs...

Concerns being raised at the near non-existence of Hard of Hearing clubs, which posters suggest decimates their desire to have a social life of any kind, and removes them from being identified as an area in need of support.  But, is that the true picture ?

As regards to Wales, there is no set up for the HoH with any continuity at all. The HoH appear to create a club then it closes the month after via lack of support. The one they set up in my area struggled with just 4 members (!) 

I suggested to them they would be more than welcome to attend the dual and long-standing deaf/HoH club that has been going 60 years... they chose not to because they didn't want to be identified with sign using people, who they claim already distort their need requirements. That was despite me telling them the membership was in fact 60/40 in HoH's favour. 

Given we have 350,000 with hearing loss here, perhaps this suggests the relevant charities of AOHL/BDA/Hearing-Links/NADP's of this world are no longer needed as a support option. No demand, equals no need surely ?  Once a need is identified you also have to support that need, not drift in and out whenever you feel like it.

No-one is going to provide help if nobody else asks for it ! The complaints roll in online about discrimination and lack of help, the system says they DON'T tell us about it, show the demand we will try to meet it, then they get a deafening silence.   The HoH try to set up clubs via Lip-reading classes, but they fold immediately after the class ends.  HoH get nothing simply because they don't ask or campaign for it.

HoH do not need support (OFFICIAL).