Why this doesn't mean anything in terms of hearing loss issues.
First some official UK statistics for you, there are:
226 dedicated 'Deaf' Charities.
1,371 dedicated 'HoH' Charities.
Deaf &HoH 1,446 Charities (who aren't quite sure who they rep, but hedging their bets), and,
42 dedicated charities for the cultural aspect of deafness. (Sign language aficionados' need only apply to join those).
A total of 3,085 of them. (Not counting 987 who may not be recorded at all because they have an exemption or fall below the statistical minimum line).
An amazing 1,052 of them only had 4-6 noted members and had no clear aim at all other than attempting to duplicate what others already do. Between them, they claimed over £6.3M in official funding and not really able to account for where it was spent.
If people want rights, not charity, it doesn't seem as if they are going for that and still see themselves as charitable dependents, even Deaf culture has become a recipient of it.
'Rights Not Charity' ? Fine, I'm all for that, ATR has long refused any links to charity and turned down sponsorship from them, since day one in fact. Maybe one the very few deaf people who are all about rights and not utilizing charity at all.
OK, we dump the deaf and HoH charities, e.g. AOHL, BDA, NDCS, all the Scottish/Welsh/English/Irish charities that deal with hearing loss and deafness, et al, I'm game, but are you ? I've long advocated deaf people and children are NOT 'charity cases' and should be empowered by equality and rights law anyway, but it doesn't stop nearly everyone here supporting charity does it ?
Or avid equality and rights Deaf bloggers taking support from charities to promote... rights/support they only enjoy via charitable benevolence. The only way to get your rights is to enact the laws we already have that has given them to you. The UK has 3 major ones, and, a Human Rights law too, so why do we need charity ?
Last week in my city centre charity 'chuggers',[chugger
plural noun: chuggers
a person who approaches passers-by in the street asking for subscriptions or donations to a particular charity.]
blocked my path on the pavement and asked I donate money for deaf children. I said 'I am deaf, no deaf person I know asks hearing people for money, you are mistaking me for a beggar aren't you ? who gave you permission to beg on our behalf ? Our deaf children are certainly not beggars, I object to you asking for money in my name or theirs.'
The student looked quite shocked, but explained 'I haven't met a deaf person or deaf child, to be honest, it's just a day job to get some money that's all..', so nor real interest in us either. One doubts he knew what a deaf person looked like.
Charity, is just the state's way of off-loading its ethical, legal and moral obligation to give equality and access to us all, as well as support to which we are entitled, by shifting it onto others. Obviously, the more charity we use the lesser rights we actually have in reality as they are dependent on hearing putting money in a tin,if that isn't begging, then what is ?
Worse we believe by supporting charities THEY will give us those rights or lobby for them instead, but the charitable law is quite defining, charities may NOT campaign for your rights, because then their primary aim becomes political an issue, prohibited under charitable law.