Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Banning Deaf participation in telethons.

How many deaf I wonder  will participate or even benefit via 'Red Nose Day' on 24th March ?  

We yearn for the time when deaf had at least a semblance of pride they exhibited some years ago, when they refused to participate in one red nose/brown-arsing celebrity TV telethon on the grounds it exploited deaf children.   

Today we laud the fact charities portray us all as the medical model and the needy, but not why that is the case.  Not a word about why that image exists. We will see women and children portrayed as hungry and starving, what we won't see are their male relatives, because they are either killing each other or on a boat to Greece.  That the fact they live where nothing can sustain them either, means the money won't do anything but delay the inevitable. What support we give will not make any long term difference.  The agony is simply prolonged instead.

Red Nose day/week whatever is an UK national excersize in patronisation, we are well known as soft when it comes to helping others without caring if they need that help or even why they need it. Albeit humans still take second billing to pets.   Addressing the effects never the cause, and you get to wear a silly hat and trendy t-shirt as well.

RND lacks any moral compass, in that it refuses to recognise the cause of most issues of people with a disability and a hearing and profound loss, is a refusal by our own people to accept and include.  Only last year it was 'adopt a poor deafie and make them feel at home', gig going on.    Wjat upu will see are animals and disabled kids trotted out,because most fund raisers know there is no sympathy card they can use for adults in need, because many tend to 'bang on' about rights not handouts and the unfairness of the UK state systems, all issues guaranteed to suggest to charity givers and fund raisers they aren't going to get any money plugging those people.

They need misery, they need angst etc, being positive simply excludes your argument you need recognition. They need images of people being 'brave' simply because they can still tie their shoelaces up.  If you can throw in some kids and a few assistance animals too, it's a licence to print money.

This is not how to enhance or facilitate inclusion and acceptance, this is negative promotion. They are aided and abetted by relentless charity plugs for more money to enhance more dependency, which they suggest is empowerment, but empowerment should empower the person, not the provider, and the millions in handouts from the lottery which was set up for 'good causes' ends up subsidising state neglect, and jobs for the non-disabled instead.  It's all a self-sustaining dependency industry, where we have no input as to how it proceeds, and has  no bottom line of making itself redundant, so expect the same for the next 50 years at this rate..

There is NO valid reason why deaf would need handouts.  I am sure there will be people immediately outraged on this attack on what is really, an excuse for the worst exhibit of smug satisfaction on UKTV screens, GOOD ! It is basically any excuse for the same, tired old faces, to get a free plug on media, many of whom we had consigned to z celeb status, or we thought died years ago.

We can continue in the same vein by urging Uk bloggers to cease plugging areas that thrive on patronising them, and view their emancipation as a side show or plug for their business activities.  Let's fess up, charity and disabled and deaf support is BIG money, far be it from ATR to suggest that this their real interest in us, but, £6,000,000,000 a year up for grabs, is not to be sniffed at,and the reason most large charities employ not us, but corporate strategists and online spin merchants.    

The charities have entire areas dedicated to corporate dependency and job adverts which disable us applying for jobs because we will never have the opportunity to gain experience with them.  There are no corporate deaf CEO's, no higher education and corporate training facilities for us.  We are their face, they make it their living and future.

RND is a cynical exhibition of media hyping itself.  Another chance to patronise, feel good, then a 12 month break until the next time you feel that sitting in a bathtub of baked beans is doing your bit for equality or acceptance. It seems heresy to suggest we don't want any money at all, but the fact is we don't, we need a mind-set change, and your vote.  Is it too much to demand equity ?

Would it not be a Good idea to run a whole day's TV dedicated to highlighting the failure of charities to fight your corner ? the complete farce of the 'Deaf and HI' remits ? REAL awareness ? or, the culling of 6,000 disabled, killed by the iniquitous welfare assessments approaches by a state, who validate your entitlement along the lines of the Medieval witch trials, throw you in a pool, if you drown you are innocent, if you don't you are a witch and die anyway.

Could we not highlight the fact 68% of deaf and disabled will never get work experience or even a job of use in their lives ? or  Deaf and HoH UK children denied access to an education, contributing to 40% of them inheriting poor mental health as a result ? but that's fine we fund deaf schools in Africa. We even send mentors using BSL to them, mostly because none are interested in supporting their own here, or are frozen out by charities instead.  The UK are the ultimate patronisers, we spend £12,000,000,000 a year proving it.  It hasn't changed anything

We completely ignored the 6,000 UK families every day queuing up at food banks for their next meal, even ridicule and attack them, nor the 6,000 young people sleeping on the streets, or even our Vets dismissed now they have done their job and been disabled for life, risking their lives for errant politicians, not the image we want the brainwashed to see as they frolic in dancing and cooking laughs. anyone landing here from outer space would rightly assume we are all mad as the proverbial.  The USA has over a million doing it, and see no problem either.

Should we allow deaf  people and red nose comedians to make a joke of the fact we despise our own vulnerable by suggesting at least we care for those elsewhere ?