Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Life Skills ??

Saffron Lilley takes a skills class at RAD's HQ in ColchesterLife skills suggest it is an issue the deaf have to be educated in, not mainstream.  Surely a failure of access and a right to it is the issue ?    Most deaf ensure they plan ahead or have someone with them.  

Referrals from the Social Services is just passing the buck.  Real skills and getting around is better undertaken by immersing deaf with hearing people a lot more, they cannot learn to integrate while being apart.

For many deaf people, the biggest frustration is not understanding what is going on around them.

Communicating with other people can be a tiring task, becoming mentally, as well as physically, straining as one party tries to comprehend another.  But instead of lingering on what they cannot do, deaf people are being inspired to think about what they can do even better despite the challenges they face.

The Royal Association for Deaf People, based in North Station Road, Colchester, aims to help.  Kerry Cole, head of marketing and PR, said deaf people can be affected by seemingly everyday issues. She said: “Take Colchester station, for example.  “If a train is delayed, there is often an announcement over tannoy. “Deaf people cannot hear this and so may be standing there at the platform not knowing what is going on.

“What makes the charity different is we are not an organisation helping from the outside. “We work with the deaf community to make people as independent as possible. “We take the time to understand and deliver what matters to deaf people in their identity, community, heritage and diversity and what we do is develop services and partnerships that they need.”

The charity’s Colchester Life Skills Group, which specialises in helping to develop important independent living skills, meets at the Oak Tree Centre, in Harwich Road, Colchester.

Users can be referred by a GP, but the greatest number of referrals come from social workers.

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