Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Social Model: Unfit for purpose?

Related imageSome random posts from UK social media and online areas.

Twitter:  Social modelling, much used, much abused too.  I don't care for modelling its a political thing and doesn't add to access improvement, just inter-disabled disagreement, as many support the medical model as don't, and a lot who support both.  You don't need modelling to get a wider door fitted.

Twitter: The social model of disability has demonstrated political success for disabled people in society. At the same time, it has been labelled an outdated ideology in need of re-development. While the social model of disability has been used successfully for political activism, it has simultaneously created conflict and tensions in disability studies, sociology and the sociology of the body, and pitted disabled and deaf areas against each other, modelling emerging as the 'politics of the blame culture..'

Facebook on access:  There is room for videos for people who don't want sign etc, and the issues of hearing going deaf, is not understood at all by the cultural, or born deaf.  I wouldn't ask a born deaf person how to manage MY deafness because it is chalk and cheese and we don't want the same things or had the same experiences, we don't think their approach works for us either...  they need to stop quoting us as their endorsement.

Facebook role modelling: Instead of accepting these things  it provokes confrontations with representatives of the deaf culture accusing others of undermining them because they don't want CI's, don't want oral education etc, so mutual respect is suffering as each area fights own corner over silly things like role models etc and the medical labels and 'cure' research, which HoH endorse and the deaf do not as you feel it undermines what you think and believe is true for you.  

Twitter on sign language:  More sign use poses problems of unity, on other things like speech etc...  More sign, less talk, more isolation more myths the community can provide, just another negative and barrier for them.

Blogger on realism:  The deaf world may not revolve around speech but, the wider world does, so they need to understand how to cross and manage that divide.  Different strokes for different folks.    People have different views, it doesn't mean they are personal attacks on others who don't share those views.   We do live in a HEARING world not a deaf one, so practical consideration can override a 'preference' to sign, few deaf are actually bilingual, or want to be, and of course, true integration between non and signing deaf/HoH has problems. We don't see much conflict because mostly they tend to avoid each other.

Twitter on equality:  It is also true to say there are deaf people who would not accept equality with a bargepole unless on own terms, so some sort of parallel thing goes on they say isn't isolation but seems to be to everyone else.  Ask them to explain and they go defensive and respond with discrimination claims rather than listen.  They seem scared witless about inclusion and their inability to manage it.

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