Sunday, 23 September 2018

The Key....


Access to sign language, including in education and public services, is critical for the human rights of deaf people, Human Rights Watch said today. On the first International Day of Sign Languages, Human Rights Watch is trying to make its work more accessible to deaf communities by translating its publications into sign language, and making them available through videos. 

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed September 23, 2018 as the first International Day of Sign Languages, to raise public awareness of sign languages and their vital importance to fundamental rights. This is a symbolic victory for deaf communities worldwide, commended by the World Federation of the Deaf and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 

“For deaf people, access to sign language is key to breaking down communication barriers and participating in society just like anyone else,” said Lea Labaki, junior disability rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The right of deaf people to access schools, medical treatment or courts hinges on their opportunity to use their own language.” 


ATR COMMENT:

Human rights suggest everyone with a hearing loss or deafness deserves equality, inclusion and access, all the signers are asking for is their own version of it, including demands for more help (Because sign is a barrier itself to hearing deaf communication), and their own insistence of refusing to offer accessible videos themselves.    What we all need is a perspective, and understanding of what hearing loss means, and the plethora of aspects to help the people with it, there is no one-size that fits all.   Demands in isolation for service provision that would at best only enable a minuscule minority of deaf people and ignores the majority with hearing loss is discrimination.  It's about effective communication and always has been, not a drive to a singular approach for all.

If we are e.g. all taught French do we empower everyone with it regardless of where they live or what they do?   Insist employers, support systems, et al comply?  Deaf would be at the end of a very very long queue.  Where do such 'rights' end?  We could also add the WFD is non-accessible and non-applicable outside Europe, and the deaf in the USA don't follow it, recent European laws blocking the USA needs a mention too!

It would appear linguistic rights deaf areas are out of the world loop. The UN is decried as useless by the USA's own president who wants it ignored because of members who DON'T practice human rights including some who discriminate against the deaf, the Christians, the gays, and the disabled, on a  daily basis..  the promoting of sign would carry more weight if they had refused to participate with such groups, instead of allowing themselves to be seen as hypocrites in the hope there is still some 'Kudos' using their names!

The inclusion of a committee on disability rights also seems to challenge the deaf culture's own view of deaf people too...  They are just a crazy mixed up sector not sure who they are what they use or what they even want.  The whole image says.   'we need lots more help...' so more dependency, more reliance on translation more attempts to ensure the deaf go no further than they do now, in the forlorn premise they can self-provide,  which is their version of inclusion.

The sole reason it gets an airing is because the majority of those with deafness and with hearing loss have all moved on without them.  The key they quote is the one they use to go into an isolated room and locks the door behind them.  The bloke in the photo looks like he was posing for a mug shot at the local constabulary.

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