Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The 'Cut and Paste' approach to awareness.

Description_of_image_used_in_working_with_adults_who_are_deaf_deaf_woman_talking_to_friend_john_birdsall_rex_shutterstock_600More confusion/disinformation being heaped upon systems who clearly do not know what is going on at all.   Wales doesn't HAVE a deaf social service, they were unceremoniously dumped 17 years ago by the deaf, and the incoherent ramblings regarding culture and the deaf are obviously made up or systems are being force-fed lies by vested interests, a cut and paste culture.  

Again NON-signing deaf adults and children, are being lumped together as needing the same support and back up.  This does nothing for the non-signers and pours support, access, awareness, and funding toward a minority instead. 2% of ALL with hearing loss, whose needs have yet to be accurately identified.

Generalisations about ‘deaf people’ are rarely helpful because the term covers such a vast range of differences, preferences, abilities and challenges. It is common to see a range of terms used to describe people who do not hear in the same way as the majority of the population. These include ‘deaf’, ‘Deaf’, ‘hard of hearing’, ‘hearing impaired’, ‘hearing loss’, ‘sensory loss’, and ‘partially hearing’ among others.

It is important to realise that these are not synonyms but may imply genuine preferences on the part of service users about how they/we may wish to be described. They also imply in some cases significant distinctions regarding language use and personal or cultural identity. For example, Deaf with a capital ‘D’ marks out people whose first or preferred language is a signed language such as British Sign Language (BSL).

Image result for cut and pasteIt is too easy to presume that the same good practice that works with one client group will also work with people who are d/Deaf because they are the same as everyone else, it is just they do not hear in the same way. In reality, Deaf people who use BSL should be regarded primarily as a linguistic and cultural minority in the UK. The challenges in appropriately meeting their rights and needs is similar to working with other cultural groups who use a minority language. People who are deaf but who have been spoken language users all their lives, or who have lost their hearing, face different challenges in assessment and provision of services.


Both the Care Act 2014 (section 42) and Social Services and Well-being Act (Wales) 2014 (section 126) have included a duty on councils to make or commission enquiries when it has reasonable cause to suspect that an adult with care and support needs is experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect and, as a result of those needs, are not able to protect themselves.
A research review (Hughes et al, 2012), while not conclusive, has demonstrated that disabled adults are more likely to experience abuse or neglect than those without disabilities. Although d/Deaf people specifically are not differentiated in the review, they are included in the definition of ‘disabled’.

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