Wednesday, 21 November 2018

A letter to New Zealand Deaf.

Image result for New zealand deaf maori"You cannot legislate empathy, understanding, or respect. It has to come from the person not via penal threat. I always tell people the answer lies with them not the law. 

The Uk has 4 major discrimination and equality laws and the Human Rights one in the UK, but, there is no WILL by the people to make a real effort themselves, so we end up as 'protagonists' threatening people with the law unless they care, not on is it? 

The way UK equality laws work is on an individual basis i.e. you can fight your corner, maybe win, but it won't mean all the rest in the same situation as you are, will win too. Divide and rule combined with individual or collective right aspirations make inclusion near impossible.  'Each according to need' meant we disabled ourselves as any sort of united community with a common aim.  We were sold a pup because we did not read the small print and some areas who had own agenda anyway.

Of course, individual success removes the effectiveness of the law, and the UK government removed any right to free legal representation, so unless you have the financial wherewithal to fight your corner, you couldn't even launch a case. I know a bit about NZ deaf issues and they tend to concentrate on the language and the culture, more than the access and equality thing, and both areas seem at odds with each other, so it is in the UK and the USA. The primary result is some sort of 'in-house', glorified isolation really, lauded as recognising 'difference'. 

The world is full of different people, but most not living with, working with, or respecting each other much.  In celebrating difference, they remain segregated and justify that, apart from the real majority who turn on hearing mainstream and claim THEY are keeping them isolated, it's that or they turn on the cultural area instead for working against them.  There are all sorts of 'in-house' attacks on each other's stance. I don't think many have the in-depth knowledge, real will, or direction, to gain real equality or acceptance, its all some sort of 'parallel universal' approach, which is still isolation and non-inclusion no matter how it is sold. 

You cannot attain inclusion via stand-alone approaches and just attacking others for not recognising that! If it quacks it really is a duck.  NZ deaf aren't getting a fair go either. I've done a few blogs on NZ and OZ, and have videos and books re NZ sign language (Which appears a mix of ASL/BSL, and local signs with Auslan), sadly they fall into the same trap of leading with the term 'deaf' thus establishing at the start what area and aims they are going for, and that may well not be including deaf with other views, type of access, cultural disagreement, or including the HoH at all except as an afterthought when reminded everyone has the same right of access and funding reflects that.  

They are about where USA and UK deaf were 15years ago, take it from ATR you really do not want to follow those leads, they aren't working out if your aim is inclusion and real equality and acceptance.  The US approach is to sue their way to equality, the UK only in self-interest and fragmented approaches, we've not seen any unity of view here, all we did was sell Deafhood to the Americans because we could make no sense of it, i.e. apart from Scotland which appears to be firm in the belief the law will provide, what the people will not, despite no success with the laws they already have."

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