Saturday, 30 June 2018

The UK's NHS (Aged 70).

Not usually a great fan of the charity that produced this, but, I'd really like to see more promotion of those with hearing loss and deafness that DON'T sign at all, and their issues made more prominent. The neglect of the majority who are deaf and with hearing loss is a scandal, we aren't seeing their issues raised at all because it is being swamped with minority BSL issues instead and biased distortions of need.  

There is life beyond the sign, believe it.  The only niggle is AOHL focussing on things/alleviation/medical, not the people, they need to take a leaf out of the BSL book and let us see those. 10m WILL get their entitlement that way.  Yes the old AOHL/RNID were indeed, groundbreakers in pushing our rights years ago, but, now they don't, that's the problem because they went into the care business, and shop sales approach instead and had to sign a non-critical response clause to bad support from the state in order to get funds, as did other major charities.  

AOHL has shown they have that capability, so why aren't they using it to counter huge discriminations against us? and the recent NHS approaches of limiting testing, issuing hearing aids, waiting until you are deaf before giving you an aid, then today banning ear grommet provision putting children at risk of further hearing loss and even deafness, isn't telling it how it really is.

The cost of going deaf is far far higher than addressing it day one. The astronomical costs of supporting deaf and those with hearing loss, in work, in education, and with aftercare, is higher than supporting other disabled areas. In employment the highest UK support cost.  It is totally a false 'economy' to cut research, hearing aids, and implantations.   You just create more deaf people with more reliance on others.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Deaf centre with no deaf, may close.

The Early Years Centre for Deaf Children in MackworthWhy are they complaining when no deaf are actually using it?  How can it be 'hugely popular' with no-one there?  (I blame the hot weather personally.) A Derby early years centre which caters for deaf children and their families is at risk of closure.

The “hugely popular” Early Years Centre for Deaf Children, in Brentford Drive, Mackworth, was established more than 20 years ago. It provides assistance for families in Derby and Derbyshire, including weekly sign language and communication sessions, taught by deaf tutors, to help parents converse with their children.

The centre, based in a residential house, contains a family sitting area and playroom, kitchen, baby changing facilities, soft play, sensory room, resources room and outside play areas. However, due to declining attendance, the county council says that it may pull funding if the number of families using the service does not increase.

This puts the centre at risk of closure, says a national deafness charity, which has asked that, if the site is closed, any savings are pumped into other services for deaf children.

In 2011, when the county council brought its social care in-house, the authority pledged to fund 40 per cent of the running costs for the service - on the basis that it is used by Derbyshire families “in sufficient numbers”. It remained a leading stakeholder, along with Derby City Council and the National Deaf Children’s Society.

At the time, 17 Derbyshire families were making use of the service. By October 2015, this figure had dropped to just six. A further review in May 2016 found that only one Derbyshire family was using the service. There are no longer any Derbyshire families attending the centre.

Pornographers target the Deaf.

Degradation of men, women,  and children, perversions, assaults, and using access to spread it. What we need are online bans on porn.  We have all the perverts we need. Anyone who thinks this is some sort of romantic sex is deluded. Pornhub is Introducing Closed Captioning for the Deaf Porn Lovers of the World

Over the years Pornhub has done a lot to make itself more inclusive for the differently abled. Because everyone loves porn, and not being able to experience it in the exact same way as an able-bodied person doesn't mean you should be left out. Plus, the more people watching Pornhub videos the more money it makes. 
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In the past, the site has included features for the visually impaired, including described videos. Now it's added closed captions to over 1,000 popular videos from its many categories.

The launch of the dedicated 'Closed Captions' category comes Pornhub Cares, the site's philanthropic division that has taken on the responsibility of making the site more accessible for a wide range of porn connoisseurs. Initially, the category features 1,000 videos, selected from the top viewed videos in Pornhub's straight, popular with women, gay, bi and transsexual categories. And it's important to note that they're closed captions, not regular subtitles, so the on-screen text is going to show off a lot more than each video's hokey plot.

Pornhub VP Corey Price said:

“Here at Pornhub, it’s important that we continue to service all of our users’ needs and make content accessible to every individual. By integrating our new Closed Captioning category, we are now able to render some of our most popular adult content more enjoyable for our users who are hearing impaired. We encourage them to check out our newest category and provide feedback, which is especially important as we seek to continue to offer content with the differently-abled user in mind.”

It'll probably be quite useful if you want to watch some actors go at it when there are other people at home and your headphones have gone walkabout. See, accessibility benefits everyone.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Deaf-Blind Awareness week...

Transcript / Visual Description: 

Short Video of Heather Quayle jumping down onto floor from indoor rock climbing. Short Video of Heather driving a Landrover off-road. Short video of Sophie Nanthabalan (Deafblind Ushers lady signing ) My family pick up bit by bit by bit and learn more. Glen Tamayo (Deafblind Ushers man signing) One time I was using my cane and I accidentally hit another man in the face! 

Hi everyone my name is Heather Quayle (finger spells her full name ) Next week is Deafblind awareness week. I am Deafblind myself and next week I plan to upload different videos onto my Facebook page. The videos you will see are that of my Deafblind friends from all over the UK as I’ve been busy flying here, there and everywhere to get these clips. The videos will show a brief insight into their lives, their different activities and their views of being Deafblind. You will be able up to watch, read and learn about Deafblindness. 

I grew up with a Deafblind father and my Auntie was also Deafblind so for me, my life was pretty normal seeing and being in the Deafblind world. It’s funny though when sometimes you step into the Deaf community or meet a Hearing person and they’re surprised as they’ve never experienced meeting a Deafblind person before. So that’s why the clips this coming week are to show you the differences in Deafblind people and make it easier and clearer to understand. 

Next week whenever you are watching the different video clips please can I ask if you have any burning questions or perhaps you feel embarrassed to ask or think it’s an inappropriate question or it’s discriminatory please have the confidence to ask as I’m happy to answer any questions. Remember it’s Deafblind awareness week so it’s your opportunity to ask me for more information. I hope you all enjoy watching the upcoming clips next week. Bye bye (Heather waves goodbye)

What's in a term?

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Where is the actual 'Hard Of Hearing' Access? (How access campaigns distort communication needs.)  Does BSL and deaf equate with Hard of Hearing?  The BDA did not state the Hard of hearing access was there, only that its own estimate was that 7.000 Scottish DEAF wanted access via BSL).  Yet, the Deaf refused to support captioning of the UK parliament, via 'who cares what councillors or politicians say)?  

It will be interesting to read if Scottish deaf log in for their BSL access.  interestingly a mother of a deaf CHILD, welcomed the access, (they start 'em young up there!),  she substituted deaf for 'hearing difficulties' so confusion reigns, the terminology is redundant, and bias/chaos rules.  Maybe the BDA can tell us how many Hard of Hearing in Scotland actually rely on BSL?  Or even if the BDA represents Hard of Hearing at all?

Moray Council becomes first in Scotland to broadcast meeting with sign language.  A council meeting in Moray will be the first in Scotland to be accompanied by sign language. The council’s communities committee will meet tomorrow to discuss its sign language policy, and an interpreter will be on hand to make sure that residents with hearing problems don’t miss out on the debate.

Vice-convener of the committee, Theresa Coull, is a proficient user of British Sign Language (BSL) as she has a 40-year-old daughter who is deaf. The Keith and Cullen councillor yesterday demonstrated the form of communication in a video for the Press and Journal’s website, as she welcomed the move.

Mrs Coull said: “As a mother of a deaf child I’m delighted that BSL will be used for the first time to translate the council meeting to the deaf and hard of hearing. “This will be of huge benefit to those with hearing difficulties, as it will keep them updated with council matters.

“The deaf and hard of hearing have much to contribute to this area and should not feel that they are being left out. “We really hope that they will contact us with their opinion of the service or any ideas they would like to share.”  The sign language translation will be captured on video using the council’s webcast system, which can be watched live from 9.30am tomorrow or anytime from the day afterwards.

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