Saturday, 28 July 2018

Creating Jobs for the Deaf

The other side of the coin as ATR knows is that Hearing/HoH people who are trained in skills, and who then acquire deafness later, have to sweep floors and stack shelves, or clean tables in coffee bars. It isn't just a view deaf can't work properly but a view if you lose your hearing you cannot do the work you are already-trained for either.  

Offering deaf work below capability is also negative, and all too common, so we do need to monitor the TYPE of work we are being offered.  Deaf struggle to obtain a good education and skill then find it counts for nothing at all after, so do the deafened, and the HoH, and it kills aspiration.

All we can do is marvel at the ones who succeed despite that.  The key as always is communication, we do feel a deaf education cannot equip you for a hearing world as it stands, academic attainment still isn't cutting it, because communication and deaf social norms are still barriers.... the focus needs to bear in mind, there are only so many low paid dead-end jobs, or deaf charity ones deaf can get and aim a lot higher.

Even self-employment is a sideways step as deaf endeavour aims at own sector for support, not the mainstream ones.  A job is a Job, or is it? Selling ourselves as sign teachers, and deaf awareness experts/advisors isn't working it is, because it only functions if that deaf person has the cross-over skills to communicate with hearing.  Most have oral skills..... a skill certain backward-looking deaf areas oppose.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Deaf Solidarity.

Why deaf people should avoid at all costs focus group meetings, even international ones despite the option to travel. The sign wasn't there, the access was appaling and the translation gibberish.  Free English lessons to the first person who can tell us what it was all about... it may have had a point for all we know.

Deaf Blind man has guide dog taken away..

"They are insisting on removing the dog because he's overweight." (SWNS)A blind-deaf widower is having his guide dog – and also best friend – taken away because it has got too fat. Derek Beal said he will be a “prisoner in his own home” once his “wonderful companion” Paddy is taken away from him. Guide Dogs for the Blind is taking the drastic action over concerns the eight-year-old golden retriever is being overfed as his 82-year-old owner cannot see what he is eating. 

Beal insists his best friend’s extra weight is because of passers-by giving him treats and the dog is only “slightly” overweight after taking him to the vet to check. The former catering manager, from Maidstone, Kent, said: “They’ve offered me no help to get around and no replacement if they take him away. “I’m blind and nearly deaf – it’s brutal.”

Can Deaf Read get rid of the Deaf Chef?

Image result for NO spammingWe don't need more repeats of the wholesale spamming of this deaf site by adverts chandeliers, please remove.  We worry Deaf.Read has abandoned all moderation and remnants of 2002 are still there not updated, the whole aggregate needs a cleanup and pro-active moderation.

Thank You. (ATR).

Thursday, 26 July 2018

UK Deaf social medias still blocking democracy...

Image result for anti democracyJust when you thought Facebook was allowing a free-for-all and should be brought to heel, we see UK Deaf social media blocking free speech. 

This site demands you fill in an application first to join, and declare your view and signing status first.  An archaic throwback to a time when deaf signers claimed illiteracy and 'cultural sensitivity' as an excuse, to banish you into the wilderness (We called it the world then). 

It is moderated partly by people who operated a blatant ban on old deaf e-mail sites on anyone suspected of not going to a deaf school or a non-signer.  A few are Deaf hackers too. They were responsible for the closing down in total disarray of the UK's only (And first), deaf aggregate of blogs (A pre-cursor to, because UK Deaf could not defend their enforced bans and illegal editing of posts on others.  The in-house fighting made Kabul look like a holiday destination.

UK's BSL Deaf and European political site, (Brexit a big issue here),  said ATR could be refused membership because it could not 'prove' a BSL background and was known to support Brexit which the site was against, (It's intro to its site said not, open to all deaf), in essence, they did not allow  or want, alternative views to be aired so other deaf could see any balance in the debate.  In their 'defence' they claimed anti EU views, or counter-arguments to EU 'Remainer' views and comment, was 'anti-deaf' and created 'disharmony' (Ok so lets talk about the prize of cheddar instead).  

Surely if you are setting up site to inform deaf people on the biggest UK decision in a generation, and debate pros and cons, it has to include diversity and balance? ATR hadn't even posted to the site so they had apparently acted on the advice of their 'grapevine' whatever that is.   That grapevine is what we call 'the usual suspects' here, a small group of deaf activists who distort and lie about the rest of us, but seek to control UK Deaf media output in a sign crusade.  

What the site says,  "Anyone can see it and what you post.", fair enough, but first you have to be in there to do it, and you can't get in!  It's of issue these people purported to be deaf too, can block potential members 'sight unseen' to see if they toe this discriminatory line first, or if their friends approve! Whilst ATR is obviously at issue with some cultural views, it doesn't ban their responses, includes cultural content and updates,  and always uses validated sources, not hearsay from a deaf social media that talks to itself and tries to define and label other people operating in an informational vacuum.

Stacked deck springs to mind, and pity the deaf members who are not being allowed to view alternative views to their own. Contention is life, banned free speech isn't.  It's the 3rd 'ID' the deaf avoid declaring in their own ranks, IN-HOUSE DISCRIMINATION.

EU deaf citizens?

Is Islington really aware, we have voted to LEAVE the European Union?  We all thought Islington was run by migrants, not the British, and full of focus groups defying British law.  Or, that a no-deal option is possible?  New laws may well NOT give current EU members in London the right to stay, it depends if the deal with the EU is a reciprocal one, i.e. if they don't guarantee ex-pat rights, the UK won't guarantee EU ones here.  Best lay the options down as they exist.

The transition period may well be abandoned too, as today 25/7/2018 the EU is refusing to accept the current deal offer from the UK, please tell deaf people ALL the possible scenarios.  The UK and the EU are both planning for a no-deal setup, and plans to stockpile food in the event trade issues create major French and British road/channel/ferry blocks via border/tariff issues.

Is Islington a heavily populated deaf area too?  We know London has refused to accept the result of the democratic Brexit referendum, they should not be giving migrants any guarantees at present, nothing is signed, nothing is agreed, and Islington's MP is a total loss to the whole situation, as well as an accused anti-Jewish racist.

The power of Cued Speech

But it still requires an 'interpreter' ?

Auslan for all?

Image result for Maria Roccon, of Unanderra, New South WalesCould redefining Auslan as an acceptable second language for hearing children potentially create a demand that could provide opportunities for many, not just the deaf?  Mother Maria Roccon, of Unanderra, New South Wales, who is deaf and supports three children, one of whom is also deaf, believes it could. "My grandfather, my mother, my brother, me, and then my son Kayden — we are all deaf," Ms Roccon said.

Kayden, 11, wears a hearing aid and, like his mother, has developed skills in lip reading. "I never pushed or forced them to learn Auslan. It was up to them," Ms Roccon said. "But as my hearing deteriorates I would like them to learn, so I am trying to encourage them now to learn the language.

"Kayden's hearing is deteriorating also, so I think it's important we all learn Auslan now. "Auslan is a broad language where you can see everything. "The feelings, emotions … it's just more understandable," she said of Auslan, which is short for Australian sign language.

"When you speak it's just words, but with Auslan you can see it all — facial expressions, body language, everything is clearer." Important for the hearing to know Auslan too
Ms Roccon's eldest daughter, Gabriella, is not deaf but can sign — in fact, she has three first languages. As a child of deaf adults (CODA), Auslan was her first language and she used it at home growing up.

In addition to naturally learning to speak English, her mother's family is Italian so Gabriella learned to speak that too. "There weren't really any difficulties in learning sign language for me," she said.

ATR Comment:  As usual the plea for a signing curriculum is gathering 'pace' in Australia too, but, we are not seeing facts or balance put forward that justify Auslan as a curriculum need for the hearing.  

ATR has looked into the statistics of Auslan which can be verified), which are:-

(a) Net population of people there is 24m.

(b) Actual profound deaf are listed as approximately, 30,000.

(c) Real and proven regular Auslan usage is with  9,700.

(d) Australia too uses the 1 in 6 estimates of those with hearing loss issues. (Those 1 in 6 stats also include the deaf) so reported twice.

(e) Less than one-third of deaf in Australia, use sign as a communication medium, and,

(f) Australia is heavily involved in the CI programs.  

(g) Predominantly most Auslan users live in the south of Australia.

Do these listed facts prove a need for sign classes as a norm in Australia?  Or even provide real awareness of deaf and hard of hearing need there?

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Getting my Hearing aid...

What’s the best way for deaf people to communicate?

Still toeing ye olde 'Milan' experience which no-one today can acquaint with. The bottom line was more valid, the increase of CI's, 60% in the UK and the clarification ASL or BSL isn't for them..

Traci Randolph practices interpreting Bon Jovi songs using sign language at her home in Germantown in 2011. (

Juliet Corwin overlooked in her July 21 op-ed, “Between the hearing and the Deaf,” the history of deaf education. In the United States, things got off to a good start at the American School for the Deaf in 1817 in Connecticut, with signing as the medium of instruction. But, starting in the early 1880s, oralism, the exclusive use of spoken language to teach deaf children, became widely accepted. At an 1880 conference in Milan on deaf education, the rallying cry was “The gesture kills the word!” Sign language was strictly forbidden in classrooms and dorms, and students were punished for using it. Children were forced to learn to speak through a wide range of tactics, and the efforts were frequently unsuccessful. This situation persisted for nearly 90 years all over the world.

Since the mid-1970s, sign language has begun to be allowed back as the medium of instruction, and deaf children can once again receive academic content through a language they understand and be members of a community. Given the history of oppression of the language, it is not surprising at all that American Sign Language and other sign languages are highly valued and form the core of Deaf culture.

Furthermore, a number of adult ASL users have opted to be implanted. Being a skilled ASL user and member of the community and being implanted are not mutually exclusive. 

Deaf Myths about Equality and Inclusion.

Image result for equalities the mythsCrypto deaf raised numerous points recently regarding attitudes and directions of cultural deaf and signing areas to other people, which needs in reality a wider explanation of why we are, where we are.  I apologise for the length of it but tried to cover as many areas as I could.

(At this point I should emphasise, this isn't his post or his view, but mine at ATR).

There are those who will not see why concerns are being raised and adopt the 'they are attacking us again,' mentality, I hope to clarify (Not offend, but it may be unavoidable),  why they are wrong in assuming that and giving some in-depth views why I feel It needs clarification, because we won't see that anywhere else in the 'activist community' which should not be assumed is the primary, or even supported one amid deaf people.  

I usually find rank and file deaf people do not associate themselves directly with most activist campaigns anyway, and support acceptance of all, but are being used to suggest they do via the desperate need of deaf people to maintain a social base, to that end they would all turn up to open a fridge basically.

E.G. It is true the claims deaf don't speak/all use sign language/not signing so not deaf/deaf hear nothing/deaf oralists don't sound 'normal' are being pushed by deaf cultural activism, you only have to look at the sheer hate responses to A G Bell to see it, and the bloke has been dead for years.... It near always emanates from the same misguided area.  

It is a constant and auto knee-jerk reaction because this minor, (but highly successful self-promotional area), is having difficulty retaining it's perceived (but unproven) norm as a widespread 'culture' with a languge/grammar, bilingual and even ethnicity claim, encouraged by people like Ladd and Co who play to the paranoid shrine of deafhoodism.

It often fails to take into any account they are the minority, even in a deaf world, and an extreme minority within the hearing loss world.  However, their promotions have damaged relationships between us all and undermined support systems, because they campaign on both sides of the hearing loss fence, which is suggesting we support it.  The reality is their output rarely includes us at all, via content or need.

The 'negatives' of hearing loss actually aren't, most are actual and identified physical and mental responses to the fact of their loss.  If you lose your legs, then you cannot expect to win a sprint race against someone with two of them or claim foul play because they won. While those responses are ridiculed and attacked by deaf culture activism, the undeniable reality is they have the same issues.  

Is it a culture is it a disability?  Again you don't miss what you haven't had, but most do, so suggestions the majority are wrong and the difficulties of accepting and dealing with these realities, they switch their 'defence' to attacking the mainstream (And us), via a 'blame culture' approach.  They don't feel they have to justify they are deaf or sign, they don't, but we don't have to justify seeking alternatives either, which may well not be a choice anyway.

Deafness ISN'T a right, it ISN'T a choice, and hearing aren't to blame for it.  For those that live in the 19thc and constantly re-quote it, they will never advance, so we should leave them there.  9 out of 10 of us have no deaf families, and no deaf background either, a re-invented wheel is just that even if unique. 

Mostly what communications they or we use, is down to various aspects that aren't defined by the fact you are deaf, nurture versus nature via basic ability.  There are deaf who can never sign they have medcial conditions that prevent them acquiring it, many of us too, who are happy to maintain as we can with the hearing side of it, we want what they do, and access to it, not a fudged alternative that suits just a few.  It offers no hope, just more of the same.

LOSS defines disability, so losing that sense of hearing so vital to our well being, awareness, education, and work advances, our inclusion and overcoming isolation, depressions, mental good health, disables, to suggest it can be 'cured' by isolating yourself in some glorified but highly restrictive 'community by sign' just won't cut it for the majority, it won't cut it for all Deaf either.  Positive thinking is good, it doesn't make you hear again.

It is a Deaf sector being defined by its activists, not its realities, who feel there is no alternative, maybe it isn't, for them.  They endure exactly the same issues as we do, we cut we bleed, so do they, their campaigns are ALL about more support, more help etc... no-one disputes they need it. It is the result of being deaf.  No-one is arguing they don't need or entitled to it.

There is a myth deaf have it worse than others, worse than hearing, worse than hard of hearing, or even worse than other disabled, it shows huge gaps in their awareness. It's inward, never outward looking.  The old adage you have to be in it to win it, still stands the test of time, you cannot be in and out of it in some parallel lifestyle set up, you are just viewed as the permanent minority, not part of the social majority and integrated.  Mainstream may well end up accepting the Deaf, but the Deaf will still be in the same situation they are in now, on the outside looking in. Of course like with like is so much easier, so less stressful, it's an attractive proposition for so communication deprived an area, but still isolating too, and choice negative.   

40% of deaf kids suffer poor mental health, it is easy to 'blame' hearing for not supporting enough, and I share that concern, but I don't share the Deaf answer to it as it is designed to maintain the re-invented wheel ad infinitum, and we want real choices to present themselves.   Back to the future via all deaf schools all deaf unis all signing approaches flies in the face of equality and inclusion and attacks parental wishes too.  We have an isolated society of deaf activists trying to tell parents how to bring up their kids.  It just looks like they want to maintain their community ethos by preventing more options.

It is not to their credit they call parents child abusers because they want their child to speak, attack hearing aid usage, research, or suggest CI implantation is a form of 'Deaf' genocide, that may well mean the 'community' won't accept them, do they even read what they write? it makes everyone else look as paranoid and out of it as they are. 

In reality hearing people (I hate that term as it isolates in itself, but use it here for the sake of debate), are far more accomodating now than 50 years ago, the issue appears to be aggressive demands from cultural areas that put hearing on the defensive, we can make our point without putting people's back up in the process, and we need to.  We cannot legislate acceptance. So much access demanded simply hasn't been used.
A lot of cultural claims of discrimination don't bear scrutiny, but show a  stark response of being isolated and scared.  Hard Of Hearing and many others who go very deaf, also seek to find out why it happens to them, they too can get angry and blame everything, its a natural response, why me? but the fact their hearing failed, which apart from various self-inflicted issues is a basic medical fact.  HoH/deafened do it all the time, they're stuck between two, even three worlds, and struggling to find common ground even a common communication base.

We could re-brand ourselves and get immersed in the ID crisis' and never-ending terminology but why bother?  Navel contemplation doesn't address anything.

Online we can all  read these '5/10/20 things hearing need to do for us', but little or none what WE should do to assist THEM, and then post them where hearing won't see them, constantly preaching to the already converted, that is, those within a minority sector in our deaf areas, not the majority who don't even sign, have no online presence of note, and probably don't read Deaf output online anyway, because they aren't us, geddit?

In the UK less than 5% of deaf were suggested to be sign users/reliant on any daily basis, even that figure would have to include other aspects we all use to follow the spoken and written word. Factually 1 interpreter for 300 deaf suggests all sorts of alternatives are already being used, even if 9m HoH appear to be just getting on with it regardless.  

Most stats published by sign activists contain no real confirmations, because they are garnered from system health areas that are data protected, or non-specific, so you cannot ask the real questions on culture, languages used etc.. or the communication format effectiveness either.  Most statistics emanate from biased stand-alone charities, with little or no validated grass root memberships,  we cannot take them seriously.  It's think of a number who can challenge? approaches, because charities want your reliance and dependency too, it is why they won't support independent aspects, it makes them redundant..

'Hearing need to do this, need to accept that, change to suit our requirement or need..' etc etc to faciliate equality and our inclusion, but they mean inclusion/access as THEY as a minority understand it to be within their own area, not, as we understand inclusion in the widest sense of all hearing, deaf, Deaf, and the in-betweeners together, as their campaigns are non-inclusive, and singular.  I'm fed up as are most, reading of D/d as if it had any point but division,  as are most sane people. Stick labels where the sun won't reflect on them.

There are suggestions we adopt yet another ID approach to draw lines in the sand to more effectively identify areas of need and support, means we reject the system approach of treating us all the same way.  If you have an ID crisis then it needs more than a rights campaign. The system is vainly trying to do what the Deaf don't want, i.e. level the playing for all, but, not meeting any requirement because they aren't seeing the diversity or differences we have.  Equality is failing because we don't want all to be equal, and some can't no matter what you do.

Various laws and Acts actually do not empower that inclusion and only randmoly via access, they re-enforce the 'Deaf' system who feel justified in doing that, because their foundation is based in the Deaf school.  That is THEIRs were, not everyone else's.  Schools failed the deaf, they still do, and while 'examples' such as Gallaudet exist, the road to Deaf Utopia has exposed a lot of Deaf people as experiencing a collective paranoia about how others treat them, at the same time rejecting other deaf and those with hearing loss in the process often by default and design, who they struggle then to accept, because they aren't rooted in the same ethos, language or culture, and wanting alternatives and cures for it, or changes to the Deaf systems to include them, and their non-signing, and non-partpciation in culture too.   Deaf are actively blocking it.

Cross-culture acceptance, the more culture we see the more the playing field becomes unplayable and the more goalposts appear or vanish. We don't even know which end to start play from or wha the rules are any more. Political correctness we should all challenge and in most part completely ignore because it defies real Human Rights and allows the extremes more of a platform, by default extremists make the most noises, so that defines understanding in their favour.

We need to understand how vulnerable and insecure deaf feel and their reactions to consolidate where they feel most secure, this drives them, but it drives them away from the wider inclusion process and creates more barriers.  While there are more deaf and with hearing loss today, sign is struggling to survive, as technology and medical inteventions make communication easier, the net we are on is just one of them.  There is a lot online, a lot less on the street, and deaf clubs are are falling by the wayside and closing at an alarming rate for them..

Like the mainstream, all are struggling to maintain a social cohesion as a result, because, the individual now rules, not the collective.  The collective can be opposed as bullies and, condemned as 'not speaking for anyone else'... Sadly, any attempt to pressurise the Deaf to come in from the cold is going to be resisted, our laws have enabled their isolation as a right now.  It is why stand-alone areas thrive, but it isn't diversity, or even multiculturalism, it is a form of legalised apathied. Do we even know or care who lives next door to us.....

Monday, 23 July 2018

Mental Health support for Deaf (Scotland).

Amazon Echo UK captions launch..

(Amazon)Amazon has introduced Alexa Captioning in the UK, which enables deaf or hard of hearing users to see responses to see text-based responses from the virtual assistant.

The new feature works with Amazon Echo devices which have a screen – the Echo Show and Echo Spot – and can be turned on via the device’s settings. Once active, the feature will show real-time captions appear on their Echo screen of Alexa’s responses to certain queries, however, the technology giant has said not all responses are supported and the technology will continue to be honed over time.

The feature was first launched in the US several months ago and is Amazon’s latest effort to improve accessibility around the voice-activated artificially intelligent assistant.

The tech giant has also announced Tap to Alexa in the US, which enables users to talk to Alexa without using their voice, instead of using a range of new touchscreen icons to call up important information such as news, weather and traffic information, as well as set timers. Amazon confirmed on Monday that Tap to Alexa was rolling out in the US immediately, with other markets set to follow in the near future.

Crypto Deaf: the gloves are off..

Image result for play fair don't discriminateIt's been a long time coming that real concern is being raised at cultural approaches, and campaigns, that mostly distort awareness towards outright bias and at times deliberate misinformation.

It is rather sad that there is no social area or back up for those who for one reason or another want to remain within the hearing area and not go the signing/cultural route, (or basically, they just aren't able to), to get dismissed out of hand.  We are poorly if at all served within the means we use to communicate, and the type of support we want and need.  We tend to go for the term 'need', and not preference, as these are not the same thing.  I might prefer to be a brain surgeon it is unlikely to happen.  I might prefer to be a perfect lip-reader, that NEVER happens!

I know in the UK if you don't sign there is little or no other support being offered, this is causing us huge issues in health, in real access and support, and probably responsible for the many annoyances with the deaf signer who while far more successful than we are at putting their needs, they don't care for ours despite claiming to be 'Deaf and HoH' too. We would prefer they refrained from saying they are us, as the blurring of various terms and definitions just mean they can claim whatever status or ID meets their points.  Who are the deaf? It depends what welfare benefit you are claiming.  Then you can be cultural and Deaf or simply not disabled at all.

There are a lot of distortions and abuses of definitions of need, and online outright lies if we are honest.  I notice the 'English' sign CryptoDeaf uses, but again sign isn't that clear here, so interpreters can't support us, there are few if any Signed ENGLISH classes, that are also free of cultural interference, in fact, if they actually exist... We don't need to know about Milan to communicate, nor do the Deaf themselves.  Interpreters keep using the cultural 'preference' of BSL with its obscure grammar, so we have to opt out, I am forced in many respects to writing things down.  

My only real lifeline is my voice, but it throws people the deaf can speak and they can challenge us from both sides of the argument. E.G. UK sign classes and 'Deaf' awareness is based on the premise we are unable to speak as well, so deaf & dumb still rules in the UK in reality, and speech is actively discouraged in classes that teach it.  Deaf allegedly can get upset when people talk to them, and mainstream can be accused of being disrespectful, the wheel of rights has gone full circle to silliness and more isolation.  If Deaf weren't in a corner before, they are now by choice.

It's pretty clear putting all deaf together is a risky option, because the 'herd mentality' tends to redefine need to something else entirely, and deaf awareness doesn't work anywhere in the world because of this, a system of them and Us is existing, it also means the less able deaf being dominated by the rest with their own agendas.  Where mainstream were challenged on the divisions by decibel thing, the cultists have made these divisions their own bottom line and included communications as yet another barrier the rest of us have to overcome.  It's OK to discriminate if we/they do it.

If CryptoDeaf is forcing debate on what is happening it can only be a good thing, we aren't all deaf together or all hearing loss together, and at some point, the overwhelming majority are going to stop standing aside while their own need and rights are ignored, in case culture uses the 'D' word on them, (discrimination), to force the truth to be aired.  Unity would be great but only on equal terms. There is no hierarchy of rights we are all entitled to them.  You can only speak for yourself no-one else.

The Achilles' heel of deaf culture is their inability to encompass inclusion, but inclusion is at the heart of all equality and access, or it doesn't work.  Deaf are showing this unwillingness and poor ability to adapt, and then masking that unwillingness as their right rather than get to grips with it.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

'Brave' newsreader comes out...

I wear a hearing aid.... why is it 'Brave' to admit you have a hearing aid? (you'd be on the rooftops yelling about it if you signed...)

A newsreader who suddenly lost the hearing in his left ear, has received messages of support after his first appearance on air with a hearing aid. Lewis Vaughan Jones, 37, feared his career presenting the news on the BBC and ITN was over after doctors told him the hearing loss was permanent.

"That was the darkest moment," he told BBC Radio 5 live. He also spoke of his embarrassment in social situations and the difficulties of coming to terms with a hearing aid. Vaughan Jones had good hearing all his life until he got a cold several months ago and couldn't hear in one ear.

Doctors found his left eardrum was no longer working and the nerve which takes the sound to the brain had given up, he told BBC Breakfast. When they told him the sudden hearing loss and the tinnitus were permanent, he walked out of hospital "completely bamboozled", he added.

How to train your next employer...

Deaf cultists are selfish and don't care for others...