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?