Monday, 30 July 2018

Deaf Lobby uses cute kid factor BSL campaign



The issue is that BSL no matter how fluent you are in it alone will still mean deaf are reliant on others, on interpreters and on rights campaigns to get even those. You have to aks WHERE, can a deaf adult advance once fluent in BSL? Jobs? More inclusive social interactions? Higher academic attainments? There seems no trade-off between being fluent in BSL, and its effectiveness in a wider 'street' or mainstreamed context. 

You could end up with level 6 BSL and still not able to get any job with it, except in a BSL charity or something.  Assuming hearing students will then take it up is naive, so many pressures already exist on mainstreamed education, the first question to be asked is, 'what is in it for hearing?'  It may well be not as future interpreters, because they are already stating the job isn't economically viable for them, because it is the right thing to do?  Hearing have a full list of 127 other minorities and 7 other languages vying for a GCSE class too, where will the hearing find the time? If we are talking numbers, URDU has a higher priority or Polish.

The real key to deaf advancement is TC (Total education), combined with the support that ensures it happens, which means a more realistic focus on how best to enhance real communication effectiveness between the hearing and the Deaf.  The only 'awareness' that can succeed, not the 10 best things approach etc....  Perhaps far less emphasis on the suggestion the only social area/future available to deaf people is with their own?  That issue has to be addressed day one, if access and inclusion is to be a real option, or even a workable right. 

We need also to realise in the UK, the BEST deaf educational establishment is still an oral-based school (Mary Hare).  The issue with dedicated BSL classwork is it drives the deaf further and further away from the mainstream of things, and, enhances the deaf activists and cultural segregationists power over the community.  While you can agree a majority of the deaf are not fluent in their chosen/preferred language, there is an issue even if they are, because it isn't the language of everyone else and needs 3rd parties to work.  This need not be the accepted and fatalistic realism of being deaf, we need to address communication and how it is taught bearing in mind what is more of use.

If the deaf do not, then the alternative is more research into curing and alleviating it all.  Bilinguality is a con act as it is, and a deaf world will remain an isolated one.

Deaf Solidarity and Disabled views.

International Deaf and Disabled People's Solidarity Summit from Andrew Day on Vimeo.

Condemnations because the UK government supported it, despite found guilty of disabled genocide, and an institutional policy to cull disabled people.

Deaf have to up their game...


These type of simplistic and naive vids do nothing to raise awareness at all, and ATR refuses to believe people will run away from you if you are deaf. The format suggests a child does it.  A simply put explanation of the best way communication can be facilitated is the most effective, I've never had anyone run away when I explain I am deaf!

If you have no voice use other means etc... demanding sign won't work, the probability of walking the streets and meeting a sign-conversant person are 1,000s or more to 1. 

Where is this video published?  Where only deaf looking for it can see it?  Just because it is on youtube does not actually mean more hearing will see it.  You have to use specific search options first.  Would hearing use that?  'Tag' abuses are a norm, both with hearing and with deaf.  You could search for 'deaf awareness/deaf' and get flower arranging or 'slime' vids.  

Bear in mind 300 HOURS of videos are uploaded to youtube every single minute you have to compete with!.  The complete downer is most will never see it..... as ATR displays.  Try HERE!

Oops removed after this blog went up.

Taxi driver refused to pick up Deaf/assistance dog.

At the time of the offence Mr Irfans vehicle was operated by Skyline Taxis
A cab driver has paid the price for driving off rather than picking up his pre-booked fare - a deaf person and her guide dog. Muhammad Irfan, of Chetwode Avenue, Monkston, pleaded guilty by post to failing to collect a deaf person with an Assistance Dog under Section 170 of the Equality Act 2010. On Friday (July 27) Milton Keynes Magistrates fined him £223 in his absence for the offence and he was also ordered to pay costs of £540 as well as a victim surcharge of £30. 


At the time of the offence Mr Irfan’s vehicle was operated by Skyline Taxis. He is currently licensed by South Northamptonshire District Council, which will take appropriate action concerning his licence. The court heard that on January 29, 2018 a local resident, who is deaf, booked a licensed vehicle with Skyline Taxis and when the driver attended her home he saw the dog - and drove away without them. 

Councillor Catriona Morris, chair of the MK Regulatory Committee, said: “This is an excellent result and demonstrates quite clearly that it is unlawful for a private hire driver to refuse to pick up a properly booked person with an Assistance Dog. “I would like to personally thank the complainant for coming forward and reporting this matter to us. “Milton Keynes Council has a ‘Zero Tolerance’ approach to offences under the Equality Act 2010 and this case clearly demonstrates our position.”