Friday, 10 August 2018

Is a ban on the Burka wrong?

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After recent comments about Muslim burka wearing women looking like 'letter boxes' or even bank robbers, from an UK Politician, would deaf agree, wearing these facial coverings, IS an actual abusing of deaf people's right to 'read' other people's faces/lips, thus, wearers are by default, are not complying with the UK or deaf and disabled access laws, and it isn't a case of religious intolerance, or, men telling women what to wear either?  

Online argument supporting an outright ban in the UK feel it is necessary to ensure people can be identified properly, and they are who they say they are, as,  various bank, border controls are having issue identifying the customers wearing them. Leading Islamic Imams in the UK say the wearing of the veil, is a 'choice' not a rule, so asking for facial proof isn't, religious intolerance as they claim.  It suggests women are hiding their own faces by choice too,and not as media stated because men are telling them they must.

SKY TV was in furore yesterday when a presenter claimed burka wearing was a right to hide facial disfigurement. Can parents of children in schools demand the removal too, as this can frighten young children?

For all Deaf?

1. International Week of the Deaf and International Day of Sign Languages from World Federation of the Deaf on Vimeo.

Maybe not with no captions, no text narrative, no feedback option, and no international-sign translations! Is anyone watching?

More sign at this hospital?


Two workers at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals have started an initiative to teach sign language to staff.

Steven Hartman, who is a British Sign Language tutor, and Rev David Southall, the Chaplain, are running a 10-week course in British Sign Language for hospital staff.

British Sign Language (BSL) is used by 50,000 people in the UK and our Worcestershire hospitals see frequent visits from deaf patients for whom BSL is their first language.

BSL was recognised as a language in its own right by the UK Government in 2003 and it involves the movement of the hands, body, face and head.  Many thousands of people who are not deaf also use BSL, either because they have deaf relatives or as a result of some contact with the British deaf community.

[?]  No proof provided. Why would HEARING rely on sign at a hospital? (Unless the medicos have insisted relatives do a qualified interpreter's job for free!). How many DEAF attend that hospital? and what is the awareness of deaf that do not sign? They are left to it?  'Deaf' awareness is not deaf or hearing loss awareness, it is about a minority who sign not the majority that do not. 

50,000 is an alleged number, not a proven statistic and one doubts they all go to that hospital, even the BDa promo area doesn't quote that figure, we do wish people who want to provide help to deaf at least researched what their needs were, and not quote dubious stats instead.

To date, not a single UK Hospital has responded to a request for statistics for deaf/HoH lip-readers or text users, why?  because there is no provision at all?


Baby hears Mum for first time...


So ATR disputes 'White' influences on CI's (Deaf Racists?).  Have anti-CI deaf now lost the plot entirely?

An adorable baby boy whose reaction to hearing his mother's voice for the first time after being fitted with cochlear implants went viral charmed viewers on This Morning on Thursday. 

 Alex Denman, who was born deaf, became an online star when his mother Jen, from Liverpool, shared footage of her saying 'hello, it's mummy,' to her baby boy following the procedure - prompting him to break out into a beautiful wide smile. Jen appeared on ITV's This Morning where she spoke about the magical moment, filmed in July, while baby Alex snuggled on her lap, and viewers took to Twitter to gush over the sweet five-month-old tot and his 'adorable' grin.