Wednesday, 19 September 2018

American deaf campaigners in typecast overkill?

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Marlee Matlin and Nyle Di Marco in a  funk about typecasting not being used?

The American way of inclusion seems to be making more minority output, not more inclusive output.  All male, all female, all trans, all gay, all blind, all black etc, mainstream media won't go with it, because it limits wider appeal.  Mainstream will feel marginalised themselves and switch out.

OK a hearie acting as a deafie in the film 'The Silence', hardly the first, and not the last either... can any deaf actor do the reverse?  or would accept criticism for so doing?  would soak up the ridicule and abuse from own peers? Surely typecasting is the deaf actor's worst nightmare?  OK Matlin and Di Marco made a killing acting as themselves, but there are areas at present the deaf cannot act as hearing people, acting is about pretence, not realism surely?  Else its a lecture, and deaf lack inclusion experience. Their background is based on segregation.

Every day of their lives 10m HoH in the UK and 40% of deaf play that hearing role too.  The USA has near 4 times as many.

Deaf acting in films/Stage is about role play, not being themselves.  Do the deaf cultural supporters want everyone unable to speak and signing as an image?  How do we ditch the Deaf politic?  This would not reflect the reality.  CI's probably are.  Di Marco is agay who signs and appeals to the Gay USA community, Matlin is a signer full stop who actually hasn't made any successful films since COALG which typecast her as a signing deaf woman.

If deaf people can only play deaf roles, then this is a huge disadvantage to potential film or stage employment and suggests the deaf cannot do anything else, and require more versatility.    There are only so many deaf films being made, and next to none for hearing viewing.  More ability to switch role-playing is essential. 

Potential filmmakers/theatre moguls demand deaf show the theatre and film/arts areas they are MORE than just people who cannot hear and use sign language, that they have an ability to switch roles.  It's called acting,  a deafie that signs isn't something no-one else can do.  Hearing interpreters have done it since day one, a lot of them superior signers too.  Do we demand they must be deaf too?

Actually, what deaf need is more 'hearing experience' so the audience can see the bridges of communication and interaction in real time, not someone repeatedly stating I am deaf with a  D and have a culture, that is minority 'cut and paste' awareness, not acting and belongs in awareness seminars not on the stage or film. If viewers want lectures they attend seminars.  Typecasting is killing opportunity for the deaf.  The fact a hearing person can not only sign better but is more aware of the hearing angle is a plus let's face it.  

It's a situation the deaf actor cannot equate with, the issue lies in teaching deaf what access and real inclusion is and able to cross divides, not repeatedly insist they are some stand-alone area demanding own way of things.  At present they are opposing mainstreaming, and inclusion processes, immediately disadvantaging their own, then blaming it on perceived discrimination.  

If they want those options, then stick to  Deaf cultural output and play to their own minority gallery, but it still won't raise mainstream awareness that way.  Deaf output for deaf people?  No way...

Best devices for those with hearing loss?

The 'Cut and Paste' approach to awareness.

Description_of_image_used_in_working_with_adults_who_are_deaf_deaf_woman_talking_to_friend_john_birdsall_rex_shutterstock_600More confusion/disinformation being heaped upon systems who clearly do not know what is going on at all.   Wales doesn't HAVE a deaf social service, they were unceremoniously dumped 17 years ago by the deaf, and the incoherent ramblings regarding culture and the deaf are obviously made up or systems are being force-fed lies by vested interests, a cut and paste culture.  

Again NON-signing deaf adults and children, are being lumped together as needing the same support and back up.  This does nothing for the non-signers and pours support, access, awareness, and funding toward a minority instead. 2% of ALL with hearing loss, whose needs have yet to be accurately identified.

Generalisations about ‘deaf people’ are rarely helpful because the term covers such a vast range of differences, preferences, abilities and challenges. It is common to see a range of terms used to describe people who do not hear in the same way as the majority of the population. These include ‘deaf’, ‘Deaf’, ‘hard of hearing’, ‘hearing impaired’, ‘hearing loss’, ‘sensory loss’, and ‘partially hearing’ among others.

It is important to realise that these are not synonyms but may imply genuine preferences on the part of service users about how they/we may wish to be described. They also imply in some cases significant distinctions regarding language use and personal or cultural identity. For example, Deaf with a capital ‘D’ marks out people whose first or preferred language is a signed language such as British Sign Language (BSL).

Image result for cut and pasteIt is too easy to presume that the same good practice that works with one client group will also work with people who are d/Deaf because they are the same as everyone else, it is just they do not hear in the same way. In reality, Deaf people who use BSL should be regarded primarily as a linguistic and cultural minority in the UK. The challenges in appropriately meeting their rights and needs is similar to working with other cultural groups who use a minority language. People who are deaf but who have been spoken language users all their lives, or who have lost their hearing, face different challenges in assessment and provision of services.


Both the Care Act 2014 (section 42) and Social Services and Well-being Act (Wales) 2014 (section 126) have included a duty on councils to make or commission enquiries when it has reasonable cause to suspect that an adult with care and support needs is experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect and, as a result of those needs, are not able to protect themselves.
A research review (Hughes et al, 2012), while not conclusive, has demonstrated that disabled adults are more likely to experience abuse or neglect than those without disabilities. Although d/Deaf people specifically are not differentiated in the review, they are included in the definition of ‘disabled’.