Monday, 24 September 2018

DWP to prevent politicans helping welfare claimants.

Image result for DWP ban on politicans advisingNow the DWP is to ban politicians from helping welfare claimants by refusing to answer queries or offer your political representation any information.   This follows recent complaints by the Citizens Advice Bureau in the UK, the DWP were pro-actively blocking calls from UK welfare and disability advice centres.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been branded “outrageous” for effectively trying to stop an MP from helping one of their constituents. But this policy change has been a long time in the making.  Labour and Co-op MP Kate Osamor has had problems helping a claimant. 

It boils down to the fact the DWP has changed its rules about disclosing claimants’ information to third parties. Osamor realised the DWP change in policy on 14 September.

The true cost of deafness and loss...

Ingeborg Hochmair
We are going to get dementia earlier, and excess loss of any quality of life.  Untreated hearing loss isn't an option.

Hearing loss is the silent burden of Europe’s ageing population Written by Ingeborg Hochmair on 10 September 2018 in Thought Leader Hearing loss is the silent burden of Europe’s ageing population. By 2050, the world population of those over 60 years old is expected to reach two billion. 

Hearing loss, a condition disproportionately impacting the older population – an estimated 20 per cent of women and 30 per cent of men in Europe by the age of 70 – will increasingly place a burden on our already struggling healthcare systems. It risks the onset of other costly diseases and negatively impacts an individual’s overall quality of life. However, compared to many other health conditions, its impact is underestimated and often misunderstood. MED-EL, a family-owned European enterprise headquartered in Innsbruck, is the technology leader in implantable hearing solutions. Cochlear implants treat those with a severe hearing loss. 

As CEO and co-founder of our hearing implant company, I am proud to say that we developed the world’s first microelectronic-multichannel cochlear implant in 1977 and have continued to deliver a series of world ‘firsts’. The product remains the first replacement of a human sense. Our continued innovation in treating hearing loss is the result of 30 years of focused research and commitment; we believe this commitment can also be reflected in EU health policy.

Treating hearing loss can help people remain active for longer and can help keep Europe’s healthcare systems sustainable. Across Europe, we see an older population that is more engaged in society than ever before. It’s important that Europe’s citizens continue to live active lives with their families and friends for as long as possible as well as contribute to the silver economy. To do this, they need to remain independent. Unfortunately, failure to treat hearing loss accelerates an individual’s progression into costly facilitated or assisted living, depriving our older population of the opportunity to live their lives to the full. 

Our health care systems are overburdened because of our ageing population and a rise in chronic diseases. This makes the impact of untreated hearing loss on healthcare systems two-fold. According to the World Health Organisation, untreated hearing impairment costs Europe €213bn annually. In part, this is due to its link to costly comorbidities including cognitive decline and type 2 diabetes, as well as the risk of more frequent falls. Studies show that people with mild hearing loss are almost twice as likely to develop dementia as people without any hearing loss. 

Overall, not only does untreated hearing loss deprive our ageing population of quality of life, its comorbidities increase the demands on our health and social care systems at a time when we need to be making savings. 

Incommunicado revisted.

Tellingly he laughed at the 'misconception' other hearing students had when he spoke in a lift. Far better he understood WHY, his hearing peers assumed he didn't, instead he mocked them? I don't think he is aware of how he is presenting to them if you spend 90% of your time signing and then start talking why wouldn't they be confused about that?  Perhaps he can explain why he doesn't use his voice when he can?  I don't think he can teach hearing anything but UNawareness.  Either you can speak or you can't, you should be using whatever is necessary to communicate.


Or even:- No sign or text at all from the UK's premier deaf and HoH charity ?

Action On Hearing Loss Campaign from Angharad Stone on Vimeo.

It seems when it comes to awareness of deaf people, deafness or hearing loss, they haven't a clue.

Deaf/deaf who cares Di-Marco?

Image result for di marcoThe issue with Di Marco is he doesn't define who or what constitutes a deaf person.  Such blanket statements by him just cover up his real message, all deaf sign, all deaf have a culture all deaf have a capital D and all the linguistic nonsense/deafhood et al that goes with it, when these people are a minuscule minority, even amid others who claim the much-vaunted 'Deaf' status and the rest of the deaf who outnumber them.

I am deaf I don't pretend anything, I can't hear. I am not cultural, I use some sign, I lip-read, I text, I don't think the community really exist in real terms, hardly any of my deaf peers are part of it that's the reality.  Are people like me to be opposed because we are not deaf as he sees it?  or, as his acolytes do?  These beliefs trigger separatism and segregation. When they see a signer using a CI on-screen they may get the message... unless the other minorities insist he is disabled in a wheelchair and a bona fide member of 5 other racial sterotypes as well!

We all want to be accepted for who we are and for what we can do, not 'just because' we don't hear.  If we take the same illogical steps as he does, do we not invite bans on deaf people 'posing as hearing' in the acting profession? The second soldier from the right scenario who just stands there as part of the scene who gets a bit part because no speech is necessary, or will Di Marco insist that is discrimination and the soldier has to start signing as well?

The time you start insisting on the inclusion of people who don't fit the criteria required, inclusion and acceptance will cease to be viable.  The same issues exist in all areas, e.g. you don't hire a person who is deaf because that is his issue, you hire them or not depending if they qualify for the job offered. 

The criteria seems to be a deaf person in this case, then the fact there are many deaf who don't sign at all should be considered on an equal basis too.  Who can forget the outbreak of opposition to a lip-reader 'posing' as a deaf person on TV whose signing was a bit suss? who was also profoundly deaf.  Such people are the norm.  The primary issue is these deaf cannot avoid making a lecture on everything 'deaf do this, Deaf do that'. Pandering to hearing misconceptions in that as they cannot see who is deaf unless they sign, ergo all deaf do, is misleading awareness by default.  Albeit it suits the extreme 'cultural' argument, bit it couldn't be that............. could it?

These Deaf must be the most biased and unaware sector with hearing loss that exists. Much better the point was made he can dance well, but just happened to be deaf.  His signing was not intrinsic to him dancing either nor was his community.