Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Disabled logo alternative: WHY?

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More social media out-takes... A UK supermarket has decided to introduce alternatives for disabled customers, what for? someone put it in perspective and had a go at the wheelchair logos too!


Anything that gets rid of the 'iconic' stereotypes is welcome. The wheel logo had mixed reception amidst most disabled and quoted as inaccurate and misleading. 

It's based on a very dated idea of people with a disability and distorts actual access and support need too as it refers to a minority within the disabled area, which has many variations like the deaf e.g. or the blind etc many of who are nowhere near using a wheelchair or understand how a wider door/ramp helps their requirement. 

Even within other areas, they argue about which icon really represents their issue, because degrees of disablement or multi-disabled people won't accept the system logos of them and their own are divisive to a degree. True acceptance/inclusion will emerge when no icons are necessary and access is a norm. Disabled don't look for 'things to help' anymore but a wider mainstream acceptance instead. 

They are very political these days and some are annoyed at the image of 'all disabled in a wheelchair'. Even the oldies are annoyed at street furniture with an old codger with a walking stick painted on it, it's about people, not their issue, and society such as it is still hasn't got this message. Why should it make any difference if you cannot see or hear or walk?

Stop listening to my FARTS!!

School children
Deaf boy shocked others can hear his farts A deaf boy was left horrified after finding out the rest of his classmates could hear his farts. 

A deaf boy was left horrified after finding out the rest of his classmates could hear his farts. School children Schoolchildren The six-year-old boy's teacher, Anna Trupiano, revealed the hilarious exchange on Twitter which happened in her American Sign Language class, and it has since been shared thousands of times and even caught the attention of 'Good Will Hunting' actress Minnie Driver who retweeted it on her page. 

Writing on Twitter, Anna said: ''Today in first grade one of my deaf students farted loudly in class and other students turned to look at them. ''The following is a snippet of a 15-minute conversation that happened entirely in American Sign Language among the group of deaf students and I.'' The boy replied: ''Why are they looking at me.'' He was then left in shock as his teacher replied: ''Because they heard you fart.'' The surprised pupil answered: ''Whhhhat do you mean?'' to which his teacher responded: ''Hearing people can hear farts''. Another deaf child who was left horrified added: ''Wait, they can hear all farts?!?!?!'' 

 Anna had to explain: ''You know how sometimes you can feel your butt move when you fart? ''A lot of those they can hear. But if your butt doesn't move it's more likely they didn't hear it.'' The boy then shouted: ''TELL THEM TO STOP LISTENING TO MY FARTS! THAT IS NOT NICE!'' Anna hilariously added at the end: ''I went to college for 8 years to have these conversations.''

New plan to support Deaf homeless in Scotland.

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The Scottish Housing Regulator has launched a plan for promoting and supporting British Sign Language (BSL). 

The Scottish Housing Regulator has launched a plan for promoting and supporting British Sign Language intends to make the information it releases more accessible to deaf people and make interpreters between English and BSL available for meetings. 

By June 2019, the regulator has said, it will make its website more accessible and carry out awareness training with its staff. The regulator also said it plans to carry out “future thematic work” on how deaf people access housing and homelessness services. According to the plan, this work will be carried out by March 2023. This plan is the result of a consultation over the summer, during which organisations and individuals were asked to give feedback. 

Susan Campbell, head of planning and performance at the Scottish Housing Regulator, said: “We are delighted to launch this plan, which will help to ensure BSL users can easily access information about how we regulate and about their landlord. “It’s important that all service users can access housing and homelessness services when they need them. So we will also look at how we can promote BSL to the landlords that we regulate. 

Deaf man ‘let down’ by police..

Adrian Cracknell, not pictured, felt feels let down by police. Picture: Archant
Why are deaf surprised there is no 24/7 cover for a BSL user?  When it takes 2 weeks to get one for a Dr?

 A deaf man from Norwich says he has been “let down” by police after no interpreters were available to help him after an attack. 

Adrian Cracknell, of Long Road, was thrown to the ground whilst walking in Wensum Park. Once on the ground, the attacker tried to take his wallet.  He did not hear his attacker approaching because he is profoundly deaf and uses British Sign Language (BSL). Mr Cracknell was able to fend off the attacker who got away without stealing anything.

The 66-year-old was “badly shaken”, bruised and left with a cut on his arm after the incident on August 5. Mr Crackwell’s neighbour took him to Bethel Street Police Station to make a statement, but on arrival, there were no BSL interpreters. Mr Cracknell said: “When I arrived at the station and the police hadn’t been able to get an interpreter I felt bad and very upset.

“I need an interpreter, I have to understand what is happening and to explain what happened to me.”  Mr Cracknell had to communicate with officers by writing down everything down. But this was still a struggle as English is not his first language as he has spent most of his life using BSL.