Isn't the real answer demanding the right to use existing advice areas? Specialisation means isolation. The at odds system where deaf demand deaf access on their terms and in specialised supported surroundings, only undermines their other (Alleged primary), demand for access to the same as everyone else. You have half demanding universal access for all deaf and HoH and the other half demanding deaf-only areas, get it sorted!
Deaf Connect in Spencer is facing having its funding cut by a quarter if the county council removes its yearly grant. A Northampton service which helps around 300 deaf people in the county live independently could have its funding cut by the county council.
Deaf Connect, based at the Dallington Spencer Community Centre, helps put its users in touch with lip-reading classes, helps them to call vital services such as schools and doctors' surgeries and runs a job club among a long list of services. But as part of its ongoing funding review Northamptonshire County Council is to consider cutting the £18,000-a-year grant it gives to the service.
Chief executive Joanna Steer says the loss of the money, a quarter of its overall budget, will have a huge impact. "That will mean I'll have to consider cutting a member of staff - then how the heck are we going to deliver services moving forward?" "Our demand is just getting bigger."
Deaf Connect runs a regular drop-in service for severely hearing-impaired people in the county to resolve a wide range of problems and operates with just 12 largely part-time members of staff.