Friday, 28 December 2018

Sex offender: Neither deaf or signing...

A convicted sex offender from Belfast who claims to be deaf-mute has again been refused bail, after a judge ruled his conduct toward the court amounts to "wilful contempt"
Northern Ireland 'Deaf-mute' sex offender denied bail again as judge brands conduct 'wilful contempt' A convicted sex offender from Belfast who claims to be deaf-mute has again been refused bail, after a judge ruled his conduct toward the court amounts to contempt.

A Belfast man who claims to be deaf-mute has again been refused bail, after a judge ruled his conduct toward the court amounts to "wilful contempt". Abraham Jakobovits is currently in custody and appeared before Dungannon Magistrates Court by video-link for an unusual committal hearing where his lawyer responded on his behalf. Most committals for prisoners involve the individual being presented in person to reply to questions put by the court. 

However, because of Jakobovits' ongoing claim that he cannot hear or speak, the judge ruled proceedings could be conducted by video-link. Jakobovits, from Fortwilliam Gardens in Belfast, is charged with dishonestly receiving a Sony Camcorder stolen from Clogher Valley Free Presbyterian Church between December 18 and 22, 2017. Although unrelated to this, but discovered at the time of arrest, Jakobovits is further charged with breaching the terms of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) between October 10 and December 22, 2017, by failing to notify police of his home address within three days of release from prison. 

This meant as a convicted sex offender, Jakobovits' whereabouts were unknown to authorities for two-and-a-half months, and only established on his arrest for the alleged camcorder theft. The charges were read to Jakobovits, who remained silent. Responding on his behalf to both counts, his lawyer said: "I can confirm the charge is understood." District Judge John Meehan ruled there is a case to answer and ordered Jakobovits to be committed for trial to Dungannon Crown Court, with an arraignment date to be fixed in January. 

At a separate recent hearing, a judge rejected Jakobovits' third application for a sign-language interpreter, stating: "It is my understanding this defendant is selective in his claims to be deaf and mute. There is no evidence to show he is either. Nor is there any evidence he understands sign language."

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Assistance Dog bans increasing...

Image result for no assistance animalsAn event in Westminster held by the Guide Dogs charity, where we learned 75 per cent of guide-dog owners in Wales had been refused entry by businesses.

The legal aspect suggests It is against the law to refuse access to a disabled person accompanied by an assistance dog, except in the most exceptional circumstances.  But nearly half (42 per cent) of guide-dog owners surveyed by the charity said they had been turned away by a taxi driver or similar private-hire company in the last year.

Does anybody know which section of which law is being contravened when this happens? Might help those affected if they can quote this along with the possible penalties?

Health and safety with regards to food, and insurance issues mostly, when clubs and restaurants are crowded, if anyone trips over a dog, the dog is not on the leash and wandering about, or trying to illicit food from other customers, etc... I gather bans on them after 6pm are a norm for obvious reasons, drunks etc.... the same rule that applies to children.

Another issue is confusion when people can see the owner ISN'T blind at all but sighted, or partially sighted, they are not aware the deaf use them too, and its highly contentious the deaf should be entitled to the same rights as the blind as some were with own pets not trained dogs. There are cases too where people have pets with them claiming disabilities they don't have, e.g. the law allows 'emotional support' animals too, public areas then can decide banning them all covers most of the potential issues that can arise.

One answer seems to be the OWNER carrying proof of entitlement to an assistance animal public domain restaurant/cafe owners can refer to.  Or even as some suggest designated areas for them.  Although this seems highly impracticable in reality.

Pets are obviously untrained dedicated animals. In the local club dogs for the deaf are often there and roam loose, and they are after food and everything, we humour that, but obviously in a public restaurant completely unacceptable. Just because they alert a deaf person to the front door, doesn't qualify them as being bona fide assistance animals.

Of course, people with dogs will not accept their dogs are ever a nuisance or problem or ever will. Maybe the dogs aren't, but their owners are, should we ban them?

Look whose talking... NOT!

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Do you have people who don't even face you when talking?  Is there any real answer to poor awareness?  The systems we use now depend not on mutual goodwill,  and cooperation, but biased 'advisors', and legal enforcement threats.  A sure-fire fail.

Another view of it:

I give few if any indications I am deaf, as my voice is OK, and I am very aware of issues, I can spot almost instantly when I need to point out I am deaf and not following.  Other than that I don't feel any need to make it too obvious.  I cannot get angry with people who don't know I am deaf.  The aid wearer has the 'nod' ATR does not seem to fit any particular category of deafness or loss really.  

It is usually the deaf that sign all the time and those who obviously wear hearing aids that have issues, so this suggests drawing undue attention to the loss, is counterproductive, and its area reluctant to pursue that option, for sure if we get aggressive that works against us. That is not to say like everyone else with a hearing loss I didn't get angry all the time at the start.  

Deaf awareness has never worked for any of us and its all bias and disinformation what there is.   

I don't hide my hearing loss, but neither do I make a point of it except when there is obviously a communication breakdown of some sort.  Awareness otherwise can become a cross to carry, I leave that to that bloke from 2000 years ago, and it didn't end well for him...

What the Deaf should NEVER do..

Eat, drink, or sign at the same time!

Did he say 'stupid'?

For the lip-readers among us.  The biggest loser of 2018? Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy Corbyn. Caught lying over his ‘stupid woman’ aside in the Commons last week, the Labour leader capped a year of ineptitude. Lacking the wit to tap dance his way out of the insult to Theresa May, who was wiping the floor with him at PMQs, he tried to pretend it hadn’t happened. “I said ‘stupid people’,” Corbyn protested, but any amateur lip reader could see he was fibbing. 

His shiftiness was sealed when Dame Evelyn Glennie, the acclaimed, and deaf, Scottish percussionist, was shown the footage and declared she was very certain he said ‘woman’.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

IDS may close....

The Irish Deaf Society is at risk of closure as Government does not decide on funding from Irish Deaf Society on Vimeo.

Why can't the deaf fund it themselves?  Could it be, that like the UK Counterpart the BDA, they simply do not have the membership?  Is it not time the 'Deaf' community stood on its own feet, and not continually held out the hand for charity?

10 facts about BSL....

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10 Facts About BSL, from THIS site (The UK's largest HoH charity)...

1. It is a basic language with a tiny vocabulary.

2. If there are no other sign language users around then it is no use at all.

3. It cannot deal with the abstract. 

4. Very few deaf people are really fluent in BSL.

5.The best qualified people in the Deaf world are hearing interpreters.

6.It is impossible to convey fine shades of meaning.

7. There are no tenses, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions or other grammatical forms.

8. Although sign languages go back hundreds of years, BSL does not. It is a 20th Century amalgamation of a number of traditional sign languages.

9. The majority of BSL users can also speak, read and write in English. It is very rare for an individual to be dependent entirely on sign.

10. Because BSL was traditionally taught in Deaf schools its use has declined quite severely because deaf children are increasingly taught in English.

"It's always been a complete mystery to me they teach a form of communication only THEY can follow, and then expect everyone else will comply with it.  The cult of signing aspects is also a retrograde step in the advancement of deaf people.  

They dream of the days of old when deaf schools were breeding grounds for sign language and community,  it created a huge inter-reliance on each other and created a huge reliance too on hearing to assist them, the way it is marketed as enhancing independence, has to be the cruellest aspect of most of it, given the mainstream uses none of their approaches or trains people to work using it leaving deaf with very few opportunities to pursue a job with a wage, and resentful sign hasn't worked for them except in disability funding and assisted job opportunities via welfare so they blame hearing and mainstream again for not adopting BSL too.  

The reality there just are not enough support workers to aid them goes over the heads too, but, they still demand them while using family support most of the time, thus killing the very demand they say they need..  The glaring gaps between reality and preferences is there for all to see, but the biggest issue isn't just sign language but ignorance...  Some never-ending desire to be a martyr without a real cause or aim.  Then they kill challenges that expose those realities by labelling it discrimination.  If they continue in the same vein then isolated and non-inclusion will be a norm ALL the time.  

They aren't adapting and that is a death wish of opportunity and education, offering the deaf child little or no hope but that 'The community will provide..'  Fortunately, it is a minority of biased self-interest loosely titled deaf activism, a small but highly motivated area determined to control the deaf by feeding paranoia, and openly profiteering by deaf reliance, a direct challenge to their claims of liberating deaf people from 'oppressive hearing', what is one more lie amidst many?"

Sunday, 23 December 2018

The Sign Gene

There is no such thing, as sign is acquired/taught to supplement a deafness gene, 46+ in fact...

5 things they can do but we cannot.

It's very much do as we ask and not what we do ourselves, isn't it?  Having attended the recent Xmas celebrations at my local deaf club the total absence of any hearing or family members was plain to see...  The question asked, is how many hearing will actually SEE this vlog?

Keeping Quiet for Xmas...

Why Christmas can be tricky for deaf children - and what you can do to help Two families explain what Christmas is like for a deaf child - and how to make festivities more inclusive 

Christmas a very exciting time of year for children, as they love the magic of Santa, the decorations and celebrating with family and friends. But amid the chaos and noisiness of festivities, it can be a tricky time for deaf children who may find it difficult to participate in all the activities - and feel like they're missing out on the fun. 

Lynn Chipperfield, 41, lives in Manchester with daughter Freya, eight, who is profoundly deaf and has been fitted with cochlear implants. She says for Freya, pretty much every element of Christmas is affected by hearing loss, whether it's films without subtitles at the cinema, visiting Santa or increased background noise at events. 

Mum Lynn says it's important to repeat if necessary to make deaf children feel included. "We find the sheer volume of activities causes so much fatigue. Each event is harder at Christmas due to increased noise levels, the concentration required and amount of people asking her questions," Lynn tells the Mirror. 

"A hearing child can absorb the conversation even if it's not directed at them by overhearing, but Freya will ask what has just been said. Even if it wasn't a conversation directed at her it's important to repeat it as she has the right to be included. "'It doesn't matter' is a banned phrase in our house - it always does!" Lots of us take for granted how easy it is to follow conversations with family and friends, so willingness and patience to repeat phrases for deaf children is crucial.

New Year's Day and Christmas Lynn says some of their favourite activities at Christmas time are dressing up the dogs and watching their favourite festive film The Polar Express - and they can connect it directly to Freya's implants.  Although aspects of Christmas are a challenge for Freya, she still says she loves it. The eight-year-old tells the Mirror: "I wish Christmas would be quieter so I could hear everything but Christmas is very fun and I have been extremely good this year."