Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Those scary deaf people....



Positive proof deaf weeks and awareness are NOT working.  Also, a sober reminder to deaf organisations they need a total and new approach if the status quo is to be changed.  Perhaps informing themselves how to talk to each other is unhelpful. If inclusion is to work then, the community has to have a re-think.  

E.G. there are 10m with hearing loss not just a few 1,000 signers with no real desire to be included..  The article itself doesn't really help as it mixes stats to suggest more deaf than there are etc... so undermining the awareness point, this in turn tends to ignore most deaf don't actually sign either and there are 1,000s of different people with various degrees of hearing loss using other means or alleviations who don't have any help or part of any community etc.  Deaf awareness has never been inclusive but, exclusive, and therein lies the issue.  The most telling part is hardly anyone sees the deafie outside their own area.

52% of Britons don’t feel confident about communicating with deaf people, according to new figures released for Deaf Awareness Week (5-12 May). 

One in five have felt nervous when they do. The National Deaf Children’s Society fears that a reluctance to speak to deaf people is contributing to feelings of isolation and loneliness, particularly among the UK’s 50,000 deaf children. 

Results also reveal a limited understanding of deafness actually is, with more than two-thirds saying they don’t know anyone who is deaf. Case study: Jackson Youngs, 6, went to school for over a year and didn’t even know his classmates’ names. He still often stands alone in the playground. More than half of Britons don’t feel confident when talking to deaf people, new research has revealed. 

 The figures, released today by the National Deaf Children’s Society, also show that one in five people (20%) have felt nervous when talking to deaf people because they don’t know what to do, while one in ten (10%) have pretended to understand something a deaf person said instead of asking for clarification. The National Deaf Children’s Society says the research, conducted for this year’s Deaf Awareness Week, shows that a reluctance to speak to deaf people is contributing to the isolation and loneliness that so many deaf children and young people experience throughout their lives. 

 Previous research shows that many deaf children already find themselves excluded, with 80% of parents reporting that their child struggles to access local activities because of their deafness. 

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