Friday, 21 June 2019

DDPO closed down. Deaf support being questioned?

Lewisham's deaf and disabled people will be without a a dedicated organisation for a year.
Second time this week we have seen issues emerging regarding deaf support, first in Northern England  (Where 70 lost their job at a charity), and again now, in London, probably the most over-served support area in the UK for the deaf.  Are local authorities questioning deaf support provision?  

London seems awash with them.  Every area is demanding own independent support system, which by and large isn't inclusive, even here we read of deaf demanding 'We are different to disabled..' even different to other deaf and most with hearing loss too, fragmenting the entire support system and demanding specialisation etc..  Has that premise now been questioned?  Are deaf just disabled when the situation suits them?


Southwark Lewisham's deaf and disabled people will be without a dedicated organisation for a year. Lewisham's deaf and disabled people will be without a dedicated organisation for a year.   

Inclusion London, has called on Lewisham Council to release more information about its plans for the borough’s deaf and disability services. This comes more than six months after the borough’s former Deaf and Disabled People’s organisation (DDPO) closed down, with its work not replicated elsewhere until the borough's new DDPO, called the Accessibility Commission launches in December. 

This means the borough's deaf and disabled people will be without an organisation to promote and protect their rights for a year, causing concern for local disabled person Ellen Morrison, who is also a media officer for Inclusion London. She said: “Deaf and Disabled people’s organisations are run and controlled by Deaf and Disabled people, they are committed to the social model of disability and they’re instrumental in campaigning for Disabled people’s rights,” she said. 

“Generic local services cannot always meet the needs or understand the specific concerns, of Disabled people. In addition, DDPOs are big employers of Disabled people. When we lose DDPOs, we lose accessible services and the voice of Disabled people locally,” she added. “We would like the council to publish and to discuss their plans for accessibility commission. “We are disappointed it has taken this long when an Accessibility Commission was in the manifesto and in the corporate strategy. “We hope that the council will publicly announce how disabled people can get involved.

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