Having had the access for 26 years in S. Wales, these deaf say they haven't had, you have to wonder what on earth goes on via 'awareness'. Our own area provided a first direct text/Minicom service to the police, DWP, and the Job Centres. We installed 42 Minicoms there despite Social Services opposing them.
It also had a dedicated and direct line to the Hospital and a person to deal with any and all enquiries or support you needed. So what has happened in the last 25 years of raising access awareness and getting a Disability Act... erm nothing! and what we did have has gone. Given ATR was the sole deaf person in the UK to attend the actual launch of the original Disability Act with other disabled, because 'Deaf assumed it was about disabled people not them, and preferred to go sightseeing (After claiming attendance expenses), instead.' should we be surprised? So now they are using a charity relay system to be paid for instead? Far be it from ATR to suggest it is 'Jobs for the deaf boys and gals..' at the root of it.
Why are deaf still unable to contact 999? Maybe we should look at the fact 87% of them refused outright to register their number or validity with the police? Who needed that verification to prevent hackers and spoilers abusing the number. Or, deaf simply asking family/friends who can hear to do it instead? Deaf are 'deafinitely', their own worst access enemy. Their approaches create more issues than they solve.
Goldthorpe PCSO builds confidence in deaf community By Chloe West | 03/06/2019 Goldthorpe PCSO builds confidence in deaf community PCSO Tom Berry, pictured presenting on how to contact the police.
A PCSO from Goldthorpe has delivered educational sessions to the local deaf community to increase their awareness and confidence in the police. PCSO Tom Berry delivered his first session to the charity ‘Deafinitions’ last Wednesday. The session covered an understanding of reporting hate crime, protecting vulnerable people and how to contact the police in an emergency and non-emergency situation.
Deafinitions are a charity based in Goldthorpe, which supports the deaf community in relation to health, employment and youth development, as well as hosting regular community events where members from across South Yorkshire come together and socialise. The charity contacted PCSO Berry earlier this year and he was later invited along to meet their members. The community explained how they had a lack of faith in the police, would often leave crimes unreported and were unclear on how to make contact.
PCSO Berry explained how people who are unable to call 999 and speak down the phone can use a SMS text messaging service. The emergency SMS service lets deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired people in the UK send an SMS text message to the UK 999 service, where it will be passed to the police, ambulance, fire service or coastguard.