Sunday, 8 September 2019

The myth of Lip-reading...


ATLS An association of UK lip-speakers posts reasons why lip-reading is essential (Or even useful). However, refused outright to send ATR any proof of the success of their nation-wide classes or any degree of skills their students have attained from them.  Either it IS a skill and a viable course, or it is just a hobby thing.  95% of their learners aren't deaf at all and useful hearing is a primary requirement of attending, excluding those they say they want to help.  They don't say what happens if when the useful hearing fails what will happen after, given they have relied on useful hearing to learn, they aren't taught how to cope after.

The association does not have set coursework to follow, it leaves tutors to set their own, and does not require that students have to attain any level of proficiency, if there is a point to this approach perhaps ATLS can explain that?  It's a fun thing?  The much (and rightly maligned BSL equivalent set up), also makes hearing a primary requirement for students to those but at least they suggest there is an aim to achieve.  Just who is being served here?  Is it just one huge job creation scheme for potential support workers?  

Tutors of lip-reading are stating it's to develop 'like with like' situations and mini social outlets so the students aren't isolated, (a worthy aim even if no proof exists that happens), but we thought the idea was to give them skills to 'get out there again' so they would not need to form own social areas?   Few if any classes offer 'street' training, where those who want to lip-read can hone real skills.  While they are attempting random approaches to lip-reading tuition, who is teaching others to speak properly? And, WHERE are the lip-speakers if the demand emerges?

They are in single figures in most areas of the UK, on the basis of that it suggests Lip-reading tuition isn't working or has much point except suggesting it 'might' help..

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