The problem with the BDA (Apart from the danger of a total meltdown at their next EGM where executive bullying is alleged to have forced 7 trustees to quit one after another, and the charity was issuing gagging orders to members, and operating in secrecy), is the over-focus on the culture at the expense of support. A charity that is not free and offers open scrutiny to all and apparently not adhering to charitable rules either. A charity that uses paranoia and fear of discrimination to ensure the vulnerable Deaf don't think or act for themselves. They use sign language to exclude others too.
No doubt the deaf club fraternity welcome the continuing indoctrination of the cultural gig but the type of support our young deaf need, is more effective and practical approaches to communication, so they aren't catered for exclusively as a hearing-dependent minority group on the fringe of everything blaming nasty hearing people for everything. The very people enabling them.
The constant desire to create martyrs to the cultural cause is ridiculous and holding back deaf people. In reality, the BDA is out of touch WITH the deaf, it has few members and continues to exist virtually in name only riding on its past successes, currently, it runs at a loss too.
The BDA is a dated charity, created when deaf had nothing else, today that is no longer true and the BSL-deaf amid the best-served hearing loss area in the UK, (in direct contrast to the hard of hearing majority, yet to have a national support set up). Another issue is what happens to the BDA if Scotland decides on independence? near all their BDA support is funded from central government in London. This area would be unlikely to continue funding for free if that or Brexit happens, and there is an issue of the BDA itself unwilling to fund an independent state in the UK. Scotland would have to develop own charity and get funding from own government.
Like the AOHL, BDA deaf and hearing loss charities have refused so far to recognise regional developments, even the Scottish one, keeping all moneys and influence and HQ's concentrated in or around London. 78% of all HQ's of charities are there. Wales annex's of the BDA and AOHL refused point-blank to give any autonomy to its offices, ensuring English dominance, so locals cannot decide when and where support is given, or to whom, in fact, regional deaf and HoH have little or no say at all. Mainly because no charity is able to consult us.
This current advert is yet another attempt to prevent young deaf going away from culture and BSL to integrate, spoon-feeding young deaf to suggest only by all deaf staying together will they ever be treated as equals, and the gullible deaf buying into that conundrum, but, you cannot be in it and out of it. It is of concern funding is not being used exclusively for integrational purposes but promoting parallel approaches instead.
This suggests to deaf they are NEVER going to be accepted, and the BDA and others stating it is because they sign, and hearing won't, it beggars belief deaf would buy that argument while at the same time demanding inclusion and equality, either they want it, or they don't, and if they do then they have to get rid of dinosaurs like the BDA, hanging desperately onto the past.
Integration and acceptance mean deaf have to be out there, not confined 'In there' where only deaf people congregate and they all sign in defiance of what the rest of the country does elsewhere. Young deaf don't want that isolation and singular approach. It suggests BDA inclusive policies are a sham in Deaf terms and they really have no will to integrate but prefer to utilise funding to reinforce their own separatist aims. They don't call the separation as isolation but a right of culture, deaf, are the masters of not saying what they really mean. Let's call their bluff.
Young deaf having nothing to lose and most are doing their own thing anyway.