Tuesday, 22 October 2019

No room at the top.

Image result for elitismThat is room for inclusive policies and transparency of running what is mooted to be the UK's number one signing and cultural charity, the BDA.  Social media is now openly expressing concern at the British Deaf Association, asking why 7 trustees felt they could not work alongside the signing executive and concerns there were suggestions they could go into liquidation, they are already running at a loss. Further concerns a 'hearing' interpreter was being opportunistic and displaying unease a hearing person was going to disrupt this ancient charity.  The news for those people is that hearing are empowering them via interpreters, biting the hand that feeds seems negative.  Anti-hearing politics have to stop, we are looking paranoid and insular to others.

Many concerns and various demands for the BDA to cease using sign language and culture, as a blunt tool to proceed in a direction the majority of deaf people don't support and followed that through by resigning as members.  The scandal of 'What really goes on in secret with the upper hierarchy at the BDA?'  is developing conspiracy theories.  The strange view online of deaf very very reluctant to question what goes on is the community supporting its own despite very unhappy at what is emerging with few members willing to go public and ask there.  Laudable but ensuring nothing changes for the better.  The comment below was a posted answer in response to a BDA member who expressed concern he could not openly put his view online because of pressures from the BDA.  It is left to ex BDA members and others to ask the real questions.

"BDA Members aren't running scared of the executive, are they? I thought that was what caused 7 trustees to resign? and Ms Richards seeing a vacuum to fill, another opportunist. The BDA is no longer fit for deaf purposes, it relies totally on BSL and culture and is not addressing the realities of either in regards to advancing the opportunities or support for deaf people, it's turning into some sort of sect at the top, anyone that expresses a concern is labelled and attacked as 'attacking deaf people' well ATR IS deaf! and it is a bad image for deaf people to support, the politics of fear. 

Deaf children need access and support to the outside world, the BDA is determined to keep them all in some 'closed shop', signing away and getting nowhere. Few if any of their campaigns are about integrating deaf people or inclusion. It started out demanding inclusion but now thrives on EX-cluding people who don't fit whatever their 'image' is supposed to be. It is great more people are looking to help the deaf but the conditions the BDA sets is counterproductive and the loss of so many members is ample proof it isn't working. I left the BDA because they told me they only wanted deaf who supported culture and used sign language, I said 'Where have you been the last 40 years? and how does that help deaf people?' 

Inclusion, usually means a fair amount of determination to be included, the BDA has never supported that, only paid 'lip-service' to it, the sham has been exposed, and I doubt the BDA will succeed by maintaining this ridiculous dogma at the same times using the culture and sign, to discriminate against what is, the MAJORITY of deaf people and others with hearing loss.  No one is fooled by the blatant practice of 'going it alone' and failing to help others who don't 'fit in'. What next for the BDA? rolled-up trouser legs and funny handshakes! Join the 21stc, please. Who knows I might even re-apply to join then."

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