Some are still complaining deaf and HoH aren't being considered for deaf and HoH roles. But a recent UK blog, with no less than 32 charities behind it (!) insists it is discrimination.
Bias and vested interest seem to be the point, going by their 'support' which included no less than 9 theatrical charities for the deaf and a site run BY one of the contributors.. but it's very little to do with actual access or inclusion as by default, dedicated BSL and cultural media is non-inclusive and specialised. Deaf and HoH playing deaf and HoH roles is stereotypical typecasting, so they are confining themselves. Do they think adding a few HoH charities validates it all? 80% of charities have no viable membership and a perusal of people running them seems to suggest they are often one and the same people. What inclusions are they really on about? and, have they identified a fee paying audience at all? as near all their ouput is subsidised via disability grants given via the 'Deaf & HoH' remit rule.
It's just making output for themselves and including the 10m with hearing loss isn't even a consideration, since using captions and an occasional hearie keeps them in compliance with the funding rules appears a bit cynical, but with totally unrelated content it is a con act to promote a sign culture instead. They already have the largest slice of the funding cake and media inclusion. It is disproportionate to the core sector of those with hearing loss.
What are they actually suggesting? mainstream invent deaf and HoH parts so they get included? Only allow actors who have a hearing loss can take on such a role? Poor old deaf artists, you aren't viewed as being able to do anything else by your own people. According to one main charity in the UK, this is discrimination against hearing/HoH and other deaf (And it's a charity NOT included in this site's listing of 32 biased supporters). Is anyone asking the people who buy the tickets? Or those that create the theatre and the Arts? It's a minority within a minority output and the only way out of that is to stop navel contemplation. Diversity is just the ultimate cop-out.
They need to ask themselves why mainstream investors in the Arts DON'T feel such output is worth their while, and after all it's their money, not a handout from charitable funds, and nothing at all to do with discrimination as alleged. If they know nobody hearing is going to turn up to watch such output why would they pour money into it? They, AREN'T a charity. It needs such deaf artists to prove they can do more than just play themselves as they are unrealistically demanding. Those roles only will exist in minority output and only as long as the funding is there.