Monday, 28 January 2019

When CONNECT'ing isn't.

Sharing Experiences...Sinead & Daithi from Chime on Vimeo.

No narrative, no captions and the C.O.N.N.E.C.T acronym s a misnomer in terms.  Are they aware such output is highly misleading the general public?  Providing access for... hearing and signers only?

Family Support Services

Family Support Services from Chime on Vimeo.

What a shame raising awareness and providing access via subtitling or captioning was not included so we can follow what is being said by this 'Public Information' video.  It is a shame toeing the cultural line means access is for the very few only who can sign when near all parents are hearing and don't.

Deaf-Blind and Independent.

Hey! Today's vlog I talk about deaf blind and being independent and keeping that independence. Were all different but where the same.

Deaf and Blind.

Deaf ATW in BSL.

AOHL in financial trouble?

The disability charity (?) Action on Hearing Loss has put in place a financial turnaround plan after concerns were raised about its future solvency. Its recently published accounts for the year to March 2018 show that the charity had an income of £40.1m but spent £42.7m. 

It is the fifth time in six years that expenditure has outstripped income at the charity. The accounts show it had about £1.3m in free reserves – just over a week’s running costs – in the year to March and trustees had to renew a £3m revolving credit facility with Lloyds Bank. They also agreed to sell its remaining investment portfolio to help generate additional cash. A note from the charity’s auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers says that "material uncertainty" over fundraising income and other conditions cast doubt on the charity’s ability to "continue as a going concern". 

Speaking exclusively to Third Sector, Mark Atkinson (left), who was appointed as chief executive of Action on Hearing Loss last October, said a robust financial recovery plan had been agreed with trustees and they were confident of steadying the financial situation over the next year. "We are having to address some fundamental challenges, not just for how we stabilise our income but also how we grow our income in the long term," he said. 

"There’s real pressure on liquidity and our dependence on the revolving credit facility with Lloyds Bank." The recovery plan includes selling a number of assets, including the charity's head office in Islington, north London, and relocating some staff, including most of its finance team, to its office in Peterborough.

Signing activist turns on baby CI videos... again!

Why the lack of acceptance, basic ignorance, and attacks on choice, is defeating deaf cultural aspiration.  It's nothing to do with 'inspiration' at all, any more than showing a signing baby is.  Or are videos of signing babies 'porn' too?

‘As a society we have continually failed to provide Deaf children and their families with enough resources and support for their language development.’ I want to talk to you about porn. No, not that porn. I’m talking about inspiration porn. 

Coined by the disability activist Stella Young (who gave this incredible TEDX Talk), inspiration porn happens when a disabled and/or Deaf person is reduced to a one-dimensional being for heart-warming pleasure and as inspiration for everybody else. Inspiration porn isn’t new. Back in the day, it was Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. 

Nowadays, all sorts of inspiration porn is being blared, non-stop, on our social media feed: the prom queen who gave her crown to a girl with Down syndrome, and ‘Your Excuse is Invalid’ memes, and this high school senior who gave his friend with William’s Syndrome a toy cement truck. So these inspiration porn videos in your social media feed keep you entertained for a few minutes and make goosebumps prickle on your arms. What’s the big deal? Though it doesn’t appear so at first glance, inspiration porn is damaging to the disability and Deaf communities in so many ways. 

The narratives espoused in inspiration porn are almost always created by able-bodied people, depriving disabled and Deaf people of their right to create their own stories and decide how they are perceived by the rest of society. And not surprisingly, these narratives often paint a distorted picture of reality for disabled and Deaf people. They promote stereotypes and misconceptions, and fuel negative societal perspectives of disability. With inspiration porn, you are never getting the whole story. 

You see a moment frozen in time in a single snapshot, or a few minutes captured on video. Yet it’s these brief glimpses stolen from disabled and Deaf people’s lives that dominate the narrative and determine how we’re viewed by the rest of society. Think about that. Whole lifetimes, the experience of entire communities and millions of individuals, reduced to a few moments. Take my favorite example of inspiration porn: ‘Baby hears for the first time.’ Odds are, you’ve probably seen one of these videos before. A Google search returns nearly 40 million results, including this video and this one and this one. There’s even this compilation video that lasts 16 minutes.