Sunday, 10 February 2019

To Emoji or not, why the question?

Would we or disabled USE them? The concept doesn't appear to relate to inclusion in a real sense, just another tier of 'labelling' to add to the plethora of stereotypes we already see (Like the deaf obsession with hands, and the wheelchair logo).  Adding different icons to ID individual issues is getting ridiculous.  It all plays into the 'diversity' thing that is creating more issues than it solves.    

Proper inclusion means nobody is identified as different.  It becomes an albatross around your neck if you play into it too much.  It also plays into the 'who am I?' scenarios creating more stress and isolation as you seek like with like and find.... there aren't any like you because you are an individual, just embrace it.  Wonder if they have a logo for 'I'm NOTHING like these people!'

Good Neighbours.

There’s being a good neighbor, and then there’s going the extra mile. And in one Massachusetts neighborhood, the neighbors are pulling out all the stops. 

Two years ago, about a week after Samantha was born, Glenda and Raphael Savitz learned their daughter was deaf. “She was the first deaf person my husband and I had known,” Glenda, 33, told the Boston Globe. 

“So it’s a surprise. Unexpected. But I think I’m someone who’s like: OK. What do we do? She’s a week old. We’re going to be learning sign language. There was no question that was going to be important to her development and her growth.’’ But the Savitz family weren’t the only ones who learned how to sign. Over 20 residents of their neighborhood in the town of Newton are learning sign language too. The residents hired an instructor on their own and regularly gather together in a living room to learn the language. The neighbors’ desire to learn to communicate with Samantha is something that the Savitz family finds extremely touching. 

“One of the most emotional experiences having her is that I really learned about how much support and how much love there is here,’’ Glenda said. “People are putting in so much time and energy to learn a foreign language because they’re dying to talk to my little girl. I don’t have words for that.’’ Baby Sam already has friends all over the neighborhood. 

Henry Marshall, a 19-year-old Harvard freshman, told the Globe that Sam plays with her child-size basketball hoop as he shoots hoops on his adult-size one. While he plays, she mimics his movements and signs the words for “play” and “friend.”

Old Chestnuts

girl with cochlear implants
Amazing the press are still supporting 'Deaf' reservations regarding CI's.  There aren't any, another crucial point via the links to their stories clearly show that no choices have been impinged upon and playing the deafie is simple, you just disconnect the CI if that is your want, and sign if that is what you choose to communicate with. As regards to 'risks' every operation from an ingrowing toenail to setting a broken leg contains risk.

By far the real value of CI's (We know they aren't the same as ears they are aids to hearing not replacement ears), is the support it offers to enable learning, why anyone would object to that defies rationale'.  Or, that 'Deaf' are quite prepared to wear glasses or have eye implants, have appendix out, or take supplements to prevent disabilities in children (Which could be seen as denigrating disability too by our ridiculous hashtag/snowflake culture), yer pays yer money and choices/perspective are not part of the equation.

It's as if some Deaf areas (Mainly those who don't have CI's anyway), feel the dependency nature of sign which underpins their culture, would cease if the CI enables less sign reliance, so the opposition appears mainly some desperate 'rear-guard' action to preserve the status quo of others.  Of course, CI implantees sign too.  So, it is the issue they aren't part of ye olde deaf school setups that irk anti-Ci people?  It's time CI media coverage stopped playing the D/d cards and endorsing what increasingly appears to be some sort of 'Deaf' paranoia aimed at opposing choice.  There is very clear evidence of very real benefits to the deaf child, and, deaf adults too.  They come first, culture doesn't enter into it.

The Item:

Image result for an old chestnutMy niece lost her hearing. This is a story about how technology brought it back girl with cochlear implants Simon Hill/Digital Trends It wasn’t until my brother told me they were concerned that I noticed my niece couldn’t hear like other kids. When children are very young it can be extremely difficult to determine their level of hearing. “Around her first birthday, we realized she wasn’t responding normally to sound,” Steven Hill told Digital Trends. 

“She didn’t react to a lot of sounds, and when she was sleeping it was very difficult to wake her.” Because Maddie still had some hearing, it was a long struggle for her parents to get her diagnosed properly. Poor results in hearing tests are sometimes attributed to fidgety kids, and she was smart enough to compensate for her lack of hearing. They tried hearing aids for a while, but they just amplify sound. If you can’t fundamentally hear certain frequency ranges, then a hearing aid can’t do anything for you. They taught her some sign language to make it easier for her to communicate. 

But once it became clear the hearing aids, even at the highest volume, weren’t helping, Maddie was finally diagnosed with profound hearing loss. “If we didn’t implant when we did, it would have been removing a choice from her.” The next step suggested was a cochlear implant, and because of the delay in her diagnosis, the doctors wanted to proceed with it as quickly as possible. If the brain’s auditory pathways aren’t stimulated in the first three to four years, then the capacity to hear and learn to speak normally can be dramatically reduced, because the brain focuses on other functions. 

“We didn’t get as much time as we’d have liked to find out everything we wanted to,” Hill said. “Our overriding rationale was that if she decides later in life she doesn’t want to hear, and instead use sign, then she can remove them. But if we didn’t implant when we did, it would have been removing a choice from her.”