Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Are we all Racists? (II)

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The perennial query about respecting difference.   Albeit including 'Audism' isn't helping it much! 

Are we all racists?  Yes we are ALL racist, and all manner of 'ists', 'ism's', and 'ics' too, most is fuelled by diversity demand and human nature.  

Is this inherently bad, or just the way we are?  One man's meat etc, it doesn't mean we are bad people, just expressing a choice what we like, and what we don't, the only criteria being no-one suffers by your hand. Reluctance to accept others can be primal, and the selecting of your mate for life e.g. is based on that, the primal response is also vital to suggestions of danger.  Instinct?  Can we block that and still feel safe?

But choice is everyone's, there are people I don't want to know, issues I don't agree with, religions I can do without, deaf people who I feel really need a dose of hearing to get some balance in their lives, and a fool is still a fool regardless of what colour they are, and I am sure many out there who disagree with that too. You can respect the view but you cannot force agreement with it. Not even a law can enforce an agreement, it would simply mean people would move the goal posts and leave 'minorities' and the 'different' to own devices, and in the process, probably create a reluctance to engage and annoyance. 'Cest La Vie' being the ultimate assassin of real access.  Pure Apathy.

Which defeats the whole point or equality, acceptance, or inclusion.  The more we demand respect of difference, the more marginalised, stereotypical we become, and the more labelled, 'different', and isolated because it affects inclusion as pure concept.  Some groupings you just will not join.  Hence the Deaf are Deaf and the deaf/HoH are deaf/HoH and the deaf-blind are......  Anyone who suggests this is the real image of unison would raise a few eyebrows. Co-existing isn't inclusion.

You would be constantly seeking some norm that isn't everyone else's.  Something has to give.  We will end up with 6B minorities all demanding own thing.  Perhaps a message to  'be careful what you wish for'I don't know anyone who wants to be the same as everyone else, do you?  Contention is life.

New integrated support for Vision and hearing loss areas.


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Cheshire East Council has launched a new integrated service for people who experience vision and hearing loss. Cheshire East Council is working with the charity Deafness Support Network to provide the new ‘one-stop shop’. 


The service is available for adults, children and young people with sensory impairments, this includes those who are visually impaired, are deaf or have hearing loss, are deafblind – sometimes known as dual sensory loss – and those with a significant combination of hearing and sight loss.

In Cheshire East there are 48,334 adults with a moderate or severe hearing impairment. This is predicted to increase to 63,774 by 2030; 7,490 adults aged 65 plus have a moderate or severe visual impairment. The number of people aged 75 plus with registrable eye conditions is 2,522, and 1,993 people are on the visual impairment register (although people are not obliged to register). The support available from the new service will be based on individual need and may include help in increasing life skills, promoting independence, working with conflicts of interest and relationships, as well as coping strategies. 

People using the service will be encouraged to learn new skills and support will be provided for those with a sensory loss to allow them to participate in group activities. Help with loss and bereavement will also be provided. CCllr Liz Wardlawouncillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for health, said: “This is excellent news for residents. The new service will enable those experiencing hearing and/or sight loss to learn new life skills, meet with other people/children with the same conditions and form a new network of support.” 

Deafness Support Network chief executive Bob Birchall said: “Our combined service for residents of all ages, who suffer from both vision and hearing loss, will be easier to access. We’re proud of our team, our volunteers and other supporters who offer a first-class service for children, young people and adults with sensory impairments” Deafness Support Network is a charity which has been operating in Cheshire for more than 40 years. It has a team of more than 70 staff, including highly-skilled interpreters and support workers. 

The charity provides services for a population of around 200,000 people in Cheshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and the surrounding areas. 


There is a signed video on this site, but ATR is unsure deaf-blind can actually view it, let us know How can improve on such access

Blind Guide Dog owner attacked 6 times.


Carolyn with her guide dog Ally, who was attacked six times before she had to stop work as a guide dog Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN
Police in Suffolk are to receive specialist training on guide dog attacks in the first scheme of its kind in Britain. More than 1,000 Suffolk officers are to take part in the project thanks to a cash injection of nearly £10,000 from police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore. 


News of the investment has delighted Carolyn Allum, from Claydon, whose guide dog Ally had to be retired early after repeated attacks. “Over the last 12 months I’ve experienced the devastating consequences of these horrific attacks when my own beloved guide dog had to be withdrawn from service,” she said. 

Carolyn with her guide dog Ally, who was attacked six times before she had to stop work as a guide dog.  The impact on my independence and emotional wellbeing has been overwhelming and I am hoping to once again experience the liberation and freedom these amazing dogs give.” This new project – a partnership between Guide Dogs UK, Deafblind UK and the force’s learning and development team – could be rolled out nationally if the Suffolk pilot is successful. As part of the initiative, video and online learning tools will be developed for the force. These will help to build knowledge and understanding of the impact an attack on a guide dog has on someone with sight loss.