Friday, 22 February 2019

Round up.

Deaf Arts,is it worth it?

Image result for deaf artsReading recent concerns by deaf artists they aren't getting their own way. Deaf Theatre is not reflecting deaf or other people with hearing loss and appear to have own spin on what culture is by redefining it themselves.

Just look at the image shown at the start, 'The Deaf Identity'!  Just how many areas are these deaf involved with to gain funds for 'Deaf Culture'?  Some examples below.

Candoco –  dance group that integrates able and disabled dancers.

Graeae – champions accessibility and provides a platform for new generations of Deaf and disabled talent through the creation of trail-blazing theatre

DASH Arts – a disability arts organisation in Shropshire.

Disability Arts Cymru – disability arts organisation for Wales

Deafinitely Theatre – a Deaf-led theatre company gaining extensive funding from:-

Arts Council, England
Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants
Autograph Sound Recording
Children in Need
City Lit
Edwardian Hotels London
Global's Make Some Noise
New Diorama Theatre
Old Diorama Arts Centre
RADA
Regent's Place
The Royal Court Theatre 
Wellcome Trust
White light Ltd
29th May 1961 Charitable Trust

The National Lottery, and 15 others!

Cash they ain't short of!  What is the 'complaint' regarding 'others' defining the 'Deaf' arts?  They take lots of funding to promote exclusively signed output and much more funding to promote deafness and sign through disability funding too.  They heavily campaigned against caps on ESA despite well over £46K a year being claimed for their participation in it, and got near a 50% increase.

What really seems to irk those involved with Deaf Arts is the fact the funding comes with strings, these 'strings' being inclusion and other access as well as suggestions they appeal to wider areas to justify output and work alongside disabled too.  

Some Deaf involved in the arts are pretty much doing their own thing with no bottom line to include most with a hearing loss except adding captions occasionally to comply with inclusive remits, whilst still developing output that is irrelevant to them and singular to signing areas. Our very own Deaf Elitists. Whilst art is subjective anyway, they are a one trick signing pony using culture to prevent everyone from ignoring the imbalance of it.  At the same time, it is only accessible to those living in major cities leaving most Deaf with no way of seeing it.

Notwithstanding and despite a minority within the hearing loss worlds, they are funded far too much without checks on the accessible output of it all.  It's excessive in proportion to actual grass root support even and despite 2 primary TV programs funded for gratis, yet, when did the majority OF deaf really take any viable interest?  They still complain about how their ability to 'control' how deafness and the image, is being limited by access and inclusion rules.  'Deaf do this, deaf do that..' of course is their mantra, and never the Hard of Hearing twain should meet.

As one social media poster stated:

The biggest exploiters, are those running the Deaf arts which consist of a select band of over-privileged deafie luvvies managing the whole thing for their own benefit and getting far too much funding for exclusion and irrelevant output.

Why Bilingualism is Best.



And why futures and deaf outcomes are being stunted by an inability to acquire it and vested interests opposing it.  There is also an issue of deaf claiming bilingualism yet having little abilities to display it, except in sign use, and requiring support to use it, just when is Bilinguality a false claim by these deaf?  The true bilinguals are their support.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Dropping the D/d thing


I've found one solution. (As recommended by Paddy Ladd).

Promises, Promises..

Image result for promises promises humor(1)  I promise to not let anyone wind me up online this year, I've mined the comment slot, with more Trojans than the ancient Greeks can handle.....

(2)  I Promise to learn at least one sign a day in ASL and BSL, in order to break down communication barriers, today's sign is "shut it...!",  tomorrow's is "Talk to the hand.."

(3) I promise to read every word of Understanding Deafhood, and worship Paddy Ladd as the coming Messiah... After that perhaps War and Peace in Hindi, and understanding thermonuclear Dynamics, and hyper-critical proton technology for beginners handbook, for some light relief and more sense.

(4)  I promise to abstain from lip-reading for the coming year, I'm going to learn phrenology and do mind-reading instead...

(5)  I Promise NEVER to join an awareness group and ban deaf awareness from all my blogs. As IF anyone takes a blind bit of notice anyway.

(6)  I Promise to continue to abuse charity workers for their own good, they need a proper job.  Volunteers DON'T get paid, their CEO's are coining it, so it's a waste of time. Rewards are made in heaven, but they don't pay the rent here.

(7)   I Promise NEVER to plug the latest electronic gizmo/app/iphone for deaf people, they bore us rigid already, most are obsolete before we see them, and I don't want to know anyway, too many on the other end of them are a bit simple.

(8)  I Promise to poke fun at anyone deaf who quotes 'Facebook', 'social site' 'Instagram', 'Pinterest' or 'Twitter' on my blog, and to direct them to a psychiatrist for intensive shock treatment (Like meeting real people and utilising that hole under their nose..). 

(9)  I Promise to never take any notice of people who quote Wikipedia, I'd direct them to a proper source of information, (but they probably can't read, so its probably not relevant).

(10)  I Promise to annoy support service workers, and ridicule 'communication' classes based on who has the cash to be enrolled in them, and those most easily convinced all deaf sign.  They create more problems being de-commissioned than IS supporters.

SEE HEAR on Tour.

See Hear On Tour from Chris Hall on Vimeo.

Getting in now before the EU bans us lol

Virtual sign access in hospitals (UK)


Derek Fitchett using SignLive on one of the Trust's new iPads
HoH would not be users if SignLive access, at best they would benefit from speech to text system being on ipads. Media is over-fond of adding 'Hard of Hearing' tags on access systems designed for signing DEAF people, it has to be addressed because HoH don't utilise such systems and being told by health areas they do!   We really do need an access system that is inclusive, not EXclusive. 'deaf community' doesn't exist, maybe a 'Deaf' one does, so two primary misleading bloomers at day one.


New 'virtual sign language' service helps deaf patients at GWH. DEAF patients visiting Great Western Hospital will receive extra help through a new virtual service. The trust has invested in new iPads and a subscription to a British Sign Language service SignLive to improve the care deaf people receive. 

SignLive provides an online interpreting service to help staff communicate with patients using sign language. Deborah Tapley, head of patient advice liaison at the hospital, said: “We're so thrilled to have the ability to share this service with our deaf patients. “Often, for somebody who is hard of hearing, hospital visits can be distressing or worrying. 

“With the help of SignLive, we are hoping to reduce this anxiety and make the journey through the hospital as easy as possible.” But the hospital still offers face-to-face interpreters for longer or serious appointments. “If they want to talk to someone for any reason, they can ask for a face-to-face interpreter. The iPads will be used for quicker appointments. “Sometimes patients want to check the time of a meeting and they will have to come directly to the hospital only for one question. With SignLive, they can register online and get their answers without the need to travel to the hospital.” 

There are four iPads available to assist patients. They can also bring their own iPads if needed. “We have one iPad on a stand and three ipads can be carried around with the patients. If a deaf patient is in an ambulance, he or she can communicate with the staff and then we would be able to set up the iPad for when they arrive.” The service has already been given the thumbs up by patients. Derek Fitchett said: “I love SignLive. It such a good service that really needs to be promoted to the deaf community in Swindon.” 

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Overdosing on Awareness?

Related imageAre we putting far too much pressure on our children?   It seems everything from sign and deaf awareness, to transgender, sex, drugs, mental health, religion, politics, emotional attitudes, abuse, Gay awareness, and ecological dire warnings to name just a few, are being relentlessly targeted at children from 4 yr old onwards.  Is it time to clamp down on minority causes and many awareness classes in schools?

In perspective, the many demands for awareness inclusion in our schools is undermining their basic education. Awareness is vital, but there are so many areas demanding it. We feel alternative areas are needed before our kids get swamped by these classes, also that such areas should be limited to older children and not aimed at those under 11, with some best left till age 16.

Primarily because emotionally and intellectually they don't really have the wherewithal to understand it all.  Giving children adult experiences is not an ideal situation given their brains are still evolving, and they aren't even legally responsible till 16. Perhaps an hour Friday afternoon and rotate awareness? Leaving the rest of the time for kids to play and to learn what they need to. 

All too soon they are put in the adult firing line but they need schools as a refuge to build resilience first as many parents seem to have abandoned that role. It smacks in retrospect of social engineering driven by minorities, and hashtag culture, while a number of minorities do not enjoy support for their issues and even have differences of what 'real' awareness is, from within own areas.   The hearing loss world is riddled with multi-approaches to access and need requirements e.g. so need 4 different class approaches because of lack of united awareness approaches.

Multiply that by the many many other areas, it rapidly exposes the school class approach as unhelpful, even misleading and encouraging biased awareness.   Minorities have yet to get their own housing in order.  The additional problem of overriding parental opinion is also a recipe for more confusion.  I thank goodness I had none of these classes when I was at school other than the 3R's. We're teaching them paranoia, making them insecure, and making demands on children we should not be doing. 

An end to hashtag culture would be most welcome too, it is fast becoming a norm to hashtag everything rendering it pointless.

Job Club for the HoH and deaf.



Its more welcome a video than the previous ones which failed to provide any in-vision text or captioning.  Until that is a norm they should refrain from using the 'deaf and HoH' claim of their access support.  Now, caption all the rest too.

8yr old wins deaf idea award.



An eight-year-old Lymm girl has won a top prize in a worldwide competition for children to design something to make deaf people’s lives easier. Betty Seabrook, a pupil at Ravenbank Primary School was the UK winner in the Ideas4Ears competition organised by hearing implant makers Med-el. 

Together with nine other winners – from nine different countries – she has won a trip to Innsbruck, Austria, where Med-el’s headquarters are. While there she will meet other young inventors from all over the world and also the experts who design various types of hearing implants A total of 341 children from 19 countries entered the competition. Betty’s father, Tom, has a cochlear implant himself and cannot wear a cycle helmet as the band would go right where the implant sits. 

The bright youngster designed a cycle helmet with lift-out foam panels on either side. These were adjustable, as not everyone’s implant is in the same place. It could also be adapted for use by motor cyclists, as a ski-helmet or even for hard hats for builders. Betty said: “”I can’t explain how it feels, I am so happy. I didn’t expect to win. 

I’m really excited about the trip because it is the first time I will have been on a plane and I am really looking forward to seeing Austria. I want my dad to wear a bike helmet but he can’t without taking his processor off which would be more dangerous. My bike helmet has a foam lining and I just thought why can’t we make one with space for an implant?” She will go on her dream trip in June.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Unplanned Pregnancy support

For-profit funeral homes should provide sign language interpreters?

Image result for for profit funerals USA deafHearing in a deaf world affords me a front-row seat to witness the injustices imposed on the Deaf community. 

Although I consider myself fortunate to not be directly impacted by these acts of disservice, there is something infuriating about watching friends and loved ones face unnecessary obstacles in the name of convenience and bottom line for the hearing world. One such atrocity is the hearing world’s disregard for equal access to language, especially in the for-profit funeral service industry.

Before I elaborate, I would like to express my belief that providing interpreters for any language is important. Our country is a melting pot of diversity and, along with it, comes the responsibility to nurture a variety of languages and dialects. The reason I feel it’s important to prioritize interpreter access for the deaf population is this: A deaf person can never learn to hear the English language and it’s inhumane to withhold the opportunity to understand what is being said around them.

The federal government agrees with this inherent right of language access. Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires all public businesses to provide accommodations for deaf individuals, including interpretation. This regulation goes into much greater depth, but let’s focus on the person’s right to an interpreter.

Statewide, the deaf community has been battling for their right to interpreters for decades. Many businesses are either unfamiliar with ADA law or fight tooth-and-nail to try to get around it. Let me be clear, a deaf person should never be asked to pay for an interpreter. The infrequency of interpreter requests a business faces paired with their profit margins and tax incentives for providing the service makes their unwillingness to comply with this federally-mandated law ridiculous. Ironically, the cost of hiring an interpreter is far less than the time and resources needed to defend an ADA lawsuit.

New 'Hidden Disabilities' Scheme.


The pin badge and document that indicate to Virgin Atlantic staff that a passenger has a hidden disability
Virgin Atlantic has launched a Hidden Disabilities scheme across its networks. 

The initiative aims to make flying easier and less stressful for those who may face additional challenges when travelling. Virgin staff have undertaken specialist training to ensure they are fully informed about and able to assist passengers with hidden disabilities, such as autism or Asperger’s. 

A specially designed symbol, which can be discretely tucked away in a passport or worn as a pin badge, signals to Virgin Atlantic crew that additional assistance may be required.  The scheme, which is available at no extra cost, can also extend to staff working with passengers before and after a flight in an effort to minimise the impact of what can be a stressful experience. 

Staff can accompany passengers through the airport, arrange priority boarding and reserve seating where necessary. Onboard, staff can also arrange in-flight entertainment for blind passengers, while some crew members have had sign language training to assist deaf travellers (although this must be pre-arranged). 

Geraldine Lundy, passenger accessibility manager at Virgin Atlantic, says: “We are committed to giving all customers easier access to travel. The Hidden Disabilities scheme is one of a series of initiatives that Virgin Atlantic is planning on introducing over the coming years, to help those with disabilities overcome any key challenges they may face.” 

How to get funding

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Stating the obvious and using long words. A recent advert for a new publication on deaf and mainstream/support attitudes.  

It would help if they stopped using the term 'Hearing' as if it is a swear word or form of abuse.  

There is no us and them, just me and you. Mainstream sees deaf thought their support, they do, how else can they see it when there is always a 3rd party there?  and the client is barely looking at them?  It's not a 'natural' state to talk to someone else instead of the person are trying to talk to.  The hearing background will out just as a deaf one will.

Interpreter/hearing attitudes as regards to their work are not going to show (Officially), anything more than they will support the people and politics of those who pay their wages, probably add criticism to systems that don't sign direct, but not too many in case their services are no longer required! Let's NOT overdue the access thing. 

It's more to the point to address deaf concerns a number of terps are acting as unqualified social workers and advisors in defiance of their job remit and the attitude of deaf clients who encourage it.  Also the lack of independent regulation of BSL interpreters with the power to remove terps who don't maintain the proper distance required of their work.  An end to freelance would also provide a more effective support base for these BSL users.  As would a ban on family support create real demand, given 60% of deaf rely on them, thus reducing demand for trained and neutral help, do Deaf NOT want independence?

Another article doomed together dust somewhere.  Far better more investigation and research was given as to the need for funding these things when the money could be better used to educate deaf people.  It's not all bad news, flogging BSL awareness is a real money spinner.  I would be uncomfortable with that.  

Can't these people write in plain English so the deaf can read it?  It's a collection of obscure dictionary terms thrown together to look like an academic opus.  Where Paddy Ladd leads they all follow apparently!  Always using 5 words where one would do.  When in doubt create another obscure term.  It's an assault on readability.  In part, appears to be a Deaf drive to legitimise deafness as an academic pursuit, instead of the god-awful disability it is, except for the few who view deaf ignorance is bliss.

Hearing people perceiving deaf people through sign language interpreters at work: on the loss of self through interpreted communication by Alys Young Rosemary Oram Jemina Napier.

"This article addresses the impact on occupational relations of mediated communication through a sign language interpreter from the perspective of hearing people who do not sign but who work alongside deaf signers in the workplace. 

Based on a phenomenological analysis of eight semi-structured interviews, findings address the influence of phonocentrism on working practice between deaf and hearing people. In particular, the implications of the inscription of identity and presence through an embodied language are discussed. The consequences of failing to acknowledge the interpreter as a contingent practice for all, not just the deaf person, are examined. 

The findings have implications for the recognition and promotion of deaf agency and talent in the ‘hearing’ workplace and extend understandings of structural influences on workplace discriminations to include those of interpreted communication."

SOURCE

Note some translation if it will help, I suspect it won't! Clear as mud innit.

Phenomenology is the study of structures of consciousness as experienced from the first-person point of view. The central structure of an experience is its intentionality, its being directed toward something, as it is an experience of or about some object.

Phonocentrism is the belief that sounds and speech are inherently superior to, or more primary than, written language. Those who espouse phonocentric views maintain that spoken language is the primary and most fundamental method of communication whereas writing is merely a derived method of capturing speech.

Monday, 18 February 2019

How to make a Million with BSL...


Ms Redstar set up her own business from home, offering sign language training to companies
I bet she welcomed an increase in A2W funding!  Of course, BSL awareness isn't hearing loss awareness, so you have to ask if the sales pitch is inclusive at all.

A deaf woman has claimed she will soon be a millionaire after setting up a sign language school from her own home. Katie Redstar, from Leeds, Yorkshire, became deaf after meningitis at the age of three and struggled to find work as an adult. 

She hit rock bottom when Job Centre advisers said she would never be employed. But refusing to live life without any ambitions, she set up a business in 2017, and said she signed contracts with six-figure companies and is, therefore, set to become a millionaire by April.  The entrepreneur, who has been visually impaired since birth and will soon be blind, has also signed a book deal. 

Among those who survive meningitis, approximately one in five will have permanent disabilities, such as brain damage, hearing loss, loss of kidney function or limb amputations, with hearing loss being the most common. Ms Redstar has also suffered from a rare degenerative disease that impaired her sight from birth, but said it is not clear what this disease is. 

Ms Redstar claims job centres told her she couldn't work and would have to stay on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for the rest of her life. She said: 'I was working in a charity shop, but I didn't feel appreciated. 'I told the Job Centre I wanted to work but they told me I couldn't because of my disabilities. 'A friend asked me if I was prepared to accept that, and I said no. 

'I had a vision for companies around the world to be accessible for deaf people.' After learning sign language at four years old, Ms Redstar said the special form of communication became one of her passions. Ms Redstar set up her own business from home, offering sign language training to companies including EE, in a bid to tear down barriers for other deaf people needing employment. 

Cuts to BSL make me ANGRY!!!



One way to  preserve support setups is to cease the over specialisation on particular modes, there are many deaf people who don't sign, many many others with hearing loss and needing alternatives, this suggests if a collective approach to support was in operation, areas would be more likely to fund that approach, mainly because sign is so minor an area regular help and usage can never be guaranteed.  

You can see much funding being poured into systems that aren't long-term viable and have too few deaf using them.  The writer fails to identify BSL users are virtually the ONLY deaf area with a national support extant.

They are costing us all too much money frankly and too many other areas are being ignored.  This can be offset by widening 'Deaf' awareness to people who don't just sign, winding up BSL charities, and replacing them with proper and inclusive support staff. 

Then there is more regular work available to maintain such a support system, and more inclusive too.  This suggestion is very widely supported by emergency systems e.g. who feel we and they would benefit from a 'one-stop' support area they can access and kill off complaints such systems are denying support to most with hearing loss.

At present, there are virtually NO dedicated support systems for Hard of Hearing, deafened, lip-readers, or text dependents,  a huge and potentially unmet need that could and should be addressed.  Less of the BSL hard-luck outbursts and start developing an inclusive support area instead.

Reading the said article the writer has already identified why such huge support for BSL is needed, maybe addressing that issue should come first? Mostly, it's shutting the door after the proverbial horse has already bolted... continually justifying areas that make access more and more difficult.   Deaf education is failing deaf people, and they want more failures as a right.

The Article:

I’m angry. In fact, I am incandescent. It’s said that the measure of a civilised society is how it treats its members with different needs. 

And today, in Worcester, we are failing to be civilised. Imagine getting a letter from your GP asking you to book an appointment by phone. Not so easy, as we know.  How many of us have waited and waited to speak to someone at the doctor’s surgery, patiently going through the indecipherable number of options: “Press 17 if you want to talk about your varicose veins!”. Now imagine that you live alone and are Deaf. 

Your main language is BSL (British Sign Language) and you can’t use the phone. So how do you book an appointment? It's even harder (or in fact, impossible). You see how the things we take for granted become barriers for those with specific needs. I’ve even heard cases of friends or interpreters phoning on the persons behalf only to be told that they cannot give the information because of confidentiality! 

But imagine it is even worse than that. Imagine you need to go to Accident and Emergency. Or someone needs to explain to you the complexities of your operation. Or that your benefits are being threatened and you need to fill out a form that is not in your language (just as BSL is different from English). 

Shhhh! It's a secret.

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"Why don't Hard of Hearing unite to further their cause for access and inclusion?"  More heartfelt (But apparently unsupported), demands for Hard of Hearing to take up access and support lobbying in earnest.

A cry in the deserted wilderness sadly, I don't know about the USA but the UK has no HoH campaigning area, no community, no inclusive approach to communication, and just one national charity even the deaf don't want to know about.   Any image is mostly about ear wax YUK!!

I'm coming round to the view HoH have cracked their issue with technology so access is hardly a problem for them anymore, the only underlying question is what (If any), social life do they have?  How does it function?  as they don't like deaf people, gravitate 'like with like', and HoH clubs are a rarity and poorly attended, and no such thing as a HoH 'community' exists, online versions are pointless, even the profile and lip-reading 'HoH flagship' classes are very poorly attended and the HoH don't persevere with them.  

Perhaps those who have  overcome hearing loss can tell us who they did it? let us all in on the cure?  I read complaints, I don't read anyone doing anything about them.    More importantly why the HoH don't feel it is necessary to lobby for better access for themselves? 10m people have cracked it and we don't know how.  Do tell!

Boarding School Syndrome.

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Another reason to shut down those for the Deaf?  Although the article appears to focus on the over-privileged or those incapable of mainstream, it ignores the huge damage caused to deaf children and their future outlook, but much 'admired' and supported a format by deaf cultural supporters.  Looks like their background took its toll on them too....

Boarding School Syndrome is increasingly recognized as a specific syndrome by psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors. Many adults are suffering long-term emotional or behavioural difficulties, which stem from having lost normal family life through being sent away to boarding school as children.

In the British Journal of Psychotherapy, Dr Joy Schaverien identified a set of symptoms common among early boarders that she calls “Boarding School Syndrome”.   “Early rupture with home has a lasting influence on attachment patterns. When a child is brought up at home, the family adapts to accommodate it: growing up involves a constant negotiation between parents and children. But an institution cannot rebuild itself around one child. Instead, the child must adapt to the system. 

Combined with the sudden and repeated loss of parents, siblings, pets and toys, this causes the child to shut itself off from the need for intimacy. This can cause major problems in adulthood: depression, an inability to talk about or understand emotions, the urge to escape from or to destroy intimate relationships. These symptoms mostly affect early boarders: those who start when they are older are less likely to be harmed.”

Sufferers' symptoms are often hidden behind a brittle fa├žade of competence.  Shame from having had - what others perceive as a privileged start - can prevent them from acknowledging their distress. Such adults have difficulty asking for help and can experience all manner of intimate issues in relationships. They are frequently emotionally cut-off as a result of living in an atmosphere where it was normal to keep silent about emotional stress.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

New Gadget for Blind and Deaf.

Love isn't Deaf



A deaf couple gets married and hopes their future children AREN'T deaf.

Entire neighbourhood learns sign for young deaf girl.


The whole neighborhood has decided to learn sign
Samantha is a lovely young girl and very neighbourly. She uses sign language to communicate with the people in her community. She is very friendly and likes to engage in conversation with anybody she meets. She would be totally a different person if somebody can communicate with her. 


She also becomes sad if people cannot communicate with her in sign language. Her neighbours have noticed her keen interest to communicate with people whenever she goes out for a stroll in the neighbourhood. The people also find themselves in a difficult situation when they are unable to communicate with little Sam. 

The whole neighbourhood has got together and decided to learn sign language. They have hired an instructor and are learning the sign language to communicate with the two-year-old Samantha Savitz. The whole neighbourhood has decided to learn to sign Their instructor Rhys McGovern finds it remarkable and said many times even the parents of deaf children do not bother to learn sign language. 


Nobody can force the entire community to learn sign language for one little deaf child. When the whole neighbourhood voluntarily decides to learn sign language to make little Sam feel part of the community is incredible. 

Strewth mate ! Fake Deaf scammers on the loose!


An organisation for the deaf is warning kindhearted members of the public to be aware of scammers taking money for cards with the sign language alphabet on them (pictured an example of the card)
[This seems to mirror issues in the UK, where a group of eastern European people are begging on the streets on behalf of deaf people].

Please be aware deaf people don't beg, do not want anyone approaching members of the public for money, notify the police instead.  One concern is that the card is an identical card to the one used in the UK, which suggests there is a global scam going on?

An organisation for the deaf is warning kindhearted members of the public to be aware of scammers taking money for cards with the sign language alphabet on them. Con artists pretending to be deaf are frequenting businesses in Western Australia with an 'introductory card' for sign language. 


One woman has been caught out multiple times offering the card to kindhearted members of the public for $5. One woman has been caught out multiple times allegedly offering the card to kindhearted members of the public for $5. One woman has been caught out multiple times allegedly offering the card to kindhearted members of the public for $5 On one side of the card, the scam artist introduces themselves to the stranger and apologises for 'troubling them'. 'I am deaf since childhood.  Our goal is to earn a living. Buy please this alphabet which costs $5. And many thanks to you and your family.'

 Lauren Emmens was with her family in Fremantle on Saturday, January 19 when the woman approached her.  'We were sitting inside of Gino's having coffee and cake and she came in and handed three cards out explaining she was deaf,' Ms Emmens told Daily Mail Australia. As Ms Emmens knows some sign language, she signed back to the woman saying: 'My name is Lauren'. 'I found it very strange when she didn't sign anything back to me but just nodded,' she said. 'As we were all taken aback that she just handed out the cards asking for $5 a pop we scrambled to get what change we had and gave it to her.