Friday, 1 March 2019

Telehealth Kiosks

Telehealth kiosks are expected to become an essential part of a healthcare system and programs in the future. Telehealth kiosks allow health care professionals to treat patients at distance using telecommunication technology. 

Telehealth kiosk outfitted with telemedicine capabilities such as telephony and video conferencing with healthcare providers. Telehealth kiosk can lower healthcare costs to the patient and reduce visit and wait time. Telehealth kiosk has tools and capabilities such as store and forward diagnostic data and report. This capability of telehealth kiosk help to have access specialists anywhere. 

The systems have tools to track vital signs and other health data which is more beneficial for patients. Telehealth kiosk could reduce the number of transfer between one facility to another off-site medical facility which is helpful in reduce transportation cost and provide early diagnosis. Telehealth kiosk is designed to meet specific healthcare requirement in one in all solutions. Telehealth kiosk has features such as medical devices for clinical examination such as the stethoscope, Spo2 sensors, and blood pressure monitor. 

Telehealth kiosk is also available with special features such as ADA assistance devices for deaf, blind and limited mobility patients. Telehealth Kiosk Market: Drivers and Restraints- Increasing need of urgent care medical service expected to favor the demand for the telehealth kiosks. Technological advancement in the medical industry expected to impel the growth of telehealth kiosk market. Increasing demand for telehealth services in rural and urban areas in an advantage of minimum time duration is a major driving factor of telehealth kiosk market. 

Evolution and advancement in medical data transferring through telemedicine systems propel the growth of the telehealth kiosk market. Telehealth kiosks are gaining popularity in developed countries as high demand for healthcare cost reduction. Rise in partnership with manufacturers and hospital and pharmacies for telehealth kiosks are expected to favor the growth of the telehealth kiosk market.

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!

Today is St David's Day a national celebration day for Welsh people, Yakky Da !

Making Videos accessible to all.

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Fake Deaf targetting South Walians.

We suspect the east Europeans are doing the rounds again, but ATR reported recently there is a world-wide set up of people pretending to be us, and begging money from people who don't know we have nothing to do with this.

People claiming to be deaf are knocking on doors across south Wales asking for money. Social media is full of reports of a man or a woman selling drawings with a note claiming they are hearing impaired. 

Some people have even said that a mark has been left outside their home after they have left. There is no suggestion of any crimes having been committed but the sheer number of reports has sparked fevered speculation about if the couple are genuine. South Wales Police have confirmed they are investigating the reports. 


Deaf people and their charities do NOT go door-to-door asking for money, or selling paintings, key rings, posters, or anything else, photograph these people and telephone the police.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Ye Olde Finger Alphabet.

Legacy of Vineyard Deaf Community Endures

By the middle of the 19th century, nearly all up-Island settlers had become bilingual in spoken English and Martha’s Vineyard sign language. So much so that years later, elders couldn’t recall who from their upbringing had been deaf and who had been hearing. 

Due to a recessive gene and an isolated gene pool, at the time, one in 25 Chilmarkers was deaf. One in four people in Squibnocket was deaf. At around the same time in Washington D.C., a new university was founded for the education of the deaf. It would become known as Gallaudet University, named after the pioneering educator Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet. 

Both the history of Martha’s Vineyard deaf community and the new university would change the way people with deafness were thought of, and the opportunities they were afforded. David Martin, a former educator and administrator at Gallaudet, visited Vineyard Haven on Sunday to talk about the legacy of the Martha’s Vineyard deaf community of the 18th and 19th centuries. Mr Martin, who now lives in Marstons Mills, was a featured speaker at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha’s Vineyard. 

“This is not just about deafness,” he said. “What can we all take away from this from the point of view of general human rights?” By 1952, the last known descendant of the Chilmark deaf community had died. But Gallaudet University students continue to study the phenomenon of inclusion that took place on Martha’s Vineyard through Nora Ellen Groce’s book Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language. 

Studying New sign languages can destroy them.

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Studying an emerging sign language won't kill it – so what are linguists scared of?  Connie de Vos was sitting on her hands. It was 2006, her first stay in the Balinese village of Bengkala, and visitors had come every night to her house, sitting on the floor of the front patio, eating fruit- or durian-flavoured candies and drinking tea. 

About eight to ten people were there now, hands flitting in the shadows, chatting away in Kata Kolok, the local sign language: Where is the next ceremony? When is the next funeral? Who just died?  Kata Kolok was created in Bengkala about 120 years ago and has some special features, such as sticking out your tongue to add 'no' or 'not' to a verb. And unlike American Sign Language (ASL), in which people move their mouths silently as they sign, you also smack your lips gently, which creates a faint popping sound, to indicate that an action has finished.

"If you walk through the village at six, people start to take their baths, getting ready for dinner," De Vos recalls. "You can hear this sound – pah pah pah – all through the village."

A graduate student at Radboud University in the Netherlands at the time, De Vos had come to Bengkala to be the first linguist to map Kata Kolok's grammar and list all of its signs. At that time, she says, it was "kind of untouched", having emerged in an isolated community with a relatively high number of deaf people. Like similar 'village sign languages' that were starting to be identified in the 2000s, it was rich research material. She knew that being first to describe it would be a feather in her cap.

But studying any phenomenon risks changing it.

(Or do they mean invalidating it?).

We aren't being served

Image result for access all areasThe UK national hearing loss charity, (They haven't got around to recognising devolved government in the UK yet, despite it being the reality the last 22 years), has been asked why they keep advertising accessible events that are not accessible to HoH or non-signers?  

ATR asked why one highly publicised event noting BSL access did NOT state there was NO loop or text/captioned or lip-speaking, or content access for the HoH or deaf-blind?   Should they more honestly declare 'This event is for BSL people ONLY'?

Mainly the charity cannot reconcile the Deaf and  HoH remit with the reality it is neither accurate or real in the light of highly successful 'D' 4 Deaf campaigns that mostly shun access other than that signed.  The reality is HoH will see a BSL supported event as not one for them to attend, but struggling to see what events were.  

We had other examples where deaf complained a lip-spoken tour was discriminating against them.  The fact HoH have the view BSL is 'for them not us', may well be known to charities, but they should still cover access properly and state what ISN'T provided.  Are they just playing safe by not challenging the inequalities of singular BSL access? Yes.  Because the other areas are doing the same as they are.  Equal access has a lot to answer for.

ATR Wrote:

While sign users will welcome updates on events there does seem very few events that are text, loop, ipad, or lip-spoken assisted etc, can we see a more balanced event posting approach that is a bit more inclusive?   

We have noted many BSL assisted events do not include access for hard of hearing or non-signing areas, BSL, is also assumed to be a 'Deaf' assist and events aimed at them exclusively by many HoH areas, we need more details on access to identify if, it actually is there for us all.  BSL assisted events don't mean HoH associated mostly. When posting event updates let us have more detail on access please.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

GP's installing Videophones

But, can lip-readers or text users access them?

Glam up your hearing aids..

Ditch the Beige and Grey!

Subtiling is too slow we want BSL instead.

Students from the Exeter Deaf Academy outside County Hall
We wonder what degree of depth they are getting?  In many areas, no local news is even captioned.  SKY removed most of their signing access too.

Devon County Council on Thursday unanimously agreed to write to the BBC and ITV in support of a campaign for Spotlight South West and West Country News to be signed in BSL, and for the council to ask other partners, such as the Police, NHS and voluntary sector to join in support of the Deaf Community in taking this action. 

Alistair Dewhirst, who brought the motion to full council, said it was great news and a great decision that the council had made. READ MORE Compensation negotiations start over 800 homes 'reduced in value' by South Devon Highway When his motion initially went before the council in December, the School Council from Exeter Deaf Academy delivered a presentation in sign language to councillors, articulating the need for regional TV news programmes to be accessible for all. Cllr Dewhirst said: “I am proud to support these fine young people and their desire to be kept in the loop by our local news broadcasters. “I was incredibly aware that when these youngsters came into the council chamber and before the interpreter was signing for them, they had no idea what was going on. 

Deaf still struggling in the workplace..

Employees being forced to exit their jobs due to hearing difficulties can also have a backlash effect on a business’ productivity.
A follow-on from the 'Role Model' posting by ATR. For those who felt ATR was negative, read below the realities, deaf are ill-equipped to function in many workplaces, and it isn't just lack of support, but lack of role models who succeed in such environments.

The Article:

Hearing specialists say people with hearing loss across the UK are being forced to quit their jobs while many others are left feeling isolated in the workplace. Often referred to as a ‘hidden’ disability, medical experts say more needs to be done to ensure that they are given the right kind of backing and support within their working environments. 

“Hearing loss has been shown to have a profound impact on people’s views and experiences of the workplace,” said Farah Kiani, who is an audiologist at Hidden Hearing. Even with hearing aids, people with hearing difficulties say it is not always possible to hear what is being said in a busy office or staffroom. Even with hearing aids, people with hearing difficulties say it is not always possible to hear what is being said in a busy office or staffroom. 

Figures from a study by charity group, show that a massive 42% of respondents in the survey actually stepped down from their jobs or retired early as a result of their hearing difficulties.  That sad statistic only goes to show that hearing loss not only forces people to leave their places of employment but also hinders others when it comes to fulfilling their potential. “That, in turn, has led to many people feeling isolated at work.” Some of those struggles in the workplace include fulfilling day-to-day tasks such as using the phone or engaging in conversations with colleagues under challenging or noisy conditions. 

Employees being forced to exit their jobs due to hearing difficulties can also have a backlash effect on a business’ productivity. Employees being forced to exit their jobs due to hearing difficulties can also have a backlash effect on a business’ productivity. Approximately two-thirds (68%) of the respondents in the same study agreed that they sometimes felt shut out at work while 70% of respondents say their conditions prevented them from fully maximising their duty capabilities. “It’s not right when somebody has to quit their job because their hearing loss is causing them stress or depression in the workplace,” 


Monday, 25 February 2019

Role Modelling a dated concept?

Image result for role modelsWe often read online the many concerns deaf schools are in a distinct downward direction and young deaf are losing role models.  But what IS a deaf role model?  Or the Deaf one? or even a model image for other areas with hearing loss.  

USA deaf were quoting Helen Keller who was deaf-blind, not a definitive 'Deaf ASL' role model.  Beethoven, who certainly never signed at all.  More modern signing icons are 'pop stars' and dancers, actors etc.  The type of jobs reserved for the few extroverts.  Near all the role models had ways of adapting without sign use too.  They don't appear in media with a terp in tow.

UK role models e.g. included Jack Ashley a CI using deaf MP, and Evelyn Glennie who is not known to be a sign user but a very good lip-reader of world musical renown.  There are hardly any sign using deaf who have attained similar status excepting Doug Alker who attained CEO status at the UK's largest Hard of Hearing charity,  a first for a BSL user, but was unable to display he was inclusive.  It was claimed his deaf school and community sign-based background left him without the tools to do it.   Unable to equate with people who could not sign like he did.  HoH felt excluded by him.

ASL people in the USA continue to attack A G Bell because he promoted oralism, there is little mutual acceptance going on. Live and let live, has been replaced by you do your thing I will do mine. The 'D' suggesting division, masked as a 'choice' or a right.  Modern role models on TV/The arts usually need to display more communication skills than BSL, having that ability to adapt was/is essential.  Others who stay with the BSL couldn't show flexibility, and inhabit such areas as an 'example of token inclusion' showing a signing deaf person (Quite wrongly we aren't all like that), and uncomfortably, as people reliant on others while giving out lectures 'This is what Deaf do.' or rather what most of us did not.

Most unhappy the old ways are going, need to understand what they are asking for, is it a 'back to the future' system? based on the old concepts that led to the demise of deaf clubs and schools?   They weren't actually 'good old days' in terms of academic achievement, and were institutionalising deaf people.   There aren't enough of them to fill a class in many areas and parents wanted them with own friends and hearing siblings, and local, not many miles away in some remote boarding school where they can lose family cohesion and communication approaches are different and alienating. 

The system had found that whilst the deaf loved these areas it was barely conducive to getting a start in life to work and live amidst people not the same as they were or, even equate with deaf who didn't use the same formats they did.  Specialised education isolates and still does,  80% of deaf do not need that specialised type of education, that is not to stay they don't need that support in the mainstream they do. Annexe's we feel are a half-hearted cheap-skate measure, and token inclusion.  Pupils there too, go straight to their own as adults unable to mix.

Mainstreaming has its critics, ATR agrees with a lot of them, what we need to take into account is that it wasn't planned properly with the right back up in place and the issue or sole signing approaches not addressed in respect of the realities in adulthood.   They are falling out of academic advances as we write and has less and less in-class support is there as we write.  If that isn't addressed the future for young deaf is bleak indeed.   

What isn't agreed are the formats to offer deaf children their best hope of advancement as pro-culture and pro-inclusive education areas aren't in agreement.  It's time education was put first.

Closing the deaf schools to attempt integrating the deaf was done without ensuring the support was there.   Deaf had been accustomed to living in an 24/7 supported environment where all peers signed (Or struggled), the same as them, thus deaf emerging into a predominantly hearing world and struggling with that too.  Such deaf are then prior candidates for resenting hearing people and inclusion without back up, it was inevitable they would want back to the old ways, where at least a lack of education was acceptable so long as the community continued to thrive. 

Does BSL kill speech and isolate deaf people? NO it doesn't, but deaf who prefer to sign prefer mostly not to speak, giving that impression, and keeps the myth a visual/oral reality.  More deaf speak than sign, more are now adopting CI's and addressing mainstream more positively.  The fact an increasing majority do not attend what deaf clubs or schools that still exist, may be choice too, unhappy as it makes people like the BDA.  As regards to young deaf they dropped out of deaf clubs 25+ years ago, they wanted independence from attending clubs where older people and aged deaf were predominant, they wanted the same as hearing were getting.  This is an absolute norm for all youth. We should all be happy today's youth have more choices. For people to state, it isn't a real choice is unhelpful. 

As with all forms of hearing loss, db limitations are not the primary issue, confidence is, and you don't gain confidence by staying apart from the rest of society and making occasional 'visits' to them.  It need not isolate the deaf if the inclusive process is entered into in the spirit of making it a real success, and not an annoyance until they can leave school and seek out others like them instead, because they were primed to fail, it creates resentful and disadvantaged people. It is not essential even hearing must sign first, just display a willingness for them to adapt too.  They cannot integrate by remote, they have to be 'in it, to win it'. Demanding inclusion from the relative 'sanctuary/buffer' of the deaf school/club/community, it won't work, the hearing will see that, not any real desire behind it.  Deaf will see they don't get demand made on them and stay where they are too.

Role modelling seems to be a very singular-centric image within some areas and doesn't reflect inclusion at all.  The world is hearing it isn't deaf and many young deaf desire the same as their hearing peer, they know the sign is only part access to attaining that.  Mainstreaming gives them an experience they cannot ever attain within their community alone. That means sitting alongside hearing peers, being seen by them and socialising with them too. 

If hearing see that 'Deaf' prefer to be with 'their own' they are going to leave them to it, and deaf will suffer lack of education, acceptance, and progress, because of that desire.  Social attitudes need to be widened, there is more to life than being only with other deaf people, and there are many examples where deaf who never attended a deaf school or a club still manage to live their lives just the same, and they certainly won't relate to being inhibited again.  We know sign is a right but practicalities exist to be addressed, the world isn't going to sign for them. 60% cannot get a job, reality has to be faced, and changes made to deaf education in the light of that.  Hearing children are taught skills they know are needed when they leave school, this does not seem to be the same approach used in deaf educational areas.  

Recent work surveys show us that employers don't want the hassle a deaf signer exhibits, or the costs that go with it, they are convinced we are a liability.   Yes we can and do go at them but deaf are not showing adaptability where they can and complaining hearing peers don't sign like they do. they don't believe any onus is on them to go half-way.  Their own support is killing their advance.  Employers don't want 3rd parties.  3rd parties exist because deaf using sign have few other strings to their bow, indeed demand they shouldn't have to acquire any.    Everything then becomes a confrontation and stress situation. Pride has meant a huge fall in advancing their adult lives.  We don't say all deaf can adapt but the view they should not be trying to prevails, and that is very bad news indeed.

The ability of deaf being able to adapt to work situations is questionable too, yet, constant change and adapting is how it all works job-wise, constant re-training and learning new skills.  Deaf seem to avoid most of that or cannot get into it.  Result they are left behind further still.  The issue with role modelling is they can fail to relate to those who don't sign or don't attend such clubs and schools and/or who struggle to communicate with other deaf, hearing, deaf-blind, oral deaf, or hard of hearing, lip-readers etc.  Role modelling has to move to the 21stc. Most deaf youth already have, you are not going to find them in a 'community'  demanding deaf schools or clubs back, they have already voted with their feet. They have options older deaf don't.    By all means, empower deaf in education but address why that education is not empowering them as it should be doing.

#metoo CI implantees who sign.

Hearing aid types.

Only 8% with special needs are getting help.

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ATR's area just saw their LA pull out of SEND.

Just 8% of the children with special needs in Buckinghamshire are getting the support they need. That's according to the latest figures, with one group calling for teachers to have access to more resources to help those struggling. 

Mandy Williams is a special needs teaching assistant. She said: "It's not fair. "We should have a fair education system. "Every child has the right to have the same opportunities as the next child. "It's our fault if we are not making sure teaching is targeted towards them." Teacher / School There's a call for teachers to have more resources Figures show 11 per cent of children have special needs, but just a small fraction of that get the support they need. 

Mandy says these things could help: "It could be having something as simple as resources which have been adapted. "It could be the support of a teaching assistant or emotional support. "It's about knowing that child and what works for them." A lack of educational support, as well as local authorities facing financial pressures, means that those with difficulties aren't achieving as well as their peers in school. Children of compulsory school age who have SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) are defined as having significantly greater difficulty learning than the majority of others who are of the same age. 

If a child has SEND then their needs will fall into one or more of the following: communication and interaction; cognition and learning; social, emotional and mental health difficulties; sensory and/or physical needs.  There are currently 45,000 children in the UK who are deaf, as well as an estimated 1 in 100 children who have autism. 17% of autistic children have been suspended from school, whilst 63% of autistic children are not in a school that is best able to support their needs. For those children who are deaf, only 30.6% will achieve a GCSE strong pass - Grade 5 or above - (when compared to 48.3% of children with no special needs) and alongside this 57% of these children will fail to reach expected reading, writing and maths levels for their SATs by the end of their primary education. 

Those with SEND may need extra help and support so that they can be provided with the same opportunities as others. However, there aren't sufficient special placements for students with SEND in specialist schools, therefore mainstream schools have to accommodate the child's needs, often without extra funding. Education content providers, who offer teacher-guided interactive resources across the curriculum, are a potential solution to this. Those who have used these alongside their studies find that attainment improved by an average of 153%. Ensuring that educational resources are accessible to all students is paramount to creating an indiscriminate and inclusive teaching environment. 

Technological advancements have meant that education content providers, such as EdPlace, have been able to create online learning spaces, accessible for children who have these difficulties; so that equal education can be provided for everyone. 

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Wales defeats England.

A great day to be Welsh after England loses to the Welsh side they had written off. 21-13 eat my shorts lol