Sunday, 3 March 2019

History repeating?

Apart from the appaling references and very poorly researched 'Links' regarding Native Americans and Deaf issues.  This blog was dire reading bordering on USA 'colonialism' and justifying the genocide of the native population. The real price of 'civilising' native Americans was the wholesale slaughter of them.

Native Americans paid heavily for being 'civilised'.   Indigenous people north and south were displaced, died of disease, and were killed by Europeans through slavery, rape, and war. In 1491, about 145 million people lived in the western hemisphere. By 1691, the population of indigenous Americans had declined by 90-95 per cent, or by around 130 million people." 

One could suggest audism was the least deaf have to worry about.

Weekly Round up...

Irish deaf candidate unsupported to run for office.

Interesting in that deaf support is still only via system areas alone, and wanting to be a LA representative is being classed as a 'social' area, and there are no funds available to empower deaf socially with hearing people.  

A major aspect was concern deaf being insular to their own area lacked the local knowledge and contacts needed to challenge hearing on their own terms, it wasn't just an issue of own support.  Albeit he can claim its a catch 22 system.  He has started on the wrong foot by localising the issue to deaf access, hearing won't see that as a priority, they will want to know if he understands THEIR issues and concerns.  Deaf can be involved locally, by being willing to step outside their comfort zone, even without signed access it can be done.  There are alternatives.

NOTE: The article incorrectly noted his area was part of the UK, it isn't, it's in the Irish Republic, Northern Ireland is in the UK.

MICHEƁL KELLIHER is the first Deaf person to run for election in Ireland. Although the Deaf community is active in campaigning, there are obstacles when it comes to running for a seat on a council or in the Houses of the Oireachtas. Kelliher said he is hoping to break down some of the barriers in his local election campaign and encourage more Deaf people to take the chance and throw their hats into the ring. 

“Canvassing requires a lot of time and without any funding, hiring interpreters is a huge financial strain on any campaign. Attending meetings can be more challenging as well. I wanted to attend a small political party’s public meeting and had requested an interpreter. However they were struggling to pay for rent, never mind paying for an interpreter. The same happens with grassroots campaigns, where they don’t have any funding for interpreters. Canvassing will be the biggest challenge. 

I’m fortunate that I have a great team of interpreters willing to volunteer with me. “And that’s only the challenges I’m aware of as a Deaf person, there are many more for people with different disabilities like wheelchair access etc. It can all feel daunting and discourage people from participating,” 

Deaf Direct Funding Withdrawn.

A DEAF charity has said some of its most important services will suffer after the county council ended its £45,000 contract. 

Deaf Direct, based in Lowesmoor, has been dealt a significant blow after cash-strapped Worcestershire County Council withdrew all of its £44,750 funding to the city-based charity. The huge cut means the charity's telephone and translation service and its information and guidance service will be affected. 

Deaf Direct has maintained it will still be able to provide some services despite the “challenging” cuts. A spokesman for Deaf Direct said: “Deaf Direct management is concerned that the cuts will have a serious impact and detrimental effect on the deaf and hard of hearing communities. “Deaf Direct appreciates, and are in support of, Reverend David Southall’s recent blog and the aspirations of the Worcestershire Deaf Rights Group whose aim is to oppose the cuts imposed by Worcestershire County Council which will affect the provision of both information and advice and telephone and translation services that benefit deaf and hard of hearing people.” 

The contract between Worcestershire County Council and Deaf Direct comes to an end on March 31. The council said Worcester Citizens Advice Bureau would continue providing information and advice as well as interpreter services to those that need it.