Tuesday, 12 March 2019
While it is welcome this access is there for the ASL user there seems no indication of support for the Hard of Hearing they also claim? (An issuerifee in the UK too), can Martti clarify HOW their support system is empowering and supporting NON-signing deaf and HoH? if the support is specific to sign users, then it would greatly assist those with hearing loss to know where their support is coming from. ATR's campaign for clarity of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing remit seems to be ignored in favour of singular sign language support.
What is it like to grow up as the child of profoundly deaf parents? It might not be something you've ever given any serious thought to unless you've met one.
But if you have, the questions will come thick and fast: 'If your parents sign, how do you learn to speak English?' 'Do you always have to interpret for them when neighbours or strangers come to the door, or relay what someone on the telephone is saying?' 'Can you make as much noise at home as you like?'
After that might come the quick judgements: 'It must be such a drag having to help your Mammy out with stuff like booking a doctor's appointment.' 'You must have to grow up fast.' 'Hey, at least you can turn the music up full blast at home and get away with all kinds of things because your folks can't hear you!' It's surprising, then, that until now the fascinating subject of hearing children born into deaf families had never really been explored by mainstream media, but it was pure gold for the producers of a new one-off documentary on RTÉ One this Thursday.
This hour-long film, called Mother Father Deaf, is beautifully made and shot by Sundance-nominated director Garry Keane and producer Anne Heffernan for Mind The Gap Films, features the very human stories of three adults whose upbringing has given them a unique perspective.
‘Victory’ – Rotherham mum celebrates change in guidance on cochlear implants following campaign. Hundreds more children and adults with severe to profound hearing loss will be given the option of having cochlear implants following a campaign by a Rotherham mum.
It comes as the NHS watchdog NICE revised its definition of severe deafness – extending the number of people who could benefit. The guidance, previously referred to as ‘the strictest in the developed world’, was changed following a petition by mum-of-one Diane Matthews.
The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence estimates that 2,150 people in England will be eligible for cochlear implants each year by 2025, an increase from the 1,260 people who currently receive them. Ms Matthews said: “More people will now have an opportunity to have a Cochlear Implant. How many is really an unknown, there are assumptions being made but this is a victory.
Diane Matthews pictured with her dad Dave Berry at the Houses of Parliament in March 2017. “It’s taken over two years but we got there in the end.”