Monday, 15 April 2019

Anne Sullivan


Anne Sullivan
Born on April 14, 1866, in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts,

Anne Sullivan was a teacher who taught Helen Keller, a blind and deaf child, how to communicate and read Braille. 

Anne Sullivan was a gifted teacher best known for her work with Helen Keller, a blind and deaf child she taught to communicate. At only 20 years of age, Sullivan showed great maturity and ingenuity in teaching Keller and worked hard with her pupil, bringing both women much acclaim. 

Sullivan even helped Keller write her autobiography. Early Life Anne Sullivan was born on April 14, 1866, in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts. A gifted teacher, Anne Sullivan is best known for her work with Helen Keller, a blind and deaf child she taught to communicate. Her parents immigrated to the United States from Ireland during the Great Famine of the 1840s. The couple had five children, but two died in their infancy. Sullivan and her two surviving siblings grew up in impoverished conditions and struggled with health problems. 

At the age of five, Anne contracted an eye disease called trachoma, which severely damaged her sight. Her mother, Alice, suffered from tuberculosis and had difficulty getting around after a serious fall. She died when Anne was eight years old. Even at an early age, Sullivan had a strong-willed personality. She sometimes clashed with her father, Thomas, who was left to raise Sullivan and her siblings after their mother's death. Thomas—who was often abusive—eventually abandoned the family. Anne and her infirm younger brother, Jimmie, were sent to live at the Tewksbury Almshouse, a home for the poor. Some reports say that Sullivan also had a sister who was sent to live with relatives. Tewksbury Almshouse was dirty, rundown, and overcrowded. Sullivan's brother Jimmie died just months after they arrived there, leaving Anne alone. 

While at Tewksbury, Sullivan learned about schools for the blind and became determined to get an education as a means to escape poverty. She got her chance when members from a special commission visited the home. After following the group around all day, she worked up the nerve to talk to them about sending her to a special school. Star Pupil Sullivan left Tewksbury to attend the Perkins School for the Blind in 1880 and underwent surgery to help improve her limited vision. Still, Sullivan faced great challenges while at Perkins. 

She had never been to school before and lacked social graces, which put her at odds with her peers. Humiliated by her own ignorance, Sullivan had a quick temper and liked to challenge the rules, which got her in trouble with her teachers. She was, however, tremendously bright, and she soon advanced academically. Sullivan did eventually settle down at the school, but she never felt like she fit in there. 

She did develop close friendships with some of her teachers, including the school's director Michael Anagnos. Chosen as the valedictorian of her class, Sullivan delivered a speech at her June 1886 graduation. She told her fellow students that "duty bids us go forth into active life. Let us go cheerfully, hopefully, and earnestly, and set ourselves to find our special part. When we have found it, willingly and faithfully perform it; for every obstacle we overcome, every success we achieve tends to bring man closer to God." 

Open letter to AOHL (UK).

Image result for access all areasATR did raise an issue regarding the AOHL forum posting events nation-wide that did not fully cover what access was available or in what formats, or even if the events were entirely relevant to various hearing loss areas the charity covered. 

Comment sent 2 months ago and never replied to is below:

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?   

At ATR we continue to note 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.  

Initially (and as a legal aside), many events get public funding/grants for access provision and we are seeing access is being selective, not inclusive.

Obviously, BSL assisted events won't mean HoH relative mostly. When posting event updates let us have more detail on access please. A BSL accessible video/event may NOT include textural/loop etc access or even content other hearing loss areas would be relevant to.    Horses for courses is fine, but please make this clear. If only so we can ask for that inclusion.

No one is objecting to BSL coverage but the fact such events (AND Hard of Hearing ones), do not always contain the appropriate access or content to suggest a site/venue visit is worthwhile.  You could turn up and find no access or content of relevance there.  Charities and support are still non-integral areas of real note and operate exclusively often, it is 'each to their own..' approaches and apparently covered as a 'right', yet charity advertising is leaving out details about access provisions, we are wondering if the reluctance to point these things out is so that areas that do these things, are not legally challenged for advertising inaccessible venues?  So far the law is unclear if particular cultural/minority areas can continue to enjoy a right to not include others. 

While we can understand the AOHL doesn't want to be seen as highlighting the fact HoH or BSL events AREN'T mutually accessible or inclusive, I think it is fair for AOHL (Or the BDA e.g. who will make no bones about the fact it is for BSL users only), to point out this reality.  I'm sure Hard of Hearing areas would be happy to do their own thing too, which currently they aren't able to.  

There is some 'assumption' we all 'know' to point out fact anyway, as to my mind, not doing this, suggests some areas are endorsing a form of exclusion, certainly practicing non-inclusive access by default, and that is a concern that throws doubt on the access/inclusion legal requirement.  All campaigns are directed at ensuring the mainstream includes us all, but that inclusion seems to be relative within the hearing loss area itself.  Areas that apply for funding FOR access provision.  Basically, if an area chooses not to include someone else publicly, this is discrimination, isn't it?  

Just because it is 'generally accepted' BSL and HoH areas are totally different does not mean you should be misleading readers about content that is not accessible to them or not relevant to their areas.   It's time to bury the mutual  'Deaf and Hard of Hearing' remit which stopped working as a concept some years ago.  It's ignored online and charity adverts re events etc.  Time to move on.  Either include the fact some events are for sign users only, and others are for hard of hearing only, is respecting what is the status quo anyway.  It's depressing to run up at an event for deaf or hard of hearing only to find the access formats are too rigid to include you.

Hearing cannot adopt the same exclusion concept so how can we?  Given, alternatives and mutual inclusion formats are there to be used?

Father of deaf daughters calls for deportation order to be reversed


 Mohammad Basharat, with  Samia (12) and Fatima (9),  says the treatment his daughters require will not be accessible in Pakistan
Mohammad Basharat warns Samia (12), Fatima (9) will not receive care needed in Pakistan. He states the treatment his daughters require will not be accessible in Pakistan.

(So he has brought them to Ireland illegally to get it?).

The father of two deaf daughters has called on the Department of Justice to reverse his family’s deportation order on humanitarian grounds, warning that his children will not receive the healthcare they require if they are returned to Pakistan. (could not an identical argument be used to illegally bring any child with hearing loss to Ireland? Be they from Asia, Africa or anywhere else?).

Mohammad Basharat and his wife, Sadia, were informed in September 2018 that their family would be deported to Pakistan despite medical advice that their daughters require specialist care for their hearing impairment. 

Both Samia (12) and Fatima (9) were diagnosed before coming to Ireland with sensorineural hearing loss and use cochlear implants to hear. Mr Basharat says the treatment his daughters require will not be accessible in Pakistan. He also warns that they will struggle to communicate as they do not speak Urdu. “They only learned English and they speak it fluently but their speech is delayed,” he told The Irish Times. 

“In Pakistan, it would be a disaster because they will not be able to communicate. They will not be able to read, write or speak.” The family arrived in Ireland four years ago after Mr Basharat’s brother, a UK citizen, moved to Oldcastle in Co Meath and bought a takeaway. Mr Basharat had been living in the UK where he was awaiting a decision on his appeal for a work permit after his initial application was rejected. His wife and children followed him in 2011 after it became clear that his daughters needed specialist care and were fitted with cochlear implants in the UK. In 2015 the family moved to Ireland as dependents of Mr Basharat’s brother under their treaty rights as family members of an EU national and were given a temporary stamp to remain. 

However, their application was eventually refused on the basis that the family did not meet the criteria as dependents of an EU citizen. In the interim, Samia gave birth to her fourth child, a son named Mohammad. 

UK government says disabled aren't entitled to human rights.


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Already found guilty of the genocide of disabled in the UK,  and indicted for the deaths of nearly 120,000 elderly and disabled by the European courts, the Tory party extends further assaults on the disabled and deaf.  Currently, there is no disability minister either.

If you are a disabled Tory voter who thinks you still have human rights you’ll be shocked to learn the Tory Government apparently thinks you have none. In fact, they are in court right now apparently arguing you should have no human rights. This comes at the end of the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court that the Bedroom Tax in the case of one couple – the Carmichaels – breaches their human rights. 

The Tory Government ran out of appeal options, which already cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds. Having lost that case the Tory Government is back in court spending more taxpayers money arguing no other disabled person in the UK has those same human rights. “Should the government win this case, it would severely curtail the powers of the social security tribunal,” said Lucy Cadd of Leigh Day solicitors, who is acting for Charlotte and Jayson Carmichael. 

This ruling will ultimately affect every disabled person in the UK – regardless of who you vote for. Read the source or our backup for more details Tories in court claiming disabled people have no human rights.