Saturday, 4 May 2019

Deaf-Blind Interpreter training

Deafblind Interpreter Training from SLIS on Vimeo.

(Filmed through a letterbox).

Rethinking the Term ‘Hearing Impaired’?

Have the American deaf managed to convince the legal on terminology? OMG the thought police have infiltrated the deaf community too.  I thought it a novelty when the deaf community started espousing terms like 'meme' or 'Pedagogy' and threw hashtags about as if they meant anything, but the onslaught on identification continues unabated, does nobody ask the actual people what title they prefer? 

Why is this deaf community intent of honing and building on its own stereotype?  At the same time opposing those who want to bring them in out of the cold?  Who is to say a title is right or wrong?  Last week in the UK they were challenging each other (The deaf signers), on what is the right sign to use, c'mon folks there are more important issues to address  

As a point of interest, my Britsh spell checker found 37 spelling faults in the article, I hope USA lawyers never get to file for me lol.  What is offensive is personal and subjective.  Not every term is and who invented them anyway? or says which you can and cannot use?  There is no 'one size fits all..'  I suppose lawyers see a cash cow here for the permanently pissed off areas.

The Article:

Sound, to most people, is synonymous with the ears. For those of us who are deaf or hard of hearing, sound has a different meaning than ears drawing sound and the brain processing it. For me, sound is a multisensory experience. The deaf brain uses all senses to determine sound. We “hear” differently, but we are not impaired. As such, we need to reconsider the wide use of the term “hearing impaired” to reflect on our difference, but not a false disability.

Some people reading this might think it is a foolish concern to change the label “hearing impaired” to hard of hearing. They may think what deaf people experience is, in fact, an impairment. However, I argue that one cannot miss what one has never had. When we focus on people who are prelingually deaf and hard-of-hearing, the word “impaired” is not an accurate description.

The term “hearing impaired” suggests that deaf people's lack of hearing is a pathological condition that needs to be fixed. Many Deaf people lead rich, productive lives and are not looking to be cured. We are proud to be deaf and part of Deaf culture.1-6

The term “hearing impaired” can be compared with the word “snowflake,” which has had a rough ride in society. Snowflake can suggest something delicate, pure, and refreshing that brings the promise of newness and hope. However, it's also used as a derogatory term to demean anyone who thinks differently or is different from the norms of society. What was once non-offensive has become offensive.

Soap Opera Deafie returns.



To be fair she is unlike most deaf signers we know. 'Awkward' it was.  We expected the lecture 'This is what deaf people do...' to emerge, coming soon in an episode shortly I expect.  What we need for real awareness are people who struggle with communication and to see how others manage that.

Freda Burgess returned to Coronation Street tonight - and she was carrying a dark secret. Emily’s deaf niece, who last appeared in January 2010, revealed Norris Cole was not coming back to the cobbles and starting a new life. However, she then seemingly indicated Norris was DEAD by putting an urn full of ashes next to his photo. 

 Worried Mary Taylor and Tracy Barlow got a fright when they saw the door of Number 3 wide open. They hesitatingly crept inside and charged into the kitchen with an umbrella to attack the supposed intruder. Tracy and Mary heard an intruder. They feared the house was being robbed.

Lucy Fallon's 'awkward' first Coronation Street appearance since exit news Stunned Tracy recognised Freda, played by Ali Briggs, who claimed she had been sent to Weatherfield by Norris. Freda confessed that Norris was happy to divorce Mary and was planning to sell the house. She revealed that Norris was away at a silent retreat, but suspicious 

Tracy wasn’t convinced that the street's biggest gossip was staying quiet. Mary charged in with an umbrella. Furious Mary told Freda to tell Norris to “stop being a coward” and was angry that he had chosen not to call her. Once Mary and Tracy he left, scheming Freda places an urn on the side table next to a framed photo of Norris. "I miss you every day," said Freda, which left viewers convinced that Norris might have died. 

Friday, 3 May 2019

121: Understanding A2W funding.

Access to Work fundingWow! a £1,000 ($1300), a week (where do I sign).

Getting Access to Work funding Our leaflet was put together to assist people with a hearing loss to apply for Access to Work funding. The Access to Work funding is there to help you to access deaf equipment (such as radio aids) and services (such as Speech to Text Reporters or British Sign Language interpreters). 

This helpsheet covers England, Scotland and Wales. If you are in Northern Ireland, this is a separate system and outside the scope of this leaflet. Access to Work funding is available for people in various kinds of paid work as outlined at https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/eligibility Access to Work is not available for voluntary work. If you are about to start or are in a new job, you need to apply for Access to Work funding within 6 weeks or your employer may have to pay more contributions towards equipment and travel support – a system called “cost share rules”. 

 From the 1st of April 2018, Access to Work will cap its annual awards at £57,200 a year. This may mean you need to think creatively about your award and how to get the best out of it. The Access to Work application or renewal process can take quite a long time and the rules are complex. We hope the advice in this leaflet will prepare you for what is needed, help you manage the application process and speed things up as much as possible. The process can be very stressful and difficult to manage. 

We have a lot of experience with Access to Work funding for deaf and hard of hearing people. We’re able to advise you on how to make a successful application for Access to Work funding. 


Cognitive development in deaf babies



This happens with disabled babies too.

Factors that influence CI user achievments.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Jazzing up your hearing aids.

UK power funds Utility BSL Enquiry system.


Deaf people are soon to get advice in Sign Language on fuel poverty and how to reduce energy bills after an east London charity has won a grant from Britain’s biggest electricity distributor. 

The DeafPlus charity has been awarded £8,000 by UK Power Networks to train 15 advisors. Deaf people are four times more likely to be unemployed and are often on minimum wages when they do find work, according to the charity which is based in Tower Hamlets and Hackney. 

“We want to ensure that fewer deaf people are faced with fuel poverty,” its chief executive Gary Williams explained. “This funding allows us to train advisors to offer energy and fuel advice in Sign language.

Bank pays deaf woman £2000 for discrimination.


Fiona McKendry spotted fraudelent activity on her account and was unhappy with the bank's handling of her complaint
A bank has brought in new technology to help deaf customers after paying out £2,000 to a woman alleging disability discrimination. Fiona McKendry, aged in her 30s, contacted Northern Bank Ltd after spotting ongoing fraudulent activity on her account. 

 The Belfast woman, who is profoundly deaf and wears hearing aids in both ears, wanted her brother to relay the instructions of the bank employee to her, intending to respond via the speaker phone. 

She was lip-reading the information the employee provided to her brother. But she left feeling aggrieved in March 2017 after her contact with the bank.    Ms McKendry said: “Even though the bank employee said he could hear me, the account holder, he refused me service because I was lip-reading the information the employee provided to my brother via speaker phone. I could see attempted transactions happening on my account while this call was ongoing and was extremely worried.” 

The bank blocked the card immediately after her phone call but following her experience she contacted her bank via secure messaging on the online banking app. The app says it can take three to five days or more to get a response. Ms McKendry was concerned that the app would be inadequate to deal with her urgent situation. The next morning, she was invited to meet the branch manager who confirmed her account was safe and missing funds would be reinstated. 

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

SEE HEAR Blows it again.

Image result for SEE HEARDeaf Mental Health.

Having watched part of a recent 'SEE HEAR' BSL program recently about deaf mental health and politically correct signing, one tends to despair at the way deaf media are approaching the issues and lives of deaf people with their confused and mixed/biased messages.

If we take the first issue of Deaf mental health (The emphasis being on the capital D which defeated the point at the start), A deaf mental health charity talked about the issues as they saw them with 3 people in the same room (The client, the professional and the Interpreter) with both the charity person and the client stating a terp in the same room was hindering the help point. 'We don't want hearing there..' she said 'Support works better one on one, aka both pro and client signing'.  Are there any deaf professionals to operate such a service? no answer.    Given the D4D charity rejected any hearing intermediary what alternative was there a charity of amateurs doing it on a  cultural basis?    Who would take that?

It was not stated if the charity representative was herself a qualified psychiatrist experienced in' Deaf/Cultural issues' or if that was even relative to an issue of the depression the item was covering, as the client stated the depression came from nowhere in particular not hearing induced.  Why was the charity rep blaming hearing help?  Their own chosen support?

It ended up with the Deaf charity rep pleading for a unity of deaf, Deaf, Acquired, deafened even HoH  areas to unite to support an inclusive mental health set up together, but she had already advocated a 'stand-alone' BSL system it was the crux of her whole point (?)  it just looked as if she was using the unity plea as a means to getting more support for her own stand-alone charity which would not be a system others not signing or non-cultural would use anyway.  There has been no demand for such unity, indeed a unity unsupported BY 'Deaf' who want to do own thing. 

By far those who struggle with hearing are those opposing hearing inclusion policies, endlessly creating identity crisis issues, and pursuing the politics of blame, at the same time demanding 'stand-alone' BSL educational approaches too.  The item was highly misleading on SEE HEAR and sadly the people involved could not see that point or what they were even advocating. SHows lack of awareness or appreciation of what is going on in their own 'community'.  Poor Show SEE HEAR, do better or leave it to others.

Are you signing the right way?

It would also appear the next item regarding what is the 'right sign' deaf should use when referring to ethnic or other areas of the deaf community, ignored what BSL is actually based on, which in the main and as regards to different races, is based on the visual images they present.  Even 'sign naming' of peers is based on this. So referring visually to points that identify others as different from them are now not to be used, yet whole areas of the deaf community have clubs dedicated to those differing areas. Jewish deaf clubs, African deaf clubs, Asian deaf clubs etc.  

Should we make those illegal too?  They are hardly 'inclusive' areas are they?  They use equality right to stand apart, as the 'Deaf' do (!).  The hashtag culture maybe won't work with deaf people who 'sign what they see' not what they are told to see.   The whole news item ignored a cultural truism, the signs are contextual not personal.  I wonder how they tackle deaf who use signs for people with ginger hair it would become a minefield.  The purists cannot see that the whole thing is divisive, not helpful.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Myth and Fact about hearing loss.

Navigating hearing loss



KBIA producer Kassidy Arena, who has hearing loss, explores what all this means for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. 


As a producer and journalism student, Arena wants to explore how radio is experienced for the deaf and hard of hearing. MU student John Coleman (left) and MU's Angela Branson (right) spoke with KBIA producer Kassidy Arena about the experience of deaf and hard of hearing students on campus and in the community. 

Angela Branson is MU's coordinator for deaf and hard of hearing students. John Coleman is a student at MU who, like Arena, lives with hearing loss. Kassidy Arena spoke with Branson and Coleman about the misperceptions, challenges, and triumphs they encounter as they navigate the hearing world.

Wish I could hear.......


'I wish I could hear my wife singing,' Dion Galea, from Sydney, said
A group of deaf Australians have revealed the one thing they wish they could hear as they answered upfront questions on popular ABC show, You Can't Ask That. 


Many agreed that 'deaf culture' is a privilege to be a part of and said they find great peace in communicating using Auslan (Australian sign language). But even those who have been deaf since birth would love to hear the voices of loved ones during memorable life moments. 

'I'd love to hear my children laughing,' Damo Barrett (pictured left), from Perth, told the ABC in their show.  Andy King, from the Gold Coast, said that he could wish for lots of things - his children's health and happiness among them - but he wouldn't wish for anything to do with his hearing. Some of the people, like teenager Rusty, struggled with their 'deaf identity' and said he often wishes people wouldn't think he was 'stupid'. 

Other questions brought to light some of the misconceptions around partial and complete deafness.