Friday, 7 June 2019

Deaf Literacy Project

The suggestion ASL isn't helping the deaf student/potential employee must raise some questions... Has the USA a signed equivalent of English they can use? It's clear the differing ASL grammar/language aspect is a brake on inclusion, as is the UK's BSL equivalent.  Deaf pride isn't paying the mortgage.  Deaf should retain their preferences for social intercourse, and learn a signed equivalent that more easily allows them to follow what mainstream uses, e.g. if they can master ASL then, they can master the English version of sign too, it just needs priorities set.  Be truly bilingual not pay 'lip-service' to the concept.  Even a master degree in ASL or BSL is not going to be much of an advantage in a hearing world sadly.

Tackling Invisible Disabilities.

Newport West MP Ruth Jones giving her maiden speech in Parliament.
You cannot help feeling the well-meaning amongst us still do not understand the issues of having a disability that cannot be immediately seen, its why we see the endless logo of wheelchairs etc because it something immediately recognisable as something connected with a disabled person.

The 'Ear/Hand' logos are just plain contentious or confusing because seeing such logos still don't identify properly and given so many disagreements still exist who they apply to, the 'Deaf' area preferring to not be associated with hearing loss par se, so they haven't really worked.  If we take the example of the 'Loop' logo,  then this hasn't worked at all basically.  Perhaps this responder to the news article is more realistic, but, do the deaf want to be easily identifiable when there is no consensus as to what identification process would be acceptable to all?  Most only function face to face.

#1 "Well my area of hearing loss struggles 90% of the time, mostly because it IS invisible, we would welcome suggestions on HOW to make it visible. We've had everything from putting labels on our back, to tattooing it on our forehead. People get confused they think it is easy to ID because a sector of deaf people use their hands all the time, but they represent only 2-4% of us all. Those with mental health issues would probably NOT want a lot of attention given to them, by definition it can make things worse in some cases. 

It's not a clear cut issue. All you can do is respect what they need. 'Coming Out' as having an invisible disability, isn't a subject we really think about. People in my sector deaf can only take recognition to an extent because the stress of following others can be too much. We take inclusion piecemeal depending on how much stress that entails. We can return home after the day exhausted with the sheer effort of communicating outside it."

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