Sunday, 30 June 2019

ISL. What is it for?

#1 Is International Sign Language universal ?   

Someone has asked.  There were numerous replies that said yes but ATR disagrees, especially when he asked what was being said and there were no captions or narrative supplied and few of that watching could explain.. No it isn't.  ISL is barely understood by most who use own country/area signing. These videos are unviewable outside the European Union who promotes sign as a matter of rote more than in support of it.  The WFD is a joke mostly.  Omitting speech and captions is depriving most deaf of actual access UNLESS they use this 'ISL' (Which is discrimination actually).  It's a novelty concept a 'one sign that fits all..' but is unlikely to happen given the growing demands for own country recognition and the considerable variation of skills and education.  

You have to be pretty expert and fluent in at least one signed access area to be 'bilingual' in another, or you have no 'in' to it. Since when did sport need a signed narrative anyway? 

Those of you who can remember 'Deaf Mosiac' will recall it took SIX interpreters to hold a discussion when just 3 signers were discussing world sign language access, the cross-translation issue dissolved pretty much to Farce when after it finished deaf asked what on earth the debate was about and the ASL contingent complained mainly because demands for a signing 'Norm' are opposed via the Deaf on the grounds it opposes regional signing and norms.  It's like asking us all to learn Chinese/Spanish/English after all, more people speak that so...

Attitude changes and deaf culture.

Deaf Culture; An Atitudinal Change from Ed Video Media Arts Centre on Vimeo.

A fact she forgets to mention is the huge financial and translation support costs for their inclusion and acceptance is a reality e.g. Here.   We know a right to work is essential, but her suggestion everyone ignores the reality of being deaf and accept it is some 'cultural' phenomenon needs to be clarified.  It's as she stated a NON-Hereditary issue given families are predominantly hearing not deaf.  It's easy to suggest people look beyond the disability or accept there isn't one (!), but the visual proof is in the proverbial pudding.  Whether the 'deaf clubs' can replace deaf schools re-education is debatable.  What they are acquiring in the few deaf clubs left here in the UK is a culture based on Chinese whispers and where the more able pretty much determine what that 'education' is.  

Whilst discrimination does exist (It exists for all disabled, not just the deaf), it doesn't help to heap 'blame' on the very people you need onside.  Of course, what isolates the deaf is sign language, and a lack of confidence to integrate or even attempt to, mostly it's a long list of pre-demands first before they will try.  The fact they prefer not to and stay 'with own people..' is self-defeating too.  Only by deaf creating own demand and pitching in where they can, will break the vicious circle of adopting the position of martyrdom frankly.  The world is 'out there' not just in a deaf setting of sign users, who, are a minority within own deaf area.

At the core, ATR does not feel preaching 'everyone is against us..' is any help at all.  We all need to bite the bullet and step out of that comfort zone, who knows, maybe then the hearing majority will feel if they try, then we will.  Deaf awareness has failed and continues to fail, and the more we 'demand' the less empathy we seem to get because there are literally 1,000s of areas demanding their 10 pence worth too, what makes YOU so special?  Making more effort?  There are many with hearing loss who never use sign language at all, never have access to work and just get on with it. Hard of Hearing don't even create their loss awareness any more, and appear to have solved the access questions, are these 'Deaf' just creating a barrier because it tends to highlight sign and culture, ergo if everyone signs then its not a novelty, and culture ceases to have major relevance.

Is it even in the 'Deaf' interests to be included?  Culture or the pursuit of it, has actually created jobs for the deaf, and, also created a questionable area of deaf people whose motives are far from culturally driven.

Stormzy and BSL

I've no idea what grime is but.... The U.K. grime star Stormzy staged an epic Glastonbury Festival set on Friday night, but the real star of the night was out in the crowd.

Tara Asher is a British Sign Language interpreter, and — according to the BBC's Colin Paterson — is also one of only four who specializes in signing grime. On Friday, Asher brought her talents to Stormzy's Glastonbury set, where she translated his entire set into BSL.  (For anyone who might not know, "grime" is a musical genre born in the U.K. that's like a blend of dancehall and hip hop.)

Asher's performance — there's no better word to describe her contribution to the show —  is a delight. She apparently spent an entire day rehearsing for each of the songs she performed. It shows.  Only 4 British Sign Language interpreters in the UK are specialists in Grime. Tara Asher signed Stormzy’s Glasto set for deaf festival goers. 

She rehearsed each song for a day. This is joyous. She LOVES her job.

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