Thursday, 18 July 2019

Deaf Hate crime on Facebook

Abusive Facebook messages sent to partially deaf woman in 'disability hate crime' The court heard the messages which Nikkisha Thomas sent brought back painful memories of childhood bullying the victim suffered.

A woman sent abusive messages to someone who is partially deaf in a "disability hate crime", a court has heard. Nikkisha Louise Thomas sent the messages via Facebook then took to calling her victim on the phone after she was blocked on the social media platform. Swansea Magistrates' Court heard the experience had brought back painful memories of childhood bullying for the recipient of the abuse. Julie Sullivan, prosecuting, said Thomas and her victim knew each other and the woman had confided in the defendant about the struggles she had gone through because of her hearing difficulties.

In October last year, the relationship between the two deteriorated and on October 28 Thomas sent her victim a series of messages in what the prosecutor called a disability hate crime. In the abusive messages, 22-year-old Thomas called the woman "dumb", "inbred", and "a deaf and blind ****". The victim blocked the messages but then started receiving phone calls from an unknown number. Miss Sullivan said when the victim answered the calls Thomas would ask her if she could hear her. In a statement, the victim said she had been bullied over her deafness as a child and the experience with Thomas had brought back painful memories and knocked her self-confidence.

World emoji Day

At a time when the majority of deaf and disabled are fed up of sterotyping and labelling, Apple turns around re-establishing it all again, they just do not get it, we are individuals not their image. 'Disability-Inclusive'?  The Deaf will not love that one...  We spent years trying to ditch the all-encompassing wheelchair logos and the finger in the ear thing, they never learn.  ATR will not be using any of them for sure.

The issue is compounded by incorrect background info and distortions, including the BDA now downgrading its ridiculously inflated BSL states by 30,000, maybe these deaf have been cured or emigrated.  Hearing Link's claim went 10 times better than the BDA, claiming 900,000 deaf, and 151,000 BSL users, it's ridiculous misinformation and just fuels more BS from the respective 'campaigning areas'.  Without background to any stats its guesswork and who can 'get away' with the highest figure mostly.  The plug for culture had to go in didn't it?  WHY??????  It conflicts with the stats.  The background to all these things is that awareness has failed... and continues to fail.

The UK coverage inserted BSL not ASL too so it looks like that particular emoji is going to be challenged too, the yanks will want priority.

Apple has unveiled a swathe of new disability-inclusive emojis  – including a wheelchair user and a hearing aid – aimed at “celebrating diversity in its many forms”.  New designs were proposed last year and are now being previewed on World Emoji Day (July 17).  Among the 59 new designs, which will be available to Apple users later this year, is an overhaul of the ‘Holding Hands’ emoji which allows users to select any gender or skin tone.

“Emojis have become a crucial part of how many of us communicate,” writes Stephanie Collins, from Human Rights Watch’s disability division. “It is only right that people with disabilities, as the world’s largest minority, are represented in, and able to access, culture and communication like this equally.” But she adds: “There is still a long way to go for full inclusion and accurate representation of people with disabilities.”

With this in mind, RightsInfo has taken the opportunity to gather some key facts around the disabilities represented in the new emojis.

1. Hearing Aid

Hearing loss is the second most common disability in the UK, affecting around 1 in 6 adults (an estimated 11 million people).  Around 2 million people use hearing aids but its estimated 6.7 million could benefit from them.
Around 900,000 people in the UK are severely or profoundly deaf.
Source: Hearing Link.

2. Sign Language

As of March 2018, there are an estimated 151,000 people in the UK who can use British Sign Language. It is the preferred language of more than 87,000 Deaf people, according to the British Deaf Association. The UK government did not officially recognise British Sign Language as a language until 2003. However, the earliest documented use of sign language dates back to 15th century.

A 2012 survey revealing that two out of three deaf people have been unable to access an interpreter at a hospital appointment when requested. Under the Equality Act 2010, public authorities and service providers – such as schools and hospitals – must provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities.

Delta to include ASL help.

Image result for delta and ASL badges
On board soon: Employee uniforms to include Sign Language option. On the heels of being named "Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion" for the fourth consecutive year, Delta will soon be rolling out a uniform language bar option for over 300+ sign languages around the world. Delta is the first U.S. airline to offer this option; and with this improvement, customers and qualified employees will immediately be able to visually recognize when they hold sign language as a common connection. 

Delta CEO Ed Bastian shared the news with a video on his LinkedIn page today. "Our mission is to connect the world, which starts with making travel easier for all people," said Ed. "It's a small step on our journey, but a powerful change as we seek to make the world a smaller, more inclusive place." This initiative came to life as a direct result of feedback from Delta's customers, ABLE Disability Business Resource Group for employees and Advisory Board on Disability. Customers can expect to see uniformed employees sporting the new language bars later this fall.