Monday, 30 September 2019

1984 or 2019?

Image result for biased moderationHow the UK deaf approach the right way to debate things, would YOU join via these rules? And they wonder why Brexit and the EU issue still isn't addressed.  The site which ATR WON'T put a link to, claims to be the UK sole real news and feedback deaf site in the UK (And the tablets are working just fine thanks).  This actually IS from a real UK deaf site.

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Having deaf babies can be ethically right.

He wrote 'War of the World's' as well didn't he! And he wrote without current knowledge of choices, DNA, and genetics.

H.G. Wells, with his acute sense of ethical dilemmas in science, wrote a short story in 1904 about disability, “The Country of the Blind”. In it, an explorer discovers a remote valley in the Andes where everyone is blind. 

Thinking himself superior, he tries to teach the villagers about sight, but they scoff at him. What’s more, in many respects he is inferior. Eventually, to be allowed to marry the girl he loves, he agrees to have his eyes plucked out. But his courage fails him at the last minute and he flees. While blindness does not have defenders as a normal way of life, deafness does. 

There is a growing body of literature to support the right of deaf parents to use pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to select for deaf children. Jacqueline Mae Wallis, a philosopher at the University of Bristol (UK), contends in the journal Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy that this is morally permissible. “Selection for deafness, with deafness understood as mere-difference and valued for its cultural identity, need not necessitate impermissible moral harms,” she writes. For most people this sounds implausible, but she counters the most common objections handily. 

Will the child be harmed? Not necessarily. It might even be good for a child to be deaf. They will be able to learn a signed language; they will be more sensitive to “enhanced visual and vibrational qualia experiences”. Will it restrict future life plans? Not necessarily. “Deaf advocates can reply that being deaf opens future life plans that being hearing cannot, and that families who seek to choose deafness for their child do not view this as a limitation.” In fact, a hearing child born to deaf parents might find life more difficult. Will it introduce harm into the world? Not necessarily. 

“Every reproductive decision will plausibly introduce some harm into the world,” Wallis writes. “Every child’s life will include some limited opportunities and suffering, determined by climate, politics, socioeconomic status, biology, etc Much of the author’s argument flows from the insights of disability theorist Elizabeth Barnes. She argues that disability is merely difference: “having a disability makes you physically non-standard, but it doesn’t (by itself or automatically) make you worse off.” And as Wallis points out, “Contrary to what the bad-difference view suggests about their disabilities, most people with disabilities do not describe themselves as suboptimal, deficient, dysfunctional, etc. but rather as healthy, whole, functional, etc.” 

Therefore, she concludes in this provocative article, “some families may have good, morally-grounded reasons for selecting genetic deafness for a future child.” H.G. Wells would have approved. 

The doctor who's blind and deaf:

Alexandra (pictured right) with her fellow medical students at Cardiff University
Medical student, 25, uses a special Bluetooth stethoscope (and patients love her folding cane) Alexandra Adams, 25, is training to be a doctor despite being deaf and blind.

The fourth-year student was previously pegged to be a paralympic swimmer Miss Adams makes use of a specially made stethoscope to examine her patients. On her first day working on the ward, a doctor asked Alexandra Adams why she was walking around with a patient's cane. After explaining it was actually hers, the deaf and blind medical student was told not to touch any patients – then sent home. 

Now in her fourth year at university, Miss Adams, 25, has refused to let her disabilities hold her back from becoming a doctor. 'It has always been that if someone told me I couldn't do something, I would go out of my way to prove I could,' she said. 'I can do cannulation, take blood, catheterise [and] spot rashes.' Born deaf in both ears, and with vision of less than 5 per cent in her left eye and none in her right.   Alexandra is now in her fourth year of study on her way to becoming a fully qualified doctor.

She relies on touch to feel for veins, adding: 'You can pick up a lot about patients just by listening to them. Patient safety is paramount so if I'm doubting something, or I'm unsure, I always ask someone.' Miss Adams had been due to represent GB as a swimmer at the 2012 Paralympics but was hospitalised aged 16 with acid reflux. She told The Sunday Times that stomach surgery went 'very wrong', forcing her to have more than 20 operations and stay in the hospital for 18 months. 

The experience saw her switch her focus from swimming to medicine – and she duly enrolled to study the subject at Cardiff University. She says being a patient taught her the value of empathy. 'I've been able to go up to patients who've been terrified, and I just draw the curtains and say, 'I know how you feel'.

BSL Word Games.

It's interesting for a number of issues, it helps deaf people to read English better and further their English language word knowledge whilst raising awareness of sign that doesn't.