Saturday, 28 December 2019

The story of Jesus in Sign

Will be interesting to see if the signing Jesus still 'cures' the disabled and makes the deaf hear lol.

Harper Beckham signs..

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David Beckham has been praised by fans for sharing a 'ridiculously cute' video of Harper where she wishes merry Christmas in sign language. Albeit ASL isn't British sign.  Prepare to be underwhelmed.

The proud dad shared the sweet clip on his Instagram account, where the little girl is seen wishing people a merry Christmas in American Sign Language. Alongside it, he wrote, ‘I mean come on this is ridiculously cute and Harper wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas 🎄♥️ #ASL’. 

Many commented to praise the dad and daughter duo for raising awareness about the deaf community. One said, ‘I’m deaf. Brilliant sign 👌🏻 Merry Christmas to you and your family too ❤️❤️❤️’. Another wrote, ‘Awww so cute ! Thanks for spread all around the world everyone to know about our deaf community .😊😊’ 

The missing 'LINK'

As we grind on to yet another year, just what IS available for people losing hearing, and struggling with it?

This charity offers some sort of talk and linking up with other therapies to help us cope, but looks more like the off-shoot of lip-reading class systems where those who really can struggle to cope cannot access even that.  Talking requires hearing what is said, it's pretty basic a reality.  Do not confuse deafened with signers.  Their option is an operation 'maybe' or text.

I think it a mistake and really sad that LINK had to amalgamate to survive, and with so many losing all hearing still with no viable support in the UK.   Even more obscure it contains advice on how to hear, clearly suggesting they are part and parcel of the lip-reading fraternity who also only support those still with useful hearing, but with no advice when the aid and LR starts to fail.  

LINK originally had residential support in Eastbourne where you could take some family with you to work out the 'Next Step' the only one of its kind in all the UK after the national charities carried on with those who needed less support and more able to get funding for.  The plug was pulled because LA social services who were asked to foot the costs said no and tried to dump deafened on the health pros, charities, and welfare system instead, and they were just abandoned basically because a dedicated support system did not exist.  We will never know how many ended up in a hospital for mental health and breakdown, what you can be sure of is that their loss of hearing was never put down as a primary factor for it.

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Now (As before), the deafened for want of a better description, just go downhill and wait vainly until it gets so bad clinical support steps in. There is no real advice when the issue of loss arises, no plan A, or Plan B either.  As regards to talking therapies, how do you do that when you cannot hear who is talking? You cannot go to either of the major charities like the AOHL or the BDA because they don't have the attitude or means to help deafened.   The deafened are either 'Deaf' or 'deaf' according to the abysmal blanket and adopted stat descriptions we read now defining everyone, so any area that does not exist.  As it doesn't 'exist' there is no demand seen to support it.

The BDA told deafened to 'come back when you can sign.', the AOHL said 'You need to see a social worker to hire us to help you, or get a CI or hearing aid..' displaying an appalling lack of loss awareness as deafened were already at the point where none of that was viable and were incurring mental health issues as well, where even that system was a joke and unviable FOR others, hearing AND the deaf, let alone those without a portfolio.

The deafened area (And Hard of hearing), exist via technological support, not people. They are 'in it' by proxy, but still isolated.   Where the 'Deaf' do whatever their thing is to cope and pretend that works, and isn't isolation, it's 'relative', and the fact none of that works without an army of interpreters and disability support networks etc, goes over the head........... The deafened have no such delusion to adopt. It's life but not as most of them know it.   Bring back LINK.  It is a false economy to let things slide, and in the end, the cost is far far more than if they offered the right support day one.

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Review of 2019

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A few snippets of ATR output coverage this year, just a small example over 1200 blogs ATR has published this year, how many did YOU miss?   An overview is deaf and HoH awareness has failed again this year, BSL is still struggling, deaf charities are failing and closing,  and access and inclusion for deaf children and adults is even more of an issue than it was last year.  We are back in many respects to pre-rights act status. ATR this year also passed the 2 million viewer total at Deaf.Read, and 4.2 million overall, (Many thanks). Oh, and we dumped Europe too.

January 2019    AOHL reports a willingness to pay settlement fees for hearing staff from Europe.
                           UK NHS using under-age children of deaf as interpreters.
                            Challenges are made to hearing dogs for the deaf.
                            Poor responders kicked out of Facebook Groups.
                            Deaf and Disabled faking own awareness.
                            BSL activists attack coverage of Babies with CI's.
                            AOHL reported in Financial trouble,
                            Airline criticised for failing to write things down for deaf people.
                            Hearing parents landed with £6,000 bill to learn BSL.

February 2019.   New emojis contain CI's, Hearing aids, and disability icons. 
                             Deaf unemployed man's CV rejected over 1,000 times.
                             Blind dog owner attacked 6 times on the street.
                             Deaf to get more A2W funding, top rate now near £900 per week for BSL.
                             Half of the USA youth expected to go deaf.
                             Deaf reported as suffering 'Boarding School' syndrome.
                             USA deaf demand sign interpretation at funeral homes.
                             Role modelling questioned as biased and discriminatory.

March 2019.       Deaf Direct Funding was withdrawn.
                            New Welsh Sign Language app emerges.
                            100s more UK deaf children to get CI's,
                             New Signs created for deaf drug addicts and support workers.
                             World first for middle ear transplant.

April 2019.           Increase of deaf extremism and attacks recorded at medical research into 'cures'.
                              Deaf boy has 'greater IQ than Einstein'.
                              Deaf woman refused a job as a potential 'risk'.
                              Jehova Witness' step up the targetting of vulnerable deaf.
                              UK insists disabled aren't entitled to Human Rights.
                              Blind and Deaf humiliated for trying to claim Universal Credit.

May 2019.             USA deaf attack the 'Hearing Impaired' terminologies.
                              New Zealand deaf finally discovers 1880s Milan.
                              Hearing to be taught signing swear words deaf use.
June 2019.          Deaf hear through fingertips as 'Glove' technology emerges.  
                              UK Deaf to demand the return of professional Social Service support again.
                              Deaf students abandoning University courses through lack of support.
                              Now OK to call the disabled 'Disabled'.
                              A cure for Tinnitus mooted.
                              Inside Bali's deaf village.

July 2019.            Allegations of fraud at ELDS.
                              Cultural 'Hype' challenged.      
                              Cumbria Deaf charity in Crisis.
                              The gift of deafness.
                              Socal modelling questioned in the UK.
                              Deaf hate crime increases on Facebook.

August 2019.       Deaf children left behind in UK Education.
                              BDA in disarray as Trustees en mass leave.
                              Di Marco - Wrong and Biased?     
                              UK aged deaf 'too old' for support.
                              'Anti-Social HoH' clash with BSL users. 

September 2019. 1st deaf juror reported as 'untrue'.
                                W.I.T.S. Interpreters and relay involvement.
                                Audists defended.   
                                Lip-reading reported as virtually useless. 
                                GDA.  1919 - 2019.
                                BDA blanks member concerns and ignores their EGM request.

October 2019.       Trends in assistive technologies for the deaf.          
                                Terry Riley dies.
                                1 billion 'at risk' worldwide of going deaf.
                                UK discrimination against deaf is institutional.
                                Deaf couple wants deaf gene edited out of their child.

November 2019.    More UK cuts to deaf and blind support.
                                 Deaf man hoaxes bomb alerts at Super Bowl.
                                 NDCS  opposes immersive BSL approaches for deaf children.
                                 BDA states 'We don't want deaf who cannot sign as members.'
                                 Welsh Channels discriminate against the deaf.

December 2019.    'Is the deaf community worth saving'.
                                 Helping the deaf speak.
                                 'End of Deafness in sight' reported.
                                 The loneliness of the older deaf.
                                  Deaf MP refused support to stand.
                                  Does BSL actually exist?

Image result for ostrich head in the sand]Xmas Turkeys?  Two we think won it 'hands down'.

(1) The BBCs/BSL ancient and creaking 'SEE HEAR' program, publishing sheer bias since 1981, on TV under sufferance only, and have to threaten cultural discrimination to stay on screen, but the BBC moved them to the graveyard shift instead.  They still didn't get the message.

(2)  The British Deaf  Association, who blanked members, gagged and legally threatened them, then lost 8 trustees in quick succession, still claiming to be the only BSL and cultural charity around, but struggling to get any deaf to join it and in debt.  Now with new trustless but expect nothing at all to change except a few new faces preaching the same old rubbish. Avoid it at all costs.

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Does BSL exist?

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"The fact is that British Sign Language was invented by a team of academics. Some of them were awarded OBE's for their work. I know this because I went to school with some of them. You need to distinguish between sign language, which probably goes back to the cave men and British Sign Language which was invented at the end of the last century. Why did this happen? Well because the UK contains many local versions of sign language. The signs used in, say Cornwall were nothing like the ones used in Newcastle.

This didn't really matter much in the old days because schools were using their own local signs and it wasn't until deaf people started to travel more that the differences in signs became apparent. I remember that some of the signs used in one place were quite rude when used in another place. This gave rise to some unfortunate misunderstandings.

So that is why a number of interested parties got together and wrote a standardised form of sign which would be used throughout the UK. They didn't suppress the local signs but many of them were changed to become the equivalent in BSL.

The BDA were very involved in all this and ever since they have become pretty much the guardians and mentors of British Sign Language. They always refer to it as BSL because the old local signs are still out there being used by an older generation. At the moment BSL is said to have a vocabulary of about 35,000 words. That is not very many by the standards used for other languages but it is being added to all the time.

Of course we fingerspell anything we don't have a sign for and that doesn't count as vocabulary! But the fact is that BSL is developing, people have had to invent signs for computer, hard drive, mouse and so on, things which did not exist until the 1980's.

Now we are moving into space travel so of course a new vocabulary is needed to describe it. We need signs to describe things like light years and gas clouds, these will be common terms in the future.  It is hardly practical to fingerspell "module multiple locking mechanism". Easier to just have a sign that means module lock."

"Yes the myth BSL it is some centuries-old British signed form just isn't true.    It came out in 1992 c/o Durham Uni in official printed form mainly because sign language remained unrecognised without a dictionary reference to it.

I have an old VHS video from Durham pre that and it wasn't called BSL in 1990 because there was too much regional variance, Wales e.g. had a difference of near 46% to England.  The welsh alphabet (ABC), in sign is also different to the 'BSL' one as in fact are English signs for numbers etc different, so is BSL 'British' or an attempt to kill off the regional difference to create a 'norm'?

Having re-read recently the first 'BSL' dictionary it is pretty clear the compilers ran out of signs halfway through and there were numerous claims many were invented to fill space up after grassroots complained about them being non-extant.  There, we saw the same claims coming forward the language was 'changing' and 'evolving' too.  The plural sign did not exist e.g. deaf just repeating the singular form, 'Faster' was translated as the  'fast' sign used multiple times. Bingo, another 600+ signs were suddenly included.  Scientific signs also do not really exist with one deaf scientist claiming this year he has had to create his own.  

Areas like genetics currently defy signing explanation.  In the academic area, BSL is a huge drawback given the deaf only refer to that 'language' as an explanation and it just isn't there sign-wise.  We could question the BSL language on the basis it is nowhere near a comprehensive one at all.  Its primary use is said to assist the deaf in obtaining literacy in English which will give them access to the terminology and understanding they need to advance.  I'm more concerned of some areas making BSL some sort of crusade or end in itself and undermining the deaf ability to use sign where it is most effective for them without a total reliance on it, given it has so limited an access option for the deaf.  

As a social medium OK but as an educational and academic one not, as deaf users cannot (Or won't), differentiate.  A few years ago we saw the Paddy Ladd thing going on which still, is unable to be read UNLESS the deaf have mastered English to academic level first, and then to understand the ridiculously obscure terms he used.  Of course, the signs did not exist to do that!  Then we saw Mr Ladd finger-spelling terms in English in the USA, but it went right over the American head.  Deaf are looking silly in the USA using his terminology in campaigns to the deaf who have no idea what is being talked about other than it is 'something to do with sign language and recognising it as such...'  The yanks saw a money-spinner out of it and created 'classes' to explain it, students are still nowhere near following it, as the USA adapted the tuition and explanations to suit their own agenda, losing whatever point Mr Ladd was trying to make.

Ironically, the tome was intended for hearing people, not the deaf so no signed access was included in it.  Brits lauded it for a few weeks then ignored it,  pundits in the UK said it was based on the fairy tale 'The Emporer's new clothes'.  While deaf attempt vainly to attempt a BSL 'Catch up' with the English language, the deaf advance remains static and keeps many deaf still isolated and unable to compete with hearing, all that emerges is ya boo dogma from its activism areas, it is all so pointless and divisive.  

I see some progress with young deaf utilizing technology and ignoring the negativity so much better.  Deaf activism is the Achilles heel of the deaf they want everyone to go backwards and the 'politics of blame rules.'

"I think a lot of it is commercialism. People have become experts in BSL through years of study and practice and naturally they want to be paid for their skills. The BDA for example has about 50 staff and they spend a lot of time organising BSL and Deaf awareness courses. They are well paid for this and it is understandable why they would not want this to stop.

There is a team of BSL users who work for the BBC making programmes for BSL users. This was pioneered by the late Terry Riley. People want this service to continue but it also represents a nice little earner for those well skilled in sign. Of course they do not want to see it end.

There are several Universities currently working on the development and use of BSL. They are paid at the usual rates for highly qualified people and for a few it's a nice little earner. Why would they want that to end? So it is apparent that there is a big movement to support and develop BSL in spite of the fact that evidence shows that its use is declining.  The reason why it is declining is because people are able to hear better. In the last 20 years or so we have seen unbelievable advances in electronic hearing devices.

This is unprecedented of course. Nobody ever imagined that deaf people would be able to hear and it is completely in opposition to those already leading a Deaf life. But... it is what people want. No matter what anyone says, that is what people are doing."

Much of the output of ATR is to highlight what you say, the commercialism of sign language by vested interest like charities and colleges and free-lance 'Cultural' advisors who throw in Milan as well as BSL via a paying class.  Once jobs and a wage comes into it, a new ball game exists, the disabling factor has to be got rid of or it won't sell, it is an encouragement for more of the same and those expressing concern about inaccuracies and bias etc (After all, deafness isn't a commodity like sign is and can be sold), then friction occurs where disability and deafness meet. Support gets a re-brand to empowerment, and deaf people get a culture as a legal onus if you debate against, and the blanket terminology "all deaf sign" starts to prevail despite statistics not bearing that out at all.  

The collateral damage of those who endure issues deafness present are ignored. One stat suggested more hearing than deaf sign yet, the deaf continue to complain no hearing are signing to them, go figure.  Commercialisation isn't cutting it either? It is why hearing loss awareness has failed completely, had that had a sale feature, BSL would not get a look in.

Monday, 23 December 2019

Learning the lessons.

I have decided to give deaf peers a miss next year and to revert to my age-old fantasy of being a hearing and normal person again, or whatever today passes as normality.  I suspect it won't be as easy as last time when I had a hearing aid nobody could see, and I couldn't hear with anyway.

I keep reading on the social media and dedicated deaf sites about how they can include me, but none seems to suggest I get some hearing to facilitate that which is the only valid way of doing it.  I read a blog recently on 'How to get Hearing people we dislike and who discriminate us, to include us.. in 12 easy lessons and under penalty of court action..' but the very advice seems a non-starter, given they never emerge from a  deaf club to attempt it, and get uppity if hearing want to take the message to us on our own ground, so I'll offer realistic advice any hearing person can follow, like e.g.  Give deaf Xmas parties a miss, all that signing while you are trying to eat is a big mistake (Wearing disposable overalls is great advice, as is maintaining distance so you don't get splattered).

(1) Buy a round table, and pretend you are King Arthur being face to face with 16 blokes dressed in scrap metal and tin helmets, one of whom is bonking your missus, and discuss the next crusade against hearing society.

(2) Turn the Subtitles on, or not, given the usual wall to wall crap of TV repeats again 89% this year the rest are stupids having fits on the dance floor, or more repeats of bad news from 1978, we can all quote the scripts from memory and cannot fail to notice the Xmas shows were made last June in a heatwave by self-indulgent nobodies who last had a hit in 1989.

(3)  Give the kids a pep talk:  Assuming you can get them away from their iPhones long enough, or get them to text you or something.  Forget the batteries at your peril.   Expecting more than the odd grunt or complaint is unrealistic.  They don't master proper speech until they are 24, even then it is them asking for money again.

(4) Speak Clearly. Erm not advisable unless you have A levels in lip reading or gibberish,  or if your next-door neighbour is a dyslexic Japanese. I refer you back to (3).

(5) Shave:   Not on, who wants to see Santa without a beard and shatter your kids Christmas?

(6) Brush up your sign skills.  Then struggle vainly to find any neighbour/man/woman/whatever in the street who can sign back to you. Approach deaf people at your peril, they are a bit touchy of hearing people signing ABC at them, they usually require a bit more than that for a decent conversation.

(7)  Include us. We want lots of free presents and you to sit there while we lecture you on what you have to do for us before we deign to talk to you,  you including us, does NOT mean we have to include YOU.  Know your place.

(8)  Give us a role.   I prefer Herod at Xmas parties and events myself, a much more realistic role than cooking for everyone else, because I will be under the table spark out after 16 sherries and OD'ing on the Sprouts anyway.

(9)  Play a game.  Like what's the sign? Handicap them by insisting they can only use two fingers and must quote the Milan treaty of 1880 in Hebrew.

(10)  Go easy on the dimmer switch. (Dimmer switch?), how many deaf do you know have dimmer switches in their house? DUMB! 

(11)  Go slow on the drinks, (it's Xmas for god sakes, read (8) ), last one sober is a loser.

(12) Make phone calls deaf-friendly (Include your bank numbers and passwords/pin numbers), don't use English, Swahili is the new black.

Sunday, 22 December 2019

The Xmas letter

Reproduced a once a year letter sent by a relative abroad who wishes to be anonymous for obvious reasons, and probably contains stuff that will annoy the #ihatepeoplewholaughandhavefunandarent'tasmiserableabastardandkilljoyasiam area, it's freely re-published on that basis, cos I don't care really.

Hi Garry

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Hope you are feeling OK. I know cards and that are a bore and a waste of time and money, so I'll take this opportunity to pass on good wishes to you and yours and save a stamp, there would be little hope of a card arriving before March 2021 anyway.   Well, another year has gone and not many changes really that's about it apart from my calendar still showing March 1948.  

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I gather Alan is in your neck of the woods again,  he didn't get a card either I thought it pointless as he has gone there for 2 months anyway to see what real earthquakes are like.  Bill Corman has decided to send a card our way after 40 years but I never see them because he doesn't know my address apparently they all go to Sandra and she died 11 years ago.  

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I doubt any of us actually send a card at all its the wives etc that enjoy doing that.  Martha's grandkids will be getting all the fuss, and this week she has admitted the booze sessions she can no longer keep up with but the kids are flying the flag and paving the streets with pizza (Or it may be Curry this year), as usual for us.  I will probably be stuck with watching Xmas TV or something in the hope at least ONE program emerges I haven't seen about 100 times already.  

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Odds are against, its celebs falling on their arse on ice or something, or having fits on the dance floor when they aren't in a soap opera or telling us it is going to rain.  and with the usual 'highlights' (Or in the UK's case lowlights), of the last years' repeats and news which was about Brexit or Trump, or what we cannot laugh at any more.  Good news is no longer passe, we need our misery in Britain its what we are good at.  So I am sending the obligatory whinging pom post to you.

Looks like Australia is getting more warmth than it usually does this time of the year with all those fires, there are barbies and barbies but it seems a bit excessive and dangerous to me.  New Zealand with yet another volcano doing its own thing as well, something we don't really see a lot of here in the UK, we had the usual flooding and too much rain really.  Unlike the local media and peers, I don't believe none of this has ever happened before, it seems the vogue these days to suggest whenever an event happens it is always the first time it ever did in living memory (Assuming your age is 3 months and you were born deaf and blind).   

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There is no global warming but certainly, a lot more hot air is emanating from the pundits than usual talking about it, if they all shut up at least a global reduction of 5% is on the cards.  We've had so many health warnings and food warnings, by rights we should all have died out years ago. We've also had another 15 exotic conditions made available to us this year too, including people contracting 'mobile ear' and withdrawal issues to social media amongst them, I suppose switching off and getting a life is another issue they can't address either.  My phone has emerged as an excellent doorstop so not all is lost. Smartphones for stupid people was always going to be an issue.

All our weather reports now come with traffic lights and dire warnings that would make Armageddon look like a non-event, or at least light relief.  We are now officially dropping our trousers at the European Union and giving them a good moon, and flogging what's left here to Mr Trump, at the same time, changing the laws to stop people coming here who cannot master the English language, won't accept slavery as a wage for a job,  or don't know what Tikka Masala is, (Its an Indian greeting I think for people they don't like I am reliably informed), and an ability to speak Urdu or Polish optional.  

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We haven't banned Europeans the freedom to roam they can roam wherever they like so long as it isn't here.  Europeans are now persona non grata otherwise, I blame these Eurovision song contests myself, there has to be a limit on Russian peasants singing about their mangles every year and expect we will continue to be enthralled watching it, and the Labour party is now looking for someone, ANYONE with a brain cell to take over the party in the forlorn hope they can manufacture a policy during the next 5 years.  

Odds are they won't make it, they have to master joined up writing first, and nationalising everything so nothing works at all was a non-starter apparently, as was us all needing to learn Russian.  Even the hacking was substandard this year, the Russians need to up their game a bit.

My street has seen half the neighbours taking their last long walk, or they just decided a change from looking at us was impetus enough, so 5 have gone this year, in their place we had 3 polish families, 1 Asian family and 2 lesbians have moved in next door who voted us neighbours of the street, probably because we are the sole people left they still can converse with, and don't object to orange.  

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None of the local shopkeepers parlez the ole francis any more, or speaks our lingo.  If I want to meet up with 'peers' I go to the nearest pub which apparently is out of bounds to our immigrant friends, since it fails feng shui-wise to face Mecca or something and the polish have their own shops and booze to drink. Apparently, it is all shleps, halal, and pickled sausage or something.  It can be a battle to pop to the bakery, as either side is a Turkish kebab shop and a Kurdish community centre, given the current disagreements in Syria we have the battles carrying on there, it's getting quite messy about dinner time.  There has been a considerable outbreak locally of consonants.

We are all probably racists, homophopics etc but at least it is something we true Brits have in common, so we are going back to our roots.

Best wishes or something....