Monday, 30 November 2020
Friday, 27 November 2020
ATR casebook: ATR had called in initially a freelance computer engineer, who said the issue could be sorted easily by the provider instead, as there were some password and set up issues, so he obligingly made a call to the provision and was told they would not help the person making the call, the client had to make the call. He said 'the man is deaf he won't hear what you say, if you tell me I can do it for him', they hung up on him.
So he called back and said 'I used to work for your company, if he cannot hear you, how can he respond to what you say, after another 15 minutes of arguing they relented and said 'does he talk?' He said 'yes he can', so they said 'we ask you to take the call and then that deaf bloke can use his voice to tell us the answer we can record it, but you have to use HIS phone not yours.
The man wrote down what they said and I spoke into the phone in response and said if it was my partner's service that would not have been possible because she had limited speech, they said no problem get her to sign you are her carer form then we can do it with you, I said I am calling now via someone else because you wouldn't take a call from me! I don't have nor need a carer and, why aren't you accepting text relay calls? they hung up on us again.
Official BT survey 2019.
Only 1 in 20 of those who are deaf or have hearing loss can complete tasks over the phone, according to a new survey, leaving 70% of the deaf community (8.4 million) to ask friends or family members for help with basic calls.
The poll commissioned by BT and in partnership with the UK Council on Deafness, reveals that despite the rise in digital technologies (such as web chat and social media), phone calls remain an essential form of communication for 80% of the deaf community, with 46% calling businesses at least once a week.
However, for many, the calling experience for everyday tasks such as booking appointments (90%), paying bills (53%) or purchasing products and services (53%), is poor, with certain services (such as healthcare and banking) inaccessible for a quarter of the deaf community. The research comes as the Next Generation Text service provided by BT– which helps people with hearing and speech difficulties communicate over the phone – is rebranded to Relay UK.
The Ofcom regulated service translates text to speech and vice versa with the help of a specially trained Relay Assistant based in one of BT’s contact centres[ii] around the country. The new app offers an improved customer experience and new functionality. The technology, developed by BT, enables a user to easily make a call based on their own accessibility needs. The user can connect to a call by selecting one of three options: Type & Read, Speak & Read, or Type & Hear.
Available for download today[iii], the new Relay UK app is free to use[iv] and is available to UK mobile customers in the UK. The development of Relay UK has been led by BT on behalf of stakeholders across the deaf community, such as Action on Hearing Loss, UK Council on Deafness, National Deaf Children’s Society and Hearing Link.[v]
Relay UK provides a vital text relay service to help people communicate by phone with the use of a text relay assistant in real time. This service provides an essential way for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss to access everyday services, from booking a meeting or accessing healthcare including emergency services to booking a table at a restaurant or booking a cinema ticket.”
According to BT’s research, the biggest barrier (78%) to a successful call is frontline staff who are not trained or are inexperienced at taking calls from deaf customers, while the use of automated transfer services that are inaudible (67%) and a lack of technology available to help handle calls are also highlighted.
With a range of unique challenges facing them, 89% of those in the deaf community said that businesses and organisations need to do more to make their services more accessible. When unable to complete a phone call with a business, almost 70% of respondents said that they have to physically go to the store and a further 18% said that making phone calls to businesses leaves them feeling like they are not valued.
The Irony is that BT is one of the providers who also don't have effective access. ATR reviewed 6 major internet service providers and could not find ANY deaf relay advice area, contact or advice on how deaf can get a service set up on their own. In advertising a deaf relay service it appears nobody told service provision it was illegal to refuse. Areas like Virgin etc don't have a contact today.
Part of the problem is people trying to scam provision by claiming to speak for those who can't and this made issues even with text responses or email. So part of the issue was intense verification of users which blocked telephonic or electronic contact by default.
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Tuesday, 24 November 2020
The ongoing assumption is deaf are all good lip-readers but the signers really do not rely on lip-reading. Clear masks present issues in that they aren't protection from COVID, so apart from risking yourself, you are asking others to as well. The pandemic means you may well be asking someone to risk their lives so you can lip-read them. That may be a 'right' too far to make a demand with given no law would empower that.
It is difficult without seeing all facial features, but it has to be balanced with risk. One charity survey suggested that more HEARING were suffering communication issues with masks on, up to 89% of them did. We have a disability of the sense that is our bad luck, so nobody to 'blame' about that. COVID means the usual debates and issues regarding rights have gone out the window and you cannot fight a virus with a rights message. It will still infect you.
We just all have to accept everyone is in the same position and adopt the rules until a vaccine gets it under control. Deaf suffer because they are isolated anyway and in part, because they prefer to isolate themselves within their own community, which COVID has seriously undermined by making social contact virtual instead or actual. From what we have seen deaf haven't switched to that option and more isolated as a result. This may be down to the reality their reliance on each other wasn't as good as it gets, and they need to find more effective ways of reaching out to hearing instead of going it alone.
COVID has proved the deaf way is its own Achilles heel so perhaps now is the opportunity to change the way we address isolation. From what we know deaf won't adapt and will wait it out and carry on as before, I am unsure that is progress the opportunity to acquire viable alternatives are now.
Hola! Just the usual post to ask how you are managing there in these covid-ridden times, now the bush fires are out, the wildlife and beach bums and barbie fellowship are being a bloody nuisance again?
I suspect you have probably read the UK is in a worse state than before, but you know us, what's new? we don't listen to advice ever so nothing much has changed really. A lockdown they all go mad and then they get pissed stab each other then spread it all again after, cue another lockdown etc. We just go out for food and come home again avoiding anything on two legs and hoping the TV doesn't pack up because that is all there is really, I'm probably the world's leading authority on the potters' wheel by now. I can't stand the other stuff they show, it's either idiots jumping about with fits they call dancing or people cooking crap nobody in their right mind would eat. What the frig is lychee anyway and who cares?
Our family is much the same and getting paranoid about leaving the house for anything. Since we emerged from the latest lockdown, masks have gone by the board again, social distancing has been abandoned, and public transport are the new mobile coffins. Of course, should you negotiate all that, hardly any shops exist to shop in. Xmas is off until 2022 at least I gather. Let's face it, Santa was an overrated Yank anyway and his ancestor was probably Turkish...
We haven't entered a pub in 9 months either because you get the 3rd degree, they want your name, address, your mobile phone number, but they stopped short of counting our teeth, if you manage all that you are on the clock, 1hr they want you out again. Deliveries to your door usually mean a van turns up they throw stuff over the wall take a photo and then gone again, and what isn't smashed to buggery gets stolen.
A lot of my neighbours have lost stuff because there are a few nere do wells following the delivery vans and then taking the stuff left outside the doors for themselves. Yet another set up are dog and cat snatchers, people around here have lost nearly all their pets. I suppose N Korea is buying them all up, or MacDonalds. If it means less dog s.h.i.t. to step into I'm all for it.
I gather our Bro is OK according to his kids but umpteen years down under still hasn't taught him how to use a phone or write anything (which is a conundrum given he runs a post office or something the last 15 years). This last week has seen 3 neighbours move away in 2 weeks, we must be using the wrong soap or something. Now only 3 of them actually speak da lingo, the newcomers are Polish and Asians one talks in consonants, and there isn't a vowel to be heard from any of them and the others face Mecca 5 times a day and the bloody sand gets everywhere.
I never went abroad in 40 years to avoid all that, now they are coming to live next door. I suspect post-Xmas we will be going too, so at least we can communicate to someone. I'm too old to speak to foreigners every day, I much preferred ignoring them up to now or shouting at them. Now our GP's don't want to know you, and none of them speaks the language either, hospitals are full of covidiots who thought rules were for others, and the health and advice helplines need helplines too, now they have run out of unemployed, or locked up students to man them.
Not only is it 'physician heal thyself', but I gotta do it as well, thank the gods google exists, if they cannot diagnose you with some exotic malady they can at least sell you enough lethal drugs to stop you worrying about it. Most are off their heads around here on nitrous oxide sniffing, which I gather are gas canisters for use on cake making equipment, no wonder everyone is baking lately... Our local pub erstwhile deserted for 12 years is now a cannabis factory, there was a fire there recently and half the village was out of it.
The Welsh government says we can travel all over Wales if we want to. The problem is nobody wants to, and they don't seem aware they also told us don't travel anyway because that makes things worse, roll on the election next year, rin tin tin is my favourite to win it or maybe Trump he wants a new job now.
Get out in the fresh air is the advice, (Which drew a few incredulous titters here), we live in WALES (Nuff said), if the flu or covid doesn't get you the flooding, the rain, and the frost will. Failing those, most around here are walking plague carriers anyway. You get a real 'pick n mix' of issues here to catch. We just read 40% of GP's are due to retire, (that is the ones still sober enough to still operate). No trainee wants to be one so it is back to witch doctors again and home remedies. Which means Instagram is set to make a killing advising us all to do a mantra or slam doors for Jesus on December the 25th.
Hoping this letter finds you as it does me, or the postman stuffs it up again, in which case you probably haven't read this.
Monday, 23 November 2020
Sunday, 22 November 2020
Saturday, 21 November 2020
Friday, 20 November 2020
ATR has been asked to clarify a recent UK blog claim regarding a deaf children's charity survey. ATR is happy to do so. It's claim 3 out of 4 UK adults surveyed had no idea how to communicate to a deaf person, but the charity survey stated 2,000 were surveyed when the actual UK adult population is 53m approx. Three quarters would be nearer 39m not 1500. 50,000 deaf children statistic have never been validated, the children's charity has never claimed there are actual 50K profound deaf children, let alone sign using ones, the clinical statistic relates to children with hearing loss and deafness, they are not one and the same thing and only a minority of those are in special education schools.
NOTE: ATR requested a FOI on those statistics from all 4 educational regions this year of the UK, and the result was no clarification of loss degree at all they are all 'lumped' together. It isn't possible to acquire an accurate statistic because they all list hearing loss differently. That should not mean charities and activists can publish any statistic they like and invent them to suit their own cause celeb. The fact that charities provide own statistics and the state refers to those instead of checking them, has meant widespread abuse and lack of belief in their validity. Ergo, nobody has done a real survey because it isn't possible. It is 'prove differently' which of course is impossible. We got 100K signers and 12 m HoH, none of it based on actual proof, either by loss degree or mode or education or support required. The last census rubbished them.
Quoting 12m without clarity, also suggested 12m deaf as well, this is a constant concern to the hard of hearing where their community and communication is projected as a Deaf one by inference and as an inclusive set up, when it isn't at all and their charities stand alone. By far the greatest issue with mask-wearing is deaf are asking for their removal while the government is insisting not, and most clear masks are no protection against covid. Only 2 clear masks have been approved for NHS use, one is unavailable, the other out of stock on a regular basis, the DIY ones are no protection at all. Personally, ATR has little issue understanding sign with or without a mask. Deaf adapt pretty quickly. Whilst exceptions to the rule are there, the deaf cannot demand hearing remove theirs no more than hearing can insist they remove them. Statistically more hearing are suffering communication issues than the deaf are by their own survey.
We are in a pandemic that indiscriminately kills, there is no cure currently, we cannot counter that with blaming others and demanding rights that leave others exposed to it, we adapt. No government can insist they put themselves at risk and there is no kickback if they refuse. It is not 'up to hearing' to research how best to communicate to the deaf, it is up to the deaf themselves to make it clear what works for them, full in the knowledge it is unrealistic to expect all hearing acquire sign language, not least, because that would still leave out those who don't. Given all the hints, tips and 'demands' are on restricted deaf sites mostly which hearing don't access (Or can't), then it is hard to see where coercion by law would make much difference and given every deaf person communicated differently. It is a great sadness genuine surveys get reprinted with 'additions' and distortions' to make hearing people look bad.
‘Months of face mask misery’ ahead for deaf people as only a quarter of the public know how to communicate with them The UK’s 12 million deaf adults and 50,000 deaf children have “months of face mask misery” ahead because three in four people don’t know how to communicate with them, new research suggests.
Although lots of different communication techniques exist, an UK deaf children's charity latest poll of 2,027 adults, showed just 23% knew how to communicate with a deaf person when wearing a face mask. (But a higher number of HEARING people [89%] who also had difficulty understanding speech with other mask wearers), The charity said that the results were very concerning because while public health must take priority, deaf people would be left facing an even higher risk of isolation and loneliness.
The poll shows that one in five (21%) said it happens most or all of the time. However, the results also show positive news for deaf people because the general public is clearly very willing to help improve the situation.
Four in five (84%) said they would change their behaviour if it would help a deaf person, while 68% would lower their mask on public transport to speak to a deaf person, as permitted under Government guidelines. As a result, the UK children's charity is calling on people everywhere to “play their part” in helping include deaf people feel included in conversations and social interactions, which it says everyone will benefit from.
ATR: So when you need effective communication TELL people, because they cannot see deafness and don't know which works for you. While many hearing people are more than willing to help, they aren't mind-readers.
Thursday, 19 November 2020
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
"I thought BSL act already setup few year ago but still slow don’t know what happened to them ?"
"The BSL Act is a fudge really, the great patronisation of the sign user. Lot's of 'talking' shops not really any advance for BSL or its users, basically, the UK is split on accepting this act with only Ireland and Scotland going for it.
Given deaf support is mostly funded from 'Central government' in London and then lost in the various devolved care NHS systems, its effectiveness is minimal to non-extant, with only the BSL user getting any real support so far, mostly those with additional needs. E.G. Wales has no ground-swell of support for it and no deaf schools either. England has a lot of BSL activism but the state stops short of enabling any of their campaigns, they feel 4 human rights and equality laws are more than enough.
The fact remains these laws/Acts cannot be applied 'globally', not even by setting precedent, and mostly, it ignores local realism etc.
As always, the real 'battle' for BSL is in Education and here, there is no UK census on BSL. As we all are aware there is no grassroots BSL professional back up to make it viable and they would need translators too. If anything such a set up can only work if hearing support it.
There are still questions posted here on this site, in that BSL is still an incomplete language so would be suspect as a tuitional aid in schools, currently, they use sign as an 'in' to English not as any 'in' to BSL sign language and grammar itself. And that is a major requirement of their social aspect, so creates issues in adulthood via work, health, and social outside that area, etc. Deaf are left with little option but to rely on each other. The road to inclusion has been diverted.
Statistics put the deaf campaigns in perspective, with 9 out of 10 parents being hearing and the odd 1 out seems to be the deaf activist with no deaf child but with a lot of baggage to unload. It is time these activists (most in it for themselves), gave up their negative campaigning and concentrated on practicality instead of doom-mongering us all with their dire warnings hearing are determined to remove sign language and the community. Maybe its time for social media to start removing this fake news too?
The siege mentality still rules. We could point out all the teachers, all the support, all the interpreters, and own families, are hearing and the deaf groups are in no position to replace it, even if they tried 10m with hearing loss would object to being told by sign users how to live, or for them to set up own systems where the eligibility for support relies totally on your signing ability and not your need.
That need is being blurred with politics and emanating from a very select hierarchy of deaf activism that wants to retain control over peers by fear.
Monday, 16 November 2020
Friday, 13 November 2020
Thursday, 12 November 2020
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Tuesday, 10 November 2020
The government has to take into account everyone's view in that 9 out of 10 parents of deaf children are hearing, and legally responsible for their own children, and also, that state policy is inclusion via mainstreaming.
There seem to be dual campaigns running,
(1) Parents (And many deaf themselves), are demanding more support for deaf children in mainstream and,
(2) Deaf campaigners want to pull deaf children out of that and operate deaf schooling again but with BSL as a primary medium of tuition.
Pie in the sky views but, what undermines the 'Deaf' campaigns is predominantly they DON'T have deaf children, so the state is going to go with the majority and parental view.
ATR is a mainstream supporter personally because you cannot include deaf people by operating an exclusive system of education. It's OK to be different but not to make a meal of it and lose the point.
There is little support for sign language for adults either, not all deaf people use sign language, also, the huge sea change and retraining of teachers to conform to the BSL view doesn't exist to make it work, there is no national program for it either. We are told 95K UK signers exist but only 900 BSL part-time interpreters, logic suggests these deaf demands in education are unrealistic.
As regards to the oral thing the premier deaf school in the UK IS an oral school (Mary Hare) and turns out the most highly educated deaf people. Who in turn pretend to be born-again sign users so they can control campaigns themselves, claiming they are worse off orally when their very obvious qualifications suggest no basis for it.
Deaf campaigns come out all the time (I think they are breeding them somewhere), but I don't think any of them are based on realism or logic, but come from some view hearing are against signers. Indeed this is the main thrust of their claims and spreading paranoia via cultural rights. Some sort of lemming syndrome except they are claiming they are pushed over a cliff and not heading at a pace to the edge with blindfolds on and claiming someone else put the cliff there.
As Mr Biden said yesterday opponents aren't your enemies they are your own people... your parents, your siblings, your friends, etc. Deaf kids need an education without that, no deaf community, or at best one impoverished with no tools to break out of it. Telling them the community will provide is plain lies.
Monday, 9 November 2020
This week marks 25 years of the inauguration of the UK Disability Act. Is there a cause to celebrate it? ATR was one of the very few (The only one deaf), who attended the launch in Manchester of the campaign for it at Manchester University. I attended via my position as vice-chair of a coalition of a disabled people, the first in S Wales, and the only deaf person ever to join such a disability grouping at that time.
I found the launch a real eye-opener to the deaf world, although I was (and still), profoundly deaf at the time and supported by a disabled friend via note-taking observing the approach to a disability law by deaf was I found at the time, rather poor and the attitude questionable.
Initially, I took my place front row to follow the speeches by various disabled people, I asked someone there 'where do the deaf people sit?' as I wanted to sit next to them, I was expecting text access, of course only BSL was, which the disabled organisers told me they had paid for so the deaf could participate, the BDA and its members being the prime area to include, there being few grassroots attending at all.
As the actual launch began I found myself sitting on my own, I asked the organisers 'where are the deaf?' One disabled man was very angry, he said 'They came and then they went, they registered their attendance and then left the campus to do a tour of the coronation streets set.' Naively I said 'why register if they had no intention to stay?' he replied' I suppose because they are claiming expenses from their charity and needed proof of attendance..'
I was staggered, I said 'who paid for their support?' he said 'We disabled did.' As the meeting had started I sat down, when I was approached by two women, they said 'Are you deaf? do you sign?' I said 'I am deaf yes, but I cannot follow an interpreter I don't really know sign language.' They then asked me if they could sign for me anyway or they won't get paid, so taken aback I said Ok. They said it is important as the media is here that deaf sign language is seen on the platform with disabled. I sat through the speeches and there was some music after as well from Johnny Crescendo a disabled musician. I was the only deaf person in attendance and apparently 'carrying the BSL flag' there!
Afterwards, Clive Mason who was a presenter of the SEE HEAR program approached me and asked would I be interviewed for the program, I said sorry I don't sign and would like to point out I was disappointed at the lack of deaf support there, he then said OK we will interview someone else! I watched the SEE HEAR Coverage later and he found out as I did there were no deaf people there to interview. It's on record he interviewed Johnny Crescendo instead.
Later at home, I was watching 'No Need To Shout' on the TV [which was a text program on the BBC for deaf people], and I read flattering support for the disability launch at Manchester from the BDA. I decided to contact the British Deaf Association to point out they did not actual arrive except to register and then had left again rather cynically doing that to claim expenses whilst they went somewhere else. I was backed up by the 2 BSL interpreters who stated I was telling the truth.
The BDA shrugged it off and I had a letter sent that said 'Well as you know deaf aren't really disabled, just discriminated against.' The fact they had cynically exploited the launch for a 'day out' I found pretty poor really and said so. I said will you ask these deaf to repay the expenses they claimed for non-attendance? he said 'No, We can't prove they weren't there..' I said I was proof so were two hearing BSL interpreters, SEE HEAR, and the disabled committee itself as well as the Coronation Street set could, but to no avail.
To add insult to real disabled injury, the sign user has made the most OF the Disability Act, hypocrisy nowhere near cuts it. As regards to the Act was groundbreaking, it wasn't, it could have been but for the RNID who reneged on the 'teeth' the disabled demanded of the law to capitalise on the support aspect of it, so told the system as they represented the majority with hearing loss a watered-down disability act was acceptable. Then promptly sacked the BSL using CEO, who promptly joined a new disability state-approved group and then was forced out of there too for being disability unaware.
If anyone is in any doubt of the ridiculousness of deaf and their campaigns for equality or dual approaches to inclusion, perhaps they need to read this all again and to understand none of the laws we got afterwards is really working either because the deaf and HoH systems are divided and want different things. One accepts a rule, the other challenges that same rule. Their charities are just chasing the funds. When I read 'Deaf aren't really disabled, deafness isn't a disability.' I just think they just haven't understood theirs... or taking us all for mugs.'
Their attitude to disabled people was tantamount to being openly discriminatory and dismissive.
Sunday, 8 November 2020
ATR getting in the neck for supporting the mainstreaming of deaf children. The ATR stance is that specialised schooling for all deaf children that is just FOR deaf children had a history of chronic failure that killed aspiration and academic advance for generations of the deaf.
Even if, it founded a culture and language of sorts, it failed them educationally and thus isolated them as a result. The trade-off ATR finds unacceptable is it is 'better' deaf have a social community than further education, inclusion, or literacy. What you end up with is an impoverished community convinced everyone is against them.
We remain unconvinced the deaf own version of language and communication is a sufficient or viable trade-off in that respect and the need for its continual support from birth to death must be a real issue for all. We believe the deaf fear a community falling unless they remain apart. They remain unconvinced inclusion is a positive but a 'means' of destroying that.
We agree the lack of support in the mainstream is undermining the concept and arming those who want a back to the future approach where all deaf sign in a school and remain predominantly, apart from the main event. The last few years more pressures being applied for opposition to mainstreaming by default.
Our comment is more about how mainstream in education for the deaf can enable the deaf child to manage inclusion. Clearly, there are deaf areas who feel 'Who needs it?' we have our own community. (Which is not strictly accurate today with less than 20 UK deaf schools, and a cull of 70% of deaf clubs). If the deaf children are prevented at day one from being included in the mainstream, then the die is cast. The concept of mainstreaming is still valid. Instead of adopting the position mainstream sucks and is anti-deaf, perhaps more effort into ensuring that support to make it work?
Deaf campaigners have to understand mainstreaming is still a 'new' concept in deaf education after generations of failure via deaf schools. Deaf schools/Institutions started circa 1800s mainstream is near middle 20thc. It needs time to work. The way deaf are today managing the net and English seems testament enough it is already working. We can read any day of the week online clear proof English isn't an issue with the deaf as it was when deaf schools were about.
The issue currently in the mainstream is cost-saving, closing down special schools saves money, but, since mainstreaming, (And advances in treating hearing loss and deafness), there just isn't the deaf children to fill a deaf school or the specialised staff to manage them now unless we revert back to sending these children to 'boarding schools' and such which parents no longer agree with. We would still need to re-train the professionals who scattered when deaf schools closed, or have retired.
Statistic-wise only a small percentage of deaf children won't be able to manage mainstream, my area only FOUR deaf children were assessed as being unable to attend mainstream obviously you cannot set up a class or a 'deaf' school for that small number needing quite intensive help. It is why boarding schools etc came into being. The mid 20thc view is that specialisation in many cases wasn't necessary, and did nothing for inclusion for the deaf, parents were exerting pressures on the deaf schools because they hadn't moved deaf education academically from a plateau equivalent to a 9 or 10 yr old.
There is no proof or statistic than a sign based education would even work on its own, as again deaf children would be the 'guinea pigs'. Mainstream has gone too far to backtrack now and disrupt yet again deaf education. We had the conundrum where deaf campaigners were demanding further education and University places based on that, accompanied by an interpreter or care support.
Educational pundits said the damage was pretty much already done via deaf/special schools and FE and Uni areas weren't deaf ones and posed the isolation of deaf, because so few could manage, meant a lot of deaf dropping out, but blaming lack of support for that, not, lack of academic nous. Universities complained it was allowing students access to a system they can't use or were qualified for. The deaf that did get to these establishments also demanded separate access and systems just like they experienced in deaf schools. This again points to the damage deaf schools did to the inclusion and access issues. Deaf were unable to adapt.
What we see and get is relentless claims of discrimination etc nobody is sitting down to attempt to find a workable answer. Deaf campaigners have just stopped listening. The other sticking point is that the deaf campaigns tend to now demand BSL immersive schooling as an option, that is where the opposition is. Such opposition suggests the language and signs are not there to make it work in further education, and all educational areas are English-based ones, areas, deaf are struggling with, or opposed to. It is not remotely feasible or practicable even via access rights, they are going to adapt to the deaf way at all, the issues have to be addressed at day one, not 16 years later..
ATR covered in-depth the fact, that deaf ADULTS did not pursue further education and literacy in the schools themselves, or as community-supported classes, even with support. There is a mindset that prevents them, that mindset starts day one, which mainstream is attempting to address and is being determinedly opposed by deaf activism.
Friday, 6 November 2020
Rather reluctantly I turned my TV set on and discovered it had nearly 200 channels on it, they must be breeding them, I thought only 2 existed? The BB of C or that other one with adverts about washing powder... 98% were unintelligible because me being deaf there was no access to them or they were programs made by idiots without much of a life and with the most boring hobbies or lives on the planet, from watching birds flying about to sitting behind a fishing rod catching fish, and getting pissed in sheds, or collecting used bus tickets, called for some reason nobody explains 'Extreme' hobbies to inject some interest, one was about extreme flower arranging, just when you thought it was time to do some gardening the whole place is a toxic minefield apparently.
Up until now, I had no idea catching fish was dicing with death, or why on EARTH people would want to wander around the woods with binoculars staring at birds flying about, perhaps its a metaphor for something naughty? but I only saw a few owls not much to turn you on there but I suppose it takes all sorts. I guess that's where the 'extreme' element kicks in, they are all as mad as a box of frogs and you have to avoid them and safer to watch from the other side of the screen.
Surfing the channels and only just managing to avoid RSI, I came across a daily TV 'magazine' program filled with very strange people talking about purple striped skirts being the new black, a competition where the prize was £20,000 IF you remembered your own name (I failed that one), but the text entry fee was an arm and a leg so its money for old rope apparently, they get people sending in £50K's worth of texts, so on a winner every time, amazingly nobody won this week... That, and cooking food, no one with a taste bud would eat, and only enough for a starving sparrow, watched by a panel obviously recruited from Hitlers Gestapo, mostly failures who were failed for being too critical.
Some asparagus cooked raised a few eyebrows I gather because they cooked it 21 seconds too little or too much and the wrong way round which is tantamount to major crime and the police are on standby in riot gear, in case they get a bit wayward with the fish knives. Cooking food is being taken seriously for some reason I never understood because I only eat takeaways and prefer to let others poison me.
I finally found one section of this ridiculous program that appealed to me, it was covering the latest wines from the local supermarket stores, which didn't cover the one I use which sells bottles of wine from Western Patagonia 5 for £10, and 20 cans of Mexican rotgut, for £15 for some reason they said was a little downmarket, but I defy Covid to get past it.
Today they said they were specialising in 'Rose' wines, which is liquid sugared drinks women drink mostly and quite lethal if you are diabetic. Women drink it because it is pink and tasteless or something... However, the presenter (a male who had just come out as Gay after having 9 kids and being married for 30 years), lapped it all up and was quite expert on it revealing his secret vice was Rose having left real-ale to the straights some years ago, however, he declined to identify if this Rose was the one he was seen with having vegetarian tattoos and a beard. His co-presenter threw up after two glasses she tasted and demanded to know where the gin was.
This one' the expert said 'is a cheeky one from the Dordogne region' (I know I've met him and cheeky isn't the term I use), "the vineyard is just 10 years old and run by English people," (who apparently escaped the rat race in the UK to join Le rat race in France instead). "tastes a bit like hedgerow,' she said, 'but fruity.. with a hint of lemon' Not that I have tasted hedgerow lately to compare what fruit it was actually compared to but...
There was some talk about 'berries' and 'cinnamon' and I started to lose interest, all I can say there is a distinct lack of cinnamon in the hedges around here, just plastic bags full of dog s.h.i.t. hanging from them. Rose is a bit like an anaemic red wine which just tastes no matter how they brew it, like it is sifted through dirt first and god knows what they put on it maybe horse manure from a horse with gastroenteritis (Which is a French term for 'dodgy belly'). I get the same thing myself after 10 pints and a vindaloo.
Another wine just flown into Sainsbury's (and deliberately violating the social distancing by the look of it), an expert opined "This rose it really is different, it is made WITH roses..' Have the french run out of grapes? Or is that yet another side issue of COVID 19? Despite doing their best, both presenters tasted a mouthful and ran for the toilet, leaving the expert non-plussed (what DOES non-plussed mean?). I decided TV is not for me and definitely not for people to look at in the daytime without medication.
If they decided to include lagers of the world or ciders with bits of wood in it, I might be tempted because that's all I drink. I just think them using toffee apples as well, was one advance too far personally. It's ok to stick one on top of the lager for the women but it sets a bad example to the kids, despite including at least one of their 5 a day I don't think cider counts...
The nearest I got to know about wine was following my Uncle Ifan, (known locally as 'Ifan Drip'), because of his love of emptying pub drip trays. He has an educated palate, sadly that's as far as his education got... he has drunk everything that is liquid and a few things that were borderline. He said 'The clue boyo is to look at the numbers, the higher the numbers the quicker you can get pissed on it, it's all the same stuff just different labels and bottle shapes that's all, that's just for the knobheads to look intelligent, they spend more time sniffing it than drinking it, and if it is that good, why do they spit it out after? also, you have to stop using piddling little glasses, or big glasses then putting a spoonful in it. Filthy habit, the French started it and they eat gastropods, nuff said...
"It's best to use a half-pint glass instead or a waste of drinking time trying to fill up the small ones." From what I saw of Ifan there was little doubt he was right on that although he didn't talk much, as he is face down on the ground mostly, I've never really seen him upright.
Another tip he gave was don't drink wines from S America or the EU areas of Croatia, Romania or Transylvania, they put diesel in it, and it doesn't really deter vampires, also, the South Americans overdo the Samba when they aren't burning down rain forests and that 'burnt wood' smell is a dead giveaway. But, it does come cheaper than petrol. The EU cigarettes are OK at two quid for 500, but have enough tar in and rubber content to lay a new motorway with, and fit the car out with 4 new tyres and a spare.
Now if my Uncle Ifan had a program that WOULD be worth watching... he gets to the nitty-gritty of things, at least when he is erect.
[You are wondering where, 21 comes in.....]
We are parents of Deaf children who attend Townfield Primary School.* We are asking for your support to keep the Deaf Base open at Townfield Primary School. The base has been at the heart of the school for over 30 years and new management has decided that Deaf childrens lives no longer matter and they want to close the Deaf Base.
Deaf children struggle at every stage of their education. Every child deserves the chance to shine at school, and deaf children are no exception.” Ten dedicated teaching units for deaf children in schools are being closed every year. We don't want the Base at Townfield to be another one. In the base these children get an opportunity to be around their deaf peers and to learn about their own deaf identity. It helps them to build their confidence and makes them more resilient to help them with the inevitable challenges they will be faced with in the future.
If the base closes these children will be sent to other schools with no deaf resources and more importantly separated from their deaf friends. For some of these children, their only form of communication is sign language and they may be placed in a school with inadequate support unable to communicate with the other children or even their teachers. They will become isolated and withdrawn.
Please help us save the base and save the future for these children and many more that could attend the base in the future.
*Townfield Primary School
Townfield Primary School has resourced provision which meets the needs of up to 12 children aged from 4 to 11 years, who are deaf and have significant additional needs. This will include children who have British Sign Language/Sign Supported English, but may also have a recognised communication difficulty.
Deaf pupils at the base will develop an understanding of the deaf culture and have access to a signing peer group. Each pupil has an individual, structured programme of inclusion into mainstream classes where appropriate.
"RNID’s new look marks a fresh chapter for the charity. The UK-based deafness and hearing loss charity has gone back to its original name for a new era, working with agency SomeOne and brand consultant Dan Dufour on an approachable visual identity
Founded in 1911, for the last century the Royal National Institute for Deaf People’s mission has been to make life inclusive for deaf people and those with hearing loss, whether through pioneering new treatments for tinnitus or promoting access to sign language. The charity, which has been known as Action on Hearing Loss since 2011, decided to rebrand and rethink its mission in a bid to reach a wider community of people.
Along with the worrying statistic that an estimated 14 million adults in the UK will be deaf or have hearing loss by 2035, the charity cites the daily issues deaf people have faced during the pandemic, such as the barriers to communication caused by face coverings, as a key reason for reimagining its brand. To mark the new chapter, the charity has returned to its original name of RNID, after research found that it was more loved and better recognised by the general public.
Alongside the new name, a refreshed visual identity has been designed by London-based agency SomeOne, in collaboration with brand consultant Dan Dufour and the charity’s in-house design team. “We might be over a century old, but it doesn’t mean we’re stuffy and formal, in fact quite the opposite,” says RNID’s head of brand, Cheryl Hughes. “We want to show people that we are dynamic and responsive, and inspire the belief that together we can create a fully inclusive society.”
At the heart of the rebrand is a new word mark that resembles a smiley face, a muted colour palette of pinks and greens that avoids the charity branding cliché of primary colours, and a set of ten of playful speech bubbles that feature across its communications. New photography and illustrations were commissioned to reflect the full range of people supported by the charity, including those with cochlear implants and hearing aids.
Meanwhile, a more conversational tone of voice has been introduced, with the guidelines published on RNID’s website to encourage the charity’s community to help shape the language it uses. RNID digital director Michael Wilkinson, says: “Culture and language is constantly evolving and we want to make sure we reflect that in the way we speak as a brand. That’s why we’re going to be publishing our tone of voice publicly and inviting people to help shape its future direction.”
Thursday, 5 November 2020
Wednesday, 4 November 2020
To SAGE Accounting experts
I am looking for a friend who is highly experienced in the Sage 50 for Charities and Sage Cloud accounting. The reason why is that I need to understand the difference and whether a charity should be able to go for Sage Cloud accounting or not.
Charities like the BDA and other BSL led groups certainly need people who can count, a number have gone bust losing jobs and support for deaf people, mostly because they run these charities like some feudal system and not a professional needs-led system. Huge amounts of public and corporate funding have gone down the drain. It's the policies of Mr Macawber.
What did Mr Micawber say? Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness.
Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.
No doubt why the RNID is more successful and abandoned support to these deaf again. The BDA replaced basic needs for a cultural fest and lost their trustees as a result resulting in a new set of dodo's to make it even worse. ELS went bust losing 90 people their jobs and a lot of deaf with no support in place. It's issues like these that suggest far better those deaf reverted to the Social Service set up of years ago, at least then we can hold someone responsible for the mess they are making and a system that deals with basic support/need and not faffing about with culture and language politics to the detriment of deaf people.