Tuesday, 4 February 2020

How to fart in public (A deaf guide).

The right way.

NFBUK forces a pause to 'Red Button' removal at the BBC.

Image result for bBC red button text service"The NFBUK has begun an urgent petition to help save this vital service. 

STOP PRESS: The BBC was going to withdraw/close the red button service on 30th January 2020.  We’ve successfully campaigned for the BBC to suspend closure pending further enquiries and discussions with affected groups.  BBC director general Tony Hall said he would examine the concerns and make "a fresh decision" in the spring.

The BBC Red Button Teletext service is vital for visually impaired, deaf, disabled and older people, as well as many other people who want to find out information independently in an easy, convenient and accessible format, who are not online. 

The NFBUK is concerned that by withdrawing the Red Button Teletext service, it will leave many people, who are already vulnerable, further isolated and marginalised from society. The NFBUK cannot understand how the BBC can meet its obligations set out in the Royal Charter (1) for public broadcast, if the Red Button Teletext service is withdrawn. The NFBUK has undertaken an internet search and cannot find any reference to a recent Public Interest Test being undertaken on the withdrawal of the BBC Red Button Teletext Service. 

This is required for any significant changes in the provision of services provided by the BBC. NFBUK believes that a ‘Public Interest Test’ is undertaken in collaboration and consultation with disabled peoples organisations, charities and organisations for and of disabled and older people and all other affected groups. The aim of the petition is: The NFBUK wants to petition to pause the switch off of the Red Button Teletext service, for public scrutiny on how this decision was made, ensure all required assessments that were not undertaken to now be done with the aim of keeping the BBC Red Button Teletext service switched on and enhanced, with the addition of a speech element so that it is inclusive. 

The petition wording is: 

An immediate pause on the withdrawal of the BBC Red Button Teletext service planned for 30 January 2020. Immediate clarification and public scrutiny on how the BBC came to the decision to switch off the BBC Red Button Teletext in relation to: The BBC’s Mission and five Public Purposes outlined in the Royal Charter (1); BBC Broadcast Agreement with Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport December 2016 (2); BBC’s Public Sector Equality Duties under the Equality Act 2010 – has an Equality Impact Assessment been undertaken? The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Articles 9 on Accessibility and 21 Freedom of Expression and Opinion, and Access to Information. Request all assessments that may not have been undertaken in reaching the decision to switch off the Red Button Teletext Service and ensure these are undertaken, and for these to be performed in an inclusive and accessible manner, to ensure hard to reach users of the service are fully engaged in this process. 

This is to include full collaboration, engagement and consultation with disabled people’s organisations, charities and organisations for and of disabled, older and vulnerable people, who are not online, or do not use the internet much and other groups of people who are important for these assessments. Retain the BBC Red Button Teletext Service and ensure the service becomes fully accessible with a speech option added to ensure that the BBC can fulfil its Mission, Public Purposes and its Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act 2010.

Hearies create own signing

And annoy the purists.  ATR: If they criticise hearing attempts then it will discourage them from trying.  Most of the negativity of sign language is the deaf being hyper-critical of how it is signed, everything about sign 'awareness' is a LECTURE, e.g. Deaf do this, Deaf do that, this isn't 'real' sign, the 'right' way to talk to us, the wrong way, 5/10/15 things hearing do to get up our nose,  5/10/15 things they should be doing so they don't, the messages are a turn-off.   I wonder do deaf even read what they put out?  When you put all these things together and include criticism of hearing aids, CI's whatever, you see a very confused and random negative sort of awareness based on fear really.

People will just assume deaf are too picky and critical and back off.  Deaf do this Deaf do that, fine go do your own thing just don't include us, we respect you need to be left alone, but I thought you did not want that?  If hearing are using signed English that is fine too.  We don't need the albatross of culture or 'real' BSL/ASL, we just need to be able to follow what people are saying.    Simple I know but...

When campaigns started about sign language it was ALL about enabling deaf to be included and able to understand others, sign was created to bridge divides, this seems to have got lost as the main point, and sign creation was enabled by hearing people who still are primary enablers of it.  Not that it has been appreciated much.  Sadly born deaf interpreters aren't up to it unless they have an effective alternative TO sign language.

I doubt anyone cared at all then about Milan 200 years ago, so the message is back to basics, we live in a hearing world so we have to find a bridge to get that equality working real-time, I despair at campaigns the BSL/ASL people are running, few are about true access and there is an arrogance with some that is completely misplaced.  

I understand there are some deaf who don't care about being included so long as their deaf 'world' is still around for them, but anyone with half an ear (!) will see that is getting less and less an option every day.  The battle for inclusion has been undermined by cultural campaigning.  Many cultures can find real inclusion and not lose who they are, but the deaf are struggling because of an unwillingness to accept realities, it suggests they lack confidence in their own culture which 99% do not have anyway given our parents and siblings are all hearing and we are sole people deaf in our families, so many in hearing families who are struggling with this concept of culture when there is no need.