Thursday, 23 April 2020

How 'Remarkable'

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement:

This may go some way to relieve deaf people currently being lied to by their own activism regarding 'Bans on Interpreters' another wild and irresponsible campaign from UK 'Deaf' activism.  Currently not allowing these explanations to be aired on their sites.

Please listen to the pros, not the outsiders. [The photo is to show the new 'REMARK' site is going online].  Quite obviously there is no organised response from free-lance BSL interpreters anyone can quote, we are assuming they are also moving to protect themselves and own families too. Which will explain shortages of course, and not 'Bans!'

Remark! are unfortunately aware of the significant and current global pandemic of COVID-19. With this outbreak we will be immediately exploring our business continuity. Remark! has been closely monitoring the situation over the past couple of weeks and will continue to do so. We will continue to follow the advice from the Government as ultimately, we want to help ensure that we all work together in minimising the risk of any spread of the virus. 

The priority must be the health, welfare and wellbeing of everyone. While we acknowledge that the guidance and advice may not be as specific and unambiguous as we would like, we will continue to work closely with our mentors. 

At Remark! many of our services are imperative to our clients, including our ‘Outreach Service’ for vulnerable Deaf clients and BSL users/services. With this in mind, we will try and remain open and accessible for all our users. We will continue to deliver subtitling contents and InVision. 

Remark! Interpreting services also remain available. We understand that the majority of the population have been encouraged and have to work from home remotely and we are also doing our best to adhere to this and are available for remote bookings via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime and Whatsapp.

We are also still going to face to face bookings when required however we are aware that things are changing daily, new government announcements are being made and it is important that we adhere to these.

Whether you are a new or regular client please contact our team if you require our services and need to book an interpreter.

Unfortunately, we are unable to carry on providing our full range of BSL training courses (L1-L6) for the time being. We are working hard in an attempt to set up and make operational dial-in/remote facility, allowing us to virtually give our students the time and training they require. 

As a consequence of the latest Government guidance issued on 16 March 2020, in relation to non-essential travel and contact, we have taken the following actions; 

We are monitoring the change in the Government and Public Health England advice regarding our clubs (Lunch Clubs, Badminton Club, Youth Club, Remarkable Club, Football Club etc) in order to prevent and protect. We regret to inform those who attend that we have needed to currently suspend and seize our programmes for a minimum of one month (17th April 2020), with the view to re-assess and review the situation as the weeks go on. 

However, Remark! Community have been able to completely adapt to the situation by ensuring that we are still delivering our social outlets, just from our own homes! 


BDA exposed as misinforming deaf people.

Coronavirus: BBC News channel to provide BSL for daily government ...18 March-BBC – Government briefings in BSL on Coronavirus (update).

The BBC have announced that they will be providing Sign Language Interpretation on all weekday Coronavirus government briefings and that the BBC is doing everything it can to ensure these important briefings are accessible.

Please note:  Due to limited resources there will be some changes to live signing on the BBC News from Monday 23rd March as follows:

On weekday mornings there will be signing from:-

07:45 – 08:15

13:00 – 13:30

News will be signed each weekday as normal as will the 07:00 – 07:30 slots on weekends.

The situation is quickly developing and the BBC will keep you informed of any further changes to their sign language coverage. We would be grateful if you could share these changes with your networks.

BBC Wales:

Coronavirus: Wales NHS chief issues Easter stay home plea - BBC News

BBC Scotland:

UK Government urged to use sign language on coronavirus briefings ...


Coronavirus in Ireland: What we know so far

BBC England:

This was NOT in response to the BDA campaign and occurred before that was launched, so why are activists trying to take credit for something they never did?

It goes without re-stating (but it looks like we have to keep correcting these wayward BSL activists still claiming there is none.)  That ATR has provided ample evidence BSL access is there for all the users of it. As the first visual evidence shows,  BSL access was even before Boris was taken ill. 

Other outrageous lies are about 'BSL Interpreter bans' again this is NOT happening, because of obvious risks of infection, face to face translation is being limited and because the virus has meant BSL terps are staying at home to be safe, they won't be any resource for the deaf if they go down with coronavirus too, BUT, there is a free video relay system in BSL for anyone that needs it.    

These are dangerous times and we all need to start using common sense and adapt, it is no time to launch petty and unfounded attacks on access issues outside any government remit.  Many issues emerging are because of the self-isolation deaf have always protected on cultural grounds, and also why they never bothered to include their own elderly left out of the digital revolution and dumped by their organisations too.

Community ethos have come under fire... from a killer who is invisible, and cares nothing for sign language or deaf people.