Saturday, 2 May 2020

In praise of OUCH Too.

sing hallelujah to the Lord (lyrics) | GLORY TO GOD websiteAn ATR response to awareness to OUCH too website perhaps the last bastion of free speech left in the UK for the disabled and even ATR here is one response that got too long to include as a comment there and was about awareness and the role of culture in deaf lives. It became a paper on the UK deaf nearly...

"Raising own awareness?  I do it too, but the reality is it won't help to raise yours, or even raise awareness of another deaf person who will be doing own thing too.  Culture is a non-starter in awareness terms it does nothing to identify deaf people or what their issues can be.  It's simply a few oddballs (Quite successful I agree), who realised adding culture to their disability opened a lot more doors than a simple plea for access or help does, governments run scared of offending cultures regardless who they are.  

All you need is a different way of communication the world is your halibut.  We told the hard of Hearing to do the same then their issues are solved too, sadly they suffer denial in millions and still think they are hearing and CAN fool most of the people most of the time.  Deaf minorities went the other way and made a party of it, and it paid off.  

They commenced to oppose alleviations, 'cures', inclusion (Which they labelled a cultural genocide), and all sorts to reinforce the minority culture image Les deaf miserable's.  There was some open warfare between non-signers and them and it still goes on, it forced the culture vultures online to operate closed sites en masse, to prevent challenges, this way they can always preach to the already converted and maintain their weird idea of who deaf people are and what they need, gave them a capital letter to suggest importance etc.

NO I don't respect their 'cultural' right, they need the same access and support as I do and most others.  All we care about is understanding others and being understood and the necessary tools and such to make that happen are provided.  we don't want to restrict WHO we communicate with but neither do we want to drag a third party along all the time either.

Not an ounce of culture has paid any of my bills, enabled me work or anything else we all need about our daily lives, and there are only so many deaf charities you can get a job in, and even grassroots gave up supporting those.   Most cultural leaders today are new 'converts' to the culture thing, indeed born-again 'Deaf' who erstwhile were plain old 'deaf' and so insignificant compared with those who claimed to have a culture.  

I read a blog yesterday asking the question are 'deaf' human? Presumably suggesting the cultural 'Deaf' are some sort of elite, but no idea why they viewed us as inferior.  Hitler did the same thing. The D/d thing is a cultural icon too, to me it is D for Discrimination.  It's viewed a cult in some areas, not so much Waco as whacko.  These people are for separatism, for taking advantage of deaf who are vulnerable and believe their lie, that only by staying well away from everyone else and sticking together can they manage their lives.   

Ironically most fly in the face of cultural 'qualification' themselves which mostly means they are not signing all the time or went to deaf schools and clubs all the time or, who socialise only with each other etc.  In the land of the blind e.g. the one-eyed man is King.  Like everyone else 9 out of 10 of us have zilch ancestry or any links to deaf of the past.  Our parents are hearing, so are our siblings. Milan? they have a couple of decent football teams.

The reality is the leading proponents of culture are oral taught deaf with better English and literacy than you or I, while looking on as BSL is a very real barrier to the rest getting anywhere and advising deaf to stay isolated in reality.  They have the exit door, the rest don't.  They make money too selling the dream, enterprising but in real terms their access, support and inclusion have not moved much at all.  Full inclusion would remove 'power' from those making a living out of it, this can be hearing areas, as well as deaf running own 'awareness' business's that do nothing at all FOR awareness its a bit of finger-spelling with a ramble about Milan in 1880 to add a cultural slant to it.

BSL interpreters are now routed by their own clients as they endorse unqualified deaf, open cultural centres that sell BSL their way, and hearing amateurs doing their job for half the price and a quarter of the qualifications.

A lot has blown up in the cultural face since the virus emerged and has exposed the whole concept as doing nothing at all for their inclusion or access it exposed that fact the deaf still didn't have it despite culture.  In England, Deaf charities have folded because they put culture before financial competence, nice 'jobs for the Deaf boys and gals..'  but the failure left 100s of dependent deaf with no cover and 70 staff out of work.  Lions lead by donkeys, the Dianne Abbott approach to accounting.

The BDA e.g. saw a mass exodus of ALL their trustees and charged with bullying members by threatening legal actions against them unless they stopped asking questions why.  The AOHL sold off deaf care homes and their assistive device business, however, the online cultural crusade goes on all their eggs now in just one basket.  AOHL knows there is still a few quid in BSL so aiming at them after years of having little or nothing to do with that area, deaf left the AOHL years ago after they got rid of a BSL CEO who was too far gone to promote inclusion and had ignored AOHL's primary membership, the Hard of Hearing, they gagged him for 5 years too.  

He went to be the deaf rep at a government disability advice area, was dumped from there because he had nothing to input on inclusion, that would have had to include experience, and outside a deaf club he had none. He joined the BDA then allowed gagging members there who raised questions he did not want to answer.  AOHL  now see areas like the BDA struggling and an avenue is there to move in. Closed social media sites still ensure the message is clear, they blame everyone ELSE for their lack of inclusion.  Everyone you and me (!) are down on sign language and on culture and on deaf people, although they never really define who these deaf are or identify them.

Everyone there wants to be a martyr now for a cause increasingly looking invalid.  They can only resist inclusion for so long before they get rumbled.  Culture won't always be the excuse they can use.  That awareness is directed not only at mainstream but against others with hearing loss too, they cannot afford to let other deaf or HoH be seen as refuting their claims, hence 'all deaf are sign using'.

This is being openly challenged for the lie it is and how it as a message, has undermined real support for many others with hearing loss, as the system swallowed their lies. But it takes two to include, indeed only two to sign and to be declared a culture, but one, insists they have a right to not be included and do what they want because 'that is what deaf people want', (note the subtle change of emphasis from D to d, total abuse of the inclusive remits, adjusted as per necessary to re-enforce their demands, outrageous false statistics,  or funding claims), so preference is a priority over the need? or maybe not!  It suggests the last 3 or 4 human rights law are a farce as this allowed legal opt-outs culture is used quite adeptly.  Roll on a reappraisal of the rights laws they are NOT working.

The open abuse of inclusive remits are the norm (Hence Deaf and Hearing Impaired etc), when HI and HoH are areas they have little to do with and don't include with HI being openly attacked in some deaf areas as discrimination.  Anything that suggests diversity is criticised. They are 'Deaf' except perhaps when disability welfare allowances and funding are seen, then they become non-cultural and a deprived disability area.  I agree they are very seriously disabled people so why the confusion? Deafness not a natural event? The hearing did this to us? and now, they want to cure us, or alleviate it?  No way Jose'!    Crazy people.

The issue with lies is you have to keep to the script.

You could admire their tenacity if it wasn't for the fact deaf have gained nothing from it except alienating the majority who are deaf.  Basically it is a USA concept, and they have a huge resource and membership to plug it, the UK doesn't.  When it comes to selling an idea the UK is outclassed let's face it, we couldn't get anyone interested in Paddy Ladd or deafhood, the yanks created a whole course about him (With a few quite cheeky additions to add kudos and sales to it), a masterclass in re-selling the Emporer's New clothes as a deaf crusade on identity.  I gather they still haven't any signed translation of it as Mr Ladd had it all printed in a book, for academics who are bored, unaware, and need something else to read, but of course, forgot BSL/ASL people DON'T read English ( A minor quibble the yanks said), so Paddy blew it.

The UK cracks appeared pretty quick when the tried to emulate the yanks.  One area was deaf blogging, an aggregate was set up so deaf could see the most prominent deaf output in one place, at that time the yanks had no equivalent, it collapsed in 4 months because challenges to culture were seen, explanations were asked for, they weren't attacks on culture or BSL but questions about truth, effectiveness, and access issues, that put them under pressure to respond and the only way they could do that was by shutting down the aggregate so it couldn't be seen, that is still the case. 

Opponents were undeterred by undemocratic closures of feedback and went to the BBC, the BBC came under heavy fire OUCH TOO knows this, its why they exist, and then the BBC removed deaf feedback on SEE HEAR, an old deaf TV medium rooted in the 1970s and blatantly ignored all but BSL people despite the BBC remit and licence to include.  The BBC removed feedback from OUCH the BBC disability site and installed a lot of yes-people instead.  Nobody takes any notice of them.

They also tried to sell us  an online BBC social site option we were not buying that either.   It is moderated to buggery so you cannot question.  I find the internet NOT a level playing field at all and has just enabled the extremist.  Ouch too was set up as a result.  We still went at the charity forums to take the injustice on they closed down forums there too,  this is still the case.  When you consider online deaf media is closed out, and all feedback areas are too by these people you tend to think the whole thing a very poor joke and discrimination.  

Yet what we see are the systems throwing OBE's and whatever at them for resisting inclusion, you could not script that.  Have a nice day...  What I want to know, is where is MY O.B.E? For services opposing bullshit."

Friday, 1 May 2020

If you missed it...

Masks, Masks...


Now that Boris in the UK looks like telling us all to wear them despite little proof of effectiveness (and the danger of leaving the NHS staff short), here is a USA version of clear masks.  Now, all we need are clear speakers to go with it...

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Face Masks for HoH.

ISL a norm during the virus.

Subtitles for video calls – searching for the Holy Grail


Pippa Highfield shown looking at her laptop
Pippa Highfield, of Ideas for Ears, is hunting for the holy grail of easy, accurate subtitles for video calls “I want videos calls with live subtitles, so I can read as well as listen to what’s said.” 


Everyone is facing new challenges in these unprecedented times. As a person with hearing loss, I am finding this fact has its benefits as well as its trials. I’ve noticed a very welcome desire for my family, friends and colleagues to embrace video calling. 

My hearing loss is such that I really struggle to use the ‘phone, so the advent of Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Facetime, and all the other audio-visual means of communication, are a real life-saver. Nothing is perfect of course, and using video calling throws up all sorts technical, acoustic and human issues for those of us who have hearing loss, and probably for those that don’t too! 

Although I’ve often found the sound quality is better over the internet than down a ‘phone line, a poor internet connection can lead to the sound being out of sync with the other person’s speech, which is a real issue when you watch lip-shape and mouth movement to help you grasp what’s being said. 

On top of that, background noise or poor microphone quality can render the sound unintelligible – the one thing you really do need when you have hearing loss is sound clarity. Anything that impacts on that is a problem. Over the last few days and weeks, I’ve been in search of the holy grail that would make video calling easier for those of us with hearing loss – live subtitles. I’m not techie – but I’ve found 3 ways to get subtitles on video calls First off, let me say that I’m not a techie person so I have been looking for the simplest way to subtitle my video calls, using the basic knowledge and equipment that I have to hand. Here are three workarounds that I have come up with so far. 

There may be many others, and some might be rather more sophisticated than my humble attempts, but I’m putting them out there in good faith. Please use the comment box to give your thoughts and to share your own workarounds – we can help each other through this crisis. 

1) Skype – simple, but not very accurate Skype has an integrated facility to switch on subtitles so is the most straight forward option. Simply download Skype to your device and go into ‘settings’ to switch on the subtitle facility.  

For: Integrated with video calling software Free Easy to switch on Works if you are streaming sound through an assistive listener (isolated sound) 

Against: Poor accuracy Placement of subtitles poor and can obscure the speakers face Doesn’t recognise different speakers very well which means you have to speak slowly and leave pauses between sentences otherwise all the text runs together.

2) Zoom with Otter.ai – clunky, but good accuracy By using two devices, say a laptop and a smart phone, you can create your own free to use subtitles with any type of video calling. I used Zoom on my laptop and Otter.ai on my iphone; by simply putting my phone near the laptop speaker the Zoom conversation is subtitled on my phone. This workaround should also work with Facetime, 

WhatsApp, Messenger video calls, Skype, and indeed any video calling facility as long as the audio output is good. (I haven’t tried that yet) It’s cumbersome, and takes a bit of ‘juggling’, but I find that the accuracy is good. 

If you are able to download Zoom and Otter onto the same device and open the windows next to each other, the whole set up is even better. The major downside is that if, like me, you need to stream the audio direct to your hearing aids, unfortunately, this won’t work for you (unless you know a way to disable the sound isolation…in which case I’d like to hear about that!) 

For: Good level of accuracy Free (up to 600 minutes on Otter.ai) Easy to set up.

Against: Not integrated so you need two devices or open two windows on one compatible device Cumbersome to use Doesn’t work if you are streaming audio direct to your hearing aids and device sound is isolated. 

Apple.com have information on Otter for iPhone –  There is also an android version. 

NOTE: A really important point here is that the Otter app records the conversation so you must get permission from all participants to use this workaround. 

3) Zoom Pro, Business and Enterprise with Otter.ai Teams If you are willing and able to upgrade to a paid version of Zoom and Otter then you can get all the benefits of the Otter speech to text app integrated into Zoom which, in theory, should give you a better result than Skype. 

I haven’t been able to test this yet but I have emailed Zoom to check exactly how it works. I’ll add an update comment when I have more detail. I should note that I haven’t tried this myself but, I have used Zoom and Otter.ai independently so I would imagine the results would be good. 

For: Good level of accuracy Integrated so can be used when streaming audio into hearing aids.

Against: Paid version of Zoom and Otter.ai is required (see relevant info from Zoom here and Otter.ai here) Let us know how you get on.

The Ideas for Ears team hopes this post has inspired you to give video calling with subtitles a try. As with anything new, you need to get used to video-calling with subtitles, and so does the person talking to you – so persevere, laugh about the inaccuracies that subtitles often throw up, and look upon it as a learning experience Remember that different devices, apps, internet connections etc make for a different experience, so what works for you with one family member or colleague may not work with another. 

Experiment until you find what’s best for different situations. Try not to get too downhearted if it doesn’t work all the time, technology, like everything right now, is unpredictable – but stick with it!

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Deaf Support (Ireland).

See-through facemasks help Indonesia’s deaf communicate


[But UK minister for health says no, they don't offer enough protection against COVID-19.]  Probably viable for street use only, NOT medical use.



Lip-reading suddenly got tricky when everyone covered their face during the coronavirus pandemic, but Indonesian tailors have hit upon the perfect solution – see-through masks.

One husband and wife duo in Makassar on Sulawesi Island started producing cloth masks with transparent plastic in the middle to help fellow deaf people.  “Since the pandemic started, everyone is wearing facemasks. For deaf people, we can’t understand what others are saying because we can’t read their lips,” said 52-year-old Faizah Badaruddin.

“There were a lot of misunderstandings,” she added. Badaruddin and her husband used to sew cushions, bedsheets and curtains for customers. But when orders dried up, Badaruddin looked up instructional videos online to work out how to produce masks for the hearing impaired.

Since early April, the little business has been producing as many as two dozen transparent masks a day in small, medium and large sizes. They sell for between 10,000 rupiah to 15,000 rupiah each. (50-70p UK, or 65-70c USA).

My Diary...

Monday, 27 April 2020

Growing up with hearing loss

One Life on Martha's Vineyard.


Life on Martha’s Vineyard has been mostly ideal for 11-year-old Mary Elizabeth Lambert, the protagonist of Ann Clare LeZotte’s historical novel SHOW ME A SIGN. 


It’s 1805 and she’s lived in Chilmark her whole life, unaware of the safe harbor it has provided from the outside world. Mary and her fellow Chilmark residents are descendants of English colonists such as her great-great-grandfather Jonathan Lambert, who arrived in 1692 from the Weald, a region in Kent known for its deaf population. 

Over time, as the townspeople have become a mix of the hearing and the deaf, they’ve replaced Lambert’s English sign language with their own homegrown version. This community seems to embrace intersectional identities. Mary, who is deaf, enjoys amateur spy expeditions with her best friend, Nancy Skiffe — who was born hearing to deaf parents — and exchanges stories with the grizzled hermit Ezra Brewer. She trails after Thomas Richards, a freed former slave working as a farmhand for her father, or his daughter, Sally, who is Wampanoag Indian on her mother’s side. 

But the islanders coexist at the edge of discord. Freedmen, like Thomas, aren’t invited into Mary’s home; he could be kidnapped and sold back into slavery at any time. Irish immigrants are only slightly more accepted. Colonists, like Nancy’s father, angrily lay claim to lands that the Wampanoag have lived on for generations. Amid such tensions among the people she loves, 

Mary has one overriding concern. It has been eight months since her beloved brother, George, was killed in a carriage accident as they played on the high road. Pushed out of harm’s way by George, Mary has been guiltily concealing the fact that she was the one who suggested their outing.

The ATR Dossier

The response to the current chaos of deaf support and to respond to the 'Dossier Of Shame' produced in desperation by the NUASLI.

THE ATR DOSSIER.

Learn English Words: DOSSIER - Meaning, Vocabulary with Pictures ...The NUASLI 'dossier of disgrace' was interesting if only it revealed just what a biased, random, and chaotic mess BSL support was and still is.  The NUASLI would not actually ID how many BSL users there were, and who or how many amateurs were cashing in on BSL to the detriment of the BSL users and the professionalisms of trained Interpreters, they would not even name the agencies they claimed were exploiting the Deaf and BSL for own ends, and providing sub-standard and untrained BSL support to deaf people.  Probably because a number of BSL deaf are involved. let's not ID their part in their own downfall!

As stated elsewhere the primary concern was not so much about that professionalism being undermined but the fact it had affected their wages, then cynical in complaining about a real issue they cannot or won't address (Or identify), themselves.  If people lack BSL qualifications then they are frauds plain and simple.

The way things have gone ATR feels completely vindicated in the view the whole aspect of BSL and deaf support is/was always a complete shambles and now heading for meltdown. We said day one, that once BSL was a commodity to be sold then the whole thing would deteriorate and it has.  Aided and incompetently abetted by Deaf BSL charities.

Even Lip-reading support areas are struggling and they can only see one way of surviving, that is following the BSL gravy train by putting on their site this confusing and curious advice.."We advise lip-readers to learn as much BSL as they can..'  Have they admitted what ATR declared 7 years ago? that the lip-reading classes and support had collapsed then via nil demand? and the huge failure of LR classwork? (As ATR mooted, was down to the incoherence of lip-reading tuition which is a  complete farce with no pupil qualification, no standard classwork, no testing, no assessments,  and ... no severe deaf in attendance?)  You learn OK, you fail that is OK, no big deal!  Hardly cause for complaint when the BSL system did the same but at least they made money from it.

The NUASLI has now admitted everyone and their pet dog has taken up a bit of sign and undermined the BSL support system flooding it with amateurs, and hearing developing own courses that in fact utilise S.E. not BSL.  Systems have lowered the standards even a limbo dancer would be hard-pressed to get under, which has encouraged lower qualified signers to act as semi-professionals in aspects of deaf care too.

The AOHL decided enough was enough and flogged its deaf care to the private area where standards are even lower.  'You just cannot get the people..' really?  These amateurs (And many may be from your own deaf social circle),  are cashing in, as are both deaf and hearing, setting themselves up as 'Mentors' and 'Teachers' to those with hearing via self-developed 'awareness' gigs that are vague finger-spelling things and a smattering of Milan, it's work and a wage innit?  

Standards have gone out the window, no norms exist.   There is nobody to regulate it because the deaf and their supporters have lost control.  The NUASLI which did its own thing for years on end, never saw it coming, a bit sniffy and above it all, but pleading to the state now to protect their livelihood and do what they refused to when we asked years ago.   They sleep-walked into it.  They are still arguing with free-lance interpreters over wages and who does what and where.  Freelance interpreting is inefficient, unregulated, and has to be addressed.

ATR suggested 7 even 9yrs years ago to replace UK BSL and lip-reading tuitional classes and to promote neither, as stand-alone entities, and to set up a national system of qualified and supervised communication support and tuition classes run by the system and monitored by them, to include assessments of need too, you cannot just let people assess themselves if only so some norm can exist because the professionals and the deaf can't cut it. They laughed at ATR, but they aren't laughing now. That inertia has done it for them.

There are so few lip-speakers, and even fewer lip-readers to a standard required for their use,  as to render the point academic in most areas,. In Wales e.g. they would identify only 2 out of 53 BSL terps who had any qualification to lip-speak, we can assune from thwat LR is rathr low in the defa priority as a real need.

Amazingly, the Lip-speaking website has conceded lip-reading defeat and told people to sign instead? even the AOHL has started promoting they love the BSL user and sign language, after 15 years of feuding and even legal action between them and the BSL user, after they dumped their BSL using CEO, they too conceded they cannot sell hearing loss or even assistive technology to them, so want to sell BSL again now.  

This is of course not going to happen and should not, given the support for sign language has gone down the pan it would result in competition, which would promote a race to the bottom for professionals in the deaf field.   The basic issue was never treating deaf (or Hard of Hearing), support as a vocational area or one that required professionalism in all its application.

The BSL user has mostly limited LR skills but can use enough with the sign to get by, well some can, we really don't except from own personal skill claims, nobody can validate, but neither approach works as a real stand-alone mode.  This is the same for everyone with hearing loss,.  As ATR mooted, the Deaf V deaf, V hard of hearing 'wars' ramble on and on and on.  The lack of any unity or of any sort or direction, combined with an unsightly and unwanted free-for-all mooted as choice and rights, have zeroed the point and made real rights a joke.  The needs of the many outweigh the choice of the few or should do.  Minority rule was never going to cut it.

The NUASLI now says the system is collapsing in disarray and they and the deaf have lost control over the standards and delivery of BSL support to the deaf who use it. No wonder the majority of deaf prefer their own brother, sister,  or mum and dad to do it instead.  

ATR has no sympathy for the NUASLI and even less for the 'Deaf' rights area who contributed to this mess.  We asked them years ago to demand and unite to ensure standards were kept and to root out and remove those undermining support, bring test cases so a professional norm was more clearly identified, they ignored us, the Deaf charities did too.  The NUASLI D.O.Shame. then refused to name and shame. So offered no proof' of what was going on. DOH!!

Amateurs get away with it because the system gets no coherence from the deaf themselves and it then comes down to who is the cheapest.  Result? anything goes.

ATR could see the mess then via the emergence of DIY 'Deaf cultural' centres being opened up and people who although deaf and know sign socially, had not actually passed the higher  BSL level exams they needed, or any exam to teach it.  Instead, they insisted it was another language, another grammar and taking a teacher exam was a discrimination, they did own thing with the chaotic results we saw highlighted in the NUBASL dossier, too little, and far too late.

They and the deaf support need to admit they cannot run an effective own system any more and let the government NOT those who hire that support, run it because they don't know who is deaf or who isn't or what support they need to provide. Freelance BSL interpreters are blocking a lot of it.  Deaf rights merchants haven't helped. It needs a root and branch clear out, heads to roll, charitable remits challenged, and clarity to be seen. 

Assess all, define need properly, demand qualifications, get a real support area established that includes everyone too, or, just see more of the same.  The only winners are those who care less about deaf or HoH support and more about how much they can make from it.

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Access rights is it a deaf problem?

Right or Wrong — SteemitYou would think so considering all the angst we are reading online about the issues of having difficulty to LIP-READ people during this pandemic.  Seems Sign-language on its own isn't up to it and given next to no health staff sign anyway.

Force them?  get real.  Having a deaf sign relay system tends only to work if the medicos do not operate face to face, and interaction takes place remotely, else deaf are faced by medical and others staff masked up.

This has forced some deaf to accept the importance of being able to lip-read to compliment sign effectiveness, while others are saying they are prevented sign access and that is ALL they need.  It has also rattled them as having to rely on lip-reading more now, they find their skill isn't up to it.  Some are still looking to blame others.  Try your own campaigners....... it was their priority to oppose English and lip-reading.

However, no system existing that can ensure who you try to lip-read is a viable or clear lip-speaker.  80% won't be, lip-reading ability is a lottery, no guarantees you will ever get 100% or even the fabled 30%.  If you take into account the UK systems of communication support to deaf and to hard of hearing, then again there is no effective system to do that.  They are also doomed to repeat those mistakes while they argue which method is 'best'.

It's been related until our eyes bleed, that BSL tuition to adults is ONLY for hearing people, and lip-reading ONLY for those with enough useful hearing to make the most of it (who go pieces when that hearing loss gets too severe). So 10m brits with hearing loss are up that creek with no paddle and a leaky boat.  The coronavirus has put a stop to any choices or preferences being really effective.  As we can read, there are still very strange deaf people attacking lip-reading and object to having to use it in a workplace or anywhere else, which makes the current 'campaigns' running against mask-wearing ridiculous.  But these people are ridiculous and dangerously unaware of the risk.  Their problem let's not make it ours.

Even more, as some deaf demand medics remove them so both are at ultimate risk of infection.  The 'see-through' masks don't currently cut it as they don't offer enough protection.  It seems pretty obvious sign language access has become an issue and not because of shortage of terps or bans either, (that was a lie invented by UK deaf opportunism and created fear amidst deaf people), but the fact is that interpreters are people too and not willing to risk infection, not even for their clients. Would deaf risk infection for them?  Doubtful.  Should we even be considering it?

It would appear technology and text approaches are becoming the more effective and safer methods to adopt to understand, except signing deaf are opposing literacy of English and claiming it an assault on culture instead, it could mean they die!   It's pretty staggering to read deaf prefer virus exposure to common sense because it is a 'right!' as IF coronavirus gives a s.h.i.t. what you believe in let's face it.  Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, black, white, or striped (!),  man woman or child,  gay, straight, bi, trans-whatever, coronavirus will find a way in if you let it.  It's a completely democratic virus and will treat everyone the same, and kill them if it can.

Deaf areas need to stop being silly about what is a very serious issue that can mean life or death.  Perhaps use this time to think about their wasted efforts?  The last 25 years have in awareness terms and campaigning terms been undone, coronavirus has zeroed it all and exposed the awareness as at fault. The bias and emergence of the big 'D' created a new form of discrimination to lobby about and did nothing to unite for the common good.  

It now just stands for Division and the campaigns run by martyrs for the cause, most of whom can operate all sides of the hearing loss question.  The only people with a real choice not offering others that choice.

It's pretty clear opposition to alternatives and assists to current communication approaches (And its tuition),  have to cease, it has left the deaf with limited options to cope or understand the information they really need to be aware of, instead, they are demanding yet again everyone else adopts to their own individual D/d way of doing things and everyone has to adapt to that when we as people with hearing loss don't ourselves. 

Failure to comply can mean more claims of discrimination etc..  The blame game may well pay in the USA via its sue culture,  it doesn't in the UK.  

There has to be a new approach to teaching the deaf child, and the adult deaf needs to be educated in all alternatives available to give them the most edge to follow.  People are dying folks, it is NOT a competition on which approach is best!  You dither you die.


Digital Flash Cards (II).


NHS anaesthetist Dr Rachael Grimaldi
What ATR covers the Guardian Newspaper follows up with.

UK doctor invents digital flashcards to help Covid-19 patients understand staff Cardmedic overcomes communication barrier caused by healthcare staff wearing PPE 

NHS anaesthetist Dr Rachael Grimaldi Dr Rachael Grimaldi says she was inspired to create Cardmedic after hearing of a patient who was left terrified by his inability to understand staff in PPE. 

A coronavirus patient’s terrifying hospital experience inspired an NHS doctor to create a flashcard system to improve communication with medical staff wearing face masks. Anaesthetist Rachael Grimaldi founded Cardmedic while on maternity leave after reading about a Covid-19 patient who was unable to understand healthcare workers through their personal protective equipment (PPE). Her system enables medical staff to ask critically ill or deaf coronavirus patients important questions and share vital information on digital flashcards displayed on a phone, tablet or computer. 

The idea went from concept to launch on 1 April in just 72 hours and is now being used by NHS trusts and hospitals in 50 countries across the world. Coronavirus: the week explained - sign up for our email newsletter Read more Grimaldi, 36, from Brighton, said: “Unable to be patient-facing during the Covid-19 pandemic, I was desperate to do something to help while on maternity leave. “What started out as me wondering if healthcare staff could use a pen and paper to communicate with patients, within 72 hours, turned into an online A-Z index of digital flashcards.” 

Cardmedic is currently available in 10 different languages, including Polish and French, and features a “read aloud” option to help those who are blind or too unwell to read. The communication cards are free to download on Cardmedic’s website and have already been accessed by more than 8,000 users. “The feedback has been fantastic, I have been really blown away,” said Dr Grimaldi. “People have said it’s such a simple idea, why hasn’t it been thought of before?”