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?”