[Cue 'I'd like to teach the world to sign...'] As a poster challenges both a UK dedicated BSL site and a Hard of hearing one on their own remit failures.
"This group is for ALL people who have a hearing loss. Some of those people rely on interpreters and this is an amazing campaign to support people like them. Like Jasper says, we are ONE community fighting for equality!"
I would disagree respectfully, we don't really need a constant barrage of awareness of other people's needs but a distinct focus on our own, I would agree the concept of altogether is a great idea (if unrealistic as areas are already going it alone).
I do not think it works, as we can see any query we do things for our own HoH area without proclaiming we all sign as well, is seen as some sort of discrimination, you can get a quite hostile response if you say I would rather this not that. I've stopped paying 'lip-service' to others because it is dishonest, it's being false, and cowardly basically.
The UK has no HoH system of support and no real awareness either. There are obviously HoH who sign as well but that is just blurring the definitions they are minuscule in number, unrepresentative, and it's not really advancing the HoH case.
Charities and focus groups, awareness seminars, individuals and minority groups, deaf and HI awareness campaigners etc all can 'specialise' legally, e.g the BDA, who don't include the HoH, and often won't provide subtitles either and speak in our name statistically they also claim a 'Deaf and Hi' remit along with many others because they lose funds if they don't look inclusive but we know they aren't. Once BSL is mentioned we know that isn't the HoH automatically.
Why is every plea for our HoH support seen as an 'attack' on the signers? A stand-alone system for HoH is perfectly legitimate a demand. We have the numerical clout to do it as well. Most people posting here declare they are ...
(A) Not the same people.
(B) Do not have the same aims.
(C) Do not have the same social norms.
(D) Do not have the same communication needs.
(E) Do not have the same view of hearing loss or deafness.
Saying we aren't inclusive, is failing to understand long-established norms. Deaf aren't inclusive, only of each other that's all and have some legal right to stay that way. I don't see your sites viable in those respects to say we are 'all one and the same' it's not true, and this isn't a coca-cola advert it is our lives.
I wish the signer well but I'm not them, and I'm not spending my life ignoring my need because it isn't theirs. We can co-exist it's what they are doing already. THAT is equality. Stop with the one world crap, never heard of diversity? or a right to choose? It doesn't mean only YOU get to do that, equality is a double-edged sword. You cannot do what you want, IF, it affects someone else. You cannot speak in other people's name either.
Democracy is a myth too.
Democracy is a myth too.