Sunday, 7 June 2020
You can lip-read forever.... (Apologies to Ms Streisland)...
When did the cultural mantra change from 'All deaf sign', to 'All deaf lip-read'? When 85% of deaf people who sign have no effective ability without it, or interventional support?
What COVID has done is expose what many other activists have been trying to do for years and not listened to, in that the cultural and sign message was an exercise in mass disinformation, hijacked by people who have less interest in sign or culture and more in the cash, work and Kudos that comes with promoting it, mostly, by deaf who can manage with or without it.
It's not really in their interests to promote inclusion or support adaptation by deaf people, hence the relentless assaults on alleviations, oral approaches, even Makaton and hearing parents, COVID has outed them. Clear masks was a way by these people to suggest a change of emphasis on how deaf communicate to maintain the momentum for their strange idea of what we all need.
PPE wasn't created to undermine deaf people, it is there to save lives.
Knowing their interpreters are unwilling to risk their health for them they are going for mask-wearing as a block and discrimination instead. It is health necessity COVID doesn't care if you are deaf, a signer, a lip-reader, are black, white or striped, it will infect and can kill you if you don't take care.
Such negative people have been exposed because the promotion of clear masks offer little or no protection to COVID 19. Again people have seen a way to make money by selling DIY versions, multi-coloured and again not offering any protection to the user. It also failed to explain a sign user wants... sign language access (!) because they know lip-reading isn't enough for them. Nobody has told them they can get it online or on their phones for free, because the negatives need to maintain their disinformative message.
Instead of suggesting the deaf use alternatives to lip-reading they cannot really do anyway, they declared using text etc is yet another assault on their sign use, their language rights, it's obscure grammar, their.... playing on fear, how despicable are these people? And why can't deaf see through them? We will never have a better chance to remove them.
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