Friday, 17 July 2020

Why I embrace my English Privilege.

It enables me to challenge nonsense from sign using (Most actually aren't), campaigners/activists, who claim to have own grammar and an unfinished visual language who spend lives complaining about it never using it to make the point. Perhaps BSL grammar is some sort of deaf 'Esperanto' or something?

English is, funny enough, our national language and enables deaf to be taught how to include themselves, bugger I know given campaigning needs to be based on NOT being included, and would result in 100s of UK 'Deaf' focus group workers looking for a job.  'We need to be seen as persecuted or its a waste of time..' as one sage cultural adherent once told me after 11 pints.    I also noticed those complaining those advocating or using English are an elite or cut above them, so respond with BSL videos that you can't follow, ya-boo sucks etc, 'we cannot even print our own grammar',  so use English instead.

I am detecting some dissent in the ranks.  If I am with this English elite it's time they paid their dues and were a bit more respectful, or I'll join a charity and start patronising them.  The curious thing about their claims is they use English to complain about it, indeed 78% of all deaf output online is in the mother tongue (written ENGLISH), and to be fair a lot of deaf are quite adept at using it (Paddy Ladd an exception, his writings are still subject of some debate, ergo to bin? or not to bin? is the question.). 



Perhaps it is those weird BSL focus group people? who are struggling to prove they need to reject an English education, in favour of some undeclared and unviable alternative (Because they can).  They are unable to succeed since they need to use English to raise their point. It widens English awareness which enables them to demand they shouldn't nor we shouldn't, be using it.  I'd ask them to explain the logic but... 

Someone cruelly suggests they need to go this way it means lots of work for people who don't rely on sign to demand hearing change their wicked ways and adopt whatever it is they are not using themselves, in case the point it cannot be followed comes out..  

We could suggest they have no BSL grammar references for a start.  Other than 'Deaf do this or deaf do that' (God knows what hearing are using, perhaps its this awful 'English' or something), which is hardly proof of an academic basis for an unidentifed grammatical base for sign.  Taking into account poor educational attainment, I have to admit the deaf have done quite well-attaining levels of English, which is all to the good, I just don't get what their gripe is?  English HAS empowered them, and what happened to bilingualism anyway?

So the idea is to what?  Reject bilingualism? demand they are taught in whatever they claim is their grammar instead, and then insist mainstream accommodates it?   Only last week we saw demands for LESS BSL use and MORE signed English being used, so the deaf majority can more easily access the world outside their own. These grammar demands are unrealistic and holding them back.  I  blame COVID personally it affects reason in some cases.  They will be asking for clear masks for the deaf who cannot lip-read next.

No I DON'T want a clear mask!

These Funny Surgical Masks Will Help Children To Live Better The ...In response to the UK's largest Hearing loss charity asking people if they would ask others to remove their masks?  Of course, half the BSL community posted they don't want people wearing masks, let alone clear ones, NOT going to happen of course, but AOHL gets it in the neck for past inertia (And for asking silly questions).

"Why would anyone do that? 90% of deaf sign users cannot manage on lip-reading alone, and those that do (including the HoH), adapted to technology, it's (Clear masks), are a campaign for campaign's sake, given they had to accept signed support via face-to-face Interpreters wasn't a viable demand.  If Interpreters can be accepted for refusing to be infected, why can't everyone else?

Unless EVERYONE wears a clear mask it is pointless. (And they still won't sign at you).  AOHL could do a survey on the real effectiveness of lip-reading classes (Where NO deaf attend), or sign language classes (Also where no deaf are in attendance), and where BSL learners are actively discouraged FROM speaking, making LR academic and a real challenge to lip-reading deaf as well demanding these masks.  

We asked the old RNID 15 YEARS ago to scrap these classes of bias and develop a single total communication approach, if only in support of its own membership fed up with the communication divides.  We also asked them to develop pools of support so HoH can access what they need, at present unless you are a sign user there is no support to obtain. 

I doubt AOHL has any handle on WHAT Hard of Hearing need.  It seems to survive cleaning out hearing aids or something.  We could suggest the fact no realistic campaign has been evident for 15 years is a start.  Hearing loss support is banging its head against a cultural brick wall.  AOHL has the clout to challenge and it is time they got off the fence because a dozen BSL activists are wiping the floor with them, making a biased battlefield of access and support.   

Either challenge or cut the cord.  We suggested already 3 viable campaigns that would really benefit the UK HoH community, why ask for suggestions then stick to the same old, biased and tired mantras? and not reply? AOHL goes online 'zooming' and invites questions, then ignores what really counts, as PR I would say it is a pointless exercise, who are they fooling? 

Unless we challenge the status quo 10m HoH are not going to get anything at all.  The proof is there, exposed by something that HAS challenged, and those with hearing loss and deafness cannot counter, COVID 19.  It doesn't care if you sign or lip-read.

Navel contemplation was never a system to advance support with, nor pandering to the vociferous few. Backing off from annoying BSL activism is casting doubt on AOHL's credibility.  They should actively be challenging the 'Deaf & HoH' remit as discrimination because it supports division by decibel, social activity,  segregation,  and biased communication mode, using human RIGHTS, which was designed to do the opposite, and an area the USA have exploited online to promote ASL instead because social media and google won't stop them using a 'Hard of Hearing' (even 'UK'), tag to promote something else entirely.."