Thursday, 13 August 2020

Deaf Inclusivity the Myths and the Lies.


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From social media comment that actually does not rabbit on about clear masks, lip-reading, but if the aim really IS to include deaf people?

#1 As long as I can remember the deaf world has been plagued by do-gooders who want to change things by inventing new names. The deaf world and particularly the Deaf world tend to be manipulated by hearing social workers who want to sort it all out. 

One of the ways they do this is to keep changing the language. 

That's where all these things like partially hearing and hearing-impaired come from. Instead of using plain old fashioned "deaf" they invent new and "better" ways of expressing it. This needs to stop. Years ago people with a noticeable hearing loss would call themselves partially deaf. This was not good enough for the do-gooders and they decided to change it to partially hearing. Most deaf people were quite definite about it. 

We're deaf. We want to be called deaf. It's what we are. But still the social workers kept saying partially hearing. It's disrespectful, that's wot it is. So why do all these people keep trying to change things? We should tell them to eff off. Deafness is OURS not theirs. Every name change creates another discriminated against area."

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#2 "Our worlds such as they are, contain, Deaf, deaf, HI, HoH, deaf-blind, deafened, and I gather half a dozen others... including cultural and non-cultural deaf, all based really not on the degree of loss or access but what format to communicate you are using, this was a system we vowed never to support, a division by decibel, race, culture, loss degree or communication used, even how you live or were educated gets defined and often with no consultations or permissions being given, and since nobody uses just one means defining people this way isolates unfairly. 

Any more labels on our back we won't need to worry about being an invisible disability area, but it will still not make anyone aware of the need.  Perhaps it IS a charity, social worker, deaf awareness focus group, and interpreter backed job-creating scheme. If so none of it is working for us which is a worry. Horses for courses has become a mantra for discrimination being validated, and the discriminators are....... US because we go along with it.  Don't we have names any more?"