Friday, 16 October 2020

Deaf Academy closed by COVID


Exmouth Deaf Academy closes after pupils and staff test positive for coronavirus

The Exmouth Deaf Academy has closed its doors and moved its teaching online after four students and three staff tested positive for Covid-19. The academy said it had been informed of a confirmed case of the coronavirus among its staff and pupils over the weekend, and immediately closed the school and college as a precaution. A total of three staff and four students have been confirmed as having Covid-19, and a number of adults and children are also self-isolating as part of measures to control the virus.

The academy said no date has been set for reopening the site. Sylvan Dewing, Deaf Academy principal, said: “We are working closely with parents to ensure the temporary closure does not have an impact on teaching. “We established a successful online academy during lockdown which is in place and has resumed. “As ever, education and student and staff wellbeing remain our utmost priority.

“We will continue to be in communication with our parents as we receive the latest updates from Public Health England.” The academy liaised with Public Health England and school governors on learning of the initial positive Covid test. Its day pupils, and the residential students, will now be taught online while the academy is closed.



It's not acceptance alone, the reality is we DON'T HEAR, it is also a sensory loss.  While there is an increase of educated deaf people both the USA and UK still suffer considerable issues following the country's language.  In an 'ideal' world for some areas if everyone uses sign language that's the aim.  In practice, it won't happen because the ASL and BSL signer doesn't want inclusion, i.e. except in limited and own terms, and mainstream/society (Indeed inclusion), doesn't work that way.

As explained HERE inclusion cannot work, and acceptance is relative, we are still viewed as a disabled area by virtue of the fact we need support and welfare help, these tend to suggest to everyone else deafness is a disability else why the demands for so much physical and financial support?  To accept we need that support is a valid point, but to then suggest actually we don't if everyone hearing signs or something equally impossible to achieve.

Most deaf are neither signing or lip-reading much as the years go on, technology has freed them to a large extent.  Again this doesn't mean we can now 'hear' and mange easily without it, or other help, or indeed keep the deaf culture alive without 'Disability' funding, which also gave the UK no less than 2 dedicated BSL TV programs for free, both of which incidentally, failed to utilise that medium to offer the deaf COVID updates! Every time we see able deaf communicating with speech and subtitles, but promoting sign it tends to confuse the message too.

Of course most deaf DO communicate this way, Deaf campaigners used the term 'empowerment' instead of 'support' but, the UK e.g. has over 900 charities helping them out, and 954 BSL interpreters until all that ceases others are sceptical acceptance alone is going to work, it demands by default everyone signs too.  I don't see an acceptance of deaf except as a seriously disabled area, again the UK welfare state supports that financially and on that basis.  They don't pay money to keep the culture going but to help deaf cope with the disabling effect of deafness, and perhaps sign reliance?

Last year e.g. 68% of hard of hearing failed to qualify for welfare help, despite them having no support system extant.  By comparison, the welfare agency gave some deaf signers near £900 per WEEK because that was the cost of their signed support to work. What have the deaf got against the disabled anyway? they are always negative about them.  But they continue to claim disability funding.  If they have a principle then let's see it. Stop claiming help.

The USA like the UK is still at a plateau whereby literacy is still around a 9yr old and illiteracy IS a greater disability than being deaf.