Wednesday, 31 March 2021
A conundrum given the 'deaf' don't have one! Sadly yet another video on the community that is at odds with their own belief and definitions, encompassing yet again EVERYONE who aspires or claims deafness to be part of this 'community' whose membership varies depending on who goes online with it and if they sign or not.
It is really important those who think ears are just for hanging spectacles on, don't suggest everyone with hearing loss thinks the same as they do, in reality in the UK 10m disagree! 'deaf' don't have a culture, it is those aspiring to Deaf that does that. Sadly these grammatical errors are proving a real handicap to highlighting hearing loss and its awareness, as the relentless online plug for culture attempt to label everyone.
I am not blind, but you don't see born blind claiming everyone with a sight loss is the same as them...
Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Monday, 29 March 2021
[I bet they were up all night ensuring no capital D was seen lol]. What does accessibility mean to you? We’re most familiar with the term in relation to accessing products, services and environments. It’s important to people with disabilities. But what is involved in making something accessible?
Over the last 50 years, there have been significant changes to make communities more accessible. Policy changes, technological advancements and growing awareness have contributed to a more inclusive society. But many barriers still exist.
Why accessibility is important to the deaf community
According to Public Health England, there are “around 11 million people across the UK with hearing loss”. Accessibility plays a fundamental role in their day-to-day lives. It allows deaf and hard of hearing people to participate in society and social life, something most of non-deaf people take for granted.
Inadequate accessibility bars deaf people from exercising rights and taking up opportunities that should be available to all. It can lead to fewer educational and job opportunities. It can also result in social withdrawal, a sense of isolation and mental health issues. Barriers to basic access are barriers to inclusion and equality.
Challenges faced by deaf and hard of hearing people are mostly related to communication barriers. We live in a majority-hearing world and deaf people are often faced with a lack of understanding or awareness of their communication needs.
It is a common misconception that deafness means you can’t hear at all. In fact, there are many levels of hearing loss. Every deaf person is unique and interacts with those around them a bit differently. Some use sign language, others use speech and lipreading, and some use a mixture, or other methods.
Communication barriers can result in a lack of confidence, depression, a sense of isolation and unemployment. Deaf and hard of hearing people have to make adjustments and efforts every day. The burden to make communication accessible shouldn’t have to be their responsibility alone. It’s vital that non-deaf people join in and play a part too.
Not sure how? Start by asking what type of communication they would like to use. Becoming more deaf aware can help remove some of the barriers. Deaf Unity runs Deaf Awareness, Introduction to BSL and accredited BSL courses. Get in touch to start learning more about what you can do to make communication easier.
There are assistive listening technologies and devices available which can be a big help. They include those listed below but the range is expanding all the time:
Induction loops or amplifier systems
Video Relay Service (VRS) – some services such SignLive offer 24/7 availability
Some simple situational adjustments can also make a difference:
Addition of visual display (text, images, icons)
Accessible materials (BSL)
Reducing background noise
Availability of BSL interpreters
Another chapter with the USA deaf obsession with anti-oral tuition of the deaf. So choice shouldn't be allowed? To be fair the bloke died 100 years ago, time to move on? Live in the past you stay there. Deaf people can speak and can lip-read and we advocate that, what's the beef?
He clearly misunderstood about deaf genetics, 9 out of 10 are born to hearing people, there are few genetic deaf at all, less than 2%. Areas like Martha's Vineyard prompted his view. While viewed as some 'inclusive utopia' by modern-day deaf pundits, the reality is their isolation created it, once that changed so did the 'inclusiveness' and fewer deaf being born. Surely they can't be holding Bell responsible for that? It was progress.
A new book about Alexander Graham Bell that explores the relationship between Alexander Graham Bell and the deaf—including his wife and mother.
Katie Booth tells the story in “The Invention of Miracles: Language, Power, and Alexander Graham Bell’s Quest to End Deafness.” She grew up in a mixed hearing/Deaf family; her grandparents and great-aunt were deaf. Booth now teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.
Her book explores Bell's promotion of deaf education that prioritized the spoken word and lip-reading. His oralist approach included a paper he wrote in 1884 titled “Upon the Formation of a Deaf Variety of the Human Race.” In it, he warned that if deaf people began socializing and inevitably intermarrying, they would create “a defective race of human beings [that] would be a great calamity to the world.”
Booth explores how Bell's hatred of sign language left scars on the deaf in the U.S. for decades. She writes: “In the deaf world . . . he’s remembered with rage. He’s the man who launched a war in which the deaf would have to fight for their lives.” While Bell's disturbing story is not new to those who are a part of Deaf Culture, Booth's book is expected to reach a number of people in the hearing world who were not aware of this part of American history.
Friday, 26 March 2021
Thursday, 25 March 2021
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It is the NHS job, not charity, who aren't able to replace the NHS access, get real.
Their CEO seems to disagree, he tweeted yesterday and stated BSL access to the NHS isn't a charity job at all and it is unviable to assume ANY charity let alone his, can or should supplement what is, a deaf right to the NHS in sign language or any other medium the disabled, deaf and HoH use.
This current campaign about poor funding just highlights the reality, in that deaf or HoH charities cannot and should not be supplementing access to our National Health services at all for the deaf, or any other disability sector. Charity is supposed to help fill the gaps, not create them.
The current issue is more an effort to protect charity jobs, not to enhance BSL access, which SignHealth cannot do by being a poorly-funded 'sub-contractor' of some kind that specialises in just one format deaf use, they actually undermine BSL access by splitting demand, but they aren't alone, 32 other 'major' charities are faffing about trying to do the same and failing too.
To date, (and driven in part by the Covid epidemic), numerous deaf charities have decided they are an effective replacement for the National Health Services in the UK, having been exposed as pie-in-the-sky dreamers they launch campaigns to make them obsolete? right !!!!
Naturally, the state is more than willing to agree as the charity relies on free support and paid professionals who certainly don't work for free. It is some sort of unofficial 'privatisation' of deaf and disability support, to a health service supposedly legally accessible to all.
The role of charity offering care and support to the deaf has to change, it is cash-driven and reliant on BSL mostly, (There is no money in hearing loss), BSL is the only area campaigning currently for NHS access it already has but is reluctant to demand it should be an inclusive set up.
They suggest the NHS declaration of patient rights does not empower all patients it just suggests medical areas 'make every effort' to accommodate them, that is misleading, it applies to private medical areas, not the NHS. Here, BSL (or any other language), is an NHS right, not only to information on service provision but, access to all its services.
The UK has no less than NINE access, equality and inclusion laws that also empower BSL access to the NHS and any other format that can assist patient care and diagnosis. The question asked, is why charities are picking up the tab for them on the cheap, and not simply demanding their right and protecting charities instead? Every iota of help a deaf charity provides means the NHS won't itself, it is Catch 22. Every time you use charity help means one less intent for the state system to do its job.
Charity should withdraw from deaf care and support, this would force the NHS to provide what it is legally supposed to provide anyway, by showing instant demand. It does need, however, any state provision to ensure ONLY professional and neutral BSL support and provision can be used, and friends and family cannot do it themselves, only 'sit in' as personal support. Own support does two things, it undermines demand, and, undermines Deaf personal choices and decision-making.
Complaints 'Where is the terp' were zeroed because charities were doing it at the behest of deaf people themselves, there was a widespread campaign to demand deaf should not 'read all about it' and they were all fluent lip-readers and masks were making life difficult for them, again no basis in statistical truth. Using family support (An area supported by the BDA a sign-based charity), takes the onus away from the state to provide albeit they did anyway after a fashion because charity said they would do it.
It was SignHealth and others who said they could provide a state service update provision, but it was/is all reliant on funds they expected, but didn't get.
The 'Business' of BSL support is at odds with the basic right of access deaf have anyway. One mooted concern is deaf wary that inclusion and access laws take away their 'preference', be they social, medical or any other, so inclusion still seems an issue with BSL areas. Developing own and stand-alone systems means they can continue to run their area on some parallel course to the mainstream, even if, this means some deaf will be restricted in moving outward from those areas. There are BSL Bills etc which want to isolate how deaf are taught from hearing peers, not just because of deafness but to indoctrinate the deaf child to a culture-driven setup, because their communication options would be restricted to sign only.
That 'right' is used as a very effective barrier TO inclusion by default. Charities obtained in excess of £50m last year just for BSL usage. That did not include care, education, or any welfare costs. 95 registered BSL charities failed to provide the expertise to show sufficient funding to be viable, wasting millions in grants that saw no benefits to the deaf or anyone else. Over-duplication is an established norm, and no checks are made by the state charity commission.
Only two campaigns exist, 'we want more money', and 'we are left out'. This won't change until charity stops promoting help it cannot deliver and lacks reliability or choice. Having been allocated many millions in funding to charities we ask where has it all actually gone? What was a tangible benefit?
Surveys suggest it costs in excess of £500 per month just to support someone with a disability, the average life expectancy is age 66. Do your own maths. Access to work Deaf welfare allowances can cost the taxpayer near £1,000 per month, double what many other disabled areas can claim. The Deaf have TWO subsidised TV channels in BSL, and overall 1500 charities supporting them, and a national BSL support set up of well over 350 interpreters, despite claims 110,000 using sign, it seems there is little demand for supporting it and most support is part-time...
The claims they are hard done by or deprived isn't ringing true at all. We don't object to support cost, but do question the issues of haphazard, expensive, random, biased, and questionable means they are using to address deafness, using culture as a buffer to criticism of sheer greed, waste, and vested interest. In effect they have NEVER had it so good...
Wednesday, 24 March 2021
For those of us desperately hoping as we get vaccinated to buggery, and don our clear masks in the forlorn hope that will work for us, they will revert to ye olde deaf clubs and systems of 2019, they may well be in for a rude shock and awakening. Covid says no.
Those that rely on subsidised or socially supported (Local authority/Social Service/Church e.g.), clubs may find they need to show 'passports' of members too or be refused, systems won't take overall responsibility. Limits on members using a club may take place also if social distancing is still a norm, clubs have to be physically assessed to ascertain if they can do that. Kitchens managed etc.
A lot of deaf clubs are run rather crudely to be honest and via a loose hierarchy of sorts, this won't manage covid, and a lot is voluntary, older deaf are already using same areas other disabled and vulnerable elderly are also and the rules there are quite strict already. Albeit some clubs with elderly in it often don't have them attending with actual support, they are delivered to the clubs and picked up after, and it is left for members to assist each other. That may have to change to the detriment of some being able to attend at all.
I suspect a number of their clubs will not reopen in the future at all. The smaller clubs won't. Young deaf will be hoping the pubs can provide, the elderly may lose many of their options. Zoom is not what they want or use, and isn't a replacement for actual people. We noted during this pandemic how many actually were not online at all.
That apart, this seems an ideal time for those who exist on the sidelines to come in out of the cold, a lot of deaf and HoH support and inclusion has emerged during covid by default, best capitalise on that? not revert to the old systems? or revert to hoping the same old system deaf of standing under the lamplight, used before can still work? Dunno about that they turned street lighting off here ages ago!
What plans are deaf making to reopen their clubs?
Social media with the same tired old arguments of annoyances with hearing mainstream failing to adopt any patience with us all. Ergo, 'Are you deaf, daft of what?' at least we get to choose! Today, When "Never Mind" Is an Insult, i.e. when people stop explaining to you what they are saying in frustration... because you still don't get it.
We have hearing aids that still won't work in many situations effectively, CI's, and speech to text technology e.g. that while improving, is still a bit of a lottery, lip-reading which 85% of us are totally useless at using, or assuming we are more adept than we actually are. Deaf are most suss at that especially the sign-using areas. but hard of hearing make demands that still don't help also, and sign language that requires either support to work or the entire mainstream to learn first.
One day we will address hearing loss and deafness properly and get ourselves sorted out so stress isn't a daily norm and cross to bear. Or is that too logical? What we like to use isn't necessarily what is actually working for us. We need to dump and/or approaches to communication and get real. Perhaps bury the myth sign or lip-reading works on their own or that it works in mainstream either, history shows not. Millions with hearing loss are living proof we have no idea what we want, only we want it!
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Monday, 22 March 2021
In March 2020, as lockdown came into effect and services across the country switched to phone consultations, Deaf people needed a solution fast to address this new barrier to healthcare in the UK.
The Deaf health charity SignHealth launched a free on-demand 24/7 remote interpreting service called BSL Health Access, in partnership with the company, InterpreterNow, to enable Deaf people access to medical services over the phone, free of charge.
When BSL Health Access launched, SignHealth optimistic that NHS England or another government body would pay for the service in order to make phone consultations accessible to Deaf people. In the meantime, SignHealth invested £800,000 from their own reserves to kickstart the service and ensure Deaf people were not left waiting. Late in 2020, the NHS agreed to cover the running costs from December to the end of March 2021 to ensure the service continued into the winter while the NHS reviewed British Sign Language (BSL) provision more broadly. SignHealth have been told that that review is not yet complete.
After investing £800,000 from their reserves, SignHealth are unable to cover the costs of the service. The NHS has not committed any further funding for April 1st onwards, effectively closing the service of BSL Health Access.
James Watson-O’Neill, SignHealth Chief Executive, said:
“I am incredibly proud of what BSL Health Access has achieved and I will always be grateful to SignHealth’s deaf-led Board of Trustees for approving such a significant investment to fund this innovation. I hope that we can work together with NHS England and individual NHS providers to find a long-term sustainable solution. Access to health services is a right, not a privilege. Deaf people, whose health is already poorer than hearing people’s, deserve excellent access to health care in British Sign Language.”
Response to BSL Health Access closing
Andrew Dewey, CEO, InterpreterNow, said:
“SignHealth and InterpreterNow are incredibly proud of the service we provided to enable access to healthcare during the pandemic. Over 25,000 conversations were interpreted over the last year through BSL Health Access, and Deaf people have told us the service was ‘life-saving’. We are incredibly disappointed and gravely concerned that the Deaf community could be left without any BSL access in health care settings during the pandemic and beyond.”
BSL Health Access enabled important conversations at hospice centres with the Deaf relatives of people at the end of their lives. Vital conversations happened at hospitals (18% of the conversations) where Deaf patients were unable to have interpreters or family members present due to social distancing restrictions. 61% of conversations were to and from GPs. Urgent conversations were also held with emergency services at homes with sick babies and elderly family members.
Rebecca Mansell, SignHealth Director of Communications & Fundraising said:
“As it stands, BSL Health Access will be switched off at midnight on 31st March 2021. BSL Health Access is now in the hands of the NHS and we call for NHS England to continue to fund this vital service, fast.”
A petition has been set up asking the NHS to fund BSL Health Access.
ATR Comment: Reverting to state support of media updating is long overdue, none of these deaf charities or HoH ones have the wherewithal to replace a legal right of access anyway. The ongoing issue of appalling bad management by deaf UK charities and the 'off loading' of deaf and HoH support to charity will only continue to result in huge gaps and shortfalls of welfare and help for those with hearing loss.
Using the begging bowl to provide what is a legal right, it was a stupid system to accept by deaf and HoH anyway, the state saw them coming. This was the state conning greedy charity to 'serve their own' on a shoestring, all we saw was relentless campaigns for more and more money, and for more and more support, because there will never be enough for a national charitable setup, the RNID e.g. knew and pulled out. Charitable support is/was a joke, despite deaf and HoH being served 'By their own people', nobody ensured they were qualified to run deaf support, or able to operate a national system. Sitting in an office doing a video is hardly a vital service provision and how many use it? With handouts, it was never on and the state gets to blame charity for it all. Deaf have 'Mugs' printed on their forehead.
Charity is also immune to concern being expressed when they screw up or discriminate as well. Again supported by the state to do that, because the state doesn't want the flak from the WOKE worshippers. Some deaf charities are run like some sort of secret society, except they are a step up from funny handshakes... The deaf charities particularly were and are awful, operating and existing in a vacuum and blind to reason in most part, too many amateurs whose only qualification is they know some sign language, they obtained and wasted £millions to no real advance for their own areas, lost 100s of deaf their jobs, built a conveyor belt to ensure trustees were evident, and grassroots lost support and jobs when they folded because they can't manage to fund and ran culture gigs instead of basic support for deaf people, obliquely saying that onus was the state's not theirs. So why are THEY asking for funds to do it? Get a grip.
They continue to exist because the state doesn't want to carry the can for their neglect. On the face of it, SignHealth provides a vital service of a kind but reliant on handouts it can not deliver and doesn't for non-signers anyway which is the other side of a very bad coin. Using a charity means the NHS doesn't have to provide themselves, which apparently is another plus for these charities to attack the NHS for not doing what the charity is taking money for THEM to do! The NHS would obviously need a lot more money than a charitable handout to provide a proper service, so it's clear handouts aren't working. It's like a deaf version of 'The Money Pit' where endless cash is needed to build a house that swallows money faster than any black hole and then falls down anyway. Any other business would have folded years ago.
ATR flies in the face of deaf and HoH DIY and says drop charity and demand the access, inclusion and rights laws start delivering. Given the uncertainty of funding to provide services, state doing their moral and ethical duty is long overdue, we can at least then get a reliable system of hearing loss support to work and lobby at, not, trading off communication preferences and culture gigs that swallow up funds and provide NO support of real note and pits one communication format against others. The Charity Commission doesn't even validate if charities are inclusive or run properly.
£m's are being wasted on ventures that do not provide real help just indulge in random projects. Regardless IF SignHealth provides a vital service, it is a STATE responsibility. Campaigns go from one area and ignore inclusion for others, charities polarise (Or not depending on where the cash is most likely to be had). 10m HoH have no national support set up at all, the odd few 1,000 signers have no issue getting what they want be it support about their daily lives or fostering their cultural aims, it's just their poor relationship with the inclusion that is the issue, state support would equalise we can lobby the state far easier than we can challenge charities messing it all up.
It's not factually true the NHS does not provide BSL support, it is the ONLY support they offer deaf people, the issue is Covid currently, and free-lance and unmoderated BSL interpreter help, and their issues with regular employment and pay, there are also issues from deaf who prefer face to face not video help. Is SignHealth saying the deaf cannot or doesn't have a choice? Can only use theirs? We've used BSL support with the NHS for years. It is the refusal to support HoH that is a problem. As regards to a pandemic, we are all in the doo doo. Adapt.
The state could ensure e.g. a national support set up that worked on an inclusive basis and develop support for areas of hearing loss totally ignored at present. Mainstreaming deaf children is a good start, now we need to mainstream support. The NHS actually does provide signed output and captions, so why are we paying SignHealth as well? 'Jobs for boys/gals'?
Saturday, 20 March 2021
Friday, 19 March 2021
Here is the BSL ABC, good luck trying to write or read reference books written with that! How does 'SIGN SOLUTIONS' expect to enable deaf who cannot write or read plain English or, the BSL version and its grammar? (Perhaps the clue is in what they do, i.e. sell a BSL interpretation service!).
Surely translating text to sign does little to enable deaf to read and write it? Why bother when SS is doing it for them? Perhaps try the USA approach? (But you may need a rosetta stone first)...
Find below HOW the question is asked.
What is your main language? (If you live in England).
If you are completing the paper census questionnaire please use the paper census guidance. Only give one answer. If you're not sure what your main language is, think about the language you use most naturally. It could be the language you use at home.
If you select "Other", you will be asked how well you speak English in the next question. When you start typing, suggested answers will appear. You can select from this list or continue typing your own answer if your main language isn't listed.
If a sign language (such as British Sign Language) is your main language, select "Other" and enter the name of the sign language.
ATR: Quite obviously the question is a 'loaded' mess, as it doesn't define proficiency, usage, or if even you are deaf or not. As a 'guide' to defining future access and support needs, pointless and wide open to abuse too.
Thursday, 18 March 2021
Our social media is awash with mean wells and amateurs giving out sign lessons, most of which progress no further than the ABC of a few numbers who are sadly encouraged by deaf to 'carry on the good work' ATR says make it stop basically, too many are being encouraged to skip vital aspects hearing needed for sign to work for them, or aware it won't for non-signing deaf.
They can help by mostly dropping the culture gig/lecture/advice, and sticking to the effectiveness of the sign they are learning. Deaf critics wading in with 'please don't use English' etc are a pain and a hindrance, but everywhere, also BSL awareness ISN'T awareness of deaf people and BSL isn't awareness of hearing loss.
Using aspects of Signed English is acceptable, we don't have issues following. Far better that than regional sign and assumptions all deaf follow that too. It (!) is important as little is left out as possible, you cannot assume every deaf signer can fill in the gaps, we don't, despite some claims, are able to mind-read every one. Deaf are a literal set up they don't fill in gaps often and can misunderstand.
You cannot pitch too 'low' either, (It's called 'dumbing down' in some areas), not all can follow with 50% of detail left out. You have to be careful aiming over their head too. A lot of deaf struggle because they lack English as English is the primary means hearing use, we don't want to deter learners by being culture-specific, because sign is a communication assist and doesn't need a culture or history to work. Hearing or deaf can master it.
I also think it vital ALL learners try to speak as well, because sign needs lip-reading, and facial expression etc, that is how we fill in gaps. No deaf are sign dependent only.
There is a HUGE difference between ABC sign and sign used in Education and learning etc, so it is important learners don't assume the ABC assists the deaf in those contexts because you won't know how adept or qualified deaf are that way, and it can cause offence if you ask.
All BSL Interpreters are well aware of this, and have to adjust their level of signing according to the person they are signing for. Albeit I think a lot just don't have the time to assess a client so adjust as they go, not ideal! With 40% of deaf assumed to have learning difficulties as well no one 'sign' fits all.
Learning the alphabet and counting to 10 won't qualify you for anything.
Wednesday, 17 March 2021
Monday, 15 March 2021
ATR has received information from the welsh assembly regarding clarification of online BDA and other UK deaf blog and social media claims, Wales has adopted a BSL Bill, this is not true.
We’ve received a response from Welsh Government regarding your query. Please find below.
A British Sign Language (BSL) Bill has not been formally introduced or passed by the Senedd.
On 24 February 2021, the Senedd debated a legislative proposal from Mark Isherwood MS for a British Sign Language (BSL) Bill. Debates in the Senedd are based on ‘motions’. The motion in the debate asked Members to note a proposal for a Bill to encourage the use of BSL in Wales and improve access to education and services in BSL. The specific wording of the motion can be found here.
The Senedd approved the motion. 37 Members voted in favour. No Members voted against the motion and 15 Members abstained. The breakdown of the vote by individual Member can be found here.
[Note currently there are 60 members, but post next election this may be less this raises further issues.)
"Can the proposal be challenged/removed? (ATR had raised clarification issues regarding signed educational approaches, but not general access to BSL, because there were grey areas that were not identified, and there was a lack of research done by the Senedd member Mr Isherwood, who apparently just cut and paste from BDA Bill in Scotland.
There is no available mechanism to remove a Member’s proposal approved by the Senedd. However, the Senedd approving this motion does not automatically mean that a BSL Bill will be introduced to the Senedd or that the Senedd would necessarily support such Bill.
For a Senedd Member outside the Welsh Government to formally introduce a Bill to the Senedd, the proposal must generally be chosen from a ballot. The process is summarised here.
The Senedd’s website lists current proposals awaiting the next ballot. The list does not contain a proposal for a BSL Bill.
The next Senedd general election is scheduled for 6 May 2021.
The motion approved by the Senedd on 24 February will not be binding on the newly elected Senedd.
If I can be of any further assistance please don’t hesitate to get back in touch.
Case Worker/Gweithiwr Achos
ATR: Many Thanks Bronwen.
What’s an Identity Crisis and Could You Be Having One?
Are you questioning who you are? Maybe what your purpose is, or what your values are? If so, you may be going through what some call an identity crisis. The term “identity crisis” first came from developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst Erik Erikson. He introduced the ideas of adolescent identity crises as well as midlife crises, believing that personalities developed by resolving crises in life.
If you’re experiencing an identity crisis, you may be questioning your sense of self or identity. This can often occur due to big changes or stressors in life, or due to factors such as age or advancement from a certain stage (for example, school, work, or childhood). Here’s what you need to know about identity crises, if you might be having one, and what you can do.
Symptoms of an identity crisis
Having an identity crisis isn’t a diagnosable condition, so there aren’t typical “symptoms,” as with a cold or flu. Instead, here are the signs you may be experiencing an identity crisis:
You’re questioning who you are — overall or with regards to a certain life aspect such as relationships, age, or career.
You’re experiencing great personal conflict due to the questioning of who you are or your role in society.
Big changes have recently occurred that have affected your sense of self, such as a divorce.
You’re questioning things such as your values, spirituality, beliefs, interests, or career path that have a major impact on how you see yourself.
You’re searching for more meaning, reason, or passion in your life.
It’s completely normal to question who you are, especially since we change throughout our lives. However, when it begins to affect your daily thinking or functioning, you may be having a crisis of identity.
Is it something more serious?
Any type of crisis can also result in a decline in your mental health.
Viewing yourself or your life negatively has been shownTrusted Source to be a marker for vulnerability to depression. If you have any signs of depression, consider seeking help. You should seek help immediately if they’re accompanied by suicidal thoughts.
Symptoms of depression can include:
ed mood or feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
loss of interest in things once enjoyed
changes in appetite or weight
issues with concentration, energy levels, motivation, and sleep
Causes of an identity crisis
Although often thought of as happening at certain ages (for instance, in teens or during “midlife crises”), an identity crisis can happen to anyone, of any age, at any point in one’s life.
Oftentimes, identity crises or other mental health issues can arise due to major life stressors. These stressors don’t have to be inherently bad, but they can still cause a lot of stress, which makes you question who you are and what you value.
Stressors can include:
getting divorced or separated
experiencing a traumatic event
losing a loved one
losing or getting a job
new health issues
These and other stressors can certainly have an impact on your daily life and how you see yourself.
ATR: We can well understand those who lose hearing suffering trauma have issues, but it doesn't explain losing your identity just losing a sense. You are the same person except you don't hear.
Language acquisition by deaf children: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Language acquisition is a natural process in which infants and children develop proficiency in the first language or languages that they are exposed to.
(so if they are exposed to oral and speech they will acquire that?).
The process of language acquisition is varied among deaf children. Deaf children born to deaf parents are typically exposed to sign language at birth and their language acquisition following a typical developmental timeline. However, at least 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents who use a spoken language at home.
(Less than point 2% of parents of deaf children ARE deaf).
Hearing loss prevents many deaf children from hearing spoken language to the degree necessary for language acquisition. For many deaf children, language acquisition is delayed until the time that they are exposed to a sign language or until they begin using amplification devices such as hearing aids or cochlear implants.
Deaf children who experience delayed language acquisition, sometimes called language deprivation, are at risk for lower language and cognitive outcomes.
(They also remain reliant on 3rd parties for life acquiring sign too).
Sunday, 14 March 2021
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Saturday, 13 March 2021
Sadly another negative in omitting captioning/subtitles or a narrative, so many deaf signers still will struggle to follow. The assumption every signer has the same level of signing ability is a bust also.
Thursday, 11 March 2021
No, there are numerous rules that prevent the deaf from being a juror (Guide below taken from official UK Government sites). Whilst BSL users may now be jurors this also means lip-readers and text users can also, the new guide doesn't prioritise the sign user alone and is part of the general inclusion of disabled people. Good luck ensuring interpreters remain neutral or preventing the deaf from asking their advice!
You are disqualified from jury service if:
● you are, for the time being, liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983; or
● you are, for the time being, resident in a hospital on account of a mental disorder within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1983; or
● you are, for the time being, subject to a guardianship order under section 7 of the Mental Health Act 1983, or to a community treatment order under section 17A of that Act; or
● you lack the mental capacity (see below) to serve as a juror, within the meaning of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
What is Mental Capacity?
Mental capacity is the ability to make a decision for yourself. People who cannot do this are said to ‘lack capacity' under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. (This act allows challenges to a deaf person's ability to follow proceedings via inadequate understanding, an argument used by hearing lawyers in the past).
This must be due to an impairment of or disturbance in the functioning of the mind or brain which may be due to illness, injury, learning disability, or mental health problems. To have capacity a person must be able to:
● Understand the information that is relevant to the decision they want to make.
● Retain the information long enough to be able to make the decision.
● Weigh up the information available to make the decision.
● Communicate the decision by any means.
BAIL and CONVICTIONS
You are disqualified from jury service if you are currently on bail in criminal proceedings.
You are also disqualified from jury service if, in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, or if in relation to a service offence under the Armed Forces Act 2006 anywhere in the world:
● you have ever been sentenced to:
imprisonment, or a term of detention, of 5 years or more; or imprisonment for public protection or detention for public protection; or imprisonment, custody or detention for life; or an extended sentence under either of sections 226A, 226B, 227 or 228 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, (including such a sentence imposed as a result of section 219A, 220, 221A or 222 of the Armed Forces Act 2006) or section 210A of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995; or detention at Her Majesty’s pleasure or during the pleasure of the Secretary of State.
● you have in the last 10 years:
served any part of a sentence of imprisonment or detention;
or received a suspended sentence of imprisonment or a suspended order for detention; or have been convicted of an offence under section 20A, 20B, 20C or 20D of the Juries Act, paragraph 5A, 5B, 5C or 5D of Schedule 6 to the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, or paragraph 2, 3, 4 or 5 of Schedule 2A to the Armed Forces Act 2006.
You are also disqualified if in the last 10 years in England and Wales you have been subject to a community order (including a community rehabilitation order, community punishment order, community punishment and rehabilitation order, drug treatment and testing order, or a drug abstinence order).
You will also be disqualified if you have in the last 10 years been subject to any equivalent order under the law of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, any of the Channel Islands, or a community or overseas community order under the Armed Forces Act 2006.
You may be committing an offence and may be fined up to £5,000 if convicted, if you serve on a jury knowing you are disqualified by reason of anything listed above.
Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Tuesday, 9 March 2021
After ATR raised concerns on deaf social media at 4 leading UK hearing loss charities claiming Wales had opted for a BSL Bill, they are now apologising for not reading it was just a proposal, not a vote on accepting a Bill.
To ATR: Hi there, we've just done some checks on the information - you are correct. It has recently been clarified by the politician who made the motion. Thank you for the heads up!
Monday, 8 March 2021
'All Deaf people sign'
'All deaf people belong to a deaf culture'
'All deaf people are different..'
[Only ONE of these statements is true, can you guess which?]
How the Hard of Hearing do it..... Bluff? not to be encouraged, ARE hearing people bluffed erm... maybe not! Let's ask them! A poster priding themself on fooling hearing most of the time... why?
Growing up hard of hearing, I bluffed my way through conversations. My ability to discriminate via auditory means alone was poor, so I supplemented my understanding of communication by speechreading. As anyone knows, speechreading is a hit or miss process, with 40 to 60 percent visible on the lips and the rest of it guesswork.
I could pretty much handle one-on-one conversation with relative ease if the speaker wasn't tight-lipped or excessively decorated with hair. For most conversations, I could understand nearly everything being said. Add another person, and the speechreading became more intense. Add in more than three people, and I was hopelessly lost unless I had control of the conversation.
Enter the social bluff: The head nod, the thoughtful smile, or the chuckle that goes along with a brilliant joke. This worked fine - except for one problem: What if you didn't catch the joke even after the third time of extreme speechreading? I've been asking everyone I know about social bluffing. At first, I got puzzled looks.
Social bluffing? What's that? Never heard of it before. Everyone knows about social bluffing. We all do it. Social bluffing is pretending to hear or understand something that is being said, and behaving in a way that shows you understand, even when you have little or no clue as to what is being said.
Apparently, deaf and hard of hearing people are experts at it. "It's a survival skill," says Lenny Kepil, a deaf adult who worked for Lucent Technologies for many years. "It was the only way I could get through social situations without having to ask people to repeat things over and over."
Lenny also recalls remedying a situation where he would happen upon a co-worker in the hallway and have difficulty with a conversation. "In that case," says Lenny, "I would tell them that I am needed in lab (not true) and head out the door or down a stairwell... I would then tell the co-worker to e-mail me and I would get back with them ASAP."
Howard Rosenblum, a Chicago attorney who is deaf, recalls the time he was caught bluffing his way through a conversation. "I was about 14 years old and talking to my dad's friend," says Howard. "I nodded yes in response to what I thought was a question he was asking. My dad was standing nearby and he realized my answer didn't match, so he asked me, 'What did Mr. Smith say?'"
"I don't know," was the response. Howard's dad was quite upset at the bluff. "Why didn't you tell him you didn't understand?" he asked him. Howard explained that he didn't want to embarrass himself or his dad's friend, and it was easier to bluff than to ask him to repeat what he said.
"As a kid," says Howard, "you're always forced into family situations or social events that you can't control, so you bluff your way through. As adults, we can control the social situations we go into, or we have access to interpreters to provide access to group conversations."