Saturday, 6 February 2021
Deaf young people who use BSL won't have to pass GCSE English for the new T-level qualification. They'll need Level 2 BSL certification instead. This is good news as many deaf people have been held back in the past for not having GCSE English. [NDCS].
We are wondering how many employers are going to accept an alternative to English as a job qualification? or those taking further education or Uni courses? It is rather a conundrum deaf students are unqualified in their own 'language' mostly.
We wonder how many will want to ditch English in BSL favour, given this means issues advancing academically where all coursework is in English and NO academic coursework exists in BSL? More support, more reliances, more.... is there no end to it? It also wrongly suggests employers are going to provide BSL support which isn't currently the case. Why are purists so determined to ensure deaf can fail?
Friday, 5 February 2021
Thursday, 4 February 2021
Tuesday, 2 February 2021
I've got religion, well, I've had deafness, and we all need a change... this rant/blog should be accessible in sign language, but I can't be a.r.s.e.d. Some of the jokes/asides (insults) require a degree in deaf awareness, but send me a quid I'll qualify you, It will still be £249 cheaper from the pointless c.r.a.p. the BDA would send you, and I won't pester you for life or demand 50% in your will, after.
But first the Deaf hymn.....
Who would true signing see,
Let him come hither;
BSL will our constant be,
Come wind, come weather
There's no discouragement
Shall make the BDA relent
It's first avowed intent
To be Signs leader.
Who so beset us round
With sign English stories
Do but themselves confound;
BSL the more is.
No orals can us fright,
We'll sign with giants might,
We will all have a right
To be a signer.
Lip reading nor speaking fiend
Can daunt our spirit,
We know we at the end
Shall sign inherit.
When fancies fly away,
We'll care not what they say,
We'll labour night and day
To be a signer.
Today's Songs Of Praise comes today from the pretty little church of St Dug on the Mount in Looky likely, near Yorkshire, which is celebrating it's centenary this year. The congregation is made up of over 16 deaf club memberships from in and around the North of England and random learners dragged in off the street. We are gathered here today not only to celebrate the centenary 30 years early, but to pay homage to our patron saint St Dug, and his four deaf disciples, who lived in nearby Alrek-on-the Marsh, up north, and after whom the church is named, who was himself deaf, he certainly had difficulty listening to what he was told.
The service today is led by the recently re-instated Bishop Meldrew, DSO, MBE and Baaaaah (How was I to know my signing was signed English?).
"Good evening to you..... I'm going to start by telling you the same thing Elizabeth Taylor told all her husbands, and that is - I won't keep you long!''. let us thank the Lord whoever he may be to you, for being here today, my sermon text for this year concerns humour and how it helps us all to reflect, that life isn't all misery, boring relations, endless helpings of Brussel sprouts, and being so out of spirit, you consider Eastenders the highlight of the TV Xmas day viewing, and a few horrific deaths the icing on the cake. Was it not our very own St Dug who said "Eeeh but owt tis nowt?"
Consider for instance, When my daughter was about three I put her to bed and asked what she would like to pray about. Promptly she answered: "onions." We prayed about onions and the next morning I asked why she wanted to pray about onions? "Because you said in your sermon that we should pray for things we don't like, I don't like bananas either....", so it is the simplicity of the child that makes for innocence lost.
Once I was invited to preach at a day centre for a Christmas Service as a young layman starting out in the world. I pondered How long should a good sermon be? I decided it should be like a woman's skirt, long enough to cover the essentials but short enough to keep you interested. So don't get too comfortable....
From children comes real enlightenment, one asked me, father, how long is a million years to God? I replied "it is but a second to God", "How much is a million pounds to God ?", I replied "it is but a penny to him...", the boy then asked, "can I have a penny ?", I replied, " Of course, just a second....".
First the good news, and then the bad news. The good news is we now have enough money to retire the mortgage on the church and repair the stained glass window at last, the bad news is the money is still in your pocket.
I recall last year I was called away for an emergency, but not wanting to leave the confessional unattended, I called this rabbi friend from the synagogue across the street and asked him if he could kindly cover for me. He told me he wouldn't know what to say, but I told him to come on over and I'd stay with him for a little bit and show him what to do. My rabbi friend comes, and he and I are in the confessional. After a few minutes, a woman comes in and says, 'Father, forgive me for I have sinned.' so I ask, 'What did you do?' The woman says, 'I committed adultery.' so I said, 'How many times?' And the woman replies, 'Three.' 'Say two Hail Mary’s, put £5 in the box, and go, sin no more.'
A few minutes later a man enters the confessional. He says, 'Father forgive me for I have sinned.' So again I asked 'What did you do?' ‘I committed adultery.' 'How many times?' 'Three times.' So I said, 'Say two Hail Mary’s, put £5 in the box and go, sin no more.' My rabbi friend tells me "OK, I think I've got it", so I leave him to it. A few minutes later a woman enters and says, 'Father, forgive me for I have sinned.' The rabbi says, 'What did you do?' The woman replies, 'I committed adultery.' The rabbi, getting it off pat, says, 'How many times?' The woman replies, 'Once.' The rabbi said, 'Go and do it two more times, We have a special this week, three for £5.'
A ray of hope flickers in the sky
A tiny star lights up way up high
All across the land, dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a child is born.
Lord, we thank thee for the signs we use, the clubs we attend, the miracle of digital aids, cochlear implantation, culture, our complete obsession with the letter D, and for the gift of having a laff no matter how often the BDA tries to spoil it all for us... we also pray for the hearing aid battery makers, that they develop a really long-lasting one...
That they find a way to recycle ear wax, and Paddy Ladd finds out finally, where the barbershop is located before he trips over himself. That Deaf activism discovers their own front door, so they can discover things happen outside as well. We also earnestly pray that God learns to sign properly and stops trying to cure us all...
NOTE: Those who enjoyed this blog and want to read more of the same and still allowed out on their own can read more HERE (Or even There.) Be aware a lot will really annoy and contains the stuff of heresy, apalling bad language and the deaf cure. I am told it may be viewed offensive so don't come whinging tone after... you been told.
Monday, 1 February 2021
The current online page is unofficial and unvalidated, (As is most of wiki). As with any online site please chack content is from a reliable source.
Is Wikipedia a reliable source?
Wikipedia can be edited by anyone at any time. This means that any information it contains at any particular time could be vandalism, a work in progress, or just plain wrong. However, because Wikipedia is a volunteer-run project, it cannot monitor every contribution all the time. ...
So anyone can post anything?
Initially, THIS wiki site states:
British Sign Language (BSL) is a sign language used in the United Kingdom (UK), and is the first or preferred language of some deaf people in the UK. There are 125,000 deaf adults in the UK who use BSL, plus an estimated 20,000 children. In 2011, 15,000 people living in England and Wales reported themselves using BSL as their main language. The language makes use of space and involves movement of the hands, body, face, and head. Many thousands of people who are not deaf also use BSL, as hearing relatives of deaf people, sign language interpreters or as a result of other contact with the British deaf community.
Note the term 'some', and the immediate reference after of a statistic of 125,000, none of whom are validated anywhere in the systems of clinical records as using BSL, either as a first or assistive means of following speech, neither does it identify what level of proficiency any of them have. The 15,000 statistics of England and Wales has also not been validated, as well as being challenged by the deaf campaigners who demanded the question entry, because it failed to validate their claims of over 95,000.
[With deference to the NDCS, 20,000 deaf children doesn't mean 20,000 deaf BSL-using children, it's a clinical fact, sign isn't a prime medium or immersive type of deaf education tuition at present]. The people that entered the 'data' designed it to look vague and biased towards the use of sign language, and its cultural aspirations. Obviously, on the basis you say something often enough it is taken as fact even if it isn't. The NDCS however, hasn't officially endorsed this (Or indeed aspects of any BSL curriculum)..
The census simply notes 15,000 have claimed its usage, again where used and to what degree is not noted either, those questions were never asked as they would violate the data protection acts, and require validation via assessment. The basic question 'Are you actually deaf?' was never asked either because there are contended definitions and too many personal perceptions of what deafness is. Profound no longer seems to apply. Where the other 105,000 (!) BSL deaf come from, is anyone's guess, but neither N Ireland or Scotland has those extra people despite Scotland claiming 350,000 deaf there and N. Ireland another 200,000, (An apparent secret pandemic in those two areas of the UK!). NO validated stat exists as to their preferred or actual primary communication approaches in those areas either. Each is quoting CLINICAL definitions, not cultural or sign-based truisims or recorded fact.
Wiki also states it has its own grammar which is still in contention as too many aspects of the host language and Grammar (English), Are the basis for BSL. The reference citing 'The Deaf Pub' does not seem to provide academic credibility to the wiki entry either. The entire BSL issue is based on hearsay and charitable claims, none of which can be validated because there is no legal avenue of determining facts from individuals.
There ARE clinical validations that state degrees of deafness and hearing loss, but NO records on what means they are using to communicate really exist, (apart from the take up of BSL interpreter support which is nowhere near 15,000), but again, the systems that pay for, and provide that support, do not keep accurate records or, include Hard of Hearing 'support' as BSL support too because sensory loss support is 'inclusive' for the sake of record-keeping. There is no effective records kept if deaf support IS BSL, or some other means used to follow. Many systems record deaf people as disabled etc which usually means stats are repeated for each category that is used to record deafness.
E.G. Welsh governmental sites cited no less than 11 different categories where deaf people were listed as being a part of. The onset of cultural demands and the 'language' rights issue meant that governmental agencies adopted culture and BSL to all 11 areas as part of its access and inclusion process, hence the highly inflated claims of BSL users and it's usage. Deaf equals culture and language rules and editing to identify aren't done, such sites reflect current 'belief' and not current accurate data.
Requests for government sites to cease multiple listings of the deaf to avoid confusion has been ignored, indeed site owners say impossible. The requests for more clarity, and to stop applying the D/d reference to everyone deaf to more clearly identify who is actually a cultural deaf person and monoglot user of BSL has also been deemed impossible.
Local Authority sites who keep lists of deaf seeking social service help and support, don't keep accurate records either, some listed 300 deaf who were no longer alive or had moved elsewhere. Others not updated in 11 years. It would appear issues with inclusion and rights is blocking statistical accuracy and it is a free for all at present, not helped by deaf sign charities contributing their unvalidated claims there too. In essence 'think of a number' is the rule of a very long thumb. At present these deaf charities are deemed the sole reference point for all 'fact' by the state too.
The references appear to emanate solely from one UK deaf sign language based charity, who has no realistic deaf membership, which is countered by the UK's largest Hard of Hearing charity who have own stats on hearing loss citing no less than 10-12m.
We note research into 'famous' BSL people is a project being currently aired, obviously, this is NOT about deaf people par se, but singular BSL users. Which is nothing to do with inclusion as we can see.