Saturday, 6 February 2021

NZSL deaf studies


So the trade-off is still the same? nil hearing loss awareness, cultural indoctrination, sign lessons for hearing,  and social modelling?  The real courses needed are deaf and HoH awareness ones, which the deaf seem determined to ignore, but inclusion won't happen without it, and we all know the cultural deaf views on inclusion are mostly negative or relative (In the USA and UK at least).  

Inclusion absolutely needs to be explained to deaf people, it doesn't mean existing solely in a deaf community and using sign language but included in access working and living alongside mainstream peers on a daily basis, not occasional visits to offer lectures and what they have to do for YOU, with no onus on them to do likewise.  As regards to deaf culture, 9 out of 10 deaf have people have no links, hereditary or otherwise,  to previous deaf generations it is difficult to see how then, that Deaf History' applies relatively to them, other than someone in the 19thc signed as well.

Deaf sign language and cultural gigs are usually a smokescreen that hides the fact they have no deaf history themselves.  Indeed ASL and BSL are the basis of NZSL, Maori sign is pretty recent... and regional, and BSL had neither dictionary or course until mid 20thc.  The 'Bristol University Deaf History Project' in the UK folded when they ran out of histories to record and were posting cut and paste from records that did not actually note deaf had any sort of culture, or that hearing clerics developed sign language not the deaf.

As the person stated deaf in NZ were not interested in deaf history and assumed it was a hearing thing.  This mirrors the UK situation where ONLY Hearing attends lip-reading or sign classes and few if any required to qualify, in own 'language'.

Policy Win!


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?