Monday, 1 March 2021
The last census was a monumental failure for the Deaf in that less than 15,000 said they used or relied on BSL in England, whereas the BDA claimed 95,000 even 105,000, (Which they failed to clarify was the UK clinical estimate on deafness, not an BSL one), someone is telling porkies. This year concerns are being sent to the census in that hearing loss areas are being omitted by bias via these questions, the census said they take it all with a pinch of salt, because the question is too general to be relative, so what is the point?
Deaf complained after the result was wrong, this has overtones of the 'European Union' approach, where the idea is to keep asking the same question ad infinitum in the hope that eventually they will get the answer that suits them. So this year same again 'what language do you use?' with no clarity on actual use or even if you are deaf or not. Given results are only meant to be a 'guide' as to future support requirements and trends, hearing loss wasn't actually included at all.
The census has become a target for all the minorities and extremes in Britain from gender to BAME rights and beyond so appears to be a political area campaigners are hoping will enhance their cause celeb, they fail to understand nobody is taking it seriously.
Factual records obtained from UK support areas disagree with the outrageous claims charity and others are making, and show very different 'proof' via the simple act of stating how many are using service provision. When a need is presented at the 'coal face' for BSL inclusion. To identify demand and need you also require the correct questions to be asked so need can be targeted. The 'BSL' question did not ask if its users relied on it daily, weekly, or just knew some of it and hardly ever used it, as regards to proficiency no question was asked, or, if they respondee was even deaf or not, if its usage was a primary need or just a preference.
It's a rights approach not need driven the idea to use statistics to bolster their campaign, given nobody is really believing the charitable claims. Without proper questions asked no consensus of support or need, can be attained. The census cannot even identify the people who respond, ask for validation it violates the Data Protection law. Daft...... how can the census validate anything? Has anyone questioned the welfare state? aka the DWP? They define who is deaf or not or who needs support or not. They zeroed 63% of Hard of Hearing and 23% of born deaf too.