Collective minority group rights: some considerations
TigerDeafie In this post (which is a bit long I’m afraid. and unavoidably abstract in places), I write about collective minority group rights*. This entry follows my viewing of the BDA/DCAL event [19th March 2013] to mark the 10-year anniversary of British Sign Language (BSL) ‘recognition’. As I wrote in my previous entry, the event has [...]
Mon, Mar 25 2013
Ten years on: from BSL recogition to ‘Spit the Dummy’
TigerDeafie So, here we are. Ten years ago to the day, the UK government ‘recognises’ BSL. Six years after the Federation of Deaf People (FDP) was set up, which kick-started a political campaign to fight for recognition, here came the announcement. £1m was thrown in to support the statement (later increased to £1.5m); it was allocated [...]
Mon, Mar 18 2013
The show goes on: Deafhood and Genetics – Part 1
TigerDeafie After a successful conference on Saturday 10th November, ‘Sleepwalking into Eugenics?’ and the end of our Deafhood and Genetics project, the time feels right to try and pull a few things together.  There have been two reports recently in the news regarding genetic experiments on mice and gerbils, both of which have been discussed [...]
Fri, Dec 07 2012
Eugenics in the news and our research dissemination...
TigerDeafie Some genetics/eugenics news : just to remind us all that eugenic developments remain real. [Thanks to Alison, Bob and Tony for these] Article 1, entitled : ‘Three-parent IVF’ could combat genetic disease. It’s about a DNA test; you can find any ‘genetic condition’ and replace the DNA in the egg with somebody else’s. Opens the [...]
Wed, Aug 29 2012
The meaning of ‘harm’, and indigenous movements...
TigerDeafie Time for a recap : I've been buried in writing up a bid (now finished), and during the process I was sent what I think is a really important article, written in the ‘Harm Reduction Journal'. (With absolutely massive thanks to Dr Hilary Sutherland for passing on to me.) Now, I tried to write on [...]
Sat, Jun 02 2012
Colombia holiday – part 2, vignettes from an English Deaf...
TigerDeafie Purely holiday entry here! Photos below. Time passing, memory in danger of forgetting, so I try vignettes. Well, first of all it's spelt ColOmbia, not ColUmbia, as they have put in the Olympics 2012 programme grrr...! (p.s. I'm supporting Colombia Women's Football team, yay, got tickets to see them during the 2012 Olympics!) Some pics [...]
Wed, May 02 2012
Colombia experiencias de talleres de FENASCOL (versión en...
TigerDeafie Gracias de corazón a Paula Vargas, para la traducción al español (Heartfelt thanks to Paula Vargas for the translation to Spanish) Al llegar a Bogotá (el 24 de marzo), P y yo nos dirigimos al hostal que habíamos reservado con bastante anterioridad. Al llegar al lugar nos enteramos de que nuestra habitación había sido asignada [...]
Sun, Apr 22 2012
Colombia experiences – FENASCOL workshops (English...
TigerDeafie [¡Versión en español muy pronto! Spanish version coming soon!] On arriving at Bogotá (on 24 March), P and I headed for our pre-booked hostel only to find it had been given to another party. Miffed, we went to stay with her sister, M – that remained our base for the six days we were in [...]
Sun, Apr 22 2012
Donna West book launch, 25th April – a correction
TigerDeafie A quick correction to my earlier entry. Donna West's book, entitled: “Signs of Hope: Deafhearing Family Life”, isn't a joint-publication it is Donna's work. Just also to clarify the book launch is at the Graduate School for Education (which is separate from the Centre for Deaf Studies). The launch is in room 410 at 35 [...]
Wed, Apr 18 2012
Social science and humanities academics – dawning of a...
TigerDeafie The week before I took a much needed holiday I received a Deaf studies related doctorate and news of a new publication. I'm eager to take time out to sign (yes, not sing!) the praises of the latest research work, but also to throw forward a suggestion that we are living through the potential ‘dawning [...]
Sun, Apr 01 2012
Signstation Plus newsletter update
TigerDeafie In an earlier post I wrote about the signstation, which was launched in 2005 by University of Bristol Centre for Deaf Studies to provide quality learning resources for people who work alongside Deaf people. I wrote, back on March 1st, that CDS has developed Signstation Plus, a new development from University of Bristol Centre for [...]
Thu, Mar 22 2012
Signstation Relaunch and new Signstation Plus website to...
TigerDeafie I'm really pleased and proud (as a Centre for Deaf Studies employee) to announce two really exciting websites! The first is Signstation: a FREE website where you can learn about British Sign Language and Deaf people. The second is Signstation Plus: an e-learning (online) course on BSL, from beginning to Independent learner ! The course [...]
Fri, Mar 02 2012
Bristol CC Health and Social Care Meeting with Deaf...
TigerDeafie For your information: a chance to have your say/sign and see what Bristol City Council's Health and Social Care dept have to say about the future of services to Deaf people in Bristol and also the Bristol Centre for Deaf people : information below is being passed on... Date: Wednesday 7th March Time: 6.00pm [....
Tue, Feb 28 2012
BSL version of Interim Group Report
TigerDeafie The report that was put up from the Interim Working Group was all in English: there is now a BSL copy available on the website. It is late, but hope the issues become more widely accessible. All comments are welcome. Interim Working Group meeting is Feb 1st, from 6pm at Bristol Deaf Centre. The AGM [...]
Mon, Feb 27 2012
Urgent: Bristol Deaf Centre sale and closure imminent!
TigerDeafie So it's official re: the seriousness of the situation of the Bristol Deaf Centre, which faces imminent closure, as reported by the Evening Post just before Xmas. This follows an article by Charlie Swinbourne recently on the woes being faced by Bristol Deaf people – which is, to put it metaphorically, a large pair of [...]
Mon, Feb 27 2012
Bristol Centre for Deaf People meeting: high passions
TigerDeafie I attended an eventful (open public) meeting at Bristol Centre for Deaf People (BCDP) on Friday night. Am not going to do a ‘report', impossible, cos so much happened, but this is my brief ‘tweets' timeline as a way of summary: Emergency General Meeting was called to discuss cuts in services by Bristol City Council [...]
Mon, Feb 27 2012
Bristol Deaf Centre – clock ticking down
TigerDeafie Quick post here: the clock is fast ticking down... 8th February: Annual General Meeting of Bristol Deaf Centre (deadline for motions is Wednesday 25th January) 1st February: Open meeting of Interim Working Group: see the other blog for: a. information about 1st February meeting b. summary of information collected so far (in English, I understand [...]
Mon, Feb 27 2012
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