What Liz did next (BSL)
At The Rim And nobody asked her where was her terp lol....
Wed, May 12 2021 · 16 hours ago
Deaf don't need assistance animals?
At The Rim They are abusing blind needs? More barking about the need for the deaf to have an assistance dog (Debate about it would be a fine thing!), after reading one deaf journalist with 3 or 4 dogs being challenged in a hotel, claimed they listened for her and she had a legal right to take them anywhere with her, but the Hearing Dog charity said she had no validation for an...
Wed, May 12 2021 · 17 hours ago
What Price Representation?
At The Rim Sadly (Or not depending which part of the body you use to communicate with), Mr Mark Isherwood who proposed a BSL Bill in Wales has not won his electoral seat, combined with next to zero support for the Bill, it looks pointless to pursue with it. We also knew charity and politicians abandoned representation for deaf people at the Senedd, and what there is was done...
Sat, May 08 2021
Barriers to deaf seeking work
At The Rim Research reveals significant barriers to employment for deaf people. New research by the RAD has highlighted the challenges faced by deaf people when securing and progressing in work. The survey, which polled the experiences of deaf people in relation to employment and career progression, was carried out at the end of 2020. Amongst the issues raised by respondents...
Fri, May 07 2021
When we used our teeth to hear..
At The Rim Needless to say it never caught on! Dental hearing aid gets approved in Europe. Once placed in the mouth, the device becomes almost invisible. A new hearing aid that transmits sound through a person's teeth has been approved for use in Europe. The device, called SoundBite, directs sound through the jawbone and into the inner ear. It is placed onto the u...
Fri, May 07 2021
Should deaf hire own support?
At The Rim Does PIP pay for the interpreter? (PIP is a UK Personal Independence welfare Payment). This is a brilliant, and moot question, do those with hearing loss and getting welfare benefits as 'compensation' for deafness and hearing loss ever use it to PAY for support? or even to 'get around'? (Mobility help). Basically, they don't. Most campaigns are for the rig...
Wed, May 05 2021
Should you ask what company diversity is when applying for...
At The Rim As a deaf person, I certainly would NOT ask a prospective employer what the company policy was regarding diversity, a no-no! you wouldn't get the job, and it is about eligibility and qualifications for the job not what disability or colour I am. The last thing any employer wants is a lecture from an applicant. I would also do my homework prior to an application i...
Tue, May 04 2021
BDA up to its old tricks again?
At The Rim This is the same politician who banned feedback from non-signers on ALL his sites, are we supposed to take him as a politician representing all, or his charity seriously? The British Deaf Association are working with the Welsh Government to gather feedback from the Deaf Community about their experiences of being a Deaf person in Wales. What has your experience been o...
Mon, May 03 2021
Deaf Versus Hard of Hearing?
At The Rim Or simply saying it as it is? [More HoH angst and responses to 'Deaf Awareness' being viewed as a non-event, not only for sign users but non-inclusive of anyone else.] It's a myth any of our relative groups/charities are seen actively working together... It's a 'pie in the sky' ideal sadly.... ATR: It's Not just 'Deaf' awareness week, but should be 'OURS'....
Mon, May 03 2021
At The Rim HoH are obsessed with ears, the deaf with hands, which looks a bit of a fetish to me lol Are there no individuals? We have to be more than a sum of body parts to venerate surely? The ear logo getting less and less relevant too, as it doesn't really cover the huge varieties of hearing loss or what need it identifies. Unlike cultural deaf, we can't make identifi...
Fri, Apr 30 2021
Asking REAL questions....
At The Rim ATR recently caught a SignZone program and offered up this response to the program they aired on CODA's. Are deaf parents irresponsible? or just aren't aware? discuss.... To SignZone: HI I should start by stating I don't usually approve of BSL TV much at all because as a deafened person there is nothing on it that relates to me, my area, or my situation. Rece...
Mon, Apr 26 2021
What Chrome can do for you.
At The Rim Auto speech to text for free... The auto-captioning even auto-captions the youtube vid! just click on the 'x' to get rid :)
Sun, Apr 25 2021
Speaking AS a deaf person.
At The Rim The perils of the speaking deaf. But it isn't just hearing who fails to understand is it? ATR also saw Deaf putting up videos of the deaf who can speak, but refusing to, calling it a 'betrayal' of deaf culture, go figure! We did feel there was too much time trying to justify, nobody has to do that for anyone deaf or hearing. The poster's issue seems to revolve...
Sun, Apr 25 2021
Why can't the deaf speak?
At The Rim Many can, so it is not true, many born deaf can and do acquire speech, the issue is lack of confidence to use it, and the promotion of sign language while endorsing the use of the permanent 'Mute' button, which actively discourages speech use, in case sign loses out. Basically, it is because sign language has been replaced in media and elsewhere by text, and by...
Fri, Apr 23 2021
The Samsung experience
At The Rim Access shortcuts on TV's. When you hold down the volume control button on your Samsung TV remote control for more than two seconds, you will arrive at a menu where you can customize a variety of accessibility settings. In the list, you can select the most appropriate accessibility feature for you or your family members. This menu is accompanied by an audi...
Wed, Apr 21 2021
The Guessing Game.
At The Rim Despite very poor experiences regarding learning to lip-read at UK's quite random and unregulated lip-reading class set up, a certain amount of that skills tends to be 'self-acquired. Things like poor eyesight, broad age grouping of students, wide variety of personal skills and abilities etc tend to make things especially difficult for any learner to acquire a decen...
Wed, Apr 21 2021
Cut out the background noise.
At The Rim A new app shortly doing the rounds, helping to force unwanted sounds to the background so speech is highlighted. SOURCE
Tue, Apr 20 2021
At The Rim The census is non-viable given there is no way to validate your response surely? It is all guesswork and hoping people are honest, as regards sign-language (or deafness itself). In reality, honest declarations of sign use the last census, were the very opposite to every single declaration by deaf or HoH UK charities and cut their figures down by two thirds, the qu...
Mon, Apr 19 2021
Tik-Tok/Instagram auto captioning.
At The Rim In a long-awaited move for accessibility, social media platforms TikTok and Instagram now have auto-captions. The social networking sites, where users often upload videos with music or verbal speaking, will become more accessible for people with hearing loss or use English as a second language. The changes have been a long-time coming for many in the com...
Sat, Apr 17 2021
Deafies up for election.
At The Rim Looks like a few BSL deaf are having a stab at getting voting for, why so many fail to get elected is really down to three issues, (1) Campaigns are singular based on their own lack of access (so about their issues), or (2) Failing to appeal, engage, or relate to hearing voters, (3) Lacking awareness of what local/national issues are. Hardl...
Fri, Apr 16 2021
Recreating the CI experience
At The Rim Makes sense, the Sound of Metal film is about people losing hearing.
Fri, Apr 16 2021
A Harmony of Hypocrites...
At The Rim Probably the easiest way to win a game is to ban the opposition but!! A healthy discourse of opposites is essential in a democracy, it would be extremely boring and wrong for everyone to agree anyway, more feedback online to those challenging the Deaf status Quo (or even any status quo). Is there no room now for a personal view online any more? The major ...
Wed, Apr 14 2021
The Sound of Metal
At The Rim So why are sign users complaining one of their actors didn't get the part? simples, they weren't qualified, it was about the deafened NOT the 'Deaf'. It's a breakthrough film in that actual deafened were included, more please, let's have real diversity. I am unsure the sop to sign was necessary... Some reviews: In the 2020 drama Mogul Mowgli, co-writ...
Tue, Apr 13 2021
At The Rim Nothing like another old chestnut to herald same old is there? The deaf don't understand access or inclusion Rob, or they would not be supporting charities trying, and failing to supplement the NHS and undermine deaf rights e.g. You would have thought SignHealth folding, the RNID dumping deaf care homes, the BDA desperate to get trustees, ANY trustees, who can k...
Mon, Apr 12 2021
At The Rim Deaf community BSL access frustration from Sheffield Live on Vimeo. It would seem so many BSL deaf are still making issues of their own access, I have never needed to queue up at a GP counter and struggle to make an appointment, I do it all via email. Even arranging BSL support for my partner, the only issue I have is a diagnosis by remote (Video relay etc), I don'...
Mon, Apr 12 2021
How NOT to teach deaf awareness
At The Rim Deaf Awareness Workshop from Jennie on Vimeo. Farcical, amateur, and basically a pointless excersize. Too many DIY deaf 'teachers' spoiling it for everyone else, and they don't say this awareness ONLY applies to just one area of deaf people, has nothing to do with hearing loss, and really, not identifying those either. Unless 'Deaf' get a grip on these DIY lesson...
Sun, Apr 11 2021
Frustration, Anger what can I do?
At The Rim Ye olde daily obstacles of those with hearing loss, of course, walking away is the last thing you should do, that cements their ignorance as OK. However it does pay to be fore-armed when you venture outside your usual isolation, so take a phone with an app on etc, ensure people know what you want, write it down if you have to, don't give up, or you will never raise ...
Fri, Apr 09 2021
At The Rim Bit of a false start the census here I had a visit from a foetus (!) telling me off they hadn't seen my census response and next visit he is bringing the heavies with him. I told him they usually send you a letter with a password on it so you can do it online, and sadly due to our postie recently being savaged by the local cat, we hadn't had the letter with accompan...
Thu, Apr 08 2021
Deaf awareness from Channel 4.
At The Rim Deaf Awareness Campaign Channel 4 from Clare Price on Vimeo. Work in progress evidently...
Wed, Apr 07 2021
Is deafness a disability?
At The Rim I think 'Deaf'perceptions are! Social media HoH-wise definitely NOT agreeing with cultural followers or their view! Deaf? Obsessed? #1 What’s wrong with being disabled? Our society sees disability as lesser or a negative thing and this needs to change. I’m deaf and I am disabled, not by my ears, but by society. If all children learnt makaton/sign langua...
Sun, Apr 04 2021
Whys ubtitles don't cut it..
At The Rim Subtitles are an essential aid just as clear speaking is, the problem is two-fold, (1) learning issues within the deaf community, and (2) misguided opposition to acquiring literacy in the host country language, via 'rights'. If ignorance is a right, a real step backwards. I am not aware of Polish sign language, but do know the British version lacks considerable d...
Sat, Apr 03 2021
Relay Systems: a good or Bad idea?
At The Rim Hard of Hearing media also with issues of access to health systems in the UK, following the issues with demise of the BSL health relay systems due to lack of funding, there are now concerns video relay funding for HoH will follow the same route. Covid has decimated fundraising for the deaf and HoH and shoe-string charity support is now viewed as part of the issue to...
Fri, Apr 02 2021
Canvassing the deaf youth vote.
At The Rim Lowering the voting age in Wales was a Labour party idea who are struggling to maintain control in Wales after 22 years having a free run, but who now are facing real opposition from other parties after an abysmal performance the last 10 years, because focus groups infiltrated the party, only intense hatred of conservatism has kept them there, but the smart ...
Fri, Apr 02 2021
BDA. Lacks Inclusion and diversity.
At The Rim So what's new? it is run like a secret society of some kind anyway with legal threats over members who publish what they get up to, they won't print their rules for anyone to see either. It must be the ultimate irony they are now lacking in BSL and ethnic access, the only reason they exist, but they have excluded hard of hearing and non-signers for 50 years. You a...
Thu, Apr 01 2021
Don't support SignHealth!
At The Rim It's what they are saying too. BSL users now must demand the NHS fulfil its legal obligation to enable deaf and HoH to access its health provision. After all, the NHS was created in 1948, that the deaf and HoH are still relying on badly funded and biased charities for access after 70 years, is the reason SignHealth has now found itself in this position and deaf st...
Thu, Apr 01 2021
BDA and RNID lied about BSL?
At The Rim The Charity Claims The Government official survey. The British Government survey declares charitable statistics on BSL usage and support demands are unproven, even sheer guesswork or hype. Although the survey is 4 years old has there really been a huge explosion of people being born deaf since? Not so, health stats don't support that either! SOURCE
Wed, Mar 31 2021
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