Post covid deaf communities.
At The Rim I wonder what deaf are doing with all these clubs closed and social interaction limited at present? I think covid has to refocus deaf priorities and its near-total reliance on other deaf for a social life has to change. Even when covid is tamed there won't be much of a deaf norm to go back to. E.G. Small clubs may never re-open, larger ones will have to opera...
Sat, Dec 05 2020 · 4 hours ago
ASL/BSL and English
At The Rim As a deaf person myself, we all deaf people who live in the US using two languages 24/7. The first language is ASL (American Sign Language) and the second language is English. We are ”switching our brain” daily and 24/7 for two different communities: hearing and deaf because hearing is using the English language and deaf is using ASL. ATR: It does appear the ...
Fri, Dec 04 2020
Deaf elitism (II)
At The Rim Deaf elitism is a fact, and its got a whole lot worse the last 15 years as they utilise access and equality law to do the exact opposite for their own area. A right to blame others for their being deaf and a right to isolate themselves as a culture, whilst blaming that too on hearing 'not being able to, or refusing to sign for them.' and all with nil proof to back i...
Thu, Dec 03 2020
At The Rim A newish venture of a socially driven private area raising funds for charity (After they realised just give and others can make a decent living by pocketing 5% of all that is raised and charities cannot be bother to rattle tins at people any more). Ensuring members DON'T dictate how a charity is run is far better, given the RNID raises and does more than any of them...
Thu, Dec 03 2020
I could have gone deaf, what's that like?
At The Rim I have been deaf 50 years I don't have a sign name why? lol Do I need one?
Mon, Nov 30 2020
At The Rim Bit more common sense and practicality here which identifies the fact most deaf and certainly the majority with hearing loss, don't actually use sign language, but have other means and needs to follow. The danger is quoting statistics of hearing loss and confusing that with the minor statistic of deaf people and an equally smaller area of those who rely on sign lang...
Mon, Nov 30 2020
Contacting your internet provider.
At The Rim Apparently, there are still internet services providers who don't know there are users who can not hear. The census of official advice is to use text relay systems in the UK, but providers are refusing to take those calls and demanding others act for deaf people. E.G. demanding a voice call response this was what they asked of ATR who had an issue with his provi...
Fri, Nov 27 2020
At The Rim The UK has agreed on a Xmas support bubble: The big question we have to ask ourselves 'Is there a possibility I am taking an unwanted Xmas present home to my next of kin? a lethal covid infection? and if it is better we stay away until it is safer?' Much criticism has emerged already that post-Xmas/January we will inevitably see a 3rd wave higher than before, is...
Wed, Nov 25 2020
Life and Deaf in Covid.
At The Rim Life & Deaf in Covid from Film Oxford on Vimeo. The ongoing assumption is deaf are all good lip-readers but the signers really do not rely on lip-reading. Clear masks present issues in that they aren't protection from COVID, so apart from risking yourself, you are asking others to as well. The pandemic means you may well be asking someone to risk their lives so y...
Tue, Nov 24 2020
Letters down under
At The Rim Hola! Just the usual post to ask how you are managing there in these covid-ridden times, now the bush fires are out, the wildlife and beach bums and barbie fellowship are being a bloody nuisance again? I suspect you have probably read the UK is in a worse state than before, but you know us, what's new? we don't listen to advice ever so nothing much has changed ...
Tue, Nov 24 2020
Are deaf people good signers?
At The Rim If Some controversy on social media where suggestions deaf were not all perfect signers was reported as an 'attack' on deaf people. Quite often we can read deaf stating 'I don't sign that way..' or, 'that isn't the same sign I use..' some gets passed off as regional but a lot are signs deaf have acquired from others who may have made then up suit. Language evolves ...
Mon, Nov 23 2020
English COVID Advice.
At The Rim I wonder if the signs actually exist to cover the details of what she said? Like Boris and Co, the charts and details explaining those must go over the head of deaf people too. Are they just following 'stay home' and 'stay away from others'? Do they understand the tier systems? If they do explain it to the rest of us? What is the sign for Field Epidemiolo...
Sat, Nov 21 2020
Face Mask misery.
At The Rim ‘Months of face mask misery’ ahead for deaf people as only a quarter of the public know how to communicate with them The UK’s 12 million deaf adults and 50,000 deaf children have “months of face mask misery” ahead because three in four people don’t know how to communicate with them, new research suggests. Although lots of different communication techn...
Fri, Nov 20 2020
Young deaf mute girl gang raped..
At The Rim Earlier this year, on 16th March 2020, BACA reported on the dithering police that failed to take action after a 17-year-old Christian teenager whis both deaf and mute, was kidnapped from her home, then forcibly married to a Muslim neighbour under a sham Islamic marriage. Police at Sanda Police Station, Lahore failed to take action despite registering a F...
Thu, Nov 19 2020
Being Deaf managing COVID
At The Rim Deaf have really noticed that where the choice to mix with peers is limited and poor access via covid they lack the skills to interact with hearing. This is a problem that has always existed with deaf they move from deaf education to the deaf community and then when that is difficult, suffer via lack of skills or confidence to interact with the rest of society. ...
Thu, Nov 12 2020
Dept of Education and the care plan for deaf.
At The Rim Does it empower support by right? by practicality? or by cost? Systems tend to only provide support at the very basic level to meet the rules. I'm more interested in what qualifications the deaf need to enter further education? or university? since, Uni's complained deaf were enabled entry but lacked even the basics of English to follow their chosen course? Even...
Wed, Nov 11 2020
Mainstream versus deaf schools
At The Rim The government has to take into account everyone's view in that 9 out of 10 parents of deaf children are hearing, and legally responsible for their own children, and also, that state policy is inclusion via mainstreaming. There seem to be dual campaigns running, (1) Parents (And many deaf themselves), are demanding more support for deaf children in mainstream an...
Tue, Nov 10 2020
25 years of struggle, was it worth it?
At The Rim This week marks 25 years of the inauguration of the UK Disability Act. Is there a cause to celebrate it? ATR was one of the very few (The only one deaf), who attended the launch in Manchester of the campaign for it at Manchester University. I found the launch a real eye-opener to the deaf world, although I was (and still), profoundly deaf at the time and sup...
Mon, Nov 09 2020
Mainstreaming deaf children doesn't work?
At The Rim ATR getting in the neck for supporting the mainstreaming of deaf children. The ATR stance is that specialised schooling for all deaf children that is just FOR deaf children had a history of chronic failure that killed aspiration and academic advance for generations of the deaf. Even if, it founded a culture and language of sorts, it failed them educationa...
Sun, Nov 08 2020
New re-brand, same old?
At The Rim Since WHEN, has the RNID been the home of deaf culture? It removed all its social media contact, closed down its 'open forum' and feedback site, shut down regional contacts, (How does that make the RNID more accessible?), and recently sold off areas of its deaf support and environmental aid arms. It will be interesting to see if they allow constructive criticism...
Fri, Nov 06 2020
Petition to save Townfield from Mainstreaming.
At The Rim Petition: We are parents of Deaf children who attend Townfield Primary School.* We are asking for your support to keep the Deaf Base open at Townfield Primary School. The base has been at the heart of the school for over 30 years and new management has decided that Deaf childrens lives no longer matter and they want to close the Deaf Base. Deaf child...
Fri, Nov 06 2020
21 Reasons to avoid sanity
At The Rim It's time for another bout of COVID madness. Being stuck indoors via the UK lockdown is NOT fun unfortunately unless you are on the phone/computer/iPad or whatever all day talking bollox and trivia or 'zooming' total strangers, and asking them why they are doing the same, you can be stuck with just turning the TV on, or posting rubbish like this to pass the time, whic...
Fri, Nov 06 2020
ENT and YOU
At The Rim The issue is E.N.T. Depts (UK), are an area to determine your loss degree and type so DB-related. Assessing how a person relates to that assessment is not really their area of expertise, it is a psychological thing as everyone can respond differently to hearing loss. Some, when informed their hearing, may rapidly deteriorate, and/or will gradually go altogether r...
Thu, Nov 05 2020
Only Deaf people should teach sign?
At The Rim This is politics and representation gig more than an issue of 'who is best to teach sign'. From a Brit perspective, there just aren't the profound deaf teachers qualified to teach in educational areas at all. From a personal perspective, I attended a Learner BSL class where the tutor was born deaf, after the lesson started it was clear she wasn't being followed ...
Wed, Nov 04 2020
Should deaf charities be able to count?
At The Rim A recent FB query asking if it is worthwhile investing in proper accounting software? Erm YES it is unless you haven't read your eligibility status for being a charity, you have to provide accurate accounts to be valid. Note: Abacus is old school and the BDA ran out of beads for theirs years ago. To SAGE Accounting experts I am looking for a friend who is highly...
Wed, Nov 04 2020
Toward a deaf cure.
At The Rim Blimey capitalising the 'D' 3 times alone, bit obsessive, we are assuming they are talking about born deaf who are unable to compare hearing to deafness anyway, so naturally supporting the only status quo they know, fearing the 'unknown', and will they cope with that? Currently, their education and lifestyles won't enable them. The issue of genetics they haven't ...
Tue, Nov 03 2020
The DWP: They want to hear from YOU.
At The Rim [Keepit clean]. A DWP procurement survey now open The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) wants to hear your views, thoughts and comments on how they procure programmes. They have issued a survey to help them develop a number of initiatives and to give providers the opportunity to tell them the aspects of procurement that they do well and the things they...
Tue, Nov 03 2020
How deaf chldren can manage at home.
At The Rim I think the fact many children deaf are spending more time at home is a positive. It creates a situation whereby parents who have mostly left communication to schools and others have had to adapt and make more effort themselves which can only be a positive. For years deaf education and its community aspects created a sense of inclusion with deaf peers rather than...
Sat, Oct 31 2020
Marlee on the campaign Trail
At The Rim Best of luck with that! the choice between dumb and dumber.
Wed, Oct 28 2020
I'm deaf not rude.
At The Rim When Kelli Adrienne Duncan, a Tampa, Fla.-based paramedic specializing in occupational health, was boarding a Delta flight to Hartford earlier this month, she wore a mask that read “Just Deaf, Not Rude.” The 43-year-old, who is deaf and uses sign language while speaking to others, wears the mask to let others know about her disability. “My friend and I were f...
Sat, Oct 24 2020
AOHL ditches Welsh site
At The Rim AOHL Cymru dies. 'Join their growing community'? It didn't grow in Wales that is why they are closing. Welsh deaf told to use the English main site instead. This is old news as all responses went to England anyway, we doubt the site was ever manned in Wales and their refusal at the Assembly to include grassroots feedback and the Welsh assembly refusing to offer ...
Fri, Oct 23 2020
Soap inclusion doesn't wash.
At The Rim I think the complainers don't understand it is a soap opera and not 'real-life'. It's ridiculous claim to be inclusive of every minority in London, and a few new ones they invented themselves except they call them actors, soon expose their claims they are anything but opportunists and amateurs at that. Being the BBC it is expected of them. The actor portrayin...
Thu, Oct 22 2020
Campaign for where is the Interprer?
At The Rim I'm half inclined to support part of the above campaign especially real research into deaf need, instead of the completely random and biased attempts to mislead we keep seeing. However, I would want research done independently and not by deaf groups or charities so we can respect the results. The deaf need is not specifically sign language. The BDA, RNID,...
Thu, Oct 22 2020
At The Rim 54 years ago the world was unaware of a small little mining village that would change the lives of so many people not just in Wales but around the world ... Aberfan, 116 small children and 28 adults lost forever we will always Remember.
Wed, Oct 21 2020
8 of the best speech to text software
At The Rim Although not designed for specific deaf use but USA business, some amazing software is available deaf could really use. Best Overall: Dragon Anywhere Available for Android and iOS devices, Dragon Anywhere is a premium professional tool that’s a big deal in the world of dictation apps. It’s 99% accurate and comes with voice editing and formatting. Over time, ...
Wed, Oct 21 2020
The Deaf Elite
At The Rim Deaf elitism exists simply because there are deaf who acquired ENGLISH and so are more capable of advancing than lesser educated peers. There is strong evidence this more able/elite deaf then set themselves up as campaigners, mentors, awareness teachers, open up charities and such to promote DEPENDENCY for their lesser-able peers and guess who provides it? Money f...
Tue, Oct 20 2020
At The Rim Where a deaf actor has the necessary skills they should be considered. Unfortunately, most films are not there just to promote various areas or raise direct awareness, inclusion isn't a reason to insert a deaf awareness campaign and offering lectures etc on how to do that, which sadly seems to be vogue for those deaf who do get included in media, it near always tu...
Sun, Oct 18 2020
Where is the Interpreter?
At The Rim He's behind you (Oh yes he is, oh no she isn't). Joking aside, No, it's not a new game for Christmas for the kids, but a current campaign and lobby to get Boris with a BSL interpreter so we i.e. the English 'we', can follow what he is saying (God luck with that the rest of us haven't a clue and not really interested either!). The latest welsh advice. Because o...
Sat, Oct 17 2020
At The Rim It's not acceptance alone, the reality is we DON'T HEAR, it is also a sensory loss. While there is an increase of educated deaf people both the USA and UK still suffer considerable issues following the country's language. In an 'ideal' world for some areas if everyone uses sign language that's the aim. In practice, it won't happen because the ASL and BSL signer ...
Fri, Oct 16 2020
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