Yes or No?
At The Rim From: Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport). The Government is committed to ensuring deaf people can fully participate in society. We understand that mandatory use of face coverings will be difficult to adhere to for some. That is why there are exemptions to the rules for some disabled people and those with certain health conditions on pu...
Thu, Jul 02 2020
ATR 'attacks' on deaf care deplorable?
At The Rim ATR crosses swords with leading hearing loss/disability charities online as ATR suggested some Deaf are more trouble than they are worth in care terms... #1 ‘have now sold off their deaf care too, more trouble than they are worth frankly’. I think the above comment is really disrespectful. Care services does tremendously good work with Deaf people and transfo...
Wed, Jul 01 2020
At The Rim Scientists at UCL have discovered sets of regulatory genes, which are responsible for maintaining healthy hearing. The finding, made in fruit flies, could potentially lead to treatments for age-related hearing loss (ARHL) in humans. Gene discovery in fruit flies ‘opens new doors’ for hearing loss cure in elderly Scientists at UCL have discovered sets of regu...
Wed, Jun 24 2020
Medical academic pleads for clear face masks
At The Rim A Brighton medical school academic who is profoundly deaf is calling for clear face masks so people who are deaf can still lip read. Andrea Pepper said: “For people who are deaf or have hearing loss, masks can prevent them from understanding spoken communication.” Dr Pepper, a reader at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), run by the universities of Brig...
Tue, Jun 23 2020
Does what matter?
At The Rim Having just read a reversal of view via posters on social media now claiming all lives matter is wrong as they now understand what black lives matter is all about, prompted an interesting reply. I will apologise for the length of response, my sole concern was their law-breaking in regards to the lockdown. Most of us have isolated and been apart from our loved ones ...
Mon, Jun 22 2020
R U D/deaf friendly?
At The Rim Some deaf still complaining mask-wearing is making life difficult for them, because the wearers won't take them off, but still refusing to use any alternatives. Being deaf-friendly is using text, not sign language as we see with a complaint about a shop worker refusing to remove a mask for a deaf customer. Indeed most of the online deaf input is in text. I...
Sun, Jun 21 2020
Deaf Read, undone by D and d?
At The Rim It seems that is the case as recent changes to deaf.read (Pick your own capitals it makes no difference), is only found in the UK once via searches an average for every 20 attempts,it's not unusual for days being unable to log in. We don't know what changes deaf read have made but the number of posts and reads tells its own story. The 'Old' site is found easily but...
Fri, Jun 19 2020
Wearing Hearing Aid when deaf?
At The Rim Most simply fail to understand the psychological reaction to hearing loss, and that is down to polarised views online mostly and biased awareness none of which is either valid or successful. I didn't find the video all that clear when he went into 'different levels of deafness.' of course there are no different levels, you are deaf or you are not, otherwise you hav...
Thu, Jun 18 2020
Hard Of Hearing Video editor.
At The Rim At last something without COVID, BLM, and mask envy.
Wed, Jun 17 2020
At The Rim Kia Ora, kei tepehea koe? Just a line to let you know we are still in the land of the almost living in banging downtown Wales (But avoid Barry Island for a few months it still glows in the dark). I have included the obligatory sop to the local language sorry if it is dodgy, I hope the greeting anyway finds you well, which roughly translated means 'may you drow...
Tue, Jun 16 2020
2 Deaf Drs.
At The Rim Puts to rest the effectiveness of DIY clear face masks there is only one medically approved version and they aren't available to deaf Drs so DIY ones are strictly NOT for medical usage. What seems to be missing is what percentage of deaf or HoH lip-readers are COVID patients? The numbers quoted are the stat ones the BDA/AOHL turn out and were not relevant pri...
Mon, Jun 15 2020
At The Rim The BLM thing seems to have spawned a nation of 'let's remove anyone and everything that they find offensive.' (So that is most of us told). Now they want Basil Fawlty banned not because of jokes about black people but he insulted the Krauts, (Sorry Germans). I suppose the fact they were the reason millions died is incidental? Their final solution an accident? (The...
Fri, Jun 12 2020
Online learning not for the deaf.
At The Rim Deaf young people talk about their experiences of education during lockdown from National Deaf Children's Society on Vimeo.
Thu, Jun 11 2020
The last word on clear face masks
At The Rim How come the deaf never campaigned about these? But did threaten legal action against medical staff who wore PPE?
Thu, Jun 11 2020
We are ALL Racists.
At The Rim The picture is a rather naive opportunist one but... All of a sudden 1,000s of UK white people are empathising with BML, but only because of a killing in the USA, nobody took much interest before or acted on racism prior. COVID has provided the perfect storm for protest. We are a nation of hypocrites following the latest hashtag and paying lip-service to equality. ...
Wed, Jun 10 2020
The Deaf Case
At The Rim The irony being such low-educated deaf people and isolated probably won't see the ad for their 'services'. Would it not be easier to encourage deaf to read instead? not pander to their disabling issue bypassing education and awareness, and pandering to translation support services all the time? The elephant in the room is the reality such low educated deaf won't be g...
Tue, Jun 09 2020
BLM and Deaf lives matter too.
At The Rim From a UK Deaf site. The BML message is being lost and they are saying now ALL lives matter, its the only way many can express dismay at what they are seeing, or be called racists themselves. It is all that is wrong with the UK laws on equality, they don't work, it is the road to minority rule, vested interest, bias, sectarianism, segregation, and not majori...
Mon, Jun 08 2020
On a clear day
At The Rim You can lip-read forever.... (Apologies to Ms Streisland)... When did the cultural mantra change from 'All deaf sign', to 'All deaf lip-read'? When 85% of deaf people who sign have no effective ability without it, or interventional support? What COVID has done is expose what many other activists have been trying to do for years and not listened to, in that t...
Sun, Jun 07 2020
Don't sign? Don't lip-read? no problemo.
At The Rim The current campaigns for clear masks won't be of much use to a sign user, mostly, they partially lip-read to assist their SIGN, and most are not fluent lip-readers and an area against people talking to them. Those who ask medicos to remove masks need to understand this won't happen, the risk of infection would be real. Further demands for live Interpreting also wo...
Sat, Jun 06 2020
Disabled or Deaf?
At The Rim Depends what welfare allowances you can claim? That different only big plm is communication we need interpreter as we are strong BSL. Not disabled so BSL is our first language not English No, you cannot reject disability and then demand disability welfare support and funding, it's basically dishonest. Without disability funding, there would be no deaf a...
Thu, Jun 04 2020
Meeting people half way?
At The Rim Can we not just meet people halfway over this Deaf-deaf thing? (I'm an obsessive problem-solver, so feel free to ignore any suggestions or solutions I offer, even if they sound terribly insistent.) It's a situation perhaps only time will solve. As you say the current view of equality means doing your own thing your own way and this tends to prevent that really...
Wed, Jun 03 2020
Play the Hearing Lottery
At The Rim AOHL, the UK's leading charity for the deaf (As averse to the Deaf), and others with hearing loss offers up a Lottery of their own... Ironic they use UK Lottery funding to launch own version. Interesting they are now dropping the pretence of helping people with hearing loss and going for the cure instead. For just £1 a week, you could win £500, or one of 15 oth...
Wed, Jun 03 2020
Deaf Academy delayed due to COVID
At The Rim The opening of a new purpose-built school in Exmouth for deaf students from across the South West has been delayed because it was not quite finished before the coronavirus lockdown. The Deaf Academy packed up and moved out of its old buildings in Exeter before Easter. But, as the building is already being knocked down, the school is now homeless until the new campus...
Wed, Jun 03 2020
A Rose' by any other name...
At The Rim Cheers! Being stuck indoors via the UK lockdown is not fun, unfortunately, unless you are on the phone all day talking bollox and trivia or 'zooming' total strangers, and acting the billy goat mostly, you can be stuck with just turning the TV on, or posting rubbish like this to pass the time, which is my habit, i.e. up until COVID 19 reared it's head something, I...
Mon, Jun 01 2020
Hearing Aids are a Fashion.
At The Rim Hearing Aids Just for Fashion from Kirsty Ramsay-Hogan on Vimeo. ATR: I'm up for a laugh but it slipped into lecture and irony mode (again), it's why deaf doing own awareness doesn't succeed. Sadly I think topical and cutting humour (And awareness), should be left to hearing people. The 'let's take the pee out of hearing unawareness to make a point', gig is...
Fri, May 29 2020
New Zealander's got better access than us?
At The Rim Good on New Zealand supporting their deaf community signers. Unfortunately, we didn't read what support they offered to the deaf who do not sign or even the hard of hearing there. Like the UK they don't really exist I suppose, a penalty for being literate. The New Zealanders seem to have swallowed UK BSL hype regarding lack of supported sign updates, [whic...
Thu, May 28 2020
Swan Lake to be performed in dancers’ own bathtub
At The Rim A performance of Swan Lake recorded in the dancers’ own bathtubs features among 25 works announced by BBC Arts as part of its lockdown programme. Choreographer Corey Baker has recruited dancers from various companies for a short film, titled Swan Lake Bath Ballet, based on Tchaikovsky’s music. The commissions are backed by Arts Council England and are part...
Wed, May 27 2020
To CI or Not to CI
At The Rim Is it even a question? Social media agonising (that is what the lockdown does to you, you start watching TV again), about a UK soap opera currently obsessed with the burning issue, well, smouldering anyway, i.e. does the character, a gay murderer, who had a face transplant 3 or 4 times and lost his hearing aid for 5 years should, or should not, get a CI after going ...
Tue, May 26 2020
We are ALL deaf enough.
At The Rim What happens in practice seems different, the USA seems more 'inclusive' of others who don't sign, but in the UK that isn't usually the case. Deaf tend to segregate 'like with like' and don't really socialise with those who don't sign on the simple grounds they say they cannot follow. End of discussion, it's very frustrating. There is an area of ' sign puri...
Mon, May 25 2020
10 books about silence.
At The Rim Keep up that reading folks. 1. Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare After being brutally raped, Titus’s daughter, Lavinia, also has her tongue pulled out and her hands cut off to stop her reporting who is responsible for the attack. Incapacitated and robbed of her precious chastity, Lavinia’s powerlessness becomes a potent symbol of the silencing of abused w...
Wed, May 20 2020
Postcards from the Pandemic.
At The Rim From the absence of Auslan interpreters on TV to the struggle to adapt to life without face-to-face communication, the pandemic has posed unexpected challenges for the deaf community. Gavin Balharrie, the president of Expression Australia, a deaf services provider. Being deaf during the coronavirus pandemic has brought a fresh set of challenges for him and his wif...
Tue, May 19 2020
9m face masks
At The Rim The see-through mask saga rambles on, with one leading UK deaf blog claiming 9m deaf are missing out because they cannot lip-read NHS staff. Whilst also claiming no signed access is there for BBC updates either. Casting aside the fact 9m deaf do not exist in the UK let alone 9m of them capable of lip-reading, and BSL access has been there on the BBC sinc...
Mon, May 18 2020
Deaf (Acquired), awareness week.
At The Rim More like learn sign language week but... to be fair easier to follow than full-blown BSL.
Fri, May 15 2020
Gay Community: The rainbow is ours.
At The Rim Not anymore it isn't...... A storm in a teapot on a deaf site where a deaf gay complained the use of the 'Rainbow' logo was taking focus away from the gay community and its issues, and rebranding the logo as now belonging the UK's National Health Service, where the UK population has extensively used it to focus support for the UK's beleaguered health services combatti...
Fri, May 15 2020
BSL terps: GP's won't let deaf have them?
At The Rim Total bullshit! A response from ATR to a site that published a video in BSL suggesting this was happening and discrimination. The BSL access video complaint and issue isn't an honest one and they don't explain the circumstance whereby an interpreter may not be in attendance (Or a lip-speaker etc). E.G. My partner uses a BSL interpreter her GP and the hospit...
Wed, May 13 2020
Hard Of Hearing: Should we promote sign language?
At The Rim Predominantly no it seems. HoH getting annoyed with relentless sign promotions targeting their sites. Read on... #1 I'd go as far as to suggest we don't promote BSL on a hard of hearing site. It just gives credence to the 'all deaf sign' thing and blurs the remit and support systems too in suggesting 'Deaf week' has a single thing to do with us. It isn't disc...
Mon, May 11 2020
East Lancashire Deaf Society.
At The Rim Companies House has reported 13 out of 17 officers running the ELDS organisation have resigned en masse. Not so long ago ATR had reported mass resignations at the British Deaf Association trustees, leaving just 2, and it all seems to suggest irregularities and bad financial management is at the core. We believe the real problem is BSL using deaf hiring thei...
Sat, May 09 2020
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