Monday, 26 September 2016

Hearing loss to blame for underweight babies !!

[A pregnant woman looking at her bump]More unadulterated tosh from yet another patronising survey of the inherent dangers of hearing loss.  Of course it would have NOTHING to do with the fact medical systems block access and support to us would it ?  NAH !!!!!  Hearing loss ISN'T the issue (Why do we bother making them aware ?).  

Hearing loss is a marginalizing and disabling condition, resulting in various adverse social and health outcomes. Babies born to women with hearing loss were significantly more likely to be premature and have low birth weight, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Understanding and addressing the causes are critical to improving pregnancy outcomes among women with hearing loss, say investigators.

Around one percent of people in the U.S. who are 18 to 44 years old have hearing loss of various types, severity, pattern, and age of onset. Unfortunately, many individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing can have significant health issues, while communication and language barriers, along with a general mistrust of the medical community, result in social and healthcare marginalization for many.

Hearing issues reduce opportunities for individuals to benefit from mass media, healthcare messages, healthcare communication, and incidental learning opportunities. And healthcare providers rarely receive training on how to communicate effectively and care for individuals with hearing loss, resulting in poor communication, increased provider frustrations, and changes in healthcare delivery.

"There have not yet been any population-based studies about pregnancy experiences and outcomes among women with hearing loss, although a recent study of deaf women's experiences with prenatal care found they were less satisfied with their care and were more likely to have fewer prenatal visits than hearing women," explained lead investigator Monika Mitra, PhD, of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. "We therefore set out to investigate birth outcomes among women with hearing loss."

Special Screening for deaf-blind

The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) joined forces with SM Cares and other partner agencies (Deaf Blind Support Philippines, AKAP Pinoy, Philippine Blind Union, National Council on Disability Affairs, and Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled) to hold an audience-empowering event dubbed as Special Movie Screening for the Blind and Deaf.

The special movie screening took place at Premiere Cinema, SM Mall of Asia on Sept. 20 and was attended by more than 900 participants, mostly students from the Philippine School for the Blind and Philippine School for the Deaf and members of Resources for the Blind. 

Officials from MTRCB, SM Cares and other partner agencies grace a special movie screening at SM Mall of Asia’s Premiere Cinema where the blind and hearing-impaired children are treated to an exclusive cinema experience.

The event brought together MTRCB Chairperson Atty. Eugenio “Toto” Villareal, President of SM Supermalls Annie Garcia, Vice-President of SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. (SMLEI) Edwin Nava, President of Deaf Blind Support Philippines Edgardo “Bong” Garcia, and Director of SM Cares Program on PWDs Engineer Bien Mateo. Also present were MTRCB Executive Director Atty. Ann Marie Nemenzo as well as MTRCB Board Members Atty. Noel Del Prado and Bibeth Orteza Siguion-Reyna. 

It's all a Game (For some anyway).

2016-09-21-1474484051-9409219-technology792175_960_720.jpgWhen hearing people think about exciting new technologies for those who are deaf, their minds most likely jump to the latest developments in cochlear implants or hearing aids. 

Or perhaps they may vaguely recall reading about any number of devices being developed to translate sign language into speech (or speech into ASL, or ASL into text). When hearing people think about deafness in general, they tend to think only in terms of “problems” and “solutions.” Luxury technology now forms a cornerstone of our sleek American culture, yet very few innovations seek to enhance — or even consider — the real diversity of the modern user base.

Chris (“Phoenix”) Robinson, who has severe hearing loss in his right ear and is completely deaf in his left, and Brandon (“Zero”) Chan, who is deaf, began their channel DeafGamersTV with a seemingly simple goal: break down the barrier between deaf and hearing people in the gaming world.

Where most gamers take for granted the ability to just log on and join in, Chris and Brandon found themselves kicked off teams and cyber bullied on some platforms simply because they don’t use microphones to communicate. 

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Face Off...

Sensory Disability.....

Sensory disabilities are disabilities associated with the senses such as sight or hearing, but also with taste, smell, and spatial awareness. 

Blind or visually impaired humxns may make use of canes or guide dogs and braille printing, while deaf or hard of hearing humans may use various aural devices, sign language and so on.

#NoMoreCraptions campaign

Amanda: What Deaf means to me...

Hey everyone! So, I wanted to talk about something I've been thinking a lot about recently and that is the word "DEAF." Now I grew up in hearing culture. I grew up with hearing family, hearing friends, going to a mainstream school and I didn't have access to signing. 

I didn'thave access to Deaf people and...So, growing up for me that word "DEAF" scared me, because for me, before, that meant that I was going to lose my hearing. That meant that I was going to lose access to oral communication. That meant I might lose my family and my friends.

That was scary for me. It was really scary. And it wasn't until after I became physically deaf that I started searching for people like me and I started searching for a better way to communicate. 

And I found that in Deaf culture, in sign language, in the Deaf
community. Now that i am a proud Deaf woman that word death means something so different to me. So, I wanted to share
with you what word "DEAF" means to me now. Now the word "DEAF" means strength. 

It means having the strength to accept yourself for who you really are. It also means support; having the support of the Deaf community. Having people around me that understand what i go through every single day, all of my struggles. They understand me, they really understand. It also means communication, because now I have this beautiful language that I can always understand I don't have have to struggle with and I have access to communication through new technology like VOIP and oh captioned phones. 

Different things that help me communicate better. It also, lastly, means intelligence. Why? Because deaf people; we have to be able to think creatively. We have to be able to think outside the box so that we can create new solutions to problems that we have, that don't depend on hearing, and that takes intelligence. So, this is what my new meaning of the word "DEAF" is. What does "DEAF" mean to you?

ATR:  If you aren't using the previous access methods then how are you now communicating ?  You are interpreter dependent instead ? How are you now communicating to friends who aren't deaf you grew up with ?  or have you ditched them for new signing ones ? Have you opted out of your previous social situation entirely ?

The situation which we see above is often held up as a cultural promo, but really is not a true reflection of how most who grew up deaf but didn't integrate with the deaf community manage later on.  For most there is no 'way back' to a culture you were never part of from day one anyway. Mostly the issues are about personal abilities to cope.  Once you can manage those there is no ID struggle to worry about.

Deafened do not have ID issues, they are, what they are.