Sunday, 23 October 2016

Lip-speakers: Not interested in supporting grass roots ?

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The social view:

"It's part of a wider realism re lip-reading and their support. So many alleged excellent lip-readers not requiring any support at all ? A myth of course, when the reality is the lip-READING is poor, so poor, users are unable to utilise lip-speakers.  Even if they can find them, and they cannot, because the Lip-speaker wants court work where the real, money is, there is no work for lip-speakers on the street..

I'm sure there are areas of disagreement. I am not really a fan of how lip-reading is taught or, how it is portrayed as a 'magic bullet' for HoH in access.  I have no idea myself if I have that skill or just have inspired guesses most of the time, we all adapt to survive, I think LR is just a small part of what we use to get by, I defy anyone to use it extensively to gain detail....  

My family says the reality is I am either getting a lot less than half what they say, or none at all on any given day.  When I attended college on losing hearing,  they expected me to read lips with the teachers having their back to me.  When I asked to utilise the dedicated area signer students had support with, the staff there refused to lip-speak or write things down, and insisted I sign instead.  They offered to give me BSL basics, I said to what end ? it was no help to access the class or course work.  The BSL people here have no access to a class themselves.

It was an chaotic unsuitable environment for me, not much else I could do, not a single teacher signed so what was the point ?  I passed my course with the help of fellow hearing students who under no obligation, took notes for me and helped me to follow. I have NO idea how BSL students ever managed to learn anything. The area I looked at was an 'in-house' PHU (Partial Hearing Unit), a lie in itself as I was the only person there fitted the criteria, the rest were deaf BSL users, they just signed amid themselves and watched neighbours on TV.   

The way they learnt was staff being sent notes for them which the PHU then re translated to sign or something.  I insisted a PHU staff member attended one class with me, to understand how I was not being able to participate in it, she walked out after 10 minutes and said "Sorry I cannot follow the teacher either !"   I was just was left to it, I decided to abandon that part of the course, it was pointless attempting to follow it.

Lip-Reading seems ultra-reliant on when you take it up, regular access to a class, your own ability, age, education, support availability, and, the conditions to make it effective for you.  With so many variables and conditions needing to be met, Lip-reading became a total lottery.  The classes themselves have no bottom line, no pupil qualification requirement, no demands to succeed in it, and no intensive support for those with difficulties. Deafened people are just excluded by default.

The concern is that having spent a lot of your life or formative education, with some useful hearing, then acquiring Lip-Reading is problematic, specially as most tuition is undertaken with elderly people, often when you are supposed to be in work too, or with those still with some useful hearing, maybe a lot better than yours. An imbalance of student capability that renders the tuition very difficult.  It's not helped via the random element of class availability, or the short duration of them. 2 hrs a week, trying to compete with 10 others..

These classes don't get held via a system of putting 'like with like' or decibel loss degree, any of those areas can then, being mismatched,  decimate class effectiveness.  I  did a discourse a few years ago on an interview with young HoH who had refused to attend a lip-reading class, because "It is full of old farts.." There was an age thing going on.

I think on experience myself, it quickly can unravel and make LR almost impossible to rely on as a prime means of access.  If the idea is to 'free' the deaf person with the ability to fully participate in the hearing world on their own, it fails obviously.

Hardly ANY Lip-readers are actually using lip-speaker support. The assumption is we are all so good at it, they aren't needed ! and if you aren't good at it, the options of lip-speaker support becomes pointless.  Most have simply opted out, or found various technologies and text approaches better for them.  Sideways moves over and basically OUT of it.  There was an essay I read where people wouldn't use a lip-speaker because they didn't like 'staring' at other people's faces.  

Not an issue with sign users who take this in their stride, so I suppose it is a case of 'hearing etiquette' or something connected with background and their accepted norms. It's rude to stare.... It's embarrassing.

Telephoning is no longer an issue in many respects as SMS is widely used.  (Current system area approaches excepted !).  If attending meetings/public areas is a problem, you don't go, or you go and avoid any situation where you can have problems communicating.  Attending public areas doesn't demand you interact does it ?  It is being there. but not being there really. You need the confidence to approach people and find ways to facilitate communication yourself, for many, they don't have this confidence, it is why they are desperate to support lip-reading so they can at least appear to be still the same as when they were hearing.  Tangled webs etc...

Hard of hearing are huge con artists !  Deaf know sign usage means they cannot con anyone and anyway they do own thing. Where we come unstuck is wanting to get in there pitching and of course having to battle then for the access that most have made no real demands for.... because they have opted out already.

Deaf/Disabled jobseekers facing dramatic fall-off in support

A reduction in specialist services means disabled people will need to turn to Jobcentre Plus
Number of disabled people receiving specialist help to fall by 50% after 80% funding cut to new work programme.  The number of unemployed disabled people given specialist help to find work will be halved under plans to be revealed this week, according to firms running the government’s work programme.

About 300,000 disabled people were offered help between 2012 and 2015 but this will fall to 160,000 between 2017 and 2020, it is claimed. This is a consequence of the government reducing funding for the new work programme by 80%, according to a major report to be published by the umbrella group for the companies on the programme. Anyone else seeking support will need to rely on the Jobcentre Plus system that the companies claim is already under significant pressure to deliver cost savings.

Kirsty McHugh, chief executive of the Employment Related Services Association (Ersa), which represents the employment support sector, said: “The size of the new Work and Health Programme means only one in eight disabled people who want to work will have specialist help to do so. As a society, we have an obligation to ensure appropriate support is available and today’s report shows that we are in danger of failing disabled people and their families.”

Earlier this year it was announced that the Work and Health Programme would replace the previous scheme and a green paper detailing the government’s proposals is to be published later this week. The new measures have been billed as a specialist programme of employment support focused predominantly on those with health problems and disabilities.

Earlier this year ministers were accused of “leaving the disabled behind” in its drive for greater employment, after it emerged that more than half of the households in which no one works contain at least one adult with a disability.  However, the new analysis shows that there is to be a cut in funding from £750m in 2013-14 to less than £130m next year.

Ersa says that the cut in funding will severely hamper the government in its goal of securing work for more than 1.2 million more people with disabilities.

Welsh teenager is deaf and blind but she can drive a car..

Learning how to drive is a standard milestone in most teenagers’ lives.  But for Emma Gaylard, from Newport , getting the hang of parking and turning corners was harder than for most – because she is deafblind.

The 18-year-old has a severe visual and hearing impairment which has been with her for most of her life. When she was 10 months old, she was diagnosed with Stickler Syndrome, which left her blind in her right eye and partially sighted in her left. She also wears two hearing aids.  With the support of Sense, a charity that supports people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, she was able to get behind the wheel.

Emma said: “I didn’t know how well I’d get on with it, and I was really nervous but after I finished the actual driving the instructor said that I was really good. It was brilliant being able to drive – something I never thought I’d do.

“We went to the top floor of St David’s car park in Cardiff, and because I couldn’t see I got a bit scared and thought I might drive off the edge! I’ve done proper driving, parking between cones, and driving around corners.

She added: “The driving instructors were really helpful for me to tell me how much I needed to turn the wheel, how fast I needed to go – they needed to be clear because I’m multi-sensory impaired and it’s a lot harder for me to do even simple driving. I couldn’t see where I was going!”

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Irish Sign Language Bill, is a step nearer.

A SENATOR HAS told of his delight as the Irish Sign Language Bill moved one step closer to becoming law. 

Fianna Fáil’s Mark Daly said today was a “great day” for the the deaf community in Ireland as the passage of this bill would be hugely beneficial for everyone in the country.

Under the bill, Irish Sign Language (ISL) would be designated as a native and independent language that is used as the primary means of communication by over 5,000 members of the deaf community.

Daly said: “The cross-party support that my bill received today is testament to the hard work of the Irish deaf community in raising awareness of their needs, and shining a spotlight on the challenges they face on a day to day basis.

Deaf woman Jailed for 5 years;

Julie Fellows initially dodged jail because a judge said it would lead to complete isolationNo 'get out of jail free' card for deaf abuser. 

A DEAF woman who sexually abused a boy has been jailed for five years after her original sentence was quashed.  Julie Fellows, 30, was originally given a two-year suspended term in August.

Julie Fellows initially dodged jail because a judge said it would lead to complete isolation.  A judge at Worcester crown court said jail would lead to complete isolation for Fellows, due to give birth in January. But yesterday three Court of Appeal judges ruled that her sentence was unduly lenient.  Lord Justice Davis said: “In our view, the sentence imposed simply does not reflect the gravity and sustained nature of all that occurred.”

But yesterday three Court of Appeal judges ruled that her sentence was unduly lenient  Fellows was convicted of one charge of indecent assault and of sexual activity with a child.

She has always denied the charges – which related to when the boy was aged between six and nine and to a later period when he was between 14 and 15 – claiming they were fabricated.

Lord Justice Davis, sitting with Mrs Justice Cheema Grubb and Sir Stephen Silber, said the boy had been deeply affected. 

For the Signing Impaired...

Deaf Perception from Ashley & Alyssa Dole on Vimeo.

An old video I came across recently, that started with the introduction 'captions for the signing impaired'  One wonders if 6 years on, such a comment would be acceptable to the HoH or hearing community ?  Is sign use an impairment ? Looks like it is if you aren't fluent in it according to the ASL user. Maybe we should state is sign is an issue in a hearing world ? see if that resonates ?  

Sadly we still can see some sort of 'reverse discrimination' going on ridiculing those who don't sign as 'impaired' because they don't.  How it all improves awareness and sign take up I have no idea, since the 'community' who sign, need all the help they can get, and you don't get that help poking fun at them as some sop to culture...

Deaf 15 year old twin teenage sisters enter a cafe to share coffee and stories from their day. But the hearing patrons around them are captivated by their use of their hands to talk. A group of immature boys makes fun of the sisters, as the sisters discuss how closed minded people can be. But just as they sign this, they themselves see a new sign.

Produced by their Mother and Father Wanda & Marc Dole "Deaf Perception" was written by Alyssa & Ashley (the twin sisters themselves). “Deaf Perception” will also be a learning project for the sisters. Award winning film Producer and Director, Chase Bailey, is guiding the girls through the full detailed process of making the film. Chase and Producer Karlina Lyons have assembled a group of great actors and a great film crew to help the twins realize their vision.