Today I say this:
You know what – this has brought back memories, and just seen on the BBC news that Capita and ATOS estimate they are going to overspend by 200 million pounds the cost to the taxpayer of the change over from DLA to PIP… well, what does that tell you when people think deafness and deafblindness is something that is easy to live with? No… it’s a complete barrier to society that is set on using voice and written words to communicate.
If you want to be all inclusive, build your access in at the design stage. Don’t try to change something to make it accessible after the fact. Think access to Communication, Mobility and information. Get educated in the needs of those who have a sensory impairment. Contact me if you want to know more.
My facebook post a year ago said this:
My rant for today – as a deaf person and it’s public. Everything in life should be accessible – from the bank to the Gov to the public meetings everyone is entitled to attend – to the opportunity to go to the cinema, to the gym – or a counseling session, or to read the news online at our own leisure (with subtitles).. or to talk to family – or friends – We have to “ring” or we have to go round and rely on someone to speak clearly – no two bones about it. If we make the effort to go round – we are told to “wait” if someone rings your phone, but we were there first! – how come? never say “it doesn’t matter – it’s not important” – never say “hang on my phone is ringing” in mid convo with you.. if we are with you – we need to communicate -and we need to follow – never go from a clear speech to a mumbled speech if someone who is hearing starts a conversation.. I can go on…
– and so many are not aware that we are perfectly competent to communicate – Now I refer to those companies and organisations like HMRC, utility companies, electric gas and councils – BUT it needs to be in an accessible format, which, to me is the stumbling block. If you are discriminated against – it means they are trying to make you communicate with them in their way – not yours. Square peg in round hole – or whatever – they can’t force you to “learn how to access their services” – they should be making “their services fully accessible”. Forcing you to break the Data protection act because they can’t “accommodate your needs” – is discrimination. Pure and simple. Forcing you to use a different language – simply because it is seen to be the language of your “disability” – is NOT the ultimate solution.
Today it is 2017 – and nothing has changed.