Can social media beat Deaf apathy?

Rob

Deaf, hubby to Rachel, dad to Corey, Libby and Emily, Solicitor, Lecturer in Legal Practice at University of South Wales, PhD student at University of Leicester.

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4 Responses

  1. MM says:

    I read the first blog. Frankly the short and long answer is no. National charities concerned with deaf and loss issues have tried and consistently failed to even raise awareness on them, let alone engender campaign support, and they employ professionals in social media things Every time social media attempted to ‘unify’ deaf, that failed too, within a day it drifted away from issue of concern to social chit-chat. Facebook is condemned by most as a threat to deaf people and others vulnerable. Many deaf left it.

    What happens in any social media these days is they form immediate cliques and start eliminating people who challenge the view or direction of campaigns, your face has to fit, just as ye olde deaf clubs ran things, the only difference is we’ve gone digital. I keep getting told unless you are on social media which is the greatest thing since sliced bread apparently, you are dead to the world, but we’ve yet to see a single successful deaf or HI campaign launched.

    When you can show us any part of Twitter or FB that has changed deaf and HI rights in law, I’ll buy in, I suspect I am going to have to continue to stay out for the foreseeable future. the proof is in the pudding,and, the Deaf Fed was a failure too….. when Twitter deaf were asked to march for rights the proposer was laughed at as ‘dated’…..

  2. Des says:

    A very good example from Sense (representing deafblind people) was that under the “See Me Hear Me” project in early 2000s, Sense organised the campaign training weekends and they were held in many places across the UK. I attended one – held in Cambridge – in November 2004 and was very amazed with the outcome. Although I have good knowledge about the parliamentary system, lobbying MPs etc, that event provided very useful steps that enabled me to develop further on my campaign skills, such as reporting issues to the mainstream media (e.g. The Guardian, The Times, etc), writing letters to MPs (and of course, requesting them to liaise with these within the Cabinet) and so on. Although the project finished, Sense continued further their campaign work by:
    * writing sample letters, tailored according to the aims eg DLA, Social Care, Direct Payments etc), to us for forwarding to our MPs in our own names.
    * organising designated area for lobbying MPs within the Palace of Westminster.
    * Campaign newsletters on a regular basis.

    Looking at Sense’s work and how deafblind people shows a rather proactive approach in the campaign field, perhaps, the deaf organisation could hand up and start to do some works on the campaign training? Have hoped that the British Deaf Association could do this, but to my bitter disappointment – none! In my opinion, a person, representing BDA, tells participants: “go and lobby your MPs, write letters to MPs etc” – without such campaign resources, I would doubt whether or not the participants would be aware…
    *SOME, ***not ALL***, are eligible to vote in the General Election
    *HOW to locate MPs in its own constituency
    *Correct steps in lobbying MPs
    *WRITE letters, in acceptable format, to MPs
    Some food for thoughts – for the deaf organisation: campaign training!
    ….off for sleep. Goodnight, folks and gals.

  3. Des says:

    Video about Sense’s See Me Hear Me campaign.

  4. MM says:

    I’m in awe of the blind/sense frankly, they are actually in Wales doing the work our deaf groups should be doing in highlighting the fact 70% of BSL users had no access to health systems, and lobbying for us. I do think it is time deaf started to do things for themselves, if the blind can, why can’t we ? That conundrum called ‘social media’ is to blame,it just isn’t used by deaf for any real purpose of advancing our rights or access. Talk is cheap even free, actions requires effort deaf are not prepared to put in it seems.

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