How are companies becoming more d/Deaf aware?

What ways are companies becoming more deaf aware? Arguably, if we look at findings in the UK a survey revealed that disabled people had to apply for 60% more jobs before finding one, and only half of them reach the interview portion, according to The Independent.  These findings reflect a true image of the lack of awareness companies have as they may often prejudge the abilities of d/Deaf people and may not hire them.  Here at Lingoing we aim to rid companies of these ideas and try and break down the barriers of communication that perhaps make such companies perceive d/Deaf people as less able than they truly are. Lingoing does it’s part to try and enlighten companies or individuals, to become more deaf aware. Through Fateha and Ovais brilliant deaf awareness presentations, the reception team in Aldgate Tower were able to undergo a crash course in basic Signs and finger spelling that would come in handy for any deaf clients on their way up to us.

I had the pleasure of interviewing  Anne Sandfort one of the receptionists at the Aldgate Tower – Lingoing’s current home. I often see Anne on my weekly trips to the Lingoing office as she registers me to enter into the building and she always has a warm and welcoming aura to her. Through the series of questions I asked her, this same warm aura shines through.

What signs did you learn and how have you practiced them?

She laughs as she states Oh you are really testing me now , we learned ‘What is your name?’ ‘Thank you’ ‘Have a good day.’ the alphabet ‘Floor’ ‘Lift’ Doors’ all the basic signs we would need to help a hearing impaired person get to Lingoing’s floor. I was able to practice on quite  a few occasions, with Paull, Zena and Asim. I have to say my most delightful experience was with Asim  (One of Uber partners mentioned in a previous post) . There are so many hearing impaired visitors that have come and I really want to do more to help them feel comfortable. 

We also briefly discussed the ways in which Ovais and Fateha taught the team some signs with their presentations to which she states I was really impressed with Ovais and Fateha’s presentation; it was really thorough, to the point and exactly what we (her team) needed and  it was delivered BY a deaf person and although there was an interpreter we knew to focus our complete attention on the person signing and it taught us hoe to really engage with a deaf person.  I even shed a tear as it made me think of simple tasks… like tax are really hard to 

She gleefully recalls the encounter she had with Asim the first time she signed to him. 

My favourite experience so far is definitely with Asim. I remember signing to Asim and feeling a sense of acceptance, the short phrases that I used were liberating as there were less barriers to communication. I signed simple signs like ‘Lingoing’ ‘Floor 6’ and his face – she acts out his expression – literally lit up and he was really happy! The signs I have learned have been helpful so far and I have interacted successfully with other people coming to see Lingoing.

How has sign language enriched your life so far?

Sign Language is something that is close to home as my mother taught at a hearing impaired school in Trinidad in American Sign Language. It was an amazing experience learning some BSL phrases because it is brilliant to take back to my company and highlight how we can also do more to help hearing impaired people.

Was it difficult to learn?

No it wasn’t difficult at all! It is a very direct language so you miss out all the pronouns which makes it straight to point. We also continue to discuss the training session she had with Ovais and she recalls how she …shed a tear, because I didn’t realise how hard simple things like paying tax can be very difficult. 

Have you become more deaf aware from this experience?

I have definitely become more aware to the issues deaf people face! Even in Trinidad I saw basic challenges that hearing impaired people face and it is very interesting that coming to a first world country like the UK it is quite shocking that they face the same problems. Even now though they say that 55% of spoken language is body language so we can still figure out what hearing impaired people are saying through their expressions etc. I think becoming deaf aware is all about equality and I remember asking my husband who runs hotels in London, “How many deaf people work for you?  to which he replied “none” and I said “That’s the point! That is what it is all about!”. So I think it is really important that we all become more deaf aware. 

Anne alongside her colleagues have taken a step in the right direction in becoming more d/Deaf aware. This is the type of thing that encourages Lingoing to keep doing what we do best – breaking down barriers of communication! The efforts shown both by Lingoing and the reception team should be commended because although these efforts to sign simple words and phrases may seem small, they are a huge step towards companies becoming more d/Deaf aware and inclusive of all hearing-impaired individuals.

 

 

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Deaf cricket team to tour Sri Lanka

Studies from the World Health Organization and the World Federation of the Deaf report that there are between 70 million and 200 million Deaf people in the world who do not have access to education– people who often times never learn to read, write, sign or otherwise communicate.  In developing countries, at least 90% of deaf people do not go to school.

Recently news has shown that the Deaf cricket team is to tour Sri Lanka from November 19th to play two ODIs and  and three T20 matches in Columbo. The training camp will start on the 9th November for 10 days and then a team will be determined according to their performances during the camp.

 

We here at Lingoing think it is absolutely amazing that the Pakistan Deaf Cricket Association (PDCA) alongside the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have extended so much help in getting these players to a platform where they deserve to be recognised and appreciated. We hope that this can only become bigger and better in the future not for just cricket but for every sport and activity that is nationally and internationally recognised!

‘World class’ new Deaf Academy plans approved

New beginnings for the Deaf community all around as it seems recently. Plans to convert former Rolle college, Exmouth, into Exeters Deaf academy were being talked about and as of yesterday 1st November 2017 have been approved to go ahead!

It is always important to make sure the basic platform a child begins his/her education on is secure, in order for them to secure their future. As parents, teachers, guardians, we have always hoped that a child receives the best care in terms of education and social care, especially when they are deaf and are not open to a lot of opportunities that the hearing world has. This Deaf Academy seems to be the perfect set up to do just that!

This academy will open up exciting new opportunities in education and care services for the young deaf people and families. The proposal will provide a school for approximately 100 children and young people between seven and 25 years of age. Of the 100 pupils, up to 50 could be boarding, and the boarding accommodation will be provided by three-storey new town houses.

We will be sure to keep following this story as although this is an excellent start for the deaf community, there hasn’t been a lot of details disclosed of what will follow and it would be interesting to see what new developments will be coming along the way!

It all comes down to building a platform for the Deaf and here at Lingoing we are doing just that. It makes us proud to see we aren’t the only ones and there are so many people out there making sure that the Deaf soar the world with their excellence just as the hearing are!

Should pupils have to learn sign language?

We always have and most probably will at least come across a deaf or hard of hearing person in our lives. This maybe at the work place, at the grocery store, a passerby, or even at our own school or college. How amazing would it be if we were able to easily communicate with that individual without having to feel shy or frustrated that they can’t understand us and vice versa.

 

BBC recently made the public aware of an online petition that was set up by a man named Wayne Barrow who grew up with deaf parents and feels that life wouldn’t be the same without learning BSL and it is so important for the world to be deaf aware in order for both deaf and hearing individuals to achieve equal goals and have equal opportunities on everything. Blanche Neville School in North London has collaborated with Highgate Primary school to break down barriers and make new friends through BSL.

Although BSL is a language that has been recognised in its own right 14 years ago, it is not yet included in the national curriculum in England. Both deaf and hearing children have both agreed life would be pretty boring and lonely if they didn’t know how to communicate with each other!

The main aim of this petition was to break barriers, and here at Lingoing we aim to do the same! So go ahead and support us to support Wayne Barrow in achieving what he has set out to do and make life that little bit easier for the Deaf community!

Plans to integrate sign language into everyday life!

Hi everyone!
We came across some amazing news this week for the Deaf community in Scotland!
Many of you may have seen on the news how the Scottish government has recently announced plans to integrate the use of BSL in everyday life. This is a huge step the government has taken in making sure the deaf community is fully heard. Although the measures are being implemented in only certain sectors for the moment, nonetheless its a step in the right direction!
At Lingoing we fully support this move and hope that this plan is implemented soon in our neck of the woods too!
Check out the full article through this link:

How technology is uniting and connecting the d/Deaf community

Here’s how Lingoing are using digital innovation to give the d/Deaf community a voice.

Digital technology has revolutionised the way we communicate; it has made it easier and quicker than ever before. But, because it’s now a way of life, we often take this for granted.

For some communities, like those who are d/Deaf, communication is a daily challenge and affects almost every aspect of their lives. For them, technology is not something to be undervalued. For them, it is a lifeline.

Throughout this article we’ll be using d/Deaf. The lower-case d refers to deaf people who identify themselves by their inability to hear. A capital D refers to deaf people who are culturally immersed in the deaf community, language and more. They no longer see themselves as deaf but as Deaf, redefined by their ‘disability’, and feeling part of a culture that sits within the hearing world and is a community united by shared experience.  READ MORE AND WATCH THE FULL VIDEO HERE… http://bit.ly/2z5qjuu

 

 

President Obama Inspires Young Deaf Ambassador of Change

Written by Zam Naqvi

Paul Ntulila dreams came true on April 23rd 2016 when the US Embassy and the White House asked Lingoing to provide British Sign Language interpreters to attend an event where President Obama was speaking.

“When I found out that I would have an opportunity to attend President Obama’s speech and Q&A with young leaders and ambassadors of the future, I felt very excited. Barack Obama has been a huge inspiration and a very influential role model for me. He exemplifies the breaking down of social barriers in that he is a Black man and was elected to be President of the United States. This has encouraged President Obama Town Hallme to pursue my own political ambitions. Who knows, maybe one day I will become the first Deaf Black Prime Minister of England!” – Paul.

When Lingoing’s offices received the call to make such an important event accessible for d/Deaf people it was an honour and top priority for the company. “It is opportunities like these that create change and inspiration for our young deaf people, who carry the baton forward for the future of our community” – Sadaqat Ali, CEO Lingoing Ltd.

Lingoing has a network of interpreters, and we found two very trusted members of the Interpreting community to represent us. Brett Best, who is qualified as a BSL and ASL Interpreter and Sharan Thind.

Brett and Sharan recalled meeting Paul and his desire to pursue a career in Politics, and so arranged for him to attend the event. It is this type of initiative that we are so proud of, as Sharan explained “the Town Hall event with POTUS is unique. The impact that the event had for the Deaf BSL user was monumental.”

FullSizeRenderBrett, rightly states that “participation in the political process is fundamental for democracy. Members of the British Deaf Community have struggled with getting linguistic access to political information, and I hope that the British government will take note of this.”

Brett continues that if events like “these are made accessible to all members of society this ensures a diversity of perspectives and participation” which we are all passionate about.

This opportunity did draw an insightful contrast between a government that provides access as a matter Obama greetingof course at public political events and the lack of interpreters present at such broadcasted opportunities in the UK. This sheds further light on a question Paul wanted to ask, but didn’t get to do so “Do you think that the U.S. could serve as a role model for facilitating employment opportunities and access to society for Deaf people?”

A memorable experience for all of us involved and one that has opened more questions in our pursuit of equality.

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