How the UK has embraced its deaf community
A year ago, the British government pledged to allow deaf people to use the country’s National Health Service.
But the deaf community says the move is not enough.
We need more support, says Deaf Voices UK’s director, Sue Blackman.
The NHS has not said whether it will make deaf people available to the NHS, but it has already opened up the NHS for deaf people.”
It’s about time that they took their deafness seriously, and not just pretend it’s a fringe thing.”
The NHS has not said whether it will make deaf people available to the NHS, but it has already opened up the NHS for deaf people.
The deaf community is concerned that deaf people will be excluded from its services, and that the NHS will not have enough support to listen to them.
Dr Blackman says she has not heard from any deaf people in the UK.
The UK is not the only country where deaf people are not allowed to work.
In the US, deaf people must wait two years to be hired as an independent contractor, and in Canada, deaf workers must wait six months before they can be hired by the government.
In the UK, deafness is an inalienable right and the government has an obligation to ensure that the deaf population has the same rights as anyone else.
In the US alone, there are around 5.5 million deaf people, who are over 50 years old and live in the US.
“I have heard from deaf people that they are treated like second-class citizens in the NHS and they do not have equal opportunities in employment or other aspects of life,” says Blackman, adding that deafness can make it hard for people to navigate the system.
A spokeswoman for the NHS told The Irish Voice the government would make a statement in the coming weeks.
She added that the UK government was committed to working with deaf people and that it would ensure deaf people received equal opportunities for employment.
But some deaf people say the deaf need more help, especially in healthcare.
I have to take my deafness out of the equation, says Niamh Brennan.
“I can’t go to the bank and use a bank card to get money.”
“We are in a really precarious situation.
It has to be better, and better soon.””
If I didn’t have a hearing device, I would be in a completely different place.”
It has to be better, and better soon.