deaf and hard of hearing

8 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to UK Cinema Association, Odeon Cinemas, Vue Cinemas, Cineworld

Cinemas to show more subtitled films at reasonable times!

Do you have a hearing loss and feel you hardly get to see a subtitled film of your choice at a cinema near you? My name is Ellie, also known as Deafie Blogger. I’m 20 and profoundly deaf. During my childhood, teenage years and even now, I hardly get a chance to go to the cinema, as there is always a lack of subtitled showings. I miss out on cinema trips with my friends and family because of this. It makes me feel like an outsider, and is very frustrating and isolating. My hearing friends eagerly await the latest blockbuster movie, but I know that I probably won't get the chance to see it. People like me, who have a hearing loss often rely on subtitles to understand what’s being said on screen. I’ve contacted the cinemas multiple times and I’ve heard every excuse imaginable. The main reason, that there’s “no demand”. This is only because Deaf people have given up going to the cinema, as there’s a lack of showings! Most subtitled showings appealing to teenagers/adults are either during the day when they are at school or working, or early morning at the weekend- which for a child or teenager, they don’t want to get up at that time! It’s not reasonable. Cinema managers have tried to justify not showing subtitles by using the excuse that hearing people don't want to see subtitles on the screen, but they have the choice to go and see any of the other many showings on that day, we don’t. I've done some work with Action on Hearing Loss for their SubtitleIt- TV on demand campaign which was a success, with the government forcing broadcasters to display subtitles on their On-Demand channels. I feel the cinemas are the next area we should be targeting. The Equality Act 2010 states that organisations must make “reasonable adjustments” for those using their services. I don’t see this as reasonable and cinemas should follow accessibility regulations. In an ideal world, we should be able to go the cinema when we want and request subtitles, but as this can’t happen, I’m asking you to help me. My aim is to have a compromise of more subtitled showings at more reasonable times and days, for example as well as showings during the day, some should be at evenings during the week, especially weekend afternoons. Please sign my petition to help prove to cinemas that there is demand for subtitled showings, and to have more subtitled showings at reasonable times.

Ellie Parfitt
1,693 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to Brian Grady, Charlotte Haitham-Taylor, Linda Orr

Closure of hearing impaired unit in Wokingham - no provision for our children

Dear all, as this change has been announced to the public  - I can share with you planned proposals impacting my son's school.My son is 6 years old and is profoundly deaf with congenital CMV and attends Emmbrook infant school as it has a hearing impaired unit. Rhys has fought many battles in his short life and has had invasive surgery (Cochlear Implantation) to receive the gift of hearing and now he can hear he has learnt to speak - something I only dreamed of, hearing him say Mummy was the proudest moment of my life. Rhys has taught us so much and loves going to his school and has made true friends and is an established part of his community and is progressing which as parents is all we can ask for. We received an invite to attend a meeting yesterday with the local authority where we were told alongside other parents of children who also use the resource that they were due to start consultation to plan closure of the resource but keep the facility for the current students however due to other circumstances come September there will be no provision for my son and his deaf peers leaving us with no local options for schooling from the end of this term and therefore we have a short time to campaign against this. I strongly disagree with the Local authority's plans to close the resource as their solution is to move all children in to local mainstream schools and 'buy in' support from our local Sensory Consortium - they do not have capacity for this and it will take a very long time for them to do so resulting in many children (like my son ) falling through the cracks. He deserves a right to mainstream education and the local authority have a legal obligation to meet his statement needs. It is vital that our local community fight for this resource and not subject ourselves to further cuts that result in life changing impacts for our children. I sincerely ask for your valued support to keep my son at Emmbrook Infant School and his peers who so desperately need this resource to maintain their role in the community and continue their happy days in the local school. Thank you in advance for your support Faye  

Faye Gilbert
1,979 supporters