deaf and hard of hearing

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Petition to Theresa May MP, UK Parliament, Justine Greening

Greater recognition for deaf young people

My name is Jacob Atkinson. I am a severely deaf 18-year-old young man who is passionate about seeing the Government improve the educational chances of deaf young people. After consistent applications and email communications to the Government and to the Official Opposition over the past year, nothing has been done by either party and I have received nothing but empty platitudes. In the recent General Election (June 2017), this issue was not specifically mentioned or campaigned upon in any party manifesto. Under the current Conservative Government, deaf young people have been failed appallingly by the Government's decision to decrease funding to local authorities, meaning that local authorities have been forced to cut the funding which they use to supply Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) students and schools with crucial SEND equipment such as FM radio aids, and give deaf-awareness training to teachers. (Brain Gale covers this issue well in his article 'Education Funding and Deaf Children' for The Limping Chicken.) After years of austerity, the funding cuts across the country have become so severe that in some counties, such as Northumberland, parents are now being asked to provide money to plug Government funding cuts. This is extremely concerning, and the effects of the cuts can be seen in the attainment gap between SEND young people and children with no identified special educational needs: on a national level, almost two-thirds (58.9%) of deaf children are failing to achieve the Government's expected benchmark of five GCSEs at grade A* - C (including English and Maths), compared to just 35.8% of other children with no identified special educational need. (NDCS, 2015). I want to encourage MPs to stand on this issue in Parliament, so that appropriate debate is generated; and to ensure that in future general elections, all parties have a clear commitment to working with organisations such as the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) to improve the attainability of deaf young people across the United Kingdom. Local authorities will be pushed to provide extra funding to state schools and academies under their control, so that schools have the necessary money to purchase SEND equipment and to organise deaf-awareness training for teachers who will be/are teaching deaf young people.

Jacob Atkinson
60 supporters
Started 4 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