P643 CEEFAX 2 643 Sat 13 Jun 21:11/33        1/8 WRITE HEAR: NAME AND ADDRESS WITHELD I came across a conversation about someone called Stephen Hanson, and thought "Who is he?". He seems to be the one who is causing a stir amongst deaf people. I'd never heard of Mr Hanson, so I looked him up on Read Hear. I am not a Read Hear fan, and the first time I saw it, he was there, saying how much he can hear and how he uses this to communicate. I thought "So what?". I then realisjd I had missed the point of the whole argument. >>> Comment: Tyron Woolfe 645 Index: 100 Vacancy Subtitles Read Hear Main Menu
P643 CEEFAX 2 643 Sat 13 Jun 21:18/22        2/8 WRITE HEAR: NAME AND ADDRESS WITHELD I therefore asked a friend who is a Read Hear freak what was going on. It turned out Mr Hanson was banned from Deaf clubs because he cannot sign. I thought "So what?". He has hospital proof that he is deaf, he listens to the radio and is a scientist (I thought he said he worked on a checkout?). Again, "So what?" Frankly Mr Hanson, I am afraid the more I learnt about you, the more I thought "So what?!". Comment: Tyron Woolfe 645 Index: 100 Vacancy Subtitles Read Hear Main Menu
P643 CEEFAX 2 643 Sat 13 Jun 21:15/12        3/8 WRITE HEAR: PETER S GILCHRIST, CO DOWN Stephen Hanson, are you sure youWre deaf, not hearing? You want to come to Deaf clubs? You're more than welcome. It's an advantage that you can speak. Yeah, wonderful. I'm deaf too. I can sign, but I can't really speak or lipread. If we met in a Deaf club, how would we communicate? I don't want an interpreter following us evjrywhere, interpreting casual chats. I spent 16 years in oral education, believe it or not. >>> Comment: Tyron Woolfe 645 Index: 100 Vacancy Subtitles Read Hear Main Menu
P643 CEEFAX 2 643 Sat 13 Jun 21:16/17        4/8 WRITE HEAR: PETER S GILCHRIST, CO DOWN Look at me and my fellow schoolmates. We sign. Some of us can talk, which is a good thing for them. Howevjr, we were taught that speech and cochlear implants are not superior or an answer to evjrything - it's how we interact in the community that counts. I know many deaf people internationally and we communicate easily through meeting each other half-way and accepting each others' differences. We are in a new age; of liberation and tolerance for each other. Comment: Tyron Woolfe 645 Index: 100 Vacancy Subtitles Read Hear Main Menu
P643 CEEFAX 2 643 Sat 13 Jun 21:06/21        5/8 WRITE HEAR: MERVYN JAMES, NEWPORT Jimmy's point about identifying deaf people from HOH is valid only if deafness is validated. Society defines deaf people as those who cannot hear at all. Community members define themselvjs as people who have a signing background and culture, regardless of loss degree. Although, it's quite common to see many community 'Deaf' with hearing aids, using them to effect in the home, work and thj club scenj. >>> Comment: Tyron Woolfe 645 Index: 100 Vacancy Subtitles Read Hear Main Menu
P643 CEEFAX 2 643 Sat 13 Jun 21:13/24        6/8 WRITE HEAR: MERVYN JAMES, NEWPORT In that respect, Mr Hanson's view has some basis for debate. However, I can't accept his other view; useful hearing is NOT the same as residual hearing. Too many variations exist to be able to say that. The only official agency who validates hearing loss is the DSS, who use the only approach to the 'defining' issuj. They use the DISABLED aspect as the criteria, ignoring the 'cultural' trappings - who can argue with that? Comment: Tyron Woolfe 645 Index: 100 Vacancy Subtitles Read Hear Main Menu
P643 CEEFAX 2 643 Sat 13 Jun 21:10/08        7/8 WRITE HEAR: TIM BLACKWELL, NR WREXHAM Perhaps Read Hear should be re-named "Hanson's Weekly Column"? Am I the only person bored to tears with reading Mr Hanson banging on about what a clever chap he is, making such efficient usj of his residual hearing? The simple fact that Mr Hanson seems to miss is that the 'ability' to make such good use of residual hearing is the exception rather than the rule. Patronising & paternalistic are words that spring to mind when he preaches his walking on water-like skills to us> Comment: Tyron Woolfe 645 Index: 100 Vacancy Subtitles Read Hear Main Menu
P643 CEEFAX 2 643 Sat 13 Jun 21:14/18        8/8 WRITE HEAR: TIM BLACKWELL, NR WREXHAM I know Mr Hanson's precious method does not work. Oralists tried to normalise me whilst completely ignoring the niggly problem contained in the following equation: Deaf = Cannot Hear Which part of that terribly complicated formula does Mr Hanson not understand? Comment: Tyron Woolfe 645 Index: 100 Vacancy Subtitles Read Hear Main Menu