You know how sometimes, hearing people just don’t get deafness, at all? Well, this story’s a prime example.
Attend meetings you can’t understand or get booted off a council? Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place…
Extract from Bedfordshire on Sunday: http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/News/Councillors-dispute-falls-on-deaf-ears-20130203150000.htm
AN elected official could be booted off of an authority after he told colleagues he would not be attending any more meetings until they introduced a permanent hearing loop system.
Sandy Town Councillor, Ken Lynch, is refusing to go to meetings of the council until a permanent hearing loop system had been installed as he can’t hear anything other councillors or members of the public are saying.
However according to the authority’s clerk, Delia Shephard, if Cllr Lynch fails to show up to any gatherings at all within six months he could be ‘disqualified’ from the council.
He said: “I have been asking for a loop in the chamber for 18 months and now it has got to the point where I am refusing to go until it is in place. The council’s policy has to make sure members and visitors can hear what is being said, it is the law.”
Ms Shephard said: “I do appreciate the difficulties Ken is struggling with but it is not in the best interests of the people who elected him that he not participate in meetings.
“We have been exploring options for a permanent loop but this was delayed after the move to the Old Chapel building fell through in December. We are now considering alterations to our existing building and it is very much on the agenda.”
The Limping Chicken is the UK’s independent deaf news and deaf blogs website, laying eggs every weekday morning! Since February 2012 we have clocked up nearly 400,000 views and published over 70 deaf writers. Please take a moment to find out more about our supporters: Deaf media company Remark!, sign language communications agency Deaf Umbrella, provider of video interpreting services SignVideo, theatre captioning charity STAGETEXT, legal advice charity the RAD Deaf Law Centre, and Remote Captioning provider Bee Communications.
The Limping Chicken is the world's most popular Deaf blog, and is edited by Deaf journalist and filmmaker Charlie Swinbourne. Find out how to write for us by clicking here, how to follow us by clicking here, and read our disclaimer here.
The site exists thanks to our supporters. Check them out below:
- Eyewitness Media: TV and film from a Deaf perspective
- Ai-Media: Remote captioning. Find out about 5 funny ways to use captions!
- Bellman & Symfon: home alerting solutions
- Deaf Umbrella: sign language interpreting and communications support
- Appa: Communication services for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing people
- SignLive: Online video interpreting for Deaf people
- SignVideo: Instant BSL video interpreting online
- 121 Captions: captioning and speech-to-text services
- Signature: Leading awarding body for BSL qualifications
- The National Theatre: Captioned and BSL accessible theatre in London
- Doncaster School for the Deaf: education for Deaf children
- Signworld: Learn BSL online!
- Action Deafness Communications: sign language and Red Dot online video interpreting
- BSLcourses.co.uk: Provider of online BSL courses
- Association of Notetaking Professionals: The professional body representing Electronic and Manual Notetakers
- Sign Solutions: communication support, training and translation
- InterpretersLive: On demand BSL video interpretation
- Hamilton Lodge School in Brighton: education for Deaf children
- Lipspeaker UK: specialist lipspeaking support
- Ozen: Australian hearing aid specialists
- Elmfield School, Bristol: Inclusive education for Deaf pupils
- deafPLUS: BSL advice helpline
- Exeter Deaf Academy: education for Deaf children
- Royal Shakespeare Company: Captioned and BSL interpreted performances (see dates here)
- Royal School for the Deaf, Derby: Residential education for deaf children
- RAD Tax Advice: Tax and Tax Credit info for Deaf people
- Performance Interpreting: BSL interpreting at concerts
- National Deaf Children's Society: The leading charity for deaf children
- Signed Culture: Advocating for BSL access to arts and culture
- SignHealth: healthcare charity for Deaf people
- CJ Interpreting: communication support in BSL
- British Society for Mental Health and Deafness: Promoting positive mental health for deaf people