Entries from Grumpy Old Deafies tagged with 'law'

Uganda: Death Sentence and Deaf People

Uganda's Anti Homesexuality Bill [PDF] is disturbing, across the board. Certain groups are take a harder hit, including the Deaf community. If you think LGBTQ issues have nothing to do with you, because "I'm straight" you're wrong. You do not...

Learning from California Being Scared of Love (Prop 8)

Today the California Supreme Court upheld a decision on Prop 8, in other words banning gay marriage (existing 18,000 same sex couple marriages stand), in California. Apart from thinking along the lines of, 'Hello, California! You might like to join...

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

The EHRC is the body for England, Wales and Scotland that is charged with the promotion of equality. From personal experience, in terms of meeting the needs of individuals it doesn't do this well (if you represent an organisation, your...

European Parliament Elections: Dr. Adam Kosa

The 2009 European Parliament Elections takes place in June. Deaf lawyer, Dr. Ádám Kósa from Hungary will be standing at the forthcoming elections, as a candidate for FIDESZ. Wikipedia has information in English on FIDESZ (Hungarian Civic Union). Adam's official...

Parliament: Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill, Clause 237

This post is about amendment 78 of clause 237 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill 2008-09. It concerns the acoustic quality in schools. In other words, school buildings are failing to comply and as a result an amendment...

Part 2: UK and UN CRPD - Article 33 Implementation & Monitoring

In a previous post, we said that we'd go through relevant articles in UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The UK will be implementing this Convention in Spring 2009. In this post we will focus on Article...

Part 1: UK and UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

In the Spring 2009 the UK will ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This is an important Convention, and even has specific parts relating to sign language. The potential implications are huge and it is...

Parliament: Protection of Vulnerable Adults, Including Deaf

Tom Levitt (High Peak, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to enforce a multi-agency approach to safeguarding vulnerable adults, with particular reference to those who are both deaf and blind. Phil...

Parliament: Disability Discrimination (General Qualifications Bodies) (Relevant Qualifications, Reasonable Steps and Physical Features) (Amendment) Regulations 2008

Maria Miller (Shadow Minister, Children, Schools and Families; Basingstoke, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons the Disability Discrimination (General Qualifications Bodies) (Relevant Qualifications, Reasonable Steps and Physical Features) (Amendment) Regulations 2008...

Parliament: Regulation of Hearing Aid Dispensing

It appears that the Hearing Aid Council is being abolished next year, and its work merged with the Health Professions Council. The Hearing Aid Council describes itself as: We are the Government body that regulates the private hearing aid market....

Parliament: BSL in Prisons

Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many British Sign Language users worked in each prison at the latest date for which figures are available. Maria Eagle (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of...

Parliament: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Pilots

Lord Hanningfield (Shadow Minister, Transport; Conservative) asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received from gliding clubs and individuals regarding the proposed requirement that all aircraft carry Mode-S transponders and radio equipment; and whether they have received any representations...

Petition Against 14(4)(9) Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

For anyone who has been following the Stop Eugenics campaign will know there's been a campaign against Clause 14(4)(9) of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. A petition has now been approved on the Downing Street website, relating to clause...

First Sucessful Claim of Disability Discrimination against a Recruitment Agency

The first disability discrimination case has been brought against a recruitment agency - Sales Link Services - and won. The case in hand concerned a deaf person, Pauline Alexander: Although Alexander is deaf, that had not prevented her from formerly...

Parliament: Police Interrogation: Speech Impaired

Ann Winterton (Congleton, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what instructions are issued on the procedure and protocol which a police officer must follow in (a) questioning and (b) physically taking hold of a person...

Parliament: British Coal Compensation

Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract (Labour) Whether, in the light of the report of the Legal Services Ombudsman for England and Wales in the cases of Dennis Rimmer and Norman Dickinson, retired miners whose British Coal industrial deafness claims were dealt...

Parliament: Bus Services, Disabled

Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South, Liberal Democrat) To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2008, Official Report, column 2753W, on concessions: mentally ill, what the evidential basis is for determining which groups of...

Government response on BSL & the UN Convention of Human Rights for Disabilities

A petition was created by John Walker on ratifying British Sign Language under the UN Convention of Human Rights for People with Disabilities: On 30th March 2007, UK signed the Covention of Human Rights for People with Disabilities. This convention...

Parliament: Deaf Embryo selection to be made illegal

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is currently passing through parliament, and currently in its second reading in the House of Lords. A bill is proposed law that passes through parliament, to be debated (and amended) before it becomes law....

Parliament: BSL on websites & recognition of BSL

The way the government treats us is a complete joke. Seriously. In the light of the question / answer I posted yesterday, here's another one. Kerry McCarthy (PPS (Rt Hon Rosie Winterton, Minister of State), Department of Health, Bristol East,...

Employment Tribunal Judgement: Walsall Deaf Centre

Jane Fletcher has won a claim for constructive unfair dismissal, harassment and failure to carry out reasonable adjustments in the workplace.against Walsall Deaf Centre. This includes failure to provide AtW assistant (note: this could be an interpreter), the staff failed...

Interpreters and the whole set up scaring me

Warning, this post is long but it raises some serious questions around the nature of interpreting, specifically in the UK. I don't even want to be typing this, I've got other things I want to do, and I'm completely irritated...

Lip-Reading Surveillance Cameras in the UK?

Slashdot is carrying a post about Lip-Reading Surveillance Cameras Now the British government is considering taking it literally by adding lip reading technology to some of the four million or so surveillance cameras in order identify terrorists and criminals by...

Petition for Interpreters in Legal Proceedings

A Number 10 petition petition has been set up around the use of accredited and professional interpreters in legal proceedings. This isn't limited to BSL, but other languages too: We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to ensure that accredited...

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