Entries from Grumpy Old Deafies tagged with 'rnid'

At Glastonbury: a dig at RNID Don't Lose the Music

Last weekend was Glastonbury, which means photos start popping up on Facebook. At the festival there was a DeafZone Tent, and this is one of the many photos snapped: I have to admit I totally howled out laughing; a nice...

Hail Body Perfection!

The Daily Telegraph is carrying an article on Hairs grown from stem cells could restore hearing to the deaf. Researchers at the University of Sheffield have created the complex hair cells and the neurons needed for hearing from human stem...

Deaf Organisations Being Run By Hearing People & Competition With Deaf Businesses

A week ago we blogged the first half of an e mail we'd received raising some concerns. Here's the second half: Talking to some friends the other day, it is clear that there are many hearing people out there working...

Depressant Drug For The Annoyingly Cheerful

This isn't strictly a deaf related post, but it has an underlying point. One around what society classes as "normal", and how it strives to perhaps push towards medicalisation of those people who fall outside that category. To pull them...

RNID and Medical Research

Yesterday we received an e mail, around deaf organisatons. The e mail raised two main issues, so we'll split this up into two blog posts. Instead of me rephrasing (which no-one needs), with permission I've copied (part) of the e...

Royal National Institute of Hearing: Imagine a World Without Money

A new website by the Royal National Institute of Hearing (RNIH) has been launched. Its theme, "Imagine a World Without Money". Ask the Readers: What do you think? Throw us your thoughts in the comments. See also: The Sickness of...

Parliament: Cochlear Implants & National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence

Last week there was a debate in parliament about the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Within this debate, there was reference made to cochlear implants, and wider benefits not being factored or measured when making a budgetary argument....

The Sickness of Deaf Awareness Week: Imagine A World Without Sound

Its Deaf Awareness Week, and the RNID has excelled itself at being the most patronising and paternalistic deaf organisation on planet earth. Before I go on, its no secret that I have my reservations about Deaf Awareness Week, but that...

Hilarious!

Go here. Says it all. Wonder if it was for a catalogue of condoms, to stop you having deaf babies ("RNID does not support the selection of a deaf embryo for IVF implantation where a hearing embryo is available")? And...

Photo Friday: Bus Stop @ Old Street, Deaf Chair Now

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Strategy & delivery of mental health services: in who's interest?

Here is a BBCi report on mental health services in Scotland, more to the point the rnid is calling for better services. Now I don't dispute for one minute that access to mental health services needs to be improved. However,...

The RNId's new digital hearing aid...

... not. I don't think even the RNId can afford this hearing aid. For a start, it's made from solid 24-carat gold and is studded with 220 diamonds. It has a remote control. It is expected to sell for...

Debating Subterfuge (Tim Blackwell)

I would like to thank Alison and Jen for inviting me to guest blog here. You’ll never guess what I’m going to talk about! I thought I would share some of the tricks I’ve found that RNID apologists seem to...

New RNID CEO: Jackie Ballard, Acting CEO Brian Lamb

Jackie Ballard has been appointed the new CEO of the RNID. The official press release can be found here, and here's the wording: RNID appoints Jackie Ballard as new Chief Executive - 30 July 2007 RNID, the largest charity representing...

Coming soon: will you be forced to get your hearing aids from the RNID?

The problem with having deaf organisations communicate with the government "on our behalf" is that they are communicating THEIR interests which is NOT necessarily the same as OUR interests (Deaf people). Government departments and other bodies need to realise that...

Vlog on that new Chair appointment

If you haven't seen LEAKED - unofficial PR from RNId Chair vlog already, I would suggest you go and watch it. Humour never fails to get a point across. No prizes for guessing what Gerald Corbett's sign name would be...

Parliament: Hearing Loops (Shops)

There was a debate in parliament yesterday, on hearing loops in shops. Whilst I get people want and the need to address problems around loops, the point of this, etc. I can't help skimming through this 'debate' and reading it...

New RNID Chair: Gerald Corbett

The RNID has appointed Gerald Corbett, to be its new Chair. He was the former CEO of Railtrack, recently retired as Chair of Woolworths and was appointed as Chairman for SSL in 2006 (that manufactures Durex contraceptives). So what does...

Spot the Difference

Some of you may remember this on the Deaf Liberation Front (DLF) website back in 2002: See also: Chair BoT RNID: advert difficult to find on its website? Photo Friday: Deaf Chair Now Hanson Green: Deaf Recruitment Experts? Chair BoT...

Photo Friday: Deaf Chair Now

Taken in May 2001, and so applicable 6 years later. Does anyone ever learn? See also: Hanson Green: Deaf Recruitment Experts? Chair BoT @ RNID only advertised in mainstream press An international blogger tries to explain re RNID RNID:...

Hanson Green: Deaf Recruitment Experts?

Since Hanson Green are doing the recruitment for the BoT @ the rnid, would people mind going over to their staff page and figuring out what any of them know about DEAF people? Even better, dig around Google if...

Chair BoT @ RNID only advertised in mainstream press

An advert for the Chair of the Board of Trustees @ the rnid appeared in the Sunday Times over the weekend, in the Public Appointments section. Due to the glass ceilings that exist over here, out of d/Deaf /...

An international blogger tries to explain re RNID

Meant to post this last week, Joseph Rainmound over at Deaf and the City (love the blog name) posted 411: Firm of Scratcher & Low Leaving RNID; DeafRead Too American? It might explain to an international audience some of the...

RNID: Banging some drum, and who hears it?

The Third Sector is carrying some article about the appointment of a Finance Director at that huge charity that should not be named. New person is Paul Breckell, from the Christian Mission Society (I can't find a link, does it...

Charities should stop sending freebies, people say

We've all received free pens, Christmas decorations and whatever from the rnid, all in the name of fundraising. Here's a freebie, now give us your money. Are people really that shallow? Generally, smaller charities cannot afford to employ such fundraising...

John Low the soap star!

The Third Sector is also carrying an interview with John Low. ""The RNID needs to be refreshed, and so do I .... After being closely identified with one charity, it's hard to run another with a specific cause. It's a...

Low: RNID CEO needn't be deaf or hard of hearing

John Low states in the Third Sector, that his successor a need not be deaf or hard of hearing. One liner from me: they've never got it, why are they going to start now? Don't forget, Really Not Interested in...

John Low & James Strachan resign from RNID

John Low (CEO) and James Strachan (Chair) are both leaving the RNID. Press Release relating to Low here. John Low is off to CAF in August, and James Strachan stands down in October. Update: Can anyone find something in Private...

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