Equal Communication Access

Equal Communication Access is the idea that we need to provide access to services to those with different communication needs. This is not those who will not/have not chosen to learn to read/speak English, but for those who are not able to, including the deaf and the blind.

ECA Video:

From My ECA Contest Post
Why I support Equal Communication Access for the Deaf (and Blind)

I have been in the dark, but never during daylight.

I have been in the quiet, but not while others speak.

I have been on the outside, while others circled together.

I can’t make the blind see, but I can tell them what there is to see.

I can’t make the deaf hear, but I can speak to them in a way they understand.

If a deaf person can learn to speak and lipread words they have never heard, I can learn to use my hands and my face to express myself to them.

Equal Communication to me is making sure that reasonable measures are taken to ensure that those without sight or hearing are given the chance to live, learn, speak and earn, right along side those of us with those abilities.

We are all gifted with different abilities, strengths and weaknesses. We all have a reason to be here, we all have something give, and we all need to reach out towards each other.

http://billcreswell.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/why-i-support-equal-communication-access/

6 thoughts on “Equal Communication Access

  1. Maria Hayman

    While working as a nurse I set up Signlanguage and Deaf Awareness Courses for staff at the hospital I worked in to avoid Deaf patients from being totally isolated and often ignored. I wanted them (the Deaf) to be a part of the decision making process in respect of the care and treatment they wanted & needed and not to be passive and forgotten. I support the campaign to enable the Deaf to have equal access to communication in whatever media this is delivered.

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  2. Bill Post author

    http://gri.gallaudet.edu/Demographics/deaf-US.php (2002 data)

    Across all age groups, in the United States, approximately 1,000,000 people (0.38% of the population, or 3.8 per 1,000) over 5 years of age are “functionally deaf;” more than half are over 65 years of age. About 8,000,000 people (3.7%) over 5 years of age are hard of hearing (that is, have some difficulty hearing normal conversation even with the use of a hearing aid).

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  3. Anna Stott

    When I lost my hearing captioning was two years away. Two years later I got my fist closed captioned box to hook up to the TV. Wow, have things changed and they need to keep changing. I love music and wish all of it would be open captioned or closed captioned–some kind of captiions for the raido would be fantastic. But I guess that is asking for too much?

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