DeafWire Edition – 25 November 2023

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Council fined for lack of support

The town county council in Somerset has been fined nearly £10,200 GBP in total for poor performance in supporting two siblings, a Deaf male student named Mr. Y and an autistic female student named Ms. Y (their names are being kept anonymous to protect their safety). The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) said that the Somerset County Council did not help nor support the Deaf and disabled with special educational needs on time. As a result, the council has received five separate fines over the past year due to various delays and confusion in social workers’ assessments of educational needs.


First Deaf woman to become legal advocate

A Deaf woman named Sarah Sunny made history by becoming the first Deaf female lawyer in the Supreme Court of India. Sunny, who is 27 years old, has been practicing law for the past two years, advocating for the rights of Deaf people in Bengaluru to help them gain access to education, employment and healthcare. Sunny is part of the Human Rights Law Network which has supported her in her advocacy. To ensure Sunny is able to access information at her workplace, the Supreme Court has appointed an Indian sign language interpreter for the first time in history. This is a step forward in making the Indian legal system more inclusive for the Deaf community.


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Barriers accessing university

Chelsea Reinschmidt is an international student from the USA, who may be the first Deaf student studying at the Master of Sciences in Occupational Therapy program at Brighton University in England. Prior to starting the program, Reinschmidt said she informed the university that she would need interpreters in all of her classes. After she was accepted, she was later required to withdraw from her Masters programme after the university realized they could not fund the cost of sign language interpreters. Reinschmidt was devastated by the news because she already paid more than $10,000 USD for fights, accommodation, and visa costs. Reinschmidt had the goal of becoming a trained occupational therapist in the UK. She has submitted a formal complaint to the university for breaching its duty to adapt to Deaf students since all university courses require accessibility for disabilities, including international students, under the Equality Act.

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International week of the Deaf celebrations

During International Week of the Deaf, an important holiday for Deaf people in September, the Vaata festival was held in Estonia. This year’s theme was based on the courage to be different. There were many lectures about feminism, LGBT, mental health, immigration from Ukraine, life in deaf and hearing worlds and translations. The end of the festival was a big party to celebrate. This festival is held every 2 years. This was the third time.


Deaf Russians unsuccessful in immigration

Due to the political situation in the world, Turkey has refused to issue residency permits to Russian immigrants, including Deaf people. Some Russian immigrants have even bought an apartment within the Turkish state a long time ago. Many tried to get the residency permit with the help of a lawyer, but to no avail. Russian immigrants have been forced to leave Turkey.

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