Sunday, 9 August 2009

RNID: "Do as we say, not as we do."

In order to be able to engage effectively with employers, the Department of Work and Pensions as well as local public authorities should be capable of acting as exemplar employers in terms of the recruitment, retention and progression of disabled people. Currently, the public sector has a poor record in this area, and RNID would like to see a strategic and measurable commitment to increasing the numbers of deaf people working across both DWP, Ministerial Government Departments and the public sector in general.


From: A Response by RNID (A pdf link.)

4 comments:

MM said...
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MM said...

Totally hypocritical, given the RNID has backed out of training schemes for the deaf despite promising deaf people they would do that 2 years ago, then altered their charitable remit to exclude the deaf by default. The opening sentence on representation was a lie too, they have never consulted, nor lobbied the 9 million here to get any mandate. A total hearing oriented patronsising system to the deaf to rival anything the A G Bell people can put out.

Tim said...

Using the difficult economy as an excuse not to introduce management training for deaf staff was a bit lame - they had years to do it when the sun was shining.

MM said...

Their CEO declared they had no money to train deaf people 18 months ago, this year, they simply stated they are not obliged to train deaf people at all, it's not in their remit so aren't going to do it.

The RNID has no intention of organising a training program for deaf people, all they want to do is take money as 'consultants' for others to do it, although it is highly questionable all these 'consulants' are hearing and not deaf.

There is NO policy officialy or otherwise to empower the deaf at the RNID. We have no legal recourse, despite a massive moral/ethical argument to ask them to comply or even show willing.

I asked fund givers (The Cooperatioe which gave them a million quid !), to do that via attaching strings to money they gave, and they wouldn't do that, claiming they just give money and leave it to the RNID to decide how to spend, nice work if you can get it !

Technically the RNID can spend it all on hearing aids or CI research or raising CEO wages if they choose...

You need a forceful lobby at the RNID to ask for the charitable remit to be changed to include deaf people, amazingly there is no such committment or statement via remit by the RNID at present to do anything at all for the deaf.....

They could in fact withdraw ALL support services for the deaf if they so choose. The RNID has been asked to raise funds to open professional and corporate training workshops for advancing the deaf and ridding us of the glass ceiling, they have resisted at every point.

They could easily suggest to corporate fund givers they take on deaf staff instead...