Thursday, April 10, 2008

Deaf people need a carer? Huh?

carer (plural carers)
someone who looks after another, either as a job or often through family responsibilities. In England and Australia, "carers" are defined in law as being unpaid family members, partners or friends who help a disabled, ill or frail person with the activities of daily living.

Deaf man 'humiliated' when Tiger says 'bring a carer', This happened in Australia

Tiger Airways deaf to discrimination claims?
Public servant Adrian Doyle, 38, said he was left humiliated in Tasmania last month when he, his wife Julie, and two friends, Robyn and Steve May, who are all in their 30s, were told they could board the plane only if they organised - and bought a seat - for a sign language translator.


Dianrez said...

That is indeed interesting, and definitely discriminatory in that it requires extra expense and prevents the deaf people from traveling altogether unless they find an interpreter and cough up the extra expense.

FYI--Greyhound Bus Lines (USA) allows any disabled person to get a 50% discounted priority seat for a companion, either a child over 12 or adult. A companion is not required for travel, but the bus staff will not expect to provide services such as interpreters or writing notes for deaf passengers.

whimsical brainpan said...


I don't get why things like this still surprise me.