Society Member works with Manx Deaf Society

Article Posted: 18th Nov 2013

Senior Advocate, Paul Beckett of Old Court Chambers has been working on a pro bono basis with the Manx Deaf Society and Gareth Foulkes to identify some of the Human Rights issues affecting disabled persons (and in particular deaf people) on the Isle of Man. Mr Beckett has identified the international human rights instruments which apply here but examines the extent to which they are actually implemented. Noting that the Disability Discrimination Act 2006 has yet to enter into force, he states in a Memorandum prepared for the Deaf Society, that it does not reflect the full range of rights which apply under IOM law by virtue of other instruments. A range of problems experienced by deaf people on the island has been identified relating to employment; education; health; access to justice including the absence of lack of training; sign language interpreters and visual fire alarms. The Deaf Society hopes that wider publicity given to these matters will enable change to be wrought quickly as people understand the barriers faced by disabled people. To read the full text of the Memorandum click here.