BBC Ouch Holiday Gathering
Looking for the BBC Ouch Holiday Gathering for Christmas 2009/New Year’s Day 2010? Please follow the link to https://reunifygally.wordpress.com/2009/12/24/ouch2009/
This page (below) was last year’s holiday gathering (2008/2009). It is left up here for general historical interest 🙂
I’m one of many people around the world who read the
BBC Ouch discussion board. Disabled people, people with medical conditions, Deaf people, etc., all participate in discussions there, partly for fun (there are LOTS of people at Ouch with a REALLY weird sense of humor 😉 ). But Ouch is also an important source of support for disability or accessibility related frustrations.
This time of year, many people need more support than ever. Sometimes this may be because some people may be feeling “down” when everyone else thinks they’re supposed to be “cheery”. Or sometimes families themselves are “inaccessible”, whether this means someone with asthma who cannot be in the same room with a relative who smokes, or someone in a wheelchair who cannot enter his/her parents’ home, or someone Deaf with a family that doesn’t sign (or don’t sign well).
Alas, the BBC Ouch Board will be closed from 1800 GMT December 24 through 9 am GMT December 27. It will be open from December 27 through 31, but then it closes again from 1800 GMT December 31 through 9 am GMT January 2, 2009.
Some people have pointed to the Ouch Facebook group. But some blind people have pointed out that Facebook is inaccessible to people who use screenreaders. Therefore, I am opening up the comments area in this page below for anyone from the BBC Ouch! board who needs an extra source of support between now and January 2. I know it’s not ideal because there’s no way to set up individual discussion threads, but I offer it as a possible “next best thing” for now, particularly during the hours that BBC Ouch is closed down (Christmas and New Year’s)
Addendum: I have now found that there is another alternative board for Ouch members over at http://www.rnideaf.proboards74.com/index.cgi? The advantage of that board is that you can create separate discussion threads and even post pictures. New members there would have to register before they can even see the forum. Registration requires a visual captcha there.
I will be away with family for part of the 24th and 25th. And I’m a few hours behind most people in the UK, so I’ll still be asleep when early-risers in Europe are starting to become active on-line. But otherwise, I’ll try to keep an eye on things when I can.
When you enter your comments: bear in mind that I will be able to see whatever you type into your email address field (though others will not). If you don’t want me to see your real email address, then feel free to put in a fake such as “NoName@fakemail.com” or whatever.
Of course, in a more immediate mental health emergency, see this BBC Ouch thread for information on how to contact the Samaritians or other sources of emergency mental health support: