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‘How to’ audiology videos now available with Bengali, Urdu and Polish voiceovers.

If you are not aware of our audiology ‘how to’ videos they feature our Audiology Development Manager showing parents how to look after their hearing aids. You can find the English versions in this link.

You can find the other versions in our ‘Videos in other languages’ section of the website and on our YouTube channel. They are regularly being updated with new videos.

We hope these videos will be useful for parents and carers.


Case studies on support for Black & Minority Ethnic Families

We have developed good practice case studies showing how education and cultural organisations are supporting BME families with deaf children. We also have some fantastic stories from families themselves explaining some of their journeys.

These include Altaf Ismail talking about the support his family has received from Al-Isharah, an Islamic education charity for deaf people, and Sandhya Rajani, Head of Hearing Impairment (HI) provision at Icknield School, discussing how she engages with families. To see the case studies please click this link.


NDCS events/news

Events in South

29 –  30 June             First time away weekend – Children aged 8 – 12
10 – 14 August         Young Leaders (4 nights) – Young people aged 16 – 18
10 – 14 August         Multi Activity Week – Children aged 8 – 15

For more information and booking forms please visit the events page of our website http://www.ndcs.org.uk/whats_on/index.html


Sports Coaching

The Inclusive Activities (Me2) team has been working in partnership with Sports Coach UK and UK Deaf Sport to create a brand new course, Effective Communication: Coaching Deaf People in Sport.

The course is a three hour interactive and practical workshop, targeted at sport clubs, coaches, officials and volunteers. The aim of the course is to help develop a coach’s skills, so they can fully include deaf children and young people.

The course was launched on 17 April 2013. For further information please view the webpage  Effective Communication: Coaching Deaf People in Sport.   And please share this information with any sports clubs, coaches, officials, volunteers or workshop organisers (Local Authorities etc).

OTHER NEWS – useful websites, links and campaigns

Early Support Deafness Resource

The Early Support Deafness Resource has now been published and can be found here. The resource is for parents with a deaf child up to age 25.

The resource contains chapters on what happens in the beginning, when a child is identified as being deaf, and then explains what deafness means. The resource goes on to outline things to think about as your child moves from the early years to school years and into adulthood. The resource finishes with chapters on who can help, resources, and useful organisations and websites.

NDCS staff, families and young people contributed to the content.


Audiology information in community languages

As I think I have mentioned in previous updates, Vicki Kirwin, our Audiology Development Manager has set up her own blog with useful updates and information.  This includes a list of resources in other languages. See  http://kidsaudiologist.info/2012/05/01/translated-information-on-the-ear-hearing-and-hearing-loss/


Interesting Acoustics presentation

The following presentation was highlighted by the Ear Foundation.  There are no subtitles and it’s not really focussed on hearing impairment but gives some interesting food for thought. http://blog.ted.com/2012/09/18/10-tips-for-designing-classrooms-hospitals-and-offices-that-are-kind-on-ears-from-julian-treasure/


A multitude of Apps…

This bit is double Dutch to me as I’m a technophobe.  However I hope it will be of interest to others.


Bristol Uni apps

Bristol University’s Centre for Deaf Studies has these new applications advertised on their website – all free it seems. A mixture of mobile apps and web-based apps.

http://www.bris.ac.uk/deaf/news/2013/4.html (fingerspelling app).

http://www.bris.ac.uk/deaf/news/2013/8.html (deafworkmate).

I’m told by a member of the NDCS Technology Team who is reviewing a wide variety of Apps, that the fingerspelling app is a simple but effective learning tool which shows all 26 letters in pictorial and video form and is nice and easy to use. The deaf workmate app features information, videos and small exercises to promote knowledge and understanding relevant to deaf colleagues. This includes an introduction to BSL. At the moment these are only available for Android (and Kindle devices), so are available from Google Play and the Amazon App store.

Bristol University Centre for Deaf Studies also has also developed ‘Mobile Sign’, a BSL dictionary app with over 4000 signs which can be searched and seen as videos. This one is also free, and is available in the Apple App store as well as Google Play for Android.  Sorry but I don’t have a link.

There are also a number of good paid BSL apps available from developers ‘Twinklefingers’.


YAB health campaign update

The NDCS Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB) is launching an exciting new campaign to help deaf young people get the most out of the health services they receive. The campaign is to raise awareness of the issues that deaf young people face in accessing care services, such as their GP or audiologist. The board want to bring about improvements to the experiences of deaf young people all over the UK so that services become more deaf aware, young people receive the information they need about their own healthcare and are encouraged to become more independent.

The aim of the campaign is to help healthcare services (GP’s or audiologists) better meet the needs of deaf young people. Young people have told us this could be achieved through:

  • Healthcare professionals and healthcare environments becoming more deaf aware
  • Deaf young people feeling empowered to understand and express their rights and responsibilities when accessing healthcare settings
  • Deaf young people feeling supported to become more independent in relation to their own healthcare
  • Promoting the need for clear, accessible and appropriate information and resources to be provided for young people about their healthcare services

The campaign aims to increase public awareness and understanding of deaf young people’s needs when accessing healthcare settings. All resources created will promote simple steps and measures that they can be taken to ensure deaf young people are not left out of health services.

Objectives of the campaign:

  • Create resources and guidance that support health care professionals better meet the needs of deaf children and young people.
  • Provide deaf children and young people with tips and tools to get the most out of their health services
  • Support parents with tips and practical guidance on supporting their deaf child to access health services and work towards independence.

Please complete the YAB health survey for families and deaf young people 11 – 18 years. It takes 10 minutes to complete, there is a BSL translation and closes the 2nd June.


Free Signed Stories storybook app

ITV Stories have created a free Signed Stories storybook app which has been specially designed to be fun and inclusive for all children! The app is perfect for visual learners and those who need a little more help learning to read and communicate. All stories on the app have British and American Sign Language for deaf children and those children who use sign language to communicate; clear narration; music and sound effects; subtitles that can be customised (by colour, font and size), designed specifically for children with dyslexia; high quality illustrations and animation.

Click here to download the free app and a free story ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch from iTunes.


Jazz up those hearing aids and cochlear implants

Have a look at these!    http://pimpmyhearingaids.wordpress.com/


And finally – CAKE!

The NDCS Big Cake Bake week kicked off on Monday 29 April with a great response from members and supporters across the UK.

This year we are hoping to raise £25,000 so any support you can give would be great. Please spread the word and let your friends and family know about the event. You can hold a cake bake at any time of the year and all the information you need to set up an event can be found on our website.


Please Note:

This information has been kindly provided by Heather Fletcher, who is the NDCS Family Officer for the Sussex, Hampshire and the IOW.

Family Officer, South East Coastal Region
(Sussex, Hampshire & IOW)
The National Deaf Children’s Society
Direct line 01424 460948
Text: 01424 461318
Fax: 01424 461318

Email: Heather.Fletcher@ndcs.org.uk
PO Box 334, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 9FW