AWTE have announced that they are supporting the The National Deaf Children’s Society at this year’s Christmas lunch taking place on 4th December at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms.
Chair, Sarah Clayton-Turner said that they selected this year’s charity as it’s a cause close to her heart. “It’s wonderful to be able to support The National Deaf Children’s Society, the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. One of my best friends has a daughter who is deaf and has benefitted greatly from the charity – it has made a very big difference to their lives. I hope that we can all really get behind the charity, as we have done over the past few years at the lunch, it really will make a huge difference to many families.”
The charity essentially is a parents’ organisation, dedicated to the needs of all deaf children, their families and carers, providing a seamless service supporting families with deaf children from birth to 25.
Things you should know:
- There are over 45,000 deaf children living in the UK.
- 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents with little or no experience of deafness or knowledge of how to communicate with a deaf person.
- Four babies are born deaf every day.
- 40% of deaf children have additional needs.
- 57% of deaf children failed to achieve 5 GCSEs (including English and Maths) at grades A* to C in 2013, compared to 30% of other children.
- Without the right support, deaf children and young people are vulnerable to isolation, abuse, bullying, poor self-esteem and low levels of achievement.
- Research suggests that more than 77% of school-aged deaf children in the UK attend mainstream schools where is no specialist provision and in which they may be the only deaf child enrolled.
- Deafness is not a learning disability. There is no reason why the majority of deaf children should achieve any less than hearing children.
- Deaf children need to be able to communicate effectively, access information and influence the world around them by any appropriate method whether through sign language, oral communication or a combination of approaches.