Making deaf children matter

Musings and blogs from a deaf campaigner

Top of the NDCS Campaign Pops

Posted by Ian Noon on May 19, 2008

I like lists. I’ve done lists since a child. I use to do my own top 10 of songs each week and then do a personal kind of Top of the Pops of Ian’s favourite songs. Kylie Minogue was number one a lot.

I should be so luckyKylie MinogueStep back in time

Er, anyhow, with lists in mind, I thought I’d do a list of five ways in which you can help support NDCS campaigns and and fight to create a world without barriers for deaf children too.

1) Write to your MP. MPs are there to serve their constituents and can be very responsive to your concerns (they won’t get re-elected if they don’t!). And if there are a large number of MPs concerned about a particular issue, the more a Government is likely to take notice, and take action.

We’re currently asking our members to write to their MP about educational under achievement of deaf children. Our website makes it easy for you to do this – just write in your details, and we can work out who your MP is and prepare a draft message that you can check out and send to your MP.

2) Complete our short surveys. You’re probably bombarded with people wanting to hear your views. But when we do it, its because having lots of data on what parents of deaf children think can be invaluable in getting MPs and Ministers to see the scale of the challenges that deaf children face. With the data from our short survey on accessible TV for deaf children, we’re going to lobby Government Ministers and broadcasters to improve the quantity and quality of subtitles and push for more deaf role models on TV.

3) Tell us your stories. Nothing brings a campaign to life more than hearing the real-life experiences of a family and a deaf child that have been affected by a particular issue. That’s why we’re always looking for families to tell us their stories and be a case study. We will never use your experiences unless you have given us explicit permission to do so. Send an email to my colleague Pippa McIntyre at philippa.mcintyre@ndcs.org.uk if you’re interested in helping us.

4) Respond to Government consultations. From time to time, Governments from across the UK will ask for views from the general public. Responding to these can be a great way of ensuring that Government policy takes into account the needs of deaf children. An opportunity has just come up with a call for evidence issued on child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

5) Sign a petition. But gone are the days of signing a piece of paper on a dusty clip-board. You can now sign petitions online – and you can even sign petitions on the Downing Street website. In fact, there’s a petition online right now that encourages the Government to fully ratify a UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

These are just five ideas to get you going. The campaigns section of our website lists all of the current campaigns that NDCS are running, with an up to date list of all the ways that you can support our campaigns. If there are any other campaigns you think we should be running, let us know. It’d be great to hear your thoughts.

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