So what is the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) planning to do for the UK general election? My suggestion that we go all radical and throw custard over politicians or get a group of young deaf terrorists to kidnap the Queen, seem to have been quietly ignored. Instead, here are some details of NDCS’s plans:
1) Drafting a pledge and asking politicians to sign it to show their support for deaf children. And then getting NDCS supporters to lobby their local candidates about the pledge so that as many politicians sign it as possible. If the politicians get elected, NDCS will “remind” them of their promises to support deaf children.
2) Producing introductory briefing papers for politicians new to deafness, and also special information factsheets for every constituency. The idea is to make it local for all candidates so they can see why their support for deaf children is needed where they live.
3) Monitoring the manifestos to see what the political parties are promising on education, health, social care, etc. A group of young deaf people have already interrogated leading MPs from each party to ask about their future plans to support deaf children.
All of this stuff is going to be placed on NDCS’s web in a special election section.
What else do you reckon NDCS should be doing in the run-up to the general election?
PS NDCS does not advocate throwing custard over politicians or kidnapping the Queen.