Making deaf children matter

Musings and blogs from a deaf campaigner

Happy Deaf Awareness Week!

Posted by Ian Noon on June 28, 2010

Image courtesy of NDCS

Well, first day of Deaf Awareness Week 2010 is now over. The National Deaf Children’s Society has launched an appeal for the best deaf awareness tips on its website, Twitter and Facebook and already some really good ones have been rolling in, such as:

* DO make the most of technology to help communication. For example, if you’ve got a mobile phone and struggling to be understood, write out what you want to say as a text message and show it to the child
* Don’t be scared to try fingerspelling and signing. BSL users are human too! My son is a BSLer and doesn’t speak, we have spent a lot of money trying to communicate with our son which seems morally wrong.
* Hearing aids (& implants) are not a cure for deafness, the child is still deaf!
* Tip from my deaf son. If you need to get their attention, just touch lightly on the arm. Don’t poke or grab, he hates this.

Do you agree with the above? Have you got any of your own? NDCS is going to be sharing these tips with MPs at a parliamentary reception on Wednesday, so please keep them coming in.

PS If you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to add the Deaf Awareness Week twibbon to your account and get involved by using the hashtag #deafawarenessweek. As well as through this blog, you can regular updates by following NDCS_UK on Twitter.

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