The BBC2 programme See Hear featured the National Deaf Children’s Society Hands up for help! campaign this week. It was a great summary of what the campaign is all about and included some good vox-pops, such as one from a deaf young person on why her visiting Teacher of the Deaf is so important. It also included a cute deaf baby if you like to go “awwww!” at such things.
One of the Mums was from Hillingdon in London and See Hear went on to interview a man from the council. He basically admitted that the council doesn’t provide better support because it doesn’t have the money. So there you have it. If you’re a deaf child in Hillingdon, you’re probably not getting a fair chance to achieve. And this situation is being repeated all across the UK.
If you’re angry about this, you can contact your councillors using NDCS’s fancy thingybob to demand they, at least, maintain spending on help for deaf children. At a time when lots of councils are making cuts, the situation in places like Hillingdon could get even worse.
Oh, and you can watch the See Hear programme online. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.