The National Deaf Children’s Society supports children who are deaf and their families across the UK. They will use the Big Lottery 10th Birthday grant of £10,000 to bring their NDCS Roadshow bus to sites across Northern Ireland.
The Communication is Fun project is providing the opportunity for relatives and peers of deaf young people to develop their communication skills. It included launching the new NDCS Roadshow bus in Northern Ireland which is visiting various sites including schools.
This offers hands on experience of the most up to date information and technology available to deaf young people and their families and provides workshops and deaf awareness training for hearing peers and education professionals. The project also includes Family Sign Language courses.
Feedback from people who have taken part in the project elsewhere in the UK
“Meeting with other families and the instructors gave me a positive attitude. I have less fear of approaching sign.” A father, after completing a family sign language course.
“The biggest difference I’ve noticed is that my son does not feel left out. Everyone is involved in communication.” A mum, after taking part in a course.
“This visit was a huge success. The feedback has been immensely positive, including comments about how some of our older young people felt more empowered with regards to the management of their own technology and in wanting to discuss their Audiology needs with their Audiologists. Education colleagues said how positive and motivating it was for our young people to have a deaf adult discuss the benefits of radio aids and other assistive devices. It also provided a fantastic opportunity for our deaf pupils to socialise with other peers and to see such positive deaf role-models.” Teacher, after a bus visit.