7 things you didn’t know NDCS had done for deaf children

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Jonathan Barnes, Campaigns Assistant


Nearly 70 years (on December 12th this year) after NDCS was founded, we thought it’d be a good time to look back at some of our achievements over the course of our existence.

1)    Campaigned for the introduction of the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme

This means that all babies get their hearing checked within hours of being born. Before newborn hearing screening, some deaf children wouldn’t be diagnosed for several years, missing out on crucial language development.

2)    Provided a £150 teaching scholarship to fund one student on Manchester University’s Teacher of the Deaf course*

*this was back in 1946, so £150 went a lot further than it would today!

3)    Campaigned successfully for local authorities to pay qualified teachers while they were re-training as Teachers of the Deaf in 1949

4)    Raised awareness of the impact of glue ear

This was largely thanks to a 1984 report called Undiscovered Deafness. Our resources on glue ear remain one of the most downloaded resources on the NDCS website.

5)    Getting the law changed

NDCS pushed for a change to the Academies Act in 2010 to make sure that academies didn’t end up draining funding away from local authority services for deaf children. It ended up being the current government’s first defeat in the House of Lords on any of its new laws.

6)    Worked with others to successfully campaign to make British Sign Language (BSL) an official language in 2003

We’re continuing the fight to make sure families have better access to sign language courses.

7)    Since 2011, campaigned to stop local authorities cutting services for deaf children

This includes taking legal action in Stoke-on-Trent to stop cuts to the number of Teachers of the Deaf.

Help us continue this work by joining our Campaigns Network today.

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