Hello fellow campaigners,
On the day of Theresa May’s
announcement that there was going to be
a snap general election in June, some of us may have felt like…
Others may have felt like Brenda…
Nevertheless, this is a fantastic opportunity to help break through the election debate and bring deaf children and young people to the forefront of politics.
We here at the National Deaf Children’s Society encourage each of you (if you’re 18 or over!) to firstly register to vote, the deadline for this is the 22 May. Secondly, please read our election resources, and challenge your local parliamentary candidates on what they will do to ensure that services for deaf children and young people are protected. Go along to any hustings being set up in your area or, if they come knocking at your door, make sure you ask them to show their support for deaf children.
Over the next five weeks, we will hear many different policy proposals from all of the parties. From Brexit to the economy to bank holidays, etc. However here, we’ll be encouraging our candidates to put deaf children and young people first. Therefore we have created ten asks for each of the parties that we want all candidates to support.
- Ensure that funding for services for deaf children is sufficient
- Inspect the quality of education services for deaf children
- Set up a new bursary scheme to recruit Teachers of the Deaf
- Establish a new British Sign Language GCSE
- Improve data collection so that we know how many deaf children there are and what outcomes they achieve
- Ensure deaf young people can access specialist careers advice
- Revamp the Access to Work employment support scheme
- Make it easier for deaf young people to become apprentices
- Ensure children’s audiology services are fit for purpose by making it a requirement they accredit under the Improving Quality in Physiological Services (IQIPS) programme
- Rule out any cuts or narrowing of eligibility criteria to welfare support for disabled children and young people.
We’ll be exploring these ten asks in more detail over the next month or so here on the campaigns blog – so keep an eye out from our policy experts.
Have a great week!