The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.
- The key to unlocking a deaf child’s potential is the family unit. That is why families of deaf children must receive the full range of support and information to which they are entitled. This is not currently the case.
- There are over 45,000 deaf children living in the UK.
- 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents with little or no experience of deafness or knowledge of how to communicate with a deaf person.
- 40% of deaf children have additional needs.
- Four babies are born deaf every day.
- Many families struggle to communicate effectively with their deaf child.
- Many deaf children struggle to communicate with their immediate family, and develop language at a slower rate than their hearing peers.
- Given the right support there is no reason for any deaf child to develop language at a slower rate than a hearing child with similar abilities.
- Deafness is not a learning disability. There is no reason why the majority of deaf children should achieve any less than hearing children.
- Deaf children are at far higher risk of developing mental illness than their hearing peers.
- Deaf children need to be able to communicate effectively, access information and influence the world around them by any appropriate method whether through sign language, oral communication or a combination of approaches.
How can we help
NDCS is an organisation of families, parents and carers, providing emotional and practical support through our Freephone Helpline, our network of trained support workers, our wide range of other support services and our publications and website.
As the leading provider of impartial information and individual advocacy on every aspect of childhood deafness, NDCS can help with welfare rights and benefit claims, making education choices, advising on health and audiology and technology, or simply as someone to talk to.
NDCS campaigns for improvements in services aimed at families with deaf children, working with central and local government, health authorities, education professionals, social services, manufacturers and voluntary organisations.
Deaf Child Worldwide
NDCS has an international development wing called Deaf Child Worldwide (formly the International Deaf Children's Society).
Deaf Child Worldwide is the only UK-based international development agency dedicated to enabling deaf children to overcome poverty and isolation. Deaf children are more likely to come from poor families and grow up to be poor adults.