Resources for black and minority ethnic (BME) families in community languages

Find out about all the services NDCS offers for black and minority ethnic (BME) families in Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Welsh, Polish, Slovak, Somali and Arabic. 

Translated publications

Some of our publications are available in a number of community languages.

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If you would prefer to order a copy of any of our resources, please contact our freephone Helpline on 0808 800 8880 or send us an email.

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Telephone Interpreting

We provide clear, balanced information and support for families of deaf children, deaf young people and professionals working with families. We can also refer you to our specialist staff via our Freephone Helpline.

If your first language is not English, we can still help using a telephone interpreting service which is free of charge through NDCS. It can translate over 150 different languages. Call us on the Freephone Helpline 0808 800 8880 (voice and text) and give your name, telephone number, and the language you would prefer to speak in. We will call you back within a few minutes with an interpreter on the line.

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Scotland: BME Family Support volunteers

In Scotland we have a network of volunteers called the BME Family Support Volunteers. These volunteers are all parents of deaf children and have been trained by NDCS.

They speak different community languages and support NDCS, Scotland Children and Families Support Officers and Statutory staff (Teachers of the Deaf, Speech and Language Therapists, Audiology staff and Social Workers) at home visits/hospital appointments/school review meetings  by providing communication support, and emotional support to families of deaf children.

They also help at events like coffee mornings, Saturday clubs for children.

Download a volunteer flyer here:

BME Scotland volunteer flyer.pdf (410 kb) [pdf]

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Community language interpreters

NDCS maintains a list of recommended interpreters in various community languages: Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Mirpuri, Hindco, Gujarati, Hindi, French, Arabic, Turkish, Somali, Swahili, Russian, Polish, Kurdish and Pushto.

All interpreters are highly qualified in public service interpreting and have received deaf-awareness training by the National Deaf Children’s Society. To find an interpreter in your language/area, call the NDCS Freephone Helpline on 0808 800 8880 or email helpline@ndcs.org.uk.

If you prefer to speak a language other than English, tell us the language of your choice and your phone number and we will call you back in a few minutes with an interpreter.

These interpreters are freelance and NDCS cannot be held responsible for their service.

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How we can help at events

Find out how our organisers can help parents feel more confident about sending their children on our events.

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YouTube videos in other languages

Watch our range of YouTube videos with voiceovers in languages such as Urdu, Polish and Bengali

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DVDs in other languages

NDCS has a number of useful DVDs on different topics aimed at parents of deaf children which are available free of charge to members.

Front cover of DVD (credit: NDCS)

We currently have the following available in community languages:

1. Positive Parenting (You will be asked to sign in or join up as a member. Please add the item to your basket, select 'checkout' and provide your delivery address.)

This DVD is based on the NDCS Parenting a Deaf Child Curriculum and is aimed at families with a deaf child of primary school age or younger. It includes information on self-esteem (for children and parents), behaviour management, communication, play and reading, and wider family contact and community. It also includes stories from black and minority ethnic (BME) families of deaf children talking about their own experiences of parenting.

This DVD includes options for spoken English, Polish, Urdu, Sylheti, Punjabi and Somali with English subtitles and British Sign Language.

2. Communication begins at home (You will be asked to sign in or join up as a member. Please add the item to your basket, select 'checkout' and provide your delivery address.)

This DVD is for families with a deaf child three years or younger. The film follows six children and their families on a typical day to see how they communicate. It aims to show how communication can be supported during everyday activities and routines.

This DVD includes options for BSL or subtitles in English, Urdu, Bengali and Punjabi.

3. All Together (You will be asked to sign in or join up as a member. Please add the item to your basket, select 'checkout' and provide your delivery address.)

This DVD is for families with a deaf child/young person 15 years or younger. You can select a day from the All Together week and meet grandparents, fathers and siblings who share their thoughts and feelings about having a deaf child in their family.
You can see how the families have fun together on a number of activities and then try it yourself using the activity cards enclosed with the DVD pack.

The DVD includes options to play with BSL or subtitles and is also available in Urdu, Sylheti and Punjabi.

4. Who am I? (You will be asked to sign in or join up as a member. Please add the item to your basket, select 'checkout' and provide your delivery address.)

Meet five deaf young people who talk about what it's like to grow up deaf and their plans for the future.  Share the experiences of their families and find out what top tips they would give to other families. 

This DVD is voiced over in English, Polish, Punjabi and Urdu, has English subtitles and BSL in vision translation.

PLEASE NOTE: This DVD is already included with the publications 'Who am I- Deaf young people share their stories' and 'Who am I- Parent to parent'.  If you are ordering either of these you do not need to order this DVD as well.

Copies are restricted to one each for family members or five each for professional members.

You can also watch the chapters from the DVD online here:

To order your free copy, you can also contact the NDCS Freephone Helpline on 0808 800 8880 (voice and text) or email helpline@ndcs.org.uk.

If you prefer to speak a language other than English, tell us the language of your choice and your phone number and we will call you back in a few minutes with an interpreter.

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NDCS position statement on childhood deafness associated with marriage/relationships between first cousins

You can download and view our position statement by clicking here >

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Useful links

See below for links to other relevant websites that have useful information available in various community languages:

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