More about the NDCS Roadshow
The NDCS Roadshow is the UK’s only touring information centre for deaf children & young people. It has developed hugely over the last decade with brand new workshops and the latest technology on board. It is more popular than ever and is reaching record numbers of deaf children all over the country!
Find out how a visit from our Roadshow can help deaf children in your area.
What to expect from a visit
Who is it for?
This unique and free service is for deaf children and young people, their families, friends and the professionals working with them.
The NDCS Roadshow is wheelchair and pushchair friendly so is accessible for everyone.
What will we be doing on board?
On board visitors have the chance to try out a wide range of the latest technology ranging from Bluetooth neckloops (for iPods, mobile phones and TV) to vibrating alarm clocks, flashing doorbells and amplified phones. There are also IPad's to access online resources and apps for deaf young people.
Our amazing signing puppets keep younger visitors entertained too!
On a visit from our Roadshow you will have the opportunity to:
- get deafness related information from the friendly Roadshow team
- try out the latest gadgets to help deaf children at home and in school
- collect copies of our information resources
- raise deaf awareness among staff and classmates
- find out about parent led local groups in your area
- meet your local NDCS Family Officer who can offer practical support with DLA and education issues
Meet the Roadshow tour team
Damian Ball, Roadshow Manager
“Being deaf myself I know firsthand how the right technology and equipment can make a huge difference in improving a deaf child’s communication, confidence and independence, as well as helping them learn at school.
We try to inform the hearing children about deafness in an interactive and interesting way. We give them the opportunity to ask all the questions that they may have been afraid to ask their deaf classmates, hopefully taking the mystery out of deafness and encouraging them to accept everyone equally”.
Jamie Chivers - Outreach Officer (Information Roadshow)
“I was born into a deaf family and as a deaf person myself, we were already aware of all the possible barriers and how to overcome them. This enabled me to have more confidence in myself and I am passionate about sharing my experiences with other deaf children or young people."
"I travelled the world in 2010 and it was such an eye-opener, seeing different cultures and way of life that left me in awe. I was keen to support deaf children to allow them to have the same opportunities that I did. My job role at NDCS allows me to be a role model for the deaf children and young people we meet on the Roadshow."
Kerry Ross - Outreach Coordinator (Information Roadshow)
"I worked for 12 years as a hearing support assistant in a primary school. Every day I saw the challenges the children faced and how having the right technology can make all the difference, allowing them to be confident and independent."
"I really wanted to do more to make sure that the children and their parents had the information they needed to make informed choices and to help raise deaf awareness so on hearing about the Listening Bus I booked a visit for the school."
"I was really impressed with the service that Damian and his team provided; it made such a difference to not just the children and their families but everyone who was involved with the visit."
"Then an opportunity came up to join the team and be a part of this incredible service that literally changes lives. I am really enjoying my new role and looking forward to meeting you."
NDCS Roadshow community visits
Most of the bus’s work is with primary schools, but increasing numbers of visits are being requested by secondary schools, sixth form colleges, audiology clinics and ethnic minority communities.
“We particularly like reaching deaf children and young people in more remote areas of the UK who haven’t had the opportunity to meet many other deaf people and could hugely benefit from using this technology and also accessing NDCS services” says Damian.
“The deaf children are often quite excited to meet others like themselves, sometimes for the first time ever!”