Families magazine

Families is our free, quarterly membership magazine for families with deaf children. It's packed with inspirational real-life stories of deaf children and young people, news, reviews, event listings, tips and advice from parents and professionals, adult role models and loads more.

We'd love to hear your ideas and feedback at magazine@ndcs.org.uk

Families magazine winter 2018

The winter issue is brimming with stories, as well as all the usual information and advice on childhood deafness. Be sure to read:

  • why William’s parents chose a childminder for childcare
  • how Elliot’s family managed his glue ear
  • how Jovita led a successful museum tour
  • parent tips on how to keep their children safe
  • advice on improving acoustics at your child’s school or nursery.

Families magazine autumn 2018

Families magazine autumn 2018 cover (credit: NDCS)

  This issue included:

  • how four-year-old Oliver’s grandparents have supported his whole family
  • how Suzanne battled against son Edward’s diagnosis of autism
  • how Reuben (14) raised deaf awareness through his transition to mainstream school
  • parent tips on how to support children with their homework
  • our back to school advice to help your child have a successful year.

Families magazine summer 2018

Families magazine cover summer 2018 (credit: NDCS)

 This issue included:

  • how four-year-old Jemima’s parents are preparing her for school
  • why Hannah challenged seven-year-old son William’s school attendance record
  • how Ryan (13) settled into secondary school
  • parent tips on helping your child sleep.

Families magazine spring 2018

Families magazine cover spring 2018 (credit: NDCS)

 This issue included:

  • why Chloe’s parents recommend using a radio aid from as young an age as possible
  • how Elijah has thrived being home-educated
  • how Libby has battled obstacles to competitive swimming
  • how to make sure your child’s clubs and extracurricular activities are deaf aware
  • the careers advice deaf young people should be receiving.

Families magazine winter 2017

Families magazine winter 2017 cover, issue 47 (credit: NDCS)

  This issue included:

  • how Isla’s parents handled her deafness and cleft lip and palate
  • how a school Beavers group increased Adalaide’s confidence
  • how Danny found success as a social media and TV star
  • tips to help your deaf child with maths
  • solutions for watching TV as a family.

Families magazine autumn 2017

Families magazine autumn 2017, issue 46 cover (credit: NDCS)

  This issue included:

  • how Frederick’s parents felt empowered to support him

  • how Ellie’s school has helped her thrive through sign

  • how Callum fought back from a bad start

  • advice from parents on how to meet your child’s needs

  • how speech and language therapy could help your child.

Families magazine summer 2017

Families magazine summer 2017 cover (credit: NDCS)

 This issue included:

  • how Izzy’s parents make sure her deafness doesn’t overshadow her sister
  • why Brocha’s parents fought to get her a radio aid
  • why Daniel chose to study French at National Level 5
  • tips from parents on giving your child the best holiday experience
  • advice on sharing information about deaf children and young people.

Families magazine spring 2017

Families magazine spring 2017 (credit: NDCS)

 This issue included:

  • how Emmie’s parents came to terms with her deafness
  • how a CROS aid helped Monty’s unilateral deafness
  • how Isabella made the transition from specialist to mainstream school
  • why Anwyn decided to learn sign language at age 14
  • how a change in policy has affected 19-year-old Max’s apprenticeship
  • tips from a careers advisor who supports deaf young people into employment.


Families magazine winter 2016

cover of winter 2016 Families magazine (credit: NDCS)

This issue included:

  • how Ivy's parents made her world as big as possible 
  • why parents Melissa and Mark delayed Alfie’s school start by a year
  • how Cody has managed long-term glue ear
  • how our young stars have proved deafness isn’t a barrier to achieving in the arts
  • parent tips on how to help your child cope with tiredness.

Families magazine autumn 2016

Cover of autumn 2016 Families magazine (credit: NDCS)

This issue included:

  • Natalie and Chris’s proactive approach to parenting with eight-year-old son Henry
  • Sarah and Harry’s wait for an answer on the cause of Octavia’s needs
  • Braidon’s increase in confidence through a change of school and deaf-friendly swimming lessons
  • parent tips on how to help your child make friends
  • insights from an independent assessor on how she supports families with a deaf child.

Families magazine summer 2016

Families magazine summer 2016 (credit: NDCS)

This issue included:

  • mum Corey’s decision not to get her daughter a cochlear implant
  • the hobby that boosted 10-year-old Charlotte’s confidence
  • how 18-year-old Kerri manages her deafness and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • parents’ tips on how to help your child’s school understand their deafness
  • how to prepare your child for a school trip.

Families magazine spring 2016

Families magazine spring 2016 cover (credit: NDCS)

This issue included: 

  • dad Gareth’s unique gift to support daughter Briar
  • Joshua, the first deaf boxer to compete under the Amateur International Boxing Association
  • the role of a Teacher of the Deaf
  • products and solutions to make better use of smartphones
  • how grandparents can support their grandchildren.

Families magazine winter 2015

Families magazine winter 2015 (credit: NDCS)


This issue included:

  • Lucie and Scott’s journey from finding out their baby son Harry was profoundly deaf through to him having cochlear implants
  • nine-year-old Megan’s cholesteatoma and its impact on her and her family
  • two families’ experiences of having a deaf child with dyspraxia
  • advice from parents on how to make celebrations like Christmas deaf friendly
  • solutions to help deaf children and young people hear the TV better. 

Families magazine autumn 2015

Families magazine autumn 2015 (credit: NDCS)

This issue included:

  • the impact of seven-year-old Honor’s mild deafness and how no-one took it seriously
  • how unilateral deafness hasn’t stopped 11-year-old Lewis becoming a guitar pro
  • apps to support early learning in deaf children
  • advice from parents on how to make sure your family can access health information
  • education professional Nicki Harris on how to get support in further and higher education.

Families magazine summer 2015

Families Magazine cover summer 2015 (credit: NDCS)

 This issue included:

  • ideas for deaf-friendly activities and events to keep your child entertained over the summer
  • Christian’s experience of how he juggles a busy life with the needs of his daughter Isabelle
  • one family’s tips on deaf-friendly cycling
  • advice on supporting others who may care for your child over the summer
  • 16-year-old Dan’s journey of becoming deaf at 14 due to meningitis.