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Our history

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Breaking down barriers for more than 70 years

In 1944, 14 parents came together with a common goal – to give their deaf children the best start in life.

More than 70 years later their legacy lives on. We’re still breaking down barriers for deaf children thanks to your amazing support.

Our achievements

2017
We launch our ambitious five-year strategy Overcoming Barriers.

2016
We celebrate 10 years of newborn hearing screening by projecting 100 pictures of deaf babies onto the Shell Centre, London. The event marks the launch of our Right from the Start campaign, which calls for every deaf child to get the right support as soon as they are diagnosed as deaf.

2015
Our new Roadshow bus, funded by generous supporters, gives free information to thousands of deaf and hearing school children across the UK.

2012
We launch our Stolen Futures campaign to challenge local council cuts to services for deaf children in England. After being contacted by 2,500 of our campaigners, MPs debate this issue in parliament.

2010
We launch the Buzz, our website for deaf children and young people.

2006
We successfully campaign for newborn hearing screening to be introduced across the UK, so that deaf babies are diagnosed as early as possible.

2002
We launch the International Deaf Children’s Society – now known as Deaf Child Worldwide – to support deaf children in developing countries.

1990s
We secure a grant to set up a Freephone Helpline for families.

1980s
We set up a dedicated technology information service.

1970s
We partner with the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD) to campaign against cuts in deaf education services.

1960s
The Queen Mother attends a reception to celebrate our 20th anniversary.

We campaign for all types of communication, including speech and sign language, to be equally valued.

1950s
We become a national organisation, and are now known as the National Deaf Children’s Society.

We launch our first magazine for parents called Talk.

1940s
We publish our first information resource for parents called If Your Child is Deaf.

We set up our first monthly course to help parents support deaf children.

We change our name to the Deaf Children’s Society.

1944
14 parents of deaf children meet up in London and agree to found the Society of St John of Beverley.