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Our impact: 2021 to 2022

With your support, we’re transforming lives

When families find out their child is deaf, often the first thing they worry about is the future. But we know that with the right support, deaf children can do anything other children can do. We’re here for families from the moment they find out their child is deaf, to help them give their child the support they need.

“We’ll keep pushing barriers until deaf children have the same opportunities as their hearing peers.”

Susan Daniels OBE
Chief Executive
National Deaf Children’s Society

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Overcoming barriers to services

We’re working in partnership with some amazing deaf young people who want to transform their world.

  • Improving deaf awareness in schools: members of our Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB) launched a petition which called for all teachers to receive deaf awareness training. More than 80,000 people had signed by April 2022.

  • Transforming support for deaf children: we influenced the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) review in England. To get our point across, we attended party conferences and spoke with 30 MPs about deaf children’s needs.

  • Campaigning on key issues: we campaigned for clear face masks to be made widely available to NHS staff. As a result, three masks were approved for use in healthcare settings.
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Photo: Maia (16) is moderately to severely deaf. She’s a member of our Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB) and is a key driving force of our campaign for better deaf awareness in education.
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Overcoming barriers in the early years

With the right support from an early age, there should be no limits to what a deaf child can achieve.

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Photo: Clarissa is mum to Griffin (3) who has severe hearing loss. Griffin also has Down’s syndrome. Clarissa has been learning sign language with Griffin through our baby sign classes.
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Overcoming barriers to independence

Deaf children face unique challenges in their journey to independence. We’re working hard to provide confidence-building opportunities and to offer the advice and support they need.

  • Creative solutions to social problems: our Change Maker programme helped deaf young people aged 11 to 18 to dream up answers to social problems such as climate change. 

  • Mental health takeover: to mark Children’s Mental Health Week in March 2022, we launched a Mental Health Takeover of our social media channels.We reached 138,000 people throughout the week.

  • Relaunching the Buzz: we relaunched our website for deaf young people, the Buzz, in April 2021, with a new look and refreshed content and support. Young people were involved throughout the process, reviewing content on subjects including deaf identity, bullying, sexuality and mental health.
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Photo: Dan (13) is profoundly deaf in one ear and moderately deaf in the other. He was elected as our first ever representative of Welsh Youth Parliament and will be sharing the views of deaf children in Wales.
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Our charitable expenditure

Our charitable expenditure was a total of £15.4m.

In 2021/2022 we spent:

  • £8.2m overcoming barriers in local and national services
  • £2.7m overcoming barriers in the early years
  • £2.9m overcoming barriers to independence
  • £1.6m on other charitable activities.
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Find out more

Our annual impact reports showcase what we’ve achieved and the difference we’ve made to deaf children’s lives. Take a look to at our 2021/2022 edition for a foreword from our Chief Executive, detail on our areas of focus and transformation, amazing fundraisers, a look at the year ahead, and more!

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