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Webinars - exploring our Unheard Children report

In 2021 we'll be hosting regular online webinars that bring together NGOs, academics, professionals and policy makers to explore the themes in our new Unheard Children report. Together, we'll be discussing the challenges that deaf children face in some of the world's poorest communities and the initiatives that can help transform their lives.

Webinar #1 - Language and Communication

Tuesday 30 March 2021 1.30pm-3pm BST

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In exploring Language and Communication access for deaf children in low income communities, we will hear from Lorraine Wapling, an expert in early childhood language development, and a personal story from Dr Joyce Nalugya, a parent of a deaf child in Uganda, who went on to found a national organisation connecting and advocating for deaf children and their families.

Webinar #2 - Families

Tuesday 11 May 11am- 12:30pm BST

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For deaf children in the developing world who often grow up
in poverty, a parent or family member is their lifeline to a better future. Join us to hear from speakers from Bolivia and India about what works in supporting the families of deaf children.

Webinar#3 - Communities

Tuesday 22 June 11am- 12:30pm BST

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Most people we support have never encountered deafness before. Anything people do know about deafness is often clouded by negative cultural attitudes and outdated myths. Even professionals such as doctors, nurses, teachers, police, religious and community leaders have little knowledge of the subject.

Join us to hear from speakers from Kenya and India about ways in which the wider community can be engaged and play a critical role in changing negative attitudes to deafness.

Webinar #4 - Education

Thursday 2 September 2021 11am-12:30pm BST

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Most deaf children in developing countries don’t go to school or they drop out early. Very few make it to secondary school, let
alone further education. Of those deaf children who do reach the classroom, many will never get a good education. And for most children during the pandemic, deaf or hearing, schools have been closed on and off for more than a year due to Covid-19 restrictions.  

Join us to find out more about education for deaf children in low income communities, during and before the pandemic, and what needs to happen to build a truly inclusive accessible system for them in the future. 

Webinar #5 - Independence

Thursday 21 October 2021, 2pm - 3:30pm BST

Please note, registration for this event has now closed.

Preparing for adulthood in developing countries where there is little understanding of deafness, and where unemployment is extremely high, means deaf young people face huge barriers to achieving independence.

Join us to understand how deaf teenagers and young people can develop the self-esteem, resilience and skills to be part
of community life, develop healthy relationships and find meaningful employment.

In all five of the webinars delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions of our speakers as well as spend time sharing and learning from each other.

All our webinars will have a palantypist (English) and an international sign interpreter. 

We’re unable to provide alternative sign language interpreters. However, please let us know if you have further communication requirements and we’ll be in contact to discuss possible options.

Who is this aimed at: Professionals working in international development who work with deaf and disabled children, programme managers, policy specialists and academics.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please email [email protected].