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Information and resources

Photo: Resources for deaf children and young people and their families

We've developed a range of publications and resources with our partners across South Asia, East Africa and Latin America. These are available to download as PDFs below.

Glue Ear

Glue ear is one of the most common childhood illnesses. Between 10% and 20% of school children in East Africa and South Asia have had glue ear at least once. This booklet provides information for parents and families on what glue ear is, how to recognise if your child has the condition, and what can be done to help if your child is diagnosed with glue ear.

How can you make sure deaf children and young people are included?

More than 34 million deaf children worldwide and 80% of them live in developing countries. Most have little or no language when they start primary school.

We want to share different ways to include deaf children and young people in their family, in education and in their community. We support projects in South Asia, East Africa and Latin America to give deaf children access to communication including sign language from birth.

Language and Communication

The Language and Communication paper aims to provide further information for our partners; for families of deaf children and for deaf children and young people themselves as well as for other audiences who may want to learn more about deafness and how it affects children and their families, especially those living in low resource settings.

Language and communication are vital in everyday life and the sooner deaf children are supported to acquire these skills, the better they will be able to develop social and emotional well-being, to negotiate and to learn.

Achieving academic excellence in deaf learners: the influence of early exposure to rich language

Our report Achieving academic excellence in deaf learners focuses on the ways which special education teachers in Kenya support the early language development needs of deaf children. In partnership with VSO Kenya, the research revealed that many deaf children in Kenya have significant challenges learning to communicate and in some cases are delayed by as much as ten years in the development of their first language. The study also found that teachers are unprepared to support deaf children and were confused about how to teach Kenyan Sign Language (KSL), compared to other languages. The research also provides recommendations which can support the Government of Kenya to fulfil its commitments to children with disabilities and help improve early year’s education for deaf children.

Deaf education development programme young people's consultation report

In partnership with Childreach Tanzania, we consulted with deaf young people in Tanzania to explore their knowledge of the challenges they face when leaving school and their experiences of accessing information and support to transition to an independent life.

The report summarises consultation activities held with deaf young people during August 2017.

Deaf role model evaluator training report

In Kolkata in October 2017, we trained eight deaf role models to be project evaluators so they could lead the end of project evaluation with deaf children and young people. The four day training covered evaluator skills, safeguarding, confidentiality, communication, information gathering and reporting.

The training was a huge success and the deaf role models showed considerable strengths, specifically: communication skills, the ability to positively engage with deaf children, reliability, patience, enthusiasm and an impressive commitment to their role.

Sign language resources

We have developed sign language books in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to help families communicate with their deaf child and and ensure deaf children are included in family and community life. 

Language development books

We have produced a series of three books in Bengali to support community based rehabilitation workers, parents, families and school teachers in teaching sign language to deaf children in an informal, relaxed and engaging manner.

The books provide a framework for:

  • teaching sign language
  • improving reading and writing skills using pictures and signs
  • carrying out workshops using vocabulary and conversation from everyday life.

Download the books here:

Family Friendly Manual

The Family Friendly resource, published in 2008, aims to raise awareness of the important role that parents and families can play in the lives of their deaf children and in their communities. It is written for all those who want to know more about parental involvement in support for deaf children, but especially those who are involved in providing services for deaf children and their families.