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Language in the Early Years: How to Support Deaf Children in Developing Countries

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Online webinar

Date: 22 November 2022

Time: 11am-12:30pm UK/GMT

You can watch a recording of this webinar here.

For deaf children, learning to communicate is their first and most immediate challenge, and they need support with this from the start in order to thrive. The first three years of a child’s life are the most important for developing language, whether spoken or signed. However, for deaf children in low income communities, barriers such as late diagnosis, limited access to hearing technology and pervasive stigma, means they are very unlikely to receive the support they need. This has escalating consequences. Limited language skills impact a young child’s ability to build relationships, share experiences and be ready for school.

However, the work we have supported over the last twenty years demonstrates there are approaches that help deaf children and their families. Our expert panel will share perspectives and approaches from Kenya, Ghana, India and Bangladesh which help develop a young deaf child’s language and communication skills. Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions of our speakers as well as spend time sharing and learning from each other in break-out rooms.

Who is this aimed at: Teachers and educators of deaf children in developing countries, professionals working in international development who work with deaf and disabled children, disability/education programme managers, policy specialists and academics.
This webinar will have a palantypist live captioning in English and international sign interpreters.

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.

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