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Online Information and Advice Sessions

We have a range of free online events that you can join. You'll be able to get lots of information, join discussions with other families, and ask questions to our experts.

What you'll need to join our online events

As long as you have access to any computer, smartphone or tablet with an internet connection then you'll be able to access our online events.

You don't need any previous experience of these online events. You can join in as much or as little as you like. We'll send you everything you need to know to be able to join. We'll also have experts on hand to support you with joining the online event.

For more info about how to join our online events, you can view our video and written guide.

Communication support

Closed captioning and BSL interpreters will be available at all of our online events. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Upcoming online events

Our online sessions are free however places are limited and booking is essential.

Supporting Early Communication

  • Wednesday 4 August
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • recommended for parents, carers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents of deaf children aged 0 to 3 years old.

Join our experts to explore how you can support the development of your baby’s communication skills.

Build your understanding of early communication and how it develops and learn how to create language-learning opportunities. Together we’ll think about access to sound for your baby and the tools you'll need to help them.

There will also be time for you to share your experiences and ask questions to our team.

Supporting Your Child’s Early Learning

  • Tuesday 17 August
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • recommended for parents, carers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents of deaf children aged 0 to 3 years old.

Join our expert as we explore how you can best support your baby or toddler to learn through their early years. You’ll find out about the importance of everyday communication and pick up some tips on play and sharing books.

There will be plenty of time to chat to other families and ask questions too.

Empowering Your Child to Attend Activities

  • Wednesday 25 August
  • 7pm to 8pm
  • recommended for parents, carers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents of deaf children aged 8 and over.

Is your child looking forward to getting back to their clubs and groups after lockdown and the summer holidays? Perhaps they are thinking about starting a new activity?

In this session, we will support you to speak to activity leaders about deaf awareness. We’ll discuss how to communicate your child’s preferences, and provide useful tips for starting new activities.

Encouraging Independence

  • Tuesday 7 September
  • 7pm to 8pm
  • recommended for parents, carers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents of deaf children aged 8 to 14.

Would you like to find out how you can help your child to become more independent? Supporting them to take on some day-to-day responsibilities can benefit you both.

At this session, you will discover how to help your child learn skills that grow their independence. From helping around the house to planning fun family events, there will be plenty of useful ideas.

There will also be time to share your experiences, ideas and concerns that you may have.

All About Benefits

  • Thursday 9 September
  • 7pm to 8pm
  • recommended for parents, carers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents of deaf children aged 0 to 16.

Learn more about the benefits available for deaf children, Disability Living Allowance, how to apply, and other benefits that you and your family could access.

Deafness and the Family, with Sara

  • Thursday 16 September
  • 7pm to 8pm
  • recommended for parents, carers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents of deaf children aged 0 to 16.

Join our expert Sara as we explore the impact of having a deaf child in the family. She’ll discuss how you can ensure your deaf child really feels included in the family, their relationship with brothers and sisters, grandparents, and other family members, and how we can all be more deaf aware.

This session is from our Raising a Deaf Child Programme. You can find out more about the programme here.

Supporting Your Child with Overnight Stays and Trips Away

  • Wednesday 22 September
  • 5pm to 6pm
  • recommended for parents, carers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents of deaf children aged 8 to 14.

Is your child getting ready to spend the night away from home? Would they love to sleepover at a friend’s house but feel a bit nervous? Perhaps they have a Scout or Guide Camp coming up, or their school is planning a big trip.

Join us for this event about supporting your deaf child to be independent when staying away from home. We’ll share our top tips to help you prepare and ensure your child enjoys overnight stays and trips away.

You’ll also have the chance to chat to other parents whose children are getting ready to stay away from home.

Find Out About Important Changes to Learner Support in Wales, with Debbie

  • Monday 4 October
  • 7pm to 8pm
  • recommended for parents, carers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents of deaf children aged 0 to 16, or in further education, in Wales.

A new system for planning educational support for children and young people aged 0 to 16 (and for those aged 16 to 25 in college or sixth form) is starting to be introduced in Wales.

Join this session for key information on what to expect from the changes to support plans, and how you can access learning support for your child. The session will be led by Debbie Thomas, Head of Policy and Influencing, Wales.

Welsh and BSL interpreters will be available on the day. Other community language interpreters are available on request, please email [email protected].

Our expert, Debbie Thomas, Head of Policy and Influencing, Wales

Debbie has worked at the National Deaf Children’s Society since 2008.

During this time, Debbie has closely followed the progress of Welsh Government changes to support systems for those with additional learning needs.

She has provided evidence to the Senedd, and worked with other organisations in the Third Sector Additional Needs Alliance to seek to influence change.