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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.

An Intro to Technology and Apps for Deaf Young Children, with Gavin

  • Thursday 27 January
  • 7pm to 8pm
  • recommended for families with children aged 0 to 7.

Join our technology expert, Gavin, to learn about how technology can support your child during their early years.

Gavin will share useful information and advice on different types of hearing tech, such as apps and radio aids.

Gavin Songer, Technology Research Officer

Gavin researches products and technologies suitable for deaf children and young people. He shares his findings and user feedback as widely as possible with our members and professionals.

Gavin was born profoundly deaf and has worked with deaf children and adults in schools, homes and the wider community.

Are you missing out on DLA? Disability Living Allowance Explained

  • Wednesday 2 February  
  • 12pm to 1pm
  • recommended for parents/Carers of deaf young people aged 8-14.

Come and find out if you are missing out on Disability Living Allowance (DLA). In this session we will explain the main rules of entitlement to DLA and give tips on how to fill in the forms.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a disability benefit for children under 16 who are deaf or disabled and helps towards some of the extra costs of raising a child who needs more looking after than another child of the same age without disabilities.

As your child grows and develops the help you give them will change. This can make it difficult when you get renewal forms for DLA, and many parents find they lose the benefit as their child gets older – without understanding why. Similarly, parents who have never claimed DLA before can be confused as to whether their child is likely to qualify.

How to encourage your child to be independent

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

How can you support your child to carry out daily tasks and activities independently?

In this session we will explore and share ideas on how you can enable your child to learn the skills that they need to become independent. There will be plenty of useful tips, from helping around the house, to planning fun family events. We encourage participants to share experiences, ideas and concerns.There are benefits to both you and your child when you encourage and support them to take on some responsibilities.

Supporting Grandparents new to hearing loss

  • Tuesday 8 February  
  • 2pm to 3.30pm
  • recommended for grandparents who have grandchildren 0-12.

If you are a grandparent of a child who has a hearing loss then join us and other grandparents as we learn more about childhood deafness, learning through fun play with our grandchildren and hear from our grandparent volunteers who will share their experiences with you. There will be plenty of time to chat and ask any questions. 

Play: Muslim Community 

  • Wednesday 16 February
  • 10am to 12 noon
  • recommended for Muslim parents, carers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents of deaf children aged 0 to 16.

Are you a Muslim family with a deaf young child? Come and join us to talk about the importance of play and why it is so much more than just fun. We will talk about the areas of development that are enhanced through play, giving you tips and ideas to take home. Meet other Muslim families for a chance to share stories, address issues and for your voice to be heard.

Panjabi, Urdu and many more language interpreters are available on request.

Technology to Support Deaf Children with Drama, Music and Dance

  • Wednesday 9 March
  • 7pm to 8pm
  • recommended for parents and carers of deaf young people aged 8-14

In this session, Gavin Songer our Technology Officer will talk about useful tech Deaf young people can use when participating in Dance, drama or music. We will also be joined by deaf performers from the arts who will share their experiences. There will be an opportunity for you to share your top tips, queries and concerns.

Part one: Choosing the Right School for My Child

  • Thursday 3 March
  • 7pm to 8pm

As your child approaches school age and you think about applying for your choice of school, we’ll explore together how you can ensure you are choosing the school that meets the needs of your child best. Our experts will be on hand to guide you through the process and answer your questions.

Part two: Ensuring Equality and Inclusion for My Child

  • Thursday 10 March
  • 7pm to 8pm

As you decide on a school for your child, we’ll start to explore how you can ensure that their needs will be met within that school environment, to make sure they get the best out of learning and school life. Our experts will be on hand to talk to you about your child’s rights and answer any questions.

Deafness and the family, with Anne 

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

Join our expert Anne 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.

Anne McRae, Advice and Guidance Officer

Anne has supported children with various additional support needs for over 20 years. As well as being a mum to twin girls who are deaf, she joined the National Deaf Children’s Society as a Parenting Facilitator and Volunteer. More recently she has taken on an Advice and Guidance Officer role. Supporting and sharing information with families to support their child is what she loves best.

 All About Benefits

  • Friday 1 April
  • 1pm to 2pm
  • 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.