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Free 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. Booking is essential as places are limited.

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.

Communication support

Closed captioning is available for all online events. If you need any communication support to join please email [email protected] and we can book BSL and other interpreters.

Available online events

Register for an event that suits your family’s needs at this time by completing our online booking form.

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

Starting Secondary School for Deaf Children – What To Expect

15 July 2020 2-3pm

Suitable for parents and carers who have children moving on to secondary school this year.

With so much disruption to deaf children’s education due to COVID-19, our experts are here to help. They’ll be providing lots information and guidance on what you should expect when your child transitions to secondary school. You’ll have the chance to chat to our experts from England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, and with other parents and families.

Our expert, Lynn Baker, Head of Appeals and Disputes

Before joining the National Deaf Children’s Society, Lynn worked in education for nearly 30 years as a Teacher, SENCO, and Head Teacher. Lynn is passionate about equality of opportunity for deaf children and young people. In her current role, she is able to provide support to young people and families of deaf children to legally challenge decisions involving their access to education.

Family Fund: Supporting Disabled Children During The Coronavirus Lockdown

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22 July 2020 2-3pm

Suitable for families with children aged 0-17 years.

For this session, we’ll be joined by Rachel from Family Fund, the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. We’ll be discussing how the coronavirus has impacted families with disabled children. Also, find out more about the support being provided by Family Fund during this time and how you can apply for help.

Our expert, Rachel Perrin, Partnership Manager at Family Fund

Rachel has worked with deaf and disabled children and young people for over 28 years. At Family Fund, Rachel works with organisations to understand support and grants available for families. She also sits on the Disabled Children’s Partnership Steering Group, which campaigns for the improved health and social care for disabled children. Prior to Family Fund, she was Head of Youth Development and Partnerships at the National Deaf Children’s Society. She is passionate about supporting disabled children and their families to get the best outcomes for their future.

An Intro to Technology and Apps for Young Deaf Children (aged 0-5)

Date TBC

Suitable for families with children aged 0-5 years.

Join our technology expert, Kim, and learn about how technology can support your child during their early years. Kim will be sharing lots of useful information and advice on different types of hearing technology such as apps and radio aids.

Our expert, Kim Hagen, Technology Research Officer

Kim Hagen has worked at the National Deaf Children’s Society since 2017. She supports families of deaf children and the professionals working with them. Her role raises awareness of the latest technologies, how they can help in everyday situations and provide solutions to issues deaf children and young people may face. Kim has had a moderate hearing loss since birth and holds a PhD in social sciences.

Read Kim's latest articles on how technology can benefit your child.

Navigating Benefits for Families of Deaf Children with Sajal

Date TBC

Suitable for families with children aged 0-16 years.

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

Our expert, Sajal Siddiqui, Appeals and Disputes Manager

I am passionate about the rights of deaf children and young people, and social justice. Since delivering our first Benefits Online information session in 2019, we have had parents that had been previously turned down for DLA join the session, apply again, and have now been awarded the benefit. I am so pleased that we could make a difference.

Apps And Tools You Can Use to Caption or Subtitle Live Videos For Deaf Children

Date TBC

Suitable for families with children aged 4 and older and who are already reading.

Learn more about automatic captioning and subtitling apps with our technology expert Kim. Kim will be talking about different apps and tools your deaf child can use at home to access live videos. For example, their teacher's videos or friend's videos on social media.

Our expert, Kim Hagen, Technology Research Officer

Kim Hagen has worked at the National Deaf Children’s Society since 2017. She supports families of deaf children and the professionals working with them. Her role raises awareness of the latest technologies, how they can help in everyday situations and provide solutions to issues deaf children and young people may face. Kim has had a moderate hearing loss since birth and holds a PhD in social sciences.

Read Kim's latest articles on how technology can benefit your child.

Making the Most of Your Child's Hearing at Home with Vicki

Date TBC

Suitable for families with children aged 0-16 years.

Learn how to care for your child's hearing aids at home and how you can make hearing and listening easier for your child.

Our expert, Vicki Kirwin, Senior Policy Advisor and Lead for Audiology

Before joining the National Deaf Children's Society, Vicki was a paediatric audiologist who has worked in both NHS and private settings. She now works as a specialist advisor for the National Deaf Children's Society advising on health policy and its implications for deaf children.

Next Steps - Work and Further Education for Deaf Young People (16-18)

Date TBC

Suitable for parents/carers and their children who are currently in year 11* and 13**.

With many exams cancelled and uncertainty around grades, our expert, Martin, will be sharing his advice on what the next stage might bring. Find out how to get support for your child’s next move to sixth form, college, apprenticeship, university, or work. You’ll also have the chance to chat with our experts and other families. Young people are welcome to join too with their parents or carers.

*S5 in Scotland or Year 12 in Northern Ireland. ** S6 in Scotland, or second/third year in further education, Year 14 in Northern Ireland.

Our expert, Martin McLean, Post-14 Policy and Practise Lead

Martin was born profoundly deaf and is passionate about ensuring deaf children and young people have access to education and training that enables them to achieve their potential. Martin led on the development of our Deaf Works Everywhere campaign which launched in February 2020. Before working at the National Deaf Children’s Society, Martin worked in the further and higher education sectors before working as a project manager for a theatre company.

Boosting Your Child’s Self-Esteem and Wellbeing with Keri

Date TBC

Suitable for families with children aged 4-16 years.

Learn some practical strategies on how to support your child during this difficult time and help them to maintain good emotional health and wellbeing.

Our expert, Keri Tebbit, Family Course Development Manager

Keri has worked for the National Deaf Children’s Society since 2016. She aims to provide parents with confidence and the knowledge in their parenting and communication to enable their deaf child to thrive at all stages of childhood, and to also enable parents to share experiences of raising their deaf child with other parents.

Home Learning with Emma our Teacher of the Deaf

Date TBC

Suitable for families with children aged 4-12 years.

Our Teacher of the Deaf will be giving her top tips and strategies for learning at home with your child.

Our expert, Emma Fraser, Teacher of the Deaf

Emma has worked in education for over 20 years as a teacher, SENCO, and Teacher of the Deaf. Her work at the National Deaf Children’s Society is to provide support, resources, training and advice to the families of deaf children, the professionals working with them and decision makers. She is always exploring different ways in which deaf children can learn and be successful in education. Emma has two teenage children currently learning at home.

Read Emma's top tips for learning at home with your child.