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READY: research to support the future of deaf young people

Photo: We’ve launched ground-breaking new research that will follow deaf young people to adulthood.

We’ve launched ground-breaking new research that will follow deaf young people as they become independent adults. This research is the first of its kind in the UK and the results will help to improve the support that deaf young people get in future.

It is called READY, which stands for Recording Emerging Adulthood in Deaf Youth, and we’re delighted to be running it in partnership with the Universities of Manchester and Edinburgh.

The research is open to deaf young people aged 15–19 living in England, Scotland or Wales, with all degrees of permanent hearing loss and all communication preferences. We’re thrilled that a year into the study, over 100 deaf young people like you have already volunteered to take part, but we’re looking for another 200 to ensure our research is as reliable as possible so that we can truly make an impact. 

If you think you’d be able to take part, you can find all the details on the University of Manchester READY website.

Are you READY to get involved?

If you are a parent or professional who knows any deaf young people who might be able to take part, please do share this information with them.

At the National Deaf Children’s Society, we are always looking for new ways to improve what we do, helping us to change the lives of deaf children and young people even more. There are major gaps in the information available on deaf young people’s outcomes when they leave school, and we truly believe that READY could be the answer to filling these in. It will help us to understand how we can support deaf young people more effectively at this key transition point in their lives. Thank you for your help.