NCDS seeking feedback from young people
The National Deaf Children’s Society Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB) is seeking to find out if children and young people are interested in learning British Sign Language (BSL) and if they think it should be taught in schools. They hope to consult with as many young people as possible, to seek their views and gather insights and evidence on this issue.
The YAB was set up in 2011 to directly shape and guide the services that NDCS delivers. It offers young people the opportunity to meet other deaf young people, learn new skills and make a difference.
They would greatly appreciate your help with sharing the survey with both deaf and hearing children and young people aged 8–25. You can access the survey here. The survey closes on Sunday 15 January, and the results will be shared during Sign Language Week (March 13–19) 2017.
AVUK and I CAN win at the Children and Young People Now Awards
The CYP Now Awards, now in their eleventh year, recognise initiatives from the public, private and voluntary sector that work with children and young people from birth to adolescence as well as their families.
Auditory Verbal UK won the Learning Award, which was for 'the initiative that has made the best contribution to improving educational achievement.' Auditory Verbal UK helps babies and young children with permanent hearing loss to listen and talk, without the need for lip reading or sign language, through auditory verbal therapy.
I CAN's Early Talk Boost won the Early Intervention Award, which is for 'the initiative that has intervened early and most effectively with children and young people at risk from problems such as poor health, dropping out of education, homelessness, crime or substance misuse, and prevented the transmission of poor outcomes from one generation to the next.'