The National Deaf Children's Society was founded in London on 15 December 1944 by a handful of parents of deaf children concerned about the impact of the 1944 Education Act on their schooling.
Established as the Society of St. John of Beverley, its objective was 'to further in every way possible the provision of full modern education for all deaf children in England, as originally accorded to hearing children'.
1945: It was renamed The Deaf Children's Society
1950s: Renamed The National Deaf Children's Society
2002: Saw the merger of NDCS and Friends for Young Deaf People, resulting in the creation of the NDCS youth wing.
To this day, our visions and values reflect the fact that we remain essentially a parents' organisation, dedicated to the needs of all deaf children, their families and carers. We provide a seamless service supporting families with deaf children from birth to 25.
Things you should know
· The key to unlocking a deaf child’s potential is the family unit. That is why families of deaf children must receive the full range of support and information to which they are entitled. This is not currently the case.
· There are over 45,000 deaf children living in the UK.
· 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents with little or no experience of deafness or knowledge of how to communicate with a deaf person.
· 40% of deaf children have additional needs.
· Four babies are born deaf every day.
· Many families struggle to communicate effectively with their deaf child.
· Many deaf children struggle to communicate with their immediate family, and develop language at a slower rate than their hearing peers.
· Given the right support there is no reason for any deaf child to develop language at a slower rate than a hearing child with similar abilities.
· Deafness is not a learning disability. There is no reason why the majority of deaf children should achieve any less than hearing children.
· Deaf children are at far higher risk of developing mental illness than their hearing peers.
· Deaf children need to be able to communicate effectively, access information and influence the world around them by any appropriate method whether through sign language, oral communication or a combination of approaches.