Campaign boost for deaf children

The National Deaf Children Society (NDCS) is stepping up its ‘Parent to Parent’ campaign with the launch of a CD-Rom aimed at parents who are having difficulties raising deaf children.

The CD-Rom, which will be distributed to 5,000 parents and available free of charge from April, is part of a three-year scheme. Mothers and fathers who have already raised a deaf child will offer advice on how to deal with

issues such as warning children of danger and helping them mix with others.

NDCS embarked on the campaign following a report published last June which found that although 35,000 children in the UK had severe hearing loss, there was no source of information in the UK or internationally on bringing up deaf children.

Social services, the NHS and schools will be targeted with information about the CD-Rom so that parents who may be geographically isolated or find it difficult to meet with other parents will have access to the advice.

Developed by E3 Media, the multimedia CD features filmed interviews.

As part of the campaign, the charity is also running a telephone ‘peer support’ service and parenting training days to enable parents who have particular needs to learn from other parents in similar situations.

It welcomes support from other charities for parents of disabled children.

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