Links for Parents

Opportunities for deaf and hearing-impaired children and young people

Are you READY?

Help support future generations of deaf young people

Are you aged 15-19?

NDCS has 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.



NDCS activities

Supporting parents to achieve the best outcomes for their children. The first sessions start on the 12th, 19th and 26th November 7-8.30pm.Families can book on here

New Raising a Deaf Child sessions here

Family Sign Language and availability will be limited.

Parents as partner – Find out how to become part of your local Children’s Hearing Services Group (CHSWG) and improve services for deaf children.


Take part in research studies

University of York

A project led by the University of York is currently surveying parents of children with SLCN (Speech, Language and Communication Needs) regarding their experiences of mental health support for their children. They know that children receiving support for mental health problems are more likely to have SLCN, but they do not know how these needs affect the support children receive. For more information follow these links


City, University of London

Martina Curtin, a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and Clinical Doctorate Research Fellow is looking for hearing parents to join her parent involvement group. Martina is developing a new observational assessment tool that will help to evaluate parent-child interaction in deafness.

For more information watch this video link ( and contact Martina via:


University of Reading

Emily Wright, a PhD student at the University of Reading, is seeking input from deaf children for her online research study that will focus on the development of language and cognition in deaf children.

Emily explains “The PhD research project has been approved by the University of Reading’s Research Ethics Committee and is being funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). More information about my research project can be found here:

I am recruiting deaf children for my online project, both those who speak only English and those who use two or three spoken languages, with English as an Additional Language (EAL). Children who use BSL in addition to spoken language(s) are also welcome to take part.” For further information please do contact Emily via

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