CHILD Deaf Youth Project

CHILD Deaf Youth Project

Charity information

CHILD Deaf Youth Project

CHILD Deaf Youth Project (CDYP) helps to combat isolation, prejudice and discrimination for over 50 Deaf and hard of hearing children and young people each year in Tees Valley by offering social and educational activities appropriate to their needs. The services of CDYP are unique as there are no other local provisions for Deaf children and young people in the area. We also provide language support to hearing children and young people with severe speech impairments, whose only means of communication is through sign language.

The culture, language and life experience of Deaf children are very different to those of hearing youngsters and, as with other minority groups, prejudice and discrimination occurs. This level of social exclusion can have damaging and long term affects on these children including anxiety, frustration, depression, psychological and social problems. CDYP exists to combat these issues and improve the quality of life for Deaf children.