Parent Information Day
To run an information day for parents of profoundly deaf children. This will provide much needed information and support enabling parents to help their deaf children to reach their potential and achieve full, happy and independent lives in the hearing world.
November 2011 - November 2011
Children who are so deaf that they need a cochlear implant to access sound are often the only deaf child in their community which can be very isolating and lead to low achievement and social issues. 40% of deaf children have additional needs. It can be hard for families to find the support and advice required to enable them to help their children achieve their full potential and enjoy normal lives in the hearing world, particularly if they are on low income and not able to access resources.
Our information day will give families access to top professionals in the field of cochlear implants as well as speech therapists, teachers of the deaf and an expert special education legal advisor. There will be presentations and workshops allowing parents to learn and ask questions. Cochlear implanted teenagers will attend to share their first hand experience with families of deaf babies and children, and parents will be able to exchange information and ideas with each other.
To empower families whose deaf children have or are being assessed for cochlear implants.
Activities» Provide information to parents through presentations, workshops, exhibition stands and handouts.
» Provide a welcoming venue where parents can meet others facing the same challenges thus enhancing a valuable support network.
Success will be have parents who will leave the event geared with more information, a more positive outlook and confidence than they had when they arrived.
Parents will have gained information and support that they would not have otherwise had. They will take this home and work with their children to help them cope in the hearing world. For instance they may learn techniques to help improve their child's speech or they will learn how to access resources to support their child at school enabling them to learn. Short term outcomes will be collected through evaluation sheets. Long term outcomes are seen in the improved outcomes of deaf children.
Key speakers might drop out at the last minute. We will have workshop leaders with the right expertise to step up. Families may not be able to afford tickets or travel costs. Ticket costs will be kept to a minimum, our venue is centrally located and easily accessible, and assistance will be offered to low income families.
Following the event we can report outcomes based on the evaluation reports. Feedback from the speakers and our Trustees will also be available.
Budget - Project Cost: £4,800Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £3,500 Venue day rate Venue rate per person (100) including technical £800 Admin Postage, stationery, printing of hand-outs and telephone £500 Expenses Speakers and workshop leaders’ expenses
Arlington Arts Centre is in the grounds of Mary Hare School, a specialist school for the deaf in Newbury, with easy motorway and rail access from all over the country. Venue has full sized auditorium, eight break-out rooms and a large area for exhibition stands. It hosts many events for deaf people so already has the equipment needed eg laptops, overhead projectors, screens and automatic subtitling for deaf parents who may attend. We have held previous successful events at this venue.
Families whose children are too deaf to use conventional hearing aids and therefore have to consider cochlear implantation. This disability is low incidence leading to isolation. Families are often of low income and are unable to access resources and information to enable them to maximise their children’s potential communication skills. Parents will gain knowledge on speech development, legal rights and education for the ultimate benefit of their children.
The CICS Group is the only charity in the UK which is run by families for families of deaf children and therefore we understand their needs and challenges. We have successfully held information days in past years which have empowered parents and their deaf children.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Tricia Kemp, Founder And Charity Chairman (Volunteer)
Tricia is founder of CICS and has been an advocate for deaf children for 20 years. Her experience is key in administrating and managing this event.