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DPDC Camping 2017 @ Wowo Campsite – Report!


This year’s camping took place at the at the beautiful and deaf-friendly, families only WOWO Campsite in Uckfield, East Sussex. There were a record 26 kids in total.

It’s a campsite entirely built around creating a special experience for families. DPDC had its own pitch reserved, with all tents circled around a big firepit, meaning we had our own private BSL space.

On Friday all the families set up their tents while the kids explored the wonderful campsite, which has its own woods, a pretty brook running through it and loads of opportunities for climbing, rope swinging and running around making for plenty of imaginary play! The roaring campfires every evening were a big treat for kids and parents alike.

On Saturday morning all the kids got together to celebrate a birthday and enjoyed ‘Sports Day’ themed games. After lunch, all the kids were enrolled in a 4-hour bushcraft workshop, where through a BSL interpreter they learnt survival skills such as how to find food, how to build a shelter, make a fire and find their way home! This was all made possible by a kind grant from the British Deaf Association. Thank you, BDA!


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Give me BSL: A list of where to learn and watch British Sign Language online!

BSL Alphabet

Here is a list curated by Deaf Parents Deaf Children showing you all the recommended places you can learn BSL, watch BSL stories and watch television programmes with BSL online.


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Storytelling with your child (BSL Study)

Do you use BSL as your primary language of communication with your family and have a child aged 30-48 months?

We are looking for participants in a study that involves a child and their parent interacting naturally about different set of toys.

We would prefer if the parents are deaf but everyone is welcome as long as your child is learning BSL as their first language and you communicate with your child using BSL. Your child may be deaf or hearing.

The study has two different parts. In the first part, you and your child will be video recorded while talking about toy objects (sets of animals, foods and kitchen utensils) as you would normally do. You will be talking about one set of objects (6 toys) at a time and in some cases, we will leave the toys with you and in other cases we will take the toys away. This part of the study will not take more than 20-30 minutes.

In the second part of the study, we will ask you to indicate what signs your child knows from a list. We ask you to indicate whether your child understands and/or uses the sign themselves. This part of the study will take no more than 5-10 minutes.

The whole study should not take more than an hour, including the setup.

We would like to carry out the study in your home as we believe this may be more comfortable and convenient.

All data will be collected and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Data will not be associated to your or your child’s personal details (name, date of birth, address) and will be securely stored on a local, password protected server that will only be accessed by research team members.

We will pay you for your time: Payment for the caregiver will be £15 per hour/session, and your child will receive a little gift.

Please do get in touch if you are interested in being involved, and we can book a day and time. We are looking to do this study in July. Please do get in touch with me via email at neil.fox@ucl.ac.uk. If you require more information, I am more than happy to answer any questions.


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CBBC Newsround presented in BSL, for Deaf Awareness week!

Newsround BSL
Deaf Parents Deaf Children were delighted to see the episode of Newsround being presented in BSL this week. Only a shame that it was only for Deaf Awareness week as having a BSL presenter would be beneficial for all children, deaf or hearing to have access to Newsround in BSL as well as English. Especially when children in this country watch this programme regularly in schools. The benefits would be countless – hearing children get to learn another language, it would raise awareness of BSL which is much needed to raise the quality of life for deaf people, deaf children won’t be left out while watching this in school, children who are hearing who use sign language to communicate won’t be left out, having BSL as well as English presented would promote bilingualism.

Access to the news in BSL should be a fundamental right for deaf children who communicate in BSL.   Appropriately qualified and skilled interpreters is not guaranteed in schools across the country, having the news delivered by qualified BSL signers will ensure all deaf children who communicate in BSL have consistent access to the news every day from qualified signers.

Watch it by clicking here:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/36204509


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BSL family sessions at the Horniman Museum on Saturday 7th May

The Horniman Museum are celebrating International Dawn Chorus Day with a number of different events aimed at families on Saturday 7thMay.  Our popular ‘Hands On’ and ‘Art Makers’ family sessions will also be interpreted into BSL on this day to mark the end of Deaf Awareness Week.

Hands On Flying allows families to touch and explore objects from our Natural History collection.  Come along and find out which animals can fly and which can’t  – you may just be surprised! These sessions are free and open to families with children aged 3+, tickets are available from the chalkboard in front of the Information Desk 30 minutes before the start of each session.

Session times:

 11.45 am & 1.00 pm

In our Art Makers sessions, we will be making some Bouncing Birds – you’ll decorate a beautiful bird with folded wings which can bounce up and down on elastic.  These sessions carry a charge of £3 per child. 

Session times:

 1.30 pm & 2.45 pm

More details here:   http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar/date/2016-05-07/interval/0

 


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Deaffest 2016 Full Day Workshop Activities For Children

Deaffest 2016 will be having a comedy theme this year and there will be some super fun activities for children aged 5-8 and 9-11. The full day workshop activities will take place at Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton on Saturday 7th May 2016 from10am to 4pm.

For age 5-8 group, please visit www.deaffest.co.uk/deaffest2016-fulldayworkshop5-8 for information and application form.

For age 9-11 group, please visit www.deaffest.co.uk/deaffest2016-fulldayworkshop9-11 for information and application form.


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Special Children Day at the London Zoo

Date: 7 May-8 May. All day

Venue: ZSL London Zoo, Regents Park, London NW1 4RY

Special Children’s Day is a unique annual event at ZSL London Zoo welcoming children with special needs and their families and friends. With increased specialist facilities and number of staff, as well as special interactive events and discounted entry, the Special Children’s Day is an exciting and exceptional event not to be missed.

Hear the Lions roar at London Zoo


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Under the Sea Family Discovery Day for families of deaf children on Saturday 7th May

Under the Sea Family Discovery Day  for families of deaf children  on Saturday 7th May 2016  from 12pm-4pm in the Clore centre  at the British Museum in London.
Join us for a day of FREE and fabulous activities. Make, look, touch, sign, explore and laugh. This event is fully accessible for families with deaf children and parents, but all families are welcome. In our Under the Sea Family Discovery Day you can explore Museum galleries, take an underwater family selfie in our photo booth, make a piece of treasure to take home and enjoy stories of the sea. All areas of the Museum are fully accessible for buggies and wheelchair users. Bring your own packed lunch to eat in the Family Lunch Room at the Museum. Suitable for all age groups. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. For more information visit: www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on or email: learning@britishmuseum.org
Under Sea Discovery Day Webpage  |  Under Sea Discovery Day Flyer

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