Archive for category: DPDC News

Storytelling and Music sessions for 0-4 years old (BSL Session)

Date: 10 May at 11:30AM

Venue: Royal Albert Hall

Seasoned storytellers Paul Rubinstein, Olivia Armstrong and Becky Dixon deliver a series of sessions for babies and toddlers, aiming to engage and encourage interaction between parents/carers and their little ones using musical instruments, singing, movement and stories.

We will be running a BSL signed session for deaf and hearing-impaired children on 10 May at 11.30am. Book tickets on 020 7589 8212 or online using your promo code.

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Swishwiffling signed stories at the Roald Dahl Museum – Saturday 12th March

Swishwiffling signed stories at the Roald Dahl Museum. For all ages, deaf and hearing visitors: come and enjoy BSL signed talks about Roald Dahl’s life and stories, and signed storytelling from Revolting Rhymes throughout the day.

Saturday 12th March
11.00am to 1.30pm
The Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden

Signed talks at 11.00am, 12.00pm and 1.00pm.
Signed storytelling at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm

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Appeal for drawings by DPDC kids for the 3D Derby Deaf Drama ‘Cinderella’s Last Ball’ Programme!

As we all know, sadly this years ‘Cinderella’s Last Ball’ production is 3D Derby Deaf Drama’s last show since it was set up in 2002.  Janeene Streather – Chairperson of 3D Derby Deaf Drama would like to commemorate the special relationship 3D Derby Deaf Drama have enjoyed with the DPDC children over the last five years – by printing drawings of Cinderella done by DPDC kids in the programme – such a lovely idea!It is not a competition, all drawings will appear in the programme.  This would be a fantastic surprise for those kids who have tickets for the show, to see their drawing in the programme on the special day. It’ll also be a lovely keepsake to look back on and remember the visits to the shows over the years!What to do: Scan and email your kids drawings of Cinderella (on A4 white paper) to Lulu at before 31st October!

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Appeal for donations!

We are looking for financial support to enable our group to continue to grow and organise more events for deaf children of deaf parents. 

Deaf Parents Deaf Children (DPDC) is a group for deaf parents with deaf children from all over the UK.  We are a voluntarily run group with aspirations to become a registered charity and in turn, grow to support more parents and help influence policy makers in order to achieve the best life outcomes for all deaf children. Events organised by us allow deaf children from throughout the UK to meet other deaf children from similar deaf backgrounds and to use British Sign Language together as their natural language.

Deaf parents have limited access to resources and information about deaf children as the majority of today’s organisations and events are designed for hearing parents of deaf children. 95% of deaf children are born to hearing parents, so there is a desperate need for more events around the country for this minority group.  Workshops for deaf parents give them the opportunity to discuss issues relating to being a parent of a deaf child with other deaf parents.

Discussions at our workshops have always centred around the best interests of the deaf child – how best to educate a deaf child, schooling options, SEN statements and how to deal with audiologists, funding for interpreters for kids after-school clubs and parent evening meetings are all examples.  Any financial support you can give will allow us to organise and fund more workshops around the country to reach out and support more deaf children.

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Monthly Deaf Tennis for kids at the Nottingham Tennis Centre! (New dates)


Monthly Deaf tennis sessions at the Nottingham Tennis Centre in partnership with Nottingham City and Activeace.

Session dates are 11.00am – 1pm for just £5.50 on these dates:

Saturday 26th September 2015 
Saturday 24th October 2015       
Saturday 14th November 2015   
Saturday 5th December 2015

Please email for more information.

Venue address: Nottingham Tennis Centre, University Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2QH

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3D Derby Deaf Drama: Cinderella’s Last Ball – Saturday 5th December at 3pm

3D Derby Deaf Drama return to Déda with another magical Christmas show for families.  Join 3D Theatre Company as they re-tell the classic fairytale of Cinderella; With lots of laughter, singing and dancing for all the family to enjoy.  Previous productions have all been a HUGE hit with Deaf Parents Deaf Children families – we can’t wait to watch Cinderella’s Last Ball!
There are four performances – it is recommended that Deaf Parents Deaf Children families buy tickets for the Saturday 6th December performance at 3pm – so deaf children can enjoy the show and make new friends from around the country!  Don’t miss out, tickets are £7!


Address: Déda, Chapel Street, Derby, DE1 3GU

Saturday 5th: 3pm & 7pm; Sunday 6th:12pm & 3pm

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Your VOTE is needed! Support Signature who’ve developed a GCSE in ‎BSL‬ to be part of the national curriculum!

Tens of thousands of people in the UK can’t get access in their own language to things most of us take for granted. They are deaf people whose only or main language is British Sign Language (BSL). Signature want to ensure more people, deaf and hearing, learn BSL. Signature have developed a GCSE in BSL to be part of the national curriculum. Teaching BSL in schools is not only essential for a more inclusive environment for deaf learners, it has also shown to have a powerful impact on literacy. Signature know there are young people who want to study it and schools that want to offer it but need help to get the message out to more people. Winning Pitch to Rich will mean Signature can do that. That means more people taking qualifications, more interpreters and deaf awareness. And, ultimately more people fully taking part in everything the UK has to offer. The learners of today will take their BSL skills with them when they become nurses, entrepreneurs, athletes, civil servants, politicians, teachers, volunteers…

Deaf people tend to achieve less in education than their hearing peers. Their employment prospects are not as good and it is harder from them to enjoy sport, film and theatre, due to communication issues. GCSEs are well recognised; a GCSE in BSL will be transformative in terms of recognition and understanding of the language, as well as the ability to use it. Signature is the only business developing this product and with 30 years’ experience of developing qualifications, and are well prepared to produce a GCSE fit for purpose. Signature have done the ground work and will enter the secondary education market for the first time. Signature started campaigning and gathering intelligence five years ago and have started to gather funding but need more.


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