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Bowood House – Saturday 9th July 2016 – Save the date!

On Saturday 9th July 2016, Deaf Parents Deaf Children are hosting another fun day out for all DPDC families at the Bowood House and Adventure Playground in Wiltshire. Don’t miss out and save the date!

Hidden in the rolling hills of Wiltshire, the Bowood estate boasts one of the best adventure playgrounds in the country. A life-size pirate ship complete with rigging and a crows nest as well as a ‘space dive’ which featured giant slides aptly called the ‘slide of death’, chutes, trampolines and high-level rope walks.

Times: The venue opens at 11am and closes at 6pm.
Address: Bowood House and Gardens, Calne, Wiltshire SN11 0LZ.

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Another amazing day at Bowood House!

On Saturday 11th of July Deaf Parents Deaf Children returned to Bowood for the third time, and what a fantastic day it was! Hidden in the rolling hills of Wiltshire, the Bowood estate boasts one of the best adventure playgrounds in the country. A life-size pirate ship complete with rigging and a crows nest as well as a ‘space dive’ which featured giant slides aptly called the ‘slide of death’, chutes, trampolines and high-level rope walks. The kids were let loose while the parents caught up on the latest news and got acquainted with new friends.  Once everyone arrived and settled into the fantastic surroundings, all the parents and kids gathered into one big circle and introduced themselves to each other.

After lunch we all had a big game of toilet tag, followed by rounders outside Bowood house. We then all went for a lovely walk by the glorious lake and visited the caves, which were quite spooky – needless to say the kids loved walking into pitch darkness! We all came out to a view of a beautiful waterfall.  This year all the kids bravely paddled out into the stream and climbed the rocks next to the waterfall.

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The right of the deaf child to grow up bilingual – SLFirst Magazine

The SLFirst Deaf Magazine​ has this week covered the work of Francois Grosjean on the right of the deaf child to grow up bilingual. This is an article that should be made mandatory reading for all and especially new parents of deaf children, audiologists and anyone in power. More needs to be done to provide sign language training for new parents, carers and families of deaf babies.

An extract from the article “What is the role of sign language? Sign language must be the first language (or one of the first two languages) acquired by children who have a severe hearing loss. It is a natural, full-fledged language that ensures full and complete communication. Unlike an oral language, it allows the young deaf child and his/her parents to communicate early, and fully, on the condition that they acquire it quickly. Sign language will play an important role in the deaf child’s cognitive and social development and it will help him/her acquire knowledge about the world.”

Full article here: SL First Deaf Magazine

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DPDC Camping 2015 at Ashbourne Heights – Please register your interest ASAP!

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Let us know by 8th December if your family are interested! Email:

Campsite will hold pitches for us before Xmas. Campsite would also require a £30 deposit per family to secure your pitch. We will be in touch again after 8th December for the deposit and details when we know how many families are interested.

Ashbourne Heights:

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Deaf Tennis! Adult and Junior Coaching Clinic and Fun Tennis Tournament – Saturday 3rd May

The Tennis Foundation will be running an adult and junior coaching clinic and fun tournament at Gosling along-side the National Deaf Tennis Championships on Sat 3rd May. 
This is a taster session where adults and juniors can come and play and have some coaching by experienced LTA licensed coaches who are trained to coach deaf players.  More information about this event and how to sign up can be found here. Places are limited so please sign up quickly if you would like to attend – please email

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A list of all the Deaf Parents Deaf Children workshop discussions.

At the most recent Deaf Parents Deaf Children workshop in Derby, all the parents discussed and debated issues relating to being a parent of a deaf child.  All the parents present were invited to put forward a list of topics or questions that they wanted to discuss with the rest of the group. We have listed all the discussions from the workshop to allow the conversation to continue online. If you have further advice, questions, resources or information we would love it if you could share this with us in the comments section beneath the discussions. Thanks!

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Sciencetastic! Family Discovery Day – March 1st

When: Sat 1 Mar 2014, 12.00 -16.00
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre – British Library
Price: Free

This really is a huge day of FREE and fabulous science activities. Make, see, touch, sign, experiment, watch and laugh. This event is fully accessible for families with deaf children and parents, but all families are welcome.

In our big day of science, we are delighted to welcome scientists from the Science Museum, skeletons from the Grant Museum and artists from the October Gallery. That’s not all, mathematicians, musicians and storytellers will also be there to take you on an interactive scientific voyage of exploration, amazement and wonder!

The event is run in association with Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children and Camden Family Learning.

Suitable for children age 3 and upwards, but all welcome.

For more information email

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DPDC Discussions: SEN Statements and dealing with your Local Education Authority (LEA)

Question: A family explained that they were planning  to move south, they wanted to get the statement for their 3 ½ year old child agreed first before moving but it was turned down so they need to appeal.

The family explained that they want to send their child to a deaf school in borough ‘A’, but the house prices in borough ‘A’ are too expensive. Living in borough ‘A’ would ensure a straightforward process with the statement because the deaf school is in the same borough.

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