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

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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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DPDC Camping 26-28th August 2016, Derby – spaces left!

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Disappointed about Sign Circle being cancelled? Fear not, there are spaces left to join the Deaf Parents Deaf Children Campers from Friday 26th- Monday 28th August at the Ashbourne Heights Country Park in Derbyshire.

Last year all the DPDC kids had an amazing time cycling, swimming, playing games, going on walks and making new friends. To avoid missing out please book your places NOW!


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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!

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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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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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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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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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DPDC Camping 2015 – Report and photos!

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The Ashbourne Heights Country Park in Derbyshire hosted the first Deaf Parents Deaf Children Camping event over the August bank holiday weekend.  All the kids had an amazing time cycling, swimming, playing games, going on walks and making new friends!  The weekend was such a great success that everyone was in agreement that it should be an annual holiday for everyone.  The kids loved the fact that they could sign to anyone in the big group and had a range of adults and kids to socialise and play with!  This weekend would not have happened had it not been for Helen Phillips and Jason Vessey who organised the event – thank you so much!


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