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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!

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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Gosling Sports Park Deaf Tennis Sessions for kids is now weekly!

Gosling Sports Park Deaf Tennis SquadThe monthly Gosling Sports Park Deaf Tennis Sessions for kids are now run every Saturday from 11.00-12.00 (in term times) for all deaf kids aged 3-14.  No need to book – just turn up!

All kids are put into groups according to age and ability. Please ensure all kids are changed in comfortable clothes and sports trainers ready to start at 10am.

These sessions were kick started by Deaf Parents Deaf Children, in partnership with the British Deaf Tennis Association (BDTA), and the Gosling Tennis Centre.  The Gosling Tennis Centre now run these sessions. If you want more information please get in touch with

Address: Gosling Sports Park, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6XE
Venue website:

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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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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.

Bowood Website:


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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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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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