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

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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: http://www.bowood.org/bowood-house/adventure-playground-and-soft-play-palace/

 


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

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BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND: 28TH AUGUST TO 31ST AUGUST 2015
Let us know by 8th December if your family are interested! Email: phillips.hj@gmail.com

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: http://www.ashbourne-heights.co.uk/

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Report on the DPDC Derby Event!

After an appeal for sponsors, Communication IDZebra UnoLexicon Signstream, The Thorntons Derbyshire Fund and Derbyshire Community FoundationRolls RoyceCommunication PlusArboretum Café, Clarion, ALSI and BSL interpreter Emily Copping all came to the rescue!  The DPDC event which took place on Saturday October 5th at the deaf-led Arboretum Café in Derby thankfully went ahead as planned!

We started off by updating everyone on DPDC’s progress in the last year and then chaired a workshop which gave parents the opportunity discuss a wide range of topics such as techniques on how to read school books to BSL-using kids i.e should you read in a SSE style, discussed phonics at great length with lots of suggestions for different kinds of visual phonics, whether the interpreter in a mainstream school should teach French via French Sign Language or via BSL, the right for deaf children to have music lessons in all types of schools even in a deaf school, secondary school options – the ongoing unease with all the possible options, SEN Statements and how to crack them and lastly your child making hearing friends in mainstream schools and how to make sure children integrate with your deaf child.  The notes from these discussions will be published on our website.


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