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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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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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Report on the DPDC Halloween Event in Wolverhampton!

On the Saturday the 27th October Nikki Beech and her staff from Zebra worked very hard to produce a great success of our latest DPDC event, which was sponsored by both Zebra Uno and Remark! Community.

The children’s event was Halloween themed activity day at a lovely venue called Bantock House in Wolverhampton for all the 25 children who attended with the volunteers from Zebra Uno.  The children were greeted by tables with different activities such as making your own ghost puppet, face painting, sticky clay making, drawing scary faces and other ghostly activities.

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Halloween Event – Saturday 27th October – Arts & crafts, BSL storytelling and parents workshop!

Deaf Parents Deaf Children will have FREE Halloween Crafts and Storytelling in BSL for children. Workshops for Deaf parents on topics relating to Deaf children also available.

Activities include: Arts and Crafts, BSL storytelling, Goody bags… and more!
When? Saturday 27th October 2012
Where? Bantock House Museum, Wolverhampton WV3 9LQ
Time? 9.30am – 4.30pm

This event has limited spaces so please request an application form by e-mailing

Places will be decided on a first come first serve basis!

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Report on the first West Midlands regional DPDC get together

The West Midlands Deaf Parents Deaf Children had their first meeting at the Deaf Cultural Centre in Birmingham sponsored by BID Services. 8 families attended and made the afternoon a success.

Parents had the chance to discuss various topics spanning from education and audiological issues to access to after school activities, and plan future events while our children had the opportunity to get to know each other and participate in activities.

Four volunteers helped with the children’s activities which included Wii sports, creating Olympic Torches, storytelling, practising the Olympic Torch Relay and completing Olympic worksheets in preparation for the evening.

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Family weekend in Nottingham


On Saturday 17th September 2011, a total of 43 people came to our third DPDC weekend. 21 deaf mums and dads and 22 deaf children aged from a few months old to eight years old all met up a the National Ice Centre in Nottingham, for a weekend of workshops and fun for all the kids in a completely BSL environment!

After the all the kids were settled into the crèche for a day of painting, fun and games – the parents all took part in a day long workshop. The morning saw parents chair a range of topics which were of great importance and relevance to everyone, such as the Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) which is what can be seen as a passport to a good education for each deaf child, and Inclusion Funding (also called Aiming High) which funds interpreter support for each child at after school clubs/activities – which many of the parents had not heard of before the weekend. After an intensive morning of discussion and debating, all the parents and kids retired to the National Ice Centre cafe for lunch.

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