What was the Right for the Future Conference?
On the 3 July lots of professionals came together to hear directly from deaf young people about the support they need to achieve the best possible future.
Liam’s story of the day:
Liam who was a member of the Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB) joined the day to share his experiences of moving to University and getting the right support.
Read about Liam’s experience and how you can make a change:
When I was on YAB I went to different conferences including the Conservative Party Conference. The conferences are great for meeting people, and sharing lots of great ideas.
So when the National Deaf Children’s Society asked me last month if I would like to be part of their Right for the Future conference, I of course said yes!
When I got to the hotel in London, I bumped into Rosie from the National Deaf Children’s Society, who was such a help with the day. Rosie helped me to relax and tell me what was going on.
I had done a few speeches before, but talking to a room full of people – and introducing the Chief Executive of the National Deaf Children’s Society, Susan Daniels, at the start of the day was still quite nerve-wracking. But a couple of practices in a tiny corridor and I was ready. Thanks, Rosie!
So, with a cue card in one hand, I took to the stage and spoke about my time at school.
The main point of my talk was that whilst I had support from teachers, examiners and Teachers of the Deaf, other deaf young people across the UK aren’t so lucky.
Lots of deaf young people still aren’t getting the information and support they need to have the best possible future.
Once that was done there was a quick break (which involved eating quite a few chocolate cookies – oops) after the break I was on a panel with other deaf young people sharing our experiences of support.
I then helped out on a tech workshop talking about the latest tech and apps. I had quite the busy day!
With all this going on, I was lucky to chat to some of the delegates and professionals.
As with any event, it’s really great when you can share your experiences and stories with people who have a clear interest or role to play in the lives of deaf young people.
What is a delegate?
- A delegate is someone who represents a group or a party.
- They go to events like conferences to represent their group.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about speaking to professionals, politicians and others, personal stories can really help to get them to make the changes you want to see.
It was an amazing day for sharing ideas, so thanks to the National Deaf Children’s Society for giving me the platform to share my experiences!
Want to make a difference?
Liam has some ideas how you can get your views heard:
- It’s so important for deaf young people to have a voice and have it heard, as making a noise is the best way to make change.
- If you have a story to share then do, bring it to life with examples of what challenges you’re experiencing and how the situation can be changed.
- It doesn’t have to be at an event, either. It can be writing a blog like this, a YouTube video or a petition.
What is a petition?
- A petition is writing to ask for change, signed by lots of lots of people.
The key thing is:
If there’s government changes or something affecting you which you don’t like (or, there’s plans to get new support for deaf people which you LOVE) then let other people know!
By getting your voice out there, you can change people’s minds. The more minds you can change, the bigger the difference you can make to help improve the lives of deaf young people.