What is the YAB?
The Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB) tells the National Deaf Children’s Society what’s important to deaf young people. They are a bit like our advisors!
The Board is made up of 16 deaf young people from across the UK. The members are aged between 13-17, have varying levels of deafness and communicate in different ways. Some of them use speech, some use British Sign Language (BSL) and some use a mix of both.
What does the YAB do?
The YAB meet up in different parts of the UK sharing their views and experiences. They receive training on lots of different things and then take part in cool opportunities.
Some of them have visited schools to raise awareness and act as positive deaf role models. Some have met Members of Parliament (MPs) or local decision makers to make sure that people in power know how best to support deaf young people.
They are also working on exciting campaigns like the Right to Sign which was really exciting! Find out more here.
They’re always helping NDCS too. They’ve shared their ideas to improve our website and helped create our new brand for young people.
It’s not all hard work! They get to have a lot of fun too and make really good friends.
Want more information?
If you’re interested in the YAB or have some questions, just send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll get back to you. Plus look out for all the things our new YAB members will be doing in the future!