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Young Campaigners visit parliament!

In July, the Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB) went to the Stolen Futures event outside parliament! They spoke to MPs about the challenges faced by deaf young people!

Find out more about the event and how you can get your voice heard.

What is Stolen Futures?

  • This year, over one-third of councils in England are cutting funding for deaf children’s support at schools by £4 million!
  • This means things like Teachers of the Deaf and radio aids are being cut in different areas, which deaf young people need for support at school!
  • In July we met with MPs to find out about the effect of cuts on deaf children and young people.
  • We hosted an event on our Roadshow bus, outside the Houses of Parliament to tell MPs about the effect these cuts have on young people.

See Jovita’s British Sign Language (BSL) vlog about what she thought of the event.

How did we get involved?

In July, Ella, Jovita and Zain, who are members of our YAB went to the Stolen Futures parliamentary event to meet MPs and talk about the challenges deaf young people face in education.

What was the day like?…

Ella, 13 who is severely deaf said:

“The Stolen Futures event was a brilliant opportunity for me to talk to MPs and to voice my opinions on the support I get. Some of the MPs were really good to meet as they were actually interested in my experiences and my opinions.”

“I think I probably enjoyed meeting the education minister the most, it is an opportunity I never would have had were I not deaf which makes me feel a lot more positive about my deafness.”

Zain, 14 who is profoundly deaf said:

“The Stolen Futures event was definitely one of the best experiences I have had, discussing issues I have faced and issues that other deaf children face on a daily basis.”

The best part for me was telling my story to MP’s so they could understand more what it is like to be a deaf young teen right now and what they could potentially do to help, as well as discussing the possibility of a BSL GCSE course being introduced in the future.”

Jovita’s BSL vlog about what she thought of the event.

What do you want for education in the future?

Some of our members of YAB talked about what they want to see in the future.
They spoke about what support they would want in education.

Here’s what they said:

“I would like MPs to make sure that society and employers are inclusive of deaf people as it is an invisible disability and therefore easier to ignore and dismiss.” – Ella

“Having gone from being supported by a Teacher of the Deaf then moving to a council with very little support it has made me appreciate and understand how much this money is needed for other deaf children.” – Zain

Great job guys! We definitely have some great campaigners!

Get involved!

Does this sound interesting to you?
Would you like to have your voice heard? Want to get involved?

If you have any questions about campaigning or want to find out how you can start campaigning, send us an email youngmember@ndcs.org.uk

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