|Recent research commissioned for the National Deaf Children’s Society by the University of Manchester revealed that social care and child protection services across England are failing deaf children and their families. As a result, deaf children are more likely to be abused, suffer mental health problems, struggle learning to read and become unemployed.
The study of 57 local authorities suggests that almost two thirds are failing deaf children and their families – with deaf children 3.4 times more likely to be abused and 40% more likely to have mental health problems.
For further information and statistics from the research go to www.teachingtimes.com/articles/deaf-children-failed-by-authorities.htm
|A study by City University London has revealed how Deaf children are being ‘failed by the education system’. The study compared two groups of children aged 10 to 11: one group was Deaf children who communicate orally and have no sign language; the other was hearing children with dyslexia. Researchers say more than half the deaf children they assessed had reading difficulties as severe as the problems faced by hearing dyslexic children.
For more information go to www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-26240043
CEO note from Philip Gerrard
On average, Deaf children leave school with a reading age of 9. NOT GOOD ENOUGH. The education system needs an overhaul. Deaf children can read with the right support.