The NDCS is the only national charity that is dedicated to the support of the UK's 35,000 deaf children and their families. The NDCS also has an international wing that works with deaf children in developing countries.
There are 35,000 deaf children in the UK and three more are born deaf every day. 90% are born to hearing parents with little experience of deafness and deafness makes it harder for children to learn to communicate. 40% of deaf children also have additional needs or disabilities, whilst one in five children gets glue ear which causes temporary deafness.
As the leading provider of impartial information and individual advocacy on every aspect of childhood deafness, the NDCS can help with welfare rights and benefit claims, making education choices, advising on health and audiology and technology, or simply as someone to talk to.
The NDCS campaigns for improvements in services aimed at families with deaf children, working with central and local government, health authorities, education professionals, social services, manufacturers and other voluntary organisations.
Our mission is to remove the barriers to the achievement of deaf children throughout the world
We do this by:
Set up by parents, for parents, in 1944, The NDCS believes that the family is the most important influence on a deaf child's development. The NDCS is the only charity that supports both the deaf child and their family.
The NDCS activities include: