Author: Jill Jones

DEX Response to Guardian Article

OUR LETTER IN RESPONSE TO THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED 10th January IN THE GUARDIAN: “Your article – Educational support for deaf children “in disarray” 8 January 2018 – reflects the emphasis on the shortage of teachers of deaf children in the 2017 survey in England by the Consortium for Research in Deaf Education (CRIDE). The Deaf Ex-Mainstreamers Group is a deaf-led organisation of users of the deaf education system.  Its findings since 1994 are that all children with hearing loss require British Sign Language (BSL) in addition to hearing aids and cochlear implants for their overall wellbeing. CRIDE reports a...

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Educational support for deaf children in England ‘in complete disarray’

Report shows number of specialist teachers has been cut by 14% but the number of children requiring support is up by 31% Educational support for England’s 45,000 deaf children is “in complete disarray” with a dwindling number of specialist teachers struggling to meet growing demand, according to research. A report by the Consortium for Research into Deaf Education says the number of teachers of the deaf has been cut by 14% in the past seven years, at the same time as a 31% increase in the number of children requiring support. In some areas the situation is so critical there is...

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The Aliko Lu YouTube Channel

Aliko Lu is one of the DDYC members and a Deaf vlogger. Here’s what she has to say about her YouTube channel: “I’m vlogging about my real life and attend to events.  I’m profoundly deaf and use British Sign Language to communicate.  I’m also a makeup artist and do makeup tutorials.” Visit her YouTube channel here. Here is one of Aliko’s...

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Deaf British Girl Makes Oscars Shortlist in Sign Language Film

A profoundly deaf six year-old girl from Swindon is heading for Hollywood after a film she starred in, designed to promote awareness around hearing impairment, was shortlisted for the Oscars. “When we tell Maisie about the message of the film, she simply says of course I can do anything.”  Father, Gilson Sly Maisie Sly plays a deaf girl struggling in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication via sign language, in The Silent Child. The 20-minute short has already won critical acclaim and awards at international film festivals. Read more...

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Channel 4’s Extraordinary Teens Documentary

Mary Hare Deaf school is the last bastion, hanging on grimly, of an era of cruelty to deaf children, as the vast majority of remaining deaf schools now use BSL-medium education. Whilst deaf peers and learning social skills are an important aspect of childhood, not learning about the world outside the deaf school, or giving unrealistic expectations constitutes institutional neglect. There is room for improvement in mainstream education for deaf children, but DEXperience is working hard to improve it by stipulating that : all deaf children attend a resourced mainstream school (with specialist provision); there is a significant group of...

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