DDYC – DEX Deaf Youth Council

About DEXperience / DEX Deaf Youth Council

Our service is aimed at deaf children and deaf young people including those with additional needs, aged 0-25 years of age.

We work with Young Lives Wakefield, deaf organisations and Government agencies to facilitate the DEX Deaf Youth Council (DDYC) to provide information and support to parents, children and young people.

Recently we were awarded a £50,000 grant from Heritage Lottery Fund to encourage and empower deaf young people to discover their deaf identity and culture in a fun way.

Read about the Deaf Story Heritage Project

We hold workshops on first Saturdays of each month.  All deaf young people are welcome to come to the workshops.

For this year, DDYC are training deaf young people to use their smartphones in making British Sign Language videos.

DDYC recognises the powerful usage of smartphones for deaf young people in sending comments, compliments and complaints in British Sign Language to statutory authorities.



The DEX Deaf Youth Council (DDYC) Workshop Leeds

The DEX Deaf Youth Council (DDYC) workshop on 9 March was held in Leeds Deaf Society's centre and the topic was "How to book an Interpreter". It was explained how interpreters are funded because of the Equality Act 2010. Followed by designing new projects,...

DEX Deaf Youth Council Live Well Social

A huge turn out for DEX Deaf Youth Council members, with some new, at their Live Well social and activities event on 23 February!NHS funded, the aim is for deaf young people to practice the 5 Ways to Wellbeing - and at least 4 took place on Saturday,...

DDYC Meeting: Wellbeing and the Live Well Project

The DEX Deaf Youth Council (DDYC) met this month to sign about Wellbeing and the Live Well project.There was good attendance, welcoming new members and people who had not been for a long time!Peter Shaw, Deaf consultant, explained the 5 Ways to...

Calderdale Deaf Association DEXperience Project

The Calderdale Deaf Association/ DEXperience project is taking off! Cathy Nassimi-Green and Mickey Fellowes are starting to outreach to find deaf and hard of hearing young people in the Calderdale area, and to work with the Calderdale Deaf Youth Hub. If...

DEX Deaf Youth Council Live Well Project

An exciting workshop on October 20th! DEX Deaf Youth Council has obtained an £8,000 funding from Live Well to do a project for Deaf young people. The aims are to motivate, guide and prompt Deaf young people to 'live well' - be happy, be healthy and be...

DEX Deaf Citizenship and Participation Project

The DEX Deaf Youth Council (DDYC) has finished the ASDAN Citizenship course which was delivered entirely in BSL, as were the assessments. The course developed skills including learning, teamwork and problem solving. There have been monthly workshops and...

Read our Newsletters


22/09/2017 – DDYC My Deaf Story – Issue 3 
10/05/2017 – 3 Days to Go! 
20/04/2017 – DEX Deaf Awareness Day – 13th May 2017 
12/10/2016 – DDYC My Deaf Story – Issue 2
08/05/2016 – DDYC My Deaf Story – Issue 1

Deaf Ex-Mainstreamers’ Group (DEXperience)

We are an entirely deaf-led organisation that exists to raise awareness of the daily struggle that deaf children have in mainstream education.

Every deaf child’s wellbeing matters to us and to you!

DEX uses the English dictionary definition of the word “deaf” to mean “wholly or partially without hearing” to apply to all children who have hearing loss.

DEXperience welcomes everybody, whatever education experience you have. We have adopted ‘DEXperience’ to show that we are inclusive of all.

We are a deaf-led organisation that was set up to support deaf people who are being educated in mainstream education, or who attended mainstream schools. Deaf people who attended Deaf schools want to support this campaign too.