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 0-30 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.



DEX Visit from the Wakefield Mayor

DEX Visit from the Wakefield Mayor

Our next DDYC event will be on Saturday 6th November! We will be having a visit from the Wakefield Mayor. She’ll be telling us all about funding for local deaf services and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions! As usual there will be a free takeaway...

DDYC Event

DDYC Event

Fantastic DDYC event yesterday. Deaf Social Worker Sharon had so much useful information to share with our group. She told us all about deaf sport, her experience with volunteering, campaigning for deaf issues and about accessible equipment for deaf people. The...

Who Are The DDYC?

Who Are The DDYC?

We have created some information all about our DDYC programme. This is for young deaf people between the ages of 17 and 30 living across the whole of Yorkshire. We would be really grateful if you could share the information with anyone you know who might be interested...

DDYC Event on 2nd October

DDYC Event on 2nd October

Our next DDYC event is on 2nd October! Anyone who is deaf, aged between 17 and 30 and living in (or can travel to) Yorkshire is welcome. There will be a presentation from a deaf social worker and you’ll have the chance to sign/ chat/ catch up with other young deaf...

The READY Study (Recording Emerging Adulthood in Deaf Youth)

The READY Study (Recording Emerging Adulthood in Deaf Youth)

READY stands for Recording Emerging Adulthood in Deaf Youth. This is a research study following over 500 young deaf people from a wide variety of backgrounds living in England, Scotland or Wales. Aged at least 16 at the point they join the study, they will be...

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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

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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.

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