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Bedfordshire Deaf Children's Society was originally set up in the 1950s by a group of parents wanting to support each other.  There are 160 or so families with hearing impaired or deaf children living in Luton and Bedfordshire, and the group aims to support these families by offering advice and equipment, and through organising various fundraising, social and informative events throughout the year.

Contact:  01234 856 955

Text:  07710 420316

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Website:  Bedfordshire Deaf Children's Society http://www.ndcs.org.uk/family_support/support_in_your_area/local_groups/find_a_local_group/east_england/bedfordshire_dcs.html

National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) is a national charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.  NDCS is an organisation of families, parents and carers, providing emotional and practical support.  Services include free membership to parents and carers in the UK, a free phone helpline, free publications, website, support from family officers, an audiologist and technology team, an equipment fund, and the opportunity to borrow equipment.  NDCS can also help with welfare rights and benefit claims, and making education choices.

Contact:  0800 800 8880

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Website:  www.ndcs.co.uk

 

Access Bedford is a small organisation which works with the deaf and hard and hearing community to make Bedford more accessible.  It is set up to:

  • empower the D/deaf community
  • support the D/deaf community to know what is going on
  • involve the D/deaf community in Bedford
  • meet with decision makers so they know about the barriers
  • improve services for and with the D/deaf community
  • create opportunities for and with the D/deaf community

Primary contact:  Suzie Sampson 07810 415956 (text only)

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website:  www.accessbedford.wordpress.com

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Deafblind UK was launched in 1928 by a small group of deafblind people and their carers, to offer mutual support and understanding in the face of conditions they found "unjustifiably cruel and hard".  Today, Deafblind UK is a national charity that is still focused on meeting the specific needs of those with both a hearing and sight loss.  Its Chair and the majority of the Board are deafblind.

Deafblind UK's vision is that people who have a combined sight and hearing loss should have the same rights, access and opportunities as others.

Contact:  0800 132 320

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Website:  www.deafblind.org.uk

 

Action on Hearing Loss provides support for people with hearing loss and tinnitus:

  • provides day-to-day care for people who are deaf and have additional needs;
  • supplies communication services and training;
  • offers practical advice to help people protect their hearing;
  • campaigns to change public policy around hearing loss issues;
  • supports research into an eventual cure for hearing loss and tinnitus.

Contact:  0808 808 0123

Text:  0808 808 9000

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Website: www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk

 

Deaf Support is a voluntary organisation based in Bedfordshire that aims to encourage deaf and hearing people to understand each other.  It aims to:

  • help deaf and hearing people understand each other and spread deaf awareness;
  • encourage and assist deaf people to teach BSL at all levels and develop resources for delivering courses;
  • assist deaf jobseekers to gain equal opportunity to follow the occupation of their choice;
  • enable deaf and hearing people to mix together in local schools, colleges, universities, clubs and in any other establishment in the locality;
  • assist deaf students of all ages to obtain communication support to suit their requirements;
  • put interpreters/communicators and deaf students in touch with each other.

For more information see www.deafsupport.org.uk

 

NatSIP, the National Sensory Impairment Partnership, is a partnership of organisations working together to improve outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment.

The agreed purpose of NatSIP is:

  • to improve educational outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment (SI), closing the gap with their peers, through joint working with all who have an interest in the success of these young people;
  • to help children achieve more and fulfil the potential of children and young people who have SI;
  • to support a well-trained SI workforce responsive to the Government agenda for education;
  • to inform and advise the DfE and other national agencies on the education of children and young people with SI;
  • to promote collaboration between services, schools, professional bodies and voluntary bodies working with children and young people with SI;
  • to promote collaborative working between education, health and social care professionals in the interest of children and young people who have SI

Website:  www.natsip.org.uk

The CBC SEND Parent and Young Person Partnership Service is a statutory service which works at arm's length from the local authority and offers a free confidential support service for parents and carers of children with special educational needs.

The Partnership can offer information, advice, support at meetings with schools and the authority, contact details for local organisations and support groups, and a telephone help line.

Contact them on 0300 300 8088 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Central Bedfordshire Council's Children with Disabilities Team

The Children with Disabilities Team is made up of social workers who work with disabled children and their families.  You can ask for an assessment, however this service is based on assessed needs therefore there is no guarantee of a service being offered.

Their role is to:

- assess the needs of children and families

- offer support, advice and information

- plan a programme of care for children and families where this is needed

- liaise with Health, Education and voluntary organisations to make sure that the help and support offered to families is co-ordinated and appropriate

- provide short-term breaks and long-term care for children and young people when this is needed.

Telephone:  0300 300 8169

 

 

 

 

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