About Deaf Child Worldwide
Deaf Child Worldwide is the international arm at the National Deaf Children’s Society. We are committed to working with deaf children and young people in South Asia, East Africa and Latin America, focusing on communities where the need is greatest.Download our current strategy. Also available in Spanish.
Our vision is a world without barriers for every deaf child.
There are more than 32 million deaf children worldwide and the majority live in developing countries. Poverty and deafness are often interlinked and deaf children in developing countries face additional challenges:
Deaf children are often diagnosed at a later age and this has implications on the development of their language and communication skills. Early detection of deafness is vital for deaf children to develop the language and communication skills needed for life.
Deaf children are often hidden away and excluded from family and community life which will impede their development. It is important to raise awareness of deafness in local communities so that deaf people can participate fully in society.
Deaf children are less likely to go to school or complete their education and this will have an impact on their future aspirations. It is important that deaf children are supported to access quality education so they have the opportunity to achieve.
Deaf Child Worldwide proactively identifies local partners in-country who are committed to helping deaf children to overcome these challenges, improving opportunities for deaf children and young people so that they can fulfill their potential. We facilitate work that enables deaf children and young people to be fully included in their family, education and community life.
Our projects adopt a holistic approach, working with deaf children and their families, professionals and the wider community, providing activities that range from advocacy and communications to skills training for peer support groups, all aimed at removing barriers for deaf children.
We believe that:
- Deaf children can do anything other children can do, given early diagnosis and the right support from the start.
- Deaf children should be involved in decisions which affect them at as early an age as possible.
- Families are the most important influence on deaf children and young people, and need clear, balanced information to make informed choices.
- Effective language and communication skills lie at the heart of deaf children and young people’s social, emotional and intellectual development.
- Deaf children should be valued by society and have the same opportunities as any other child.
Deaf Child Worldwide's strategy sets out our aims and objectives for 2014 - 2017. For more information, please download our Strategy.
La estrategia detalle nuestros metas y objectivos en los años 2014 -2017. Estrategia 2014-2017
Where we work
Deaf Child Worldwide works with partners in developing countries, facilitating work that enables deaf children and young people to be fully included in their family, education and community life.Find out more
Deaf Child Worldwide relies on the generous support of individuals to be able to continue its work. Please, help us continue this work by making a one-off donation online now