Useful Resources and Links

Information and resources for school staff and parents in supporting children and young people.

Useful Websites

Vision Impairment

Deaf or Hard of Hearing

  • The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) website has a wealth of resources and advice for deaf children and their families.  They also have their own dedicated YouTube channel which has useful information and advice on a range of topics, including technology. 
  • Action Deaf Youth is based in Belfast and has programmes for play in the early years as well as advice and activities for older deaf young people. 
  • The Cochlear Implanted Children’s Support Group is a voluntary group set up by parents of children who have had cochlear implants.  Their purpose is to support other parents who are considering cochlear implantation for their child as well as parents of children who already have cochlear implants. 
  • Auditory Verbal UK is an organisation that provides a specialist early intervention programme to support a deaf child’s development of speech and language.  
  • Success from the start is the new and revised version of the Early Support Monitoring Protocol for deaf babies and children.  It is an invaluable resource for families of deaf children from birth to three years old and will support you in monitoring your child’s progress. 
  • Information about Deafness and Hearing Loss is a comprehensive document produced as part of the Early Support resource developed by the National Deaf Children’s Society.  The resource is for parents or carers of deaf children/young people and explains in detail what deafness is and the implications as well as advice as your child develops. 

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Contact the Sensory Service

The Sensory Service can be contacted for advice and information specific to children and young people who have, or may have, who are deaf/hard of hearing, have a vision impairment, or who have a multi-sensory impairment.