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Deaf Awareness Week 2018

It’s Deaf Awareness Week 2018 and we would like to share with you this photo and a touching story about children and friendship.

In the photo are Maisie and Esme. Almost certainly you can’t tell from this photo that one of them is profoundly deaf and the other is hearing. After all, deafness is invisible.

Maisie and Esme met for the first time at an outing led by Cirencester Deaf Children’s Club. They hit it off instantly, drawn by what they had in common and oblivious to what set them apart. The fact that Maisie uses sign language to communicate, and Esme uses hearing and speech was a source of curiosity and fun, not awkwardness and fear. This beautiful photo says it all: a big hug speaks louder than words.

GDA wants everyone to live more confidently with deafness and hearing loss. When you next come into contact with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing, either in the family or through work, think of Maisie and Esme. If normal conversation is difficult, slow down a little, use gestures to help communication, and above all stay smiling.

Maisie and Esme both belong to Cirencester Deaf Children’s Club, which meets the first Saturday morning of each month. GDA’s work with deaf children and young people also includes one to one support to help older deaf children access mainstream activities.

If you are the parent or carer of a deaf or hard of hearing child, or you run a club or activity which you would like to open up to deaf and hard of hearing children, please get in touch with Gilson Sly at GDA on 01452 372999 or email gilson.sly@gda.org.uk to find out more of what we do.

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