DeafKidz International offer our heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family on the sad news of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. We respect and admire her dedication, particularly to all the charities she supported, during her seventy year reign.

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Sign up to the XRAI Glass Pilot Scheme!

Today, Friday 29th July 2022, XRAI Glass have launched the public preview of its revolutionary technology. XRAI Glass is a pioneering software product with a mission to enrich conversation for millions of people around the world who are deaf or experience hearing loss.

Users wearing phone-tethered augmented reality (AR) smart glasses will be able to read speech in real-time through closed captioning. The XRAI Glass software converts audio into a subtitled version of conversation which will then appear on the user’s glasses screen. The software’s sophisticated voice recognition capabilities can identify who’s speaking and will soon have the power to translate languages, voice tones, accents, and pitch.

Our Founder and Chair, Steve Crump OBE, was in their office this week testing a pair of the glasses and said:

“As a profoundly deaf person myself, I was blown away by this technology. When I tried on the glasses, I was astonished – real time subtitles that enable you to engage and participate as never before. I see XRAI Glass as a hugely positive force, and I can’t wait to work with the team to help bring this to life.”

If you think you would benefit from using XRAI Glass and are interested in taking part in the trial period, sign up to take part at https://xrai.glass

The glasses will be available online to purchase by EE network customers for an upfront cost of £10 then £35 per month for 11 months or at EE stores nationwide for non-EE customers for £399.99. There will be no cost for the software during the public preview and the price following the public preview will be based on feedback from pilot user.

If you have any questions about getting involved in the pilot scheme, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at info@deafkidzinternational.org

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A person holds a pair of XRAI Glass glasses, showing live closed captioning

Congratulations to our Founder & Chair, Steve Crump, on his OBE

It is our incredible honour and privilege to share the news that our Founder and Chair, Steve Crump, has been appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2022.

This award on the Overseas and International List recognises Steve’s services to the global safeguarding and protection of deaf children as Founder and Chair of DeafKidz International. As an experienced CEO and manager, Steve currently works in Brighton as the Interim Director of Charities & Voluntary Services, for the University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.

It was whilst serving as a board member of War Child UK that Steve learnt of the appalling abuse and exploitation of deaf children, especially in conflict-affected areas of sub- Saharan Africa, which – while pervasive and prevalent – was largely ignored by international organisations and the wider child protection community. Resolving to address this injustice, Steve founded DeafKidz International in 2013, which is today, emerging as the global leader for the safeguarding and protection of deaf children. Over the years, Steve has worked relentlessly to ensure that deaf children and young people are able to live safely and without fear of stigma, discrimination and abuse in their communication mode of choice.

Reacting to his award, Steve said, “’I was surprised and stunned in equal measure to be awarded an OBE. This honour is very much a team award and one that recognises the tireless work of our trustee, staff and partner teams as we work to ensure, globally, that deaf children and young people are safe from abuse and exploitation. In just nine years, DeafKidz International has come a long way but there is much more to do – and so in our tenth anniversary year in 2023, we will be looking to redouble our efforts. To ensure no deaf child is left behind.”

Rt Hon Lord Bruce of Bennachie, Honorary President and Ambassador of DeafKidz International, said, “Since I first met Steve, I have been amazed at his energy and commitment. He has built DeafKidz International into an amazing force for good for deaf people in situations where they are ignored or, worse still, persecuted. They are so lucky to have a champion in Steve by their side. This award is a fitting tribute to his work to date – and there is much more to come.”

“We are so proud of Steve for this very well-deserved recognition of his commitment to the safeguarding and protection of deaf children. Steve is the life force behind DeafKidz International and his drive and dedication inspires us every day. While this is a personal honour for Steve, we at DeafKidz International feel seen and acknowledged by this award and it spurs us on to continue our work to ensure deaf children can live safely and enjoy their rights fully in an inclusive world”, said Kavita Prasad, Chief Executive Officer of DeafKidz International.

Liz Avital, the Vice-Chair of DeafKidz International, said, “On behalf of the Board of DeafKidz International, I would like to congratulate Steve Crump on the enormous achievement and honour of being awarded an OBE. This is the truest reflection of Steve’s determination and tenacity to act upon his belief that deaf children, young people and adults should be protected from abuse and exploitation. Over the past 10 years, Steve has worked relentlessly, juggling the demands of his work and career with the often-competing demands of starting a new charity, a testament to him but also to his family, who have supported him throughout. Steve is a man on a mission, a tireless force of nature, always looking for the next opportunity for DeafKidz to reach even more people. Huge congratulations, and here’s to the next 10 years.”

While a lot has been done, there is still a long way to go to ensure deaf children everywhere are safe and protected from harm. We are certain that this award will drive Steve to further advance the work of DeafKidz International and keep going, until we have realised our vision of a world, where deaf children are able to live safely, without the fear of abuse and exploitation.

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Watch this space for news on our upcoming challenge events. If you are interested in taking part in a running or cycling event or already have your own place and would like to fundraise for DeafKidz please contact us at info@deafkidzinternational.org

SUPPORT OUR UKRAINE APPEAL: NO DEAF CHILD LEFT BEHIND

Millions have fled Ukraine to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. We need your support to respond to the urgent needs of deaf refugees.

Over 3 million Ukrainians – and rising – have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are 1.5 million children, who are now refugees. 1 in 70 of these are likely to be deaf children, already at greater risk of abuse and exploitation and largely excluded from access to essential services.

Your donations will help ensure that humanitarian action effectively INCLUDES deaf refugees and PROTECTS deaf children from harm

Please donate today and together we can ensure no deaf child is left behind.

DONATE NOW to DeafKidz Appeal for Ukrainian Refugees

Why we need your urgent help

Over 3 million Ukrainians – and rising – have fled to neighbouring countries due to the Russian invasion, since 24 February. While the exact numbers of deaf children are not yet known, we estimate that at least 22,500 of the currently 1.5 million child refugees are deaf children.

DeafKidz International is dedicated to the safeguarding and protection of deaf children. We need your support to respond to the needs of deaf children and their families who are now seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, uprooted from their lives and forced to flee their homes.

Children often bear the worst toll of war and deaf children even more so, already at greater risk of abuse and exploitation and largely excluded from essential services such as protection, health and education.

We are currently reaching out to our network of international and local organisations to get an urgent understanding of the situation and mobilise collaboratively to ensure that deaf refugees are central to this humanitarian response.

We will be deploying a team of experts to countries neighbouring Ukraine to assess the needs of deaf refugees, particularly deaf children, ascertain the gaps and barriers and respond meaningfully to their needs, with a view to ensuring their full and equal inclusion in the humanitarian response.

With more refugees expected, we need your support to ensure that humanitarian action effectively INCLUDES deaf refugees and PROTECTS deaf children from harm.

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Support our DeafKidz Christmas Appeal

This Christmas, please light up our DeafKidz Christmas Tree to raise funds for our global projects ensuring the safety and protection of deaf children.

As we end another year navigating the challenges of the global coronavirus pandemic, now more than ever we must focus our attention on marginalised groups who are at danger of being left behind as the world moves on.

As resources inevitably become more scarce through recovery from COVID-19, and ever harder decisions need to be made around how to provide support to those who need it most, we need to think actively and consciously about the groups of people who may not have the voice to secure the resources or make their needs heard.

Deafness is the third largest disability globally with 466 million deaf people worldwide. Deaf children are three times more likely to be abused than hearing children. Due to the lack of deaf awareness and resources, deaf children face barriers to accessing services and support in so many settings: teachers; social workers; police; medical professionals; and many more. They are unable to communicate effectively with deaf children so their needs are not met.

DeafKidz International addresses the vital gaps in these safeguarding and protection needs, reducing the risk of abuse through education and safeguarding projects, empowering deaf children to protect themselves, and the adults around them to provide protection.

This year, please make a donation to support our life-changing work. Why not swap your Secret Santa present for a thoughtful gift supporting deaf children instead? You can make a gift in your colleague, friends or families name, leave a special message and they will be sent an e-card to see your kind present!

Your support means so much to us – together we can ensure no deaf child is left behind this Christmas. Thank you.

Support our Christmas appeal now!

ACTION DEAFNESS AND DEAFKIDZ INTERNATIONAL SIGN MOU AGREEMENT

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Action Deafness (AD) and DeafKidz International (DKI) expresses a broadly agreed intention to continue working together and signals both organisations’ firm commitment to build upon their existing working relationship and close collaborative ties.

This latest MoU partnership aims to jointly create opportunities in reaching fresh stakeholder audiences, utilising emerging innovation and possibility whilst benefiting the services and programmes that both organisations deliver.

Craig Crowley, Chief Executive of Action Deafness, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce this advanced relationship with DeafKidz International. Close collaboration will enable both organisations to share ideas and expertise, generate cutting-edge innovation and ultimately further benefit the stakeholders and beneficiaries that we serve.”

Kavita Prasad, Chief Executive of DeafKidz International, said: “We are thrilled to formalise our close working relationship with Action Deafness through this MoU. This partnership will leverage the expertise, experience and innovation of both organisations and create a joint platform for programmes and services that will safeguard our key constituency – deaf children and youth.”

Action Deafness is the UK’s leading Deaf-led charity providing flagship specialist services in communications interpreting (including a partnership with SignVideo for video relay services), community & care and sensory services. Recognised as an approved provider of NHS Shared Business Services, AD is also CQC-registered and holds ISO quality assurance accreditations alongside Cyber Essentials Plus Certification.

DeafKidz International is a global leader working to ensure that deaf children and young people are able to live safely, without fear of stigma, discrimination and abuse, using their communication mode of choice. With safeguarding at the heart of all its work, DeafKidz International aims to respond comprehensively to the protection, health, wellbeing and access to education needs of deaf children, young people and adults worldwide.

Watch the video announcement in BSL here:

BBC Radio 4 Appeal raises £10,000 and welcome new Global Ambassador Raymond Antrobus

We’re thrilled to announce our BBC Radio 4 Charity Appeal raised over our target of £10,000! Our appeal was live during International Week of Deaf People in September 2021 and was presented by poet and activist Raymond Antrobus. Since presenting our appeal, we are also thrilled to announce Raymond has joined our team of Global Ambassadors!

We would like to convey a massive thank you to everyone who listened, watched, shared and donated. The money raised will go towards our international programmes supporting and empowering deaf children and young people.

Watch the video below from our new Ambassador Raymond announcing the money raised from our BBC Radio 4 appeal:

BBC Radio 4 Appeal

BBC Radio 4 appeal

Sunday 19th – Saturday 25th September 2021

 

We were delighted to feature on as the BBC Radio 4 appeal BBC Radio 4 Charity Appeal during International Week of Deaf People 2021 between 19th to 25th September 2021

Poet, educator and activist, Raymond Antrobus presented our appeal, and told the story of Tayyaba from India, one of the many deaf children and young people being supported by DeafKidz International’s global projects. Our appeal broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 19th September at 7.54am and 9.25pm and on Thursday 23rd September at 3.27pm (on International Day of Sign Languages)

Thank you to everyone who shared and supported our R4 appeal. Your donations will make a huge difference to our small charity and will ensure more deaf children like Tayyaba can access our programmes and the support they need to live safely, without the fear of abuse and exploitation.

If you missed our appeal, unfortunately it’s too late to donate to our R4 appeal through BBC Radio 4’s website, you can still listen to our appeal or watch in British Sign Language on the BBC webpage (grey button below), however you can still support us and donate directly to our Just Giving page:

 

Listen to our BBC R4 appeal or watch in British Sign Language (BSL)


Our BBC Radio 4 Appeal Story – Tayyaba

For thousands of deaf children, like Tayyaba, school provides a sense of belonging and a safe space alongside their deaf peers. However, the closure of schools during Covid-19 lockdowns left deaf children feeling lonely and isolated, often locked down with families who do not know sign language and are unable to communicate and interact with them.

This is why DeafKidz International, partnering with local NGO, Slum Soccer, stepped in to help Tayyaba during this time with our DeafKidz Goal programme, which provides important life skills training to deaf children, delivered in Indian Sign Language by deaf football coaches.

 

Our BBC Radio 4 Appeal Presenter – Raymond Antrobus

Raymond Antrobus FRSL is a poet, educator, writer and activist who has been performing poetry since 2007. He was born deaf to an English mother and Jamaican father in Hackney, London. His work is recognised internationally and he has received multiple awards including the Ted Hughes Award and the Rathbone Folio Prize. Raymond is passionate about the rights of deaf people and helping young deaf people to access their own needs, education and community.

Listen here as Raymond tells us why he supports DeafKidz International.


Help change the lives of more deaf children like Tayyaba

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You’re On Mute! – Join our campaign

For a year we’ve been living differently, spending hours on video calls, each with their own problems.
Like when someone tries to speak, and they’re on mute. Everyone shouting “You’re on mute!” … frustrating isn’t it?

But imagine being a deaf child in a developing country. Where no one knows sign language, or even thinks you can communicate.
Imagine your whole community on mute.
Unlike you, deaf children can’t just click on a button to make communication happen.

So this Deaf Awareness Week, Please UNMUTE for DeafKidz International.
So we can work to remove communication barriers,
Make things safer for deaf children
Without fear of stigma, discrimination and abuse
And empower deaf children to succeed.

Read more here

Reaching out to deaf survivors of abuse

Dear all

The historic abuse of deaf children has long been a concern for all of us working at DeafKidz International. As a charity, we exist to work towards a world where deaf children are able to live safely and without fear of abuse and exploitation. We believe a big part of that is shining a light on the wrongdoings of the past so that there is far bigger awareness of the issues faced by deaf children.

To this end, we are working with internationally-acclaimed filmmakers producing a feature film on deaf people’s experience of abuse. We believe that by supporting this initiative, and ensuring it is authentic, we can take a huge step forward in raising awareness of these issues.

We are calling on the deaf community to tell their stories. Are you a deaf woman or man in the UK who experienced abuse as a child? Are you willing to share your experience and contribute to shining a light on this long-ignored issue?

If you are, we would love to hear from you – please email us at contactus@deafkidzinternational.org today. Everything you say will be treated confidentially.

We would be grateful if you could share this among your contacts and networks in the UK.

It is time that as a community we all started talking about the elephant in the room: the awful, unacceptable and truly heart-breaking abuse faced by deaf children past and present. We will drive the change needed to ensure that the deaf children of tomorrow can live in a better, safer world.

Together, we will be heard.

Best regards,


Steve Crump
Founder and Chair
DeafKidz International

If you are a deaf person currently at risk and need urgent help, please use one of these services: contact UK Relay by dialling 18000 through the app or from a textphone OR contact 999 by SMS text (must register first by texting ‘register’ to 999) OR voice call 999

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