At DeafKidz International, as the global leader working to ensure the safeguarding and protection of D/deaf children, we’re committed to ensuring all D/deaf children are protected from stigma, discrimination, abuse and exploitation… During our short existence, we’ve done just that in South Africa, Jamaica, Pakistan, Iraq and more… In Jamaica alone, more than 3000 D/deaf children and their parents accessed our Comic Relief Child Protection programme… And in Pakistan now, we’re screening more than 10,000 newborns, infants and children for D/deafness… All those identified as D/deaf will be placed on a bespoke pathway of protection, communication skills development, ear and hearing care… Through all our work and with partners such as Islamic Relief Worldwide, DFID, the Oak Foundation, Laureus Sport for Good and the British Council we’re working tirelessly to enable D/deaf children – and particularly D/deaf girls – to live their lives safely and without fear.
As we gear up for the next three years of our development – which we’re calling our ‘Blitzscaling’ phase after Hoffman and Yeh’s seminal work! – we’re partnering with one of the world’s leading independent video game developers, Litmus Games, and with our good friends Every 1 Mobile, the global leaders for digital inclusion, to design and deliver state of the art digital resources that will enable D/deaf children to acquire safe behaviours and, thereby, reduce their risk and vulnerability to abuse… In addition, digital resources that will enable the professionals supporting the victims and survivors of abuse – health-workers, police officers, teachers, social workers – to afford timely and appropriate care in the communication mode of choice… This all being aimed at creating a digital, inclusive and accessible capability that will persist for the long term, whilst being able to adapt to change or demand as required or appropriate… Furthermore, the development of a digital resource bank and community of practice that once and for all, ensures no D/deaf child is ever left behind…
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