NDCS Deaf Services

Specialist education support services for children with hearing impairment: Advice for commissioners
Introduction
This guide is for directors of children’s services and other local decision-makers in England. It is designed to:

  • give you information and advice about the importance of specialist education or hearing support services for deaf children so you can help to make sure that deaf children in your area get the right education support
  • remind you of the issues and legal requirements that need to be taken into account when proposing any changes to these vital services or in carrying out any local strategic reviews
  • correct some common myths and misunderstandings about deafness.
  • In this factsheet, we use the term deaf children to refer to all children and young people aged 0 to 25 with any level of hearing loss or ‘impairment’. We use the word ‘parent’ to refer to all parents and carers of children.

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