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The Ear Foundation organises international week for deaf teenagers
Deaf teenagers from 10 countries spent a week at St John’s School for the Deaf in Boston Spa, Yorkshire, to share the differences of their cultures and build relationships with peers from overseas who share the same communication challenges
The 35 deaf young people came from England, Wales, Scotland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Finland, Austria, Germany and Norway and The Netherlands. The week was developed to give the young deaf people the chance to meet and make new friends, helped by leaders with a wealth of experience in the area of deafness, from speech and language therapists to audiologists to teachers of the deaf and learning support assistants. All the youngsters were given a change to learn and excel at new challenges, gain knowledge and acquire new skills from a variety of exciting activities and trips.
Lorna Lord, Family Co-ordinator at The Ear Foundation said: “It was amazing to see all the teenagers with different personalities, languages and communication needs naturally work out for themselves the best way of communicating, whether this was talking, texting, signing or smiling.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
• The Ear Foundation provides a bridge between the clinical services where the modern hearing technologies are fitted and home, school and work where they are used. It provides family support and information, a continuing education programme, and carries out peer-reviewed research.
• The Ear Foundation has already started planning this event for next year and St John’s School for the Deaf is already booked for 22 to 27 July 2013.
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