Friday, 17 January 2020

Forced to fund raise to communicate to own child.

Why didn't social services or the school teach the parents it?  It makes no sense to teach a deaf child a language the parents can't follow.

Parents of a toddler who is deaf hope they will finally be able to communicate with her after being forced to fundraise for sign language lessons. Ros and Josh Hannam, from Caldicot, were told after Lola was born that they would have to pay £6,000 for a British Sign Language (BSL) course.

They raised the money but said the situation was "ridiculous". It comes as an independent Welsh Government report found the provision of BSL classes in Wales was "patchy". Another problem highlighted was financial cuts to education, with the government vowing to consider the recommendations.

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There are 2,642 deaf children in Wales and 3,116 pupils with hearing impairments in Welsh schools, according to figures.

Mrs Hannam and husband Josh were shocked to discover how little help there was after Lola was diagnosed. "I couldn't believe that there was nothing available, because it seemed to me such an obvious need," said Mrs Hannam, from Caldicot, Monmouthshire.

They were told it would cost £6,000 to learn BSL and started trying to raise funds. A concert at Newport's Dolman Theatre was one idea they had to bring in the cash. Mrs Hannam added: "The expectation that a family has to raise thousands of pounds to be able to learn a new language just to be able to communicate with their own child is ridiculous."

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