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School Councils email copy – Look, Smile, Chat

logoLook, Smile, Chat Simple steps can make a big difference to deaf teenagers

There are 45,000 deaf children in the UK and most go to schools just like yours, where very often they are the only deaf person. Thousands of deaf teenagers have told us that improving other teenagers’ understanding of deafness and ways to communicate is hugely important to them.

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Over the last year deaf young people have created an exciting new campaign, called Look, Smile, Chat. It’s aimed at helping students to understand what it’s like to be a young person who can’t hear well, and how to make communicating easy for everyone.

To help schools to take part, the National Deaf Children’s Society has created free, easy to use resources: Lesson plans for teachers to use Short films that help you understand what it might be like to be deaf Campaign posters to put up in your school

From 1 May all of these will be available to download for free from www.buzz.org.uk/looksmilechat.

Ask your teachers to get involved and help deaf young people at your school or in your community to be part of the conversation.