Funded Item | Deaf Awareness Week

07 May 2019

DTD Charity is marking Deaf Awareness Week, 6th-12th May. Previously we have been able to help Isla who was born profoundly deaf. She has bilateral cochlear implants which allows her to attend mainstream school, however she was not going to be allowed to join her classmates for swimming lessons as her implants can not be used in water.  We were able to help with the purchase of a water tight system and Isla’s mum wrote to say, “Isla had her first swimming lesson with school yesterday and her teacher reported back that she coped really well. Isla told me she really enjoyed it too, despite being very anxious about it the night before.  Isla has also been wearing her new kit in the bath and shower, a time of day which used to be quite difficult due to Isla getting frustrated by feeling isolated, as she bathed in complete silence, and much prefers to listen than lip read or sign. The experience of the sound of the shower water running over her for the first time, something we take for granted and probably completely ignore, put a huge smile on her little face. We as a family will always be truly grateful.”

Deaf Awareness Week