Look, Smile, Chat

Hello, my name is Lucy. I’m the Head of Young People’s participation at the National Deaf Children’s Society. I’ve been asked by Scope to tell you about our exciting new campaign called Look, Smile, Chat.

We want to make it easier for deaf teenagers to interact with their hearing classmates and create a sense of common understanding. Look, Smile, Chat aims to ease the social isolation experienced by some deaf teenagers by putting hearing teenagers in the shoes of their deaf classmates and giving them simple steps to make communicating easy.

We’ve created free resources, including short films, lesson plans and posters for professionals working with young people to raise awareness of the challenges facing deaf teenagers and we would love your support to promote them. We’re asking for your help to tell teachers, social workers and other professionals about the campaign and how they can help to improve the lives of the UK’s 45,000 deaf children using our online resources.

For further information and to access the free resources, go to the Look, Smile, Chat website.

by Lucy Read, National Deaf Children’s Society

Talk about employment

Orchard Manor stand

Alex and Marlon from Scope’s Orchard Manor transition service were supported to attend an event called Talk about Employment at St Ives Corn Exchange. This day was designed to bring together young disabled people, their families, employers and support organisations to talk about work experience and employment opportunities and issues in Cambridgeshire.

This event was the second chapter of the multi-agency work that Orchard Manor began with our colleagues in other organisations last year. It followed on from the Choices4U event that Marlon and Alex helped to plan.

Over 120 people attended on the day. Alex was on hand as a ‘role model’ for some of the 60 young people who attended, ably supported by Marlon. Alex was able to demonstrate his alternative CV, a Powerpoint that includes short films of him doing voluntary work on reception and being involved in fundraising. The young people also joined in with building their own brick wall naming all the barriers that exist to gaining meaningful opportunities, experiences and employment.