Government Cash to aid plight of deaf
SOUTHPORT hearing services are set to receive a massive boost of funding as part of the governments drive to improve facilities for the deaf.
The announcement earlier this week of an 94 million pound package by Secretary of State for Health Alan Milburn, to provide free digital hearing aids for all deaf people is seen as a step to concur with new national guidelines. The scheme will benefit the whole country and its deaf communities.
A visit by the Royal institute for the Deaf in January to Southport deaf services set out national guidelines for the introduction of hearing aids and audiological systems. The bid subsequently submitted by Southport and Ormskirk NHS trust aims to gain two members of staff and more equipment with an information package to gain further improvement to current services.
Director of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS trust Jean Axon said,
"We want this to happen as soon as possible as it is an exciting development that will have a positive impact on our local residents. We hope to make our initial assessments by the end of May. And then begin to issue the new improved aids possibly six weeks later."
you can help save the Our School?
few weeks we will be doing an in depth report on the shocking
announcement that was made last week.
Birkdale School for
the Hearing Impaired has
been marked for closure. The school
one had 116 pupils, but now only has 25 in it
today. The class bellow is doing a lesson, just
like any other school, but with a big difference. All the
staff are trained to teach deaf pupils and have special equipment
that would not be available in main stream education.
One of the perants
told us "My daughter is 14 years old. Birkdale
School FHIC do the most wonderful work there. She has absolutely
blossomed. She isn't bullied or taunted and her education has
improved tenfold since going to the school. All the pupils are
treated as individuals. Their strengths are worked on and their weak
areas bolstered and supported. My daughter came home and said 'Mum,
I have got some work on the wall!' This was the first time
ever. She was also chosen in a 'starring' role in performing
arts. She didn't have any self esteem when in
mainstream. When I tried to re-assure her, she said I was only
being nice because the reality was that she was never included or
chosen before, so she 'knew' she wasn't any use. She has begged me
not to put her back into mainstream and the nearest school for the
deaf which uses speech and not signing is across the country in
Yorkshire near Tadcaster. It looks like it is a brilliant
school but why do I have to send my beautiful daughter away so that
she can have the education that she both needs and deserves?"
We will be covering
this topic in full and welcome your input (the readers) as to ways
we can help raise cash and also stop the closure of this valuable