Project 90: Deaf Children Reading

Most deaf children are born to hearing parents.

In celebration of our patron, Lady Antonia Fraser’s 90th Birthday, Give a Book has set up Project 90, collaborating with the National Deaf Children’s Society to help families of deaf children learn to read with sign language.

Project 90 will provide books for 90 families, enabling the NDCS to run a 6-week Family Sign Language course. Each child will receive books of their own so that they and their families can continue to share their love of reading through sign language.

“At the National Deaf Children’s Society we believe books are essential in developing language for deaf children. Enjoying books and stories from a very early age is crucial for the development of deaf children. It helps with their ability to encounter and understand words, to use their imagination and develop their listening skills and their speech, as well as being something they can enjoy.

The National Deaf Children’s Society want families to understand more about non-verbal communication and to feel confident to explore early BSL signing with their deaf child.

Research shows that the number of books available to a child at 6 months has a significant impact on a child’s expressive vocabulary at 24 months and we know that reading books with children is one of the activities that really helps to create a positive home learning environment where a love of reading can really begin.”

We’re proud to be supported as ever by Penguin Random House.

If you would like to support Project 90 by donating, please click the “Donate” button below or follow the link to our Donate Page, here.

Please reference “Project 90” when donating so we know which project you’d like to support, and don’t forget to add Gift Aid at no extra cost to you!

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