Giving deaf children a fair chance

238 Signatures | Petition Ended

Created October 2, 2011 by Kerry Lowndes


We the undersigned petition the council to stop cuts to specialist support services for deaf children.

We call on Derby City Council to reverse the cuts, protect services for deaf children and ensure all deaf children in Derby City have a fair chance to achieve.

Deaf children are already among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the UK today. Deafness is not a learning disability. Evidence shows that with the right support, deaf children can achieve as well as other children. Specialist support services for deaf children offer a vital lifeline to deaf children and their families, by providing support to families, directly teaching deaf children, advising mainstream teachers and much more.

Deaf children risk being among those hardest hit, despite the disadvantages they already face. Reducing the support for deaf children will undermine their achievement, confidence and wellbeing.

This is unfair and unacceptable. We the undersigned call on Derby City Council to reverse these cuts, protect services for deaf children and ensure all deaf children in Derby City have a fair chance to achieve.

This petition is now closed and is no longer accepting signatures!

There are currently 238 signatures for this petition:

  1. Lindsey Bowe

    By withdrawing services you discriminate against Deaf children. They need extra support to enable them to access life in the same way as hearing children do.

  2. Janet Millard UNITED KINGDOM

    Deaf children need extra support at an early age to ensure they do not get left behind.

  3. Dr Rosemary Guy

    It has been my privilege to work with deaf children for many years, both in my professionsl capacity and now in retirement. Communication for the deaf child is paramount for his/her achievement, confidence and well being, and if specialist support services are cut, this will be undermined. Children and their families will suffer. Good communication through BSL and/or speech is a lifeline for the children as they relate to the hearing world in later life, which makes education in the early months and years so important. Why does the council always pick on the vulnerable in our society, such as deaf children, when cuts are made?

  4. Brent Allen UNITED KINGDOM

    It is very important to keep School for the Deaf children not just in Derby but across the UK because it is specially education for them to learn in British Sign Language and prepare them to move on with their lives so they will receive the better education whereas hearing children receive the same. Please keep the School for the Deaf children remains open!

  5. Neil Robinson UNITED KINGDOM

    It is so important for the deaf kids who are BSL users to retain their culture and identity, so I believe that the schools for the Deaf children across the UK should remain open. Please , please give the Deaf children a fair chance to get a good education while they grow up!

  6. Jacinta Litherland UNITED KINGDOM

    By withdrawing services, the disadvantaged face greater disadvantages. Extra help and support should be given, not taken away.


    Support services for Deaf children are not a luxury. They are essential.

  8. Briony Butcher

    It is grossly unfair to cut services to deaf children or adult learners

  9. James Meaker UNITED KINGDOM

    Do not discriminate against Deaf children.

  10. Martine Monksfield UNITED KINGDOM

    Without these services deaf children suffer unfairly.

  11. m bennion UNITED KINGDOM

    cuts to support deaf children are unfair and counter-productive

  12. Terry Edwards UNITED KINGDOM

    deaf children need support, to cut them is stupid, they have rights just like anyone else

  13. nicola harper UNITED KINGDOM

    grossly unfair

  14. peter UNITED KINGDOM


  15. Charlotte Brown UNITED KINGDOM

    Deaf people need the as much help as we can give them, I have realised that with the right amount of support I can get good grades in my education and others should be given this chance not just given up on!!!!

  16. Amber Richardson

    deaf children need all the support they can get.

  17. zena brotherson UNITED KINGDOM

    Sign please

  18. parisa UNITED KINGDOM

    more than happy to help this cause!!!

  19. John Wallbank UNITED KINGDOM

    Good luck,i live in Cumbria and they cut our specialst services by two thirds.

  20. John Wallbank UNITED KINGDOM

    Good luck. i live in cumbria and they cut our specialist teaching services by two thirds.

  21. John Wallbank UNITED KINGDOM

    Good luck.I live in Cumbria and they cut our specialist teaching services by two thirds.


    Its such a disgrace that deaf children are once again being targeted by mindless scrupulous councils targeting the vulnerable

  23. Tracy Cook UNITED KINGDOM

    As a parent of a deaf child the cuts proposed are horrifying, please don’t put more obstacles in the way of them achieving their full potential.

  24. Lisa Winnett UNITED KINGDOM

    Deaf Children need all the support that they can receive in schools, especially due to sign language being their 1st language and English being a foreign language to them, plus when the time comes for them to go to college, sign language at level one is not recognised, and most children have only just reaced level 1 in school

  25. Ni Gallant UNITED KINGDOM

    good luck from worcestershire!!

  26. Ellen Arthur UNITED KINGDOM

    Good Luck with this!!!

  27. Tony Barlow UNITED KINGDOM

    Rooting for you all – deaf services being hit from all angles children and adult – need to fight for our rights.

  28. Rachel Owers-Jones UNITED KINGDOM

    Deaf children rely on services to ensure they have a fair chance in life. The support deaf children and their families get is crucial and needs to continue.

  29. Busman Bob UNITED KINGDOM

    Derby City Council should not make deaf people more disabled than they already are by cutting back on services, rather they should be looking at methods for improving the good works that have been slowly unfolding. DCC could save money by laying off the many traffic wardens that do very little within the city – after all they do seem to constantly ignore unlawfully parked cars in Normanton in favour of chatting to each other and drinking tea.

  30. Gareth Barkley-Smith UNITED KINGDOM

    . what if?

  31. Gareth Barkley-Smith UNITED KINGDOM

    What if?

  32. Mrs j Kinchin UNITED KINGDOM

    Good Luck from worcester

  33. chris bradley UNITED KINGDOM

    deaf kids NEED all the support they can get

  34. Matt Ashmore UNITED KINGDOM

    Good Luck. These cuts are going to deep and to fast, but what did we expect with this tory gov.!

  35. charlotte Taylor UNITED KINGDOM

    Deaf children of today are the Deaf adults of the future. They need the same education and rights as hearing children to be able to reach their future potential!

  36. yvonne powles UNITED KINGDOM

    Cuts?????? Money needs to going in NOT coming out Crazy

  37. victoria rodgerson UNITED KINGDOM

    help our deaf children and stop these cuts!!!!!

  38. sharon pollock UNITED KINGDOM

    I work my son deserves my taxes more than some people that sit on there backside and get paid for it

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