Over 100 children with hearing difficulties in East Lancashire were recently visited by the National Deaf Society’s (NDCS) hugely popular Listening Bus.
The Listening Bus, which has been travelling the length and breadth of the country since 1996, visited Pendle Vale College on 8-9 November where parents, carers, and children and young people with hearing impairments from across East Lancashire were given demonstrations of the latest technology available to give deaf children and young people more independence and the opportunity to try the equipment for themselves.
The visit was organised by Deborah McKenna, a Specialist School Nurse at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, who said:
“This was a fun day for young people with hearing impairments and adults who work with them in a range of settings. Flashing doorbells, bluetooth neckloops for iPods and mobile phones and vibrating alarm clocks are just some examples of the wide range of equipment on show on the day that could hugely benefit young deaf people. Participants really enjoyed themselves and it was exhilarating watching the smiles and happiness on the faces of young people.”
Children and young people with hearing impairments who visited the Listening Bus were from Ridgewood Community High School and Holly Grove Primary School in Burnley, Pendle Community High School & College and Pendle Vale College in Nelson, and in Pendle View Primary School in Colne. Also in attendance were professionals from the Rainbows Centre at Burnley General Hospital and teachers who work with deaf children.
The Listening Bus has been travelling the UK since 1996 delivering the NDCS’ unique information service to the doorstep of the nation’s deaf children, their families and friends, and the professionals working with them. The bus also stocks NDCS publications and provides information on all other NDCS services and activities, plus other essential deafness related resources such as where to purchase equipment, online resources for deaf young people, parent-led local groups and more.