Reading East MP Matt Rodda attended an event in the House of Commons hosted by the National Deaf Children's Society aimed at deaf children and their families by emphasising the importance of technology in early years provision.
The National Deaf Children's Society was formed in 1944. To the present day the visions and values of the Society are that they remain a parents' organisation which is dedicated to the needs of all deaf children, their families and their carers. The National Deaf Children's Society provides fully structured services which support families with deaf children from birth up to the age of 25.
The event was organised with the aim of updating Members on the provision of radio aids to deaf children across the country. Radio aids help a deaf child hear what their parents are saying by transmitting their voice directly to the child's hearing aid or cochlear implant so that the child can hear their parents clearly above any background noise. Research by the National Children's Deaf Society has found that it can have a large impact on the parent-child communication during the early years.
Matt was briefed on the technology at the event. He said:
“I support children having the access to this new technology to help them progress with their communication and sound recognition skills. The developmental progress of every child matters, and every effort should be made to ensure they have an equal start in life.”