Two new parliamentary inquiries have been launched about the impact of Coronavirus.

One from the Women and Equalities Select Committee (UK wide) and one from the Education Select Committee (England focused). Similar work is being done in devolved countries. Both of these groups want to know about the impact of Coronavirus on the lives of deaf children, deaf young people and their families. They want to work with others to identify issues but also suggest solutions and try to improve things.

We will be responding and we will make sure we include anything you tell us. Please help us by answering the questions below.

We know that this is a really difficult time for everyone and we really appreciate your time and effort with completing this survey.

The survey should only take about 5 minutes to complete – thanks very much for your help!

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* 1. With all the changes to services at the moment, what are the biggest challenges for you? (Some examples to consider are - Audiology, Cochlear Implant team, Teacher of the Deaf, Speech and Language therapy, deaf role models, communication support workers, support from the local authority, GP services)

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* 2. Are there any examples of where professionals have gone beyond the call of duty to support your child?

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* 3. Have there been any issues or challenges around accessibility of information or services? (Some examples to consider are - online learning or teaching materials, online examinations, government information, benefits assessments such as for DLA or PIP, telephone consultations or appointments)

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* 4. Have you been able to take home any equipment that your child uses in education? (e.g. a radio aid)

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* 5. What could be done by the Government or others in the near future to make the situation better for your deaf child?

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* 6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

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* 7. Which nation do you live in?

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* 8. Which age group is your child/ren in?

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* 9. If you are happy for us to contact you about your experiences, please leave your email address below.

By submitting this survey you are consenting to the National Deaf Children’s Society using your experiences to inform our campaigning work in response to coronavirus, including providing evidence to parliamentary and government inquiries across the UK. Your story will not be used for other purposes without your permission and anything you do share will be anonymised unless you give us permission to identify you. For more information, please see our privacy policy.

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