Spe­cial day fo­cuses on com­mu­ni­ca­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

A KENT char­ity for the deaf held a range of free ac­tiv­i­ties in Ash­ford for peo­ple of all ages with hear­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. Ash­ford Gate­way hosted the events or­gan­ised by Hi Kent dur­ing Na­tional Deaf Aware­ness Week. Lip read­ing and sign lan­guage ses­sions were just some of the ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer. There was also a day spe­cially aimed at young­sters, with deaf stu­dents from Christ Church High School bring­ing in their hear­ing friends to learn how to com­mu­ni­cate with each other. A hear­ing dog was the guest star of the day show­ing the stu­dents how th­ese spe­cial­ly­trained pets can help make life eas­ier for the deaf. Hi Kent chief ex­ec­u­tive John Clay­ton said the week had gone re­ally well in rais­ing aware­ness of deaf­ness in Ash­ford. “Hi Kent would also like to thank County Coun­cil­lor Derek Smyth, mem­ber for Ash­ford South, for mak­ing a Mem­ber Com­mu­nity Grant to sup­port deaf aware­ness week,” he said.

Pic­ture: Dave Downey pd 1202198

Cllr Derek Smyth and Hi Kent Chair­man Clive Reddihough with stu­dents Ross Ayling-El­lis, Natalie Eiselp, Shane Coster and Coral Mc Gov­ern with, back, Adam Deakin, Char­lie LeBeau, Nathan Loose­more, teacher Sarah Rit­son, com­mu­ni­ca­tions vol­un­teer Karen Gam­mon and sign lan­guage co or­di­na­tor Elaine Hy­lake

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