Meet­ing with deaf cam­paigner

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS -

CHARN­WOOD MP Ed­ward Ar­gar met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Na­tional Deaf Chil­dren’s So­ci­ety and a young deaf cam­paigner to talk about the fu­ture of deaf chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion in the re­gion.

Jovita, 14, met Mr Ar­gar at the Con­ser­va­tive Party Con­fer­ence in Birm­ing­ham and the pair dis­cussed key is­sues af­fect­ing deaf chil­dren, in­clud­ing vi­tal ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing and the gap in at­tain­ment be­tween deaf chil­dren and their hear­ing peers through­out Le­ices­ter­shire. The meet­ing comes as deaf chil­dren’s ser­vices across the coun­try face cuts of £4m this year.

Jes­sica Reeves, Cam­paigns Man­ager at Na­tional Deaf Chil­dren’s So­ci­ety, said: “It’s great to see MPs like Ed­ward Ar­gar com­ing to meet young deaf peo­ple to hear about the daily chal­lenges they have to face.

“Deaf­ness is not a learn­ing dis­abil­ity and when deaf chil­dren get the sup­port they need at school, there are no lim­its to what they can achieve. How­ever, deaf chil­dren in Le­ices­ter­shire are cur­rently fall­ing a grade be­hind their hear­ing class­mates at GCSE.

“Meet­ings like this are an ex­cel­lent way for deaf chil­dren like Jovita to talk to MPs about the bar­ri­ers they face in their ed­u­ca­tion and how we can all work to­gether to over­come them.”

Jovita with Charn­wood MP Ed­ward Ar­gar at the Con­ser­va­tive Party Con­fer­ence.

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