Who is UK Deaf Sport?
UK Deaf Sport (UKDS) is a national registered charity and is only recognised national governing body for Deaf sport in the United Kingdom, supporting and advocating Deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes to try and support the Government’s target.
As a result, UKDS has become the leading voice for Deaf and hard of hearing people in the world of sport and leisure, both at home and internationally.
Who are UK Deaf Sport’s members?
UK Deaf Sport is a federation of many deaf sports organisations built around a UK wide organisation, united by a commitment to support the cause of deaf people through sport. UK Deaf Sport members represent thousands of deaf men, women and children who participate in sport, volunteers, participants and other people who enjoy watching and supporting deaf sport.
How many people in UK have hearing difficulties?
There are nearly 10 million people with a hearing loss in the UK, many of whom are either not aware of their hearing loss or try to conceal or hide it. Hearing can be lost in several different ways and to varying degrees:
- Some people are deaf from birth.
- Some people gradually lose their hearing as they get older.
- Others lose their hearing suddenly through illness or accidents.
Hearing loss can affect an individual at any age. Everybody today is exposed to an increased level of noise, partly through environmental factors and partly through loud music and the number of people losing their hearing in their thirties and forties is increasing.
(source:- Hearing Concern)
What about Deaf and hard of hearing children?
In the UK, there are about 20,000 children aged 0 to15 years old who are moderately to profoundly deaf. About 12,000 of these were born deaf.
Children who are born deaf are sometimes called ‘prelingually’ deaf because they were deaf before they developed language. They have particular educational needs.
There are more than 30,000 deaf children and young people. About one in every 1,000 children is deaf at three years old. This rises to two in every 1,000 children aged nine to 16.
An estimated 840 children are born in the UK every year with significant deafness; that is, moderate to profound deafness. Vaccination means fewer babies are born deaf as a result of their mothers having German measles (rubella) during pregnancy.
This drop has been offset by more babies being born deaf from other causes such as premature birth or lack of oxygen during birth. More babies survive with multiple disabilities than used to be the case.
(source:- The National Deaf Children Society (NDCS))