24 June 2013
A new resource aimed at improving the post-school transition for
deaf young people as they make their first steps into the world of
work has been launched.
A Template for Success has been developed by NDCS
in partnership with Donaldson's School and Skills Development
Scotland (SDS). It promotes good practice for professionals,
highlighting the rights of deaf young people and professionals'
responsibilities towards them during post-school transition.
It is important that young deaf people are supported and able to
benefit from opportunities in further education, training and work
throughout Scotland. In turn it is hoped this will also help narrow
the gap in career prospects between deaf young people and their
Danny Logue, Operations Director at SDS said:
"This new template sets out good practice and will help
professionals think about and understand exactly how they fit into
the wider transitions process to ensure that deaf young people have
the best transitional outcomes possible."
Dr Anne Lennon, Interim Director for NDCS Scotland, said:
"It is absolutely vital that deaf young people are supported when
they leave secondary school. With the right support deaf young
people can achieve anything, but very often they encounter barriers
such as a lack of deaf awareness or appropriate communication
"NDCS is delighted to have worked with SDS and Donaldson's School
to create A Template for Success. We are confident it will provide
professionals, such as careers advisers and those working in job
centres, with the right tools that will help them ensure that deaf
young people have access to the information and support they need
to ensure they can fulfil their potential."
Janice MacNeill, Principal of Donaldson's School, added:
'Young deaf adults deserve the best support available to help them
transition into meaningful employment , further education or
training. I hope this resource will help professionals
signpost young people to the right agencies and support.
"The process of developing 'The Template for Success' has been an
excellent example of organisations working in partnership to
benefit and empower this group of young adults."
Welcoming the launch of the template, Angela Constance, Minister
for Youth Employment said:
"I recognise that young deaf people face unique challenges that
may complicate their educational achievements as well as their
plans for future learning, training and work. It is important the
right support is in place for young deaf people when they need
"This template complements our Post-16 Transitions Policy and
Practice Framework and is a welcome resource that will help to
improve the transition planning process for deaf young people as
they move towards the world of work."
The template is an invaluable tool for professionals working with
deaf young people and is structured according to different types or
stages of transition. It provides guidance for communicating
effectively with deaf young people and helps agencies consider how
they work in partnership with each other.
A Template for Success on the NDCS website.
For further information, please contact:
Fiona Riddell, External Communications, Skills Development
0141 285 6127 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirsty Whitelock, Head of Media & PR, National Deaf Children's
020 7014 1146 or email@example.com
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Notes to editors:
The National Deaf Children's
Society (NDCS) is the leading charity dedicated to creating a
world without barriers for deaf children and their families. There
are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. NDCS works to ensure
deaf children get the support they need by providing impartial
advice to families about the range of communication methods open to
them and by campaigning on their behalf.
For further support, parents can contact the NDCS Freephone
Helpline on 0808 800 8880 (voice and text), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or chat online at www.ndcs.org.uk/livechat.
Donaldson's is Scotland's national
school for children who are deaf or have communication
Watch a video
about SDS Careers Adviser Craig Phillips, who has severe high
frequency hearing loss:
information please read this case study of student David
Theaker, originally from Helensburgh.