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Lifeline offered to deaf children in Blackburn
A GROUP of women have set up a support group for deaf children and their families.
Deaf Aware is a voluntary community group affiliated to the National Deaf Children’s Society which provides free educational activities for deaf children, but also offers parents and carers the opportunity to meet to socialise and support each other.
The group is based in Bastwell in Blackburn, but it is open to people across East Lancashire, and the committee plans to hold recruitment events outside Burnley General Hospital, as well as the Blackburn Royal Hosp;ital.
The group is open to all deaf children and their families, but Deaf Aware plans to particularly target the people of Asian heritage to help overcome the stigmas attached to deafness within the Asian community.
The Deaf Aware founder Farah Hussain, 34, who has two deaf sons, said: “There’s nothing like this out there for deaf children.
“The things that are out there charge you, or are not suitable.”
The group also provides parents with the opportunity to give their deaf children a religious education.
Farah said: “Mosques don’t take deaf children on. I’ve been to three mosques, but they looked at their hearing aids and turned them away.”
Deaf Aware was set up with the help of Rob Walsh from Blackburn with Darwen Community and Voluntary Service, and local businesses have also stepped up to support the group.
Tahir Hussain offered a room at Al-Hayat language centre free of charge, and Rabir Nawaaz, who runs the nearby Asia Continental Cash and Carry, offered to sponsor the organisation.
Farah said that having prominent local businesses on board had also helped to overcome some of the stigmas.
She said: “It has already raised awareness within the community.”
And Bastwell councillors have also shown support for the group, helping the committee to find funding.
Coun Iftakhar Hussain said: “We think it’s a wonderful project and we will support them in any way we can.
“We’re very pleased that something like this has started up in our ward.”
Lancashire Council of Mosques chairman Abdul Hamid Qureshi said: “It's good that a group are looking into this and we would work with them.
“We've always tried to support deaf people in the community and facilitate disabled people in general.# To get in touch with the group, call 07955 329090 or alternatively you can e-mail email@example.com
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