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A great start for Matthew

Matthew with his toysWhen Rebecca and Adam discovered their three-day-old son was deaf, they were devastated. Now, thanks to the NDCS, life is looking up for their little boy.

At first, Matthew’s family felt very isolated and were unclear about how they could make sure Matthew had the same opportunities and chance of happiness as any other child. Then, when he was eight weeks old, an NDCS Family Officer came to visit and told them about the charity’s weekends for parents who have just discovered their child is deaf.

“We met a lady who lived only a few miles from us and suddenly we didn’t feel quite so alone,” says Rebecca. “You just don’t meet parents of deaf children often in your daily life – our friends are really supportive but nobody really understands in the same way as another parent in the same position.”

Now nearly three, Matthew’s speech is ‘coming on in leaps and bounds’. He is popular with hearing children at his pre-school and can keep up with them on all levels. Thanks to your support Matthew now feels like he belongs.

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