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Meet Amy

Today she's a confident, independent and very happy teenager.

But without the National Deaf Children's Society, things might have been altogether different.

Bullied, isolated and too depressed to even get out of bed, Amy felt she had nothing to live for.

Amy is profoundly deaf, but with support from her family she thrived in her mainstream nursery and settled well into primary school. She was very sociable and made good progress – until she reached her final year when the class was split. ‘When they were younger, the children all accepted Amy’, says her mum, Mandy: ‘But in the last year, they would ignore her. Some of the girls said her deafness was a curse. Others started to bully her. It killed me to see her so alone.’

Her family worried they were losing her. But with support from the National Deaf Children’s Society, they were able to get Amy back on track

Mandy hoped things would improve for Amy when she started secondary school, but as the only profoundly deaf pupil, she became more and more isolated, and sunk to rock bottom.  ‘She’d come home in tears’, says Mandy; ‘she had no friends; nothing to live for.’

Mandy applied to the local authority to send Amy to a more suitable school, but the request was refused. She was at her wit’s end – but with support from the NDCS Appeals and Disputes team, she finally succeeded at the third attempt.

Amy was accepted into a specialist school that is perfect for her needs. ‘She settled in straightaway’, says Mandy; ‘She loved it. And we had our Amy back.  I can never pay back the debt we owe to the National Deaf Children’s Society. I don’t know how we’d have got through it without them.’

With your help reaching them through Childlife, the National Deaf Children’s Society will continue to provide high-quality support to children and young people like Amy. Your donations really do make a world of difference. Thank you.

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