So, for those new to my blog, I am deaf. I have two hearing aids and am currently learning BSL (British Sign Language).
Anyway, in March last year, I was recruited onto the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS)’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB). Since then, I have helped NDCS with their work and have attended two other residentials in the past: Birmingham and Glasgow.
The YAB is basically a group of 18 deaf young people from across the UK, which means that I have made friends for life over the three meetings so far. Also, I said in my Birmingham post that I wanted to learn BSL. Now, I am picking it up so easy!
Similarly, a BSL training session was one of the activities on the Saturday. It was great as alongside revising basic signs I already know, I learnt some new ones as well – which was brilliant! Throughout the weekend we also discussed issues concerning deaf young people, volunteering, presentation skills, the importance of information and more!
Aside from that, we also played games and had other fun activities. In particular, on the Saturday we went to Frankie and Benny’s for dinner (where I had delicious doughballs, pepperoni/American Hot pizza and a chocolate fudge cake for dessert). After that, we returned to our rather posh hotel for a movie night, where we watched Divergent.
On a separate note, I have seen Divergent before, but I struggle to hear the American accent on some occasions. So, having subtitles is a big help!
Lastly, I always try to become more independent at each residential. Whether it is getting a plane on my own for Glasgow or navigating myself around a new city. This time I had to navigate around two train stations (in other words, I had to “change” – hence the title). That’s why the post is called Making Changes – not only for that reason but making changes as part of the YAB.
So later in the year it will be our last YAB meeting – which is really sad. This will be held in London. So adding to the topic of independence, the next challenge is to navigate myself around all the tubes and trains of London on my own!
Stay tuned for the next update!