Intervenors needed for deafblind kids

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Actress Rebecca Front with seven-year-old Sam Cowell, who was born deafblind.

Deafblind children should get one-to-one support from specialists called intervenors, says the charity Sense. Intervenors are highly trained professionals who work with deafblind children to help them play, learn and develop communication skills while they are growing up.

New research by the charity suggests that nine out of ten deafblind children do not get the professional support they need. Only ten per cent of deafblind children have been identified by local authorities and, of those who have been identified, only 30 per cent get appropriate support.

BAFTA award-winning actress Rebecca Front joined the charity at a Parliamentary reception this week to call on the Government to ensure that deafblind children get the support they need. Speaking at the event, the star of the acclaimed political satire The Thick of It described witnessing an intervenor at work. “It is remarkable watching a deafblind child learn by touch as they feel the intervenor’s hands”, she said. “It is like watching a beautiful ballet.”

SEN News Team
Author: SEN News Team

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