The National Association of Deafened People was founded as a charity in 1984 by a group of deafened people who felt that their needs were only partly catered for by existing organisations. Today, NADP is recognised as the national representative organisation for deafened people.
NADP provides information and support for deafened people who have lost all or most of their useful hearing, and for their families and friends, to help enable them to regain their independence and enjoy the best quality of life. NADP is run by and for deafened people. The Executive Committee consists of volunteers who are themselves deafened people, and therefore can relate personally to the needs of their members.
Sudden or gradual, the onset of profound deafness is a traumatic experience. Only those who have endured it can fully realise the sense of loss, the disorientation and the devastation to the person. Without help, the deafened person faces a daunting and sometimes heartbreaking job trying to cope with the changes that deafness has brought to their life..
At its meetings, the Association employs lipspeakers and STT (Speech to Text) reporters (and BSL interpreters if required) so that all those present can follow the proceedings. We also make extensive use of textphones, mobile phones (SMS), faxes and email for social and business purposes.
NADP exists to support newly deafened people who may think their life is over when they lose their hearing, as well as those who have been deafened for many years. Deafened people may lose their job, they may be unable to continue their education or further training, and they may become depressed, isolated and suicidal. However, NADP enables them to meet others who have gone through similar experiences, so that they may come to realise that people can successfully rebuild their lives after becoming profoundly deaf.
One of NADP’s main objectives is to increase awareness of the specific needs and requirements of deafened people, to ensure they have full access to communication, information, employment and services.
NADP is run by and for deafened people. Have a look through our website to learn more about us and our projects. If you're interested in our work and would like to support us, read about us and the projects we've contributed to in the past. If you'd like to contribute to our organisation, please don't hesitate to contact us, new members are always welcome.
Charity No. 294922
60 Windsor Avenue
Tel: +44 845 0559663
The recent recruitment campaign has boosted our numbers, but we are always looking to welcome more volunteers.