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.
The NADP provides information and support for deafened people, who have lost all or most of their useful hearing, to help enable them to regain their independence and enjoy the best quality of life. NADP is run by and for deafened people and the Executive Committee consists of deafened people, who can relate 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, disorientation and the devastation felt by the deafened person who may be facing a daunting and sometimes heartbreaking job trying to cope with the changes that deafness has brought to their life.
To enable members to fully participate in its meetings, the NADP provides lipspeakers and Speech to Text (STT) reporters so that all those present can follow and participate in the proceedings. We also make extensive use of textphones, mobile phones (SMS), and email for social and business purposes.
A main objective of NADP 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.
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