DELTA is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered as a charity. It is governed by a Board of Trustees in accordance with the Memorandum of Association of DEAF EDUCATION THROUGH LISTENING AND TALKING.
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The 2019 AGM was held within the lovely grounds of the Frontier Centre in Wellingborough where we were also holding a residential DELTA Family Weekend.
Liz is a Teacher of the Deaf working for a Local Authority in the North West but soon to be retired.
She started her career at the Mary Hare Grammar School for the Deaf teaching History and assisting with the pastoral care of the pupils. She qualified as a Teacher of the Deaf during that time and then moved on to Birkdale School for Hearing Impaired Children as Resident Deputy Principal for 18 years. She were fortunate in both schools to have colleagues and mentors who were excellent practitioners of the Natural Aural approach to the education of deaf children and, along with many of them, she became a founder member of DELTA or the National Aural Group as it was then known.
In subsequent years, She extended her training and qualifications to include Masters Qualifications in education of the deaf and in wider special needs after which she worked with children and young people with a range of difficulties including Dyslexia and Specific Language Impairment. For the last few years, she has returned to working with deaf children and young people from babies and their families to mainstream pupils across all age ranges.
When her daughter Megan was eventually diagnosed deaf at 2½, she was living in Surrey and given information about DELTA (then NAG). She went to Summer School in Colchester in 1993. Meg and Lynn have returned to help every year but one since then. In 1995 she moved to South Wales and in 2002 she became Regional Co-ordinator for South Wales and the South West. In 2004 Lynn became a trustee of DELTA, only standing down when the numbers were reduced under the new Charitable Company status. Upon a vacancy, Lynn was reappointed pending the AGM.
Lynn was a Police Inspector in her working life, and she now uses her ‘people skills’ to widen public knowledge about DELTA and the Natural Aural Approach, as well as promoting collective support for parents and their families. Her husband Tony provides me with wholehearted support, and is always ready to chat to other parents in her absence.
After all we have living proof that the Natural Aural Approach works because although being profoundly deaf and not a high flier, Megan successfully sat 10 GCSE’s at our local Comprehensive school with support. She then went on to achieve NVQ’s 2 & 3 and a Foundation Degree within the Health Sector and is working as an HCSW for the NHS.
I have been involved with the charity ever since I was 15/16 years of age so it proves how much I love the work we do to have been involved with it for over half my life!
I am severely deaf, bordering more towards the profound spectrum having been born this way, but have never let this stop me striving to achieve as much as I can out of life as a non deaf person. My parents brought me up through the listening and talking approach as they wished me to attend mainstream schools and have as ‘normal’ a life as possible. Initially told at 15 by a career’s advisor that I could only do a job where I wouldn’t need to listen, I was determined from that point onwards to prove everyone otherwise. The first step was to get involved with DELTA as a young volunteer working with families and young deaf children and interacting with other deaf people of my own age. The charity and everyone involved with it welcomed me with open arms, and I can’t emphasise how much they helped me with my confidence levels.
My time as a young volunteer at DELTA events really opened my eyes to the importance of the charity, watching how shy children arrive and leave with smiles on their faces and not being able to stop talking! For the parents, I’ve seen how they look at the young deaf volunteers, get guidance from the professionals and see how they leave not only with a sense of relief, but a sense of hope for their children too. This inspired me to continue to want be involved with DELTA, initially attending as a young helper at events to eventually becoming more involved with the policy aspects.
As a young deaf person I thought I could bring a voice to the trustees, both as an experienced volunteer but also as a deaf representative who has been bought up through the DELTA approach. More recently I have become Chair of the Charity, where I hope to continue the amazing work done by previous chairs, and with the help of my great trustee board and volunteers, hope to further develop our activities in the future.
One of my main passions in life is to get out running,finding it the perfect way to relax. I was even able to use my love of running to help fundraiser for DELTA by running the London Marathon in 2015 and the Ultra Marathon in April 2017 running 100 miles over 3 days.
I trained as a Teacher of the Deaf at the University of Manchester and discovered that aspirations and expectations need not be affected by hearing loss. With the right support and equipment, they could be achieved! I have worked with deaf pupils in schools for the deaf, hearing impaired resource bases and mainstream schools, developing their communication skills so that they have access to the curriculum, and can fulfil their potential. This understanding of the importance of developing spoken language led me to want to develop my knowledge and skills and to train as an Educational Audiologist. In this role I particularly enjoy the opportunities given by the neonatal screening programme to work with families, so that they can make informed decisions for their children: promoting early listening and communication skills: and evaluating new equipment and making the technology work to support pupils and their families.
I am delighted to be a trustee of DELTA