Deaf Parenting UK, www.Deafparent.org.uk the first ever charity to be run by Deaf parents for Deaf parents, has won TFPL’s first Social Impact Award – an award for the most innovative use of knowledge and information management in the voluntary sector.
The award, which was introduced by TFPL at their EBIC conference in Berlin October 1-3rd, was open to organisations in the charity and voluntary sectors who could demonstrate innovative use of knowledge and information management (KIM) which includes information, knowledge, records or technology management.
Deaf Parenting UK, who won a €5,000 prize donated by Nokia, offers information, events, a website, email group, DVD, research and book to Deaf parents and professionals who work with them. They also encourage debate, showcase good practice and enable Deaf parents to have voices to Government.
Deaf Parenting UK in particular impressed the judges with their winning mix of ideas and emphasis on inclusion; the judges were also intrigued by the opportunities provided by the use of visual and communications technologies.
In a close vote Deaf Parenting UK were declared the winner, in the way their ideas brought their community together. Deaf Parents support groups and Family fun days, although patchy and dispersed across UK, form an important social element amongst Deaf community of Deaf Parents. With the Deaf Parenting UK website, email groups and newsletter, DPUK extends this vital service to more Deaf parents and professionals working with Deaf parents, who are otherwise isolated across UK.
Please see DPUK Press Release for more information.
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