Loud Shirt Day UK

Wear your loudest clothes to create a sound future for deaf children on 21st October 2022

There are 7,200 deaf children under 5 years of age in the UK of whom approximately half will have severe to profound deafness and 8% are able to access an AVT programme. Your support will mean that we are able to reach more families with a deaf child and give them access to our life-changing services and programmes. 

AVUK works with around 100 families per year and 80% of children who spend at least two years on our programme develop age appropriate language.  Most go to mainstream school. 

To learn more about the impact of our donation, you can read Callum's story below or click here for more information. 

Callum's story

Callum had an abnormal response to the newborn hearing test. He had mild to moderate hearing loss and was fitted with hearing aids at two months old. As he got older his hearing loss changed from mild to severe.

When we got the diagnosis we looked for every other possible reason. As a completely hearing family it is not something you prepare for. You tell yourself, the test is wrong, that person is wrong, it’s not our boy.

We were very wary of that golden period, that’s sort of 0 – three years of age and unfortunately with Callum at such an early age we had to start thinking about prepping for school so we got proactive and started looking for options for Callum.

When Callum was about eight months old we found out about AVUK at a deaf expo in Maidstone. We were really taken with Frances from AVUK straight away so we started looking into it and we did our first session when Callum was nine months old. Within a few months Callum was recognising sounds. His is now five and is thriving at mainstream school.

The initial feeling [when we visited AVUK] was one of relief, that there was someone out there who could help us and that offered achievable outcomes towards our goal of helping Callum to speak.

AVUK has helped us get the best for Callum and for us as a family and that’s more than we could have wished for. It’s meant Callum having the opportunity to learn as any other child and then you get the daily rewards of it, listening to Callum and his little sister Daniella in the back of the car and they’re having a full-on conversation. It’s just amazing to listen to.

Working with AVUK has been a lifeline to us, the work has been amazing and the best thing is the confidence they give parents to take the skills home so we know exactly how to help him. It’s amazing.

- Ingrid, Callum’s mum

Learn more about Callum's journey in the video below: