DeafKidz International is the leading global organisation working to ensure that Deaf children, young people and vulnerable adults are able to live their lives safely and without fear of abuse and exploitation. Deaf led, DeafKidz International aims to comprehensively respond to the safeguarding, protection, communication and health needs of D/deaf children, young people and vulnerable adults in low resource and complex humanitarian settings.

In these strange and challenging times of COVID-19, we are all concerned about how to stay safe. Although there are resources available explaining COVID-19, how it affects us, and how to minimise the spread of the virus, none have been developed in consultation with Deaf children and with their specific communication and information needs central. Yet, Deaf children, like all children, should be empowered to stay safe and to reduce their risk to infection and transmission, based on informed choice and safe behaviours.

DeafKidz International is delighted to have developed this all new resource which is designed for cascade globally through digital networks. Titled DEAFKIDZ vs COVID-19, this resource contains an animated simple introduction to the virus, and is followed by three visual, interactive and fun mini games which reinforce the vital messages of keeping hands away from the face, washing hands properly, and maintaining that all important requirement to social distance. This innovative resource is a fun and informative way for Deaf children to understand the challenge of COVID-19 and to keep themselves and others safe; all of which ensures No Deaf Child is Left Behind and exposed to the virus.  

While we have followed the UK government advice on COVID-19 safety measures, we understand this may differ from country to country and so encourage you to follow your own government’s guidance and advice on protecting yourselves from COVID-19 and staying safe.

This resource was possible thanks to the support of the Oak Foundation.

Enjoy DEAFKIDZ vs COVID-19! Stay safe everyone.