No deaf child should scream in sign language
At just 17, Steve Crump lost his hearing. Little by little, he began hearing less and less – until eventually, he was surrounded by silence. Though his reality had changed, he continued pushing his career forward amongst the hearing world. But one day, he was confronting by something startling: D/deaf children were nearly three times more likely to be abused, exploited and violated – and no one was listening.
From that moment on, Crump decided to commit everything he had to protecting deaf children. He founded DeafKidz International to highlight the endemic rates of violence among D/deaf children, working with organisations in South Africa, Jamaica and beyond to combat such violence across the world. Today, DeafKidz is a partner and grantee of the End Violence Partnership, and a recipient of our 2020 Safe Online funding round. Learn more about the challenges D/deaf children face, and how Crump and DeafKidz International are working to end them.