Over four decades supporting deaf children and their families
The Elizabeth Foundation was set up in 1981 by parents Shirley and David Metherell MBEs, whose daughter, Elizabeth, was diagnosed as profoundly deaf when she was 22 months old.
In response to a lack of local support for Elizabeth, and inspired by the John Tracy Center in Los Angeles, Shirley and David established and developed The Elizabeth Foundation to support other parents of newly diagnosed deaf children.
The Elizabeth Foundation quickly grew and developed a unique working partnership with the Audiology Department at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust.
Today we remain the UK’s single largest provider of early intervention, educational and support services for preschool children and babies with all degrees of deafness.
Key moments in our history
The Elizabeth Foundation at 40
Shirley and David Metherell MBEs set up The Elizabeth Foundation 40 years ago to help preschool deaf children learn to listen and talk.
During 2021, we marked the first 40 years of the charity's work in a variety of ways. We produced a series of new videos, some special commemorative items and an anniversary publication. Find out more on our 'The Elizabeth Foundation at 40' page