Dunlaoghaire-Rathdown’s Social Inclusion Week, which runs from October 12-17 was yesterday launched at Marlay House in Dublin with guests from local groups and a speech by An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Marie Baker. During the week a series of events will be held including a reading of IDK’s “A Birthday for Ben” book which will take place
Twelve UK publishers are using web technologies to present contemporary childrens’ books in sign language with audio, animation and text in a GBP1.5 million project to improve literacy levels among deaf children. The project, www.signedstories.com, offers a free online library of signed books for deaf children to develop their literacy & language skills, whether signed
Sound Advice and Irish publishing house Special Stories, produced an exciting children’s book, “A Birthday for Ben”, which is about young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Get The “Ben” Book As An App (iOS) ITV Launches A Story-Book App (2012) News: ITV Animates “A Birthday For Ben” Sound Advice and Special Stories on TV3 “Birthday
A Plenary Session on Child Literacy and Social Inclusion was organised on June 16 by the National Economic and Social Forum (NESF), at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin. By 2016, the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007-2016 has the goal of reducing the proportion of pupils with serious literacy difficulties in primary schools serving
Interactive whiteboards altered teaching practices at St Columba’s Girls National School in Co Cork, after its deaf pupils benefited from the tools. St Columba’s GNS, which has a facility for deaf students and teaches all its 600 students sign language, quickly realised the value of the whiteboards. When teaching new concepts in class, visual images and
Many school teachers would like how to teach their hearing pupils about deafness but are unsure how to proceed. Children with a classmate who’s deaf can be equally curious about what exactly is involved. Depending on the age of the children in a school class, the concept of deafness can be taught in a few ways.
France, where the first sign language originated and influenced American & European sign languages, has a mixed system for educating deaf children. About 12,000 deaf children and adolescents are currently in the education system in France, out of an estimated population of 61.5 million. An estimated 500 deaf students are in third-level education – but partially deaf
Parents and teachers often ask what group games suit deaf and hearing children, and whether any adaptions are needed for inclusion. Mixed Ability Groups Group games allow deaf children to learn social, emotional and verbal skills while mixing with hearing children, and getting to know other kids around them. Hearing children in turn learn a