What is a Visiting Teacher? Many parents of newly-confirmed deaf children ask this, on learning of the VT service from the Department of Education. Over 3,300 deaf and hard-of-hearing children at mainstream schools in Ireland, are supported by 32 visiting teachers working in 29 full-time posts. (PDF) Visiting Teachers for Children who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Parents can
Earlier this year, IDK posted Telepractice For Low-Cost Language Teaching as one solution for Ireland’s shortage of speech and language teachers. Telepractice, the name for this remote teaching approach, is defined as the use of top-rate video-conferencing for the delivery of professional services. Tech-news site ZDNet recently ran a piece “Re-Think Learning“, to explain how online
On April 26th, phase one of a national newborn hearing testing programme in Ireland will begin in Cork, with national roll-out expected by end-2012. The HSE assigned just under EUR2 million for the programme in its 2011 plan, with a view to expansion across the HSE South region at end-2011. Ireland has about 74,000 births
In November 2010, Dr. Monika Lehnhardt, who established Cochlear Europe in Basel in 1987, published a new study about the importance of UNHS. Her research showed around 5,000 babies are born deaf in the EU per year, with another 5,000-10,000 having hearing issues that need intervention. Apart from these statistics, deafness is not visible, and can affect a child’s
Many parents who consider cochlear implants for their children, sometimes wonder what all the fuss is about. Mainly, why some members of the deaf community can oppose implants, and the impact of an implant on a child’s identity. But what happens when children ask for implants – as they can do? Two Brothers Request Cochlear
Deaf people do not live in a silent world without sound, as is often assumed. Music is present in everyone’s life and is enjoyed by all, no matter how they hear it. For some, the sound, tune and lyrics vary in volume and clarity, but rhythm pervades whether it is heard or felt (vibration or change
IDK held an information session on mainstream education on March 4th, in Dublin. The event, for parents and educators seeking insights to educational options for deaf and hard of hearing children, was both informative and reassuring. In particular, no attempt was made to enforce a specific opinion and opportunities existed for different opinions to be heard.
To learn Irish, or not? This issue was debated at the IDK seminar last Friday. Some deaf students learn Irish, others don’t. It depends on several factors like subject choice and not least, the oral & aural element of exams. Students in Ireland typically learn Irish to qualify for university. This is why deaf students