NOTE: Since this post was written in 2008, digital hearing-devices mean better hearing for wearers. Accordingly some students can access sound for the first time – which raises their ability to complete oral and aural parts of language exams. During a past conversation with a friend of a friend, it was a surprise to discover
Support is available for deaf students in third-level education, but as an IDK forum member has written, supports at his local college were insufficient. We’ll call him “J”. He’s 24 and has a progressive, acquired hearing loss of 49% in his left ear and 69% in his right ear. After learning of 18-month waits for ENT assessments on
Software and e-learning tools have massive potential in teaching deaf or hard-of-hearing children if they are adapted for full accessibility. With software tools, deaf children can hear to learn new vocabulary, numeracy and literacy skills, phonics and social skills in a structured way. Strategic video games can be used by deaf teens to learn to
A question that comes my way is, “where are all the deaf people?”. It’s mainly people over forty who ask this question. Many, never having met a deaf person, are full of questions about the daily challenges, peoples’ attitudes, technology and so on. Others, not wanting to cause offence, don’t voice their questions but stumble along with any
No two deaf children are the same: their educational experience reflects their deafness, hearing devices worn, family background, infant language intervention and their personality. Over 3,370 deaf children in Ireland (90%) are mainstream-educated, with under 4% using sign language (NCSE, 2011). Spoken language for deaf children is chosen by 89% to 95% of hearing families in the US (Teresa
Deaf school-leavers have the same third-level study options as their hearing peers, with digital hearing-devices giving better access to higher education. Some choose careers in the speech-pathology, audiology and ENT fields after growing up as service users The Careers page on this site (see left) lists careers chosen by students who’re deaf and hard of hearing, who push boundaries.
Certain health services are provided free of charge to children in Ireland, regardless of whether their parents hold a medical card. Public health nurses visit infants at home soon after birth and routine developmental checks are scheduled when a child is about 9 months old. If parents are concerned about their child’s hearing before this, the
Stagetext, a captioning service for theatre-goers, debuts to Irish audiences this month at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. This service, which in 2008 will expand across Ireland, was devised in 2000 in the UK by three deaf theatre fans who were frustrated at missing out on the performing arts. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing The