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