From November 7th, 2011, babies born at Waterford and Wexford Regional Hospitals can have free newborn hearing tests, in an opt-in programme that is also available to babies born outside of hospital in Waterford. These new hospital newborn hearing test programmes, costing in the region of €1.1 million annually, are part of the HSE’s Newborn Hearing Screening Programme for
This short piece guides on preparing a child’s hearing-aids for a mainstream classroom and the daily routines teachers and staff need to know regarding batteries and working order. At most schools, the visiting teacher, itinerant teacher or teacher of the deaf advises on managing a child’s hearing-devices and accessories in a classroom and school community. Read: Into the mainstream (pragmatics
Dublin’s Near FM radio station interviewed Caroline Carswell from IDK on October 14th, in a session split between five minutes on live radio (the Northside2Day programme) and a recorded interview for Northside2Nite. Listen to the podcast of the interview Read the Nearfm radio transcript (PDF format) Many thanks to Michael Fitzgerald at Near FM, for
A deaf person’s life-experience of the education system, shapes their views on deaf education, according to a new post on the Paraquad Disability Blog. >> The Deaf Education Debate Continues: Influences of technology, policy and environment The different perspectives in this post need reading, to understand the core issues around school placements for students who
Irish Deaf Kids (IDK), a social enterprise with charitable status, received CHY2 status from Revenue in 2009. This meant donations over €250 made to us qualified for tax relief until our bank accounts were closed in July 2015 and our voluntary dissolution concluded in 2016 (see left). During its existence, IDK drew its income from a diversified
The Core Points Newborn hearing tests (since 2012) and infant education give today’s kids a headstart. Today’s cochlear implants and hearing-aids give digital sound quality like never before. Infant verbal education leads children into preschool with peer-level spoken language. Over 3,300 deaf children in Ireland (90%) are mainstream-educated, with under 4% using sign language (#NCSE, 2011). Currently
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