Certain parts of Ireland’s paediatric audiology service work superbly, with a world-class cochlear implant centre in Dublin, yet at end-September 2020, 17,000 children and adults awaited initial audiology services nationwide. Of this total, over 7000 were children, with almost 8000 being adults over the age of 65. One-third of these children had waited over a
The What Works Ireland initiative from DCEDIY ran an Online Festival of Learning in November 2020, focusing to prevention and early intervention in government and social services. Four types of public entrepreneur were named at the outset: Efficiency Drivers. Driving workflow innovation for efficiency. Bureaucracy Hacker. Creating value with process innovation. Market Shapers. Grant making,
The second CI Futures 2020 webinar on August 5th, explored innovations in no-touch hearing care pathways for covid 19 times. Trisha DiGiovanni, a CI user, described how remote consultations blended with in-clinic processes before her surgery. Strong broadband, multilingual manuals and flexibility with time zones mattered, with patients taking responsibility for their own care due
Deafness is different in the twenty-first century. With today’s digital hearing technology, why consign potentially talented students, teammates and/or work colleagues to lesser life-roles as people? Changing What ‘Deaf’ Means I never learned sign language in a family or institutional setting, so don’t act so surprised when I tell you I don’t sign. Many hearing
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