Following legislation in 1998 and 2004, parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing (D/HH) children are facilitated in sending their child to the local school. As a result, there has been a dramatic increase in numbers of D/HH children in those settings and a subsequent drop in enrolment in schools for deaf pupils.
This thesis explores the changing geographies of deaf education in Ireland.
Mainstreaming of Deaf Education in the Republic of Ireland: Language, Power, Resistance (Elizabeth Mathews)
Drawing on interviews with parents, teachers, and D/HH children, this thesis unpacks the policy, practice and ideological foundations of mainstreaming in the Irish system. It is particularly concerned with power relations at play.
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