Parents’ responses are still being received by the team here, after the recent Derek Mooney radio interview with parent Eithne Carroll and Liam O’Dwyer of the CIDP.
>> Listen to the podcast (RTE1, 2011).
This email response is from Orla Sexton, a parent in Cork.
I refer to your recent interview with Eithne Carroll and Liam O’Dwyer concerning services for deaf children in Ireland. It is my opinion that a very one-sided and biased viewpoint was presented and I feel compelled to express another and possibly more representative view of, in particular, educational supports available to deaf children in Ireland. I am the mother of 2 profoundly deaf children now aged 11 and 8, both deaf from birth. We made the decision that we wanted our children to speak if this was within their ability. We chose to have them wear hearing-aids and had our daughter fitted with a cochlear implant. Both of my children communicate orally and attend our local mainstream national school …
Many other parents also wrote to Sound Advice after this broadcast, to share their own viewpoints. Some of their stories are shared below, in the comments section of this post.
- Transcript of the Derek Mooney radio show (Feb 8th, 2011)
- Home-Preschool Supports: A Mum’s Positive Story
- The Visiting Teacher Service ‘Is Often Forgotten’