Educational outcomes for children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, is the focus of a new policy advice paper from the National Council for Special Education.
Read the paper: The Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children in Ireland
The goal of the paper is that children who are “deaf and hard-of-hearing… should graduate from school with levels of educational attainment on a par with their hearing peers.”
The NCSE presentation defines the challenges:
- How best to support infants who’re deaf/hard of hearing to learn language early on.
- How best to inform parents about communication and education options
- What professional development should be provided for teachers
- What supports should be in place in schools
- What health and education services are needed for deaf/hard of hearing children
The new policy paper confirms these needs:
- to provide early identification and intervention for infants who’re deaf/hh
- to facilitate interaction with hearing peers
- to facilitate CPD for teachers and
- to equip mainstream school and college classrooms with technology.
- Technology Has Revolutionised Deaf Education
- Educational Supports For Deaf Children In Ireland
- The Visiting Teacher Service: Background Details
- The Salamanca Statement (1994) and EPSEN Act (2004)