Two parents share an email they sent to Derek Mooney, after he recently spoke on-air with the mother of a deaf child about her difficulty getting supports for her son. We feel the Visiting Teacher (VT) service is often forgotten and we only hear of the deaf children who are attending specialist schools, not the
A third-level student recently mailed Sound Advice. They were applying to volunteer in a developing country to further their studies but had some concerns about their hearing, and keeping their aids working. This student did not know where to post their questions or to seek advice, so Sound Advice‘s Caroline Carswell is responding on the
On November 5th, 2010, The Irish Medical Times published a very significant piece, “Review Set To Tackle Audiology Waiting Lists“. IDK is delighted to see the NAR taking these steps in very difficult economic conditions. DeafHear (formerly the NAD) also deserves commendation for its sustained campaign toward universal newborn hearing screening (UNHS). According to the
Interested in mainstream education for deaf children? Want to know more about the issues, experiences and available supports? UPDATE: This event is postponed to the new year. If so, IDK welcomes you to a FREE morning information session, “Choice, Options, Possibilities”, on December 3rd, 2010, in Dublin city centre. The session includes presentations from: Parents
A strong case for newborn hearing tests is made with a recent study in the Netherlands, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Detection At Birth Gave Better Quality Of Life Children whose hearing issues were found at birth, had a better quality of life aged 3 and 5, than babies tested at
One of Sound Advice’s most-received questions is, “Which system is better for a deaf child to use at creche/school, a (personal) FM system, or a soundfield?” This article, “FM Systems ‘versus’ Soundfields“, from the American Speech-Hearing Association (ASHA), gives great insights into the pros/cons of each. Follow the links below to establish how your child
Ninety per cent of deaf children (over 3,300 in total) attend mainstream schools in Ireland. This statistic relating to inclusive education, shows general teaching approaches must change to support altering needs with digital hearing technologies and teaching techniques. Facilitating Inclusive Education in Ireland Inclusive education should be an option for parents in Ireland who want
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