Canadian-born Jordan Livingston (aged 19) has won a scholarship to train toward becoming a commercial aviation pilot. The significance? He wears two cochlear implants and was born profoundly deaf, to a hearing family. Read >> Deafness doesn’t ground aspiring pilot from Rancho High Predictably, Livingston met some nay-sayers, as is reported: People wondered if Livingston
Radio station, Newstalk 108FM, sent reporter Henry McKean to Specsavers Hearcare in central Dublin, to have his ears filled with putty to block sounds. McKean then had a taste of “being deaf for a day” in Dublin city centre. Listen: What Is It Like To Experience Deafness Overnight? A transcript of McKean’s commentary is here,
Piloting planes? Impossible for people with hearing issues? Wrong! Prepare to change your thinking after reading these personal accounts. Read: Deaf pilot spreads the word: You can fly As this pilot reveals, “[using visual cues for] deaf and hard-of-hearing people applies to everyone using English as a second language”, with safety enhanced for both types
On November 2nd, 2011, Conor Byrne at Dublin South FM interviewed Caroline Carswell from Irish Deaf Kids, on IDK and its activities. This transcript has been generated by Miriam Walsh, a former IDK intern who still contributes time to IDK’s operations, as needed. Read the radio transcript (pdf format) Listen to the podcast interview (25.2
To celebrate its tenth birthday, Dublin-based Elevate PR offered a PR campaign worth €10K to the small firm or non-profit in Ireland that wrote the best 500-word pitch. The eight finalists were Treehouse Republic, Dayout.ie, Digital Mines, An Oige, FirstDate.ie, Irish Girl Guides, Sensational Kids and Sound Advice (then called Irish Deaf Kids). The winner was Sensational Kids, also a Social
“Fiver Friday“, launched on July 1st, aims to encourage the Irish population to go out and spend €5 extra on local products to kick-start the economy. IDK is offering its award-winning childrens’ book, “A Birthday For Ben“ at €5.00 per book, on Fridays through end-August 2011 (down from €8.99). Subscribers to our monthly ezine can buy
Alarm clocks give any child more independence, including deaf children, who aren’t always aware of their household starting its new day. Clocks For Children and Teens The Wake’n’Shake jumbo alarm clock has a large face that may be easiest for kids to read and has two parts, a clock and a vibrating shaker. Teens with iPods or
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