In recent days, IDK’s Facebook page showed a photo, advising us all to “Keep Calm and Celebrate Diversity”. Our point was that diversity exists in the deaf sector too, and some people don’t know [or acknowledge] this fact.
To learn about some ‘different ways of being deaf’, here’s a good piece:
Read >> Different Models of Deafness
In Ireland, [...]
Educational outcomes for deaf and hard-of-hearing children, is the focus of a new policy advice paper from the National Council for Special Education.
The stated goal of the paper is that “deaf and hard-of-hearing children should graduate from school with levels of educational attainment that are on a par with their hearing peers of similar ability.”
Read the [...]
The Disability Service at Trinity College, Dublin is hosting an information evening this month for potential students with physical/sensory disabilities.
Date: Friday January 27th 2012
Venue: Room 3074, 3rd Floor, Arts Building, TCD
The evening will begin with an overview of the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE), and will outline the range of supports available at [...]
Monica Heck, a student of journalism at DCU, recently wrote a feature piece on deaf students at third-level in Ireland, for DCU’s College View paper.
Read the piece >> Deafness at Third Level
A key point to remember is that each student prefers different supports at third-level. Some will favour speed-text (digital note-taking), or CART (ad verbatim note-taking), [...]
IDK’s latest seminar, “Exploring Post-School and College Options”, was held in Dublin on November 3rd, 2011 for deaf teens and their parents to explore college, career and employment options.
Seminar topics covered:
The DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) system
Third-level college supports for deaf/hard-of-hearing students
Internships and volunteer work for students
Paid mentored placements for graduates
Insights by deaf adults [...]
Irish Deaf Kids held a technology and education event in Dublin on October 10th, 2011. The event proved to be invaluable for all attendees, and was put together to give parents, educators and other stakeholders in-depth insights to how deaf and hard-of-hearing (hoh) children can use digital tools to better communicate and learn in a [...]
“Video-games, and the type of learning and thinking they generate, may serve as a cornerstone for education and economies of the future”.
For children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, video-games offer great learning potential. Social and interpersonal skills can be taught, as can problem-solving abilities (which the children in question may have already).
Read the full piece: Is [...]
IDK is hosting a seminar, “Communicate, Educate, Integrate – Technology and Deaf Children in Mainstream Environments” on October 10th, in Dublin.
This FREE event is for everyone with an interest in hearing, communication, language, learning and supportive technologies for deaf children/students in mainstream environments.
No prior understanding of deafness or of the technology solutions reviewed, is required [...]
Imaginosity (Dublin Childrens’ Museum) and IDK are hosting a book-reading for all children aged 4 to 9 at Imaginosity, on October 14th at 4pm.
Children attending the reading of “A Birthday For Ben“, access Imaginosity’s child-centred, educational and interactive museum space for creative play.
During Imaginosity’s Festival of Stories, its Super Saver Rate for school groups is €5 [...]
The current SNA and resource teacher cuts, in effect since school-children returned to classes earlier this month, have brought to light several issues and questions surrounding deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their educational needs, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Do deaf and hard-of-hearing children really need a SNA or resource teacher in mainstream education, [...]