Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
Following a major review of audiology services in Ireland that revealed a history of neglect towards essential pediatric hearing services, a national newborn hearing testing programme (UNHS) began in Cork in April 2011. Friday, June 17th, 2011
The test, to screen for deafness in newborn babies, is intended to enable earlier intervention for family-centered child-language development [..]
The earlier children learn to lipread, the better chance they will have it as second nature. Some tips to remember when teaching your child to lipread:
Reading books together develops language, and teaches lip-reading Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
Hearing devices will support your child’s “processing” as they lipread
Learning to differentiate between vowel sounds is vital to lipreaders
If your child doesn’t “get” [..]
“Whether parents choose sign language, speech facilitated by implants or some combination, deaf children are exposed to language earlier than ever” Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
Implants help deaf children learn language from listening
A key message in this piece is, language is the important thing for deaf children and can be acquired in different ways. One view is that “listening and [..]
By default, the parents of deaf children need to be involved with their child’s education, at home and at school. Parental input to child education is cited by educators as one of the best ways to improve outcomes for all children (regardless of hearing) and especially if other family members are involved. Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Statistically, educational attainment rises [..]
Everyone lipreads to an extent regardless of their hearing, as it gives a sense of what people are saying to us. Deaf and hard-of-hearing people can rely almost totally on lip-reading skills, as they may not have the input of sound to know what others are saying to them, or to follow a conversation. Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Charlie Swinbourne, a [..]
The Deaf Support in Third Level (DS3) project at Trinity College Dublin is hosting its 2011 Summer School on June 29th and 30th, at the TCD campus. Sunday, May 22nd, 2011
Deaf and hard-of-hearing students are significantly under-represented at third-level in Ireland. The national DS3 project aims to increase the number and retention of these students with specific supports and public education.
This video-invitation [..]
Australia’s senate has approved funding for a National Schools Pilot Program of classroom captioning for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Monday, May 16th, 2011
The move follows classroom tests of the captioning system in the past year, with co-ordination from the respective state-level Departments of Education.
Senator Fifield, who co-sponsored the move, said the provision was a direct fit [..]
When taking state examinations, deaf students often wonder if they are “on the right track” in giving examiners what is needed to gain exam points. Friday, May 13th, 2011
Here’s a website by a teacher of Leaving Cert English, with advice. Reading these points with a parent or teacher may be beneficial to deaf students.
Leaving Certificate English – Help and Advice
As everyday home, school and teaching content becomes digitised, accessible literacy-learning tools are needed, particularly for younger children encountering vocabulary and grammar structures for the first time.
In 2010, “A Usability Guide to Intelligent Web Tools for the Literacy of Deaf People” was published in Italy. Several key points are noted:
the age at which a person becomes deaf [..] Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
Yesterday, an article on mainstream supports for deaf children in the UK (by Cathy Heffernan) ran in the UK’s Guardian broadsheet newspaper.
Deaf pupils will bear the brunt of education cuts
Eighty-five per cent of deaf pupils in the UK are mainstream-educated at present. Like in Ireland, these pupils, their families and school teachers draw vital support and [..]