If you haven’t been keeping up to date with things on Parents Corner, there are a number of things happening already in 2017. Small Talk, Chit Chat, LEAPing on with Language workshops and a new course for parents with the world famous John Tracey Clinic have been organised in partnership with Our New Ears.
Our Parent Support Groups are continuing around the country, and there are a number of family activities planned for Easter time. So check out the events pages to see what is happening in your area.
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On March 20th responsibility for the operation of the Visiting Teacher (VT) Service transferred from the Department of Education and Skills to the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). This planned change was first announced by the then Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan in February 2015. The VT service was to become part of a new ‘Inclusion Support Service’ within the NCSE, incorporating the Special Education Support Service, the National Behaviour Support Service and the Visiting Teacher Service.
The NCSE have announced that from March 20th exisiting services will continue to be provided as normal without disruption and contact details will remain the same until the end of the school year. The NCSE said that they will be ‘working towards having one NCSE Support Service delivered on a regional basis’.
It is hoped that this change will result in a more consistent service for children and families across the country.
We also reported in our last 2016 update that the draft National Disability Inclusion Strategy included an overdue commitment to ‘develop an implementation plan and commence implementation of NCSE policy advice on Deaf education.’
This policy advice was published in 2011 – six years ago. At this point the Disability Strategy is still at draft stage. We can only hope that the establishment of the new service in the NCSE and the (eventual) publication of the new Disability Strategy will result in real progress that will imporve the educational outcomes for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in the years ahead.
We know that parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children can sometimes feel isolated in meeting the challenges araising from their child’s hearing loss. And we know that parents greatly value the opportunity to meet or chat with other parents with similar experiences. In 2016 DeafHear have trained a number of parents as peer support volunteers, and there are plans to train more parents in 2017.
The training programme contains modules on listening skills, reflective practice, self-care, confidentiality, boundaries and child protection. Training this year will take place in Dublin and Killarney, so if you are interested in getting involved, contact Siobhan Egan for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to meet or have a chat with one of our parent volunteers, please contact your local DeafHear Resource Centre for further information. We don’t have parent mentors available in every area yet...but they are available for a chat on the phone!
Deaf Scout Group
Are you a young Deaf person aged between 6 and 26 years? The Dublin Deaf Group based in Deaf Village Ireland are looking for new recruits! They are officially the 191st Dublin Scout Group, and they meet on Wednesdays in the Old Gym Hall in Deaf Village Ireland. They cater for all age groups in the Scout Movement – Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and and Rovers.
If you would like to know more....simply watch their video here:
That’s all for now. Don’t forget to check out the events pages for activities in your area!
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