Deaf children and their families fight to be heard

Many children let down by system with patchy support and lack of specialised teachers

When Genevieve was diagnosed profoundly deaf at the age of two, her mother was consumed with worry.

“This was a new experience for me,” she says. “ I hadn’t had an experience with a deaf person in my life before. So I believed everything that they [the professionals] told me.”

It was the 1990s and she was told that sending her child to her local primary school in Donegal was the best option.

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