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Welcome to The Anne Sullivan Foundation for the Deafblind website

The Anne Sullivan Foundation is a national organisation that was established to help low functioning deafblind children throughout Ireland.

The foundation was named as a tribute to Anne Sullivan (1866-1936), an Irish-American teacher, best known for being the instructor and companion of Helen Keller.

Helen Keller, author, political activist, and lecturer, was the first ever deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.


What is Deafblindness?

A person who is deafblind has some impairment of both vision and hearing senses, whether organic or perceptual in nature, the combination of which produces significant difficulties beyond those which would ordinarily be expected to result from a single sensory impairment.

Few people who are deafblind are totally deaf and blind; most have some residual hearing and/or residual vision.

Deafblindness may be congenital, or the result of illness or accident. It may also be a significant aspect of multiple disability.

Please click here to see our research report on Deafblindness In Ireland, published in September 2014.


Please take your time to browse through our website. The purpose of the website is:

  • To inform people of who we are and what we do
  • To educate people about Deafblind
  • To allow people to donate money to the Anne Sullivan Foundation for the Deafblind
  • To give people who want to fundraise for us, some information on how that can be done
  • To register a Deafblind person
  • To learn about our Outreach service

Click below to hear The Anne Sullivan Centre feature on RTE Radio over 20 years ago