What we do
The Anne Sullivan Centre provides a range of services for people who are deafblind across the country. We aim to support each person in their ongoing development while taking account of their individual needs and preferences. More.
The Anne Sullivan Centre aims to facilitate adults who are deafblind to pursue meaningful, active and fulfilling lives through a range of planned activities and individualised programmes. More.
Since September 2015 Laura Sarah Dowdall has been facilitating a creative dance workshop for the residents of the Anne Sullivan Centre and their key workers. She combines her skills as a professional dancer, healing yoga and movement facilitator to create customised workshops for people with learning, motor and sensory disabilities. She believes that dance should […]
The Anne Sullivan Centre and Foundation are delighted to learn that The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) has finally been ratified by the Dáil. The UNCRPD supports the rights of all people with disabilities to equality in respect of all human rights and fundamental freedoms. Disability groups and campaigners […]
The Anne Sullivan Centre will be facilitating free disability awareness training in hospitals and schools between April and May 2018. Our staff will be available to facilitate this training in collaboration with individuals who are deafblind/with dual sensory loss. The sessions are designed to be interactive as well as informative and aim to develop a […]
Jan van Dijk, who is regarded by many as the founder of communication and assessment for people who are deafblind, passed away after a short illness last Tuesday 23rd January at the age of 80. During his long career as a teacher, psychologist and psychiatrist, he developed a myriad of dynamic interaction and communication […]
The Recognition of Irish Sign Language (ISL) for the Deaf Community Bill 2016 was last month signed into law by President Michael D Higgins. Under the new law, public bodies will have to implement ISL action plans and provide sign language interpreters to people using public services. Parents and siblings of children who are deaf […]
The 5th World Federation Deafblind General Assembly and the 11th Helen Keller World Conference are due to take place from 19th-27th June 2018 at the Gran Hotel Bali in Benidorm, Spain. Both events aim to provide real opportunities for people who are deafblind to have their own forum and to learn from others with personal experiences of […]
On Saturday 23rd September 2017 last, 16 staff members from the Anne Sullivan Centre took on the Runamuck Challenge in Coolcarrigan Estate, Coill Dubh, Co Kildare. We are pleased to report that all our team completed the challenging 5k course overcoming obstacles such as water filled ditches, 10 foot high fences, hay bales and good old fashioned Irish […]
The Anne Sullivan Centre were delighted to partner with The Centre for Deaf Studies Trinity College on Oct 18th in delivering an introductory lecture on the topic of deafblindness. Catherine McDonald, Deirdre Leech and Heather Colson Osborne from the Anne Sullivan Centre collaborated with Aila Mikkola from The Humak University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki to deliver the […]
Athlone Institute of Technology was the location on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th October for our CHARGE Syndrome workshop and information days. Many thanks to Gail Deuce, a specialist teacher and expert in CHARGE Syndrome for a fantastic presentation and informative lecture. We had over 35 professionals in attendance on Friday and 11 families attended […]
Deirdre Leech (Deafblind Outreach Consultant) and Heather Colson-Osborne (Team Leader at Anne Sullivan Centre) were given the opportunity to represent Ireland at the 9th Deafblind International European Conference in Aalborg, Denmark in September 2018. The theme of the conference was “Touch of Closeness: Maintaining Social Connectedness” so all of the presentations revolved around topics relating […]