The staff of the Anne Sullivan Centre, in collaboration with members of the Dublin Advocacy Working Group, have been busy raising awareness of deafblindness in our national hospitals. Four major Irish hospitals signed up to receive awareness training with us- the Mater hospital, St Vincents hospital, St Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny and the Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin.
The training included a brief overview of the condition of deafblindness, the relevant disability legislation that hospitals and hospital staff must be aware of, practical tips for supporting individuals who are deafblind when in hospital and advice on making the hospital more accessible to all people.
Members of the Advocacy Working Group communicated their own personal stories and shared their own tips for hospital staff.
We would like to thank all the staff, volunteers and management in each of the hospitals who helped organise the training days and who took part in the initiative. We hope to see you again next year!