Ratification of UNCRPD

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 […]

Passing of Jan Van Dijk

  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 […]

Upcoming events in 2018

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 […]

Runamuck Challenge for the Anne Sullivan Foundation raises over €1000 !

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 […]

Deafblindness: An Introductory Lecture

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 […]

CHARGE Syndrome Information Days

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 […]

Report from Deafblind International European Conference 2017

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 […]

Upcoming CHARGE Syndrome Workshop

“Supporting individuals with CHARGE syndrome in educational and clinical settings” The Anne Sullivan Centre is pleased to announce that it will host a professional workshop on CHARGE syndrome on  Friday, October 13, 2017  from 1-4pm at Athlone Institute of Technology . This should be of interest   to all classroom teachers, visiting teachers, SNAs, Social Workers, […]