What can we offer you?
The Anne Sullivan Centre provides training courses for individuals and groups
Our training courses are prepared and facilitated by a team of consultants,  intervenors and social care professionals with extensive experience supporting people with combined hearing and vision impairments.
All our courses can be customised. We adapt to your needs in terms of numbers of training sessions required, the length of each session, numbers of participants and content of training. We generally use PowerPoint slides during training sessions but other formats can be arranged. Training is interactive and encourages group participation.
In general, training courses provide:

  • An introduction to deafblindness-explanation and definitions
  • Facts and figures on the prevalence of Deafblindness in Ireland
  • Communicating with individuals with combined hearing and vision impairments
  • Causes and consequences of Deafblindness
  • Key considerations for organisations and services
  • Simulation exercises
  • Overview of services provided by the Anne Sullivan Centre

Training courses also cover the following topics upon request
⦁ Assessment Process
⦁ Teaching strategies
⦁ Developing communication systems/symbols [Participants will learn a variety of techniques and modes of communication used by individuals who are Deafblind. Examples of each mode as well as how to integrate symbolic communication into everyday life will be explored]
⦁ Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)
⦁ CHARGE Syndrome
⦁ Strategies and techniques for hearing and vision assessment in the natural environment.
⦁ Adapting the curriculum and writing IEP plans for children with dual sensory impairment. [Participants will work on adapting materials to make them meaningful and accessible to students with vision/hearing impairments as well as severe special needs. Participants should bring sample IEP goals as well as curriculum lesson plans and be prepared for practical work]

Who is it for?
Anyone who might be in contact with an adult or child with some degree of hearing and sight loss e.g. family members, front line staff, managers, SNA’s, teachers, OT’s, SLT’s, PT’s, Social Workers, Psychologists, Audiologists, Ophthalmologists, and office staff.
⦁ Other people associated with your organisation e.g. volunteers, advocates or students
Our audience to date…

Throughout 2016 we provided training to 450 health and social care practitioners, students and teachers in a wide range of settings including:

  • Community resource centres
  • Respite centres
  • Primary/secondary/Pre/special schools
  • Universities
  • Hospitals
  •  Disability service providers
  • Early intervention  services

We  aim to provide increased awareness training during  2017 in an effort to influence a wide range of individuals and groups to recognise the abilities of all people to lead full and meaningful lives and the importance of removing the barriers that prevent this.

Anne Sullivan Foundation for Deafblind People

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