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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.

The services we provide include:

  • Residential
  • Outreach
  • Information and Advice
  • Research
  • Training
Painting Chocolate Bears on an outing to the Butlers Chocolate Factory
Painting Chocolate Bears on an outing to the Butlers Chocolate Factory

Interacting in the world without sight or hearing can be hugely challenging for people who are Deafblind. In some cases, sensory disabilities can be coupled with additional intellectual and physical disabilities and emotional and mental health issues. The Anne Sullivan Centre offers a residential service to those who require an advanced level of support to reach their full potential.

Baking time at the centre
Baking time at the centre

The centre aims to embrace the uniqueness of each individual who is Deafblind by offering them personalised activity and communication plans and encouraging them to make their own decisions.

On an outing to Funderland
On an outing to Funderland

Alternative forms of communication such as adapted and formal sign language, concrete symbols, intensive interaction, pictures and PECs are used by staff at the centre to ensure that residents can access information and voice their opinions.

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One of our Deafblind residents bravely tackling the Climbing Wall on the residents Holiday

On a bike ride around the Cenrte
On a bike ride around the Centre

Adults using the service are facilitated to pursue meaningful, active and fulfilling lives through a range of leisure activities and community outings.

Service Users currently live in four semi-detached homes and an additional self-contained apartment, which is located in the Centre’s main activities building.

Enjoying a picnic on a barge trip
Enjoying a picnic on a barge trip

In 2010, the Anne Sullivan Centre established an Outreach service to provide support to people who are Deafblind in their schools, homes and community. People from all across Ireland, together with their families and/or supporting professionals are offered person-centred assessments and training aimed at improving their communication skills and independence.20

Once a referral is made or a person contacts us, we work together with them to identify whether services can be offered, based on the persons individual needs.

This can include:

  • An initial assessment of needs.
  • A full report with recommendations, identifying additional resources required.
  • Individualised training, for specific individuals and/or their family/staff.
  • Follow-up visits from our Deafblind Consultant.
  • Links to other services, or sources of information.
  • Involvement in Multi-Disciplinary Meetings.
  • Support with admissions or referral meetings.

If you would like to make a referral to the service please contact info@annesullivancentre.ie or call 01 8300 562

The Anne Sullivan Centre has over 25 years’ experience of providing services and advocating for people who are Deafblind in Ireland.

We are committed to networking with other Deafblind organisations around the world to ensure that people who are Deafblind in Ireland have access to services based on best practise models developed internationally.

The centre also works with Deaf, Blind and other service providers as well as medical and educational professionals to encourage inter-agency cooperation on the issue of Deafblindness on a National level.

Our Information and Advice service is open to anyone wishing to find out more about Deafblindness or enquire about the supports available to people who are Deafblind in Ireland.

If you have a question or would like more information about Deafblindness please contact info@annesullivancentre.ie or call 01 8300 562

reportThe Anne Sullivan Centre, in association with Deafblind Ireland published research into Deafblindness in Ireland in 2014.

To download a copy of the full report click here.

We also contributed to a European wide study aimed at comparing the situation of people who are Deafblind across member states in 2014. A copy of the report ‘Mapping Opportunities for People who are Deafblind’ is available to download from http://www.deafblindindicators.eu/

The Anne Sullivan Centre has previously provided training and information sessions to the families of sensory impaired individuals and a broad spectrum of professionals who work with people who are Deafblind including teachers, SNA’s, Nurses and Social Workers.

As the organisation is dedicated to raising awareness of Deafblindness on a National level, we are available to provide Deafblind Awareness training in schools, workplaces and clubs and societies around the country.

If you would like to find out more about the type of training we can offer please contact info@annesullivancentre.ie or call 01 8300 562

Anne Sullivan Foundation for Deafblind People

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