Upcoming Advocacy Working Group Meetings

Dates have been set for the next Anne Sullivan Foundation (ASF) Advocacy Working Groups.

The Dublin Advocacy Working Group will meet on Wednesday 20th February  from 11am-1pm at the Anne Sullivan Centre, Silverpines, Brewery Road, Co Dublin. This will be followed by a technology workshop with Cearbhall O’Meadhra which will run until 2.30pm. You are invited to bring all your technology, such as, mobile phones, tablets and laptops. Lunch will be provided. If you’d like to be included for lunch, please contact Louise Martin before the 18th February by email:

at  lmartin@annesullivancentre.ie or by phone at 087 645 7586.

The Cork Advocacy Working Group will meet on Wednesday 20th March from 11am-1pm in Cork Deaf Association Offices on MacCurtain Street, Cork city. Further details to follow.

The ASC facilitates Advocacy Working Groups in Dublin and Cork which each meet four times per year. The overall purpose of the working groups is to provide a platform to guide and co-ordinate our inputs in the design and implementation of strategies to increase resources for those in Ireland who are experiencing deafblindness.

The group exists primarily to:

  • Ensure that the advocacy work undertaken by us is well-informed and in line with the real needs of people who are deafblind in Ireland.
  • Identify and share information regarding existing services and supports for persons who are deafblind in Ireland
  • Identify existing gaps in service provision and issues or challenges for persons who are deafblind
  • Identify appropriate sources to fund and/or undertake tasks and activities
  • Participate, where agreed, in advocacy activities of the Anne Sullivan Foundation
  • Work collaboratively to have deafblindness recognised as a distinct disability

An Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreter is provided at each meeting. Persons with combined hearing and vision loss are encouraged and supported to attend these meetings.

For further information please contact Louise Martin by email at  lmartin@annesullivancentre.ie or by phone at 087 645 7586.