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Connected: How a Cochlear Implant Made Me More Deaf

  I’ve finally published a book. It’s a shortish ebook about my experience of getting a cochlear implant, parts of which I’ve written about in the past for this blog. It’s been some five years in the works, although I left my first draft to gather dust for a while before revisiting it and re-writing […]
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When signing is singing

  It’s often assumed that when profoundly deaf children are involved in any kind of musical performance it’s mainly for their therapeutic benefit: a worthy attempt at confidence-building or something that might help with their speech development. But watching the teenagers of St Mary’s School for Deaf Girls choir perform the traditional Irish song May the […]
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Classic cars and the NCT

This is a longer version of an article that appeared in the Irish Times Nov 12 Most classic car enthusiasts in Ireland are hoping the Government will continue to exempt their vehicles from NCT tests following a public consultation on the issue that is due to end this Friday. A new EU directive on roadworthiness testing due […]
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IT conversion courses – not all employers are converts

Conversion courses have mushroomed since the IT industry complained it couldn’t find enough graduates to fill jobs. But some say the tech sector is reluctant to take on conversion graduates proposition seems simple – even compelling – at a time when the tech industry here is crying out for new blood: if you are currently […]
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Open Days: smoothing the way to third level

The Better Options fair in Dublin aims to be a one-stop shop for would-be students with disabilities, with all the information they need about facilities, supports and navigating a path to a college of their choice. Finding out about the options for third-level study can be a hugely interesting, stimulating and even enjoyable experience for […]
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Live captioning phone app on the way

Advances in automatic voice recognition technology have spurred a Paris-based start-up to launch a crowd-fund campaign to bring to market the first worldwide service that offers captioned telephone calls for deaf people. For the past two years, RogerVoice has been working on developing a subscription-based app that combines a Voice-over-IP telephone platform with streaming automated […]
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What can hearing people learn from deaf people about effective communication? Quite a lot, actually….

John Cradden – 20 February 2014 Learning how to communicate more like a deaf person could improve your listening skills and make yourself heard better at work, according to international business consultant and coach Dr Bruno Kahne. Dr Kahne, who works as a senior consultant with the AirBusiness Academy, a training and research consultancy in […]
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Lessons in equality for parents and teachers

This is a longer version of an article and accompanying videos published in the Irish Times Health and Family supplement on January 7. It is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was published on January 7.  Special education in mainstream schools Part 2 – Quality   By John Cradden Above: Jo […]
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Special needs education in mainstream schools

This is a longer version of an article published in the Irish Times Health and Family supplement on January 7. It is the first part of a two-part series. The second part will be published on January 14.  Special education in mainstream schools Part 1 – the Cost of Cuts By John Cradden When the […]
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Disability lingo – getting it right

  Dignified way to find right words Rather than focusing on remembering the nuances of political correctness, if you respect the person and see the individual and not just their disability, you will get it right, writes John Cradden Wed, May 29, 2013 Is a person with autism someone who is mentally ill? Is a […]
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