In October 2013, the Anne Sullivan Centre and Deafblind Ireland, launched a study into deafblindness in Ireland.
The Anne Sullivan Centre, located in Dublin, provides residential care for adults with combined vision and hearing loss. The centre also delivers a Nationwide Outreach Service.
The project is being led by Laura English, who is originally from Grangemockler. Laura studied Social Science at NUI Maynooth and has worked with people who are deafblind for over two years. Laura hopes that the project will make people more aware of deafblindness and the challenges it presents. Laura aims to encourage as many people as possible to participate in the research. Anyone with a combined vision and hearing impairment that causes difficulty with communication access to information and mobility is encouraged to get involved. For more information visit www.annesullivancentre.ie and click on the ‘Register as Deafblind’ tab or contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org or 086 3617316.