Irish Deaf Kids News

2013 – A Year Of Campaigns And Innovation

The Year’s Not Finished Yet.

We’re with you, on that point. Actually, please vote for IDK’s video clip, Ability Personified in “Better Together“? That way, we might get €1k extra to start 2014 with.

Bilateral Ear-Implant Campaign: Eleven months ago, the Happy New Ear campaign for bilateral ear-implants began when IDK noted parents’ concerns about service delays, before letter-writing to Dr James Reilly and the campaign’s real escalation.Outcome: As Dr Reilly finalises his 2014 health service plan, IDK has featured in theMedical Independent, the Sunday Independent and the Irish Times. In 2013, we alsoretained the threatened BSc. course in Audiology at Athlone Institute of Techology.

Talking point: we welcome all contact to info@irishdeafkids.ie – and if you’d like to track IDK’s news, sign up for our monthly ezine, or follow our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Chat soon! ~ Caroline Carswell, Founder-CEO, IDK

IDK is a tiny venture with a very big impact, being entirely self-financed with no church or state funding since starting up in 2007.

Here’s what we’ve achieved, with minimal resources …


2013● Presenter, Teaching Council’s Feilte expo (topic: school acoustics)
● Finalist, Charity Hack 2013 (fundraising campaigns for five charities)
● Starter of student petition to retain BSc. course in Audiology at Athlone IT
● Host, NADP-uk.org workshop, “Mindset Change: Perceptions of Ability”
● Parent-teen seminar, “Feeling Isolated? You’re Not Alone!” (Dublin)
● Shortlist, 2013 NDRC Launchpad tech-accelerator program
● Catalyst, Happy New Ear parent campaign for bilateral cochlear implants

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Pick up card products and the IDK childrens’ book, “A Birthday For Ben“, now in ITV’s story-book app with audio, text, subtitles, images, video and a sign language option. Read more >> 

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