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Hands On: Educational Options for Deaf Children 2

Every week two deaf babies are born in Ireland. After a child is diagnosed as deaf, parents must make numerous decisions about what is best for their child's education, communication, language acquisition, social skills and identity. It can be a difficult process, and many parents report that it can be made harder by a lack of information and delays with diagnosis. This week Hands On meets with parents of Deaf children who discuss the choices they had to make and the difficulties they had with acquiring services, we talk to Deaf adults about how their parents' decisions affected their lives in terms of education, language, self-confidence and identity, and experts give advice about cochlear implants, education choices and language acquisition.
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