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Elderly brothers’ death highlights need for specialist services

Posted: 6th October 2016 Press Release: Elderly brothers’ death highlights need for specialist services.

DeafHear is saddened by the recent tragic events that have unfolded in Dublin. The deaths of two elderly brothers who were Deaf, highlight not only the vulnerability of older people generally, but also the unique vulnerability of Deaf people who communicate through sign language.

While most Deaf people live independent lives in the community, those who may need support from time to time are especially at risk, as mainstream services are not equipped to respond to their needs.

According to DeafHear’s Head of Advocacy Brendan Lennon the HSE and the Minister for Disability need to act immediately on the recommendations of a HSE Working Group report into the needs of vulnerable Deaf people. “The Working Group report recommends the establishment of specialist community teams and residential services for those vulnerable Deaf people who require care and support. This very sad event underlines the need for these services to be introduced now, before another similar tragedy unfolds,” he said. Line Break Image

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