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Information Weekend for Families with
Children Newly Diagnosed with a Hearing Loss

Posted: 10th June 2017

DeafHear Information Weekend for Families with Children Newly Diagnosed with a Hearing Loss: Friday 6th October to Sunday 8th October 2017


Friday 6th October to Sunday 8th October 2017

Midlands Park Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois
(formally The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel)

In October 2017, will host its bi-annual information weekend for families with children who have been newly diagnosed with a hearing loss.

The previous weekends were a great success and the feedback from the families that attended was extremely positive, some of these comments can be seen on our website While visiting the website please take the opportunity to look at our Parents Corner information which has specifically for parents.

Parents who attended in October 2016 said…

“More than I expected,
I loved how everyone is so friendly”

“A very good overview and
introduction to the supports
available in the future.”

“Exceeded expectations,
I just loved it and feel
so much better.”

“Clear sharing of information
in layman’s terms.”


The weekend will bring families from across the country together, to give you the opportunity to gain information about supports available locally and nationally from professionals and peers. The weekend will be led by experienced DeafHear staff. In attendance will be relevant professionals, all of whom have a vast amount of experience working with children with a hearing loss. There will be a session with a Deaf person and their sibling / family members regarding their experiences growing up in a hearing family. There will also be ample opportunities to talk to other families and DeafHear staff.

We are pleased to offer children aged 14 years and under the chance to take part in a wide range of activities in age-appropriate childcare rooms run by trained and experienced childcare workers, while parents participate in the sessions.

The weekend is residential to enable families to share their experiences
in a supportive and confidential environment.

The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel is in Portlaoise Town, ideally located only 1 hour from Dublin, 1.5 hours from Cork and just 5 minutes’ walk from Portlaoise Train Station. The hotel offers a number of family rooms (limited to 4 family members – a supplement may be incurred if additional accommodation is required), residents also have access to a fitness suite and swimming pool.

The cost of attending the weekend is €70 per adult (16 and over) and €40 per child (under 16) for the weekend. All accommodation, meals, information pack and children’s activities will be provided by DeafHear. If you would like to participate in this weekend, please complete the booking form and return by Friday 22nd September 2017, or if you would like more information please contact:

Siobhán Egan
Family Resource Worker
Mobile: 086 605 2205

(Places are very limited, to avoid disappointment please book early).



Newly Diagnosed Weekend October 2017:
Information and Booking Form

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