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Success for Deaf Student in Leaving Cert!

The Irish Times recently reported on the achievement of Killian McDonnell from Kilsallaghan, Co. Meath. Killian is Deaf and has Down syndrome, and his mother Teresa believes he is the first Deaf student with this condition to have passed the Leaving Cert. “According to every inquiry we made… this is a first,” she said.

Killian completed his studies in Ashbourne Community School through Irish Sign Language (ISL). In an interview earlier this year with the Fingal Independent Killian said ‘I love school. The students and teachers are great. The students in my class have learned some ISL.’

Killian received support in the classroom from ISL language support worker, Ciara Clarke who translating the curriculum from English to ISL and assisted Killian’s communication with teachers and pupils. Killian said ‘Ciara is brilliant, I really appreciate all her hard work, I could not be at school without her support.’ Remarkably, Killian only started learning ISL only five years ago.

Killian now plans to complete a two–year intensive literacy course and hopes to travel and work in different countries in the future. He is interested in drama and has been an active member of the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf.

Killian’s achievement underlines the finding in the recent NCSE report on the education of Deaf children which recognised that Deaf children can achieve the same educational success as their hearing peers with the right support. DeafHear believes Killian’s determination to succeed can inspire other Deaf students into the future.

DeafHear congratulates Killian on his great achievement and wishes him every success in his future studies.




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