`THESE KIDS ARE BEING PUNISHED FOR BEING DEAF AND IT'S ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING'
Away from all the `reviews', `re-models' and `restructures' going on in Salford Council's Service for Sensory Impaired Children, real kids with visual and hearing impairments are having their specialist teachers ripped off them. We went to visit the family of Alicia, age 8, to gauge the upsetting consequences of the bureaucrats' decisions… "She didn't ask to be born deaf …. she doesn't have a clue that her teacher, Sara, is going to be taken away from her… she doesn't understand…"
"People have got to stand up for these kids because the kids can't stand up for themselves…" Stella O'Neill, parent Alicia Egan was born deaf but no health professional picked upon her hearing impairment until she was 15 months old… "When I found out Alicia was deaf, obviously I was devastated and didn't know what to do" recalls her mum Stella O'Neill "Then, the day after, I got a knock on the door and it was Ann, the teacher of the deaf, and it was like an angel had been sent to help us.
"She was absolutely brilliant and put us back together" she adds "If it wasn't for these teachers of the deaf we wouldn't be where we are now. We wouldn't know the first thing to do. They are just like a firm brick wall of support,