In 1989 a group of concerned people met and decided to form a national organisation to help children who were deafblind. They named the organisation The Anne Sullivan Foundation for people who are deafblind. This was as a tribute to a lady whose achievements have merited the making of a feature film “The Miracle Worker” about her work. She was almost unknown in Ireland at the time.
The Foundation has a specially constructed centre in the grounds of St. Joseph’s House for Adults who are Deaf, Brewery Road, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. The Anne Sullivan Centre is a home for life for people who are deafblind. It has a specially trained staff, as people who are deafblind require intensive programmes with a substantial educational element on a life long basis. Most importantly, however, the Centre is a real home, where the dignity and happiness of the residents is of primary importance.
The Foundation also has an Outreach service which supports adults and children with both congenital and acquired deafblindness, nationwide. They also provide advocacy, training and a small day service.