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The Anne Sullivan Foundation for people who are deafblind

On 27th April, 1989 a group of concerned people met and decided to form a national organisation to help children who are deafblind. They named the organisation The Anne Sullivan Foundation for people who are deafblind. This is 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 people who are deafblind.  It has a specially trained staff, as people with congenital Deaf/Blindness 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 Anne Sullivan Centre is primarily a home for life, as a residential and educational centre for people who are deafblind with additional disabilities. The centre is also available as an information and advisory centre for professionals, parents and other agencies. It also acts as an outreach and respite centre for those who need our services and is  accessible and responsive to the needs of people who are deafblind and their families.

This life-long home is a centre of excellence in the educational, psychological and emotional care of each resident. By assessing the support needs of the residents, a set of aims and objectives can be realistically set for each individual, who is regularly monitored and assessed on an on-going basis so they can be helped to achieve their full potential.

To offer opportunities for residents to experience as normal a life as possible, which will be commensurate with their individual levels of ability, aptitude and motivation.

To develop links with other deafblind services throughout the world, so developing on an-ongoing basis positive and progressive staff training programmes.

To continue to develop the existing on-going programmes for the residents so they achieve the highest quality of services available.

To meet the needs of parents and families, in that the Anne Sullivan Centre will provide a totally supportive environment, responding to the need for information and support from an experienced staff team.

To raise the general public’s awareness of people who are deafblind by always respecting their right to as normal a life as possible and that all programmes of education, work and leisure will reflect this.
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Brewery Road, Stillorgan, Dublin, IRELAND

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Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 9900

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA): 20024864

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