Susan O’Callaghan is a native of Cork City and has worked as an Advocate and Community Resource Officer for the Cork Deaf Association for almost nine years. Susan was a member of the group that completed an Education Equality Initiative-funded Kerry Deaf Learning Programme, and is a Deaf Awareness trainer through Signature (formerly CACDP). She holds a Diploma in Business Studies and Accounting.
Susan is an accredited Deaf interpreter. An accredited Deaf Interpreter may be needed when the communication mode of a deaf consumer is so unique that it cannot be adequately accessed by interpreters who are hearing. Some such situations may involve individuals who:
- use idiosyncratic non-standard signs or gestures such as those commonly referred to as “home signs” which are unique to a family
- use a foreign sign language
- have minimal or limited communication skills
- are deaf-blind or deaf with limited vision
- use signs particular to a given region, ethnic or age group
- have characteristics reflective of Deaf Culture not familiar to hearing interpreters.