Sarah Broderick (9) and her brother Daniel (6) are both profoundly deaf. Rachel, their mother, says: “Deaf children are succeeding more and more, because it’s more accepted that their education needs are different, and that’s not a bad thing.”

When Genevieve was diagnosed profoundly deaf at the age of two, her mother was consumed with worry. “This was a new experience for me,” she says. “ I(...)

Shirley Higgins, conductor of St Mary’s signing choir, and members of the choir rehearsing at the school in Cabra. Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s often assumed that when profoundly deaf children are involved in any kind of musical performance it’s mainly for their therapeutic benefit: a (...)