Calum Geary, who is deaf, and his twin brother Donnacha, who has regular hearing. Their father Andrew says Calum has benefited hugely from having an  interpreter in his class since last year. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Soon after Calum Geary was born, doctors realised there was a problem: he didn’t have the vital auditory nerves that transmit sound information from h(...)

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(...)

Many schools have either not implemented sex education classes, or have poorly developed policies around it. Photograph: iStock

Sophie was sexually abused by her stepfather from a young age. And yet, right through her childhood and into her teens, talking about sex was utterly (...)

‘I remember being five years old in my bunk bed and I would hear Gerard coming home.’  Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

Sophie* is a psychotherapist with a clinical practice in Dublin. She has a PhD in psychology from a major Irish university. My abuser I was sexuall(...)

It is very difficult to anticipate the impact a television documentary will have before it goes out on air. You hope that people will watch and that t(...)

‘Gay”, “faggot” and “queer” are regularly used as terms of abuse in schools. Is this about to change, and will it really make a difference to y(...)

Michelle Dalton with her kitten Lisbeth. “Recovery depends on community support: having a network of friends and family.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien. See  www.aftertheasylum.com for more photos and video.

Michelle doesn’t remember when she first heard them. Even as a child the voices always seemed to be in the background. They felt comforting. Reassurin(...)