Lessons Learned

Christine O'Mahony: Reasonable Adjustments

Christine O’Mahony was born in 1952 in Northampton. As a young child Christine spent time in Nazareth House children’s homes with her two sisters, before returning to family life in Camden, London aged five. Christine attended local C of E and Catholic primary schools and a local Catholic Secondary School, also spending time in hospital aged seven.

Here Christine talks about what helped and what would have helped at school.

  • Christine O'Mahony
  • Christine O'Mahony
  • Christine O'Mahony


Small groups helped, being asked to think helped, instead of just being told what to do. Being treated like I’ve got a mind helped. A bit of respect, you know, not being yelled at or hit would have helped. People knowing about me being deaf would have been quite helpful at secondary school and a few reasonable adjustments, maybe a hearing loop and a hearing aid, and my mother’s attitude, my mother being told it’s, you know, there’s nothing wrong with being deaf. My mother knowing about the Social Model would have been really helpful.

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