IN THIS WEEK’s UPDATE:
The Irish Deaf Society has been actively involved in a campaign to secure official recognition of Irish Sign Language (ISL). The “Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community’ Bill is currently going through a number of stages in Seanad Eireann & Dáil Éireann in the hope of becoming Law.
As part of this campaign, the following organisations have developed a briefing document that has been sent to all the Senators in Seanad Eireann:
Irish Deaf Society, Centre for Deaf Studies- Trinity College Dublin, Cork Deaf Association, Cork Deaf Club, Cork Deaf Enterprises, Council of Irish Sign Language Interpreters and Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.
Senators are due to vote on the next stage of the Bill in June and it’s important that they are made aware of our concerns before the Bill moves on to Committee Stage Amendments.
Our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the statement and in particular for the committee members who took the time to draft it on our behalf.
The statement which is attached relates to the IDS’s theme of “Towards Full Citizenship & Equal Access for All” & “Why is Irish Sign Language Recognition So Important?”
It covers the following key areas:
- Early Access to ISL and Accessible Education.
- Employment & Careers.
- Access to Health Care.
- The Legal System.
- Politician Engagement.
- Cultural Life.
- Interpretation, ISL Teaching and the need for an ISL Council.
The statement finishes off with the following:
Become a part of history and vote YES TO ISL.
OUR CONTACT DETAILS:
Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.
4 Gas Tce,
Charity Number CHY20854
KDRC provides services to Deaf and hard of hearing people at county level and contributes to national & international issues of equality, access and rights.
Text: 087 633 4687
Tel: 066 712 0399
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