Irish Sign Language Awareness Week 2014

This week is Irish Sign Language Awareness Week.

Learn about how IRIS – Irish Remote Interpreting Service – can bring ISL anywhere it is needed!

Learn about how IRIS can bring ISL anywhere it is neededThe Irish Remote Interpreting Service (IRIS) helps provide better access to services for Deaf people who communicate through Irish Sign Language.
IRIS is provided by the Sign Language Interpreting Service, and was developed in partnership with the Irish Deaf Society and DeafHear.

IRIS provides a real opportunity for service providers to improve access to their services for Deaf people. To date the response from Public Service Providers has been very disappointing.

IRIS is available in a small number of Citizen Information Services centres and a small number of Social Welfare centres. But progress is very slow...
and access to Public Services is still a major problem for Deaf people, despite the obligations for Public Providers in the Disability Act since 2005!

Joyces of Wexford – the South East’s largets electrical store - have put public service organisations and government departments to shame! They have shown a commitment to providing a quality service to all of their customers, including their Deaf customers. If only others would do likewise, we would have a much better society for Deaf people.

Annie Murphy a staff member of DeafHear and a Joyce’s customer shows how easy to use and how helpful IRIS is!

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Duration: 5m 29s
Uploaded September 2014

Should Deaf Parents use their voice with Hearing Children?Should Deaf Parents use their voice with Hearing Children?

Are you a Deaf parent? Do you think that Deaf parents should use their voice while signing to their hearing children? As it is ISL Awareness Week, this is a good time to consider this question.

Awti, (full name Austin W. Andrews), is an American CODA and sign language interpreter has some interesting views on this subject. And it is interesting to see the similarities between ASL and ISL on his video!

You can learn more about Awti and his work here:

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Duration: 12m 46s
Uploaded September 2014

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