Welcome to The Irish Deaf Society
The Irish Deaf Society is the largest Deaf-led organisation in Ireland working with both the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Our work focuses on issues such as achieving equality and access for Deaf people.
Irish Sign Language (ISL) is the language of the Deaf community in Ireland. ISL is a visual, spatial language with its own distinct grammar. It is not only a language of the hands but also of the face and body.
A high percentage of Deaf adults have low English literacy skills due to English being their second language. This creates barriers in a society so reliant on English (Newspapers, leaflets, internet, magazines, books, radio, television, cinema, etc.)
Services that we provide include:
- 'Drop in' Service for Deaf people who may need assistance in making telephone calls, translating and writing letters.
- Translating information into ISL (Past DVDs include Breast Cancer Information, Men's Health, Revenue information etc.)
- Information Support Service
- Classes for Deaf Adults
The Irish Deaf Society receives minimal state funding and we're fully reliant on fundraising. With your generosity, we can continue to provide this invaluable service to the Deaf community.