Who we are and what we do
The IDS is the only national Deaf-led representative organisation of the Deaf, and it serves the interests and welfare of the Deaf community. It provides a number of education, personal and social services to Deaf children, adults, and their families. visit our About section for more information
Update on the National ISL Day 2023
Why is December 14th so special?
It marks a special day for the Deaf community with the Irish Sign Language Act 2017. This law recognises Irish Sign Language as a language, public bodies must provide interpreters, ISL in court, and ensuring access to education for Deaf children. ISL classes available for parents, grandparents, and siblings of Deaf children. ISL training is now part of teacher education programs, and ISL interpreters working in public services must be registered with RISLI. Services like IRIS (Irish Remote Interpreting Services) are on the rise. Broadcasters also have obligations with ISL on TV. From interpreting vouchers to ministerial reviews every 5 years!Join us on December 14th as we celebrate the impact of this legislation and the journey towards a more inclusive Ireland! 🤟💙