The Irish Deaf Community Celebrates Irish Sign Language Awareness Week

From Monday 20th September to the following Sunday, Deaf people all over the world celebrate “International Week of Deaf People 2021.” This is an annual event promoted by the World Federation of the Deaf and the theme this year is “Celebrating Thriving Deaf Communities.”
In Ireland, led by the Irish Deaf Society, the Deaf Community celebrates this week by hosting “Irish Sign Language Awareness Week”.  Each day has a different theme and Deaf organisations will have a mix of online and face to face events throughout the week. You can visit the Irish Deaf Society website for more information and a listing of events at
  • Cherishing Deaf History – Monday 20th September 2021
  • Sustainable Deaf Leadership – Tuesday 21st September 2021
  • Sign Languages for All Deaf Learners – Wednesday 22nd September 2021
  • We Sign for Human Rights! – Thursday 23rd September 2021
  •  Intersectional Deaf Communities – Friday 24th September 2021
  • Deaf Culture and Arts – Saturday 25th September 2021
  • Human Rights in Times of Crisis – Sunday 26th September 2021
Contact: Elaine Grehan – 089 427 8663 (text only) /

We would like you to join IDS as a member? Why? You might have a question – what does IDS do for me?

  • IDS provides free education to Deaf people to help them learn, to get jobs and further their education.
  • IDS fights for Deaf rights, every year we campaign and make submissions to government to improve rights and access to services for the Deaf community.
  • IDS promotes Irish Sign Language, your language. We provide classes for hearing people and we campaign for more ISL access in every aspect of life.
  • As a member you can vote at our AGM and help us to decide on direction for IDS
  • IDS fundraise and manage Government funding to provide services to you.
  • Our Advocacy service provides free supports for Deaf people to help complete forms, engage with public services and to help you solve any problems that you have!
  • Some of our projects are quick! Some have long term goals and take place over years.
  • Your membership makes IDS stronger!

We need your help, opinions and feedback. Please join IDS.Membership is €10 and you can join by clicking the link below.

Share this message with your friends and family in the community. Join our fight for Deaf rights and ISL today!

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Thank you from the team at IDS!


IDS Coronavirus ISL Support

Visit our support  page Coronavirus ISL Support for news, ISL translations and links to resources. This section of our website will be a hub for ISL content and we are inviting other organisations to share their information with us and we will add to it.

The IDS is here with you during this difficult time.

Contact our Coronavirus support team by email or text/call 086 440 1443.

IDS fundraising is seriously impacted by the Coronavirus Emergency. Support us by donating nowYou can also support IDS by joining or renewing your membership on our membership page.

The Scheme to Support National Organisations is funded by the Government of Ireland through the Department of Rural and Community Development”.

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