Services we provide

Our Service includes:

  • Making telephone calls
  • Assisting with translating and filling in forms
  • Translating information into ISL
  • Explaining legal rights
  • If you feel you are being treated unfairly, or need assistance we can advise and support you on
  • Employment issues
  • Legal Issues
  • Social Welfare Issues
  • Education Issues
  • Crime Issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Health Issues
  • Providing information on Deaf people, their culture and ISL to parents, teachers, and professionals
  • Information in ISL Format on education, health and social services for the Deaf community.
  • Production of ISL materials to provide a wide range of information to the Deaf community using the IDS’ in-house video filming and editing facilities, and disseminate them in a wide variety of formats including DVD and interactive website.

As Representatives

IDS Advocacy Service also represents the Deaf community in areas such as:

  • Campaigning for changes in legislation and Government policy
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Health
  • Telecommunication services
  • Disability/ Equality Affairs
  • Media & Broadcasting Access


We undertake research and collect data about various aspects of Deaf-related matters, including social, cultural, education employment, technological and legal developments which affect Deaf people to provide together with other relevant data, to the Government and its agencies

Community Level

Peer Advocacy: We train advocates around the country to become peer advocates at a local level by means of training courses, lectures and workshops in leadership, advocacy and PR skills, in order for them to more effectively run their own groups and actively consult, lobby and negotiate with local authorities.

Roadshow: We provide roadshows during Spring and Autumn throughout the country bringing information through ISL to the Deaf community

Information Meetings: We have information meetings on current social, health, education and employment issues that may affect the Deaf community, such as upcoming elections and referendum information being translated into ISL

UCD Deaf Equality Studies: We work in conjunction with University College Dublin to run a Deaf Equality Studies Course.

Fun Event: We host a summer community festival every July

Empowerment Training: We aim to empower Deaf and Hard of Hearing people with the knowledge and confidence to become involved with decision-making and policy-making at local level that may affect the Deaf community.