Launch of Guidance on Access For Deaf Irish Sign Language Users

29 Jan 2021

On Friday 29 January Senator Mark Daly, Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann, officially launched the guidance document Providing Access for Deaf Irish Sign Language Users: Guidance for Public Bodies. The key note address - “It’s Time to Act to Ensure the ISL Act is Successfully Implemented” - was delivered by Dr John Bosco Conama, Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College Dublin. The remarks made by Senator Daly and Dr Conama highlighted the need for continuing efforts to ensure the full and effective implementation of the Irish Sign Language Act 2017, following its commencement in December 2020. 

The guidance on access for ISL users is based on research conducted by Dr. Gill Harold, working in partnership with Cork Deaf Association and Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. Funded by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, the project was hosted by UCC's School of Applied Social Studies and ISS21. Further details on the project can be accessed here

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