Developing a Deaf Awareness and Accessibility Auditing Template

Aims of the Research

The main aim of the research is to design an auditing template for use by public sector bodies, for the purposes of assessing their capacity to identify deficiencies in Deaf cultural awareness and to ensure the effective and meaningful implementation of the Irish Sign Language Act 2017. The purpose of the template will be to support the development of equitable Deaf-friendly public services, towards reducing instances of audism, thereby enabling active citizenship by members of the Irish Deaf Community. The project will:

  • undertake an international review of initiatives to support the implementation of Sign Language recognition legislation, to identify best practice
  • co-ordinate a nation-wide consultation with the Irish Deaf community to ascertain what constitutes ‘access’ for Deaf sign language users, and how audist practices may be overcome from a community perspective – visual ontology
  • develop a template for use by institutes of higher education and public sector bodies, for the purposes of conducting Deaf Cultural Awareness and Accessibility audits


Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.


Dr Gill Harold (PI)

Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)

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