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30 October 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 44)

Closed for Bank Holiday.
Our service will close today. We will re-open on Tuesday the 1st of November at 10am. If you require a sign language interpreter for emergency purposes during October Bank Holiday weekend, you can contact the SLIS Emergency Helpline on 087 672 5179.
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23 October 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 43)

Recognition of Irish Sign Language Bill passes Seanad.
The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) and their supporters celebrated this week as the Recognition of Irish Sign Language (ISL) Bill passed the 4th and final stages in the Seanad (Senate).

This was a historical and proud moment for all those who have campaigned for recognition for so many years.

The Bill now moves over to the Dáil where it needs to pass a similar number of stages. Once all stages are passed, the Bill will then be sent to the President and signed into Law.

We would like to extend our best wishes to the IDS and to Senator Mark Daly who have led the campaign. We will continue to support them and the Bill as it goes through the next round of debates. Like so many people in Ireland and abroad, we will keep our fingers crossed that the Government continues to support the Bill and we await the day when the Bill is finally signed into Irish Law.

To learn about the campaign, use the hashtag #YesToISL when searching online or go to www.facebook.com/IrishSignLanguageRecognitionCampaign/.

Hurricane Ophelia and access for the Deaf Community.
Last week, as Ireland braced itself for Hurricane Ophelia, members of the Deaf community started a campaign to make sure information was available in Irish Sign Language (ISL) on TV public broadcasts and online.

We would like to thank everyone who uploaded videos on Facebook and who shared messages on Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter including our own Catherine, Veronica and Willie White.

The hashtag #WheresTheAccess also trended online and eventually those involved in Emergency Planning became aware of the need to have information in ISL. Let's hope that future emergencies and issues of national interest are accessible to the Deaf community. Well done to everyone.
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16 October 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 42)

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9 October 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 41)

Irish Sign Language (ISL) Access - 'Tom Crean- Antarctic Explorer'.
A play on the famous Antarctic Explorer Tom Crean from Co. Kerry will have Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreting access on Saturday 14th October at 8pm.

It will be held in The Everyman Theatre in Cork. For more information and tickets, check out the following website: www.everymancork.com/2017/10/tom-crean-antarctic-explorer.

When booking don't forget to mention 'Sign Language' so the Box Office staff can allocate best seats available. If you need any assistance, email: info@everymancork.com.

Deaf Phd student wants to meet deaf and Hard of Hearing Women.
Gráinne Meehan is a Deaf PhD student from Maynooth University and is also on the Board of the Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA).

For her PhD research, she is looking for Deaf and hard of hearing women to share their thoughts and experiences of:
  • Relationships.
  • Accessing services for sexual health.
  • Accessing information for sexual health.
Gráinne will be in Co. Kerry from the 24th - 27th of October and is happy to travel to meet with you if you are interested. Gráinne would like to hear your opinions on how to improve access to sexual health services and information for Deaf and hard of hearing women throughout Ireland. If you are interested, please email grainnemeehan@
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2 October 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 40)

New Facebook Page - Irish Sign Language (ISL) Access At Events.
A new Facebook page has been set up to show upcoming events that have Irish Sign Language (ISL) access.

It is open to any individuals, groups and organisations who have booked sign language interpreters at their open meetings, training, theatre, conferences, events etc. In fact, any event that has an interpreter present.

This page is not linked to any organisation. It is an open public information opportunity to share an event that has sign language interpreter access for the Irish Deaf Community. To add your event, go to: https://m.facebook.com/ISLInterpretedEvents/.

Irish Pilgrimage Trust - Applications Open For Lourdes 2018.
The Irish Pilgrimage Trust is planning their Lourdes 2018 trip. If you know of a young person that would like to travel, please let let us know.

In the past, the Trust has brought deaf and hard of hearing young people and hearing KODAs (Kids of Deaf Adults).

Applications are also open to young people of any religious denomination with: A physical disability or medical condition (aged 9 - 18). A learning disability (ages 11 - 21). Seriously ill children under the age of 9, accompanied by a parent or close relative. Young adults between that age of 20 and 25 with a disability or illness.

The Trust covers the cost of those young people selected to travel. The closing date for the applications is 31st October each year. Please contact us for more information.
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