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28 January 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 5)

Update on save the IDS Campaign.
The campaign to save the Irish Deaf Society from closure is gaining support each day. In addition to posts across social media using the hashtag #SaveIDS there has been an increase in media coverage of the issue.

The Minister of State for Disability Issues has released a statement on Twitter saying he is committed to funding the IDS in 2019 and that work is taking place around this matter in the coming days.

However, the IDS is keen to get this commitment in writing and indeed a commitment to fund their service for the long term and not just 2019.

As part of their campaign to create more awareness of their financial crisis, the IDS has produced a template that people can copy and send to their local politicians and TDs. A copy of the template with more information in ISL is available on their vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/313183175.

For more updates on this hugely important campaign, make sure to follow the IDS on their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/IrishDeafSociety.

Teaching Degree for Irish Sign Language (ISL) users.
Dublin City University (DCU) has launched a new primary school teaching programme specifically for Irish Sign Language (ISL) users.

In the past deaf and hard of hearing students were unable to train as primary teachers if they did not have Irish (Gaelic) to Leaving Certificate standard.

The Department of Education now officially recognises Irish Sign Language as a replacement subject to spoken/written Irish. As a result, deaf and hard of hearing students who are fluent users of ISL can now apply via the CAO system for primary school teacher training.

For more information in both ISL and written English, check out the following: www.dcu.ie/courses/Undergraduate/institute_of_education/Bachelor-of-Education-Irish-Sign-Language and www.facebook.com/IrishDeafSociety.
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21 January 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 4)

Update on Irish Deaf Society's (IDS) Financial Crisis.
In our update last week, we referred to an open meeting that our friends and colleagues in the Irish Deaf Society were holding over the weekend to inform every one of their ongoing financial crisis.

The meeting was attended by over 200 individuals and organisations on Saturday in Dublin. The turn out and support for the IDS was clearly evident on the day.

Unfortunately, as of Saturday, the IDS had not yet received any written confirmation from the Government that their requests for financial assistance i.e. core funding would be approved.

This places the organisation in a perilous position and may result in staff being placed on protective notice. The closure of the IDS could happen as soon as March if action is not taken now.

As one person on the day said "it will be a black day for the IDS if it is forced to close down".

What services would be affected by the closure?
The IDS has been in existence for over 38 years and has contributed to thousands of issues across Ireland and abroad.

The Irish Sign Language Act would not be in existence if it wasn't for the hard work of the IDS and their supporters. Their track record on ISL rights, human rights and their commitment to equality and justice for the deaf community is well documented.

In addition to a Drop-In service in Blessington St in Dublin before moving into Deaf Village Ireland, the IDS runs very successful projects including a Deaf Advocacy Service, Deaf Adult Literacy Service and the Irish Sign Language Academy.

The closure of these services would be detrimental to its members not only in Dublin but across Ireland.

#SAVEIDS campaign.
The IDS is now calling on everyone to support their campaign to keep this vital service open. They are looking for letters of support as well as media coverage to get the message out there. They would also like people to use the following hashtag on any social media posts #SaveIDS.

We have all benefited in some way from the IDS, so it's time to show your support. For more info, go to www.facebook.com/IrishDeafSociety.
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14 January 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 3)

Happy New Year 2019.
On behalf of our service, we would like to wish our deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and hearing customers, a very Happy New Year. We hope 2019 is a great year for you all. Sincere and best wishes also to our staff, Board and supporters. We could not do this work without you all. We are grateful for all your support in 2018 and we look forward to working with you all again this year.

Irish Deaf Society **Important Open Meeting In Dublin**.
On a more serious note, our friends and colleagues in the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) are hosting an open meeting in Dublin. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the financial crisis that threatens to close the IDS.

The meeting is open to members of the Irish Deaf Society and friends from the wider community. The meeting will be held on Saturday January 19th at 2pm in the Deaf Heritage Centre in the Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) in Dublin.

This meeting follows on from a press release from the IDS that highlighted the challenge of securing permanent funding for their service. Unfortunately, little has changed since its release and now the IDS thinks it is important to have an open and frank discussion with their members and the wider community about their inability to continue working without the necessary support from the Government.

The meeting will consist of a short presentation from Lianne Quiqley (IDS chairperson), John Bosco Conama (IDS Board) and CEO John Sherwin (CEO). This will be followed by questions and answers. With your input, their CEO will finish up the meeting with a statement about their next steps.

The IDS would be grateful if you could make the time to attend this meeting. The organisation is facing its most serious challenge and they need help and support from the wider community.

Our Opening Hours For 2019.
As we head into a New Year, we wanted to remind everyone of our opening hours. We are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (10am - 1pm and 2 - 5pm) and Fridays (10am - 1pm). Please note we are closed Friday afternoons.

As we only have 1 full-time staff member and a small team of part-time staff that work 2 days per week each, we would advise all customers to make an appointment in advance.

If you have specific communication preferences or more complex enquiries, please let us know. While, we will do our best to accommodate your request, we reserve the right to apply KDRC policies when allocating a timeslot or a particular staff member to deal with your queries.
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