Development of a strategic plan for Sign Language Interpreting Service

Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) is the national Sign Language Interpreting Service for Ireland. Established in 2007, through the Citizens Information Board (SLIS), our mission is to promote, advocate and ensure the availability of quality sign language interpretation services.

With the passing of the Irish Sign Language (ISL) Act 2017, national policy now recognises that the lack of sign language interpreters is creating systematic barriers to the provision of inclusive and equitable public and other services for Ireland’s Deaf community.

The National Disability Inclusion Strategy (NDIS) 2017-2021 prioritises actions to address these inequalities and a specific NDIS action tasks SLIS with increasing the number of trained Sign Language and Deaf Interpreters.

To equip SLIS in this work, SLIS is now seeking expressions of interest from policy, management or organisational development experts to develop “a strategic framework to increase the availability and quality of Sign Language Interpreters”.

We expect the contract to commence in September 2018 and a final report by the 17 December 2018.

Queries concerning this tender should be emailed to and cc’d to before 2 pm on 16 August 2018.

Closing date for receipt of tenders is 30 August 2018 (4 pm)

Tenders should be emailed to John Stewart ( and cc’d to Claire Kellegher (

Please see Tender document attached below for detail.

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