Deaf Awareness Training

Welcome to a series of videos about "Deaf Awareness Training" developed by the Citizens Information Board (CIB) in collaboration with the Irish Deaf Society (IDS). The aim of Deaf Awareness Training is to promote knowledge and understanding about the Deaf community and to break down barriers between Deaf people and hearing people.

These videos will provide an understanding of Deafness, the Deaf community, Sign languages and other topics related to the Deaf community, including how to engage and communicate with Deaf people in a Deaf-friendly way. Awareness of the Deaf community is needed to reduce barriers and highlight the experience and the issues Deaf people face daily.

Learn about the Deaf Community in Ireland

Did you know that the Irish Deaf community is a linguistic minority group? In this video you will learn about the Deaf community in Ireland, their culture and the organisations involved within the Deaf community.

Irish Sign Language (ISL)

Did you know that each country has its own sign language? Irish Sign Language (ISL) is the native language of the Deaf community in Ireland. In this video, you will learn about ISL in more detail and the Irish Sign Language Act, which is a vital part of ensuring access for the Deaf community.

Everyday barriers to access – a challenge for Deaf people

Did you know that Deaf people are excluded from many things in society that others can take for granted? In this video, you will be aware of the challenges and the difficulties faced by the Deaf community. You will learn about everyday experiences that are accessible to hearing people but not for Deaf people.

Working with Irish Sign Language Interpreters

Did you know that since the implementation of the ISL Act 2017, publicly funded services are obliged to engage a registered ISL Interpreter when working with a Deaf client? This video will provide information about the profession of ISL interpreters, Deaf interpreters and guidelines when working with interpreters.

Some Communication Tips!

What is the best way to communicate and engage with Deaf people? In this video, you will be provided with a list of communication tips which will benefit you when interacting with Deaf people.