1981: Irish Deaf Society (IDS)
The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) is the national representative organisation of 5000 Deaf and hard of hearing people.
The IDS was set up by a group of Deaf people on the 13th January 1981. They were concerned with a society that was not treating Deaf people as equals. Barriers back in the 1980s included a lack of subtitles on Irish TV, a lack of Irish Sign Language Interpreters, a lack of information being translated into Irish Sign Language and a general lack of awareness from the community on who and what the Irish Deaf community were about.Source: http://www.deaf.ie