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1981: Irish Deaf Society (IDS)

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.

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