This has echoes of the EU declaration of 'recognising' BSL, yet 8 years on there are still huge difficulties empowering deaf with it. 'Recognition' without legal 'teeth' means it's a slow battle, fought one person at a time.
Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly says legislation introduced by Fianna Fáil in the Seanad and published today will assist members of the deaf community by giving Irish Sign Language full and proper recognition.
The ‘Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill’ will empower the deaf community by placing sign language on a statutory basis.
Senator Daly commented, “This legislation will ensure Irish Sign Language is designated as a native and independent language. It recognises that the language is used as the primary means of communication by over 5,000 members of the deaf community in Ireland.
“Designating sign language as a native language will empower the deaf community by permitting it to be used in legal proceedings and it will require TV broadcasters to have subtitling.