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Deaf or Hard of Hearing

People who are deaf or hard of hearing not only have difficulty in hearing sounds but frequently with speaking clearly also. Hence, it is a communicaton impairment rather than merely a loss of sound perception, impacting on personal, social, educational and business situations where information is given or received via speech or sound. It is estimated that 17% of the Irish population have some sort of hearing loss, ranging from a mild to a profound loss. People who are hard of hearing are more likely to wear hearing aids, and some may use spoken language to communicate while others use sign language. People with language and speech disabilities include those with a Stammer, Stroke and Dysphasia.

Irish Deaf Society (IDS)
30 Blessington Street
Dublin 7
work Tel: +353 (0)1 860 1878
work fax Fax: +353 (0)1 860 1060
work Minicom: +353 (0)1 860 1910

The IDS is the only Irish Charity concerned with the Deaf that was created by the indigenous deaf community. The IDS supports the development and promotion of Irish Sign Language (ISL) and seeks its recognition as the third official language by the state.

DeafHear (formally The National Association for Deaf People)
35 North Frederick Street
Dublin 1

Tel: +353 (0)1 817 5700 
Fax: +353 (0)1 872 3816
Minicom: +353 (0)1 817 5777
Fax/Text: +353 (0)1 878 3629

The NAD provides the following services: family support, Deaftech – an information and technology centre, communication support, training and employment, sign language and lip reading classes, literacy classes, aural rehabilitation, Tinnitus support, Meniere's support group, information and advocacy. It operates a national network of resource centres, and is involved in research and the development and piloting of new concepts.

Dublin Deaf Association (DDA)
Please be advised, the preferred method of contact is via Fax.
40 Lower Drumcondra Road
Dublin 9
work Tel: +353 (0)1 830 0522
work fax Fax: +353 (0)1 860 0231

The DDA aims to provide opportunities and facilities for deaf people to participate in social, sport and cultural pursuits. To this end, it runs clubs on a weekly basis and works closely with schools in Cabra. It also provides facilities for a drama group, art and cultural society, counselling service, bingo nights, and the hearing parents of deaf children support group.

Sign Language Association of Ireland (SLAI)
40 Lower Drumcondra Road
work Tel: +353 (0)1 830 0364

The SLAI aims to promote the use of sign language by setting up and promoting sign language classes around the country.

Irish was created in February 2003 as part of a project for European Year of People with Disabilities. It includes a directory - currently operated by Stephen Gilligan - created to help people find relevant, up-to-date, easy to access information about the many clubs and organisations etc. catering for the Deaf. All organisations including those in Northern Ireland are listed, making this website directory a very handy tool for the deaf community. Each group has all their details displayed for easy contact. This is an independent project not funded by any Deaf group.


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