Irish Sign Language Act 2017
Section 6 and 7 of the ISL Act sets out the statutory responsibilities on public bodies. The practical elements in these sections may be summarised as follows:
- a “public body shall do all that is reasonable to ensure that interpretation into Irish Sign Language is provided for a person …when that person is seeking to avail of or access statutory entitlements or services provided by or under statute by that public body”
- the provision of interpretation shall be at no cost to the person concerned.
- the provision of interpretation may be in person or may, if acceptable to the ISL user, be via a remote, web-based service.
- Where the services of an ISL interpreter are to be procured, a public body must ensure that the interpreter accredited/verified as competent.
- List of Irish Sign Language Interpreters.
- Through its provision of supports and accommodations to students, the Disability Support Service has an arrangement in place for procuring an accredited interpreter for students upon request.
- The Ceremonies Office also makes arrangements for an interpreter to attend conferring ceremonies.
- Further details on Irish Sign Language