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Press Release – CISLI welcomes the imminent passing of the Recognition of Irish Sign Language Bill into law

 

The Council of Irish Sign Language Interpreters want to echo the congratulations and good wishes that have been seen over the last few days as the Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill approaches the final stages in the Dáil and Seanad before passing into law.

The Irish Deaf Society (and particularly Dr John Bosco Conama and Lianne Quigley) have put unstinting, passionate work into this campaign over the decades, and the passage of the Bill is testimony to that work. The last few years have seen an acceleration of this work and its coming to fruition, with the establishment of their cross-community steering group and engagement with Senator Mark Daly. This is a Deaf-led piece of legislation that begins to address the needs and desires of the Deaf community as regards its language, Irish Sign Language. Huge thanks are also due to Senator Mark Daly for his initial sponsoring of the Bill, his parliamentary know-how, passion, and dedication to the process over the last few years.

CISLI, as a partner organisation to the IDS and as the professional body with expertise on interpreting, have been very privileged to be involved in this process and to sit at the negotiating table on several occasions in the lead-up to this moment. We have worked hard to ensure that the views and concerns of practitioners have been heard at that table, and that developments have been communicated back to our members. We are pleased at the major steps forward taken in the legislation towards a national framework within which ISL / English interpreting will operate. We know that the interpreting community will benefit hugely from the Bill, also, and we appreciate the steps taken by all involved to assist in our gradual professionalisation. This will do so much to promote interpreting as a career choice, and hopefully will go towards addressing some of the issues around supply of interpreters. Above all, this Bill guarantees access for Deaf citizens to essential statutory services through quality, professional ISL / English interpretation.

We thank CISLI representatives who have represented us in this process. Particular thanks go to the interpreters who worked tirelessly at the various meetings, briefings, and negotiations in the lead up to this historic moment. We extend our thanks also to supporters such as Prof Lorraine Leeson and the staff of the Centre for Deaf Studies, Willie White in the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre, the Cork Deaf Club (especially Graham O’Shea), John Stewart and Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS), the Cork Deaf Association, Andrew Geary, DeafHear, and all others who were involved.

It’s an amazing time to be involved in the Deaf community. We are once again grateful to the Deaf community for allowing us to be involved so intimately with you all in our work and our lives, sharing your wonderful, beautiful language with us, and giving us the gift of working with ISL in our professional careers.

ENDS

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Policy and Strategy Committee: CISLI Strategy, 2019-2022

Our Policy and Strategy Committee has recently regrouped and set ourselves a task for 2018: to draft a three-year Strategic Plan for the organisation, in consultation with  members and the main Committee.

We will begin work in January, creating a draft that will be accessible to all members. We hope to use the upcoming Dublin General Meeting to further consult and amend the document, before we finalise it prior to the AGM in the summertime.

Once the membership has approved the Strategy, it will become the guide for the organisation in its dealings with external bodies and in its internal focus.

More info very soon!

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Our Committee deliberating on Skype!

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‘Interpreting Systems’ – Upcoming Training Session, Limerick

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‘Interpreting Systems’ CISLI Training Event, 27 January 2018

Click Here to use PayPal to pay for your place on the January 2018 training event with Dr Chris Stone. Please note: event open to CISLI members only - please use the CISLI Membership Form to purchase your 2018 membership via PayPal separately.

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CISLI Self-Care Session – Anthony Claffey

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The CISLI Training Sub-Committee recently held a very successful and lively ‘Self Care’ workshop. Led by Anthony Claffey, the session focused on posture, the effects of stress and tension on the body, and the importance of self care in the interpreting profession.

There was no time to sit still though, as this was a highly interactive workshop. There were plenty of chances to “get to know your skeleton” and learn breathing techniques to find your inner zen!

Anthony also covered how to warm up before interpreting using techniques that you don’t even need to stand up for, so you can be ready to go no matter where you are!

Check out the photographs and video to get a little taster of how it went…

Thanks to Lisa Harvey, Ciara Grant, Natalia Gavrilova Gryzlova and Aoife Blake for their photography and video skills!

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“Beyond the Pale”: CISLI General Meeting, Fri & Sat 24 & 25 November

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Left to right: Suzanne Carey, Mary Dermody, Catherine White, Valeria Fullam, Veronica White, Leanne Saurin, Amanda Mohan, Ciara Grant

CISLI had a highly successful catch-up with interpreters outside Dublin over the weekend, where interpreters based ‘beyond the Pale’ came together to receive updates on national interpreting affairs, as well as sharing concerns and patterns for local interpreters.

Several key themes emerged from discussions, including

 

 

  • the ‘Dublin-centricity’ of many of the bodies driving reform in ISL interpreting, and the resultant need to emphasise the national aspects of current State interpreting policy
  • the benefits, as well as the many disadvantages, that remote interpreting provision has brought to the profession, and the need to research same
  • difficulties in ensuring Deaf patients are told who their interpreter will be
  • instead of just pushing for more and more self-employed interpreters to cluster around the Dublin area, there is a need for a ‘mixed provision’ approach (combining self-employed freelancers, employed and contracted staff interpreters, and remote interpreters) as a key component to successfully deal with issues of interpreting supply and demand

Stay tuned for a full Report on the General Meeting!

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CISLI Self-Care Workshop – 30 Nov 2017

CISLI training committee want to remind you all that next Thursday the 30th NOVEMBER, Anthony Claffey will be doing an interactive information evening on topics such as stress, the nervous system and tension in the body. It will be on in SLIS from 730-9pm.

There will also be a social night in the Back Page in Phibsborough after! 🍻

This event is open for all CISLI members and if you’re not a member yet you can join on the night. Hope to see you all there!

 

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CISLI General Meeting: “Beyond the Pale” – 24/25 November, Limerick

 CISLI would like to invite members, old and new, to our

CISLI General Meeting


“Beyond the Pale”

– How can CISLI work better for interpreters outside Dublin?

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Deaf Community Centre, Limerick City
 
Fri 24th Nov, 6.30pm – 9.00pm
(followed by social drinks)
 
Sat 25th Nov, 11.00am – 1.00pm
 

All new, Active, student, Associate and Affiliate members welcome. Please come along either day (or both).

Agenda for both days will be similar:
  • What are the latest developments in the ISL Bill process?
  • What are the ways in which this will benefit interpreters outside Dublin?
  • What are the challenges faced by interpreters outside Dublin?
  • How can CISLI best support non-Dublin interpreters in it’s advocacy and campaign work? 

Please RSVP to: secretary@cisli.ie

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