Allocation of resources to members of the deaf community

Another promise broken by the Government concerns the deaf community. The Government stated it would allocate resources to members of the disabled and deaf community and examine mechanisms to provide for the recognition of Irish Sign Language, yet the funding allocated, in particular for the advocacy service, was cut. I know an apology has since issued in which the people concerned were asked to call the Department, but that is the equivalent of telling a person who is illiterate to write a letter. This shows why the funding needs to be reinstated because it is the advocacy service of the people concerned and it deals with Departments on behalf of the most vulnerable and those who find it most difficult to communicate with them.

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