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‘Irish Sign Language is officially recognised as a language in its own right, thanks to its users finding their political voice and waging a strong campaign over many years.’ Photograph: iStock

As a profoundly deaf person, I wear my cochlear implant (CI) and hearing aid pretty much from morning to night, so I don’t live in a “silent world”, e(...)

Bobbie Hickey: ‘I wish I could sit here and tell you all that everything has gone to plan, but the truth is, it hasn’t.’ Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Hello! Welcome to another Irish summer – where temperatures reach mediocre heights and everyone’s consumption of choc-ices goes through the roof. (...)

Aisling Glynn and her dog Gina: ‘These are the type of comments and questions you tend to brush off’

I remember getting a phone call asking if I’d be interested in writing a column about living with a disability for The Irish Times. I like writing, so(...)

Visibility, and   an accurate sense of how many people share a given identity, plays a key role in identity  politics. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

There’s been a backlash in recent years, from both the right and the left, over what is termed identity politics. The words will show up among ot(...)

 John Cradden (right) signing with Amanda Mohan   at the Deaf Village Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A common statistic quoted by organisations working for deaf and hard of hearing people is that about one in 10 of us has a hearing loss to some degree(...)

Bobbie Hickey believes everyone and everything enters our lives to teach us a lesson and to make us think.

Is it that time again? Time to read what a blind girl has to say about the world? Yes, it is. A weekly column by writers with a disability.(...)

Aisling Glynn: “I was never a dog person. Getting an assistance dog has been one of the best experiences of my life.”

I sometimes think about how my life would be without “my disability”. I’m convinced that I wouldn’t be living at home, that I wouldn’t be working so c(...)

Part of the problem is clear evidence of structural discrimination

From each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs. – Karl Marx People with disabilities are about half as likely to be employe(...)

Louise Bruton performing ‘Why Won’t You Have Sex With Me?’

Disability has no rigid set of rules so it’s important that we ingest the stories of disabled people in as many different ways as we can. The written (...)

Cochlear implant device for deaf or hearing impaired people

I’ve had a cochlear implant in my left ear since 2011 and, barring one major technical hiccup last year that was resolved quickly, it has been a great(...)

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