Voucher Scheme 2023
This scheme provides free access to ISL interpreters for a variety of events, services, and activities, catering to the needs of both deaf individuals who use ISL as their first language and those who require ISL support to engage from October 2nd 2023.
This exciting opportunity is made possible through funding from the Department of Social Protection, through the Citizens Information Board.
The scheme is designed to benefit ISL users over the age of 18, granting them access to a range of social, cultural, educational and medical events.
Operational Guidelines & Eligibility
The above video provides further clarity on the types of events, services, and activities that are eligible for free interpretation through the Voucher Scheme and which events are not covered under this scheme.
How to fill in the form:
The video above explains how to fill out the application for an ISL interpreter for an event under the Voucher Scheme. Please note only Deaf ISL users can apply for this scheme, if you are a nominated representative of a Deaf ISL user, please apply directly through SLIS.
SLIS cannot guarantee interpreter availability for applications to the voucher scheme.
Lack of availability of an ISL Interpreter for an application to the voucher scheme cannot be the basis for a complaint to SLIS.
SLIS recognise there is a shortage of interpreters in Ireland, and that sourcing ISL interpreters is an additional and considerable barrier to Deaf people living as full and equal citizens.
SLIS note The Houses of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality Report on the Formal Recognition of Irish Sign Language (2016) identified “systematic exclusion” and “extreme marginalisation due to the lack of sign language recognition and provision”. SLIS is committed to work with stakeholders and decision makers to address this systematic weakness.