Ireland Tropical storms, hurricanes, or just a very windy day? Making environmental science accessible through Irish Sign Language
Dr Elizabeth Matthews, Dublin City University
There are approximately 5,000 people in Ireland who use Irish Sign Language (ISL) as their first language (Central Statistics Office, 2017). For those Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) people to be fully engaged and scientifically informed, there must first be an agreed lexicon in Irish Sign Language for STEM terms. At present, this does not exist in Ireland. The absence of agreed signs for technical STEM vocabulary inhibits the teaching of STEM subjects at all levels of education and presents difficulties for those working in Sign Language interpreting. Recently, it has presented particular difficulties in interpreting emergency weather alerts where the distinction between ‘storm’ and ‘hurricane’ is
a critical one. In this talk, I will outline a project underway in DCU to address these issues by creating an open access online glossary of STEM terms in Irish Sign Language. In 2018, a short glossary of mathematics terms was created and in 2019 a glossary of terms for environmental science will be developed.
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