The mission of the Professional Council of Irish Sign Language Teachers’ organisation is to increase the understanding, respect, and equality of qualified ISL teachers and their diverse communities by:
1.1 The name of the Association shall be The Council of Irish Sign Language Teachers
1.2 The Council of Irish Sign Language Teachers is a non-trading, not for profit organisation. The Council of Irish Sign Language Teachers is the representative body for Irish Sign Language teachers in Ireland.
The Council of Irish Sign Language Teachers aims to advance the profession of Irish Sign Language teachers in Ireland through its ongoing commitment to professional development and its promotion of the interests of The Council of Irish Sign Language Teachers members and ISL community.
The Council of Irish Sign Language Teachers will seek to achieve its aims by:
The Council of Irish Sign Language Teachers shall be open to anyone satisfying the eligibility requirements of membership, regardless of disability, race, nationality, gender, sexual preference or beliefs, whether religious, political or otherwise. The Council of Irish Sign Language Teachers is a voluntary group that does not operate for profit
The only condition for membership shall be to meet the requirements of one of the categories:
4.1. Active Membership
4.1.1. Active membership is exclusive to qualified professional ISL teachers
4.1.2. Active Membership, The Council of Irish Sign Language Teachers recognises the individual teacher’s level of professional competency and ISL skills as achieved through the following pathway:
4.2. Student Membership
4.2.1 Student Membership is for individuals who are currently undergoing a recognised third level ISL Teaching programme, such as mentioned above.
4.3. Associate Membership
4.3.1 Associate Membership is open to individuals who have training in or act in the capacity as communication support, such as, Special Needs Assistants (SNAs), Home Tutors, or equivalent.
There is a nominal membership fee from the 1st January each year. Membership lasts for 12 calendar months, after which a member must renew their membership.
4.4. The current membership fees for The Council of Irish Sign Language Teachers are:
5.1 The Committee members will carry out the day-to-day business of the Council.
5.2 The Council of Irish Sign Language Teachers Committee aims:
5.3. Committee Members must:
5.4. Term of elected committee member:
5.5 The Council of Irish Sign Language Teachers shall be managed by the Committee consisting of Four/Five officers, all of whom must be current and paid-up members. These are:
Events and Liaison Coordinator
6.1 The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held each between February to April of each year, or as soon as possible thereafter.
6.2 The process for calling the Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be as follows:
6.2.1 The date and venue of the next AGM shall be announced at the end of the previous AGM, having been decided upon and booked by a member of the Volunteer Committee.
6.2.2 Formal notice of the AGM, and the minutes of the previous forum shall be sent to the Membership at least four weeks beforehand.
6.2.3 Members will have six weeks, in the run up to four weeks prior to the meeting, in which to provide one of the committee in writing any items they would like to put on the agenda or any proposed motions for consideration.
6.2.4 The agenda and all supporting documentation for the AGM shall be sent to the membership at least two weeks beforehand.
7.1 Any current member may make proposals for amendments to the Constitution. Such proposals must be made in writing to one of the volunteer committee not less than four weeks before a forum. The committee member contacted must then inform all members of the proposal and include any supporting documentation when sending out the agenda for the forum at which it will be discussed.
7.2 Proposals for amendments to the Constitution will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For an amendment to be adopted, at least two thirds (66%) of members eligible to vote must be in support of its inclusion.
The Council of Irish Sign Language Teachers is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity and non-discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religious or political belief, marital status and physical/sensory disability, towards all members involved in the teaching of Irish Sign Language.