Take Ten: The Carberrys

Take Ten: The Carberrys

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Details

Location

Belfast, Carnmoney, Newtownabbey, North Belfast

Year

1987

Source

Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)

Format

1 inch

colour

Length

12min 41sec

Audio

sound

Courtesy

Department for Communities, ITV, PRONI, UTV Archive

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description


         Brian Black meets Agnes and John Carberry together with their children, Shanon Paula Linda and Karen, at a shopping mall in North Belfast. Agnes, a teacher at a school for deaf children, was born deaf and John lost his hearing at the age of five. All their children can hear perfectly and quoting Brian Black,’’are the ears of their world’’.   

         John and Agnes discuss the importance of Sign Language and their struggle to get the authorities to recognize it as an official means of communication. Having experienced how educational system often fails deaf people, John and Agnes explain how lack of Sign Language-trained teachers and poor communication often leads to disproportionate emphasis placed on speech. This hinders development of other areas such as language and often results in children leaving eaducation earlier and not obtaining higher qualifications. Both Agnes and John continued to work hard to break down the barriers between deaf and hearing people.

         After years of campaigning by the deaf community, BSL and ISL were officially recognised as minority languages in Northern Ireland in March 2004 for about 4,500 Deaf sign language users of which 3,000 are BSL users, and 1,500 are ISL users.Unfortunately, in 2018 there is still no official legal status for BSL / ISL in Northern Ireland and therefore they have no statutory protections.
       


       

Notes

John Francis Carberry is a Deaf Awareness and Sign Language Trainer working in the sector for more than thirty years.  John works in a freelance capacity for many clients throughout Northern Ireland and on the Sign Language Project in conjunction with the University of Ulster.  Previously John worked for 23 years for Action on Hearing Loss (RNID) and a national body for communication skills with Deaf people.

He has also served as a committee member on the following organisations: The National Deaf Children's Society (NI), Northern Ireland Disability Council (forerunner of the Equality Commission) and the Ulster Television Regional Advisory Group. John has been a long-serving member of the Board of Trustees and Governors of Jordanstown School for Deaf and Visually Impaired Children.

In 2009, John Francis Carberry from Carnmoney received a MBE for services to the community in Northern Ireland

Credits

Interviewer: Brian Black

Interviewees: Agnes and John Carberry

Interpreter: Janet Beck 

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