Formerly known as the National Association for Deaf People, DeafHear was founded in 1964 to promote the welfare of deaf people and their families in Ireland. The organisation has worked to improve the quality of life for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Josephine O'Leary talks to June O'Mahony, swimming director of the Irish Deaf Sports Association about training for the World Deaf Olympic Games, also known as the Deaflympics, in New Zealand in 1989. O'Leary meets Irish swimming champion Alan Turner, who won two gold medals at the last Deaflympics.

This episode of 'Sign of the Times' was broadcast on 2 October 1988. The presenter is Josephine O'Leary.

'Sign of the Times' was Ireland's first television magazine programme for the deaf. It was presented by Josephine O'Leary and Pat Matthews in Irish sign language and subtitled with voiced interpretation. The monthly half-hour programme went out at 3pm on Sundays with repeats the following Saturday. Produced by Green Apple for RTÉ it was first broadcast on 2 October 1988 and ran until 1996 until its title changed to 'Hands On'.