Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company CLG (KDRC) was established on the 1st of February 1999 and is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status.
KDRC is a designated service provider. Please note: KDRC is not a membership organisation and therefore not deemed to be an elected representative organisation.
The Centre was set-up and is managed by Mr. Willie White who is a graduate of the Centre for Deaf Studies (Bristol University/ Trinity College Dublin). Mr. White is also a registered qualified Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreter. In the deaf community, he is known as an adult CODA (Children of Deaf Adults).
Mr White is supported by a Board of Directors which compromises of a fellow CODA/ISL Interpreter, a Deaf professional colleague, a freelance ISL Interpreter, a hard of hearing/cochlear implant service user and a long term hearing supporter.
Our service is funded via a combination of grant aid funding and private donations via street and Church collections. Shortfalls in funding occur every year, hence the need for private donations and public collections. Income from fundraising activities are vital to cover overhead and admin costs of the service.
Our Centre in Tralee is open:
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs (10am - 1pm and 2 - 5 pm).
Fridays 10am - 1pm.
Please note: Our service does not receive any funding for night time or weekend work. In addition, we close for two weeks for Christmas and for the month of August. Outside of office hours, ISL users can contact the Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) and Bridge Interpreting if they have medical or legal emergencies.
To avail of services, we recommend that customers make appointments in advance. Our service receives limited funding and as a result, we only have one full time employee and a small team of part time staff.
Therefore, making an appointment enables us to run the service more efficiently and smoothly. A designated appointment is especially important if customers have specific communication requirements and/or specialised enquiries.