NEWS 2003:


Our office will close for Christmas on the 22nd of December at lunchtime and will re-open on the 5th of January.


The IDS are looking for Deaf chefs willing to represent Ireland. If anyone is interested, please send your information with background in catering and chef, including reference of your experience and training. Closing date: 8/12/03.


Do you have experience in the disability sector? employment sector? Do you have fluent Irish Sign Language skills? Do you have in-depth knowledge of deaf issues? If so, there is a job vacancy with the Supported Employment Consortia based in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Final Interviews for a Job Coach to work with the Consortia will take place shortly. For further information contact William White, Resource Co-ordinator in the first instance.


We'll focus on employment issues for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals this week. Research has shown in the past the Deaf people tend to be under-employed as opposed to unemployed. Next week, we will look at Educational Supports.


Are you interested in studying abroad. If so, The Fulbright Deaf Studies awards have been announced for the academic year 2004/2005. You can download application and guidelines from their website:


Our paintball event has been cancelled. The organisers had concerns over insurance cover, communication and the risk of accidents.

5.9.03 has been nominated on the shortlist for BT Golden Spiders Award. Five sites has been short listed for the community awards section.


To all our members, our sincere apologies for not having this week's notes rather than last week as last week's notes did not make to The Kerryman, due to a computer problem we were unable to put notes into the paper on time.


Are you interested in learning basic computers? Kerry Deaf Resource Centre will be running 2 computer camps. The first camp is on Monday 11th to 15th of August (10am - 1pm Monday to Friday). The second camp will be from Monday 18th to 22nd of August (10am - 1pm). If interested please email Kerry Deaf Resource Centre as soon as possible as numbers are limited.


Cork Association for the Deaf are hoping to plan a trip to Kerry. It will be in 1st week of October to Ballybunion. The cost will be approx €80 for the weekend or €150 during the week. If you are interested in joining this group for the weekend or weekdays, please let us know. The Cork group would like to meet with local Deaf when they come to Kerry.


The Kerryman is a local newspaper that has allowed us put in a weekly section for our news bulletin and articles.


Kerry Deaf Resource Centre & The Deaf Action Group would like to give say a huge thanks to the Minister of Social & Family Affairs & her Department for their generous grant towards Interpreting & conference costs for the World Federation of the Deaf conference. A big thanks also to local TD's Jimmy Deenihan, Martin Ferris & also to Brian Crowley M.E.P. for their donation. Lastly, thanks to the Kerry Region of the St. Vincent de Paul for their donation, much appreciated.


WFD 2003: A group of 21 from Kerry will leave for Canada on 17th July until the 29th July. They have fundraised €9000 for accommodation expenses - by having hair-shaving events, bag packing, table quizzes and bicycle race from Tralee to Killarney.


Publications/Books is available for free of charge: Sign Language Videotapes and accompanying Books, Public Attitudes to Disability, Disability Related Research in Ireland, Guidelines for Including People with Disabilities, A Matter of Rights Strategic Plan 2001-2003 and a copy of Easy to Read Version. If you would like a copy of any of the above, please email us.


RTÉ commenced live subtitling* of OPEN HOUSE on March 10th, 2003. *(this page lists all the programmes that RTÉ subtitle)


Irish Deaf Directory was launched.

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