NEWS 2011:

19.12.11 Access policy for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafened, Deafblind KDRC have been working with the HSE nationally to develop an access policy for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafened, Deafblind. A draft generic policy, which may be of use to Government Depts, Public Bodies and service providers. For more information »

12.12.11 Changes to hearing aid grant Changes to the Treatment Benefit Grant (PRSI Grant) for hearing aids. These changes will come into place in January 2012. For more information »

5.12.11 EUD Surveys The one survey is about Active Ageing and the Deaf community. The EUD would like to have more information about how Deaf people live in each EUD member countries. They will use this information in their work, and at the workshop and seminar which will be held in Copenhagen next year. This is an important survey as 2012 is the European Year of Active Ageing. For more information »

28.11.11 Interpreting access over christmas holidays The Sign language Interpreting Service would like to inform you of their Emergency out of hour’s service. If you wish to book a Sign language Interpreter out of hours the emergency number is 087 6725179. . For more information »

21.11.11 Cork/Kerry Deaf elderly christmas lunch Catherine Landers of CDA is organising a Christmas lunch on the 6th of December in Malton Hotel in Killarney. If you would like to attend, please let us know. Please inform us in advance if you require transport to the event. For more information »

14.11.11 DeafHear family information weekend will host its annual information weekend for families with children who have been newly diagnosed with a hearing loss in Portlaoise in March. For more information »

7.11.11 Deaf women's survey Ann Coogan and Josephine O'Leary, two well-known and prominent Deaf women in Ireland are doing a research project on Deaf women in Ireland in 2011. Their aim is to collect 300 completed surveys throughout Ireland. As this is a national survey, they would like some input from Deaf women in Kerry. For more information »

31.10.11 Vote for Dr. John Bosco Conama Dr. JBC is the 1st Deaf person from the Irish Sign Language community who has achieved a PHD (in Equality studies) and is currently an Assistant Professor and Co-ordinator in Deaf students at Trinity College Dublin. For more information »

24.10.11 Christmas Party Our Christmas party is on 4th of December in Stoker’s Lodge Tralee. If you would like to attend, please send us your names as soon as possible as we need to inform the restaurant of final numbers. We will have a 4-course meal and spot prizes. It will cost €20 per adult and €10 per child. It will be on from 2-6pm. For more information »

17.10.11 Simply signing online shop Irish Sign Language books, posters and puppets are available to purchase on their website at Their books and puppets can capture the essence of fun and start you on your sign language journey. For more information »

10.10.11 Live advisor service launched A new instant chat information service for 'Live Advisor' specifically for people with hearing and speech difficulties. It is a free, confidential, one-to-one service, which provides information on a wide range of social and civil rights and entitlements. It is available between the hours of 9am and 5pm (Monday to Friday) and can be accessed by logging on to For more information »

3.10.11 Hands On - Looking for interesting stories 'Hands On', the programme that is aimed at the Deaf community is currently planning their 16th series of the programme. They are looking for some contributors for their chat show! Do you know of anyone with an interesting story to tell, who has achieved something amazing or has an unusual hobby? For more information »

26.9.11 SNA cuts - Hands On item By the end of 2011 the government will remove over 200 SNAs from schools around the country in order to meet targets within the National Recovery Plan. Most special schools will keep their existing number of SNAs, but many mainstream schools will lose some of theirs. Hands On would like to hear from anyone who has been affected by these cuts. This will be for research purposes and you are under no obligation to appear on Hands On. For more information »

19.9.11 EmployAbility Job Seekers Fair - 22nd September in Dublin It is aimed at providing both graduates and non-graduates with professional advice and information on all aspects of sourcing and securing suitable employment. A sign language interpreter will be provided at the event. To book a place at the seminars 'CV & Interview Preparation' and 'Social Welfare Entitlements' & 'Return to Employment'. For more information »

12.9.11 Sign language users wanted for event in Dingle A small group of Deaf sign language users to translated a song into sign language on the night. If you are keen to participate on the night, please let us know. For more information on the service, go to For more information »

5.9.11 Redress Board Final Closing Date The 16th of September is the last day on which applications can be made to the Residential Institutions Redress Board. Redress Board is to be wound down by the Minister for Education and Skills. All applications must be in writing using the Redress Board’s standard application form. For more information »

5.9.11 Re-Open After Annual Leave Our service re-opened on the 1st of September after our annual leave in August. If you would like to make an appointment to meet with any of our staff, please contact us. For more information »

25.7.11 Spirit of Sign 5th Anniversary Cork Deaf Drama, Spirit of Sign, will have its 5th anniversary celebrations on 19th November in Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain St, Cork from 1pm - 6pm and 7pm - 1am. For more information »

18.7.11 Race Night fundraiser A fundraiser 'Race Night' is being held Friday 26th August in the Corner House Bar, Barraduff at 9pm. For more information »

4.7.11 EFSLI Conference Italy The European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters 2011 conference is still open for registration. The event promises to be another highlight in EFSLI’s history. The conference will be held on the beautiful Amalfi Coast in Italy from the 16th - 18th of Sept. The conference will encourage participants to reflect on this development, to share experiences, knowledge and expertise of specific translating techniques working between written and sign language. For more information »

27.6.11 IDS Car Boot Sale Fundraiser Car Boot Sale on Saturday the 25th July, in the Deaf Club 40, Lower Drumcondra Rd. Entrance will be at the back of the building. It will be held from 10.30am - 4pm. For more information »

13.6.11 Summerfest Annual sports day on Sunday, 19th July, from 12pm until late St Joseph’s Grounds, Navan Road, Dublin 7. Activities will include tug-o-war, Wellington boots, children and adults races, bouncy castle, water slide and many more. All Welcome and admission is FREE! For more information »

30.5.11 Fashion show The CDA fashion show is on 10th June in Cork, and CDA staff busy making final preparations. For those of you who will be travelling from outside Cork, CDA has contacted the Silver Springs Hotel, where the fashion show is on. For more information »

23.5.11 Interpreter available at CDA every friday A Sign Language interpreter will be available from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the Cork Deaf Association, free of charge. Last Friday of every month, starting Friday 27th May. For more information »

16.5.11 Facebook workshops 11th of June in Tralee The Deaf Adult Literacy Service (DALS) is currently setting up one-off Facebook workshops for Deaf people who want to learn how to use FB, enhance their privacy and security settings and learn about features on the social networking page to enhance their enjoyment of using Facebook. For more information »

9.5.11 Equality Ambassador Training The course will enable participants to create awareness among state employees on how to treat people with disabilities in their everyday jobs. The course is 10 weeks, with one 3 hour session per week, and will commence in May/June 2011 (dates/times to be confirmed). For more information »

2.5.11 ESB disability traineeship programme There will be approximately six placements on offer (TBC) across a number of their business units. Further information, job description and application packs are available. For more information »

18.4.11 Newborn hearing screening programme Cork University Maternity Hospital has been selected as the first hospital in Ireland to implement the universal Newborn Hearing Screening programme. From the end of April the parents of all babies born in the hospital will be offered a hearing test prior to discharge. For more information »

4.4.11 Job Vacancies 2 Part time posts. Communiity Officer & Development Officer in the Mid-West region. For more information »

28.3.11 Census 2011 Reminder The 2011 Census will be held on the 10th of April. In the Census form on page 15 it will say "Do you speak a language other than English or Irish at home? What is the language?" Underneath, write down in full IRISH SIGN LANGUAGE. For more information »

21.3.11 News for the deaf available on RTE website Many people miss the news in sign language as it is shown before 6pm. You can now view previous editions on the RTE Player, the most recent edition can be viewed at For more information »

14.3.11 Street collections- volunteers required Coming up over the next few months and require volunteers. With restricted funding, these events are a very important source of income for our service. For more information »

7.3.11 Live advisor - citizen's information service It is an instant chat service operating between the hours of 9am to 5pm (Monday to Friday), which is specifically targeted toward Deaf people, people with hearing and speech difficulties and others who have difficulty communicating by telephone. For more information »

28.2.11 Training course - Deaf Managers / facing the challenge Deaf people can face many obstacles when they want to succeed in Management? It can also be difficult to fully access training in Ireland on this topic? A training course is being organised at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh from the 16th - 17th of May to tackle this issue. Information is available in British Sign Language and International Sign. For more information »

21.2.11 IDS Charity Shop Volunteers are required for an hour or two a week.. The IDS are also looking for unwanted clothes, bric a brac, books, jewellery etc. They will be organising a Clothes Drop day on Saturday 5th March from 11am-4pm at the Dublin Deaf Association, Lwr Drumcondra Rd. Alternatively, donations can be left at their HQ at 30 Blessington Street, Dublin 7 (just off Dorset Street) anytime Monday to Friday (9am-5pm). For more information »

14.2.11 A new work placement programme, known as Tús. This will provide 5,000 short-term working opportunities in community organisations for people unemployed for over a year. More information is available at and see if your details are there and up to date to vote. For more information »

7.2.11 Job Vacancy Manager vacancy with SLIS - Sign Language Interpreting Service is seeking a Manager, based in Dublin, who will be responsible for the development and delivery of core strategic objectives and initiatives. Please apply by sending a hard copy of your CV by post or a soft copy by email before 5pm on Friday 19th February 2011. Your application should include the names of two referees and a short cover letter. A full job description is available on or For more information »

7.2.11 Upcoming national elections The Election is on the 25th of February. Do you know if you are registered to vote? If not go to and see if your details are there and up to date to vote. For more information »

31.1.11 Declaration on sign languages in the EU A conference was held on sign language legislation on declaration on sign languages in the EU. It is a landmark document declares that the national sign languages of the Member States are the native languages of sign language users and it has long been secured by research that sign languages are fully-fledged languages. For more information »

24.1.11 Deaf cruises 2011 cruise itineraries was announced such as Alaska, Europe, Hawaii and many more exciting destinations. For more information »

24.1.11 Job Vacancy Director Vacancy with RNID Northern Ireland. The role requires strong internal communication and team-building skills, working within a complex UK structure with the support of the Northern Ireland Advisory Group. You can apply by online or email and quoting reference HQ1735. For more information »

24.1.11 Aware online support Aware is a support service for people with depression and their families. Aware online support is now launched and it could be a vital service for Deaf people particularly those who live in areas where there is no interpreting support. The service is confidential. For more information »

17.1.11 Job Vacancy Co-ordinator vacancy at The Centre for Deaf Education. The role of the Coordinator will be to build and expand the current Centre to become the place from which parents of Deaf children are supported and advised and can access the key professionals, medical and educational working with Deaf children. Closing date is 28th of January 2011. For more information »

17.1.11 Month's mind mass for Michael Fell A Month's Mind Mass on the 3rd of February. It will be held in the Church of St Gertrude, Firies, Co Kerry at 10am. Veronica White will interpret the Mass. For more information »

17.1.11 Cold weather conditions in Kerry over Christmas With temperature levels also going well below zero, alot of people in Kerry had severe water issues and burst water pipes. If this happened to you, make sure to report this to your local Council. We can also contact the Council on your behalf. For more information »

07.01.10 KDRC on Facebook Our facebook site is going from strength to strength. We have also uploaded sign language alphabets from 39 countries throughout the world. If you would like to add us as your friend, go to More »

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