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8 January 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 1)

Job Vacancy in Kerry. Do you have experience in the disability sector? Do you have experience in the 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 or email:

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15 January 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 2)

Hello all. On behalf of everyone in our service, we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.

We returned to work last week and have been very busy. We managed to secure funding which enabled us to install new computers and equipment. Hopefully, this will enable us to do more work on your behalf.

We had a lot of exciting things happen over the weekend. Our Deaf Action Group (DAG) met on Saturday to make plans for the World Federation of the Deaf Conference in Spain in 2007. Fundraising ideas are being developed to ensure as many of our members can travel to Spain. DAG already has as many as 40 people interested in attending the conference so a lot of work needs to be done. They will have a raffle on the 7th of February, if you want to buy tickets, contact us directly or email:

CODA - Children of Deaf Adults held its first ever-European wide meeting in Tralee last weekend. This was history in the making. CODA's from Holland, England, Ireland and Australia came to Tralee for the weekend. It was interesting to see so many different nationalities celebrating the fact that they had Deaf parents. Future workshops will be held throughout Europe. A CODA weekend will be held in the UK at the end of February. Contact Catherine White for further information or email:

We also had our monthly Interpreted Mass for members. A big thanks to Fr. Nolan for his on-going commitment to this event and to Veronica White for all her Interpreting work. One of our members, Richard Tolan presented our service with candles and cross, which could be used for the Mass, a big thanks to him.

Our Kids Club met too but with such bad weather, it was difficult to source appropriate activities for them. Our local bowling/activities centre has closed down and this has a big effect on our kids club. We need to find other venues that can cater to a small group of kids ranging from 4-16 in age. If you have any ideas, please do let us know.

There is one last chance to apply for the Job Coach position with the Supported Employment Consortia. You will need to have experience in the Disability and Employment sector. The ideal candidate will be fluent in Irish Sign Language and have an in-depth knowledge of Deaf issues. For further information contact William White, Resource Co-ordinator or email:

We'd like to welcome a student from the ITT who will be on work experience with us until April. The student is doing the Social Care programme, which prepares a person to work as a Family Support Worker. Her name is Elaine Scannell. During her placement here, she can work with families and will learn sign language.

Notes for you diary:

  1. Kerry Deaf Resource Centre has a position on the Additional Needs Forum with the Kerry County Childcare Committee based in Tralee. The aim of the Forum is to identify needs of children who have different needs. If you are Deaf and interested, do let us know or email: The first meeting will be held Wednesday 21st January at 4.00pm.
  2. Northern Ireland Karting will hold their Third Open Ulster Championship event on the 24th of January in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. A group of Deaf from Kerry will attend. There will also be a Buffet Disco that night. Contact us or email: for more information.
  3. The Interagency Working Group on Child Abuse will have their monthly seminar on Wednesday 28th January at 2.30pm. It will be held at the Education Centre at ITT Dromtacker, Tralee. This month's seminar is about Adolescent Stress and Crisis. If you wish to attend, we will need to book an interpreter. So, let us know as soon as possible.
  4. The National Women's Council of Ireland will hold a Women's Model for Social Welfare Reform meeting in Killarney on Thursday 29th January 2004 from 10.00am to 4.15pm. This will be held at the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney. Interpreters have been booked. If you would like to attend, please email us: as we have some Deaf people attending already.

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22 January 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 3)

Hello again to all our readers. Welcome to our second Kerry Deaf Update of 2004. Thanks for all your feedback on our first notes especially from those who said they missed seeing them over the Christmas holidays.

We have a few things planned for the next few weeks. One of the things we want to organise is for small trips for local Deaf people over the age of 50. If you would like to get involved, please let us know. We would like for some of these members to visit local attractions such as museums, parks, towns, friends etc. Our service will provide the transport. It will be a great way for members without transport to visit local places of interest or to meet local friends. A questionnaire has been sent our members over 50 years of age. If you don't receive a copy, please let us know or email us: and we will send one to you.

We are also doing an Equipment questionnaire. As you are aware there was a grant scheme called TAGS - this is no longer available. The new grant scheme is called RAG (Resource Allocation Group). If you want to apply for equipment through RAG, you must be a medical cardholder - RAG will meet once a month to assess applications. There is a waiting list but hopefully, it wont be too long for people to obtain equipment. The equipment questionnaire is simple to fill in and it will help us to determine the equipment needs of our members. Contact us email us: for the form and we will send it to you.

Do you live in and around the Sliabh Luchra area (Castleisland, Currans, Currow etc)? Would you or your family members be interested in learning sign language? If so, please let us know, as we are involved in a project to try to meet the needs of families in the area. Along with sign language classes, we will also offer information and support to families. Classes will start towards the end of February in Castleisland. Applications from people in and around the Killarney area will also be considered.

Notes for you diary:

  1. We have a Deaf member who is living in very poor housing conditions. As a way of solving this problem, we are looking for Deaf and hearing volunteers for Saturday 31st January from 10.00am to 3.00pm to help us redecorate our member's house. This will include moving out old stuff, painting and redecorating part of the house to bring it up to a suitable standard. If you are able to spare a few hours, please contact Willie here at the Centre, as he will be the main volunteer on the day.
  2. From the 2nd to 6th February, we will welcome two interpreter students from Trinity College Dublin. They are now doing an Interpreter training course. We are delighted these students will have their work experience outside of Dublin. It is good they create links and understanding of Deaf issues outside of the capital. If you would like to meet them, do call into the Centre to meet and give them a very warm welcome.
  3. Another CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) weekend has been planned for Adult Children of Deaf Adults. The weekend is called "AT LAST! Something for US". This will be held from 27th to 29th February 2004, Dukes Barn, Beeley, Near Bakewell, Derbyshire. The UK contact is George Taylor on 00447956 207364 (sms/mobile) or email us: The Irish contact is Catherine White. She can be contacted here at the Centre. There are several Coda's from Ireland attending and will report back in March.
  4. Over the coming months, we will also have two Deaf students from Trinity College on placement with our service. They are on the Deaf Studies, Sign Language teaching diploma. They will observe local tutors in our sign language classes. Again if you would like to meet them when they are here, please let us know. We would like to introduce them to the local Deaf Community, so that they can see if there is variation in Irish sign language here in Kerry. This will be valuable for them in their studies. We would like them to observe differences between male and female signing, and to see if there are any differences between old sign and new sign.

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29 January 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 4)

Hello to all our readers. Well, it's been a cold few days. While we all keep ourselves warm, don't forget those who may be seriously affected by the cold weather. Don't forget to call into people who may be elderly to make sure they are okay. If you know of any Deaf and Hard of Hearing elderly in need of assistance, do let us know or email us:

We have a new fax machine for sale €100. We also have two Mountcastle flashing light doorbells, which have been donated, by members to the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. These doorbells will be given free to those living in the Kerry area. Contact us for more details.

On a sad note, we would like to convey our sympathies to the Margaret Woulfe and her family in Dublin. Margaret's mother passed away last week. Margaret's parents are well known members in the Deaf Community.

Do you want or require information on rights or entitlements etc. Our service works with local Citizen Information Centres to get information for you. If you live outside of Tralee and require access to information, drop into your local Citizens Information Centre. They have offices in Caherciveen, Castleisland, Kenmare, Killarney, Killorglin, Listowel and of course Tralee. If you require contact details for any of these offices, we have leaflets here for you. If you have access requirements, inform the office and they can contact us to arrange appropriate access.

Notes for you diary:

  1. To help us all through the cold months of January and February, we have decided to set up Art and Craft classes for our members. The classes will start this Thursday from 2pm to 5pm in our office in Tralee. Classes will include drawing, painting, jewellery making, painting etc. If you would like to join, contact or email us: immediately as classes will be limited to 10-12 people. Classes are free.
  2. For those of you with an interest in Spirituality and Disability, there will be two "It's My Church Too" seminars in Dublin in January and March. The first one will be held on 31st January in St. John of God Brothers in Stillorgan "Exploring Spirituality and Disability". The second seminar will be on 6th March in the same venue "Fostering a climate of Welcome in Liturgy". Cost €45 each. For more information, contact or email us:
  3. The Kerry Network of People with Disabilities will have a Rights and Entitlements Seminar on Monday, 2nd February from 10.30am to 1.30pm in the Mount Brandon Hotel, Tralee. One of the speakers will be Cathy Sinnott who will give a talk on the Education of Children with Disabilities. Light lunch will be provided. An Interpreter has been booked. To attend, please contact or email us:
  4. In the Spring, to brighten our spirits, there will be an Intercultural Celebration in the Mount Brandon Conference Centre on the 17th March from 2pm to 5pm. Admission will be free. For the past two years, members from the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre have attended this celebration and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a great opportunity to meet with other cultures. An Interpreter will be provided.

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