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6 May 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 18)

We'd like to thank Deaforward (Julianne, Elaine and Stephen) for their interesting and informative meeting last week in our Centre. Deaforward is the new Deaf advocacy project. It was a great opportunity for our members to learn about this interesting project. We'd like to wish the Deaforward team all the best for the project.

Our Education Equality committee met again last week and continue to make progress. The Co-ordinator's vacancy will advertised as soon as funding is released from the Department of Education. This position will be advertised in local newspapers, and Deaf e-groups, teletext services etc. As soon as more information is available, we will notify you all.

A number of our members will attend the European Union of the Deaf seminar in Dublin this Friday. The theme of the seminar is "Non- discrimination in Employment". There will be speakers from Dublin and from Norway, Hungary, Denmark and Spain. We'd like to wish the organisers a very successful conference.

On a more personal note, we'd like to congratulate Shane Hamilton and Deirdre Moloney on their recent wedding - a great time was had by all. Best wishes for your married life.

A local taxi firm 'Oakpark Taxi's' can now be booked by text (sms) Send a text message and say what time you want a taxi and where the taxi should pick you up. This should make it a little easier for those living in and around the Tralee area. Check with your local Taxi Company to see if they will accept taxi bookings by text or fax.

A local hairdresser in Tralee will also take bookings by text. Adrianna's hairdresser will call to your house for haircuts and colouring. Send her a text on 087 414 4188. She will then send you an appointment. Again, it is great to see local businesses becoming more accessible to Deaf customers.

We've had a number of enquiries regarding the Driver Theory Test. There is an ISL version available for the exam. When you book your Theory test, make sure to tell them that you want the test with the sign language version.

As it is now coming up to exam time, we'd like to wish all our Deaf students' best wishes for the exams. We'd also like to thank our local schools, colleges and Access staff for all their support. Due to high demands, we were not able to provide interpreting services to all these students. However, where possible other types of supports were provided. We need to continue to work hard in this area as a lot more work needs to be done to ensure that Deaf students get the same access as their hearing peers.

Lastly, are you the parent of a Deaf student in a school for the Deaf or a mainstream setting? Are you happy with the education that your child is receiving? A number of parents & interested individuals are keen to hold an open meeting in Dublin to look at the issues of Deaf education in Dublin. Would you be interested in attending this meeting or assisting with arranging the meeting? There are a lot of issues that need to be addressed within Deaf Education and it would be good if a meeting could be planned to support students and parents. A date has not being decided yet; those interested in organising the meeting could arrange this.

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13 May 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 19)

This week our weekly notes consist of a combination of local, national and international news.

Five members representing the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre attended the European Union of the Deaf (EUD) Seminar on Non-Discrimination in Employment hosted by the Irish Deaf Society last Friday in Dublin. We now have up-to-date information on the Irish Deaf Society, What you should know about anti-discrimination legislation, which is also available on; a quick introduction to the EUD and Guidelines on non-discrimination of Deaf people in employment produced by the EUD. If you would like to view any of these documents, you can call into our Centre. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet up with European colleagues on the day and well done to the Irish Deaf Society for hosting the event.

The following is a link to the European Interpreting service SCIC: in this document there is an explanation about different kinds of interpreting. So, if you are interested in languages and interpreting, a worthwhile document.

Our Arts and Crafts class will be held this Thursday afternoon from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Come and be creative.

We have another visitor coming to Tralee. This time it is Irish They will hold their information evening at the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre on Wednesday 19th May at 8.00pm. They will explain what is Irish; what they do. You can also view or buy the only Irish Deaf and Hard of Hearing Information directory available in Ireland. Look forward to seeing you on the night. If you can't make it on the night you can still buy the directory. Details on or by fax 018402614; SMS 0857263511.

The next Kerry Deaf Action Group meeting will be held on Saturday 22nd May at 2.00pm. The meeting will be held at Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.

Dublin Deaf Scouts are organising a Children's Camp weekend in Larch Hill, Scouting Ireland National Campsite, Dublin 16 from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th June. The weekend includes two nights stay, meals, outdoor swimming pool, face painting, games, fancy dress, BBQ, sport activities, campfire and much more. Price to be advised at a later stage. Further details from Kevin Mulqueen (text only) 086 167 1754.

If you are a Deaf Irish sign language user and need to do a Driver Theory Test, you can have your test provided in ISL via CD-ROM. If you have undertaken your driving theory test using the ISL CD-ROM, let us know what you thought of it. Further details can be obtained from Driver Theory Test HQ, P.O. Box 144, Drogheda, Co. Louth; Tel: 1890 606 106/1890 616 216 Monday-Friday 8.00am-6.00pm; Irish Language 1890 606 806 Monday-Friday 8.00am-6.00pm; Text phone 1890 616 216 Monday-Friday 8.00am-6.00pm.

Our regular local taxi firm 'Oakpark Taxis' can now be booked by text (sms), send a text message, say what time you want a taxi and where they should pick you up. This should make it a little easier for those living in and around the Tralee area. Their number is 0879574099. In other areas, check with your local taxi company to see if they will accept taxi bookings by text or fax.

If you are Hard of Hearing and use a hearing aid, call into the Centre to see the different kinds of equipment, which can assist you in your daily living such as hearing the doorbell, television, and telephone. Also check out what devices will assist you in your workplace.

Don't forget our hearing aid batteries are €3.00 for a pack of six. As far as we know, we are the cheapest. If this is not the case, let us know.

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20 May 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 20)

Tralee can definitely say summer has arrived. It has been a wonderful opportunity to travel to all our wonderful beaches over the weekend to enjoy the sun and enjoy even more the relaxed way of life here.

It has been a very active week for many of our members and the work being undertaken here at the Centre.

First of all, huge hearty congratulations to Michelle Ward, the only Deaf Irish sign language student in a mainstream school in Tralee for winning two awards at Mounthawk Secondary School. One was the diligence award for any students who applied themselves well during the year. The second award was the UCC Cup, which is a Government initiative for an Access Programme to increase access for students with disabilities from second level to third level education. According to John O'Rourke, Deputy Principal "Michelle got these awards as a testament to her capacity. Her integration into the school way of life ended up being beneficial to all and she did it with such joy". The Centre applauds Mounthawk School for employing a full-time registered qualified Irish Sign Language/English interpreter and for taking on board issues of relevance to ensure Michelle was able to access her education.

The Rose of Tralee Kerry Selection Ball will be held this year on Saturday 29th May, 8.00pm, Mount Brandon Hotel, Tralee. Elaine Scannell who was chosen by the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Board will be representing us. If you would like to come along and show your support, we would be delighted to share the evening with you. Tickets are €55. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are able to attend, as we have to book and pay for the tickets in advance. Formal dress for the evening is required.

As a request from the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Board we have now typed up a one page Deaf and Hard of Hearing Manifesto for members to give to TD's and Councillors when they come knocking at your door to get your votes. Copies have been sent to all our local members. If you have not received your copies by the end of the week, do let us know or email us: We would be more than happy to send you more copies.

One of our local tutors when be providing Irish Sign Language classes during the summer, if you wish to attend, or email us: or call us and give us your contact details.

Our thanks go to Sue Cole for donating four videos of ASL Bible Stories. If you know anyone who can transfer these PAL Videos to VHS on our behalf, could you please let us know? Thank you.

Our members thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity of attending the Irish Deaf Society AGM held in Dublin this year and learnt a lot while they were there. Our very sincere congratulations go to John Bosco Conama who has taken over as Chair of the IDS. Well done, truly deserved.

We have decided to cancel hiring mobile homes in Banna Beach Hotel in June this year. Instead, a number of small families from Kerry will be joining the Dublin Deaf Scouts 10th Anniversary fun weekend. For 1 person it is €30.00, for a family of 4 it is €100.00. They need to know number of people interested in going from Kerry. So, if you are interested in coming with us and having a fun weekend, let us know here at the Centre.

The Munster Deaf Sports Council originally organised bag-packing weekend at Dunnes Stores in North Circular Road, Tralee for 21/22 May. This has had to be cancelled as Dunnes have agreed that People in Need will have the bag packing the same weekend. Here is the sports fixture for Whit Weekend that Munster Deaf Sports Council will hold the events and see below for you diary:

  1. On Friday, 4th June 2004 Wine & Cheese Party and Exhibition in Cork Deaf Club at 8pm. All are welcome
  2. On Saturday, 5th June 2004 Ladies Basketball - 12.00pm Munster v Doncaster in Mardyke Arena, Cork. Soccer match - 3.00pm Munster (Inter-Provincial Deaf Football Championship 2004) v Doncaster (British Deaf Sports Council (Football) Championship 2003) in UCC Sports Ground, Bishopstown, Cork.
  3. On Sunday, 6th June 2004 Soccer Match - 12.00pm Munster 'B' V Doncaster in UCC Sports Ground, Bishopstown, Cork. Ladies Basketball - 2.30pm Munster 'B' V Doncaster in Mardyke arena, Cork. Bowling Match - CANCELLED.
We wish you all very enjoyable during the Whit weekend. For further information contact Donal Desmond on 0861018883 (text only).

Our American Coda contact has agreed to release her paper entitled "Orange Eyes - Bimodal bilingualism in hearing adults from deaf families". If you would like a copy of the revised paper, please do let us know, we will be happy to forward you a copy of the same.

Fine Gael, Labour and the Green Party have put together a Private Members motion on Disability to be debated in Dail on Tuesday and Wednesday 18th and 19th May. If you wish at attend, please contact a member of the Oireachtas to arrange a pass. This message comes from John Dolan, CEO, Disability Federation of Ireland.

Our New Zealand Deaf contact has forwarded us some very exciting news. "The Office for Disability Issues is very pleased to share with you the date of the first reading debate for the New Zealand Sign Language Bill. The first reading of this Bill is scheduled for Tuesday 22 June 2004 after Question Time, which usually finishes at about 3pm (New Zealand time), in Parliament, Wellington. Disability Issues Minister Ruth Dyson will lead the parliamentary speeches on this Bill. The debate will be webcast live on the Internet at the following address: It is not usual practice for a date for a particular debate to be set this far in advance. New Zealand Parliament has considered this special request to have the NZSL Bill first reading on this day to book interpreters and allow time for Deaf people to travel to this event".

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28 May 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 21)

Hello and welcome again to our weekly news. The sun is shining here again which is very unusual for this part of the country. However, we are all enjoying it so we shouldn't complain.

Our Deaf Action Group (DAG) held its monthly meeting at the weekend and there was a good turnout. A barbeque was arranged after the meeting and all had a good time. The next DAG meeting will now take place in September. However, there will be a range of activities organised by DAG during the summer, so keep in touch with us for further information such as the Golf Classic and Bag packing.

Our representative for the Kerry Rose Selection has had a busy few days. Elaine Scannell attended the launch of the Rose selection and was interviewed by the judges. Last Friday, all the contestants had to attend the Race Track for a night out. The winner will be selected this Saturday night at a formal Ball and a number of our members will be attending to support Elaine. Best wishes to her, she has done us proud.

Our summer tour will be held sometime in July. Have you any suggestions as to where we should go for the day. We have to ensure we go to places that are suitable for our younger and older members. We are finding it difficult to find an interesting place so your tips would be greatly appreciated. As soon as we have all our arrangements made, we will send out information to all our members.

One of our members will be attending a conference in Limerick this Thursday and Friday. The conference will focus on a number of themes and should be very interesting. It will look at the "Role of Independent Equality Bodies in the Promotion of Equal Treatment",  "Equality and Diversity in the workplace - best practice" and "Promoting Equality and Accommodating Diversity in the Provision of Services". We’d like to thank the organisers for providing interpreting access and for making sure that members of the Deaf community have an opportunity to participate in their conference.

Pauline Walker from the National Deaf Children's Society based in Northern Ireland will be coming to give a presentation on the work undertaken for parents with Deaf children on Friday 2nd July. If you are interested in attending, do let us know or email us:

We now have 10 copies of the only Irish Deaf related Directory available for sale in our Centre. If you would like a copy it is €8.20. Our thanks to Stephen Gilligan for developing such a valuable resource. If you would like to view a copy, come to our Centre.

Don't forget the closing date for the Deaf Adult Learning Programme Co-ordinator is Friday 4th June at 5pm. An independent panel is being established to undertake the interviews for this position.

Best wishes to Ireland who are playing Norway in Dublin this weekend. Our best wishes to the Deaf team representing Ireland.

A job vacancy

The Kerry Deaf Resource Centre in partnership with The Kerry Education Service are requesting applications for the following post Co-ordinator of the Deaf Adult Learning Programme.
  • Key purpose
    To provide management and educational direction to the Education Equality Initiative Project named the Kerry Deaf Adult Learning Programme 2004-2006.
  • Eligibility for the post
    The person appointed must have at least three years relevant and satisfactory experience of educational work with Deaf people and have a high level of Irish sign language. Experience in the management of projects and in educational research will be an advantage.
  • Salary scale
    A salary scale of €35,259 to €37,730 will apply over the life of the programme.
  • Contract and hours of attendance
    The successful applicant will be offered a Contract until 31st December 2004 and on successful completion of that period, a further Contract may be offered until 31st December 2006, which is the finishing date for the programme. The Co-ordinator will work for 35 hours per week and will be based at the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre in Tralee, Co. Kerry.
Application to be made by forwarding your Curriculum Vitae to the Personnel Department, Kerry Education Service (Co. Kerry VEC), Maine Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Fax: 712 1311; Tel No: 066 712 1488; Email: not later than 5.00pm on Friday 4th June 2004.

The Kerry Education Service is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
B. O'Reilly, Chief Executive Officer, Kerry Education Service.
William White, Resource Co-ordinator, Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.

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