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3 February 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 5)

Hello and welcome to our weekly section. There a few things coming up that may be of interest to you.

Deaf Learning Training (EEI)
The timetable for training for our students has been finalised. If you are a student on this course and have not received the timetable, please contact Catherine by email us: and she will send you all the information.

Training will start this Thurday with a Study Skills workshop from 2 - 4pm. This training will give tips on how to study and will help students with the upcoming training. For more information, text Catherine on 087 906 4230.

Religious event
This Thursday in the Dominican Church Tralee, the blessing of the throats mass will be held. Veronica White (NCDP) will interpret the mass at 7.30pm.

Deaforward Meetings
The next series of the Deaforward Project Information meetings around the country will be in February, March and April! The meeting for Kerry will be held in our office on Tuesday 8th of March from 6pm - 9pm. All information meetings are free. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided. There will be an opportunity to meet Deaf socially after the meeting.

IDS Link-up Project
Would you like to give other Deaf adults better access to society? Do you think you can teach other Deaf people English? If you answer yes to these questions, then the Linkup Project needs YOU!

Link-up is having a new training program for Deaf adults to become literacy tutors. Link-up is looking for Deaf people who would like to pass on their English skills to other Deaf people. Training is FREE and FUN.

If you are interested please contact: Stephen Bates, The Linkup Project, Irish Deaf Society , 30 Blessington Street , Dublin 7. Fax: 01 850 0411, Minicom: 01 882 8002, SMS/voice: 01 882 8001, Email:

Videophone Demonstration
Jeff McWhinney will give Videophone demonstration in Dublin on Friday 25th February 2005 at 7.30pm. Jeff is the Director of Significan't. The IP videophone has been designed by a Deaf person in the States and has taken the US market by storm over the past 18 months. The demo will be in Carmichael House, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7.

Useful or new websites
If you missed out on the news on the Deaf Olympics which were held in Melbourne recently, log onto

Want to know what cinemas in Ireland and the UK show subtitled movies, then log onto

To log on to NAD's new website, go to

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9 February 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 6)

This Sunday on Hands On, RTE1 at 10.15am will feature the late Mary Anne White who gave an interview about her experience of cancer. The item was filmed in December 2004, a few days before she passed away. Mary Anne wanted other Deaf women to learn about cancer particularly about cervical cancer as this is known as the "silent killer". A big thanks to Hands On for covering this very important issue.

A big thanks to all the students/tutor who participated in our Study Skills workshop last Thursday.

The EEI students will meet every Thursday afternoon. Training will include Study Skills, Introdution to Group Work, Conflict Management, Making Decisions and Committee Skills Training.

One weekend every month, we will have CACDP related training. In the most recent edition of CACDP's Standard Newsletter, an article was printed about our EEI training. This article is distributed through-out England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Are you involved in a Community Event? You might be interested in attending an 8 week course to learn how to be an effective Community Representative. If you interested, contact Catherine on 087 906 4230. Training will be provided in Tralee.

Have you access to BBC2. If so, there is another interesting programme on the 7th of February at 7.30pm. It's called The Deaf Holocaust.

Clive Mason investigates the development and impact of the Nazi policy of enforced sterilisation and murder of deaf and disabled people in Germany between 1933 and 1945.

Members of the German deaf community, who are still living with the legacy of this brutal Nazi programme, tell their moving stories for the first time on television. That's all for this week. More news next week.

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18 February 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 7)

Hello Readers. The Kerry Deaf Resource Centre would like to thank Hands On for their programme about cervical cancer featuring the late Mary Anne White last Sunday morning.

The White Family and KDRC have received loads of feedback about the programme and the impact Mary Anne White made on everyone. Female viewers have said they will go and get a smear test done. Thank you Hands On for being able to spread Mary Anne's message. Please pass on her important message - A smear test may save your life.

The Education Equality Initiative training (funded by the Department of Education and Science) is going very well. We now have 12 Deaf students attending our training every Thursday afternoon. This week they will be looking at how to make notes and time management.

CACDP ISL 1 and ISL 2 exams will take place on 12th and 13th March. Preparation for the exams will take place on 5th and 6th March. Contact Catherine White for more details on her mobile/text: 087 906 4230.

The project also has a range of Deaf related books and videos. If you would like to see what is available, come to our offices. The library facility will be available for viewing within a few weeks.

If you are Deaf or hard of hearing and would like a home visit, contact Veronica White and Lay Chaplain on their mobile/text: 086 890 1359.

Our service is working with the Health Board to identify the numbers of Deaf and hard of hearing in Kerry under the age of 66. In order to properly develop or fund services, it is important that we know the numbers of people out there who are Deaf or hard of hearing. All information is confidential. Please send us your details and we will forward them to the Database administrator. If you would like more information, contact William White, KDRC Manager on his Mobile/text: 087 633 4687.

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24 February 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 8)

Hello to all our members and readers. As we type this, its a lovely spring day with daffodils blooming.

We'll start with a reminder of the Videophone demostration in Dublin this Friday. Jeff Mc Whinney will give a talk on this innovative technology. Our service will be sending a representative as we are keen to further develop our videophone facility. The talk will be on at 7.30pm in Carmichael House on North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7.

If you are on our EEI Deaf Adult Learning Project, you need to book your exam time slot. If not, we will have to give your place to other Deaf people who are on our waiting list. Contact Catherine on 087 9064230.

The Irish Deaf Society is busy making plans for Deaf Awareness week. We need to give them as much support as possible. The week will include a Sign Language Recognition Parade on the 10th of April in the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin.

This will be followed by a number of events including- D.A.L.E.P- Deaf Access to Learning English will launch its first DVD on the 13th in the Clock Tower in Marlborough Street at 1pm.

On the 14th, Deaforward will hold a national seminar on Access to Health Services by the Deaf. This will be in the Crown Plaza in Santry starting at 9.30am.

If you would like to attend any of the events, contact the IDS direct. If you would like to get more information on things happening nationally, you can sign up for e-info Deaf Source. This is a great email newsletter every two weeks. Contact:

If anyone in Kerry would like us to arrange something locally for Deaf Awareness week, please let us know your ideas or email us:

We have a new supply of hearing aid batteries and new equipment on display in our office. Feel free to make an appointment to view these.

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