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11 January 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 2)

Happy New Year On behalf of our service, we would like to wish our readers and our members a very happy New Year. For those of you who celebrate Christmas, we hope you had an enjoyable festive season.

Deafblind training results To all our EEI students who recently sat their Deafblind training, your results have arrived into the office. Please send us your postal address and we will forward your results to you.

EEI project Just to remind all our members that our EEI project "Kerry Deaf Adult Learning Project" has now officially come to an end. The EEI Co-ordinator Catherine White is no longer with our service. She has re-located to England. If there is any outstanding issues, please contact our service by email: as the phone / fax / email for the project are no longer available. We would like to thank Catherine and to everyone involved for their support during the project. We would like to wish all the participants well with their future careers. We hope to be able to offer additional training in the future. However, this will be dependant on future funding.

Irish Deaf Woman's Group (IDWG) IDWG had achieved 'ZEST' funding from National Women's Council of Ireland to run a workshop "Citizenship Rights - Women's rights". It will be held on the 27th and 28th January 2007 in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, Co. Cork. Time: 10 to 4pm. If you'd like more information, please contact the IDWG at 086 171 9570 or email the Project Worker, Michelle Goodwin at:

Job Available at Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) The Irish Deaf Youth Association is looking for a Part-Time Administrator. For more information, contact the Irish Deaf Youth Association at or fax: 01 8601960. Alternatively, you can send your email to IDYA, 30 Blessingtion Street, Dublin 7. This position is being funded by the City of Dublin Youth Service Board (Deadline: 12th January 2007).

Reminder of new opening hours / working arrangements. As of the 8th of January 2007, our service will operate new opening hours / working arrangements.

KDRC Office: Tralee / Outreach Throughout Kerry We will take appointments for our Head Office in Tralee 3 days a week. The remaining two days will be kept to meet our Outreach appointments throughout Kerry and on administration associated with meetings the needs of our client group.

Sliabh Luachra Outreach Service We will take appointments for our Outreach office one day a week (Friday 10-2pm). The remaining two days will be kept for Outreach visits to clients / Day Care and Elderly Centres.

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18 January 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 3)

Hello and welcome to our weekly notes section.

Monthly Mass Our monthly mass will be held this Sunday in St. John's Pastoral Centre at 3pm. Fr. Placid Nolan will celebrate the mass. As always an interpreter from NCDP will be present. Tea and coffee will also be provided. As of February, our masses will revert back to the 2nd Sunday of each month.

Elderly Trip to Dublin The National Chaplaincy and Cork Deaf Association are organising a trip to Dublin for elderly Deaf on the 12th and 13th of February. The trip will include visits to St. Joseph's Deaf Heritage Centre, St. Joseph's Home for Deaf and Deafblind and to the Dublin Deaf Association Social Club. For more information, you can contact Veronica White (NCDP) via our service or Susan O' Callaghan via the Cork Deaf Association.

Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) Youth Exchange The Irish Deaf Youth Association is looking for 8 participants for their Youth Exchange which will be held in Ireland 20th -27th Feb 2007 (selected days) and then in Finland October 2007. Are you: 18-30 years old and interested in learning about a different culture and learning what the Deaf community and services are like in Finland. The closing date for applications is Friday 19th January 2007. For an application form, email: or

CDA Conference Just to let you all know that the date for receiving a discount to attend the CDA Conference (13th April ‚ 15th April in Liffey Valley Clarion Hotel) has been extended to Friday 26th January 2007. At present 140 delegates will be attending the Conference. They have decided to extend the dates in the hope that it will give people an additional opportunity to book early and avoid disappointment. For more information, go to the Chaplaincy's website at

Equality Legislation We have received many queries from our clients on access and equality issues. You can download information from on a wide range of anti-discrimination legislation. If a person believes they have been discriminated, you can get information and support from You can also download the relevant documents if you can to pursue a discrimination issue.

Equal Status Acts These Acts relate to discrimination based on the following grounds: Gender, Marital Status, Family Status, Age, Race, Religion, Disability, Sexual Orientation, and Membership of the Traveller community. The Acts apply to people who buy and sell a wide variety of goods, use or provide a wide range of services, obtain or dispose of accommodation, attend at, or are in charge of, educational establishments.

Employment Equality Acts 1998 AND 2004 Employment issues are dealt with by the these Acts. These acts deal with dismissal, equal pay, harassment and sexual harassment, working conditions, promotion, access to employment etc. However, all disputes must relate to one or more of the nine grounds listed in the Acts.

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25 January 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 4)

Hello and welcome to our weekly notes section. Hello and welcome to our weekly news section. It's been cold and very windy in Kerry, let's hope it won't be long before we see better weather.

AONTAS STAR Awards The STAR Awards Ceremony for adult learning projects will be held as the opening event of the Adult Learner's Festival this week in Dublin. In total, AONTAS received 44 nominations from adult learning projects. Our own Kerry Deaf Adult Learning Programme was nominated for an award.

In the current AONTAS newsletter, it says "The Kerry Deaf Adult Learning Programme demonstrated high levels of collaboration. This project was the first of its kind in Ireland. It was Deaf led from start to finish and only had Deaf participants. It used Irish Sign Language as its teaching medium and employed Deaf tutors and various interactive teaching methods to respond to the particular needs of the course participants".

Representatives from our project will attend the awards and Catherine White will fly into Dublin especially for the ceremony. As soon as we hear any news, we will let you know. Well done to everyone involved in the project. It's great to know we have been nominated for another award.

Kerry Education Service Student Awards The Kerry Education Service annually organises a student award evening which creates a great atmosphere and sense of pride. They are very keen to have an EEI student involved in their awards. Details will be sent to us shortly. If you participated in the EEI Deaf Adult Learning Project and would like to attend, please contact us.

Deaf teenagers shortlisted in mini Oscars A film produced by a group of deaf teenagers from Belfast has been shortlisted in the Mini Oscars. Hollywood actress Kate Winslet and director Alan Parker will be judging the horror movie - Lil' Red - for awards which are announced next month. The movie was made by the young deaf people working with The National Deaf Children's Society. The short film has been nominated in the Best Horror category of the First Light Movies Awards 2007. The filmmakers, aged between 13 and 18, made the film using £4,000 of National Lottery funding through a First Light Movies Pilot Award. Winners will be announced at a red-carpet event in London on 27 February.

Sympathies to the family of Muriel Boyce We would like to extend our sympathies to the family of Muriel Boyce from Limerick who passed away over the weekend. Muriel was the mother of Ger Boyce, a well known Deaf person in Limerick. She was a great supporter of the Deaf Community for over 28 years. She was a strong supporter and advocate for an independent Deaf Community Centre for the Mid West. This dream will soon become a reality with the opening of a Deaf Community Centre in Limerick shortly. She will be sorely missed.
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