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3 May 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 18)

Job Vacancy at Irish Deaf Society (IDS) The Irish Deaf Society are seeking an Irish Sign Language Academy Co-ordinator. The ISL Academy co-ordinator is responsible for preparation and to implement a strategy for the development of ISL Academy, organising ISL courses and to standardise ISL. Knowledge in Irish Sign Language a required prerequisite. Experience in project management. PC literate. Experience in training/teaching and research (ISL Academy co-ordinator) and adaptable, flexible and hard working. Minimum Qualifications: Diploma in ISL or its’ equivalent. Experience in administration. For further details contact Eddie Redmond, Office Manager, Irish Deaf Society, National Association of the Deaf, 30 Blessington Street, Dublin 7. Email: or fax 353 1 8601960. Closing date 5pm. 8th May 2007.

Cork Deaf Drama A reminder that Spirit of Sign are presenting a play called ‘Stuff that happens when you’re Deaf’ at the Cork Art Theatre, C.A.T. Club, on Saturday, 12th May at 8pm. Only a limited number of tickets are available. Tickets cost €10/€6 concessions. For further information and booking contact Cork Art Theatre at 021 4505624 or email us:

Changes to Aertel Deafinfo Pages Deaforward would like to let you all know there is an important change to the Aertel service. RTÉ contacted them with the following information: DEAFINFO will be on RTÉ 1 Aertel page 495 ­ 497 (previously RTÉ 2 page 525 ­ 527). In the future RTÉ hope to have one Aertel service for both channels. For the moment if someone logs on to our current page they will be told of the change. This message will only be there for the next couple of months.

NDA Disability Research Conference The National Disability Authority (NDA) will host its 6th Annual Disability Research Conference on 20th November 2007. The focus of this year’s conference is Disability and Early Childhood. They would like to receive abstracts for research papers on this theme, with a particular focus on one or more of the follow areas of Early Childhood Intervention- Health services, practice and policy/ Education services, practice and policy / Social services, practice and policy/ Family services, practice and policy. If you wish to be included for consideration, please submit and abstract of no more than 300 words describing the context and aims/research questions, methodology and sampling strategies (including size), key findings and any outcomes and applications. Abstracts should be submitted by email only to Ms. Emma Doyle no later than 5pm on Wednesday 30th May 2007.

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10 May 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 19)

Welcome Hello and welcome to our weekly news section. Hope you all had an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend.

Monthly Mass Our monthly mass will be held this Sunday at 3pm in St. John's Pastoral Centre in Tralee. As always, an interpreter will be present. Tea and coffee will also be served.

National Chaplaincy DVD We have copies of the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People's DVD on Liturgical Signs and Prayers for sale at €25 each. The DVD covers common prayers in sign language/ religious signs and information on the order of the mass/ baptism/ wedding ceremony and funeral rites. If you would like to buy a DVD, please contact us. Alternatively, they are available from the NCDP, 40 Lower Drumcondra Rd, Dublin 9. Email: or website

Deaf Get Together in Tralee There will be a Deaf Get Together in the Abbey Gate Hotel on 12th May at 7.30pm. Deaf from outside Kerry are more than welcome. For more information, email

Sign Language Interpretation Services (SLIS) A few months ago, the Minister for Social Affairs, Séamus Brennan T.D., launched a report on the Review of Sign Language Interpretation Services and Service Requirements in Ireland. The report recommended a model for delivering sign language services and proposed the establishment of a new national Sign Language Interpreting Service. This became a reality this month with the establishment of a Board and the recruitment of staff.

Willie White, Manager of Kerry Deaf Resource Centre and a sign language interpreter has been has been appointed to the National Board.

The new service is being set up in two phases. Phase 1 is the establishment a new entity, as a limited company, which will develop and deliver signlanguage interpretation services. The service will include leading the development of interpretation services, establishment and management of a central booking service, developing a website, with booking via email and assessing technology and piloting a remote interpreting service. Phase 2 would be the developing and rollout of a remote interpreting service. We would like to send our best wishes to the Board and new service.

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17 May 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 20)

Welcome Hello and welcome to our weekly news section.

Deaf Awareness training in HSE The HSE is continuing to provide Deaf Awareness training to a wide range of staff in the Cork/Kerry areas. Training was provided this week in the Kerry General Hospital for staff working in the Kerry region. The candidates are being provided with accredited training using CACDP modules approved for use in Ireland. Further training will take place on the 21st and 28th of May and the 1st of June. Well done to the HSE for providing this training to a cross selection of staff.

Sliabh Luachra Outreach Street Collection As you may be aware, our service has a designated Outreach service that caters to people living in the Sliabh Luachra areas. To help us continue providing this service, a Street Collection will be held in Castleisland on the 16th of June. If you would like to volunteer on the day, please contact our Outreach worker, Therese Gallant on 087 785 3315.

Kerry We would like to send our thanks and best wishes to Kerry who have offered to publish our weekly Kerry Deaf Update on their website. To read our notes on click on NOTICES and you will see a listing for Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. The directory is broken into different categories and confined to the county of Kerry. It includes Classified Ads/Business Directory/ Property/ Jobs/ Services/ Notices/ What’s On/Dining Out/ Tourism/ Business Profiles and Advertising Info.

New Irish Deaf Youth Association Website (IDYA) The Irish Deaf Youth Association have just launched their new-look website. The new website was designed by Tom Mulloy and is now ready at

IDYA First Newsletter!! The IDYA has also launched a newsletter. If you would like to receive this newsletter or if you have any comments or information for the next newsletter, send an email to

We would like to send our best wishes to the IDYA on their new website and their newsletter. It's great to see specific information available for Deaf youth in Ireland. Well done to everyone involved in the IDYA.

Cork Deaf Association Flag Day The first poster Download Poster (size 120k) is from Cork Deaf Association looking for volunteers for Flag Day Sat 19th of May. The 2nd poster Download Poster (size 40k) is from Signing Information Mid West- it lists the dates and venues of information evenings at which an interpreter and an information officer from Citizens Information will be available. Flag day is on 16th of May in Ennis, Thurles 17th of May and Limerick 23rd of May.

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24 May 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 21)

Welcome Hello and welcome to another edition of Kerry Deaf Update.

World Federation of the Deaf Interpreting Access (WFD) We are thrilled to announce that we will bring a team of five sign language interpreters to the upcoming World Federation of the Deaf congress in Madridc (July 2007). The interpreting team will provide access to members of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre and to members of Deaf Action Group (DAG) and Munster Deaf Tutor Network (MDTN). The WFD congress will be held from the 16th to 22nd of July. More information is available at

Sign Language Interpretation Services (SLIS) The agency is currently in the process of formal establishment and is operating without its full range of communication systems. As soon as their full contact details are available, they will inform everybody. SLIS would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused arising from their transitional arrangements. In the interim, here are their contact details: S.L.I.S, c/o Citizens Information Board, Hainault House, The Square. Tallaght, Dublin 24. Tel: 087 9806996 Fax: 01 4139677.

Free Schemes: Changes to Telephone Allowance The Telephone Allowance is a Social Welfare payment towards your landline phone bills. If you qualify for the payment, you can now use the telephone allowance for your mobile phone. The allowance is €24.69 including VAT per month bill or €49.39 including VAT per 2 month bill. It is paid to you on the first Tuesday of every month. You can chose to have your allowance paid into a post office or a bank. If you chose to have it paid into a post office, you must have a Social Welfare Services Card.

Action Deafness Leicester We would like to send our best wishes to one of our former staff members, Catherine White. She was recently appointed as Head of Services for Action Deafness based in Leicester. Catherine can be contacted by e-mail at For more information on Action Deafness, check out their website at

Music, Drama, Visual Arts Open Meeting Looking for participants interested in brainstorming the possibility of setting a drama group for adults with disabilities. The first meeting will be held in the 2nd week of July. For more information, contact Noelle Murphy 087 6757 938.

Book Launch, John Mc Grath Congratulations to John McGrath who will be launching Blue-Sky Day - a book of his poems, stories and songs - at the Writers' Week Festival in Listowel at the end of this month. John was a tutor on the EEI Project, the Kerry Deaf Adult Learning Programme, teaching FETAC Level 4 Communications.

Deaf Community Centre, Limerick Change of Date of Information Evening. Information Evening due to take place in the Deaf Community Centre in Limerick on the 23rd May has been changed to the 30th May at 18.30.

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31 May 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 22)

Deaf Community Centre, Limerick The Deaf Community Centre, Limerick, has a new part-time administrator. Her name is Sandra Morrissey. She graduated from Centre of Deaf Studies last year with Diploma in Deaf General Studies. She is hearing and can sign ISL. She will be in DCC every Thursday and Friday. You can contact her at the DCC by email: or DCC phone/fax 061 469 854. Best of luck to Sandra in her new job!

St Joseph’s 150th Anniversary St Joseph’s School for Deaf Boys, Cabra will have a celebration for its 150th Anniversary (1857 ­ 2007) from 19th - 21st October 2007. The celebration will include the launch of a Historical Book, Exhibition of Deaf Heritage, Dinner Dance Gala at Citywest Hotel, Saggart. Co. Dublin (Saturday - Ticket €75.00; Over 18’s only) and commemorative mass in St. Peter’s Church, Phibsboro, Dublin 7 (time to be confirmed).

Childline Deaf text Childline is a confidential service for young people in Ireland under 18. They have set up a text service especially for young Deaf and Hard of Hearing people so you can contact them about anything you want. You can chat about school, friends, parents. You can text if you have any problems, or just want to chat about what went on today. You can also contact Childline if you don't feel safe for any reason. Childline can pass on your information to get help for you or if you prefer to keep your information private you can do that too.

Here's how to use the Deaf Text service:
  • Text the word DEAF to 50101
  • Childline will reply asking you to register
  • You pick a nickname and send that with your age back to 50101 - for example: 'SoccerFan 15'
  • You can then text as often as you like between 6pm and 10pm every day of the year including all holidays.
Childline also have an online message board at

Citizens Information Hollyhill/Knocknaheeny Citizens Information Centre, Cork, has a Sign Language interpreter/information officer every Wednesday from 2pm-4pm. Ray Greene who is an interpreter and voluntary information officer will attend the office for 2 hours each week for any members of the Deaf community in Cork who have any queries about entitlements such as benefits, medical cards, housing etc. The Centre is on Harbour View Rd, beside the Community College. You can also contact the Centre at fax: +353 21 430 4583 or email: for more information.

Elections 2007 Congratulations to the Kerry North and South TDs elected last week. We look forward to working closely with you over the coming years.

Cork Deaf Association: General Manager Vacancy The Cork Deaf Association is seeking a General Manager in succession to the present job holder who is taking up an appointment with the Health Service Executive. Cork Deaf Association is a voluntary body providing a range of services for deaf and hard-of-hearing people in Cork City and County. These services include family support, employment services, deaf technology, sign-language, lip-reading and other training services, and deaf club facilities. The Association’s activities are funded by way of grant for the Health Service Executive and fund-raising.

The General Manager's role is to manage efficiently the association, its staff, finances and representational role, to develop the efficient delivery of services and to formulate and implement policy. Also, the General Manager is responsible for maintaining the funding of the Association and to lead a successful fund-raising role. In addition, the General Manager plays a lead role in representing the interests of the Association to all key external stakeholders and in liaising with the National Association for Deaf People, a body with which the Association collaborates.

The position of General Manger requires a person with experience in managing a small team of professional and other staff and who has a proven track record in operating within tight budgetary constraints. A knowledge of the voluntary sector and of the disability area in particular would be an advantage. The person appointed must be able to articulate the needs of deaf people and have well-developed interpersonal and strong teamwork skills.

CVs from suitably qualified candidates should be sent to: The Chairman, Cork Deaf Association, 5 MacCurtain Street, Cork, by closing date Friday, 1 June, 2007.

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