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31 January 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 5)

Some Sound Advice
Our service has received copies of the IDS booklet, "Some Sound Advice". This is an advice booklet for people working in healthcare. The purpose of it is to improve access to and the utilisation of health service for Deaf people in Ireland. It explains what Irish Sign Language means and how it can be used in health services in Ireland. The booklet goes through different issues, such as communication preferences, health policy in Ireland and legal requirements towards Deaf and hard of hearing people. It is a very useful resource for any Deaf person when accessing health services. If you would like a copy, you can email the IDS at, alternatively, you can contact our service.

Sign Language Interpreting Service Website
SLIS, the new Sign Language interpreting agency set up under the auspices of the Citizens Information Board, has launched its website: Information about the service is available on the website in both English and Irish Sign Language and bookings can also be made through the homepage. SLIS can also be contacted by fax: 01 413 9677, mobile: 087 980 6996 and email:

Hands On - History Of Deaf Sports
Hands On is preparing a programme on the History of Deaf sports and is looking for people interested in participating who have been involved in Deaf sports or if you have ideas about Deaf sports people (alive or deceased) who you think should be featured in the programme, please let them know. Also, you can watch past shows of Hands On on their website: You can contact the show at

Aontas Adult Learners’ Festival
The Aontas Adult Learners' Festival will be held from 4th to 8th February 2008. This year for the first time AONTAS is providing a text message facility for anyone interested in returning to education. Just text the word INFO followed by your name and contact details to 53377 and a copy of the AONTAS Information Booklet will be sent to you. Standard SMS rates apply to this service. The service will be available during January and February. A copy of the AONTAS information booklet can be downloaded from their website:

ASL Ad On Superbowl Sunday
PepsiCo, the manufacturer of the famous soft drink, will broadcast an ad in American Sign Language on 3rd February, Superbowl Sunday. The advertisement will be 60 seconds long and will be shown before the game. It features a joke from the Deaf community. There will be no sound in the advert, which is called "Bob’s House", but it will have subtitles. The ad was created and performed by EnAble, a network in PepsiCo which supports diversity and the inclusion of persons with different abilities. Check out for a sneak preview of the ad and a look behind the scenes.

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24 January 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 4)

Many Languages, One Faith
An International Gathering of Catholic Deaf People will be held in Rome, Italy, from 23rd-30th June 2008. The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People is organising an Irish delegation. The event starts with a gathering for the Papal Audience on the 25th, and a professional conference of International Pastoral Leaders in Deaf Ministry on the same afternoon. A mass will be held the following day with Archbishop Patrick A. Kelly from Liverpool, UK. There will also be trips organised to the Catacombs and Castelli towns. There will be plenty of opportunities for socialising with other Deaf people from around the world. The cost is €969 per person sharing, including flights and B&B with three evening meals. There is a non-refundable deposit of €250. If you are interested in attending please let the NCDP know. Booking early is essential. The closing date is March 21st 2008. To book or get more information you can contact the NCDP at email:, text: 086 8901359.

Men's Health in ISL
The KDRC has received some DVDs from the Irish Deaf Society relating to men's health. The aim of the DVD is so that Deaf men can be aware of their own health and the possible risks they take. It has information about different kinds of cancer and health promotion, for example how to identify early signs of sickness. The information is in ISL. If you are interested in receiving a copy, please contact us. It is also possible to view the DVD in the KDRC. If you have any questions, just email at:

EUD DVD on UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities
The European Union of the Deaf is now producing an information DVD on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with Frontrunners 3, the Danish Youth Leadership training program. The DVD is to be launched in January 2008. For more information see:

Closed Captions On iPOD
The Apple's iPod and iPhone are becoming very popular for film as well as music. Until recently the availability of captioning was low because it takes a long time to create a captioned video in the format that the device uses. New software developed by CPC solves this problem by embedding closed captions into any QuickTime movie format so that thousands of videos can be made in captioned format. The user can download a small reference file that can be delivered to online audiences without them having to download the entire video again. For further information please visit

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17 January 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 3)

Hello and Welcome to the Kerry Deaf Update!

Mass in ISL
A mass will be held in the Cork Deaf Association on Tuesday, 15th January at 8pm. The mass will be interpreted into Irish Sign Language. Refreshments will be served after in the CDA. For further information, please contact Veronica at 086 89013529.

National Gallery Tour
The next tour of the National Gallery of Ireland in Irish Sign Language, with David Breslin as the guide, will be held on 7th February. The tour is free of charge. If you want to attend, please meet in the Shaw Room. More information is available from the National Gallery, fax: 01 6610099 or telephone: 01 6633506.

Job Opportunity
The Citizens Information Board is recruiting a new Advocacy Officer position. The advocate would be working for a CIB advocacy project and the organisation is The Social and Health Education Project in Blackrock Cork. The deadline for applications is 28th January 2008, a shortlist of suitable applicants will be made and interviews are expected to be carried out at the beginning of February. The position will be advertised in the Irish Examiner newspaper. For more information contact Fiona Devlin, tel: 021 4536600 or email:

Being Deaf in the City
UCC PhD student, Gill Harold, will be coming to the KDRC on 22nd January to carry out a focus group for her research into Being Deaf in the City. Gill's project looks at Deaf people's experiences in the city, and will examine the differences between Ireland and the UK in areas such as leisure, technology, ISL/Deaf Awareness and work. The group will meet for approx. 2 hours and is open to Deaf people of all ages (limit 6 people). An interpreter will be provided. If you are interested in participating in the focus group, please contact the KDRC or Gill at or mobile 087 6154590.

Welcome to Kerry
We would like to welcome Krista Leitch Walker and her husband Steve to Kerry. Krista has been awarded the Fullbright Scholarship for Deaf Studies 2007-2008 and intends to carry out research in the area of the education system for Deaf parents. They will be based in Tralee during their stay. The KDRC intends to organise some activities/seminars with Krista and Steve during their time in Ireland, which we're sure will be a great learning opportunity for the Deaf communities in both countries.

Sign Language Dance Competition in China
The largest Sign Language dance competition to be held in China was on in December in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The aim of the competition was to publicise and promote Sign Language and improve working and living conditions for the city's 200,000 deaf residents. The event, which lasted for 10 minutes, attracted a crowd of about one thousand people. For more information, see:

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10 January 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 2)

Welcome to the first Kerry Deaf Update of 2008! We hope that everybody enjoyed the holidays and that Santa brought you everything you wanted.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Reopen
The KDRC is open again this week, from Monday 7th January, following annual leave. Office hours are from 9.30-5pm Monday to Friday. Closed for lunch from 1-2pm. If you want to a meet a member of staff regarding equipment or for any other enquiry, you can book an appointment. Our contact details as follows:
Bebo page:
Tel: 066 712 0399, Fax: 066 712 0386, Mobile: 087 633 4687
Kerry Deaf Resource Centre, 4 Gas Tce, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Ireland.
The manager, Willie White, is away in Australia until the end of the month. He plans to meet up with some Sign Language interpreters while he is there. Have a good trip, Willie!

European Disability Forum Trainee Scheme
The EDF is running a 5-month trainee scheme for students with disabilities. The aim of the scheme is to provide a unique training opportunity for disabled persons that includes hands-on/practical experience of working at EU level with the EU institutions, in particular the European Parliament, and with European NGOs and stakeholders; to provide the trainee with practical experience in the development and operation of EU disability policy and EU decision-making; and to provide the EDF secretariat with invaluable support and added-value that a young disabled person can bring with his/her experience and skills. Deadline for the submission of applications: 15 January 2008. More information is available at

NALA Plain English Campaign
The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) have been promoting the use of Plain English since 2005 and provide training to organisations about how plain English can be used effectively in information leaflets and application forms. NALA have also published two booklets - A Plain English Guide to Political Terms and A Plain English Guide to Citizenship Terms - which can be downloaded from their website:

Contacting The Gardai
Before Christmas there was a lot of discussion in the media and amongst the Deaf Community about the barriers faced by Deaf and hard of hearing people when contacting emergency services. We look forward to improvements in the this area in the future. In the meantime, for your information it is possible to contact local Garda stations by fax. While this information is not readily available on the Gardai's own website or in the phone book, it can be found at the Citizens Information website. The address is as follows:

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3 January 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 1)

Annual Leave
We will re-open on the 7th of January. We would like to thank all our staff in our Tralee office and Sliabh Luachra office for their tremendous work throughout the year of 2007, we could not do it without their hard work and commitment. We would also like to thank all those who have supported us in 2007 and look forward to working with them in 2008.

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