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27 March 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 13)

Deaf Parent Get Together
The Irish Deaf Society will hold a meeting for Deaf parents on Saturday 29th of March in the Dublin Deaf Club. The meeting will start at 7.30pm. Admission is free. Tea and coffee will be served. The presenters are Elaine Grehan from Deaforward and Krista Leitch Walker, an American Fulbright Researcher. The meeting will look at:
  • Access to education and health services for Deaf parents
  • Parenting issues
  • Support for children of Deaf adults.
CODA Visit to Kerry
We've had the pleasure of meeting three American CODA's (Children of Deaf Adults) over the past week in Tralee. Kris Walker, Stephanie Walker and Beth Staehle work as sign language interpreters with a Video Relay Service in the States with a company called Viable. We enjoyed our time with them and look forward to meeting with them again. For more information on the Video Relay Interpreting Service, check out

Dublin Theatre of the Deaf
Dublin Theatre of the Deaf will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, 10th April at 8pm in Dublin Deaf Club. They will hold a Deaf Comedy Variety Show in the Dublin Deaf Association on Thurs 8th May, Fri 9th May & Sat 10th May at 8pm. For more information, contact Dominic McGreal, Drama Director at

Recent Radio Interviews
Radio Kerry and West Limerick 102 aired interviews with our service over the past week in relation to our service and our new Interpreting Access cards. The interviews came about after Kerry's Eye newspaper ran an article on the new cards and Government Departments legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodation. We would like to thank them sincerely for highlighting the access needs of the Deaf community. Our thanks also to Suzanne Carey, Denise O Sullivan and Willie White for taking part in the interviews.

Samhlaoicht Easter Celebrations
We would like to thank Samhlaoicht and Laura Guitterz for including members of the Deaf Community in their Easter celebrations. Staff and members of our service attended the Salsa night in Fels Point, watched the Easter parade and fireworks and then participated in a Poetry reading event in The Roundy Bar in Tralee. Our thanks to Annie Cooney, Denise O Sullivan, Steve Walker, Nasha Paki and Suzanne Carey for reading a poem "You have to be Deaf to Understand" by Willard J. Madsen a retired Professor of Sign Language in Gallaudet University. You can read the poem on the following website

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20 March 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 12)

Happy St. Patrick's And Happy Easter
On behalf of our service and staff, we would like to wish all our clients and supporters a very happy St. Patrick's and Happy Easter too. We will close Good Friday and Easter Monday too.

Deaf Parents Research
Are you a Deaf parent of hearing children? Would you be interested in meeting an American researcher Krista Walker? Krista has been based in the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre since January and will be here until June/July.

Her research will look at the level and types of involvement Irish deaf parents have with their hearing child’s school; their satisfaction with their interaction with the schools; as well as the awareness, attitudes, and perceptions of school teachers and administrators regarding Deaf parents and their hearing children. Based on this information, Krista intends to develop a curriculum that would relate to the needs of Deaf parents and educators in Ireland.

Krista is keen to meet parents from a wide part of Ireland including Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford/Wexford, and Dublin. If you would like to meet with Krista and learn more about her research, please contact our service.

DVD's Available
We would like to congratulate the Irish Deaf Society, they have developed a range of DVD's in sign language. These are a valuable resource for the Deaf community. For copies of the DVD's booklets, contact the IDS
  • Medical Signs DVD and booklet the DVD is aimed at health professionals (Doctor and Nurses) to communicate with Deaf clients in relation to health issues.
  • The Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004 these acts outlaw discriminatory practices in relation to and within employment, and prohibit discrimination and victimisation in employment on nine grounds.
  • The Equal Status Acts 2000 to 2004 this DVD looks at these acts which cover discrimination with regards to the provision of good or services.
  • Developing an Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities this DVD is aimed to promote advocacy services to improve and empower independent living for People with Disabilities.
  • Breast Awareness DVD in conjunction with Action Breast Cancer, this DVD is aimed at women to inform them of how to take care of their breasts and to prevent breast cancer.
  • Men's Health Cancer: the DVD is aimed at Deaf men to be aware of their health, most men in Ireland ignore health issues like prostate cancer, testicular cancer, bowel cancer and lung cancer.
IDS Table Quiz
A table quiz fundraiser will be held for the ISL Academy, which is based at the Irish Deaf Society. It will be held on Wednesday 2nd April - 8pm SHARP at Fitzgerald’s Pub (Corner of Westmoreland St and Aston Quay). ISL interpreter included. Raffle and Late Bar included. Cash Prizes for winners of Table Quiz. For more information, email for more information.

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13 March 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 11)

KDRC Interpreting Cards
We have just published small business cards with the following message- "I communicate via Irish Sign Language. Government Depts/ Public Bodies are obligated by The Equal Status Acts 2000 & 2004, and The Disability Act of 2005 to provide reasonable accommodation. Interpreters can be booked via SLIS- The National Sign Language Interpreting Agency" The card also lists the contact details for SLIS.

The cards have been developed to make it easier for Deaf people to ask for interpreting access. Our service has been campaigning for many years to increase awareness of the access needs of Deaf people. We have worked with a range of Government Depts and Public services. There have been many success stories. However, there is alot of work to do especially in improving access to Health Services and bodies such as the HSE. If you would some of these cards, please send us your details.

Monthly Mass Date Change
Veronica White of NCDP has asked us to inform you that our next monthly mass will be held on the 30th of March. The venue is St. John's Pastoral Centre in Tralee. Tea and coffee will be served. If you require transport, please let us know.

SLIS Workshops
The National Sign Language Interpreting Service will hold a series of workshops for Deaf and hearing interpreters. The workshops will be held in Dublin and will be facilitated by Steve Walker, a distinguished Instructor/Interpreter from Gallaudet University. Steve has worked in the area of interpreting for 17 years. His experience includes Deafblind; International Sign, Deaf/hearing team interpreting, Team Process, Ethics, Cross Cultural Communication and Leadership Development.

The workshops are designed to support interpreters in their work by focusing on techniques for skill development. The 1st workshop will be for Deaf interpreters only. The remaining workshops are for both Deaf and hearing interpreters. The dates for the workshops will be Sat 29th of March (Deaf interpreters only), 19th of April, 10th of May and 24th of May.

SLIS Leaflets/ Websites
The website for SLIS is now up and running. The website is There is information on the service and an on-line booking form. In addition, SLIS has published an information leaflet. If you would like a copy of the leaflet, contact SLIS or our service.

Dublin Theatre Of The Deaf
Actors wanted for an upcoming Variety Show in May. Drama rehearsals are on every Thursday evening at 8pm. Please contact Dominic McGreal, Drama Director Mobile: 086 340 9610, Email: & Bebo:

Vacancy At CIDP
The Catholic Institute for Deaf People (CIDP) is seeking to recruit a Personal Assistant to work with its new CEO. CIDP is a Christian voluntary organisation working with Deaf People. The focus of the organisation is in the provision of educational, residential, Chaplaincy and other support services for the Deaf Community. The position is offered on a full time fixed term (3 year) basis. The ideal candidate will be able to work on their own initiative will have excellent English, IT and Communication skills. Post Leaving certificate qualifications will be required. An understanding of the Deaf Community is important and some capacity in sign language or a willingness to learn would be an advantage

Interested candidates in this newly created position should send a letter of application with an up to date curriculum vitae to Liam O Dwyer at The Catholic Institute for Deaf People, 40 Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9, or by email to The closing date for completed applications is the 14th of March 08. CIDP is an equal opportunities employer.

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6 March 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 10)

Launch of IDWG DVD
The Irish Deaf Women's Group will launch their DVD on Domestic Violence, Rape and Sexual Harassment for Deaf Women and the Report on the Zest Forum on the 8th of March. The event will be held in Atrium Room, Civic Offices, Wood Quay in Dublin. If you would like to attend on our behalf, please contact us.

Niall Mellon Township Trust- Trip To Africa
The Manager of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre, William White has signed up travel to South Africa in November for a week with the Niall Mellon Township Project. During the week in South Africa, 2,000 volunteers will build approx 250 houses in poverty stricken areas. This will bring the total of houses built in 2008 by the Trust to 7,000 houses.

The Niall Mellon Township Trust was established in 2002 to provide homes to the impoverished communities in the townships in South Africa. The Trust believes in a world where every person lives in a home, which enables him or her to develop to his or her fullest potential.

As part of his volunteer duties, he must raise €5,000 sponsorship. Any sponsorship/donations would be greatly appreciated.

Centre For Deaf Studies Lecture
“How Do Children Learn Sign Languages as a Mother Tongue?” Dr. Gary Morgan of the Deafness, Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre, University College London will give a lecture on Friday 4th April 2008 from 1.30 to 2.30pm in the Centre for Deaf Studies (Room B) He will discuss previous research regarding spoken languages acquisition and will delve into the difference for signed language development. If you would like to attend this lecture on our behalf, please let us know.

DCC News
The Deaf Community Centre in Limerick has a number of events coming up:
  • Monday March 3rd, 6.30pm: Parent Support Group meeting. This meeting is open to all who are interested in the 6-week parent support course starting Monday 29th April and it’s free. You will find out what’s involved and you decide what topics you would like to cover e.g. teens, toddlers etc,
  • Saturday 15th March: Two pool tournaments will be held in DCC; the last one was great fun and a success. All welcome to take part or watch! There are no prizes this time; it will cost 2euro for each person to cover the cost of the pool table. The time for 13-18 years only will be 1pm -3pm. For over 18’s it will be from 3pm -6pm
  • Saturday 15th March: DCC & MWDA Social Night, 8.30pm in Punches Cross Hotel The St Patrick’s weekend night out will be on in the bar in Punches Cross Hotel (near Rosbrien) All welcome, admission is free!!
Recent Bereavements
We would like to extend our sympathy to Duggan family in Castlegregory. The mother of Mary Duggan passed away a few weeks ago. Mary is well known in the Dublin and Kerry Deaf community. Mary's parents were very involved in Deaf activities in Kerry years ago and we were very appreciative of their support.

This week, a client of our service, Patrick Moriarty again from Castlegregory passed away after a short illness. Patrick was 71 years old and was a past pupil of St. Joseph's School in Dublin. He returned to Kerry a number of years ago after spending approx 40 years working in the UK.

We would like to extend our sympathies to both families in their recent bereavements.

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