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25 September 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 39)

Newcastle West Film Club
We would like to send our best wishes to The Newcastle West Film Club who will begin their new season on September 18th in the Desmond Complex. The Complex is fully accessible and all screenings will benefit from subtitles and a loop system. There will be a chance to chat over beverages after the screening. Bring friends or spread the word. If you would like to contact them for a list of upcoming subtitled movies, email:

Deaf Community Centre Limerick
The Deaf Community Centre Women’s' group would like to invite women to their launch on the 10th of October at 7pm. If your interested in representing us at the Launch, please email Christina

Deaf Focus Group wanted in Dublin
Gill Harold’s PhD research, which began two years ago, is interested in the experiences of Deaf service users in Ireland and the UK. She is now trying to organise a focus group involving 8-10 Deaf people in Dublin, to find out about people’s experiences of accessing health and emergency services, leisure facilities (theatres, cinemas, gyms etc.) and employment in the capital.

Her research hopes to highlight the major issues involved in improving awareness of Deaf access issues in both places. Based in University College Cork, she has so far conducted focus groups and interviews with Deaf people in Cork, Tralee and London. Anybody interested would take part in a focus group in Dublin in the month of October that would take about two hours, and a shorter interview at a later date and time of their convenience. The research results will be made available to all participants and Deaf organisations involved. All focus groups and interviews are confidential, conducted through ISL and are video-recorded. If you are interested in taking part, or have any queries about the research, Gill would be happy for you to contact her directly by email: or by text (087-6154590).

European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters
Last week more than 250 sign language interpreters from 30 countries participated in the 2008 European conference for sign language interpreters in Holland. Veronica White from Kerry attended the three-day event, which was hosted by the Dutch Association of Sign Language Interpreters (NBTG).

Participants from all across Europe, including Lithuania, Malta, and the Ukraine, shared their experiences and expertise. Interpreter training programs, Deaf and deafblind users of interpreting services, and related organisations in the field also participated in the conference. Presenters from the Council of Europe, the University of Geneva, Stockholm University, University of Trieste, the University of Sussex, and the Hogeschool Utrecht in the Netherlands were also in attendance. For more information, go to the following websites and

Greenbow AGM
Greenbow's Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be on Saturday, 11th October at Outhouse, 105 Capel Street, Dublin 1 at 5pm. There will be surprise announcement after the AGM! More information will be available on their Bebo page and newsletter next month.

Irish National Council On Special Education Research Contract With NTID Centre
The Irish National Council on Special Education has contracted the US Center for Education Research Partnerships (CERP), which is a part of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf based in Rochester, New York to carry out research aimed at to enhancing education for Irish students with a hearing loss. There are more than 700 deaf children in Ireland. Under the contract, which is worth 50,000 US Dollars, CERP will visit schools and make specific recommendations on how to improve accessibility and the quality of education for students. In particular it is hoped that this research will identify ways for students to receive information in the classroom using technology. Research for the project has already started and is expected to continue until 2009. CERP works with schools, parents and other stakeholders to bridge the gap between research and practice in relation to the education of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. It has carried out similar projects in Australia, the Netherlands, England and Scotland and the US. For more information see the NTID's website:

An Post Installing Induction Loops
An Post is investing nearly 20,000 euro in the installation of hearing induction loops in main Post Offices throughout the country. Eamonn Harrington of An Post hopes to have the installations complete in 47 Post Offices by the end of the year. This is an important element of An Post's plan to revitalise and improve post office facilities for all customers. Induction loops have already been installed in Dublin's GPO and St. Andrew's Street Post Office. We look forward to the rollout of this scheme over the next few months.

Consultation on the NCSE Research Framework
The National Council for Special Education is an independent statutory body set up to improve educational services to persons with special needs arising from disabilities, with particular emphasis on children. Conducting research is one of the Council’s key functions.

NCSE are currently preparing a Research Framework which will outline priority areas for research for the period 2009-10. To inform the preparation of the Framework, views on potential research themes are being sought. Suggestions should be given in broad terms; highlighting why research in these areas is necessary; and indicating briefly how these themes relate to the NCSE aims and functions.

Suggestions may be provided in writing, on video/DVD or cassette tape and must be received no later than 5pm on Friday September 19, 2008. Send to: or posted to the following address: Research and Development, National Council for Special Education, 1-2 Mill Street, Trim, Co. Meath. Further information on the NCSE is available at
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18 September 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 38)

Hello and Welcome to the Kerry Deaf Update!

New National Cervical Cancer Screening Programme
All women between 25 and 60 years old can now get free cervical screening under a new national programme, which was launched on September 1st. The name of the service is CervicalCheck and it will be run by the National Cancer Screening Service. It is expected that approximately 300,000 smear tests will be carried out every year. Free tests will be given every three or five years depending on the woman's age. Ireland has one of the highest cervical cancer death rates in western Europe with 200 new cases diagnosed and about 70 women dying from the illness each year. Kathleen O'Brien, a member of our service, died from cervical cancer earlier this year. CervicalCheck has promised that the service will be well organised and that the testing will be of a high quality. Samples will be taken by GPs participating in the scheme and will be sent for testing to two laboratories in the US. We encourage ALL women to get regular smear tests. You can register for a smear test online at the CervicalCheck website or you can choose a registered smeartaker from the list on the website and make the appointment yourself. The website is

South East Deaf Women
Well done to the South East Deaf Women Group whose launch will be held on Saturday, October 4, at the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny. If you wish to attend, please contact Melissa Howlett by text: 087 7635995 or email: before 19 September.

Hands On Needs Your Help
Hands On will be back on TV this autumn. At the moment they are working on two programmes and need your help! The first programme is about access to emergency services (999 - Garda, Ambulance, Fire Brigade, etc.) in Ireland. At the moment Deaf people can contact 999 using the eircom relay service only, but in other countries and in Northern Ireland there is an SMS text service for Deaf people. Have you ever tried to contact 999 in an emergency? How did you do it? What happened? Hands On would like to know about your experiences.

The second programme is about a sensitive but very important issue. Hands On would like to talk to people who have tried to adopt or have successfully adopted or fostered a child or gone through IVF treatment. It's important information about adoption, fostering and IVF is available to Deaf people in case they would like to go through this themselves. We have been told that some Deaf people were told they could only adopt a disabled child. We have also heard of someone who was told they could not have fertility treatment because they were Deaf. It's important to highlight these issues so Deaf people can have the same access as hearing people.

All your information will be confidential. If you are interested in contacting Hands On about these programmes email: or text 086 1736131 as soon as possible.

Calling All Interpreters
The KDRC has gotten several requests for Sign Language interpreters during recent weeks, including two possible full-time positions for the coming academic year. If you are a qualified Sign Language interpreter and are interested in getting more information about these job opportunities, please contact us as soon as possible at or telephone 066 7120399.

Loop System At Tralee Cinema
We are pleased to inform our members that the Kerry Omniplex Cinema, Fels Point, Tralee, has an infra-red loop system facility in all screens for hard of hearing and Deaf hearing aid users. For a listing of each week's films go to their website

Signing Week
Finally, congratulations to the Irish Deaf Society on their first Signing Week, which ran from 6-12 September! Many events and lectures were organised around the country, starting with the ISL Pride March on Saturday, 6 September. Free ISL classes were held throughout the week and British Deaf comedian John Smith put on his show in Dundrum, Dublin. The IDS also launched a new Maternity DVD in conjunction with Irish Deaf Women's Group. For more information about what went on please see
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11 September 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 37)

Staff News
We would like to extend our best wishes to Niamh White who is re-joining our team for the next year. Niamh is replacing Denise O Sullivan who finished up with us recently. We would like to wish Denise all the best for her future and thank her for her great work and wonderful personality. We would also like to thank Ahsan Memon who worked with us during the summer. He was a great addition to our service and we would like to wish him well with his studies in the IT Tralee. Lastly, Noelle Reidy will be with us on work experience for the next four weeks and we are delighted to have her working with us.

CODA Article In Irish Times
The Irish Times ran an article last week on Children of Deaf Adults (CODA). The article includes comments from Amanda Dunne from Dublin and our own Willie White in Kerry.

If you would like to read the article, go to

Interpreter Vacancy with Kerry Education Service
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the following Fixed Term post under the aegis of Kerry Education Service (Co. Kerry VEC), which may arise in the school year 2008/09. The reference for the position is TC08-8 Registered Qualified Sign Language Interpreter. The position will be with the Tralee Community College and will be for 30 hours per week.

The salary scale will be in accordance with Higher Education Authority Guidelines. Detailed Advertisement, application forms and further details available from or from The Personnel Department, Kerry Education Service, Riverside House, Dan Spring Road, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Tel. 066-7121488, Fax 066-7121311, Email: Applications must be received not later than 12.00 p.m. on Monday 22nd September 2008.

Monthly Mass
The monthly mass for our members will be held on the 14th of Sept from 3-5pm in St. John's Pastoral Centre in Tralee. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards. As Veronica White of the Nat Deaf Chaplaincy will be with a group of Deaf in Lourdes, Aileen Curtayne will act as interpreter on the day.

Donegal Deaf Club
Donegal Deaf Club are organising a Day Out in conjunction with Signing Week, which runs from the 6th Sept - 13th Sept. You can choose from walking the mighty Mount Errigal or you can relax in Dunlewey Lakeside Centre! Children are welcome! There will be a bus from Letterkenny and bringing you back, however, there are limited number of places so please email us or you can contact them by text 086 3744781.

Deaf Community Centre Limerick Update
Deaf Club for over 40’s ­ 3rd meeting in DCC on Sat 6th Sept 2-5pm. All welcome. Women’s group is now run by a new all Deaf committee; there will be a social evening on Friday 12th September at 7pm.

Deaf Skills Exhibition in DCC ­ This will be on during signing week on 11th September in DCC at 5-8pm, all welcome! There will be artists, photographers etc showing their work…. Pool Tournament ­ Saturday 13th September 2-4pm. Deaf Yoga ­ The last two classes of yoga will be on 19th & 26th September at 7pm. Table Tennis ­ Saturday 20th September 2-4pm

Dublin Theatre of the Deaf
Drama rehearsals will starts on Thursday, 18th Sept at the Dublin Deaf Club At 7.30pm for a new family show for Christmas called "Mary Poppins" Old and new faces are welcome and join the drama on every Thursday evening. No need experience required! The Christmas Drama Show will be on Thursday, 27th to Saturday, 29th November at 8pm. If you are interested to join the drama, please contact to drama organiser: Mobile: 086 669 9917 or email:

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4 September 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 36)

CACDP Results Online
To all our CACDP tutors, you can now access results for CACDP assessments online. The new web-based service allows centres to see their candidate assessment results from the minute they have been marked and quality assured by CACDP. Results Online is accessed from the ‘My Area’ link on the CACDP website To use the service, follow these simple steps: Log-in and select ‘Manage’ under centre applications. Now select ‘View Assessment’ from the actions menu. The assessment chart will now be displayed - under the column ‘Results Due’ you will notice either; the results due date or, READY. Click on ‘READY’, this will open into a PDF document, displaying your ‘Candidate Results’.

Kids In Action Photo Competition
Irish Deaf Kids is running a Photo Competition for a project later this year. The closing date is the Oct 31, 2008. The competition will be hosted online in a private members section. Entrants will be able to see entries with a "public" view online. "Private" entries are possible for entrants who prefer this option. Here's how to enter: Go to - this URL has a guest pass to the group. If you don't join the group at this stage, access is removed when you close your browser. To join, you must log-in or create an account to proceed. Uploading a picture automatically joins you to the group. The photographer's permission will be obtained before their picture is used anywhere. Categories: Primary school student, secondary school student, adult (open to all). Photos will NOT be posted on the Irish Deaf Kids website or forum.

Videophone Demostration
The Chairperson of the Irish Deaf Society cordially invites a representative of our service to the Official Launch of the "Deaf Videophone Demonstration" which will be launched by Tandeberg. If you would like to represent our service, please contact us immediately. The event will be held on the 9th of Sept at 9.30am in Buswell's Hotel, Molesworth St. Dublin 2.

Maternity DVD
The Chairperson of the Irish Deaf Society has also cordially invited a representative of our service to the Official Launch of the "Maternity DVD in Conjunction with the Irish Deaf Women's Group. The DVD will be launched by Mr. Pat Carey TD on Fri 12th of Sept at 2pm in the Midwives Sitting Room, Holles Street Hospital, Dublin 2. Again, if you would like to represent us at this launch, please contact us immediately.

Spirit Of Sign
Spirit of Sign presents a film show "Down Through the years - a brief history of the Deaf World". It will be shown at the Triskel Art Centre, Tobin Street, Cork City on Thurs, 11th Sept at 7.30 p.m. The cost per adults is 10-euro/ concessions €6. You can buy a ticket at the door or booking via text at 086 3624351.

Sign Language Interpreter Vacancy
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the following Fixed Term post under the aegis of Kerry Education Service (Co. Kerry VEC), which may arise in the school year 2008/09. (All appointments are to KES - details on centre of first assignment is indicated for the assistance of applicants).

Ref no. TC08-8 Registered Qualified Sign Language Interpreter 6 hrs daily (30 hrs p/week). Tralee Community College. Salary Scale in accordance with Higher Education Authority Guidelines

Detailed Advertisement, application forms and further details available from or from The Personnel Department, Kerry Education Service, Riverside House, Dan Spring Road, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Tel. 066-7121488, Fax 066-7121311, Email:

Applications must be received not later than 12.00 p.m. on Monday 22nd September 2008. Please complete separate application form(s) including reference number for each post(s) you are applying for.

Garda Vetting of successful candidates will take place prior to offer of employment. Canvassing will automatically disqualify. Shortlisting of applicants may take place. Kerry Education Service is an equal opportunities employer "Creating a Learning Society in Kerry".

Please download Job Specification in Word doc Download (size 152k).
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