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29 January 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 5)

Interactive Whiteboards Benefit Deaf Students
In a recent Irish Deaf Kids newsletter, it had an article on a primary school, which teaches all of its 600 pupils sign language as part of the daily curriculum. In addition, the new technology it initially began using with its 20 deaf pupils two years ago has totally revolutionised the way the entire school learns.

The investment in classroom technology has also boosted reading standards and helped deaf children integrate better into mainstream classrooms, assisting them in learning alongside hearing pupils.

St Columba's Girls National School in Douglas, Cork, has a facility for deaf children and bought its first interactive white-board in 2006. Today, it has 10 boards in use across its three classes for deaf and seven mainstream classes. The impact has been such that the all girls' school is fundraising to buy 13 more boards and kit out all of its classrooms with the 21st century technology.

Principal Michelle Cashman says the Promethean interactive white-boards have been phenomenally successful in helping their deaf children to learn and integrate into other classes. They have also stimulated and boosted many more mainstream children who are more visually aware than traditional book learners. For more information, go to

Catholic Deaf Association UK Conference
The CDA Conference 2009 will be held in Salford Diocese 9th - 11th October 2009. The theme this year will be "Walk with Me". It is hoped that a group of Deaf people from Ireland will attend the conference.

If you are interested in registering, the deadline for booking forms and deposit is 31st January 2009. There are limited single, double and twin-bedded rooms. Bookings will be accepted on a first come on a first served basis. Those who send their forms and deposits early will most likely have the rooms they want. Booking form now available online at

For more information on the hotel, go to then select ‘Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa, Bolton'.

European Forum Of Sign Language Interpreters (EFSLI)
The EFSLI spring school will be held in Malta from April 24 -26. The training will be given in English and the topic is Understanding Deaf Culture/The Interpreting Process of Visual Information / Interpretation Skills and Strategies / Cross Cultural Inferences from Sign to Voice Interpreting. Registration for this training will be open. Further information is available at

EFSLI Call For Trainers
EFSLI has sent out a call for trainers for the EFSLI spring school 2009, which will be held in Malta from 24 ­ 26 April 2009. If you like to provide training or know of a skilled trainer, please note that the submission deadline is February 7. For more detailed information on the call for trainers, check out

Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA) Job Vacancy
E.R.A is an alliance of 79 civil society groups seeking to ensure the promotion and enhancement of human rights, equality and social justice in Ireland. The ERA campaign has involved media communications, political lobbying and building of the Alliance itself as a strong voice of civil society organisations committed to a strong equality and human rights infrastructure in Ireland.

ERA formed in August 2008, following media reports of a proposed merger of five equality and human rights bodies in Ireland. Budget 2009 did not see the amalgamation of the five bodies, or indeed the full amalgamation of the Equality Authority and the Irish Human Rights Commission, which emerged as a more realistic merger possibility. However, savage budget cuts of 43% to the Equality Authority, coupled with fast-tracked decentralisation, and 24% to the Irish Human Rights Commission rendered them unable to carry out their remit in any meaningful way.

ERA has a vacancy for a Campaign Co-ordinator. The successful candidate should have significant project management experience to co-ordinate the ERA Campaign, working with the Steering Committee to implement the lobbying, communication and alliance-building strategies of ERA. Application by CV and covering letter by email: or by post to Equality & Rights Alliance Co-ordinator, DMG Business Centre, 9-13 Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. Deadline for Applications: Friday 6th February.

Please download 'ERA Campaign Coordinator Job Description'
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22 January 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 4)

Revenue Information In Irish Sign Language (ISL)
We have been informed that the Revenue Commissioners have a person who can provide revenue information in ISL in Cork and Kerry. It might be worthwhile to enquire as to the person's proficiency / qualifications in sign language before booking the service. This service must be booked two weeks in advance. If you want to contact Revenue to book this service please let us know or you can fax 066 7121372.

CACDP Changes To Signature
To all our sign language tutors and sign language students- the Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP), has changed its name to Signature. All the qualifications provided by CACDP will be continued with Signature. Signature will continue to encourage greater understanding of Deaf and Deafblind people and the languages and communication methods they use and will promote excellence in communication with Deaf and Deafblind people. For more information, go to

Gay Health Services
The Gay Health Network is a free, friendly and confidential service for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. Deaf gay and bisexual men are welcome. A sign language interpreter can be booked on Wednesdays only, advance notice is required. There is also a loop system in a place. Please text 087 9410932 on Mondays before 5pm to book an interpreter. Information, advice, counselling, and support is provided at the Gay Men's Health Services, 19 Haddington Road, Dublin 4 Opening times: Wednesday evening 5.30pm - 7pm. For more information email: or go online at

Sign Language Interpreters Munster (SLIM)
SLIM is continuing to go from strength to strength. We are seeing an increase in membership of hearing and Deaf interpreters actively working in the Munster area. The next workshop for members will be held in DCC in Limerick on the 24th of January. Our thanks to Deirdre Herlihy who has agreed to facilitate the next workshop. It will be held from 12noon to 5pm. For more information, contact us here in KDRC.

EFSLI Conference
The European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters AGM and Conference will be held in September 18-20 2009 in Tallinn, Estonia. This year's host is the Estonian Association of Sign Language Interpreters (EVKTÜ). The theme of the conference is "Sound Mind in Sound Hands". The quality of interpreter's performance depends importantly on the interpreter's health and the mastery to maintain his/her energy for years. The conference theme "sound mind in sound hands" will focus on interpreter's ability to work, influenced to the large extent by the physical and mental strain accompanying interpreting, communication in a different cultural environment, rapid change of various interpreting settings as well as the emotional state of the participants in the interpreting settings. Registration for the conference is now open. For more information go to
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15 January 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 3)

J-Fest Adventure Week
St. Joseph's School for Deaf Boys is holding J-Fest, an adventure week during the mid-term break February 18-21 2009, for deaf boys aged 10-15 years old. There will be lots of fun activities such as swimming, football, horse-riding and snooker. The price for the four-day stay-over is €50. Places are limited, with a maximum number of 15. To find out more information or to book a place please contact J-Fest, St Joseph's School for Deaf boys, Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7 at email:, text: 0857441135, fax: 01 8387666 or tel 01 8821367.

Deaf Village Meeting
The IDS is holding an information meeting about the proposed Deaf Village. How much information do you know about Deaf Village? Do you want Deaf Village? Do you want IDS to move there? Or do you have doubts, concerns, ideas etc. This is your chance to find out more. The meeting will be held at the Dublin Deaf Club, 40 Lower Drumcondra Rd., Dublin 9 on Saturday, 24th January 2009 at 7.30pm sharp. All are welcome. If you want more information you can contact the IDS at, tel: 01 860 1878, fax: 01 860 1960 or website:

Deaf Community Centre
The DCC are organising a number of groups and support programmes over the coming month:

On Thursday 29th January from 7.30-9.30pm, Sue McCone of the Parenting Support program will be setting up a new 6 week parenting course for parents of teenagers. Places are limited so please book you place as soon as possible. This course is interpreted into ISL.

New Mother and Baby morning, starting Friday 16th January. This is a new group for Deaf mothers / fathers of babies and toddlers to meet up with their children and have tea/coffee and a chat. Parents can bring DVDs for children to watch.

Monthly Hard of Hearing Group on Thursday 15th January at 6.30-8.00 pm. New members welcome for our monthly chats.

DCC's group for Deaf people with learning disabilities is on Tuesday 20th. This group meets every month. The group will be visiting Enable Ireland at 10.30-12pm. All new members welcome.

For more information contact Christina or Sandra at or text 086 7348641.

Open Meeting For Deaf Farmers
An open meeting for Deaf farmers will be held at the Meath Deaf Association, 3/4 Liscarton Villas, Kells Road, Navan, Co Meath on Sunday 1st March 2009 at 3pm. Tea and coffee will be served. For more information contact Anthony Moore, text 087 7973767; email:

Revenue Text Services
The Revenue Commissioners has expanded the range of services it offers through text messaging. You can now carry out the following actions with Revenue by SMS.
  • Change of Address
  • Correspondence Tracking: find out about your PAYE correspondence which you have sent to Revenue within the last three months text;
Use your mobile phone to claim tax credits for:
  • Bin charges,
  • Union subscription,
  • Home carers,
  • Dependent relatives and
  • Age tax credit for over 65s.
Use your mobile phone to order several forms, including:
  • 2007 PAYE tax return form (Form 12),
  • Application for tax credits in your first job (Form12A),
  • One parent family claim form (OP1),
  • Medical and dental expenses claim forms (Med1 & Med2),
  • Claim form for repayment of tax if you're recently unemployed (P50) and
  • Claim form for rent relief on private rented accommodation (Rent 1).
Use your mobile phone to order several information leaflets, including:
  • Information on tax credits available for 2007/2008,
  • How married couples are taxed,
  • Guide and claim form for medical insurance relief,
  • Guide to medical expenses tax relief,
  • Guide to tax credit for an incapacitated child,
  • Guide to services (bin or refuse) charges tax relief,
  • Information and claim form for tax relief on 3rd level tuition fees,
  • Guide to dependent relative tax relief,
  • Guide to allowance for employed person taking care of an incapacitated individual,
  • Guide to home carer tax relief and
  • Guide to rental income.
For more information see

BT Young Scientists Tinnitus Project
Congratulations to Rhona Togher, Eimear O'Carroll and Niamh Chapman from Ursuline College, Sligo who were runners-up in the group category of the BT Young Scientists Exhibition held in the RDS Dublin last week for their project entitled "The Sound of Silence - An Investigation into Low Frequency Therapy for Tinnitus Sufferers". They received €1,200 and a BT Perpetual trophy for their. We look forward to hearing more about this therapy in the future. To see more on the story click on
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8 January 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 2)

Happy New Year
Our service has re-opened after a well-deserved Christmas break. We would like to extend our best wishes to our staff, clients and supporters for 2009. We would like to thank everyone sincerely for their support in 2008 and look forward to working with you all again in the forthcoming year.

Monthly Mass Deferred To February
Our regular priest is unable to officiate at our monthly mass for January. Therefore, our next monthly mass will be held on the 2nd Sunday in February. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused. As always, Veronica White from the National Chaplaincy for the Deaf will interpret the mass. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards. If you require transport to this event, please contact us as soon as possible so we can make the necessary taxi arrangements.

Birthday Celebrations
Jim Egan has been a strong supporter of Cork Deaf Enterprises for many years. Jim recently celebrated his 80th birthday and is still involved with the Deaf community. We would like to wish him a very happy birthday. Hope he enjoyed the celebrations.

DCC Women's Group Table Quiz
The Women's Group in the Deaf Community Centre in Limerick will be holding a table quiz on the 9th of Jan. It promises to be a fun night out. There will also a raffle on the night. The table quiz is open to all and will be held at 96A O'Connell Street, Limerick on Friday at 7pm. The cost per person is €5.

Signmark In Finland's Eurovision Preliminaries
The Eurovision Committee in Finland has invited SIGNMARK, a Deaf hip-hop artist to enter their annual contest for a song to represent their country. This will be the 1st time a Deaf artist has been asked to participate in the contest. The preliminary contest will be held on the 23rd of January. Traditionally, viewers vote for their favourite artist and the top two go forward to the national finals. For more information on SIGNMARK, go to

National KODA Conference (USA) Postponed
We would like to inform our members and those intending to travel to the USA for the 2009 KODA conference that the conference will be held instead in 2010. This organising committee made their decision in response to community concerns about the current economic downturn and conflicting schedules with other national/international events. The NKFC Steering Committee believes that by rescheduling to a later date, families will be provided additional time to save and financially prepare for any travel and conference expenses they may incur. Additionally, the Committee believes that the change in dates will provide for increased involvement and participation of two very important and valued audiences, the members of CODA and their families, and KODA/CM7 campers and their families. NKFC is currently researching options for the specific dates and location of the event for 2010. More information about the 2010 National Kids of Deaf Adults (KODA) Family Conference will be distributed in early 2009.
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