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27 May 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 20)

Live captions for Wicklow County Council meetings
Congratulations to Wicklow County Council, which is the first County Council in Ireland to make their monthly meetings accessible to deaf and hard of hearing viewers. The Council’s meetings are captioned within the Council Chambers on a dedicated plasma screen.

And now it has gone a step further towards transparency and accessibility by posting the captions on the internet. The Council has joined with Premier Captioning and Realtime (PCR), a Wicklow based company, to provide Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), a live conversion of speech to text. This is a very useful service to deaf and hard of hearing people, and can also be used by people with English as their second language to ensure that Council Meetings are accessible to all.

If you have any queries about the system you to contact Aoife Flynn, Access & Equality Officer - Mobile/Text 087 0575938; Email:; Land Line 0404 20100 Ext. 2514.

Irish Deaf Society CV and interview technique workshop
Are you currently looking for work? Do you need help with your Curriculum Vitae (CV)? Do you know how to do job interviews?

The Irish Deaf Society are running a CV & Interview Technique Workshop on Thursday and Friday 27 - 28 May 2010. The workshop will be held at the Dublin Deaf Association. Participants must attend both days and lunch is included. The workshop is free.

For more information and to book a place contact Deaf Adult Literacy Service (DALS), email: or text 085 2841884 (please include your name in the text message).

World Street Performance Festival 2010 in Cork
The World Street Performance Festival 2010 will be held in Cork and Dublin this year. The Cork Festival will be on in Fitzgerald Park & Mardyke Sports Ground from 12 to 8pm on 12 to 13 June 2010. ISL Interpreters will be available at the Festival at Pitch No. 5!

There will be performances by best contortionists, magicians, breakdancers, comedians and other assorted world-class professional jesters. Voting booths will be set up and the act with the most votes will be crowned the 2010 AIB Street Performance World Champion. All entertainment at the festival is free of charge.

See the poster attached or go to the Festival’s website for more information:

Dublin Theatre of The Deaf: The Deaf Family
Dublin Theatre of the Deaf are putting on a new show, The Deaf Family, on Thursday & Friday 27 to 28 May 2010 at 8pm at the Deaf Club, Drumcondra, Dublin.

Tickets are €10.00 for adults, €5.50 for students/OAPs and €5.00 for children. There is also a family rate available. Please note there is no show on Saturday.

Everyone is welcome and the group is encouraging you call to go and enjoy it! For more details about the drama see the youtube ad:

Please download 'Sign Language Poster' in PDF Download (size 308KB)

Facebook Scam
Crooks used Facebook to steal £26,000 from a Deaf man in the UK, Kenneth Newman. They contacted Mr. Newman through his Facebook account to tell him he had won the 'United Nations Deaf Lottery'. Mr. Newman gave them all the money he had saved, took out six loans and even re-mortgaged his home when the conmen told him he had won £600,000.

Policeman Michael Loveys said police are trying to find the crooks but that there was "little hope" of getting back the money. He also said: "There's no such thing as a deaf and disabled lottery. There are a number of scams like this out there. Lots and lots of people have been scammed, but if you haven't entered a lottery, then you haven't won."

If you are contacted on Facebook by people you do not know, saying that you have won the lottery or offering to share money, it is probably not true. Please report any suspicious activity on Facebook using the Report button.

To read the full story about Kenneth Newman go to:
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20 May 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 20)

Thanks to Marks and Spencers
We like to extend a big thank you to the staff and Management of Marks & Spencers in Killarney, Co. Kerry. The staff recently donated €250 to our service. In times of economic difficulties in Ireland, we are delighted that M & S chose us for this donation. We will ensure the money is spent wisely. On behalf of our staff and clients, a huge thank you to everyone involved.

Nationwide forum for parents and families of D/deaf and hard of hearing children and young adults
Following the Deaf & hard of hearing Education Conference in Croke Park, a group of parents met up to discuss setting up a Nationwide Parents Forum for parents and families of D/deaf and hard of hearing children and young adults. This Forum will be for all parents of D/deaf and hard of hearing children and young adults, in special schools and main stream; who use ISL and/or oral language; with and without cochlear implants.

In order to get as many people involved from the start, the Forum is inviting all parents of D/deaf and hard of hearing children from all around the country to attend an information and discussion event on Saturday 22nd May 2010 from 11am till 3.30pm. It will be held in The Aisling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin. The aim of the meeting is give an opportunity for people to come along and give their views and ideas on what they want in forming this group.

The CIDP, IDS and DeafHear will each give a short presentation on their organisation and how they can support the Parents’ Forum. This initial gathering is being sponsored by the Catholic Institute for Deaf People. The theme of the day is ‘Looking Forward’. The event is free and lunch is included.

More information and the schedule for the meeting is attached to this email. To confirm your attendance at the meeting, please fill out the attached registration form, or contact Alison at CIDP: email:, phone/text: 087 620 5426 for a registration form and further information.

Please download 'Looking Forward Final Letter 5.5.2010' in RTF Word Document Download (size 64KB)

CDS Bristol threatened withdrawal of BSc in Deaf Studies
The Deaf Community around the world including Ireland have benefited greatly from Deaf Studies/ Sign Language Interpreter training in the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) in Bristol University. Staff members from our service graduated from Bristol on two of its programmes that were co-hosted by Trinity College and University College Cork.

The University is currently considering plans to withdraw the CDS's long-running BSc in Deaf Studies due to financial and academic reasons.

According to University authorities, the Degree programme is expensive and does not fit in with faculty priorities. If the Degree closes approx. 75% of CDS Bristol staff will lose their jobs, including most Deaf staff. At the moment it is not known exactly how and when these recommendations will come into effect.

This would have a disastrous impact on Deaf and hearing people in many ways, including:
  • exacerbating the existing crisis in the UK Deaf community caused by the acute shortage of interpreters,
  • negative effects on present students,
  • severe reduction of CDS’s ability to continue its 30 year tradition of initiating and supporting progressive academic and other Deaf-related developments, including lobbying for Deaf rights and equality,
  • impact on the global development of quality Deaf Studies work,
  • and negative impact on Deaf people’s access to a wide range of vital information.
Under UK law, the University is required to carry out an assessment of the effect of its planned actions on Deaf/disabled people, and on the community in general.

Please support the CDS Bristol and send a letter to the University decision makers or to sign the petition against the closure. For more information on the CDS, its list of achievements and to sign the petition go to:

Send your letter to:
Prof. Eric Thomas,
Vice Chancellor,
University of Bristol,
Senate House,
Tyndall Avenue,
Bristol BS8 1TH

Prof. David Clarke,
Deputy Vice Chancellor,
University of Bristol,
Senate House,
Tyndall Avenue,
Bristol BS8 1TH.

You can also email your letter to Please copy any letters to: so that correspondence can be monitored.
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13 May 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 19)

"Sharing Knowledge" KDRC 20th of May
Susan O'Callaghan in conjunction with the Irish Deaf Society will give a free talk in the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre on the 20th of May at 2.30pm.

The theme of the session is "Sharing Knowledge - Improve your life with new knowledge on health, education, community and social matters". The meeting will be held in sign language.

Susan has worked with the Cork Deaf Association since 2001 and is well known in the Deaf community. We would like to thank the IDS for providing this talk to our clients. The Dept of Rural, Community and Gaeltacht Affairs also support these information sessions.

KODA Fundraising Bagpacking and Table Quiz
Cork Deaf Association is looking for volunteers to help with bag backing to raise funds to cover the cost of sign language interpreting at the upcoming KODA Family Conference in New York. The bag packing will take place on 20th and 21st May from 6-9pm, at Balyvolane, Cork. If you are interested in participating, please contact Susan by e-mail at

KODA Table Quiz
A group of parents who are attending the conference in the States will also hold a fundraising Table Quiz in Fairfield Tavern, Knocknagree, Co. Cork, on 14th May at 9.00pm. The money raised will go towards conferences expenses for the group. Best wishes to all those involved in the event.

St. Vincents Deaf Football Club
We would like to extend our best wishes to the newly reformed St Vincent's DFC who have reached the final of the Frank Roe Cup. They will meet Trinity/Donaghmede in the final on Friday 21st May. The kick off time and venue are yet to be confirmed but the Club wants to encourage fans to come and support their team. Full information will be available on their Facebook page (search for "St Vincent's Deaf Football Club").

Dublin Deaf Association New Website
We would like to send our best wishes to the Dublin Deaf Association on the launch of their new website. The DDA hope the website will give you a sense of the D.D.A., the role it plays within in the Deaf Community, and the services and activities it offers to meet the needs of the Deaf Community. You can also read about the history of the Association, and the details and schedules of clubs that are involved with them.

The DDA and its council support and co-ordinate the social, cultural and sporting activities of the Deaf Community in Dublin. The Centre is officially called “St. Vincent’s Centre for the Deaf” but is better know as “The Deaf Club”. While the DDA is based in Dublin, Deaf people from all over Ireland visit the Centre and avail of a wide range of activities there. The new website details are

Poetry in Irish Sign Language
The Centre for Deaf Studies recently ran a workshop on poetry in Irish Sign Language, facilitated by Donna Jo Napoli, Professor of Linguistics, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania (USA) and Rachel Sutton-Spence, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Deaf Studies, University of Bristol. The results of the workshop are creative, humorous and beautiful, and can been on Youtube:

For those interested in learning about sign language poetry, Rachel Sutton Spence co-authored a book "Analysing Sign Language Poetry". This is the first book to focus entirely on the analysis of sign language poetry. Richly illustrated with images taken from poetry performances, the book draws mainly on the work of Dorothy Miles in both British and American Sign languages, but the analytical tools developed are also used in examining recent work by Paul Scott and other sign language poets, exploring the elements of text and performance that can inform and challenge our understanding of poetry more generally. Topics covered include the use of repetition and symmetry, the importance of visual neologisms for aesthetic effect and the creation of metaphor and ambiguity.

With an afterword by Paddy Ladd, the critical analysis of the poetry is set within the framework of an appreciation of Deaf culture and Deaf communities.
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6 May 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 18)

Volunteers required for street collections
As part of our fundraising drive - we require volunteers for our upcoming street collections. The next collections will be held on the:

7th of May - Tralee.
15th of July - Killarney.
11th of September - Listowel.

Unfortunately, we are only part funded by Government sources and this does cover all our running costs. Therefore, we heavily reliant on fundraising events to meet the overheads of running a full time service in Kerry. We are very grateful to all those who have assisted in the past. We would really appreciate your support with our upcoming collections.

Public invited to shape HSE
The Health Service Executive is seeking the input from people for the development of a service user Charter for the health services. Key areas include access, safety, communication and privacy. The group describes the venture as an opportunity to have your views heard and to define what service users can expect from the HSE, and what the HSE can expect from service users.

The consultation document has been developed by the DoHC and the HSE and aims to inform and empower individuals, families and communities to actively look after their own health and to influence quality healthcare in Ireland. Questions are detailed on page 20-21 of the consultation document. The deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday the 21st May 2010. For more information, go to the following website

Postgraduate research questionnaire
Adebanke Aina is a postgraduate (Master’s) degree student of Community Development at the school of Political Science & Sociology, NUI Galway. She is conducting a research on the factors that influence the level of participation of Deaf and hard of hearing people in the development of their local community. The purpose of the research is to highlight some of the factors that might prevent Deaf and hard of hearing people from participating in issues that might affect them within their large community as well as improving on their participation in decision making and implementation of policies in this regard.

It is hoped that the result of the research would help to create a benchmarking model of the range of participatory approach by community development programs that would encourage stakeholders to participate in activities that would facilitate the development of their community as well as inform service providers of the best methods of engaging with the stakeholders.

The questionnaires are confidential and available from our service. If you would like a copy, please let us know ASAP and we will email a copy to you.

National Gallery of Ireland Tour
The National Gallery continues to provide Gallery tours in sign language. The latest tour is on the 6th of May at 6.30pm starting in the Shaw Room. If you would like details of the next tours, you can email Brina Casey, Education Officer at

Presenters for news for the deaf on RTÉ
Presenters are required to translate the News for the Deaf through Irish Sign Language. The successful candidates must have good clear signing. Ability to translate English into Irish Sign Language. Good television presence and appearance. Be reliable. Flexibility in terms of their availability – i.e. must be available to work in late afternoon and at weekends.

The suitable candidates will be selected by audition. Closing date for applications is the 30th of May. Auditions will be held in early June. RTE would welcome expressions of interest from the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Training will be given to the suitable candidates. Applications to the following: Paula Lynch Marlowe, HR RTÉ, email
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