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25 April 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 17)

Happy Easter
We want to wish all our clients, supporters and update readers, a very Happy Easter. We hope you are all enjoying the great weather this Bank Holiday weekend.

Equality Authority Strategic Plan 2012-2014
The Equality Authority is preparing a new Strategic Plan for the period 2012-2014. A Strategic Plan Stakeholders Consultation session will be held on Thursday 28th April. The event will take place in the Coach House, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2. It will commence with registration, tea & coffee at 11:00am and the consultation process will take place from 11:30am. It is expected that the meeting will conclude at approximately 3:30 p.m.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to brief you on the work the Equality Authority is currently doing and outline the services and supports they provide. The Equality Authority wants to hear your views and ideas at the meeting, which will assist them in planning their priorities over the next three years.

Information packs and briefing material will be available on the day. For more information, email Sean Delaney at the Equality Authority

Update on Ethiopia Deaf Project
As many of you know the Irish Ethiopia Deaf project secured land in Ambo in Ethiopia recently. Last week, we were thrilled to hear its approx. the size of a football field.

This is great news for us as it means there will be huge scope for further development if we secure overseas development aid to build a Deaf Centre there. Fr. Stephen Monaghan who is well known in the Deaf community here flew out to Ethiopia last week and is going to visit further Deaf projects out there. We look forward to getting further updates on his return along with proposed plans for the Centre.

Tag rugby blitz for Ethiopia 14th of May
Fr. Monaghan is looking for people to get involved in Tag Rugby with Castleknock College. The event is open to men and women. Stephen is keen for a Deaf team to participate.

The tournament is in aid of Vincentian Lay Missionaries and their work in Ethiopia. For more information, email or check out the following facebook page

Employment placements for graduates with disabilities
Abbott Ireland is running with placements this year for graduates with disabilities/specific learning difficulties and they have six work placements on offer.

The closing date for applications is Friday, the 6th May at 5.00p.m. Further Information, job description and application packs are available on the AGEAD website

Breastcheck in Tralee
BreastCheck will return to Tralee and start screening women for a second time on the 10th May. As per usual women will receive appointments to attend by post.

It's crucial for Deaf women to avail of Breast screening. If you do not receive a letter, check that you are registered with the service.

For more information, go to or contact Lynn Swinburne, Screening Promotion Officer, National Cancer Screening Service, BreastCheck, Southern Unit, Infirmary Rd, Cork.
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18 April 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 16)

PRSIM mass in Sign Language in Cork
Veronica White of the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People would like to inform everyone of an upcoming Prism Mass. It will be held this Thursday, 21st of April in the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne in Cork at 10am. Veronica will be interpreting the Mass. The Cathedral is also known locally as the North Chapel and is located at the top of Shandon Street.

Funderland in Cork
Funderland is the largest travelling theme park in the Europe. It opens up in Cork this week. On the 28th of April, it will offer free tickets to people from the Deaf community from 10.30am to 1pm.

The park will feature up to five roller coasters, two giant ferris wheels, and as many as fifteen different thrilling attractions. There are always a host of attractions that are sure to appease even the most seasoned thrill seekers who dare to be suspended upside down, turned over or whisked through the air.

If you are interested in attending, contact Susan O'Callaghan in the Cork Deaf Association by email or by fax (021) 4506190 or tel: (021) 4505944.

Mid West Deaf Association trip to Kerry
On the 14th of May, the Mid West Deaf Association will organise a cycling event in Killarney. Later that evening, a social night will be planned in Killarney. They would like to meet with members of our service during their time in Kerry. If you are interested in joining the cycling tour or the social night, please let us know and we will inform MWDA.

Appointment of new manager to SLIS
The national Sign Language Interpreting Service has successfully recruited a new Manager. Elfrieda Carroll has been recruited to replace Cora Pollard, who is resuming her post in the Citizens Information Board (CIB). Cora was seconded to from the Citizens Information Board to manage the services of SLIS.

Elfrieda was well known in the Deaf community when she worked with Irish Sign Link in the past. She will take up her position in May.

KDRC would like to wish Cora all the best when she returns to CIB. We would like to offer our best wishes and congrats to Elfrieda with her new position. For more information on SLIS, go to

Newborn hearing screening programme
Cork University Maternity Hospital has been selected as the first hospital in Ireland to implement the universal Newborn Hearing Screening programme. From the end of April the parents of all babies born in the hospital will be offered a hearing test prior to discharge.

One to two babies in every 1,000 are born with a hearing loss in one or both ears. Most babies born with a hearing loss are born into families with no history of hearing loss.

The Newborn Hearing Screening Programme aims to identify moderate, severe or profound hearing loss as soon as possible after birth to give babies a better ‘life chance' of developing speech and language skills and of making the most of social and emotional interaction from an early age.

The hearing screen will be carried out by a trained hearing screener while the baby is settled or in natural sleep at the mother’s bedside in the maternity hospital. The programme uses two non-invasive methods to screen the hearing of newborns; Automated Otoacoustic Emissions (AOAEs) and Automated Auditory Brainstem Responses (AABRs). Neither test causes any discomfort to the baby.

Any baby who does not have a clear response from the screen will be seen for a full audiological assessment at our Audiology Clinic in Cork University Hospital shortly after discharge. The referral rate from the screen to the Audiology Clinic will be approximately 2-4%.

Further information on the HSE’s Newborn Hearing Screening will be available on our website once the programme commences.
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11 April 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 15)

SI am Deaf "Access Card"
KDRC has developed a laminated business card with the following message "I am Deaf. I am a sign language user. Please note- The Equal Status Acts 2000 + 2008, and the Disability Act 2005 place legal obligations on Government Departments and Public Bodies to provide access. Failure of refusal to provide access is discriminatory"

On the back of the card, it says, For access, I require a sign language interpreter (trained and qualified). Interpreters can be booked via Sign Language Interpreting Service. Tel: 01 413 9670. Mob: 087 980 6996. Email: Website:

If you would like a copy of this card, send us your details and we will post them out to you.

Captioning and audio description - Arts & Disability Ireland
Arts & Disability Ireland is delighted to announce the first ever national tour of captioning and audio description with Fishamble: The New Play Company.

Captioning is similar to television subtitling and gives D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences access to live performances with the actors’ words appearing on a display unit (or units) on or near the stage at the same time as they are spoken or sung. Character names, sound effects and off-stage noises are also shown. The captions are prepared in advance by a trained Captioner who operates them as the action unfolds on stage.

We are delighted to see that "The Pride of Parnell Street" which will be held in Siamsa Tire, Tralee on April 28th will have captioning and audio description access. For more information on this, go to

National APA Conference
The Institute of Technology Tralee and the CARA APA Centre will host the European Congress in Adapted Physical Activity (EUCAPA) on the 6th & 7th of May in the Solas Building, North Campus ITT, Tralee. Sign language interpreters will be available at this event.

This conference would be of special interest to the following: people with disabilities, families and carers, professionals, volunteers or students involved in the area of disability services, sport, recreation or leisure services, physical needs education and health services. For more information contact: Niamh Daffy, CARA APA Centre by email at

Please download '4th National APA Cconference' in pdf Download (size 492KB)

Irish Deaf Sports Association - Three Year Strategic Plan
The IDSA has launched a 3 year Strategic plan for 2011 to 2013. Their vision is to develop social and community benefit for Deaf/hard of hearing participants at grassroots, club, and national levels. To develop a sustainable membership base and infrastructure. To enable progression of existing and potential athletes and to compete at competition level.
  • The IDSA has 5 development areas of action:
  • Governance & Policy Development.
  • Regional Council and Club Development.
  • Participation.
  • Communication and Marketing.
  • High Performance.
In the past, the IDSA focus was on international level. However in the past few years, they have looked at developing activities for young deaf children at grassroot level.

They are now keen to develop events for senior Deaf men. They would like to know your views on this? What activities would you be interested in? For example, a small tournament with 5 or 7-a-side indoor football for senior men (age from 30+ or 35+) for fun. The IDSA have a grant to cover the hall cost, equipment, balls etc and may get support from Local Sport Partnerships to support sports for Deaf men.

If you are interested in this, contact Paul Ryder, IDSA Administrator by email at For more information on the IDSA, go to

European Forum Of Sign Language Interpreters Conference
The programme for the EFSLI conference in Italy has been announced. Go to the EFSLI website and click on "programme". This is usually a very popular conference for Irish sign language interpreters. The event kicks off with a welcome dinner for participants on the 15th of Sept followed by the EFLSI AGM on the 16th.

There will be a range of speakers from Europe, the USA and Canada on the 17th and 18th, including conference favourite Sharon Neumann Solow from the USA.
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4 April 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 14)

Job Vacancies – 2 Part time posts. Communiity Officer & Development Officer
Deaf Community Centre (DCC) was established in November 2006 by the local Deaf community and the Parents of Deaf children in the region of Limerick and surrounding areas.

DCC aims to promote participation of the Deaf community in education, community, social and cultural activities, with Irish Sign Language (ISL) as the main language of communication. DCC strives to improve the social integration of Deaf people and hearing people with the provision of facilities for entertainment, social, cultural and educational events and functions.

  • Promoting Irish Sign Language through arranging classes. The Mid-West region includes County Clare, County Limerick and North Tipperary.
  • The role of the Community Officer is to deal with the management and coordination of the day-to-day activities of DCC to develop services to support the regional Deaf community.
  • Organising and supporting adult education and training, providing and managing information on social, cultural and sporting events
  • The role will require the individual to manage a small team of administrative and support staff at the Centre as well as liaising with local health, employment, social services and Deaf authorities in the region and nationally. The desirable candidate must be very familiar with working in such a role.
  • The role of the Development Officer is to manage the development of DCC’s strategic position within the Deaf community at local, regional and national level.
  • The role will focus on the administrative functions of DCC as well as attracting funding and managing fundraising activities to increase the profile of DCC.
  • The ideal candidate should have excellent office administration skills including computer literacy.
  • The candidate must be proficient in Irish Sign Language (ISL) and English and must have experience of working with the Deaf community.
  • A recognised ISL interpreter qualification will be highly desirable, but this is not essential.
Salary & Benefits: Information about salary and other benefits will be discussed at the time of the interview.

Interview Format: The interview will be conducted in Irish Sign Language and/or English depending on the preference of the candidate. An interpreter will be available. Interviews will take place in April.

Queries: Please send a CV by email to If you would like any further information please send an email to: Haaris Sheikh, Director, Deaf Community Centre Limited. By email to:

Please download 'Job Vacancy Limerick' in pdf Download (size 492KB)

Birthday Celebrations
We have a few birthday celebrations coming up and we’ve been asked to wish the following a very Happy Birthday.

Susan O' Callaghan from Cork Deaf Association, a long time Deaf supporter of our service. Mike Callanan, a great hearing supporter of ours. Lastly, to Richard Tolan who celebrates his 80th on the 9th of April.

Monthly mass in sign language
Our next monthly mass will be held on the 10th of April. 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. The mass will be held in St. John's Pastoral Centre, Tralee.

APA awards night
The Health and Leisure Department of the Inst. of Technology Tralee will host an awards evening for its APA programme on the 13th of April. We have been invited to this event. If you participated in any of the Outdoor activities with us from Sept to Dec, you are welcome to join us on the night.

The event will be held in the Meadowlands Hotel from 6pm onwards.

The awards acknowledge the support of the college, the work of the students, and the achievements of the participants. There will be a few speeches, awards presentation, refreshments and dancing. Please let us know if you are interested in attending.

Two Musical Journeys - A Deafblind Perspective
Russ Palmer, a Deafblind performer and music therapist along with Orla O’Sullivan, a Deafblind teacher and performer will perform and share their experiences in overcoming disability to develop careers in music.

This is part of the Life Long Learning Festival and will be held in the Central Library, Grand Parade, Cork City on the 13th of April at 11am.

Russ will perform using voice & guitar. While Orla will perform on piano. Juha Sarkkola will also join them on guitar.

Orla, Russ and Juha will also perform on Wed. 13th April at The Slate, Tuckey St. (open mic session) at 9pm, and on Thurs 14th April in the Beer Garden, Turner’s Cross 9.30pm (Finger Food Served).

CODA Berlin
The international conference for CODA- Children of Deaf Adults will be held in Berlin this year. The event will be held from July 28 – July 31. Information on the conference, hotel, and registration deadlines are available online.

In addition, there will be pre and post conference activities for those travelling to the event. The website has information in German and English. For more information, go to

IUK Camp August 2011
The Ireland/UK Deaf Youth Camp is back again after a two year break. The Irish Deaf Youth Assoc (IDYA) has partnered with the British Deaf Association. Ireland will host the 1st part of the camp in Galway for four nights and in Dublin for three nights.

It will be a fun filled week for all 13-17 year olds. Eight participants will be picked from each country (Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England). Participants have only to pay €60. This covers accommodation and includes all activities.

The IDYA are looking for participants for the camp, which will take place from the 6th to the 13th of August 2011. The deadline for applications is the 29th of April 2011.

Leaders are also needed for the camp- you have to be over 18 years old to apply and the deadline is the 15th of April 2011.

For more information, contact Ronan by email:
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