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26 March 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 13)

Sharing the journey-introduction to performing arts.
Journey would like to invite you to a three day ‘Introduction to Performing Arts’ on the 10th/11th and 12th April. The programme will include workshops on making and composing music, physical theatre, dance and rhythm.

Workshops will be presented bilingually Irish Sign Language/ English, by professional artists and musicians working in the area of Theatre, Music Performance, Performance Art and Dance. Communication to be supported by language support personnel.

It will be held in St. Vincent’s Centre, Drumcondra, Dublin 7 from 10am – 3.30pm. All d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing teenagers, their siblings and friends are welcome. The workshops are free of charge. Booking is essential as places are limited. If you interested please call or text Theresa on 0879163168 / 0857225659. email

UCC student research on access to health services.
A student of Social Work studies in University College Cork is in the process doing research as part of her thesis on the experiences of Deaf people's access to the Health Service in the south of Ireland. She has conducted a number of interviews in Cork and is looking for a further 3 to 4 Deaf candidates. She is hoping to travel to Kerry within the next fortnight to carry out interviews. An interpreter will be provided for this part of her research. If you are over 23 years of age and have accessed the Irish health service in the last five years, please contact us and we will arrange for you to meet with her.

Student placements with our service.
We have been very busy over the past academic year with students on placement/ work experience from various education settings. We would like to thank the following for choosing to come to our service and for their hard work and dedication.

Laura Merrigan from the National Learning Network spent a considerable amount of time with us since last September and was a fantastic resource to our clients and staff. Ebunoluwa Osinubi is hoping to pursue Social Care and spent a number of weeks with us in early 2012. Ebunoluwa comes from an African background and shared with us her interesting cultural background. Karen Walsh is pursuing a Special Needs course and completed 20 days of placement. Karen has a Deaf sister and has sign language and proved to be a great asset to our team.

Recently, we had Conor Patrick O'Beirne and Anthony Claffey both from the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) in Trinity. They are currently in 3rd year of their interpreter-training programme. We would like to thank Suzanne, Veronica and Willie for mentoring these students in particular. These students could potentially be the next generation of interpreters and it’s so important for them to work with experienced interpreters and to gain experience in a wide range of Deaf related settings.

We would like to thank all the above students and want to wish them all well with their future careers.

Irish deaf news edition 115.
In this week’s edition of IDN, the following news reports are presented in sign language.

The Mahon Tribunal Report. Bertie Ahern to be expelled from Fianna Fail. French man jumped out of window in Toulouse after killing three Jewish children last week. Whitney Houston - Coroner said she died from accidental drowning and cocaine found in her body.

These clips are of great interest to the Deaf community and are also an asset to hearing students learning sign language and have been very useful to us when we work with students from CDS on placement. To view this week’s edition, go to

Weekly / monthly updates from other deaf services.
There are a number of Deaf services throughout Ireland that have regular e-mail newsletters that may be of interest to our clients and supporters in Kerry. If you would like to receive a copy, you can contact the service directly or we can forward your details to them. The services include the Centre for Deaf Studies, Cork Deaf Association, Deaf Community Centre Limerick, E-info, Tallaght Deaf Club, Irish Deaf Camping and Caravanning Group, Irish Deaf Women's Group, South East Deaf Women's Group, Irish Deaf Sports Association and related sports groups in Munster, Connacht etc.

These updates are a fantastic resource for those of us working in the Deaf sector and are very beneficial to families with Deaf members and to students/academics of Deaf related issues.
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19 March 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 12)

Upcoming deaf events in Cork.
In the past, young members from our service have been lucky to participate in Smiley Camp events, which are supported by Cork Deaf Assoc (CDA). The next event, which may interest our members, is an Easter Egg Hunt and a Coffee Morning. The Egg Hunt is open to Deaf, hard of hearing, and kids of Deaf parents (KODA's).

A scrumptious selection of cakes will be on sale. There will also be a raffle and spot prizes. Family and friends welcome! The event will run from 11am to 2pm on the 31st of March and the egg hunt kicks off at 11.30am. It will be held in St. Columba's GSN in Douglas, Cork with proceeds going to the Smiley Summer Camp (details of which will be available in future updates).

There will also be a Race Night fundraiser for the Cork Deaf Assoc on Friday, the 13th of April. Racing starts at 8pm in Canty's Bar in Pembroke St, Cork.

Horses are €5 each and Race Cards (ten lines/horses) are available to buy from Cork Deaf Association. Further information on both events are available by email at or by tel: 021 4505 944.

CDA have been a fantastic supporter of our service, so show your support and participate in these entertaining events.

Irish deaf society (IDS) AGM.
The IDS has issued notice for its upcoming AGM, which will be held on the 21st of April. They are also looking for nominations for Treasurer and two Board of Directors. If you would like to nominate someone, please send your nomination by letter or email to IDS, 30 Blessington Street, Dublin 7 or email: by 30th March 2012. Two members of the IDS must support your nomination.

If you would like to submit a motion for inclusion at the AGM, these must be submitted in writing and signed by a proposer and seconder and addressed to Chairperson at least 21 days before the AGM. Further information on CDS is available on

Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) 10th anniversary celebrations.
Th CDS will be celebrating their 10th anniversary 2001-2011 with a Gala Ball on Friday the 25th of May. The exciting event will be held in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin. Tickets cost €55 per person. For further information, contact Teresa Lynch by email at

We would like to extend our best wishes and congrats to the team in CDS. We would like to wish them well for the next decade and beyond and hope they have a fantastic celebration on the 25th of May.

European study - interviewing young adults with disabilities.
The School of Education in Trinity College would like to interview young adults with disabilities as part of a European study investigating how local, national, and global policies are influencing the lives of young people in the 21st Century.

The Quali-TYDES Ireland researchers are conducting 'life-story' interviews with young people NOW. If you have any type of disability and were born in the 1980s, we would like to hear about your experiences, aspirations and expectations.

The team is keen to meet with Deaf and hard of hearing individuals and for people living outside of Dublin also. These categories are under-represented currently. They will provide a sign-language interpreter for the duration of the interview, or can conduct the interview via email if this is the preference of the participant.

The research will look at education, barriers/opportunities, successes/problems, important decisions, regrets/dreams, who or what helped? The researchers are willing to travel to you or will reimburse your travel expenses if you travel to them.

If you are willing to participate, or for more information, please contact: Dr. Fiona Smyth, School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland, email: or Mob: 086-3153429
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12 March 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 11)

Funding cut to disability services.
The recession continues to take effect in Ireland and we have seen ongoing cuts to funding for Disability services. In 2010 & 2011, many services saw significant cuts to their funding including our own service. This had a major impact on service delivery and cuts had to be implemented across the board. In late 2011, we were informed that further cuts were in the pipeline for 2012. At the time it was projected that cuts may be in the region of 4.6 per cent. This was later revised to approx 3.6 per cent.

Last week without any advance consultation or notice, our HSE funding for March from was cut by €878.16. This may not be a huge figure but the lack of advance consultation and notice is shocking. If our funding is to be reduced in the region of 3.6per cent, our overall HSE funding will drop by approx €3,000. Again, this is not a significant cut. However, when you add in previous cuts over the past few years, this reduces our funding to approx 91,000 euro. When you calculate cuts from other Govt. Depts, the accumulative affect is very tough for the voluntary, community and disability sector.

Our service has campaigned for many years for increased funding and have been ignored. We have also campaigned for the introduction of policy and procedures to enable broader access for Deaf and hard of hearing clients. Again, very little progress has been made since our establishment in February 1999. Our client numbers continue to increase and demand for services are ever growing. We are now in service for 13 years and have a proven track record in the Deaf and hard of hearing communities, but it raises the question? How can we provide our client groups and their families with a comprehensive service on a budget of €91,000?

We are now calling on our clients and supporters to write to their local TD's and Ministers and asked for a halt to these cuts. A review of funding for disability services is required and further action needs to be taken to protect the viability of our service.

PhD research opportunities in sign language.
Two DEL-funded three-year PhD studentships are available in the School of Modern Languages at Queen's University. These are full studentships for appropriately qualified applicants, to include tuition fees and a maintenance grant.

The broad research areas are:
  1. The local deaf community, its demographics and the extent to which deaf people have successfully integrated in / been excluded from wider social organisations and processes (education, health, the arts etc). This studentship is tenable from 1 April 2012, or as soon as possible thereafter.
  2. Signing for performance, with particular reference to theatre and/or television. This studentship is tenable from 1 September 2012, or as soon as possible thereafter.
  3. Successful applicants will hold a good honours degree in any related discipline, and have demonstrable proficiency in British Sign Language. A postgraduate qualification in any related discipline is desirable. A working knowledge of Irish Sign Language is also desirable.
  4. All potential applicants are strongly advised to make informal enquiries to Professor David Johnston, at in the first instance.
  5. Application is via the Queen's direct admissions portal at: (closing date 20 March 2012 for both studentships).
In order to be eligible for both the fees and maintenance elements of this studentship, applicants must be UK nationals or EU citizens who have lived in the UK for the last three years for purposes other than studying.

Deafness and education international journal.
Deafness and Education International is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly. It is now available FREE of charge online until the 15th of April.

The journal provides a forum for teachers and other professionals involved with the education and development of deaf infants, children and young people, and readily welcome relevant contributions from this area of expertise. Submissions may fall within the areas of linguistics, education, personal-social and cognitive developments of deaf children, spoken language, sign language, deaf culture and traditions, audiological issues, cochlear implants, educational technology and educational l issues that impinge on deaf children and young people.

The types of submissions considered include research papers, work in progress reports, reviews, survey articles, conference reports and response to previously published articles. To access the Journals, go to
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5 March 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 10)

Sign language interpreter access at mental wellness exhibition.
The Mental Wellness Exhibition will be held in the Killarney Sport and Leisure Centre on Sunday and Monday, March 11th and 12th.

The event is organised to help prevent suicide and to create suicide awareness. Over 50 groups will have information stands. GP and Psychotherapist, Dr Terry Lynch, who has written 'Beyond Prozac and Selfhood’, will be the keynote speaker on Sunday at 4.30pm. A sign language interpreter will sign all talks on the Sunday from 2pm onwards, including Dr Lynch's talk. Admission is free but donations of old mobile phones would be welcome as a fund-raiser. There will be a full panel of speakers as well as workshops and special events.

The Monday session will have a special focus on secondary schools. GAA stars Colm Cooper, Kieran Donaghy and Darren O’Sullivan will be present on Monday to support the event. Admission free. Any person in need of support may contact the suicide helpline by texting the word HELP to 51444. Further information is available from

CODA UK & Ireland conference.
The Children of Deaf Adults conference will be held on the 28th of April in dDeaflinks Staffordshire in the UK. The costs are £5 sterling for adults and kids are free. Food will be available at a charge of £3 sterling per person. There will be a full conference programme and activities for kids. Volunteers are also required.

The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for anyone interested to access new research/information about CODAs/HMFD (hearing, mother father Deaf). To meet new people, make friends and share knowledge, stories and experiences. For some it’s an opportunity to celebrate their heritage and for others it may be a place to discover new ways of dealing with unresolved issues, whether for themselves or their family.

Professor Bencie Woll, Director of DCAL-UCL will talk about research comparing early sign language acquisition in hearing and deaf children of deaf parents and also more generally about DCAL. Cathy Petters from Deaf CAMHS will talk about Deaf CAMHS and her work with CODA’s and their families as a Family Therapist.

Further information is available by email from or online at

CODA get together in Ireland.
A gathering of adult CODA's from Ireland and the UK will take place in June in Ballyhoura in Co. Cork. This promises to be a great event and an opportunity to catch up with other hearing adults who grew up in a Deaf family. This follows on from other CODA events that were organised over the years, the most recent being in Co. Kerry, Duke's Barn in the UK and in Berlin.

There are 13 confirmed CODA's from UK and Ireland and a few more waiting to confirm. It will be held from the 21st to the 24th of June. If you are interested, you need to confirm ASAP, as accommodation is limited. It's open to any CODA over the age of 18. For more information, go to CODA Ireland (Hearing Children Of Deaf Adults) on Facebook.

Munster deaf sports council membership.
The MDSC is now taking new applications for membership.

Benefits to members include co-operations with local SIDO's for an array of sporting activities. Information from SIDO will be forwarded to members. If you have any issues at a local level, MDSC will liaise with SIDO. Insurance cover to attend all sporting events taking place in Munster if booked through MDSC. Access to all sporting programmes taking place in Munster. Membership Card (for entry to sports venues/ gyms. Updates on all Deaf sports events/training by email/text. Access to MDSC facebook page. Ten percent discount on MDSC polo shirt. Membership for IDSA/CISS/EDSO. Monthly newsletter by email or post. Free entry to any IDSA National & Regional Championship. Free Deaflympics PR email from IDSA Deaflympics Rep.

For more information on membership, email: or text 087 2155 104.

Irish deaf news edition.
In this weeks edition of IDN- Eddie Redmond presents the following items in sign language.

Taoiseach signs EU Fiscal Stability Treaty. Policeman shot by Raoul Moat found dead. Two men found guilty for assault referee at Croke Park. Red Cross Agency to enter Homs city to help. Davy Jones of the Monkees died aged 66

To view the clip, go to and allow it time to load up.
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