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28 May 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 22)

First subtitled film in Tralee
This Wednesday 30th May Tralee Omniplex Cinema will show “Men In Black 3” (3D) with subtitles. This is the first time that an English language film is being been shown in Kerry in an accessible format. Subtitling makes cinema accessible for Deaf and hard of hearing people, but it is also very useful for people learning English as a foreign language. Therefore, there is a very wide appeal for subtitled showings.

KDRC and the Deaf community in Kerry have been campaigning for several years for subtitles at local cinemas, and we hope that this is just the start. We would like to thank Monica at Tralee Omniplex for her support. KDRC will notify members on future subtitled cinema through its facebook page, watch this space:

Subtitling questionnaire
Marion Hersh, Senior lecturer at University of Glasgow, has contacted KDRC in relation to a questionnaire on subtitling for television and cinema. The questionnaire is being carried out with Goldsmiths College and Deafax. The aim of the research is to find out:
  1. What deaf people think about existing subtitles?
  2. What additional features deaf people want from subtitles?
  3. What deaf people think of our proposals for improving subtitles?
The questionnaire can be downloaded at the following web address: It is also possible to receive a hard copy of the questionnaire by contacting Marion directly at

Job opportunity at Killarney has a vacancy for a Support Worker at its Killarney office. It is a one year, part-time position. The main purpose of the post is to ensure the wellbeing of service users and to assist in the development of their physical, emotional, and daily life skills. This involves planning, developing and implementing activities with service users as well as liaising with other professionals.

A good advantage for applicants is to have a high level of Irish sign language. Support Workers do not need specific qualifications, just an empathetic approach and strong interest in working with people. Any relevant will work experience with the elderly or people with disabilities is desirable. Successful candidates must provide their own transport.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 6th June. Send a letter of application with your Curriculum Vitae, indicating the position being applied for, to: Human Resources Department,, 10 Flemings Lane, High Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry or by email to:

Informal enquiries are welcome, job description and further details available on request. Contact: Maura O’Leary, Phone: 064 66 20052, SMS: 086 2499506, Fax: 064 66 20053, email: is an equal opportunities employer.

Irish Deaf Youth Association IUKCAMP 2012
Applications are open for this year’s IUK Camp which will be held in Shropshire, England, from 4–11th August. 8 youths and 2 leaders will be chosen from Ireland. Youths must be aged 13 - 17 and leaders must be over 21 on the first day of the camp. Leaders must also attend a compulsory training weekend in mid July. The application form for leaders and participants is available at:

IDYA is also looking voluntary interpreters for the camp. If you are interested, please contact Maeve
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21 May 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 21)

Life skills programme for deaf adults open day
The Life Skills Programme, which is located in the Deaf Village Ireland (DVI), will be hosting an open day on 7th June from 3-7pm. It provides social and life skills to Deaf adults.

Visitors will be given a tour of the accommodation and an outline of the 2012 programme. The 2012 programme, which starts in September, is open to women only. However, classes and organised social events will be open to both men and women. Programme participants should be over 22 years old. During the open day you will also have the opportunity to meet some of the tutors and chat to past pupils, and light refreshments will be served.

For more information or to attend the open day, contact the service at or 018387833 by June 4th.

Council of Irish Sign Language Interpreters AGM
Marking the first anniversary of its establishment, CISLI (Council of Irish Sign Language Interpreters) held its AGM on 19th May at the Dublin Deaf Club in Drumcondra. A new student representative was elected to the committee, and a number of motions were passed.

Within the past year CISLI has undertaken a number of initiatives to support interpreters in their work and to that end has set up a facebook page and a new website. The website has information about the organisation and its objectives, as well as related documents, such as the members’ code of ethics. See

St Vincent's Feaf football club annual general meeting.
This Friday 25th May St. Vincent’s Deaf Football Club is holding its AGM. The meeting will be held at 7.30pm in the Card Room, 2nd floor of Drumcondra Deaf Club.

A good turnout is required if the club is to continue into next season and enjoy the facilities of the new Deaf Village. The fate of this club lies with each of its members. Support is vital so it is important the football family attend this vital meeting.

Deaf Sports Ireland
Last December Irish Deaf Sports Association officially relaunched itself as Deaf Sports Ireland. Deaf Sports Ireland is affiliated to Deaflympics, European Deaf Sports Organisation and the Irish Sports Council. A new website has also been launched. The website has sections relating to the Deaflympics as well as up-to-date news on national sporting events.

Central European Alliance of The Deaf (CEAD)
Five central European Deaf associations (Belgium, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Holland) signed an agreement in April of this year to form the Central European Alliance of the Deaf.

The co-operation uses ideas from the Scandinavian and European (EUD) alliance models and will strengthen co-operation between central European Deaf associations and EUD. It aims to co-ordinate to organise and develop workshop, congresses, culture festival, and other events. CEAD has five goals: Empowerment; Lifelong Learning; Education/PISA; Employment; and Deaf Culture.

For information about CEAD, including a copy of the formation agreement and links to CEAD and other alliances, go to:
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14 May 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 20)

Referendum information in ISL
Two information videos have been produced in ISL in relation to the upcoming referendum on the Fiscal Stability Treaty. The first, by the Irish Deaf Society, is a guide to the contents of the Treaty. This video is available on the IDS youtube channel, which can be accessed through the IDS website and facebook page. Click here to watch the video:

The Referendum Commission has translated its Summary of the Fiscal Treaty into ISL. The Commission’s website - - has extensive information in English about the Treaty, including sections on What You are Being Asked in the Referendum and a Glossary of Terms. Click here to watch the ISL translation of the summary:

Ordering lunch by text message
Tralee’s Supervalu supermarket on Rock Street recently launched a new service where customers of the shop can place orders to the deli counter by text message. Customers can order lunchtime hot and cold food, such as sandwiches, wraps, chicken pieces etc. by texting the details of the order with their name, phone number and collection time to the shop. If you are interested in using this service, call into the shop to see the range of food items on offer. You can place your order on 086 8499889.

Cork midsummer festival captioned performances
Captioning will be provided at some performances at this year’s Cork Midsummer Festival. The festival, which runs from 21st June to 1st July, has a varied programme, with visual art, theatre, dance and a festival market.

One of the captioned performances, “Silent”, won the Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011. “Silent” tells the story of a homeless man, McGoldrig, who once had splendid things. But he has lost it all - including his mind.

A captioned performance of “Silent” will held at 8pm 29th June at the Cork Arts Theatre. To book and for further information see:

European deafblind union
The First European Blind Union (EBU) Deafblind Women’s Forum will be held this October in Bulgaria. The theme of the forum will be: “Deafblindness: we, the women. Being a recognized deafblind woman with equal rights in modern society”.

The forum will mark the start of a week of conferences and activities organised by the European Blind Union (EBU) and European Deafblind Union (EDBU) from 22nd to 29th October 2012. It will be followed by the 7th European Blind Union (EBU) Deafblind Conference, which will discuss "Participation and inclusion into society". The week will end with the two day EDBU General Assembly.

A reduced registration fee of €100 for the three events is available until 31st July 2012. For more information, including how to register, go to: (EBU Deafblind Conferences / EDBU General Assemblies).
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7 May 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 19)

Deaf review website launched
A new review website has been launched in the US: The website is similar to the popular websites tripadvisor, yelp and others. However, it is aimed at people who are Deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing. Visitors to the site can read and write reviews about the deaf-friendliness of businesses they visit. From restaurants to doctors’ offices, reviewers can answer questions, such as “Is this business deaf-friendly? Why or why not?”

Business owners will also be able to access many free features, such as adding their business as well as accessing educational articles, videos and tips on what it means to be deaf-friendly (

At the moment it seems that reviews are limited to certain US cities only. But hopefully in the future this will expand to international locations. In the meantime if you are travelling to the US, check out to find deaf-friendly businesses in the area you are visiting.

Irish Deaf Society (IDS) roadshow
Don’t forget IDS will present an information roadshow in our Centre this Friday 11th May from 7.30pm - 9.30pm. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the presentation and tea and coffee will be provided. Please contact Geraldine at our office if you need any more information.

Monthly mass
This month the Sign Language mass will be held on Sunday 20th May at 3pm at St. John’s Pastoral Centre, Tralee.

Alice in funderland interpreted performance
The ISL Interpreted performance of our modern musical Alice in Funderland is on Thursday 10 May, 7.30pm. Tickets are selling fast so if you are interested, for more information check out:

Looking for sign language interpreter trainers in Malta
From the EFSLI facebook page: The University of Malta (Institute of Linguistics) is seeking European-based trainers to travel to Malta for a week (or two) to run one or more courses for sign language interpreters. If you are interested, please email Ms. Marie Alexander for further information:

Street collections
Thanks to everyone who supported our Tralee street collection last Friday. Thanks to your generous donations and the hard work of a large team of volunteers over €1,200 was collected.

We are still looking for volunteer collectors for upcoming street collections: Friday, 22nd June in Listowel, Friday, 13th July in Killarney and Saturday, 14th September in Castleisland. If you have some spare time on those dates, and are interested in helping out, please contact Therese in our office for further information on times and locations.
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