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24 September 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 39)

Surfing deferred to next week.
The Health and Leisure Dept in the Tralee IT has informed us that this weeks Surfing session is being cancelled. It will be deferred to 3rd of October (weather permitting). Our apologies for the short notice- this is due to a change in the weather forecast.

Gym sessions with ITT.
ur gym sessions with students in the ITT will resume on the 2nd of October in the North campus. They will be held from 4pm - 5pm. If you are interested in joining us, please send us your details ASAP.

Volunteers required for street collection in Listowel.
We will hold a fundraising Street Collection in Listowel on the 28th of September. Volunteers are required from 11-4pm. If you are available, let us know what time you are available and we will allocate a time slot to you. Any length of time is appreciated. With ongoing funding cuts to our service, these street collections are a vital source of income for our service.

For more information, contact Therese on 087 785 3315.

Students on placement with our service.
We would like to thank John Patrick Doherty who was on placement with our service over the summer. John is a student in the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College and voluntarily worked with us for a few months. He was a great asset to our Centre and we appreciate all his hard work over the past few months.

We would also like to welcome Anthony Griffin who will be on full time placement with our service for the next 13 weeks. Anthony is a 3rd year student on the Social Care programme in the Tralee Institute of Technology. Anthony will bring a wealth of experience with him from his training. In addition, he also has Deaf parents and a Deaf sibling. We look forward to working with him over the coming months.

NCSE publication for parents of Deaf children.
The National Council for Special Education has launched a booklet, which will be of interest to parents/guardians of deaf and hard of hearing children/young people. The leaflet gives information on "the early days, getting support, education services available to your child, going to school, health services available to your child, useful contacts and support organisations".

To download the leaflet, go to

Student fellowship with ECML pro-signs project.
A short-term Fellowship is being offered by ECML relating to the PRO-Signs Project. The PRO-Signs project team (Lorraine Leeson, Beppie van den Bogaerde, Tobias Haug, Christian Rathmann) are seeking a Fellow for an exciting European Committee on Modern Languages project. The Fellow will be based in Graz (Austria) for this 6 months part time contract (3 months full-time possible), which runs from January-June 2013. The working languages of this project are International Sign and English.

Qualifications & Experience:
  1. Minimum level of qualification is a Bachelor degree. Preference will be given to candidates with a masters level qualification or higher.
  2. Must have professional experience in interpreting and/or the sign language related field.
  3. Basic knowledge of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Must have capacity for both collaborative and independent work. Should demonstrate a pro-active attitude. Requires a high degree of flexibility and willingness to deal sensitively across cultural boundaries. Must be comfortable working with an international team.

Must have B2 minimum level of English (spoken, written) and B2 level in a national signed language. Capacity to work in International Sign, with support from the Expert Group.

Tasks will include:
  1. Working with the PRO-Signs Expert Group in planning and implementation of project conference and workshop in 2013.
  2. Analysis of a survey monkey analysis on use of the CEFR across Europe (data submitted in English and ISL).
For further information on salary related queries, contact Mr. Michael Armstrong, ECML at Deadline for applications is: 31 October 2012. Applications should be emailed to: Dr. Lorraine Leeson, Coordinator, PRO-Signs Project. Email to Lorraine Leeson:

For more about the PRO-Signs project, see:

Deaf village ireland CE vacancies.
Deaf Village Ireland is looking to enlist a number of people onto a Community Employment Scheme to take up new positions in Deaf Village Ireland located at the Ratoath road in Cabra Dublin 7.
  1. The positions are:
  2. Grounds maintenance and gardening.
  3. Building maintenance.
  4. Building cleaning.
  5. Reception.
  6. Administration of the Heritage Centre.
Those interested in applying should send a CV to Catherine Kelly at Unit 29, Finglas Business Centre, Jamestown Road, Finglas, Dublin 11, or email Catherine at or Sylvia Nolan at by Friday the 28th of September.
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17 September 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 38)

Next subtitled movie in Tralee.
Tralee Omniplex is continuing to provide subtitled movies. "That's My Boy" is the latest subtitled movie to be screened on the 19th of September at 8.40pm. Subtitled movies are ideal for Deaf, hard of hearing movie goers and for people who first language is not English.

Most cinemas in the UK and Ireland are now equipped with new digital projection equipment. All digital-equipped sites have subtitle facilities, and most popular releases now include a subtitle track in the digital film file. Making regular use of the built-in subtitle features of digital systems could vastly increase the amount of cinemas that regularly screen subtitled shows. There are more than 700 cinemas in the UK and Ireland and it is planned that almost all will be digital by 2013.

Contact your local cinemas and check if they can utilise the built-in subtitle facilities of their digital projectors! Further information on subtitled movies is available on

Sport activities with Institute of Technology Tralee.
Its that time of year again when students from the Health and Leisure Dept in the Tralee IT work with people with disabilities in a range of sporting and leisure activities. We have been very fortunate to be invited to these events for a number of years now.

The first event this year will be a Surfing session in Banna Beach on the 26th of September at 9am. Numbers are limited. If you are interested, please send us your details. If you do not want to participate, you can also come on the day to observe.

Elderly Deaf from Kerry and Cork visit to Dublin.
Elderly Deaf from Kerry and Cork are having a get-together this week and heading to Dublin. Our thanks to Catherine Landers and Veronica White for arranging the trip.

The group will visit the newly opened Deaf Village Ireland, Christchurch, the Wax Museum, and Viking Splash. Other activities include Bingo and Mass.

A number of events are held during the year. If you are interested in joining this group, you can send your details to us or to Catherine Landers in Cork Deaf Association.

Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) now open.
We would like to send our best wishes and congratulations to everyone in the newly opened Deaf Village Ireland in Dublin.

The objective of DVI is to create an environment where Deaf and hard of hearing people can develop, relax, play, learn, worship and be together in a Centre which will support the interaction of Deaf people as a community, in an integrated way with each other and the wider Irish society.

Deaf people communicate via a combination of sign language, lip reading and the written word which puts standard educational, sports, employment, training, support and information services as well as communication and socialisation opportunities out of reach for many Deaf people.

The intention of DVI is that all the Deaf organisations would work together as one, to support, promote and develop the Deaf community and adopt a unified approach to ensure that Deaf people have appropriate access to state services and are individually enabled to reach their potential.

A range of Deaf services have relocated to DVI or have satellite offices there. In addition, there is a life long Educational Centre, comprehensive sports facilities and a coffee shop on site.

For more information, go to and you can also sign up to their facebook page there.

2013-2014 Fulbright awards.
Are you interested in post graduate study, research or lecturing in the USA? If so, funding is available for 2013-14 in ALL DISCIPLINES via the Fulbright Awards.

If you are interested in applying, go to and eligibility criteria. Guidelines on the application process are available online if you are applying as a student or scholar.

Applications must include personal information and CV. A personal statement & or a research/ project statement. In addition, references, transcripts if you are a student and samples of work for visual and performing arts.

Applications can be submitted online AND in hard copy by 3pm Wednesday 14th of November 2012.
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10 September 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 37)

Street collection - volunteers required.
We will hold a fundraising Street Collection in Castleisland on the 14th of September. Volunteers are required from 9am-6pm. If you are available, let us know what time you are available and we will allocate a time slot to you. Any length of time is appreciated. For more information, contact Therese on 087 785 3315.

ISL communication worker vacancy in Tralee.
The Kerry Education Service wishes to recruit an IrishSign Language Communication Support Worker. The role of the person will be to facilitate communication between deaf adult learners, hearing tutors and hearing adult learners. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is proficient in ISL to work as part of an innovative team at the KES Assistive Technology VTOS programme.

The following are essential criteria- fluent ISL, spoken English and good written English. Knowledge of the Irish Deaf Community and culture. Ability to work as part of a team.

In addition, the following criteria are desirable- Qualification in Irish Sign Language. Computer Literacy. Knowledge and understanding of adult education. Experience of working with adults who may have a range of disabilities. Teaching qualification an advantage.

For more information, you can email:

Interpreter required for Tralee Community College.
The Tralee Community College is hoping to recruit a Sign Language Interpreter for a full time course starting next week. The interpreter would be required full day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Our service circulated an 'expression of interest' for this position in May- this was followed up by circulars from interpreting agencies recently.

If you are interested, please contact us ASAP and we will provide you will contact details for the relevant section in the Tralee Community College.

Fundraiser for Ethiopia Deaf project.
Miriam O' Regan is organising a Christmas Charity Fair in November with proceeds going to the Ethiopia Deaf Project in Ambo. She has set up a blogspot at

Over the coming weeks, more information will be posted on the event including how you can book a stand on day. The Fair is being extended this year and a Bazaar will be held in another room in the Centre. If people have any household items, candles, pictures, mirrors, jewellery, glass, toys, Aldi / Lidl must haves that you no longer want, unwanted gifts, books, games, etc, Miriam and the organisers would be delighted to take them off your hands. However, no clothes will be accepted and items must be in good condition.

Please support this worthy cause - all money donated will go directly to the building of a Deaf Centre / Education Centre in Ethiopia. The final stages of construction are coming to and end shortly. Our thanks to everyone who has supported this initiative to date.

Irish sign language (ISL) classes - level 1.
ISL Level 1 classes will be starting on the 3rd of October in out Centre. The duration of the course will be 30 weeks spilt over 3 terms and will run from 7pm-9pm

The cost of the course is €200 (to be paid on 1st night). In addition, if students want to sit exams and gain Level 1 certification - an additional fee of €100 approx will apply. Payment taken prior to each exam (Unit 101,102 and 103 exams)

If you interested in classes, you can contact the tutor (text only) on 087 2532078 or email

The classes will be organised by a freelance tutor and independently of our service. Please note the course will run dependant upon demand (approx 8-10 students).

CISLI website.
The Council of Irish Sign Language Interpreters website is now live and has information on CISLI, its Aims and Objectives, Constitution and the Code of Ethics which members of CISLI adhere to. Interpreters can also download a membership form.

For more information, go to
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3 September 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 36)

KDRC reopens today
Hope you are all enjoying the sun. As often happens, the good weather arrived at the same time as the reopening of the schools and KDRC!

KDRC is open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday. It closes at 1pm for one hour for lunch, opening again at 2pm. On Fridays it is open from 10am to 1pm only.

KDRC is a drop-in resource centre for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, or for anyone with a query in relation to their hearing or that of a family member. It also provides advice and information about Deaf issues, assistive equipment, and related rights and entitlements. Sign Language classes, taught by freelance tutors, are organised through the Centre.

If you have any doubts/questions about any of these topics, feel free to call in or to contact the Centre to make an appointment with a member of staff who will deal with your query.

Sign language interpreters at TD and senator clinics.
KDRC got an email from IDS in relation to the provision of Sign Language interpretation at TD and Senator clinics. Clinics are TD offices in your own area.

Senator Mark Daly has informed IDS that "Members of both Houses of the Oireachtas can now hire recognised sign language interpreters for their clinics." This means Deaf people can meet and talk to members of the Senate or Dáil with an interpreter. The TD or Senator can then claim a refund of the costs.

Please pass this information onto your local public representative (TD or Senator). Interpreters can be booked directly, through SLIS or other Sign Language interpreting agencies.

Digital switchover small grant scheme
Thanks to IDS via Cork Deaf Club for this information regarding the Digital Switchover. On 24th October television is changing from analogue to digital. On this date the analogue signals will be switched off and digital television will remain. Saorview is the only free digital service. If you have a subscription with Sky or UPC or other provider, your television service will not be affected.

As part of the campaign to ensure that everyone in the country is fully informed about the switchover, an Outreach Programme has been established. The aims of the Programme are to raise awareness of the importance of making the switchover and the consequences of not doing so, and to raise awareness of the options available to make a successful switchover.

The Outreach Programme is offering a small grant (max. €200) to groups to assist them raising awareness. For example, the grant may be used to cover interpreting costs at a talk about the Digital Switchover. To apply for this grant, contact the Digital Outreach Champion in your county. More information is available here:

Ombudsman clinic in Cork
The Office of the Ombudsman runs a monthly outreach clinic in Cork. The next clinic is this Wednesday, 5th September.

The Ombudsman investigate complaints from members of the public who believe that they have been unfairly treated by certain public bodies. The Ombudsman can investigate complaints made in relation to all Government Departments, the HSE (and public hospitals and health agencies providing services on behalf of the HSE), Local Authorities, and An Post.

The Ombudsman also examines complaints about failures by public bodies to provide accessible buildings, services and information, as required under Part 3 of the Disability Act 2005. For this type of complaint the Ombudsman can investigate Government Departments, Local Authorities, the HSE and semi-state bodies, as well as most other state organisations.

If you have a complaint about a public organisation and would like the Ombudsman to investigate, you can contact them by fax at 016395674, email: or call 016395600. The Ombudsman is committed to providing an accessible service. If you require a Sign Language interpreter at your appointment, please indicate this when you contact them.
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