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28 January 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 4)

Clay pottery class.
We would like to thank Susanne Mooney for teaching clay and pottery making classes last Thursday in our office. Due to the success of the classes, Susanne is willing to offer more classes this Thursday.

Each participant will get the chance to create a number of pieces using clay. Susanne will then bring them to a workshop in Dingle to be fired up and glazed. When these pieces are completed, participants will be able to bring them home.

Card making class.
We would also like to thank Abigail Cahill for teaching a card making class last Thursday in our Centre. Abigail is also on work experience and has trained in the field of illustrations. She will be here again next Thursday if anyone would like to meet her and learn about the craft of card making and illustrations. Her class promises to be interesting, creative and artistic.

Successful mental health interpreting workshop.
On the 19th January, the Sign Language Interpreters Munster (SLIM) group got together for a session on mental health interpreting. Veronica White and Suzanne Carey from Co. Kerry were the presenters.

Using both real-life experiences and the most comprehensive recent theories and models, interpreters discussed issues around dealing with mental health interpreting scenarios and had a very productive and fun day.

The workshop looked at the work of Neil Glickman and Charlene Crump in the USA in relation to exploring options in mental health scenarios, the role of the interpreter and how to interact with Deaf service users and mental health practitioners during these settings.

The participants used role-play and group discussion to tease out the issues. It was a fantastic session for those new to the area as well as those with more experience.

The interpreters had a fantastic venue in The Arches, Mallow, which was spacious, friendly and kept everyone liberally supplied with coffee, tea and a great lunch! Our thanks to Cormac Leonard from for this update.

Mid Term J-Fest Adventure Camp In Deaf Village Ireland.
There will be an adventure camp for deaf kids aged 10-15 years old from the 13th-16th of February. The camp promises to have full on fun activities and adventures, including exciting experiences like the Croke Park SkyWalk, Funtasia, AwesomeWalls and much more.

It will be held in St Joseph’s School for Deaf Boys at DEAF VILLAGE IRELAND, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. Participants will stay over for 4 days of fun and the cost is only €50.

For more information, you can email or mobile 087 745 1545.

IWA pays €10,000 for discriminating deaf man.
In the Irish Independent newspaper website recently, it featured an article where a major advocate organisation for the disabled has been ordered to pay a Deaf man €10,000 in compensation after a tribunal found that it discriminated against him on the basis of disability.

The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) was found by the Equality Tribunal to have discriminated against Kevin Stanley on the grounds of disability contrary to the Employment Equality Acts by failing to provide "reasonable accommodation" for his disability when he was invited to a job interview.

Mr Stanley, former manager of the Irish Deaf Society, had claimed that he was discriminated against by the IWA by failing to allow him sufficient time to book an Irish sign language (ISL) interpreter to attend a job interview with him.

Mr Stanley, who is an assistant project researcher for the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, said he not only feels personally vindicated by the decision but believes it is a win for the entire Deaf community in Ireland.

He said last night: "I was disappointed and hurt by the refusal of the IWA to reasonably accommodate a difficulty that is no fault of mine."i>

Officials from the IWA did not comment on the matter in the piece.
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21 January 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 3)

Gym Sessions with Tralee IT.
It’s the New Year and some of you may have New Year Resolutions- if keeping fit is one of them- why not come along to 8 gym sessions we will be having with the Health and Leisure Dept of the Inst. of Technology, Tralee.

The 1st session will be on the 12th of February at 10am in the South Campus gym. This year we will be working with 2nd year students from the APA programme- Adapted Physical Activity.

Classes are provided free of charge as these are also a learning opportunity for the students on how to work with Deaf and hard of hearing participants. If you interested, please let us know ASAP, as numbers are limited.

Placement opportunities with our service.
Our service provides valuable in-house learning opportunities for students and to those seeking work experience. Due to popular demand, all our placement opportunities from now until June are fully booked up. Over the coming months, we will have Abigail Cahill, who is well known in the Deaf community here once a week. In addition, her sibling Helen Cahill will also be here learning about the linguistics of Irish Sign Language. Susanne Mooney, originally from Germany and now living in Dingle will be here for a number of weeks. We will also be hosting 9 interpreting students from the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College. Lastly, we hope to have an interpreter student from Spain from mid March until mid June.

Our sincere thanks to all those who have requested placement with our service. Our thanks also to our staff and to members of the Deaf community for the continued hospitality shown to these participants. If you would like to meet with any of these participants, please let us know.

IDYA looking for youth participants for ROME 2013.
Are you interested in meeting new people from all over the world? If so, the Irish Deaf Youth Association are looking for 2 youths (aged 13 - 17) and 1 leader (aged over 21) to represent Ireland this summer in Rome, Italy!

If you are interested, then don't delay! Email and request an application form and return it before the 25th January! Email - or text 085 1984166 for an application form! For more information on the IDYA, go to c.

Forest books on sale.
Forest Books is the UK's leading resource for books, DVD's, CD-roms & other learning material relating to deafness and Deaf issues.

Their sale is now on with a wide range of books reduced in cost. To see their sale items, go to

Drugs and alcohol awareness for deaf people workshop.
The Drugs and Alcohol Awareness workshop will now be held on Saturday, 9th February. This was originally scheduled in late 2012. It will be held in the CSL Training Centre, Tuam Road Retail Park, Tuam Road, Galway from 11am to 1pm.

It will be facilitated by Neil Wilson, Western Region Drugs Taskforce and all are welcome. To book a place please email CSL at or text CSL at 083 4201769 before 1st February 2013

For directions to the CSL Training Centre- Off the roundabout from Dublin Road and Bohermore/Prospect Hill from City Centre – Go to Tuam Road and into Tuam Road Retail Park, Opposite Travelodge. CSL Centre is upstairs from a Bicycle shop.

Language learner of the year 2013.
The European Language Label (ELL) formerly known as the European Award for Languages is an annual award given to projects where participants have found creative ways to improve the quality of language teaching, motivate students, and make the best of available resources. The European Language Label is coordinated by the European Commission and managed in Ireland by Léargas.

As well as the ELL award for projects, each year an award is given to individuals who have contributed to language learning or teaching in a meaningful way.

Do you know someone who has learnt or taught sign language? You could nominate a candidate for the Language Learner of the Year- application forms must completed and returned to Léargas by 28 February 2013. For more information, go to
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14 January 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 2)

ITT Awarded UNESCO Chair.
We would like to send our best wishes to the Institute of Technology, Tralee (ITT) who have been awarded the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO) Chair.

The Institute outlined to UNESCO how they, together with their international partners will work towards "Transforming the lives of people with disabilities through PE, Sport, Fitness and Recreation". The UNESCO Chairs Programme seeks to advance research, training and programme development in higher education by building networks and encouraging co-operation through transfer of knowledge across borders. Influencing legislation policy and practice will also be core objectives of the role for IT Tralee.

Our service and clients have benefited greatly from working with the Health and Leisure Dept in the ITT over the past few years. We have engaged a wide range of indoor and outdoor sporting and leisure activities. We would like to congratulate everyone in the ITT and in particular Tomas Aylward, Ursula Barrett, Trevor Jones and all the students and staff we've had the pleasure of working with over the years.

The Institute of Technology, Tralee is already recognised internationally as a pioneer in achieving social inclusion through the vehicles of PE, Sport, Fitness and Recreation. In announcing the UNESCO Chair Dr Oliver Murphy noted that “the UNESCO Chair recognises the key role IT, Tralee plays internationally in the field of Adapted Physical Activity. As well as endorsing IT Tralee as an organisation with the capacity to lead change in the lives of those with disability internationally, this also is an important development as we embark on the building of The Centre for Universal Inclusive Sport Health and Leisure Education (CUISHLE) at the ITT North Campus”. This facility will house teaching, sporting, recreational, social, cultural, artistic, and educational activities.

Sencity Multi Sensory Music Event.
Sencity is a multi-sensory music event where the audience can hear but also feel, see, smell and taste the music – everybody is enabled to capture the music's passion, diverse emotions, vibes and lyrics through different channels. Created and celebrated by people with and without hearing abilities. Sencity has already inspired people all over the world – and the journey continues! For the first time this live music event is going to take place in Dublin on February 9th, 2013 (Concert Hall, RDS).

Over the past 12 months, the organisers who are from Germany worked with members of the Irish Deaf community and managed to put together a motivated local team of 16 Deaf and hard of hearing youngsters who met up on a weekly basis to work together on SencityDublin2013. This one of a kind multisensory concept is realised by a range of specialists, including: international live artists, aroma jockeys who intensify the feeling of the songs performed with fitting scents, food jockeys who create sensations that impart what the music could taste like, make-up artists, masseurs, hair dressers and many more. The senses are fired up by laser- and light shows that turn songs into colours, shapes and pictures. On stage, there are sign dancers translating lyrics and emotions into Irish Sign Language.

One of the most exceptional features is the vibrating dance floor, which responds to the music's bass frequency. This so called SenseFloor is unique in the world and is provided by a special company from Holland. For more information, go to

Irish Sign Language App For Android Phones.
Sign4Life has created a free app to enable people learn the basics of Irish Sign Language. It is free on the android app store for the month of January.

Sign4Life is made up of four hearing students from Pallaskenry who began learning sign language during Transition Year. After a talk given by Maria Allen, Principal of the School for the Deaf in Limerick, they were inspired to create something of benefit for the Deaf and hearing communities.

Initially, the fledgling company thought about doing a website but then felt an app (or application) which could be downloaded to a smart phone would be more useful and user-friendly. "We went and visited the school and the Deaf Community Centre and we had their support. We needed their support to go through with this," Colleen explains. 15 percent of all proceeds go to the Limerick School for the Deaf.

The app can be downloaded at

If you would like to learn more about Sign4Life, go to

Deaf Communications Infrastructure Development (DCID)
We would like to send our best wishes and congrats to the Deaf Communications Infrastructure Development (DCID) project. The project was awarded 865,000 pounds sterling from the EU INTERREG IVA Programme. It brings together a consortium of six public sector and not-for-profit organisations from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Each organisation specialises in adult education and vocational skills development. The purpose of coming together is to build an infrastructure that addresses the critical current shortage of communication professionals working with Deaf people to access public sector services.

If you live in Northern Ireland or the border counties and would like to train to teach sign language - here is a link to their upcoming training events

Further information on the project is available at
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7 January 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 1)

Happy new year.
On behalf of our Board and staff, we would like to wish all our clients, service users and supporters a very Happy New Year. We hope you had an enjoyable Christmas.

A special word of thanks to everyone who sent us Christmas cards and dropped gifts into our office before Christmas- we really appreciate your kindness and best wishes. We look forward to working with you all again in 2013.

Ireland/Ethiopia deaf project- school officially opened.
It is only two years since a group of Deaf and hearing people from Ireland, including our own Veronica White and Willie White flew to Ethiopia to support local Deaf people there in their campaign to set up a Deaf school.

We are thrilled to announce the school was officially opened on the 30th of December in Ambo. Stephen Monaghan attended the official opening on behalf of those who supported the project in Ireland.

Phase 2 of the project can now begin. Land opposite the school with 5 buildings was purchased in late 2012 and it is hoped that a Deaf Centre and a vocational skills training centre will be developed there.

We would like to thank everyone for their support to date. Photos of the school will be available in due course and will be available at

If you would like to support this project, don't forget we have 2013 Ethiopian Deaf Calendars on sale in our office. Cost €5 each with all proceeds going directly to the project.

Medisigns/EFLSI Conference - Interpreting In Healthcare.
Medisigns/EFLSI Conference - Interpreting In Healthcare. This conference will be held on the 1st and 2nd of March in Dublin. The seminar will present findings from a recent European Commission funded project, MEDISIGNS, and outlines some key training materials and resources available to support the training of interpreters (as well as healthcare professionals and members of the Deaf community) for work in healthcare.

The target audience for this conference is interpreter trainers as well as interpreting students, interpreters working in healthcare, healthcare professionals and members of the Deaf community.

The conference speakers are internationally renowned experts from the fields of interpreter training, Deaf studies, healthcare and legal medicine and this is an event not to be missed and the first of its kind in Ireland.

One paper of interest to the Irish Deaf community will be provided by Ms. Caoimhe Gleeson from the Health Service Executive in Ireland. Her paper will be "Providing Access to Public Service Healthcare for Deaf Patients: Challenges & Milestones"

The conference is promoted by Interesource Group (Ireland) Limited and hosted by the Centre for Deaf Studies, the MEDISIGNS project, partnered with EFSLI.

A programme outline is available at

The Ambo Ramble 120km Cycle.
A fundraising cycle with all proceeds going to the Ireland/Ethiopia Deaf Project will be held on the 30th of June. The event is being run in con-junction with Kilgrew Cycles.

Registration on the day will be held at 8.30am in the Ballinhassig Marion Hall, Cork. It cost 30 euro to register if paid in advance through the "My charity page" or €50 on the day. To register, go to

Stewarding, signage and ambulance cover will be in place. Food and water stops will be in Clonakility and at the finishing line in Ballinhassig. Please note hard shell helmet must be worn or you will not be allowed participate in the event.

We would appreciate all your support for this worthwhile event.
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