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24 February 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 8)

Simply Signing training for tutors.
Our service is in the process of organising training with Simply Signing for staff and ISL tutors in Kerry and Cork. This training will include a licence to provide Simply Signing's workshop to parents, creches and schools. Each individual will be trained to present the "Ready, Steady, Sign" workshop and will represent both organisations. As part of the training, each person will receive a training manual and Presenter and support material i.e. books etc. If you are interested in this training, please let us know and once details have been confirmed, we will be in touch with you.

Simply Signing materials available on
Simply Signing has also produced a number of books and DVD's for deaf children over the years. These products are now available at
  1. First Animal Sign Book - This vibrant book has been designed for all children and adults to enjoy together. Colourful pictures, simple text and the manual Irish Sign Language Alphabet make this ideal for first readers and young children learning Irish Sign Language.
  2. Helping A Little Hand To Grow Workbook level 1 - Now introducing Simply Signing's Level 1 workbook and music CD reflecting everyday activities and interests. Includes music CD, tips on signing, songs, nursery rhymes and finger spelling.
  3. I Can Sign the Alphabet book - This charming new book introduces children of all ages to the alphabet in Irish Sign Language. Young children will learn a second language as well as supporting literacy skills at a very young age.
  4. I Can Sign with Sally Skye DVD - Meet Sally Skye and friends and join in the fun learning signs and songs. Great fun for all the family, also ideal for school and créches.
  5. ISL Communication fan - Simply Signing's set of 4 Communication Fans depicts Irish Sign Language and the Widgit Symbols. Each fan has 5 signs and 5 symbols: Set 1 Doctor/ hospital appointment. Set 2 Meal time. Set 3 Social skills. Set 4 Feelings.
Book and gift club.
Our Book and Gift Club is back again for 2014. The following products are available to purchase this week. If you would like to view them before ordering, feel free to drop in to our Centre. Staff members here will order the products for you and will send you a text message, email or fax when they are ready for collection. The books and gifts on sale this month are:
  1. Time Table Reward Kit €7
  2. Silly Safari Bingo €6
  3. Russian Dolls Chunky Pad €6
  4. Harmonica Book €8
  5. Floral Magnetic Canvass €9
  6. Friends 4pc Coasters Set €10
  7. Oven Mate €6
  8. Magnetic Organiser Pegs €5
  9. 501 Things to Draw €8
  10. Windscreen Protector €6
  11. Mix and Match People Box €6
  12. Girls Funky Pens €6
  13. Heart Photo Frame €10
  14. Primary School Posters €7.
CDS student returns on placement.
We would like to welcome back Annik Dennehy who is on placement with our service again this week. Annik was with us on placement last year and its great to see her back in KDRC.

Annik first came across sign language while volunteering in Belarus with Chernobyl children and her interest grew from there. She is now a 4th year student on the Centre for Deaf Studies sign language interpreting programme in Trinity College. If you would like to meet with Annik and learn more about the CDS, she will be here until Friday.

Deaf women swimmers fundraiser for Ethiopia Deaf project.
Are you interested in swimming with the Deaf women swimmers group? If so, why not come along on Monday 17 March at 12 pm to Forty Foot, Sandycove, Dn Laoghaire. It will cost 10 euro per person and all proceeds will be donated to the Ethiopia Deaf Project's school in Ambo. A clip in sign language with more information is available at

AMBO ramble cycle 2014.
It's that time of year again to start your training for this year's 40km or 120Km Ambo Ramble charity cycle which will be held on Sunday 29th of June. All proceeds will go to the Ethiopia Deaf Project. There will be slight changes to last year's route, these will be posted shortly. Keep in mind this is the last training cycle before the Ring of Kerry. Like last year the cycle will be starting and finishing at the Marion Hall in Ballinhassig Co. Cork.

So for great routes, great food, hot showers and great craic, come along and join the cycle. You can register for €30 at

For more information on the Ethiopia Deaf Project, go to
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17 February 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 7)

ITT sign language society.
The Institute of Technology Tralee is establishing a Sign Language Society again this semester. This follows on from a very successful society in 2014. Sign language classes are being organised at present, and will be hosted by John Patrick Doherty and Patrick Doody. To date 65 students have registered with the society.

If you are a student of the ITT and would like to join the classes, contact the ITT Student Society for more information.

Sign language interpreters munster (SLIM) training.
The next get-together of SLIM interpreters will take place on the 22nd of March in Mallow. SLIM is a network of Deaf & hearing CDS (Centre for Deaf Studies) trained and/or accredited sign language interpreters who are based in, or who work regularly in Munster.

Noel O'Connell will deliver a presentation on the subject of power relations in the interaction between Deaf and hearing people. Noel will chair a discussion on audism within a framework of gender relations. It will be seminar based rather than a lecture format. The session will begin with an introduction to the topic followed by a facilitated group discussion. It is hoped that everyone will have a participatory role in the session.

This will be followed by a chaired session with our own Willie White. The session will look at what we can do as interpreters if and when we make mistakes or struggle with an interpretation during an interpreting job. How do we rectify the errors? What techniques should we use? What role should our co-interpreter take? What happens if we do not recognise our mistakes and an off duty interpreter or a Deaf attendee identifies issues, can we benefit from their support? If so how should this happen?

Details of venue and times will be posted via email to interpreters in due course.

Signs of a DIVA reminder.
Caroline Parker is bringing her stage show, Signs of a Diva, on tour around Ireland this month. Caroline was born deaf into a hearing family and didn't start to sign until she was 19 years of age. "I came into the deaf signing community and saw a deaf performer Colin Thompson do his act signing to recorded songs such as Black Lace's 'Billy Don't Be A Hero'. This was my inspiration," she remembered.

She went on to train in mime and dance, and teamed these with acquired sign language to develop her own unique way of representing well-known songs. When Caroline sings, she signs: as a Deaf performer, she brings life to the words of popular songs by powerful divas using her face, hands and body.

The show "is about a woman who faces a dilemma and the audience gets to see her story unfold through spoken word and signed song", explained Parker, who has been a performer for over 30 years and was awarded an MBE in her homeland of the UK.

Last year, Caroline performed at the Paralympics, signing the song 'I Am What I Am' by Beverly Knight. When she performs a song, Caroline says it's not just about mouthing the words - she expresses what is felt in the lyrics, and feels the vibrations of the music in her body. Caroline says the show is about breaking boundaries and what life is like as a deaf performer. For more information, go to

Donate to trip to Ethiopia.
In July, Veronica White & Willie White from Kerry will travel to Ethiopia along with a group of Irish & American CODA's (Children of Deaf Adults). Susan O'Callaghan from Cork who travelled on a previous trip three years ago will also be travelling.

While the group are in Ethiopia, they will provide training and workshops to the Ambo Deaf community- this will include team building, self-esteem, self-confidence and empowerment building. It will also give the team the opportunity to visit the Ambo Lazarist Deaf School which we support and which celebrated its first birthday in December 2014. The team will meet and talk with the local community about their dreams and visions for the proposed training centre and Deaf centre. As part of the trip, they also hope to visit the Centre for Deaf Studies, Deaf schools and services in Addis Ababa.

If you would like to support Willie & Veronica, you can donate online at
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10 February 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 6)

Loop system available in churches, Tralee
Over the past few weeks, we've had enquiries on the availability and quality of loop systems in local churches in Tralee. Sandra Kearney and Frances Woodley from our service approached four local churches and met with staff/clergy members there and assessed what facilities were in place for hearing aid users.

We are pleased to say that the following churches have a loop system in place and as of this month were in good working order:
Our Lady and St. Brendan's Parish Church, Upper Rock Street.
St. John The Baptist Roman Catholic Parish Church, Castle Street.
Dominican Holy Cross Church, Day Place.

To avail of the loop system, turn your hearing aid on to the 'T' switch/button when you enter the church. If at any stage, the loops are not working, please inform us and we will pass on the information to the appropriate person in the church.

Television access subtitles contact.
With the recent stormy weather conditions, a number of our clients have informed us of issues accessing subtitles on Irish television channels. The TV companies would be happy to hear from you if you are experiencing any difficulties with subtitles.

Here are the contact details if you want to report an issue:
  1. RTE 1 and RTE only, text (free): 087 7989128; Email:
  2. A list of subtitled programmes is available on Teletext page 344.
  3. TV3 only, text: SUBS to 53131 Cost: 0.30cent per text; Email:
  4. A list of subtitled programmes is available on Teletext page 886.
The following information MUST be included in the report.
  1. What channel is having problem?
  2. What the problem is?
  3. Date.
  4. Time problem started.
  5. Name of programme.
  6. Area you live
  7. What cable you use (SKY/UPC/SAORVIEW).
Caranua: information and application leaflet.
called Caranua. This service provides support to people who received compensation through the Redress Board. A leaflet on the service is available at

The support provided by Caranua will depend on the needs and circumstances of the individual who applies, but the areas they can help with are:
  1. Health and medical services GP, dental treatment, chiropody, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, hearing aids, glasses, walking aids, wheelchairs, nursing care, home care.
  2. Mental well being counselling, psychological and psychiatric services, complementary therapies, help with addiction.
  3. Housing Insulation, extensions, adaptations, aids (ramps, rails) tenancy support, home help.
  4. Education Formal education courses leading to qualifications, life skills, and other short courses.
Cork students raise awareness about Deaf issues
Cork Deaf Association has brought to our attention the great work some of the students at Ballincollig Community School have done through their involvement in the Young Social Innovators project. The students have been teaching Irish Sign Language (ISL) to teachers and fellow students and organising a petition to campaign for ISL to be recognised in Ireland. They were given funding as part of their involvement in the Young Social Innovators project, which they called 'Project Rita' after one of the boy's Deaf parents, which have enabled them to do more work. Congratulations and well done to all the students.

Irish Deaf Women's Group 21st AGM
The Irish Deaf Women's Group will be holding their 21st AGM on Saturday 22 February at 2 pm at Cabragh Hall, Deaf Village Ireland. A buffet will be available afterwards at 5 pm. The cost to members is €8 and for non-members €10. If you are interested please pay the €5 deposit before 18 February. To avail of the vegetarian/gluten free option and for more information, please text Kathleen Crowley on 086 171 9570.

EFSLI spring school.
The European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (EFSLI) is holding a spring school in Parobrod, Belgrade, Serbia from the 11th to 13th of April. The school's topic is SL Interpreting Research. The aim is that attendees should be able to design and conduct a real, small-scale research project without any support of a University or academic study centre. Including: The research process; Interpreting research methods and tools; Analysis of research data; Theoretical constructs; and How to write a research report. The course will be presented in English or International Sign (IS) and correspondence with EFSLI and official documents will be in English. The deadline for registration is 1st of March and it is open to all sign language interpreters and/or trainers interested in this topic. For more information visit: or email:
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3 February 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 5)

Transcripts of ISL Recognition Bill debate.
In our last update, we mentioned about the Irish Sign Language Recognition campaign's second debate in the Seanad (House of Senators). Unfortunately, the Bill was not passed into law. However, if you would like to see the transcripts of the debate, go to the following.

On page 38 of the transcripts of the debates, Senator Marie Moloney from Co. Kerry mentioned our own Willie White in her speech "I presume that most or our guests know Mr. Willie White, who did a great deal of interpreting for former President Mary McAleese. I know him well and worked with him in Kerry promoting ISL". Our thanks to Senator Moloney for supporting the campaign and for acknowledging the work of our Manager, Willie White.

Sligo Council passes ISL motion.
In the absence of official recognition, County & Town Councils throughout Ireland continue to pass motions calling on the Irish Government to give official recognition to Irish Sign Language. The latest Council to do so is Sligo County Council. It is now the 32nd local authority to do so. The motion was delayed from last year as Sligo County Council had to deal with urgent issues surrounding the Lissadell House saga. Congrats to Sligo County Council and to those who presented the motion on behalf of the Deaf community.

Mid-Term Camp for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children.
The Mid-Term Camp 2014 is an exciting camp for deaf and hard of hearing children that will take place from the 20 - 22 February 2014. The camp is for boys and girls, aged between 10 and 15 years.

The camp will be hosted in Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) and in the residence of St. Mary's school for Deaf girls, Dublin. The cost is 50euro per child, which covers accommodation, food and planned activities. This is an ideal opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing children from around the country to meet their peers, make new friends, enjoy the state-of-the-art sports facilities in DVI and see first hand the Deaf schools. Parents will have a chance to meet and talk with staff at pick-up time on the Saturday when tea and coffee will be provided.

There are limited places so get in touch as soon as possible. You can call/text Noeleen in CIDP at 087 413 1619 or email: Information is also available on Facebook, by searching "Mid-Term Camp 2014". Please do not hesitate to get in contact with Noeleen if you have any questions or require further information.

Deaf blind training.
Five training days are being offered for professionals working with individuals who are deafblind. The Professional Certificate in Deafblindness/Mult-Sensory Impairment is designed to improve skills and insights necessary to identify and meet needs relating to multi-sensory impairment.

This programme is targeted at health, education and social practitioners in the field of disability. This course takes place at the University College Campus in Cork.

Course dates & summary:
7 March: Overview on Deaf/Blindness. 9 May: Access to Learning.
20 June: Communication Strategies. 20 September: Mobility and Orientation.
15 November: Functional Assessment.

An Irish Sign Language will be organised by Deafblind Ireland (if requested). It will cost €50 per day. A fee reduction is available if you register for the full five days. For further information or application email:

Level 3 ISL Teacher Training (signature).
Signature are now able to hold Teacher Training for Level 3 certificate in Irish Sign Language (ISL3) in Ireland. Before they arrange an event they would like to know how many Centres are interested and how many teachers would be interested in going. The cost of this event is half price this year costing only 80 euro per person. This event will be delivered in ISL and is expected to run from 9.30am - 4.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided but participants must bring own lunch.

Training Summary:Overview of the new qualification. Explanation of the assessment criteria. Topics. Assessment procedures. Resources.

Teachers must read before attending, and bring to the event, the Qualification Specification. For a copy of the qualification Specification, please visit
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