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30 June 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 26)

Summer activities with sharing the journey.
Sharing the Journey is an independent organisation established by parents of d/Deaf and hard of hearing children who aim to provide information and support to other parents of d/Deaf and hard of hearing children. This summer they are holding summer activities for children from under 6 to over 12 years of age. All teachers, workshop presenters, play and youth leaders are Garda vetted and have completed Child Protection and Deaf awareness training.

Activities will be presented bilingually in ISL and English. To book a place on any of their Summer Activities please contact Theresa on 087 9163168 or email: You can find out more information about the service they provide by going to their website

Week 1: 30th June 4th July 2014 (Ages 12+ years)
"Your Project. Your Choice!" includes base activities and outings that are selected, planned and organised by the teenagers themselves, with the support of trained youth leaders. Including their now famous American 4th July BBQ.
Cost €40 per person.

Week 2: 7th 10th July 2014 (Ages 6 and under)
"Let's Explore" four days, two base days and two outings. Base activities include 'Little league'; 'Art and Crafts; 'Let's Make Music'; Yoga; Drama; Storytelling; and Free Play. Outings to The Zoo and Imaginosity are planned in consultation with parents. They ask that under 4's be accompanied by an adult. All parents and older brothers and sisters are welcome to join them on their days out.
Cost €10 per child, €5 for siblings (aged 6 and under).

Week 3: 14th 18th July 2014
(Two Groups for ages 6-9 years and 9-12 years)
"A Summer Project with a Difference!" Have fun with music, art, performance, cookery, yoga, sports, adventure trips and much more, while learning Irish Sign Language and becoming Deaf aware.
Times: 10.30am 3.30pm
Cost: €50 for first child reduced rates for siblings and friends.

Catherine White on CODA UK and Ireland organising committee for international conference.
For the first time in CODA International 30 year history, CODA UK and Ireland will be hosting its conference in July 2015 in Wokefield, Reading in England. This conference is specifically aimed at hearing adults who have Deaf parent/s and are aged 18 and over.

One of our local members Catherine White (residing in the UK) is part of the Conference Organising Committee and is quietly excited as one of her personal dreams has come true in hosting the Conference after meeting its founder Millie Brother at the World Federation of the Deaf Conference in Helsinki in July 1987.

The video and further details of the conference itself is now available on this links: and

North East Kerry development (NEKD) new premises.
NEKD, who have sponsored a Community Employment (CE) position here in the centre for many years, held a coffee morning, along with other services based in the new Mitchel's Integrated Services Centre on Wednesday 25th June to introduce the community to their new premises.

Many services, such as the HSE, Kerry County Council Regeneration Office, Kerry Education and Training Board, Kerry Intervention and Disability Services, Kerry Travellers Health and Community Development Project, Springboard and the Tralee Women's Resource Centre have recently moved to the building and are now to be found at Áras an Phobail, Croílár na Mistalach, Tralee. Our sincere thanks to NEKD for their support to date and best wishes with their new building.

Postgraduate MA student for project in IT Tallaght.
Dr Elizabeth Mathews has recently been awarded a Presidents Research Award in IT Tallaght for a project entitled "Assessment of life skills in young deaf adults developing a new inventory".

This is a funded research masters and successful candidates will be eligible for a 20 month scholarship under the IT Dublin Presidents Research Award Scheme 2014 which will provide a stipend of €10,000 per annum, full EU college fees for two years commencing September 2014 and a contribution towards project running costs. Non-EU students must pay and additional EU postgraduate fee of €4,250. Students will have Dr Mathews as a supervisor and will have access to structured modules as part of their training.

CDS graduates are welcome to apply and can contact Dr Mathews with any queries. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 4th July at 5 pm to facilitate short listing and interviews will be held before the end of July. You can email her for an application form and for more information. Email:
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23 June 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 25)

DALS classes on summer break.
Our Deaf Adult Literacy classes are now on summer break until September. We would like to thank the Deaf Adult Literacy Service (DALS) for supporting these classes in our Centre. We would also like to thank Christina O'Donoghue for teaching the classes for the past academic year. We look forward to working with her and her students again in September.

Volunteers for street collection Friday 27th June.
Just a reminder to everyone that we are organising a Street Collections this Friday 27th June in Listowel. We are looking for volunteers to support us with the fundraising event. If you are available you can text us on 087-633 4687. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Facebook page changed to a 'likes' page.
We would like to thank everyone for their patience during the week when we changed from a 'Friends' page to a 'Likes' page on Facebook. The changes have now completed and our page can be found at

Twitter page now up and running.
Our Twitter account is now up and running too. If you would like to 'follow' us and receive tweets from us, go to

New Staff At Deaf Community Centre (DCC) Limerick.
We would like to extend our congratulations to the newly appointed staff members in DCC Limerick Karol McGuirk and Anita Cunneen. As a result, the Centre will be open again on a more regular basis. If you are visiting the Mid West region, check with Karol and Anita about their opening times and pop in for a visit at Deaf Community Centre, 96a O'Connell Street, Limerick.

Their contact details are: Text: 086-3637350 Phone: +353 (0)61 469 854 and email:

If you would like to get their regular newsletter, you can email: They also have a video update in sign language and you can see it at

Liz Scott-Gibson Workshop for Interpreters.
In a recent SLIS (Sign Language Interpreting Service) update, it mentioned an upcoming training session for interpreters. On the 27th and 28th September, Liz Scott-Gibson will host a two-day workshop/master class on the provisionally titled theme "The Powerful Voice-over". Liz Scott-Gibson is Scottish and well know in interpreting and Deaf circles nationally and internationally and her workshop promises to be informative and a great learning opportunity for interpreters.

More details will follow in due course. Interpreters have been booked for the event. SLIS believe that places will snap up fast, so keep your eyes peeled for further emails and booking arrangements.

Congratulations to European elected Deaf MEPs.
We would like to extend our congratulations to the two Deaf individuals, who were elected to the European Parliament at the recent European elections. Both are sign language users and well known in the Deaf community across Europe &amo; internationally.

Ms Helga Stevens is from Belgium and this is her 1st term as an MEP. Helga is with the Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie, which is a Flemish centre-right political party. It is a conservative movement that strives for peaceful secession of Flanders from Belgium. Helga was elected in the Flemish Parliament in 2004 and re-elected in 2009.

Dr Ádám KÓSA is from Hungary and this is his 2nd time being elected as an MEP. Ádám is with FIDESZ, the Hungarian Civic Union (Magyar Polgári Szövetség), which is a large conservative, and Centre-Right political party. It is a member of the European People's Party (EPP). He was first elected in the European Parliament in 2009.

Advance notice of centre holidays.
Just wanted to give everyone advance notice of staff holidays here in the Centre. As usual we will close for the month of August. We will close at 5pm on the 31st July and reopen on Friday 1st of September at 10am. We would like to thank all our staff and supporters for the work to date and wish them a happy and relaxing holiday time.
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16 June 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 24)

Thank you to volunteers in our Tralee street collection
We would like to extend our thanks to all those who volunteered last Friday 13th June in our Street Collection here in Tralee. Luckily the sun was shining and made the day very enjoyable for all concerned. If you are able to volunteer for the next collection in Listowel on Friday 27th June please let us know here in the Centre.

CODA trip to Ethiopia to work with Ambo Deaf community
On the 28th of July, our Manager Willie White, along with Veronica White, Steven White, Ashley Canne (USA), Megan Canne (USA) Kayla Canne (USA) will be travelling to Ethiopia to provide workshops and training to the Deaf community in Ambo, Ethiopia. All six are CODA's (Children of Deaf Adults). Susan O'Callaghan who is Deaf and works with the Cork Deaf Association will join them. While they are in Ethiopia, they hope to link in with a small Deaf group from Holland who are on a trip being organised by a Dutch travel agent who is also a CODA.

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so online at or you can send your donation to our Centre. We would like to wish the group all the best with their work in Ethiopia. We are sure the Deaf community there will benefit greatly from their skills & experience and equally teach the Irish & American group alot too. For more information on the Ethiopia Deaf Project, you can 'Like' its facebook page at

Reminder of ambo ramble cycle For Ethiopia Deaf project
We would like to remind you that the Ambo Ramble is on Sunday 29th June. This charity leisure cycle is in aid of the Ethiopia Deaf Project, which is mentioned above. Participants can choose whether to cycle either the 40 km or the 120 km course which starts and finishes in Ballinhassig, Co. Cork doing a loop of the scenic West Cork.

The organisers have a Facebook page where you can get the latest news on what is happening:

Registration will take place at 8.30am and food and drink will be provided along the route. Facilities such as hot showers will be provided for after the event. For further information and to register (fee €30) for the cycle go to:

Subtitled movies in Tralee
We would like to thank Tralee Omniplex for continuing to provide a subtitled movie once a month in Tralee. In order for the cinema to continue providing this access, they need people to attend subtitled screenings. If you would like to know when the next movie is subtitled, send us your mobile number and we will text you in advance.

Best of luck to Irish Deaf channel swimmers.
A special best of luck message from all of us here at the Centre to Bernadette White who is from Tralee. She is one of seven women taking on the huge challenge of swimming across the English Channel on the 1st July. The ladies are raising money for the Irish Deaf Women's Group (IDWG), which is a voluntary group that aims to empower Irish Deaf women through information, events, workshops and services. See their Facebook page for more information about the event:

To make a donation to their cause go to: .

Deaf TV
DeafTV is a website which shows TV programmes of interest to the Deaf community worldwide. You can choose by genre or country. A number of Irish programmes are listed on the website too. For more information, go to

NDCS UK YouTube channel
Although it's a British organisation, the National Deaf Childrens Society YouTube channel is a valuable tool for parents of deaf and hard of hearing children. The channel covers a wide range of interesting and informative issues related to deaf kids. Although the site uses British Sign Language (BSL), all the clips have subtitles or closed captions. You can access the channel by going to:

Parents can also sign up for free membership to the NDCS website which will give them exclusive access to information, regular email updates and their magazine.
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9 June 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 23)

Volunteers required for street collections
Our service is looking for volunteers to support us with Street Collections on the following dates & locations. Your support would be greatly appreciated. 13th of June- Tralee. 27th of June- Listowel 11th of July- Killarney 12th of September- Castleisland.

Survey for parents of Deaf children
Irish Deaf Kids (IDK) featured a survey in a recent newsletter for parents of deaf children. The survey is open to families in Ireland who use sign language only, spoken language only, or a mix of both, with their deaf children. The survey is being organised by Anne Marie Gorman, a Masters student at Trinity College Dublin. If you would like to participate in the 10-minute survey, go to:

Cork Deaf Association (CDA) newsletter
CDA's will be sending out a monthly newsletter with information about services, events and general news? If you would like to receive a copy, email with your email address.

Church interpreting training.
Are you interested in religious interpreting & sign language for religious settings? If so, a course will be running for Deaf people, Irish sign language (ISL) users and ISL interpreters on Monday, 23rd & Tuesday 24th June from 10am - 4.30pm. Frankie Berry will be the course trainer and will cover such topics as knowledge, understanding, translating Prayers, Scripture and Religious Signs.

The course will be held in the CSL Studies Training Centre, Tuam Road Retail Centre, Tuam Road, Galway City. Light refreshments are included in the cost, which is €120. There are only 14 places so book early by emailing or texting 087 9400333

Four schools one language - clip in Irish Sign Language
A clip of students from four different post primary schools signing Avicii's song "Wake me up" in Irish Sign Language is gaining popularity on Youtube. To view the clip, go to

Google glass adaptation opens the universe to Deaf
A group of Deaf university students have helped to develop a system to provide American Sign Language (ASL) narration to planetarium shows using Google Glass. The 'Signglasses' project, which was developed by Professor Mike Jones along with his students at Brigham Young University (BYU) in the USA, projects the sign language narration onto several types of glasses including Google Glass.

The BYU team tests the system during field trip visits by post primary students at Jean Messieu School for the Deaf. Interestingly, the researchers assumed that the wearer would prefer to have the video displayed at the top of the glass, like the way Google Glass normally displays it, but viewers preferred the signer being displayed in the centre of one lens. They also found that deaf participants preferred to look straight through the signer when they returned their focus to the planetarium show.

The potential for this technology goes beyond planetarium shows. The team is also working with researchers at Georgia Tech to explore signglasses as a literacy tool. Let's hope Ireland will benefit from this research in time to come. To see a short video about the project go to:

Teenager left Deaf by meningitis receives €5 million
The Independent newspaper recently reported that an 18-year-old Co. Wicklow woman has received a settlement, without admission of liability, against two GPs for €5 million. The court was told that if she had been admitted to hospital when she became ill at 13 months old, it was expected she would not have developed meningitis. According to the article, it was claimed there was an "alleged failure to ensure proper care and continuity of care and a failure to attend her in good time". The result being that she lost her hearing.

This court case has highlighted the seriousness of contracting meningitis and its potential side effects. The public has also been reminded of the importance of being aware of and alert to the signs and symptoms of meningitis in order to help prevent this happening in our own families.

For more information, go to
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2 June 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 22)

EFSLI summer school 2014 trainer announced
It has been announced that Sharon Neumann Solow will be the trainer at this year's European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters' (EFSLI) Summer school. It is to be held from 11th 13th July in Dublin. For more details and to register by 7th June go to:

Broadcasting authority of Ireland (BAI) consultation on access rules
The BAI is looking for your opinion on the proposed changes to rules governing the levels of subtitling, sign language and audio description. Information is available in sign language and other formats at

The proposals are aimed at making television more enjoyable and accessible for people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, partially sighted or blind.

The access rules have been in place since 2005 and were last reviewed in 2012. The consultation will remain open until 23rd July. The BAI is seeking responses from the general public, representative groups and broadcasters.

Revised draft rules propose that by 2018 between 87% and 92% of programming on RT 1 television will be subtitled. TV3 will be required to reach a subtitling target of between 51% and 55%. The revised rules also include the provision of Irish sign language on RT Junior.

These changes will be implemented for the first time in Ireland on Eastenders on RT later this year after an internal trial run on a number of Fair City episodes.

30TH CODA International Conference 16th 19th July 2015
The UK and Ireland will be hosting the 30th CODA (Children of Deaf adults) International Conference in Berkshire, England next July 2015. So if you want to catch up with other CODA's from around the world, spend a weekend engaged in fun or relaxing activities, keep the dates free. More information will be coming soon at:

Listen to how Deaf hear with a cochlear implant
On the Cork Deaf Association's facebook page, they showed a link from the UK's Daily Mail on an article about a study conducted by a Professor at the Arizona State University which has revealed what it sounds like to hear with a cochlear implant. They conducted an experiment with a patient with natural hearing in one ear and an implant in the other. "That allowed us to have him match the sound quality of an implant with his hearing ear," he said.

To listen to how hearing sounds with a cochlear implant go to the following link:

Cannes film festival critics' award for Deaf film
A memorable film, The Tribe (Plemya), that only uses Deaf actors and is filmed entirely in sign language, without subtitles or translations, was the top prize winner at Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, it tells the story of Sergey, a teenager, who is starting life at a special school for the deaf. His difficult journey of integration is dominated by harsh gang laws, which include prostitution and violence. The director made a clear choice to make a silent film and to use a cast of unknown deaf actors 'off the street'. He explains that he wanted to paint his subject realistically and pay homage to an under-represented type of communication, although, says Slaboshpytskiy, subjects such as love and hate don't need translation.

Costa Rican president commits to signed speeches
An interesting development in Costa Rica has surprised the Deaf Community worldwide. The incoming Costa Rica President has committed to sign language interpretation during public speaking events and during activities to discuss disability policy. President Sols said that the decision was a "sign of respect and recognition of the rights" of the Deaf community there, which numbers some 70,000 Costa Ricans.

It would be a huge advance for Irish society if the government here were to give the same level of respect and recognition to our own Deaf community.
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