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31 March 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 13)

Subtitled movies in Tralee.
Our service has been in regular contact with Tralee Omniplex regarding subtitled movies. They have just informed us they are hoping to show subtitled movies the 1st Monday or Tuesday of the month at around 8 pm. To check if a film is subtitled, go to the Tralee listings: and click on the Monday or Tuesday. Subtitled film should have 'Subs' or 'Subtitled' written alongside the time movie is shown.

If subtitled movies throughout Ireland, check out the following website:

Irish Deaf Society (IDS) roadshows.
The IDS roadshows are commencing again. The IDS's trained Peer Advocates will be visiting areas throughout the country and will present information on a wide range of topics in sign language.
  1. Brief guide and understanding of our Irish Government
  2. ISL Campaign Update and what we should do now?
  3. EU and Local May Elections
  4. Caranua update application process and services
  5. Know Your Rights two cases studies
  6. IDS update information on three areas.
Geraldine Broderick who works with service will present the Roadshow in our Centre on Wednesday 2 April at 3.30 pm.

For other dates, times and locations, and for further information go to:

Irish Sign Language (ISL) questionnaire.
The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) are undertaking an Irish Sign Language (ISL) quantitative survey to indicate a more accurate number of ISL users in Ireland. According to the census of 2011, only 1,077 Deaf people declared they used ISL and 2,590 used ISL in general. If you would like to complete the survey (one-page only), contact Geraldine Broderick in our Centre.

Anne Sullivan Centre for Deafblind Research.
The Anne Sullivan Centre for Deafblind provides support to Deafblind adults from the age of 21 45. The National Council for the Blind in Ireland (NCBI) is assisting them by distributing a questionnaire to a sample of their service users. They are doing this on behalf of the Research Co-ordinator, Laura English.

Aims of the study:
The primary objective of the study is to gain a more accurate picture of the number of Deafblind individuals in Ireland. In addition the project aims to:
  1. Discover the age profile and location of people who are Deafblind
  2. Determine the different levels of sensory impairment that exist
  3. Gain a greater understanding of the prevalence of various conditions relating to Deafblindness
  4. Gather basic information on the services that people who are Deafblind are availing of
  5. Highlight the campaign for Deafblindness to be recognised as a separate and unique disability in Irish Law
  6. Meet international standards in Deafblind research and service provision.
Who can participate?
Anyone with a combined vision and hearing loss, which causes difficulty with communication, access to information and mobility can participate. If you feel that this study is relevant to you, you can participate by taking part in the research. Of course the choice as to whether or not you participate is entirely yours. If you have any questions about this research you can contact Laura.

Her contact details for are as follows: Tel: 086 3617316. Email:

Cork Deaf club easter table quiz.
A table quiz will take place on Tuesday 8 April at 7.30 pm at Cork Deaf Club. Entry will cost €40 per table (four people). Raffle tickets are €3 per strip and an Easter Hamper is also included. Everyone is welcome!

Dublin Deaf Association easter bingo.
Dublin Deaf Association will hold a Bingo evening at Cabragh Hall on Saturday 12 April at 8 pm. A raffle will take place on the night so why not turn up for what looks to be a very enjoyable evening.

Irish Deaf Film festival.
The Irish Deaf Film Festival will be held this year from the 10 - 12 October 2014. More details will be found by going to the following Youtube link:
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24 March 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 12)

Irish deaf channel swimmers.
On St. Patrick's Day the Irish Deaf Channel swimmers & their supporters braved freezing conditions to swim at Forty Foot, Sandycove. Well done to all those who participated. Approx 1,100euro was raised for the Ethiopia Deaf project on the day. Photos are available on the Irish Deaf Channel's facebook page.

The deaf community annual lenten retreat.
The Road to Emmaus A Journey of Faith: A Mass will be held each evening this week at 7.30 pm in the Emmaus Chapel, Deaf Village Ireland from 24 - 28 March 2014. Guest speakers will be:
  1. Fr. Joe Jones - Monday 24th March
  2. Canon Damian O'Reilly - Tuesday 25th March
  3. Fr. Gerard Tyrrell - Wednesday 26th March
  4. Chris Derwin - Thursday 27th March
  5. Deirdre Byrne Dunne - Friday 28th March.
Irish sign language recognition programme.
Longford County Council has become the 33rd local authority to pass a motion calling on the government to officially recognise Irish Sign Language.

A short video clip signed by Elaine Grehan is available at the following link:

10th April 'War Horse' captioned performance.
A captioned performance of 'War Horse' will be held at the Bord Gis Energy Theatre on Thursday 10th April at 7.30 pm for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people. There are a limited number of stalls tickets available at €30 and €30 for one companion.

According to the Irish event guide, War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man's land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.

For more information go to: or email: for more details or to make a booking.

You can also book online:

Irish sign language (ISL) logo competition.
The Citizens Information Service (CIS) is holding a competition for artists to create an ISL logo for one of their main office windows in Deaf Village Ireland. The competition is open to post primary school children and adults.

All entries, which are non-refundable, should be created on A4 paper and sent to: The Citizens Information Service, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7 by 10th April 2014. The artist who is chosen as the winner will receive a €100 prize.

To download the CIS competition rules go to:

Deaf women's leadership seminar - Gallaudet University.
This seminar may be of interest to Deaf women in Ireland. Gallaudet University are holding a training seminar for Deaf women from the 14th - 18th July 2014.

For those women who attend, they will find themselves immersed in an environment for self-awareness, exploration and leadership development. Well-known national Deaf female leaders will present the training modules. Topics will focus on learning styles, communication, conflict resolution, networking, community development, fundraising and more!

The deadline for registration is: 23rd June 2014. Tuition costs are: USD 744 dollars. Financial assistance is available. However terms & conditions may apply. Contact:

To register, go to and then click on "Deaf Women's Leadership Seminar".
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17 March 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 11)

Happy St. Patrick's Day.
On behalf of our Board and staff, we hope you all had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day.

iPad available in our centre.
Our Centre now has an iPad available for use for our customers. To avail of it or to learn how to use an iPad, please make an appointment with our staff members.

Reminder of the 6th World Congress on Mental Health and Deafness & presentation submissions.
The 6th WCMHD congress will be held in Belfast on the 16th 19th September. It is being organised by the European Society for Mental Health and Deafness and co-hosted by Queen's University Belfast. The congress features a specific theme, which is the relationship between human rights and mental health of deaf people.

On the WCMHD website it states "We invite delegates from all countries who have an interest in the subject and the theme. We believe that the stronger the representation, the more likely it will be that the conference will be able to influence policy-makers and help to improve lives. Application details will be available at this website shortly.

All delegates are invited to submit proposed presentations. The time allocated to a submitted talk is 25min, which would usually include 5min for questions. We will provide interpreters for British Sign Language, Irish Sign Language and International Sign Language, as well as Speech to Text Report. The official spoken and written language of the Congress will be English.

Delegates who are interested in presenting should submit a title and an abstract of not more than 300 words through this website (available shortly). They will be reviewed by the scientific committee, and the papers most highly rated by the committee will be chosen for presentation at the conference.

Title and abstract should be submitted by April 30th using the Registration Form. Proposals will not be considered unless at least one presenter has registered for the conference by the review date. Notice of acceptance will be one month after the closing date.

For more information on the congress, go to

Expression of interest for interpreters for the WCMHD.
The congress is also look for an expression of interest to interpret at the forthcoming 6th WCMHD. The organisers are hoping to have a team of 6 Irish Sign Language Interpreters.

Interpreters will be required from 9am - 5.30pm on the 17th & 18th of Sept and from 9am - 4pm on the 19th of Sept. If interested, interpreters will need to submit an estimate including travel and accommodation. Funding is being sourced to cover costs & they would appreciate if travel costs can be kept to a minimum.

The organisers will endeavour to get all presentations from speakers prior to the event, and will make sure speakers can make themselves available for a Skype (or equivalent) session with interpreters, or available for a meeting with interpreters prior to the event. Papers and speakers are yet to be confirmed. Further information will be available for interpreters in due course at

If interested, please contact Rachael Hayes, Deaf Service Consultant by email at or by SMS/Facetime: +447964294830.

Women's aid text service for deaf or hard of hearing women.
Women's Aid helps thousands of women affected by domestic violence every year. The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline can now offer support to deaf or hard of hearing women through their text service.

You can text them on 087 959 7980 between 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week and they will text you back. All texts are treated in the strictest confidence. In addition, they can support you face to face by using an interpreter. The interpreter can be someone you feel comfortable with or Women's Aid can arrange an interpreter through the Irish Deaf Society.

You can also watch a segment on domestic abuse against deaf and hard of hearing women in Ireland from the Hands On Programme, RTE One. This segment has subtitles but no audio. It contains scenes that some viewers may find upsetting. This was first broadcasted in December 2012 and uploaded to Women's Aid website with the kind permission of Mind the Gap Films.

To view the clip, go to:
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10 March 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 10)

William White nominated for a CALI award.
The CALI Awards stands for Community, Action, Leadership and Inspiration. The CALI Award is presented by the team at Five Point Five a group who travel the world-finding people who make a difference to their communities. They have many ways of sourcing heroes and somehow one of those ways brought them to our manager, Willie White.

The CALI Award is awarded to inspiring people who are recognised for their leadership in creating positive change for people or the world around us. CALI Award recipients are willing to do what it takes to make a difference and Five Point Five think they should be celebrated for what they are modern day heroes.

Five Point Five showcase heroes from all over the world, to thank them for the work that they do and to inspire others so that they too can make a difference. They believe your story may inspire someone to contact you, or to start their own project. Either way the world will be a better place for it. Congrats to Willie on his nomination.

Thank you to Currow and Curran church collection.
Our service would like to extend a sincere thank you to the parishioners and clergy at Currow and Curran Churches for supporting our Church collection over the weekend. We really appreciate everyone's support at this fundraiser event.

Garth Brooks ticket raffle for Ethiopia Deaf project.
The Ethiopia Deaf Project has been fortunate to secure two tickets to see Garth Brooks in concert in Croke Park on Saturday the 26th of July at 6pm. The tickets are for the Hogan Stand Lower. In total, 400,000 tickets were sold within hours of going on sale so these tickets will be very popular.

If you know of anyone that would like to see Garth Brooks, let them know the draw is scheduled to take place on the 30th April 2014 and they can purchase raffle tickets at €5 each or three for €10 online at

Cork Deaf Association activities.
Our service works closely with Cork Deaf Association throughout the year and participates in a wide range of events and activities with them.

CDA have a number of events that you may be interested in:

On Saturday 12th of April at11am, CDA will host an Easter Hunt With a Coffee Morning. In addition, there will be face painting, nail painting, egg hunt for younger kids and treasure hunt for other kids. It will cost €3 per child for the Easter Hunt, which will also include refreshments and prizes.

It will be held in St Columbas' School for the Deaf. All are welcome.

From the 30th June 4th July, there will be a "Smiley Summer Scheme" which is a five day Summer Camp, for Deaf, hard of hearing (hoh), KODA (kids of deaf adults) and siblings of Deaf/hard of hearing children.

It will be held in St. Columba's Deaf School in Douglas. There will be art/crafts, fun sports and games and day trips away and much more. It costs €35 for one child. €65 for two children and €90 for three children. Each additional child thereafter will cost €20.

This promises to be a great camp and a great way for everyone to make new friends, have a great time and most importantly, to have FUN!

Lastly, CDA are also looking at activities as part of their Youth Club and Youth Development during Easter, mid-terms, summer months and the Xmas break. There will be slight changes made to the Youth Club structure and it will now be open to any Deaf/hoh/KODA.

They will also be developing a programme for Deaf/hoh youth who attending mainstream school. These activities will have a particular focus on confidence, responsibility, independent, maturity and increasing self-esteem. There will be activities during each term and six weeks of activities in the summer months.

During Easter, activities will be organised between the 16th and 23rd April. During the summer programme, it will be from the 16th of July until the 20th August. Every Wednesday from 11am to 4 pm Club members will participate in a range of activities, including trips to the cinema, swimming, games, sightseeing etc. The cost for this programme is €25 per person or €5 per day. Lunch is included.

For further information, you can text Susan O'Callaghan in CDA at 087 182 6930 or email:

Alternatively, please download 'smiley_summer_scheme_poster.doc' in Word Doc Download (size 68KB).

Alternatively, please download 'easter_hunt_poster.doc' in Word Doc Download (size 138KB).

Alternatively, please download 'cyc_letter' in Word Doc Download (size 32KB).
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3 March 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 9)

How Deaf people can teach us effective communication?.
The Irish Independent featured a fascinating article recently on 'How Deaf People Can Teach Us Effective Communication'? The article looked at research carried out by Dr. Bruno Kahne and was written by John Cradden.

Learning how to communicate more like a deaf person could improve your listening skills and make yourself heard better at work, according to international business consultant and coach Dr Bruno Kahne.

But what makes deaf people more effective communicators? One example, says Dr Kahne, is that deaf people talk one at a time, in a very sequential manner, while hearing people talk all at the same time, and often interrupt one another.

Another example is that during conversations, deaf people tend to "stay focused on the interaction, while hearing people disconnect regularly".

Hearing people also rarely ask others to repeat things they have said, and never say when they don't understand something. In deaf culture, Dr Kahne says, "deaf people constantly reformulate and check their understanding, saying when they don't understand".

"Deaf people are not deaf when they are together, only when they are in contact with hearing people," he said, and adds that they are better communicators, "passing messages much faster and more precisely than any hearing person".

To read the full article, go to

CODA UK and Ireland 5th conference.
On the 27th of April, CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) UK and Ireland will be hosting its fifth conference in London. The theme of the conference is "Are you CODA Aware"?

It promises to be an informative conference. Catherine White from Co. Kerry will give the background and history of CODAs. There will be a number of workshops on 'CODAs as Interpreters' and 'Children in Schools'. There will also be volunteer awards and a networking lunch with guest speaker Professor Jemina Napier author of: Sign Language Brokering: A survey of hearing and Deaf Codas.

The event will be held in the Grand Connaught Rooms, London from 9.30-5pm. There is no fee for the event. However, places are limited. For more information and bookings, email:

WASLI 2015 conference.
The World Association of Sign Language Interpreters international conference will be held in Istanbul, Turkey from July 22 to 25, 2015. The theme for their conference is: "Human Rights: Where do Interpreters Fit in?"

There will be two days of professional development, which will begin with special keynote presentations. Robert Adam and Dr. Christopher Stone will lead one of the days, followed the next day by Liz Scott Gibson and Markku Jokinen.

More information on WASLI and the conference is available at

WFD 2015 conference.
The XVII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf will also take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 28 July 2 August, 2015. Events of this XVII World Congress surround the theme, "Strengthening Human Diversity".

The WFD General Assembly will also take place on 26 27 July 2015 prior to the World Congress.

The congress aims to promote deaf people as a part of the global human diversity and to strengthen human diversity in the global deaf community. Lectures, workshops, panel discussions, meetings, booth presentations and entertainment as well are a part of this event.

Many deaf people including, children, youths, senior citizens, indigenous deaf people, LGBTs, CODAs, deafblind and deaf people with disabilities from around the world attend the XVII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf to empower themselves, to meet with experts for new ideas and to exchange international opportunities with old and new friends.

The Turkish National Federation of the Deaf (TNFD) host of the event welcomes the international deaf community to Istanbul. For more information go to this link:
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