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26 May 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 21)

Thank you to Cork Deaf Association (CDA)
We would like to thank CDA for inviting our Manager Willie White to give a talk to CDA management & staff on Thursday in Cork. The meeting looked in detail at our GP Access Policy with the HSE in Kerry. This policy allows Deaf people to request a sign language interpreter for GP appointments.

Later in the evening Willie co-presented an information session with Susan O'Callaghan to parents of deaf & hard of hearing children. The theme of the presentation was "Communication & the benefits of being involved with the wider Deaf community".

Simply Signing presenter training
We would like to extend a big thank you to Lorna Mc Cormack from Simply Signing who provided training to sign language tutors from Kerry & Cork in our Centre on Saturday. We would also like to thank the tutors who travelled from Cork and to the Kerry based tutors also.

The training was part of Simply Signing's Ready Steady Sign programme, which aims "To provide learners/parents and children with a colourful and educational access to Irish Sign Language (ISL) and to develop the potential of ISL within the special needs and professional care environment. To endeavour to improve the quality of care and education for young children and their families through the study, development and demonstration of innovative models of service."

Irish Deaf Society (IDS) job club
Do you need help with writing your CV, cover letters, applying for a new job, are you looking for work, help with interview skills, or want to know your rights in a job interview? A new pilot project will be held on Wednesday 28th May and 25th June from 5pm - 7pm at the IDS, 1ST Floor, Thomas Mahon Building, Deaf Village Ireland (DVI), Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7.

This will be a drop in service with assistance from volunteers. If this is successful, the IDS will look into setting up a job club for the Deaf community. For more information email:

6th June - building the future event
AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability have organised a unique careers event aimed at students and graduates with disabilities on Friday 6th June. There will be Irish Sign Language interpreters provided and it is free. You will get the opportunity to get your CV checked out, attend mock interviews, participate in workshops and meet companies. So register online if you are interested! Places for the mock interviews are limited and must be booked at the registration stage.

At the 'Building The Future 2014' event, students and graduates will also have the opportunity to polish their job seeking skills and get important tips and advice on successfully adjusting to the world of work and building a fulfilling career.

The event is on from 10 am - 3.30 pm and is located at Citi, 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin. To register and for more information go to: or

7th June - parents' workshop in Cork
The Deaf Education Centre is holding an information session for parents of deaf children about the Shared Reading Programme at the Cork Deaf Association offices in MacCurtain Street, Cork on Saturday 7th June from 2-5pm. The Shared Reading Programme aims to teach parents how to share books with their deaf/hard of hearing children through Irish Sign Language.

The event is free and will be geared towards parents of children aged 0-4 (but parents of 4-8 years olds can also attend). They are also looking for parents of deaf/hard of hearing children aged 0-8 years old to get involved in the pilot run of their Shared Reading Programme.

To book a place, please email: or for more information on the Deaf Education Centre, go to: or

28th & 29th June - film making with Louis Neethlin
Shamrock Deaf Films are organising a workshop with Deaf director, Louis Neethling on how to write, act, direct and edit your own film. The workshop is will be held on Saturday 28th June from 9am - 5pm and Sunday 29th June 9.30am - 4pm. It will be held in DVI, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. The cost is 40euro, which includes lunch, and is limited to 12 people. For more information about Louis check out his website For more information on Shamrock Deaf Films go to: or email: to book your place.
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19 May 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 20)

Deaf makeup artist
We would like to send our congratulations to Noeleen Cunningham who has just graduated from the LA College of Creative Arts in Dublin. Noeleen is Deaf and is now a qualified Make Up artist for bridal, contemporary, high fashion, male, fashion, photographic, fantasy, period, TV, film, & special effects. She also qualified in facial hair, wigs, hairstyling and airbrushing. Noeleen is located in Dublin but is prepared to travel outside of Dublin if required. To book Noeleen, you can contact her by email:

If you would like to see examples of Noeleen's work, go

Get Ireland signing Quaid says thank you.
In our newsletter last week, we mentioned Quaid, a young 9 year old hearing boy, who is trying to encourage the use of sign language throughout Ireland and in particular on TV shows such as the Late Late Toy Show. In our newsletter, we encouraged our readers to 'Like' Quaid's Facebook page.

His mother has sent us a message thanking the Centre for raising awareness of his campaign. They are delighted to see the number of 'Likes' on his page increase from the mid 700's to well over 1,000. A big thank you to all those who liked his page 'Get Ireland Signing'- we are sure he appreciates it enormously.

Irish Deaf Society (IDS) Summerfest.
The IDS has just announced this year's Summerfest will be held on Sunday 20th July. They are seeking volunteers to make the day successful. If you want to help out please email: or text 086 440 1443 with your full name. More details on the venue etc will follow soon.

BBC2 documentary shown about deafness.
In 1973 BBC Two's Horizon - which celebrates its 50th birthday this month - made its first documentary about deafness. The documentary was screened again this month on BBC. Some forty years later it serves as a fascinating time capsule of attitudes to deafness at the time. See Hear, a TV programme for the Deaf in the UK recently caught up with three of the original contributors and showed them the 1973 programme they were in to get their response and memories of the time. If you missed the programme and cannot access it on the BBC iPlayer, you can read at article by clicking on the following link: .

US primary school punishes girl for using sign language.
An interesting article has been trending online over the past few weeks. A 12-year-old deaf girl in New Jersey has been threatened with suspension for communicating in sign language. Her parents say that sign language is the only way she is able to communicate effectively since losing most of her hearing in an accident. School officials say that signing is a 'safety hazard'. A letter was sent from the principal to the girl's parents stating she was 'doing sign language after being told it wasn't allowed on the bus'. The school district's attorney is stating that the child's rights were not violated and that the school was trying to protect other students by preventing her from signing whilst travelling on the district bus.

The girl's parents say that the school officials are violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her mother said, 'She has a hearing problem, and now she's being punished for using sign language. It's absurd.'

One Deaf-rights advocate said Danica's parents have a strong basis for a lawsuit because sign language could be a considered a foreign language, and school officials could be violating the girl's First Amendment right to communicate.

"Why should there be a ban?" asked Charlotte Karras, outreach coordinator for the Edison, N.J.-based Alliance for Disabled in Action. "It's a violation of her communication rights. She's said it's the only way she can communicate with her friends. It's against the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and violates the First Amendment and her family can file a discrimination suit citing the ADA".

WASLI 2015 conference in Turkey - call for volunteers.
The World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) volunteer sub-committee is seeking applicants to fill various positions during WASLI 2015. They are encouraging people with diverse language backgrounds to apply and join their team. They are looking for people who are able to assist with various tasks during the event, such as registration table, timekeeping, escorting presenters, technical assistance, photography, videography, runners, local information stand, etc. Volunteers will be provided with catering for the shifts they are working, and a volunteer shirt. Conference registration fees will not be waivered for sessions outside of volunteer shifts. Application deadline is October 20, 2014.

To apply, an application form is available at: content/uploads/2014/04/Volunteers-Application-Form.pdf or email a 5 minute clip in international sign to Okan Kubus at or Shauna Jehle at
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12 May 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 19)

Nine year old boy trying to get Ireland signing.
Quaid is a young Irish boy aged 9 who is hearing and believes its time for a change for deaf children. Quaid says " Not everyone can hear what you say, so Sign it. On his website, he says "Have you ever been to a foreign country and tried to ask for something simple like milk or toothpaste? Well imagine feeling that awkward in your own country because you are deaf and no one speaks your language.

Quaid is also trying to get RTÉ to use Irish Sign Language (ISL) on this year's Late Late Toy Show so deaf children can be included and have as much fun as he always does. He is frustrated that although deaf children attend mainstream schools, ISL is not taught to hearing students so all the children can communicate with each other. To see what this impressive young lad is up to in his quest to 'Get Ireland Signing' go to his Facebook page:

'Project Rita' young social innovators project winners.
In one of our February newsletters, we talked about students in Cork who 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. The Young Social Innovators (YSI) award ceremony was held on Wednesday 7th May and they won the category called 'Making our country more inclusive and poverty free' with their Deaf Awareness project. As part of their involvement in YSI, they secured funding for 'Project Rita', which was named after one of the boy's Deaf parents, and this enabled them to do more work. The has now written an article on the students and on YSI- to read it, go to:

Hospital critised after Deaf man had to walk home.
A number of years ago we ran an article where a jury recommended that major changes be made in the way hospitals treat patients with disabilities after hearing how a 60-year-old Deaf man died as he tried to walk 50 miles home. Sadly the recommended changes do not seem to have been implemented, as you will see from the following newspaper article

A woman whose elderly sick brother had to walk home from Wexford General Hospital in the middle of the night said she is 'disgusted' at how he was treated. The Wexford man, who lives in Maudlintown, had been vomiting for weeks and his GP arranged for him to go into hospital.

An ambulance took him to the A&E department where he underwent examination and tests. Several hours later, at 2.30 am, hospital staff advised Patrick that he could return home, according to Nancy. 'He was told he would have to make his own way home. He went to the reception and asked them to ring a taxi but they pointed him to the public phone in the foyer,' she said. 'My brother is Deaf and he can't use the phone,' said Nancy.

Patrick left the hospital and walked to Nancy's house in Brendan Corish Gardens. She was shocked to see him standing at her door in the middle of the night as she had left her telephone number with A&E staff in case she needed to be contacted.

'They should have either brought him home in an ambulance or telephoned me,' she said. 'They gave him a sleeping tablet when he was there. He is Deaf. He could have staggered out onto the road or anything,' said Nancy. 'They gave him a sleeping tablet and sent him home walking. 'When he asked them to ring a taxi, they said you'll have to find your own way.'

Nancy said her brother has been vomiting for five weeks and is still ill. She decided to highlight the incident after reading recent local newspaper reports about the crisis in the ambulance service. 'I read about those men dying while waiting for an ambulance to arrive,' she said. 'My brother could have been one of those men.' To see the article go to:

Deaf trip to Lourdes 2014.
The National Chaplaincy has planed a trip to Lourdes for Deaf People (NCDP) in conjunction with The Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage, from 7th to 12th September 2014.

Those travelling will be staying at the Hotel Solitude for five nights all-inclusive at a cost of €707. Bookings can be made by contacting Fr Gerald Tyrrell on 087 2860704 or Annie Egan, in Admin, on 086 3209794. Deposits of 300 euro will have to be paid by end of May. Full payment will be needed by end of June 2014.

Please ensure your passport is up-to-date. For those who would like to have their own room, there is an extra charge of €150 for the week, bringing the total cost to €857.
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5 May 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 18)

CODA UK & Ireland conference.
We would like to thank Willie White from our service for representing us at the recent Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) UK & Ireland conference in London last weekend.

The aim of CODA UK & Ireland is to achieve a greater awareness of CODAs, to promote positive attitudes and inclusion, whilst developing opportunities for individuals to celebrate their heritage of this unique group. Over the years, the term CODA has come to symbolise hearing children of Deaf adults over 18 years old. The term KODA is now used for hearing kids of Deaf adults under 18 years of age.

At the conference, our own Catherine White from Co. Kerry presented a paper on the history & background to CODA and how the concept of providing supports to hearing children of Deaf adults came about?

This was followed by a paper by Jemina Napier who talked about the research on language brokering between hearing children of Deaf adults and the wider community.

Marie Dimond & Ray Williams talked about the positive attributes of being a C/KODA and some of the challenges growing up in a bi-lingual/bi-modal family.

There was also discussion groups, one of which Willie facilitated. The conference finished off with presentation of awards to volunteers, which was facilitated by the guest presenters, CODA Board members and Willie.

CODA UK & Ireland is now designated as a Community Interest Company. They are currently accepting applications for new members. In addition, they are actively looking for volunteers to support their ongoing work. For more information, go to

KODA camp 2014.
CODA UK & IRELAND will be hosting a KODA camp from the 28th - 31st of August in the Blackwell Adventure Centre near Birmingham. The camp is aimed at hearing children with Deaf parents aged 0-17. The majority of the workshops will take place in the hall next to the Arboretum Community Project Caf in the Arboretum Park, Derby.

The workshops, activities and trips, decided by the children, are an opportunity to meet other KODAs, share experiences, learn new skills, and have fun, in a safe environment. This will help to promote positive attitudes within the family unit and support Deaf parents. This could be a great opportunity for an Irish KODA to meet KODA's from around the UK. Places are limited and a waiting list may apply. The fee per child is 75-pound sterling. If you are interested, email or check out

Cork Deaf elderly visit to Kerry
The Cork Deaf Elderly group will be coming to Stokers Lodge in Tralee on Tuesday the 13th of May at 11 am. The group would like to meet with the Deaf community in Co. Kerry and in particular with elderly Kerry Deaf. If you would like to attend, you can let us know or you can turn up on the day.

Cork parents' forum talk about Deaf community.
Willie White from our service will be giving a talk to the Cork Parents' Forum in the Cork Deaf Association (CDA) on Thursday 22nd of May at 7.30 pm. Willie will give a talk on the benefits of being part of the Deaf community. Susan O'Callaghan will also give a presentation on Communication. A sign language interpreter has been booked for the presentations. The talk will take place at the CDA's office at 5 MacCurtain Street, Cork.

CDA youth trip to Belfast.
Cork Deaf Association's Youth group is hoping to plan a trip to Belfast in August. The trip is also open to Deaf & hard of hearing youth from Co. Kerry. As part of the trip, the group hope to meet with other Deaf & hard of hearing youth from the North. The trip is in the early stages of planning at the moment. As soon as more details are finalised, we will let you know. If you are interested, send us your details and we will pass them on to the organisers.

Supports for Deaf students for next academic year.
As the current academic year is drawing to a close, now is a good time for new students to think about what supports 3rd level colleges and universities offer?

AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability has specific information relating to supports for Deaf and hard of hearing students. If you go to the following website, scroll down until you see Supports for Deaf & hard of hearing.

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