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26 January 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 5)

Shared reading programme - update.
In 2012, the Deaf Education Centre embarked on creating resources for an Irish Shared Reading Project for families with deaf children. The programme provides resources and support to hearing parents and caregivers so they can learn to read with their deaf or hard of hearing children through Irish Sign Language (ISL).

The pilot run of the Shared Reading Programme for children 0-4 years is nearly finished and the resource packs will soon be made available to any families who are interested in January 2015. The Shared Reading Programme for children 4 to 8 years has just finished filming in ISL and the Deaf Education Centre are presently organising these resource packs, which will be made available over the coming months.

If you would like to take part in the Shared Reading Programme please fill out the Enrolment form, which is available to download and send it to the Deaf Education Centre via email on or contact them if you have any questions.

To find more information about their Shared Reading Programme go to: You can download the Enrolment form at the following:

Information for parents - Deaf and hard of hearing children.
Are you a parent of a deaf or hard of hearing child? Are you looking for information about your child's education and language? Check out the Irish Deaf Society's parents' section on their website:

The parents' section covers topics such as Early Intervention, Educational Options, Improving your Child's Personal Development, The Deaf Community and Irish Sign Language, Common Fears and Questions, Further Support, Publications and ISL Everywhere, an app available on Apple itunes and Google Play Store for Android mobile users. The parents' section on the site uses information which is taken from their booklet, "Guidebook for Parents", which you can download at the link above.

HSE: guidelines on accessible health and social care services.
The HSE, as part of their responsibilities under the Disability Act, recently published new National Guidelines on Accessible Health and Social Care Services.

The guidelines provide practical guidance to all health and social care staff on how they can provide accessible services to patients and clients with a disability. They provide clear practical advice about communicating with Deaf and hard of hearing people which includes asking the person how best to communicate with them and providing assistive technology, such as listening devices, as required.

For people who are sign language users, the guidelines state: "Patients and service users are entitled to request and be provided with a qualified sign language interpreter. While the onus is on the service user to request an interpreter, it is the responsibility of staff to make the arrangements. Staff should routinely let service users know that: they have the right to an interpreter to assist in communication, there is no cost to the service user and Staff will arrange for the interpreter".

Once these guidelines are implemented in full patients and clients should feel confident that they are able to acquire the correct information, be able to communicate their needs and concerns and understand any information that is explained to them so that the whole process is less stressful.

ISL online tour of Northern Ireland national assembly.
Have you ever wanted to take a tour of a parliament building before and find out what goes on behind the scenes? Well now you have an opportunity to take an online tour in ISL of the Parliament Buildings that are home to the Northern Ireland Assembly. This is the legislative authority for Northern Ireland established under the terms of the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement 1998.

The online tour is approximately 10 minutes and covers the architecture and design of the building, which was opened in 1932. The tour explains the political history, the present parliament and takes you on a tour of the building explaining the use and functions of many of the important rooms such as the Great Hall, Assembly Chamber and the Senate Chamber. If you would like to take the tour go to:
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19 January 2014 (VOL 11 WEEK 4)

New Sign Langauge Courses - Killarney and Tralee.
If you have every wanted to learn Irish Sign Language now is the ideal time as a new course is commencing in Killarney Community College. Classes are dependent on numbers attending and are due to commence on Tuesday 27th January from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. They will run for seven weeks and cost is €90 however, partial funding for the course is available upon request to the College.

To find out how to obtain funding and to get more information phone Ann on 064 6632008. Other information and to book online by going to:

Classes in Tralee Community College are due to commence again September 2015 and usually run for 16 weeks. This is an accredited course with an exam at the end. To find out about this course email: or phone: 066 7122522. You can find out more information by going to the following link:

Equality Studies for Deaf Certificate Course - UCD.
Are you interested in participating in this year's Equality Studies for Deaf People Certificate course at University College Dublin (UCD)? If you are, you can get more information about the course by emailing the Irish Deaf Society at

Tallaght Deaf Club - Trip to Dublinia.
Are you interested in Dublin's Viking and medieval history? Dublinia is becoming one of the top family attractions in Dublin and a great place for a day out and great fun learning about life in the medieval city and the world of the Vikings. Tallaght Deaf Club is organising a trip to Dublinia - Viking and Medieval City of Dublin on Sunday 25th January 2015 at 1.45 pm. Entry fee is €5 and you can meet up on the day. An Interpreter will be provided.

Meeting place is outside Jurys Inn, Christchurch Dublin at 1.30 pm or 1.45 pm outside Dublinia, High Street near Christchurch Place. Dublinia is located at the crossroads of St Michaels Hill, Patrick Street and High Street, in Dublin city centre. Dublinia is connected to Christ Church Cathedral by a medieval footbridge.

You can easily get to Dublinia by public transport: By bus, numbers 49, 49A, 54A, and 123. By Luas, red line to the Four Courts, 7 minute walk to Dublinia.

If you prefer to drive the nearest car park is Q-Park Christchurch car park located on Werburgh Street, behind Jury's Hotel. Dublinia customers receive a special discounted rate of €2 per hour to a maximum of €10 for 24hrs when parking in this car park. For more information about Dublina and the exhibition go to:

Irish Deaf Women's Group - AGM 2015.
The Irish Deaf Women's Group are holding their AGM on Saturday 7th March 2015 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Sheraton Athlone Hotel. All are welcome and tea and coffee will be provided. Later on in the evening they are having a Little Party Meal at 7 pm. The three-course meal will cost 40e for Members and 45e for Non Members. There will also be prizes and raffles at the evening's event.

If you would like to attend the Little Party Meal please send your 20e deposit by the 24th January 2015. Full payment is required by 20th February 2015 and can be paid by cheque or postal order to the Irish Deaf Women's Group. You can drop payment in to the IDWG committee or Sarah Moore at IDWG desk or post it to IDWG, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. For more information email: or text: 086 1719570.

National Chaplaincy For Deaf People - Fatima Pilgrimage.
The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People (NCDP) is organising a pilgrimage to Fatima on Thursday, 16th April 2015. You will be staying in Santo Amaro, Fatima for seven nights and will be accompanied by Spiritual Directors Fr Gerard Tyrrell and John Patrick Doherty. The total cost for the trip is €599 per person sharing and includes flights, insurance, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

If you have any queries please contact John Patrick Doherty at: or text him on: 087 9062947. Or to make a booking email: text: 086 3209794 or landline: 01 830 5744.
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12 January 2014 (VOL 11 WEEK 3)

Happy new year!.
On behalf of our Board, staff and members, we would like to wish all our clients, customers and supporters a very Happy New Year. Hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas.

Opening hours for 2015.
Our opening hours for 2015 will be Monday to Thursday (10am - 1pm and 2pm to 5pm) and Friday 10am to 1pm. To make sure we provide you with the best service, we would recommend that you make an appointment in advance if you would like to meet with a particular staff member. To make an appointment, you can text 087 633 4687 or email

Craft classes and social get together.
Our craft classes and social get-together will restart after our Christmas break on Thursday 15th January. Christina O'Donoghue will run the classes every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm. This will be your opportunity to learn new arts and craft skills and participate in game sessions such as jenga and cards. There will be plenty of time too for chat and tea and coffee.

Information evening - Institute Of Technology Tralee (IT Tralee).
Are you thinking of attending third level education in September 2015? Are you a current Leaving Certificate, FETAC or VTOS student? Or maybe you are mature applicant and thinking of returning to education. The IT Tralee are holding an information evening on Tuesday 13th January at 6pm in the Business IT Building, North Campus for anyone interested including parents and friends.

The Admissions team will help you complete your CAO application if you are not sure how to apply to the CAO. Bring your PPS number and Debit/Credit card with you. CAO applications are 25 euro before 20th January 2015. Some of the questions that you may have will be covered on the night including: Are there options other than CAO? Where will I go for financial assistance? What is SUSI? I am a mature applicant - what can I do? I have a FETAC award - is there a 3rd level course for me? I am currently on Job Seekers Allowance - what can I do? Are there financial supports available while I study? I have a learning disability - will I be supported?

Other topics covered include: Life as an IT Tralee Student. I am a parent and would like some information. I am not sure where I should go. Drop in information sessions will be provided in relation to the following from 7pm. A Career in the Computing and I.T. Sector. A Career in the world of Business.

The following IT, Tralee staff will be supporting the service and providing information: Admissions Office Staff, Access Officer - Valerie Moore. Staff from the Department of Business - Room T118: Tony Donovan/ Michael Galvin. Staff from the Department of Computing and Information Technology - Room S110: Siobhan Creedon/ Claire Horgan.

Contact Admissions for further information at: or Phone: 066 7145638.

Ethiopia Deaf Project - School for the Deaf two year anniversary.
The 6th January 2015 marked the 2nd Anniversary of the opening of the Ambo Lazarist Deaf School (ALDS), in Ambo, Ethiopia. The Ethiopia Deaf Project would like to convey their thanks for all your generosity and support. It has been another very successful year for the students who achieved very good results in their State exams.

In 2015 they hope to build another classroom and laboratory to facilitate the transition of students in to Grade 8. It is part of the Ambo Lazarist Deaf School's plans to develop a Vocational Training Centre for older members of the Deaf community in Ambo. Such a centre would ensure they could develop a trade or life skill that will ensure their independence. You can make a donation to the Ambo Lazarist Deaf School and help them reach their goals by going to:

Irish Sign Language Classes.
Irish Sign Language Classes are starting in the Deaf Community Centre, 96a O'Connell Street, Limerick City, this January 2015. Cost €220.00 for 20 weeks FETAC (QQI) Accredited Level 3: taught by a qualified ISL teacher from the Centre for Deaf Studies at Trinity College Dublin. The course starts Thursday 29th January from 7pm to 9pm. If you are interested payment is required before Friday 23rd January. For more information: email: or Text: 086-3637350.
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5 January 2014 (VOL 11 WEEK 2)

KDRC Opening times.
We will re-open again on the the 5th of January 2015 at 10am. Our Manager will be on extended leave until the 26th of January. From the 5th of January, our staff will be happy to deal with your query until his return.
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