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29 June 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 27)

Sign language interpreting services.
This week our service focuses on Sign Language Interpreting services in Ireland. Our service can book interpreters for Kerry based GP appointments and Kerry General Hospital appointments. For all other bookings, we recommend you contact one of the following sign language interpreting services.

Interpreter costs, travel, subsistence and booking fees will vary amongst agencies. Before booking or confirming an interpreter, check with your Deaf and hearing clients if they have a preference for a particular interpreter.

Support provided in-house by our service.
Bridge Interpreting is a Dublin based company providing a nationwide service with locally sourced Irish Sign Language interpreters. Bridge offers prompt, reliable and quality service to members of the Deaf community and to the public and private sectors. Bridge Interpreting are happy to discuss individual sign language interpreting requirements for any assignment.

All interpreters listed on the site are self-employed freelance interpreters. Details of rates can be obtained by contacting interpreters directly.

CSl interpreting service.
CSL training and interpreting services can assist you to provide Deaf people with an equitable experience of access to your Centre, service or education facility in line with disability and equality legislation.

The overall goal of SLIS is to ensure that Deaf people can easily exercise their rights and entitlements under the Equal Status and Disability Acts and access their rights and entitlements to public and social services. SLIS will promote, represent, advocate and ensure the availability of quality interpretation services to Deaf people in Ireland.

SLIS emergency service.
To book a sign language interpreter outside office hours for emergencies only, call the SLIS Emergency Helpline on 087 6725179.

SLIS - IRIS remote interpreting.
IRIS is a video-link service to a sign language Interpreter, using a variety of programmes such as Skype / OoVoo or Microsoft video-conferencing (username slis.remote). IRIS is available online Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. IRIS suggest that you book a time-slot (max 30 minutes) ahead of time. For more information on IRIS, you can text 087 980 6996 or email:

Interpreter training/qualifications.
Agencies apply different criteria for interpreters in terms of training, qualifications and accreditation/registration. Our service would recommend booking an interpreter who is a graduate of Deaf Studies/Sign Language Interpreting studies. In addition, we strongly support interpreters who have been independently accredited/ registered. An interpreter should also be committed to ongoing continuous professional development and adhere to a Code of Ethics.

R1 accreditation/registration is the highest level of accreditation for a hearing interpreter. D1 is for a Deaf interpreter. This allows interpreters to do generic interpreting and specialised interpreting such as legal or high level medical interpreting. R2/ D2 accreditation/registration allows interpreters to do generic work but not specialised interpreting.

22 June 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 26)

KDRC website.
Our website is back up and running after a temporary issue. Our website hosting company had a malware virus issue and had to close off the webpages temporarily. We are examining all the pages to ensure there are no errors on them. If you come across any, please let us know and we will do our best to rectify them ASAP.

Thank you for Tralee street collection.
We would like to extend a big thank you to all the volunteers and to those who donated to our Street Collection in Tralee last Friday 12th June. All money raised is very much appreciated and goes towards the overhead costs here in our Centre in Tralee.

Street collection in Listowel - call for volunteers.
We are looking for volunteers for our next Street Collection which will be held on Friday, 26th June in Listowel. If you are available to help collect on the day for a couple of hours it would be greatly appreciated. Would you please contact us here in the Centre via text: 087 6334687 or phone: 066 712 0399 to let us know.

Oireachtas leaders questions - sign language interpreting access.
If you are interested in watching the business of our national parliament you can now view Dáil Éireann Leaders' Questions in Irish Sign Language (ISL) on Cormac Leonard's YouTube Channel. Search "Uploads" for the ISL videos of the Leaders' Questions on his YouTube channel: Oireachtas TV is currently available on UPC Channel 207, Sky Channel 574 and eVision (Eircom) Channel 504. You can also receive Twitter updates on @oireachtasnews.

Sign language interpreting service - manager vacancy.
The Board of the Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) are looking to recruit a Manager for the service. This is a permanent, full-time position. You can view the job description in Irish Sign Language by going to their Facebook page:

The Manager will work with the Board and staff of SLIS to manage and develop the service. Prior experience of managing and developing a service; staff management skills; financial management; strategic planning, customer service along with excellent communication skills, both written and verbal are required. The ability to communicate through Irish Sign Language would be an advantage.

If you are interested in applying for the SLIS Manager position you can view the job description and details & download an application form on on Cormac Leon CIB's website: Applications for the position must be made on the application form provided (CVs will not be accepted). Applications should be made by post (4 copies) marked PRIVATE and CONFIDENTIAL to: Ms Anne Coogan, Chairperson, Sign Language Interpreting Service, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. Closing date for receipt of applications is no later than 5pm on Monday 29th June 2015.

Deaf Community Centre Limerick fun day.
The Deaf Community Centre (DCC) in Limerick in conjunction with the "Hands in Harmony" Deaf Community Choir have organised a Family Fun Day in order to raise funds for the DCC. The event will be held at the Hunt Museum on Saturday 18th July from 11 am to 4 pm. There will be three 45 minute performances by Limerick's only Deaf Community Choir "Hands in Harmony" at 12 pm, 1.30 pm and 3 pm. Guided tours of the Hunt Museum will be available at 11.30 am, 1 pm and 2.30 pm and a Sign Language Interpreter will be provided. They will also have a raffle, cake stalls, bouncy castle, ice-cream van, homemade crafts, face painting, nail arts, clothing/toys and much more. Irish Sign Language awareness information will be provided on the day too. If you would like more information about the event please email Karol at: You can find out more about "Hands in Harmony" Deaf Community Choir on their Facebook page:

For more information on DCC- Deaf Community Centre's, go to their Facebook page:

15 June 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 25)

Services for parents of Deaf/ hard of hearing children.
This week our update focuses on the supports we provide to families of a deaf child.

Has your child been diagnosed as being deaf or hard of hearing? Do you suspect that your child may be deaf? We have a range of information that may help you.

Did you know? 90% of deaf and hard-of-hearing children are born to hearing parents most of whom have never met a Deaf person and would know very little about the Deaf Community (Irish Deaf Society).

For some families when they are told their baby has a hearing loss, the news can come as a great shock. Some parents will be upset by the news, others will be relieved that their suspicions have finally been confirmed. There is no right or wrong way to feel and it's important to take the time to adjust, to look after yourself and consider how you are feeling (National Deaf Children's Society UK)

Family Support.
If your child is deaf - what do you do next? We will do our best to support you, your child and your family. When you are ready and or want to - we can put you in touch with other parents who have gone through a similar experience. We can introduce your child to other deaf children. We can introduce you to Deaf adults.

How will I communicate with my child? We will give you information and support on communicating with a deaf child. We will put you in touch with other professionals who can give you information on language - sign language and/or speech.

If you choose to learn sign language, we can give you a list of sign language apps and websites to help you learn. We can apply for Home Tuition in sign language classes for you and your family.

Are there any grants a parent can apply for? There is a grant called the Domiciliary Care Allowance that is paid monthly. It is paid to parents of a child with a disability.

We have the forms in our office & will assist you in applying for this grant.

What about educational supports? We will make a referral for your child to the Visiting Teacher of the deaf & hard of hearing. This teacher can give you information on mainstream and specialist schools. They will also advise you on Special Needs Assistants & other educational support services. They will advise you on technology that is available for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Are there any other supports available? There are a wide number of organisations that provide advice, guidance and support.
Irish Deaf Society (IDS) Information for parents.

IDS Guide for Parents of Deaf Children.

Deafhear Parents Corner.

Sharing The Journey.

The Deaf Education Centre. Online Shop for Sign Language materials

Cochlear Implant - Beaumont Hospital.

National Deaf Children's Society (UK).

We also have the following information on our website that you can download:
  • Hearing tests?
  • Domiciliary Care Allowance?
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Home tuition in sign language?
  • Visiting teacher of the Deaf service?
  • Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Supports?
To download, go to

8 June 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 24)

Our website temporarily out of order.
For reasons unknown to us, our website is currently out of action. We are working hard to determine what has caused this issue. Hopefully, we will be able to determine the problem ASAP and have our site back up and running shortly. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Deaf victims of crime in Ireland research conference.
A huge thanks to Gill Harold and University College Cork (UCC) for inviting our Manager, Willie White, to their "Deaf Victims of Crime in Ireland- UCC Roundtable Research Conference".

This was a very informative event with representatives from Deaf organisations such as the IDS, CDA, DCC, as well as Garda, Women's Aid, legal and academic bodies including UCC and The Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College.

Dr. Gill Harold is doing research on this very important topic and would still like to hear from anyone in the Deaf community who has been a victim of crime. If you have, for example, experienced having your bag/wallet stolen, house broken into, car broken into or stolen, beaten up, bullying, physical/mental abuse etc.

Also, what was your experience of emergency services? Garda? Hospital? Interpreting access? Victim support?

Have a look at a video in sign language presented by Gill:

For more information, you can email Gill at:

Deaforward funding update.
Elaine Grehan, from the Irish Deaf Society, has updated a video on Facebook concerning an update on Deaforward's funding. Last year they, and 23 other organisations, had their funding withdrawn. However, after much lobbying the government, they received a once off "bridging fund" which was due to expire on 30th June 2015.

Since then, they have been lobbying the government with regard to continuing the funding. They have now received a formal announcement that they are to receive a formal extension by another "bridging fund" from the 1st July 2015 to June 2016. The total amount received, 1.32 million euro, will be divided between 30 organisations.

This "bridge funding" applies only to those who were unsuccessful in the last Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO) round of funding last summer and all applicants of SSNO funding will have to apply for funding in 2016. This means Deaforward will have to apply all over again, and as a result, they are unable to guarantee their service continuing from June 2016.

If you would like to see Elaine's signed message, you can view it on this link:

Swim at 40 foot Sandycove.
The Dublin Deaf Women's Group are inviting everyone interested to come along to swim at 40 foot, Sandycove, Dublin on Sunday 21st June from 12 pm to 2 pm. After the swim they are meeting up for lunch in the Eagle Pub. They have arranged finger food at €5 per adult and kids go free. All men, women and children are welcome!!

Ambo Ramble cycle - call to all cyclists!
We would like to remind all cyclists out there of this year's Ambo Ramble which will be held on Sunday the 28th June in Ballinhassig in Co. Cork. With two routes of 130k and 40k to choose from you can be either a real serious contender or just out for the camaraderie. The smaller field of cyclists also allows you to get used to the formal and informal side of riding within groups in preparation for the Ring of Kerry cycle. All monies raised from this year's and previous events has been of huge benefit to the Ethiopian Deaf Project' which is building a school for deaf children in Ethiopia.

The organisers are also calling for bakers and volunteers to help out on the day. See their Facebook page for details.

Entry €30 & you can register at the following: For more information on the cycle, go to: or Further information on the project is available at

1 June 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 23)

June Bank Holiday.
No newsletter for the 1st of June - due to Bank Holiday.
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