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25 July 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 30)

Best Wishes to KDRC Manager with trip to Ethiopia.
We would like to extend our best wishes to our Manager, Willie White who is heading to Ethiopia from the 8th- 28th of August, to work with the Deaf communities in Ambo, Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa. This is Willie's 4th volunteer trip to Africa, and his 3rd trip to Ethiopia.

While in Ethiopia, Willie will work with students & tutors in the Ambo Lazarist Deaf School (ALDS) which is supported by an Irish charity called the 'Ethiopia Deaf Project'. This charity was established by Fr. Stephen Monaghan with support from the Vincentian Lay Missionaries (VLM).

Willie is also joining the team of 'Visions Global Empowerment' for the 1st time & will work with Deaf students in a number of school in Bahir Dar.

To learn more about Willie's work in Ethiopia or to make a donation to this trip, you can go to

Ethiopia Deaf Project (EDP) Tamdem Jump Fundraiser.
EDP is organising another exciting fundraiser with all proceeds going to the ALDS school in Ambo, Ethiopia.

The Tandem Jump will take place on Saturday, 24th of September. Each participant must raise a minimum of €450. The parachute club will receive €250 to cover the costs of the Tandem Jump & the remainder will go to EDP.

To register for the jump and get your information pack and sponsor card, go to

Deaf Education conference - Portlaoise 1st of October 2016.
A Deaf Education conference will take place on the 1st of October in the Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise. Although final preparations are ongoing, a number of presenters have now been confirmed. They include the following:

Dr. Markku Jokinen will be the first Keynote Speaker from the Deaf Community. He is the former President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) 2003-2011. Markku was also elected as European Union of the Deaf (EUD) President in 2013.

Jaana Keski-Levijoki is also Deaf and a is a teacher in a school in Finland where there are deaf and CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) students in the ordinary class with hearing pupils.

Senator Mark Daly engages with and meets with members of the Deaf community on a regular basis providing a vital link with the Irish Government and Senate.

David Stanton (Minister for Equality and Integration), will address an important theme for the conference on the question of 'Equality of access for our children to Education'.

Tanya Ward (CEO Children's Rights Alliance), has a good insight into the Deaf community through her Deaf grandparents. Tanya assisted the Irish Deaf Society in compiling its dossier for a recent trip to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

For more information on the presenters and the conference, go to

Starbucks opens its first store with Deaf baristas.
Every so often, we like to bring you Deaf news from across the world. This time, it's from Starbucks who recently opened its first store with Deaf baristas in the Bangsar district in Malaysia. From now on, coffee will be ordered in sign language. It is the first time the company has opened a store like this in the world.

If customers do not know sign language or basic gestures, employees can receive written orders. Each client is then assigned a number that flashes on a screen when their drink is ready.

Starbucks collaborated with the National Society of Interpreters for the Deaf to hire and train this unique team. A video with English subtitles can be seen at the following:
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18 July 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 29)

Ethiopia Deaf Project (EDP) Tamdem Jump Fundraiser.

Áras an Uachtaráin
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11 July 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 28)

Thank you for Killarney collection volunteers.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the volunteers and staff of our Centre who assisted with our Street Collection in Killarney last Friday. We would also like to thank those who contributed to the collection.

Decision to cancel future street collections in Killarney.
While we are grateful for the support with Street Collections in Killarney over the years, we have decided that this will be our last Street Collection in Killarney for the foreseeable future.

The funding obtained from this collection continues to fall each year. In addition, with further concerns being raised about the governance and financial management of a number of national charities, this is impacting on collections organised by smaller services like our Centre.

If and when we decide to resume Street Collections in Killarney, we will let you know. Again, our thanks to everyone for their support to date.

Deaf women leadership workshop.
A 'Leadership' workshop for Deaf women will be held on the 17th of September in Limerick. The workshop is open to Deaf women from Kerry, Limerick and Clare and admission is free.

It will be held from 10am - 5pm in the Deaf Community Centre (DCC), 96A O'Connell Street in Limerick City Centre.

The workshop is being organised by the National Deaf Women of Ireland. The presenters will be Gaye Regan and Sinead Winters Smith.

To register, you can text 086 1719 570 or email:

Deaf Education Conference - save the date.
A Deaf Education Conference will be held on the 1st of October at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel.

It is being organised by Sgt. Andrew Geary who is the parent of a deaf child. Information on the conference will be available over the coming weeks. Registration will open up shortly too on Eventbrite & will cost €15.

Information on the speakers and other updates will be posted at

For more information, you can also contact Andrew Geary at

Online self-care course for interpreters.
This online course "Take charge of your professional health" may be of benefit to sign language interpreters who have an interest is promoting 'self-care'. It cost $50 (US dollars) for a 3 months' subscription.

At times, interpreters can feels physically and emotionally overwhelmed from the demands of their unique profession. In Interpreter Health with Dr. Diane Gross, you will get a better understanding of why stress affects us and how to manage its effects.

Interpreters can log into Interpretek's website to view Dr. Gross' video talks, read the assigned articles linked for your convenience, and complete self-checks to monitor your understanding. In addition, interpreters can obtain learning objectives too.

According to the website, Dr. Gross is one of the nation's leading authorities on interpreter self-care, Dr. Gross is a doctor of Oriental medicine and licensed acupuncturist. With decades of experience as a certified sign language interpreter, she actively treats patients and is a regular contributor to RID's Views (US Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

To subscribe to 'Take charge of your professional health', go to

Reminder closing for annual leave in August.
Just to remind you again, that our service will close on the 31st of July for annual leave. We will re-open on the 1st of September at 10am. Freelance sign language interpreters will be available during this time and can be contacted directly or via sign language interpreting services.
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4 July 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 27)

Reminder of Annual Leave.
Just to remind everyone that our Centre closes for the month of August for annual leave. We will close on Friday, the 29th of July at 1pm and re-open Thursday, the 1st of September at 10am.

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