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30 January 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 5)

Thank you to the HSE Sexual Health Promotion team.
Our Manager Willie White has just completed two days of a 10-day course on Sexual Health Promotion which is being organised by the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Our Manager would like to thank Máire O Leary and Mary O'Connor, the HSE course facilitators and the two sign language interpreters who were present on the 1st two days of the course, Carri O'Donnell and Veronica White.

Our service is happy to share information from the course with our staff and clients in Co. Kerry. If you would like to learn more about this important topic, please send us your name and we will be in touch with more information once the course is complete.

Thank You To Deaf Community Centre (DCC) 10 Year Celebrations.
Our service would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Deaf Community Centre (DCC) for inviting our service to attend their 10 year celebrations at the weekend in Limerick. Our Manager Willie White and our Board member Suzanne Carey represented our service.

By all accounts, it seems the event was a great success and great fun too. Along with a 4-course meal, spots prizes, Hands in Harmony sign language choir and a Deaf comedian from the UK, the celebrations went on until the early hours. From all of us in KDRC, we like to wish DCC a Happy 10th Birthday and continued success.

CE vacancies and volunteer positions at DCC.
DCC are looking to recruit staff for its Community Employment (CE) scheme and for volunteers too. If you are interested in applying, you can get more information and contact details for DCC at

CDS invitation to the Laura Sadlier lecture and prizes.
The Centre for Deaf Studies would like to invite you to the Laura Sadlier Lecture and Prizes in Trinity College in Dublin. It takes place on Thursday 9th of February from 7-9pm.

Rachel Mapson from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, will also give a lecture "Interpreting as rapport management: Influences and strategies for reflecting im/politeness.

This is followed by the Awards Ceremony in Room 2041B, Teatar Mhairtin Ui Chadhain, Arts Building Trinity College.

Volunteers required for collection in Manor West Shopping Centre.
We are looking for volunteers to support us with a collection on the 10th of February in Manor West Shopping Centre.

Volunteers are required for a number of 2 hour slots. If you are available, please contact Therese in our office. Our sincere thanks and gratitude to Manor West for giving us the opportunity to raise funds at their Centre.

Volunteers required for street collections in 2017.
Our service is also looking for volunteers for a number of Street Collections in Co. Kerry. Volunteers are required for the following dates and locations:
  • Friday 26th of May (Listowel). Friday 21st of July (Tralee).
  • Friday 13th of September (Castleisland).
If you are available to volunteer, please contact Therese or Noreen in our office. We appreciate all the support we receive from volunteers. These collections are a vital way for our service to raise funds for our Drop In Centre in Tralee and services for our clients.

Reminder of appeal for 2nd hand hearing aids for Ethiopia.
Our service is appealing for 2nd hand hearing aids that are still in working condition that we in turn will donate to the KAL Deaf Center in Bahir Dar in Ethiopia.

The hearing aids will be sent to Catherine Clark who is an Audiologist with the National Institute for the Deaf in Rochester. She in turn will re-programme the hearing aids and bring them with her when she returns to Ethiopia in August. Catherine has trained local Deaf and hearing people in Bahir Dar and they will work with Catherine to test and fit the hearing aids to local people with a hearing loss. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
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23 January 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 4)

Thank you to Cork Deaf Association (CDA).
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Cork Deaf Association for a new page they have put up on their website regarding the new national access policies for sign language users to DSP and CIB services.

In addition, CDA were also very kind and generous in recognising the work that our service did in securing these policies. Our service has a very close working relationship with the CDA and we appreciate their kind words. Our sincere thanks to them for this new page and for all their hard work also in securing better access for Deaf people throughout Cork city and county.

'The Cork Deaf Association would like to thank Willie White of KDRC for working so hard to establish the right of Deaf people to have an ISL interpreter present when accessing services through INTREO, social welfare, community welfare officers, Citizen's Information Centres, MABS and the National Advocacy Service.

The Cork Deaf Association are extremely grateful to Willie for passing on this vital information to CDA and thank him for his continued exceptional work done on behalf of the Deaf community'

Kerry Deaf Women's Group (KDWG) Social Lunch.
KDWG will be hosting a social lunch in the Abbey Inn in Tralee on the 25th of January at 1pm. This will be a lovely opportunity for a catch up with other Deaf people after the Christmas and New Year celebrations. For more information on the lunch or to learn more about the Kerry Deaf Women's Group, check out their Facebook page at:

Reminder of 10 year anniversary celebrations for DCC Limerick.
Just a quick reminder that the Deaf Community Centre (DCC) in Limerick will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary on 28th of January. Our Manager Willie White and our Board member Suzanne Carey will be there and are looking forward to the 10 year celebrations with DCC.

If you would also like to celebrate with them, book your tickets for a Gala Dinner and entertainment. The celebrations will include a 3-course meal, Hands in Harmony sign language choir will perform and you will also get to see Deaf comedian John Smith's Comedy Show.

The celebrations will take place in The Strand Hotel in Limerick at 6pm. Tickets are €50. Everyone is welcome. We would like to extend our best wishes to DCC and wish them a very Happy 10-year anniversary.

12 Reasons to learn sign language (from ASL grade).
As part of the Irish Deaf Society's campaign for official recognition of Irish Sign Language (ISL), they posted this interesting and funny '12 Reasons to Learn Sign Language' message recently that we thought we'd share with you.
  • Sign language brings people together
  • You can make new Deaf friends
  • Hearing parents can communicate with deaf children
  • You can communicate through windows
  • Sign Language is a 3D language
  • You can sign underwater
  • Sign language is a great way to express yourself
  • You can talk across a room without shouting
  • Sign language is beautiful
  • You can eat and use sign language at the same time
  • Sign language is counted as foreign language credits
  • You get a useful skill for employment.
Happy birthday to the Irish Deaf Society.
On behalf of all of us in KDRC, we would like to wish the IDS a very Happy Birthday.
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16 January 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 3)

Launch of Designs Employment Project.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Haaris Sheikh from Interesource Group for inviting our Manager to the launch of a new EU funded Deaf Employment project last week at Deaf Village Ireland. Willie was also given the opportunity to give a 'Case for Equality' presentation on two new national access policies for sign language users for services that come under the Dept. of Social Protection (DSP) and the Citizens Information Board (CIB). These policies were secured as part of an equality case that we supported over the past 3 years.

Presenters and Partners at Designs Launch.
Willie also had the privilege of working with a number of well-known academics and experts from Ireland and Europe on the day.

These included: Eddie Redmond (CEO of IDS), Haaris Sheikh (DESIGNS Project Chair), Prof. Lorraine Leeson (Director of CDS), Mark Wheatley (Executive Director EUD), Prof. Jemina Napier (Dept. Head Heriot Watt University), Christian Rathmann (Professor Humbolt University, Berlin), Mary Quirke (Assistant Director WAM/AHEAD) and Ivana Bucko (President of EFSLI).

Contact Details for Designs - Deaf Community Employment.
Would you like to learn more about the DESIGNS project? If so, you can get more information, including their email and Twitter details at

In addition, there was a live feed shown via Facebook Live of the presentations on the day. At one stage, this live feed was viewed more than 16,500 times.

To view the presentation, go to and scroll down to the post-dated 12th of January 14.55pm.

National Policies and copy of PowerPoint also available.
If you would like a copy of the two-national sign language interpreting access policies that Willie mentioned in his presentation, we would be happy to send them to you by email or post.

In addition, if you would like a copy of the PowerPoint presentation, that is also available.

The DSP policy covers: Social Welfare (SW) Offices, Community Welfare Offices (CWO) and Intreo (FAS) Employment Support.

The CIB policy covers: Citizen Information Centres (CIC), Money Advice Budgeting Service (MABS) and the National Advocacy Service (NAS).

Willie is also happy to share this information via Skype and FaceTime to organisations and individuals. You can contact Willie on by email to arrange a date and time.

Upcoming Church collections - volunteers required.
To meet our shortfall in funding, we are looking for volunteers to support us with a number of Church collections in Co. Kerry: Church dates: Currow and Currans 18th and 19th of March. Listowel 15th and 16th of April. Duagh 24th and 25th of June.

Killarney and Muckross 29th and 30th of July. Castleisland, Cordal and Scartaglin 14th and 15th of October. Castlegregory, Cloghane, Brosna and Knocknagoshel.

4th and 5th of November. Ballymacelligott, Firies, Ballyhar and Lyreacrompane 25th and 26th of November.
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9 January 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 2)

HSE sexual health promotion course.
We would like to congratulate our Manager, Willie White on being selected to participate in a Sexual Health Promotion Course organised by the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Willie will also be joined on the course by Christina O'Donoghue, our Deaf Adult Literacy Tutor, along with Aileen Curtayne, Social Worker with DeafHear Killarney and Mary Duggan, Communication Support Worker for Deaf trainees in Rehabcare.

The course will run for 2 days per month for the next 5 months. The aim of the course is to enhance participants' capacity to incorporate sexual health promotion into their work through the development of their comfort levels, confidence, knowledge and skills in relation to sexual health.

Congrats to our manager - CODA International's Social Media Committee.
We would also like to congratulate Willie White on being selected as Chairperson of CODA International's Social Media Committee. CODA International celebrates the unique heritage and multicultural identities of adult hearing individuals who have Deaf parent(s).

For the past year, Willie has been actively involved in developing CODAs online presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other online platforms. It looks like his work is being recognised with this new appointment. Congrats to Willie and best of luck him and the committee with their work.

Launch of new Deaf project - DESIGNS.
A new European funded project 'DESIGNS' will be launched in Dublin this Thursday in Deaf Village Ireland at 2.45pm.

The DESIGNS project aims to bring together 7 partners from 4 EU countries who are renowned experts in the fields of Education and Training, Employment, Sign Language Interpreting and Deaf Community Advocacy.

The overall aim of the project is to create VET and CPD training resources and exchange best practices across Europe to facilitate greater participation of Deaf sign language users in employment.

A number of presentations will be given on the day including our own Willie White, Eddie Redmond (CEO of IDS), Haaris Sheikh (DESIGNS Project Chair), Prof. Lorraine Leeson (Director of CDS), Mark Wheatley (Executive Director EUD), Prof. Jemina Napier (Dept. Head Heriot Watt University), Christian Rathmann (Professor Humbolt University, Berlin), Mary Quirke (Assistant Director WAM/AHEAD) & Ivana Bucko (President of EFSLI).

For more information on DESIGNS, go to:

Appeal for 2nd hand hearing aids.
As many of you may know our service has been supporting a number of Deaf projects in Ethiopia. One of our most recent trips was with Visions Global Empowerment to a Deaf Centre and school in a region called Bahir Dar.

During our time there, we worked with a US audiologist Catherine Clark who in turned trained up local Deaf people to test and fit hearing aids to local people with a hearing loss.

Catherine is returning to Ethiopia in August and we are working with her to secure 2nd hand hearing aids which she will re-programme & donate to local people in Bahir Dar.

If you have a 2nd hand hearing aid that is still in working condition and you are happy to donate them to us, we will in turn send them to Catherine who is based in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester.

NEW CE Staff Member.
We would like to welcome Jacqualyn Etches who is joining us on our Community Employment scheme. If you would like to say hello to Jacqualyn, she will be with us on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the next year.
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