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31 July 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 31)

Irish Sign Language Bill Passes Stage 3 in the Senate.
As many of you know the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) has been leading a campaign to secure official recognition of Irish Sign Language (ISL).

We are delighted to let you know that the Bill passed the 3rd stage in The Senate during the week.

Members of the Deaf community were also invited to meetings and got to watch the debate including representatives from the IDS, Cork Deaf Club, Cork Deaf Enterprises, SLIS, CISLI, DeafHear and Willie White represented our service, the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.

Meetings held prior to stage 3 voting.
Prior to the Senate debate and vote on Wednesday, a number of meetings have been held in Government building over the past few weeks.

In addition, meetings were held in other counties with local Senators. We know our friends and colleagues in the Cork Deaf Club and Cork Deaf Association have been very busy also as the Leader of the Senate is from Cork.

On the day before the vote, five meetings were held with Senators, assistants, and advisors of Fianna Fáil, Civil Engagement Group, Fine Gael, Labour, Independents and a last-minute meeting with the Minister for Disability and his advisors. This was an opportunity for all parties to discuss sections of the Bill in detail and to hear the concerns of the Deaf community before the Bill went to vote in the Senate Chambers.

Proposed amendments to the bill prior to voting.
Before the Senate could vote on the Bill, both parties had the opportunity to table amendments.

The IDS and the Bill sponsors sent in amendments formally and on time. However, we were disappointed to see the other side withdraw their proposed amendments at the last minute.

However, we were delighted to see Fianna Fáil, Labour, Independents, Sinn Fein, Civil Engagement Group show superb support. After a robust debate, the Bill secured enough votes and now moves onto the 4th stage Report Stage.

What happens next?
Many people have asked the IDS what happens next? This is a good question to ask as the process of a Bill becoming Law is complicated.

Once a Bill passes one House (Senate or Dáil), it is sent to the other House for Second Stage Considerations. It then goes through all stages in that House. A Bill must pass through BOTH HOUSES before being sent to the President for signature where it then becomes an Act/Law.

The ISL Bill needs to pass another two stages in the Senate - Report Stage and Final Stage.

Thereafter, it will move over to Dáil Éireann where it will need to pass a further 5 stages: Initiation, Second Stage, Committee Stage, Report Stage and Final Stage.

How can you support?
As you can imagine, this is a complex issue that has taken years to get to this stage. As there are so many stages still to go, before ISL gets full recognition as a language, it is important we all work together and support the IDS in their long-standing campaign. In the meantime, we know the Irish Deaf Society would appreciate it if you could contact your local Senators and urge them to support the ISL Bill.

You can also check out their Facebook page to learn more about the campaign and to see what is happening next? See:
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24 July 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 30)

Successful Workshop For 'SLIM' Interpreters.
Members of Sign Language Interpreters Munster (SLIM) participated in a very informative workshop in Limerick during the week including our own Willie White and Veronica White.

The training looked at techniques interpreters can develop in relation to self-care especially for those who work a lot on their own.

Sincere thanks to the trainer and to Carri O'Donnell for organising the training for us.

Reminder of IDS 'Summerfest'.
Don't forget the IDS are hosting 'SummerFest' this Sunday at 1pm at Deaf Village Ireland (DVI). This is a great opportunity to socialise and spend time with members of the Deaf community from around Ireland.

Special guests on the day include characters from Star Wars. The BBC Deaf TV programme 'See Hear' will also be filming and meeting people too.

Interpreter access at 'Dancing At Lughnasa' in Cork.
A performance of 'Dancing with Lughnasa' will have sign language interpreting access on the 15th of August. It will be held in the Everyman Theatre on Mac Curtain Street in Cork City.

If you would like to attend, mention the word 'Sign Language' when booking and they can give you the best seats. For more info, you can call to the theatre or email:
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17 July 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 29)

Successful CODA UK and Ireland Weekend in Dublin.
CODA UK and Ireland held a wonderful gathering of adult CODA's (Children of Deaf Adults) over the weekend.

CODA's who ranged in age from 19 - 71 years old from Alaska, Australia, Brazil, England, Ireland and Wales spent a fantastic time together in Dublin. CODAs also came from diverse Deaf cultural backgrounds including American, Australian, Brazilian, Caribbean, English, Indian, Korean, Hong Kong and Welsh.

As part of the cultural weekend, they were given a guided tour of the capital by Deaf tour guide Alvean Jones. They also got to visit Deaf Village Ireland for a CODA book launch where we met more CODAs including a number of newcomers to the CODA family. Finally, they got a chance to sample some of Dublin's famous nightlife. A sincere thanks to the organisers of the weekend. A particular word of thanks to Vicki Wan Slattery and our own Catherine White.

Launch of Book by Australian CODA.
During our CODA UK Ireland gathering in Dublin, we had the honour of being invited to a book launch written by fellow Australian CODA, Bernadette Wallis.

Bernadette has written a book that looks at how Irish Sign Language (ISL) came into use in Australia when her parents were young deaf children.

This came about when an Irish nun from the Dominican order in Ireland worked with deaf children in Australia and taught through ISL. Bernadette's book is entitled "The Silent Book: A Deaf Family and Disappearing Australian-Irish Sign Language".

The book is on sale for €19, which you can buy on Bernadette's upcoming book tour across Ireland.

The book tour will visit Limerick (8th of July), Cork (11th of July), Kerry (16th of July), Galway (21st of July). Dates are to be confirmed for Castlecomer, Westport, Sligo, Derry and Belfast. We would like to wish Bernadette well with her book launch and thank her for recording the unique history of ISL usage in Australia.

CODA UK and Ireland summer camp in Weymouth.
The UK section of CODA UK and Ireland will be having a busy few months with a number of camps for KODAs (Kids of Deaf Adults) a camp for adult CODAs too.

These camps are also open to participants from Ireland and abroad. The great thing about these camps is that all the volunteers and leaders are all CODAs which make the camps very unique!!!

The camp for KODAs takes place from the 4th - 7th of August in Osmington Bay in Weymouth and caters to KODAs 7 - 17 years old. It cost £175 sterling. If the camp gets booked out, let the organisers know if you are interested in future camps. For more information, you can email:

CODA UK and Ireland Adult Camp in Wales.
For adults CODAs who would like to get-together with fellow CODAs over 18 years of age, the UK section of CODA International is organising a camp in the UK from the 6th - 8th of October.

The camp will be held in Mold in North Wales. Participants will be staying in luxury warm bell tents.

We have heard a number of Irish CODAs are hoping to attend. If you are interested and want more information, email:

More information on CODA related organisations.
If you would like more information on CODA UK and Ireland, their Facebook page is .

CODA Ireland also has a page at:
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10 July 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 28)

Thank you and farewell to CDS student on placement.
We would like to say a big thank you and farewell to Catherine Murphy, a 3rd year Deaf Studies student from the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) in Trinity College.

Catherine was on placement with our service for the past 4 weeks and finished up with us on Friday. Catherine was a pleasure to work with and had a fantastic rapport with our staff and service users. We hope she learnt a lot from her time with us.

On behalf of our team here, we would like to thank Catherine for all her hard work while she was with us. We would also like to wish her all the best for her remaining time in CDS. We look forward to seeing her complete her studies and graduating. Hopefully we will see her work professionally in the Deaf community thereafter too.

Krista and Steve Walker from the USA on a flying visit to Co. Kerry.
Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming our long-time friends and colleagues, Krista and Steve Walker from Maryland in the USA.

Many of you will remember Krista from her 1st research trip to Ireland back in 2008 where she looked at supports and services for Deaf parents with hearing children. In the Deaf community, kids of Deaf parents are known as KODAs. Krista's research was valuable to those of us who work with Deaf parents and their KODA children.

Krista and Steve were back in Ireland on a surprise visit to celebrate our Board member, Susan O'Callaghan's surprise 40th birthday and baby shower. Before they headed back to the USA, we also got the chance to celebrate Krista's birthday here in the office. As always, it was a pleasure to welcome them back to Ireland and to their home from home here in Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.

Congrats to Deaf entrant in Rose of Tralee Clare selection night.
We would like to congratulate Gillian Lafferty who competed in the Clare Rose of Tralee selection night on Saturday night in The Dromoland Inn in Co. Clare.

Gillian's was sponsored by and represented DCM Compliance. As Gillian is Deaf and a sign language user, she also represented the Deaf community too.

We were delighted to hear via an interpreter colleague Carri O'Donnell that funding and sponsorship for a sign language interpreter was sourced which meant Gillian had full access at the event too. Our own Catherine White was the interpreter on the night.

During her interview on stage, Gillian chatted about many things ranging from the support she receives from her family and friends and about the importance of sign language. Gillian also had the opportunity to talk about the Irish Sign Language (ISL) Official Recognition Campaign too.

On behalf of all of us in KDRC, we would like to extend our hearty congratulations to her for participating in the Rose Selection night. It was fantastic to see another Deaf woman compete in the regional selection nights. Fingers crossed it won't be too long before we see a Deaf Rose being crowned the winner.

Irish Deaf Society (IDS) spring Roadshow in Co. Kerry.
The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) Spring Roadshows are taking place around Ireland from the 19th - 28th of April.

We are delighted to hear one of their information roadshows will take place in Tralee in the Grand Hotel on the 22nd of April from 11am - 1pm.

For more information, you can contact the IDS via their Facebook page at or their website

Easter opening hours.
Finally, on behalf of our Board and staff, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter.

We will close this Thursday at 5pm. We will be closed Good Friday and the Bank Holiday Monday and will re-open again on Tuesday at 10am.

A sincere thank you to everyone who brought us Easter Eggs, chocolate and cakes during the week. We are very grateful for your kindness. We hope everyone has a fantastic Easter and hope the Easter bunny is kind to you and you get lots of yummy Easter Eggs.
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3 July 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 27)

Sign Language Interpreter at annual mass in Tralee.
A sign language interpreter will be available at the annual mass in Rath Cemetery in Tralee on the 12th of July at 7.30pm. This is the 20th Anniversary Mass of the Blessing of the People's Altar.

The celebrant is Fr. Dan O'Riordan and members of the Deaf community are welcomed to attend. This is a very popular mass so if you want to see the interpreter, it is advisable to arrive early to secure a place near where the interpreting access is provided.

Sign Language Interpreters Munster (SLIM) training.
A workshop for members of Sign Language Interpreters Munster (SLIM) will take place in Limerick on the 20th of July.

The workshop will explore how interpreters as individuals manage our daily lives and how to look after ourselves if we work with sensitive information or challenging settings.

The workshop will also look at the concept of MEDS which covers Meditation, Exercise, Diet and Spirituality and promises to be a great day.

Volunteers required for Tralee street collection.
We are looking for volunteers for a Street Collection that will take place in Tralee on the 21st of July.

If you are able to volunteer for any length of time, please contact Therese in our office.

Back To School Allowance Grant (BSCFA) now open.
Schools have only just closed for the summer holidays. However, if you are a parent of a child attending school in September, don't forget you can now apply for the Back to School Allowance Grant. This grant helps parents with the cost of uniforms and footwear for school going children.

There have been a number of changes to the grant including an increase to €125 for children under 12, and €150 for secondary school students.

Applications for the 2017 grant opened on the 1st of June and the closing date for applications is the 30th of September.

Parents or guardians must be getting certain social welfare payments or taking part in training, employment or adult education schemes. Your child/children must be aged between 4 and 17 on or before 30 September of the year you apply, or aged between 18 and 22 on or before 30 September if still in second-level education.

If you received this grant before, the Department of Social Protection pays BSCFA automatically to many customers. This means that they do not have to apply for the payment. If you qualify automatically, you should receive a letter stating when and how your allowance will be paid. (These customers will be notified of their entitlements approx. 23rd of June. The payment will be made during the week ending 14 July 2017.)

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty says families should check if they are eligible. "The children are only getting their holidays from school last Friday but I think as you can see all the shops at the moment the uniforms are out, they're up front in all of our supermarkets, in Dunnes, Marks and Spencers - all of them have their back to school wear ready. To avail of the grant to get onto the website," she said. For more information, check out:

Office closing for summer holidays in August.
It's that time again, where our office staff are looking forward to their annual summer holidays.

We always like to give advance notice of when we are closing up and re-opening again.

This year we will close on Monday, the 31st of July at 5pm. We will re-open again on Monday the 4th of September at 10am. If you would like an appointment before we close for holidays, please let us know.
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