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26 March 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 13)

Reminder of Ethiopia Deaf Project raffle.
Just a quick reminder about the Ethiopia Deaf Project raffle. The closing date is the 3rd of April. All money raised go towards the running costs of the Ambo Deaf School in Ethiopia.

Tickets are available from our staff and Manager and cost €2 each or 3 for €5. Prizes include:
  • 1st prize: 43' Smart TV.
  • 2nd prize: 32' Smart TV
  • 3rd prize: Laptop.
  • 4th prize: Tablet.
  • 5th prize: TV soundbar.
  • 6th prize: Digital Camera.
  • 7th prize: Food Steamer.
  • 8th prize: Tassimo Pod Coffee Machine.
  • 9th prize: Bluetooth Speaker.
  • 10th prize: Blender.
ISL Act 2017 training provided to Kerry Citizens Information Centres.
Our Manager, Willie White recently provided training on the new Irish Sign Language Act 2017 to staff and volunteers from the Citizen Information Centres across Co. Kerry.

Willie also provided information on a number of sign language interpreting access policies including the Citizens Information Board (CIB), The Dept. of Social Protection (DSP) and the HSE GP Access policies. Our sincere thanks to the CIC's for providing this training and we hope the information and policies will be of benefit to them when working with ISL users.

Expression of interest for interpreting/ISL access for 1st year student.
A secondary school in Abbeyfeale is looking for an 'expression of interest' from Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreters to work with a 1st year Deaf student in September. They will also consider interest from individuals with strong ISL fluency.

If you are interested, please let us know and we will forward your details to the relevant department. It is anticipated that this will be a fulltime position. Job share options may also be considered. Full details in terms of timetable, pay etc. will be available in due course.
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19 March 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 12)

Bank Holiday.
Our office will close on Monday the 19th of March for Bank Holidays. We will open again on the 20th of March at 10am.
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12 March 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 11)

Thank you to Dr Gill Harold for invite to 'ISL Act' Presentation.
Our service would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dr Gill Harold for inviting members of our service to a presentation by Dr John Bosco Conama in UCC during the the week.

Dr Conama's presentation looked at the 'Bumpy Journey Towards the ISL Act'. It gave a fascinating insight into the challenges of securing official recognition of Irish Sign Language (ISL) which passed into Law in December 2017.

Our sincere thanks also to Willie White, Patti Canne and Veronica White for representing our service at the event.

Congratulations to Mid West School for the Deaf - Civic Reception.
Our service would like to extend our congrats and best wishes to Limerick School for the Deaf who were honoured with a Civic Reception during the week by the Lord Mayor of Limerick. The award recognises the work the school did in the run up to the ISL Act 2017. A superb achievement for the school and students. Well done!!!

Congrats to Prof Lorraine Leeson on new post in Trinity College.
We would like to extend our best wishes to our friend and colleague Prof Lorraine Leeson on her new appointment as Trinity College new Associate Deans of Research.

We have worked with Prof Leeson in her role as professor in Deaf Studies and Director of the Centre for Deaf Studies in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences. Lorraine is currently Chair of the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters Expert Group. The responsibilities of an Associate Dean of Research typically involve developing short and long-range research initiatives, facilitating research collaborations across the university, supervising research-oriented staff and securing research funding. Best of luck Lorraine from all of us in KDRC.
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5 March 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 10)

Thank you to public participation network for invite to PPN meeting.
We would like to thank Caroline Toal and the Public Participation Network (PPN) for inviting our service to their PPN meeting during the week in Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee.

This event was held in conjunction with the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI). PPN allows local authorities to connect with community groups across Ireland. For more info on PPN, go to:

Irish Sign Language Act (ISL) 2017 - lecture in UCC.
Dr John Bosco Conama will be giving a presentation on 'The Bumpy Journey towards the Irish Sign Language Act' in Cork on Friday, the 9th of March 2018. It will take place in the Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, G06, College Road, University College Cork.

The seminar is being hosted by the ISS21 Disability and Mental Health research cluster. This event will take place as part of UCC Equality Week (March 6th - 9th). ISL-English interpretation will be provided.

To register a free place, go to:

The ISL Act 2017 was passed into law on 24th December 2017. Irish Sign Language (ISL) is now officially designated as a native and independent language in the Republic of Ireland. Dr John Bosco Conama will chart the progress of the ISL recognition campaign and explore some critical considerations for language rights activism.

Dr John Bosco Conama is involved in the Centre for Deaf Studies in University of Dublin, Trinity College. His doctorate focused on equality issues affecting Deaf communities and his research interests are: Equality and social policy issues affecting Irish and international Deaf communities. He also teaches Deaf studies-related modules and is on the World Federation of the Deaf Expert Group on Sign Language and Deaf Studies.
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