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25 March 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 13)

Reminder of making an appointment policy.
Due to increasing demands placed on our service, to ensure our service can allocate sufficient time to our customers, we would like to remind everyone of our 'making an appointment' policy.

Appointments are required for the following: Form filling (especially detailed and multiple forms). Translation of information and forms (into plain English or sign language). Phone calls (to/from external parties). Documents that need to be typed up. Referrals for sign language interpreting access. Detailed enquiries (on rights and entitlements etc). Confidential / complex / legal / sensitive enquiries. Requests to meet with manager / specific staff member(s).

KDRC also reserves the right to apply relevant policies and procedures and in particular when considering which staff member is the most appropriate to deal with your enquiry.

Reminder of our opening hours.
Our service is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm) and Fridays (10am to 1pm). Our Centre is closed Friday afternoons.

Due to limited funding and staff, our Centre does not have any night time or weekend staff. However, for legal or medical emergencies that require sign language interpreting access, check out or

Yoga classes (organised by Chime Killarney).
Yoga classes for deaf adults will be taking place over the coming months in St. Brigid's Family Resource Centre in Tralee.

The classes are being run by Chime (the national charity for deafness and hearing loss). Classes will take place from 2pm - 3pm and will cost €2 per class. The dates for the classes are as follows: March (25th). April (1st and 29th). May (13th, 20th and 27th). June (10th and 17th). For more information, contact Aileen at Chime on 086 607 2908.
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18 March 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 12)

Public Holiday.
Our office will close on Monday the 18th of March for Public Holidays. We will open again on the 19th of March at 10am.
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11 March 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 11)

Mother Father Deaf - TV Documentary.
RTÉ will be showing a documentary "Mother Father Deaf" on Thursday, the 14th of March at 10.15pm on RTÉ One. The producers promise that this programme will be a touching and informative one-off special looking at the lives of people who were born into deaf families.

Three CODAs (children of deaf adults) - Laura O'Grady (Dublin), Shane O'Reilly (Dublin) and Catherine White (Tralee) open up about what it was like to grow up in such a household. Some of the parents also get the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and how they think it shaped their children.

CODA UK and Ireland Day in Limerick.
Just a gentle reminder of the "CODA Wellbeing Day" which will be held in Limerick on Saturday, the 23rd of March.

The event is being organised by CODA UK and Ireland and will be held in the Deaf Community Centre (DCC) from 10.30am - 5.30pm. The event is open to CODA's over 18 years of age.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to meet other fellow CODA's. It will also include a CODA related presentation, workshops, a member and volunteers forum including how to get involved in CODA UK/Ireland and the day will end off with an evening meal and social.

If you would like more information, you can email: or to register go to

Mother Father Deaf day - family picnic.
"Mother Father Deaf Day" will be celebrated again this year on Sunday the 28th of April with a 'Family Picnic' in Deaf Village Ireland (DVI).

The event will run from 1pm - 6pm and will include the following: 1). Create a family bunting. 2). Family mass at 1pm. 3). Picnic at 2pm. 4). Family games at 3pm. 5). Family swim from 4pm - 5.30pm.

This was a hugely successful event last year and promises to be a great day out again this year. Admission is free. Don't forget to bring your own picnic and blanket.
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4 March 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 10)

International Women's Day - ISL Access.
International Women's Day will be celebrated on Friday, the 8th of March. As part of these celebrations, the Kerry Women's Resource Centre (KWRC) will be holding an event in the Rose Hotel in Tralee from 10am - 12.30pm. We have been informed that Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreting access will be provided on the day. If you would like to attend or require more information, please contact the organisers directly.

Access for all report launch - ISL Access.
The Public Participation Network is launching the "Access for All - Disability Awareness" workshops report on Monday, the 11th of March in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee.

We have been informed that Irish Sign Language (ISL) access will be provided on the day. Registration begins at 2pm with tea and coffee and the main event will start at 2.30pm. If any group or organisation wishes to bring along information, the organisers are happy to make tables available in order that the information can be shared.

If you would like to attend or require more information, please contact the organisers Caroline Toal: or Eamon O'Keeffe: by the 7th of March.

Upcoming events with ISL access?
If you know of any public event that will have ISL access, please inform the organisers that if they contact us in advance, that we are happy to share this information in our newsletter or on our Facebook/website pages. Advance notice would be great to ensure we have sufficient time to circulate the information via our newsletter and/or our social media platforms.
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