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27 May 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 23)

Sign linguistic classes finishing up for the summer.
Our Sign Linguistic classes which are tutored by our Manager, Willie White have just finished up for the summer break. Due to their increasing popularity, we hope to provide classes again for existing students in & around September time.

Our sincere thanks to all the students for their interest and commitment to the classes and we look forward to working with you all again when the new academic year starts up again.

Update on deaf adult literacy service (DALS) classes in the autumn?
As you may know, our DALS classes finished up a few weeks ago unexpectedly. These classes had been sponsored by our great colleagues and friends in the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) for many years.

As a result of ongoing funding issues that the IDS have been experiencing, a decision was made to reduce or stop a number of DALS classes. This lead to the IDS carrying out a significant amount of work to secure core funding from the Government to protect all their services including the DALS classes. This work is still ongoing. While the Government have been supportive and offered some funding, core funding is still being sought. Due to this, we are still unsure if classes will return in the autumn. However, we will continue to support the IDS's campaign to secure core funding. As soon as we have any further updates, we will let you know.

Computer facilities in upstairs area.
Now that our classes have finished up for the summer, our computer area will be more readily available during the summer months. If you need to use a computer with access to the internet, please let us know. A good way to check your social media pages also.

Bank holiday closing.
We just wanted to let all our customers know in advance that our office will close for the Bank Holiday Monday (3rd of June). We will re-open again on Tuesday at 10am. Have a great long weekend from all of us here in KDRC.
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20 May 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 22)

#DeafAccess Research Project (With UCC, CDA and KDRC).
Our service is delighted and honoured to be invited to participate as project partners in research with University College Cork and our colleagues in the Cork Deaf Association.

The project aims to support public bodies increase their level of deaf awareness and access for members of the deaf community whose first language is Irish Sign Language.

The project is supported under the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) Grant Scheme. The project is also linking with representatives from the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS), the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) and AHEAD.

The project partners have created a video in Irish Sign Language (ISL) which gives full information about this project. We are also happy for you to share this video with friends, family and colleagues. To view the video, go to:

So what happens next? We are looking for members of the deaf community to let us know what access means to you? If you need to access information from a Government Department or Public Body, what access do you require?

As you know with the passing of the Irish Sign Language Act in December 2017, ISL is now considered the 3rd official language of Ireland alongside English and Irish. This Act places clear legal obligations on Government Depts/Public Bodies to provide access to ISL users.

If you have any thoughts on what access means to you, we would love to hear from you. We are happy to accept feedback via ISL and emails. To contact the project partners, please email:

What will happen after feedback has been collected? Once all information has been gathered and reviewed, an access template will be developed. This will list the access requirements of ISL users and other useful information to enable access for members of the deaf community when meeting with Govt Depts/Public Bodies. To make sure this access template represents your needs, we'd love to hear from you.
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13 May 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 21)

Official Opening of New Kerry Sports Academy.
We would like to extend our best wishes to the new Kerry Sports Academy which formally opens in Tralee on the 15th of May at 1pm. The new academy will be based in the north campus of the Tralee Institute of Technology (ITT).

In the initial design stage a few years ago, a number of deaf and hard of hearing service users along with other disability representatives were asked to give their input into the design of the academy. This feedback was taken to ensure the access needs of a wide range of service users would be included in the new academy.

It will be great to see when the new facility opens up, how many of the recommendations were adapted and included in the final build. If any deaf and hard of hearing service users are attending the opening or avail of the academy facilities and have any feedback, please let us know and we would be happy to pass your feedback onto the team there.

We look forward to seeing the new academy opening up and wish the ITT all the best with this new sporting development. We would also like to thank them sincerely for considering the access needs of deaf and hard of hearing service users in the initial design phase.

Sailing Opportunity for Young Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
While we are on the topic of sporting opportunities, Sail Training Ireland will be hosting a deaf and hard of hearing student voyage from the 7th to 13th of August 2019.

This 'Tall Ship Adventure of a Lifetime' which encourages participants to Sail, Train, Learn, Live is open to young people from the age of 15-18 years of age.

If you are interested in experiencing a fun challenge and the adventure of sailing a tall ship, Sail Training Ireland would love to hear from you. You can get further information by emailing: or by telephone at 01 871 1745. You can also check out their website for more information on the type of sailing activities they organise at
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#DeafAccess Research with UCC, CDA and KDRC.
Research is taking place at University College Cork, in partnership with Cork Deaf Association and Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.

The project aims to support public bodies to improve their accessibility to members of the Deaf community whose first language is Irish Sign Language and to become Deaf aware.

We need the support of the Irish Deaf community to help us to complete this project. Please let us know what positive #DeafAccess means to you.

We are delighted to share an Irish Sign Language video which gives full information about this project. Please watch and share widely:

To contact the project partners, please email:
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6 May 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 20)

Public Holiday.
Our office will close on Monday the 6th of May for Public Holidays. We will open again on the 7th of May at 10am.
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