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8.10.18 Full Time Vacancies With DEAFHEAR. The vacancies are full time/permanent are as follows: Operations Director. Director of Specialist Services. Children and Family Services Manager. Assistive Technology Manager. Social Work & Care Services Manager. Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 17th October (by 5pm). For more information »

1.10.18 Upcoming church collections - volunteers required. It's that time of year again when we are organising a number of Church Collections which require volunteers. For more information »

24.9.18 International Week of the Deaf and International Day of Sign Languages. This year's theme is "With Sign Language, Everyone is Included" from the 23rd - 30th of September. For more information »

10.9.18 National Survey of Services for Children with Permanent Hearing Loss. The HSE is looking for parents to give feedback on the health and educational services available to children who have permanent hearing loss. For more information »

3.9.18 Opening hours until Christmas Our opening hours from now until Christmas will be: Mon/Tue/Wed/Thurs: 10am - 1pm and 2 - 5pm. Fri: 10am - 1pm. For more information »

30.7.18 Upcoming international events in 2019. Clin D'oeil Festival - Reims France (4th - 7th Of July 2019); Codalove - Fontainebleau France (11th - 14th July 2019); WASLI Conference - Paris France (15th - 19th July 2019) and WFD Congress - Paris France (23rd - 27th July 2019). For more information »

23.7.18 Deaf Sports Ireland - 50th Anniversary Celebrations. A host of sporting events are being planned from the 5th - 7th of Oct in DVI. The celebrations will end with a Dinner Party and DJ in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry. For more information »

25.6.18 Advance notice of annual leave in August. This year we will close on Tuesday, the 31st of July at 5pm. We will re-open again on Monday the 3rd of September at 10am. For more information »

14.6.18 Enquiries on paid/non-paid work with our service. Over the past few months, we have seen an increase in people looking for paid/non-paid work with our service. KDRC is introducing a number of new measures to ensure we are compliant with relevant employment/voluntary work policies and procedures. All on-duty staff (paid and non-paid) must have up-to-date Garda Vetting with our service. For more information »

14.5.18 Data protection - emails, text messages and newsletter update. Over the past few weeks, we have been updating all our client files to ensure we are following new Data Protection guidelines. As a result, we have been deleting and shredding files that are not in line with these new policies. For more information »

23.4.18 Thank you to Patti Canne in Social Work training. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Patti Canne for providing training to our staff, Board members and invited guests. Patti is pursuing her Masters in Social Work in Gallaudet University and had a wealth of information and theories. For more information »

16.4.18 KDRC Data Protection Policy. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on the 25th May 2018. Our service is committed to ensuring we follow appropriate data protection guidelines, policies and legislation. To ensure we comply with the new GDPR policy, we are implementing changes in how we store data. For more information »

26.3.18 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. For more information »

26.2.18 'ISL Act Formal Gala'. To celebrate the passing of the Irish Sign Language (ISL) Act. It will be held in the Crown Plaza Northwood in Dublin on Saturday the 19th of May at 7pm. Early bird tickets before the 26th of April. Deadline to get tickets is the 11th of May at 5pm. For more information »

19.2.18 WFD Congress in Paris. The next World Federation of the Deaf Congress will be held in Paris in 2019 from the 23rd-27th of July. For more information »

5.2.18 Classes in our centre from now until May. The list of classes that will run in KDRC until the end of May: Introduction to Sign Linguistics, Personal Development (QQI Level 3), Computers (QQI Level 3) and Arts and crafts / social get-together. For more information »

22.1.18 Our newsletter is back again after taking a break for Christmas and the New Year. Although our office re-opened on the 8th of January, we decided to take an extended break with our newsletter while our Manager was abroad in Asia and Australia. We would like to welcome Willie back to Ireland. We would also like to wish our Board, staff, customers and supporters a very Happy 2018. For more information »

8.1.18 Irish Sign Language Act signed into law by the President 24th of December 2017. On, the 24th of December 2017 is a truly historic day for the Deaf community. President Michael D. Higgins signed the Irish Sign Language Act 2017 into Law. For more information »

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Our Mission:

To ensure Deaf adults, children, and their families have full access to services and information which are available in the Kerry region so they are able to be self determining, independent and able to participate at all levels in the Kerry Community.

Our Vision:

To be the leading Resource Centre providing support and services for Deaf adults, children, and their families and other related organisations in Kerry.

Our Values:

  • Deaf people CAN !!!!!!!
  • Deaf people and Deaf culture should be treated with dignity and respect
  • Deaf people have the right and responsibility to be involved in the planning, delivery and monitoring of all services intended for their use
  • Irish sign language is the natural language of Deaf people and together with Deaf culture is recognised and accepted by the Centre
  • Other modes of communication modes used by Deaf people are also recognised and accepted.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Profile:

» To promote human and citizenship rights for Deaf people in Kerry and Ireland

» To foster the legal and official recognition of Irish Sign Language and to establish the rights to use Irish Sign Language (hereinafter referred to as "I.S.L.") as a primary means of communication in all aspects of life

» To develop, manage and promote any activity in furtherance to the objects of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited

» To keep in touch with new developments, new methods and approaches in the Deaf Community and to disseminate information on I.S.L, Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community to its' members and wider Society

» To promote the research of any aids and equipment - designed specifically or otherwise to benefit the Deaf and distribution of aids approved by the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited for use by the Deaf To provide opportunity for constructive discussion of societal and ethical issues of Deaf people, I.S.L. and Deaf Culture

» To advise and assist, at the discretion of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited, other bodies or individuals in Deaf related matters

» To affiliate, at the discretion of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited to any body, local, national and international, for the purpose of furthering objects of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre

» To promote public awareness of I.S.L, Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community

» To lobby and negotiate, where appropriate, with government departments or other agencies or bodies on behalf of its members, affiliated groups or other parties

» To negotiate, where appropriate, with national bodies for funding and/or support for the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited or its projects, either independently or in partnership with other organisations

» To foster the cultural and educational advancement of Deaf people; To inform individual Deaf people of grants available to them

» To publicise generally the aims and objectives of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited through comprehensive media briefing with a view to raising public awareness of all aspects of Deaf-related matters

» To provide expert advice, consultancy services, classes of instruction, tuition, lectures, meetings, discussion groups, exhibitions, printed matter and literature in relation to or furtherance of the objects of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited

» To employ interpreters, consultants or other persons to the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited or its members

» To ensure Deaf adults, children, and their families have full access to services and information which are available in the Kerry region so they are able to be self determining, independent and able to participate at all levels in the Kerry Community.

» Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Co. Ltd.

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Social calendar and gallery sections is stalled at the moment, hopefully something will be up and running shortly.

Overuse of mailing lists

There was a time when it was difficult to access information. However with the introduction of e-mail, e-groups etc information is more readily available.

The only problem is, alot of organisations like Kerry Deaf Resource Centre & individuals are receiving information from numerous sources about the same events.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre receives information in duplicate, triplicate and sometime more often but doesn't mind as the delete button on our computer is easy to find.

However, we do not want to be guilty ourselves of over-informing people. The problem is??, its difficult to know who is or who is not receiving information, what type of information they are getting, and lastly if they are getting the same information from different sources.

If you are receiving information from Kerry Deaf Resource Centre and are already getting it from other sources, please email us as we'd like to remove your name from our lists. That way, Kerry Deaf Resource Centre is contributing to information being available to those who want it, and to those who wish to have it, but not to those who are getting information elsewhere or who do not want to have it.

» Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Co. Ltd.

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