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07 August 2003 (VOL 1 WEEK 6)

Last Wednesday saw the arrival home of our group from Canada. It has taken almost a week for them to recover from their very intensive conference. They are now making plans for the next World Federation of the Deaf Conference in Spain in 2007. If you are interested in being part of this group, let us know.

Once the group has recovered, we will be putting together a presentation of our findings from the Conference. If you are interested in attending, please do let us know. If there is a high number of people interested in attending, we will need to book a room away from the Deaf Centre.

Comhairle in conjunction with Kerry Citizens Information Centre and Kerry Network of People with Disabilities have organised a one day seminar on information and services for people with disabilities. This will take place at The Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry on Thursday 11th September from 10.00am to 4.00pm. If you require an interpreter to attend, please let us know. Again, if you are interested in attending, please let us know as soon as possible.

The European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters AGM and Conference will be held from 3rd to 5th October in Brighton, England. One of our staff members will be presenting at the Conference. The paper is entitled “the value and the impact of working closely with the Deaf Community”. If you are interested in discussing this paper with the presenter, please call in to see us at Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. If you are interested in attending the conference, you can contact:

EFSLI 2003,
PO Box 32152, London N4 2YZ, United Kingdom.
Voice/text: +44 208 809 4353

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14 August 2003 (VOL 1 WEEK 7)

Are you interested in learning basic computers? Kerry Deaf Resource Centre is holding a computer training course. The training will be from Monday 18th - 22nd of Aug from 10am - 1pm. If you're interested, please email Kerry Deaf Resource Centre as soon as possible as numbers are limited.

The next masses for the Deaf will be the 2nd Sunday in September, October, November and December. The mass will be held in our Centre in Tralee & will start at 3pm. A sign language Interpreter will be available for the mass.

Our next kid's club is on the 2nd Sunday in September at 3pm, October, November and December. Kids meeting point at the Deaf Centre in Tralee. We will bring the kids to Jungle Jims, Bowling, Play Factory & other places of interest to deaf kids & their hearing brothers, sisters & friends. If you would like to volunteer your services with the kids club or making tea for those attending the mass, do not hesitate to email us.

We have added new pages to our website - they are for Family Support & Equality Support. Why not have a look at the website & let us know what you think of website.

As always, a reminder: we sell hearing aid batteries for €3 for a pack of six. We also have a range equipment on display for Deaf & hard of hearing people.

We are now taking names for our sign language classes, which will start in September/October 2003. To join our classes, please email us as soon as possible.

Our library is always open to members. For books & videos on Deaf related issues, why not drop into the office & see what is available on loan.

If you want to get information on a regular basis, please send us your email address & we will send information on events & activities that happen on a regular basis.

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21 August 2003 (VOL 1 WEEK 8)

Are you Deaf or hard of hearing in employment, do you need equipment for work? You can apply to FÁS for a workplace equipment adaptation grant. Are you a sign language user and going for a job Interview? FÁS can pay for a sign language Interpreter to attend job interviews. If you are not in employment and need equipment, your name can be placed on a waiting list for TAGS (Technical Aid Grant scheme). If you are on a Medical card, it may be possible to apply to the Health Board for assistance towards the cost of equipment. If you have to buy equipment because of your deafness, and VAT is charged, you may be able to claim the VAT back. For more information on any of the above, do not hesitate to email us.

We have doorbells, telephones, loop systems and other equipment on display in our office for Deaf and hard of hearing people. We have a new supply of 675, 13, 10 & 312 batteries. €3 for a pack of six.

We have a few places left on our sign language classes starting in September and October. To join our classes, please email us as soon as possible.

Notes for your diary:

  1. Refugee & Asylum Seeker Support Service. Are you interested in painting murals. If so, come along to Trasnet.
    When: This Saturday 23rd August 9 o' clock in the morning onwards!!
    Where: Trasnet Drop In Centre, 7 Ashe Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
  2. Rose of Tralee Parade. Are you interested in joining the parade with the Kerry Network of People with Disabilities? They will be promoting the European Year of People with Disabilities. If so, let us know, parade starts at 7.15pm this Saturday, 23rd of August
  3. Rose of Tralee Festival Interpreted Events.
    • When: Official Opening Friday night 22nd August at 7.30pm.
      Where: Ashe Memorial Hall, Tralee - free.
    • When: Festival Parade Saturday night 23rd August at 9.00pm.
      Where: Ashe Memorial Hall, Tralee - free.
    • When: Rose Selection Monday night 25th August at 8.00pm.
      Where: The Dome, Tralee - ticket event only.
    • When: Midnight Madness Tuesday night 26th August 11.30pm.
    • Where: Ashe Memorial Hall, Tralee - free.
  4. The Human Rights Commission, The National Disability Authority & The Law Society are having a one day conference on Saturday 13th September on “Global Trends in Disability Law - Setting a Context for Irish Law Reform”.
    Where: Presidents' Hall, Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7.
    When: 13th September 2003, Sign language Interpreter provided.
  5. Kerry County Childcare Committee. Are organising an Awareness Day. To Promote inclusiveness for children with Disabilities “Include me in”. As part of the European Year of People with Disabilities. One of our Board Members Shane Hamilton will be promoting Kerry Deaf Resource Centre at the Awareness Day. Come along and see what is on offer.
    When: Saturday 30th August 12.00 noon to 5.00pm.
    Where: Manor West Retail Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
  6. Cork Mental Health Association are holding a conference to Celebrate World Mental Health Day. The theme is “Mental Health is Everyone's Business”.
    Where: The Great Southern Hotel, Cork Airport.
    When: Friday 10th October 2003.
    Cost: €60 Registration Fee, Sign language Interpreter provided
  7. Kerry Deaf Resource Centre is putting together a Child Protection Policy. We would love to have your input into this very important document. If you are a parent of a Deaf child, a Deaf parent of a hearing child, a Deaf adult, please let us know your availability so we can meet with the official from the Southern Health Board who will assist us in putting together this policy. The success of the policy depends on your experiences.

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28 August 2003 (VOL 1 WEEK 9)

Well the Rose of Tralee is over for another year & we're all starting to get back to our normal routine. We had Deaf people from all over Ireland at the festival, along with Deaf people from the United Kingdom. It was great having our Centre so close to town, everyone was able to meet here and go into town together to enjoy the activities.

Many thanks to the Rose of Tralee for allowing us provide Interpreting access during the festival. This year we had Interpreters at the official opening on the Friday night. We also provided Interpreters on the Ashe Memorial stage for the parade on the Saturday night and the closing ceremony on the Tuesday night.

Geraldine Broderick, this year's entrant for the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre in the Kerry Rose Selection, also had the chance to attend the selection nights in the Dome on the Tuesday & Wednesday. While she was there, she met a Deaf couple from Galway whose son is going out with the Galway Rose. Again, we are very happy to have been able to provide Interpreters for them so they had full access to the show on both nights. A huge thanks in particular to Catherine Nourse for her Interpreting work throughout the festival.

Our computer camp was a great success - many thanks to the tutors for their hard work & to Veronica White for coming up with the idea. Veronica worked very hard to ensure everyone was included in the training. An outcome of the training will be a basic CD ROM on sign language. This CD has been designed & developed by our Deaf participants. When we have made copies, we hope to sell them to those wanting to learn basic sign language. You can see a sample of this CD in our office. Many thanks to all those who participated in the training, we will run more camps in the future.

The Irish Deaf Society in Dublin have 2 vacancies:

  1. Programme Development Manager
  2. Administrator
Location: Irish Deaf Society, 30 Blessington Street, Dublin 7.
For more information, contact the Irish Deaf Society Telephone: 01 8601878 Minicom: 01 8601910 Fax: 01 8601960. Email:

The Irish Deaf Journal is preparing its Autumn newsletter - have you any items of interest that we could submit to the next newsletter - if so, send it to us and we will send it to them.

As always, our reminder - our next Mass will be on the 2nd Sunday in September at 3pm. We will also have a kid's club event on the same day. Let us know where you would like to go? We can go bowling, to Jungle Jims or even to the cinema. It's your day so let's have fun.

A group of Deaf people from Cork will be travelling to Ballybunion the first week in October with the Cork Association for the Deaf - if you are interesting in staying with them in Ballybunion, email us for more details.

We have a supply of 675, 13, 10 & 312 batteries. €3 for a pack of six.

We are still taking names for our sign language classes starting in September and October. To join our classes, please email us as soon as possible. Keep an eye out for the Kerry Education Service night class supplement in the Kerryman sometime in September - we hope to be able to provide classes with them. The supplement will list all classes for their forth-coming night classes.

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