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5 August 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 31)

Our office was closed for one week's holiday.

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12 August 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 32)

Hello to all our members and readers this week. We start off with an apology for the lack of our weekly update last week. Our office was closed for one week's holiday. However, we are back, alive and well. We appreciate the support we have received regarding our weekly update. Thank you for taking the time to call us and enquire about our notes.

We would like to begin by extending our very sincere sympathy to Angela Fitzgerald on the recent death of her husband John Gill. John was a teacher in St. Joseph's school for deaf boys in Cabra for many years. Our thoughts are with Angela and John's family at this time.

One of our Deaf tutors in Kerry, Shane Hamilton, is available to teach ISL Level 3 in September. Contact us or email us: kdrc@eircom.net if you want to put your name on the waiting list. Niamh White another Deaf tutor is now available to teach ISL Level 1 at the KDRC during the daytime. Again, call us to put your name on the waiting list. Keep an eye out also for the VEC night class programme, this is normally advertised in the Kerryman sometime in September. This will advertise all classes including sign language classes.

Our congratulations to Geraldine Broderick who will be one of two Irish Deaf Youth Representatives going on a trip to Italy in October. I am sure Geraldine will write a short note for our weekly update on her return. Well done Geraldine, we are proud of you here in Kerry.

Special thanks to Enda Curtayne for organising the Golf Classic again for us this year. The monies raised help keep our service running. Very sincere thanks to those who joined the Golf Classic on the day. A special thanks go to Mr Declan Mangan and Committee of Dooks Golf Course for making their facilities available to us, Mr Seamus Roantree of Sunhill in Killorglin, the General Manager of Cadbury's Ireland in Rathmore for the chocolates, Mr JB O'Shea, Owenagarry, Killorglin for his help on the day, The Bianconi Inn, George Boyle, Langford Street, Killorglin and to all those who contributed to a successful event.

Finally, we are finally delighted to announce the establishment of the Kerry Deaf Adult Learning Programme based at the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. This is a joint initiative with the Kerry Education Service. This 2.5 year programme will be co-ordinated by one of our local people Ms Catherine White. Catherine's background includes an approximate 20 year experience of training and interpreting in Ireland, England and New Zealand. We wish Catherine and the programme the best of success. If you have any queries about this programme, Catherine can be contacted through our own service.

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19 August 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 33)

This week our notes include various activities between Kerry and Dublin. If you have items of interest for our notes, we would be more than happy to include them.

The Model School for the Deaf Project are organising a Family Day out, an ISL trip to Dublin Zoo on Saturday 28th August (the last Saturday before school starts). Adults €10.00 and children €6.50. All are welcome to attend Deaf, hard of hearing, coda's, parents of Deaf children, friends of deaf and hard of hearing and ISL students. Further information from Deaforward either fax: 01 860 1986, mobile: 086 384 7023, minicom 01 860 1910 or email: info@deaforward.ie.

If you are attending different activities during the Rose of Tralee festival, let us know if you require the services of an Irish Sign Language interpreter or email us: kdrc@eircom.net. We need to inform the Rose of Tralee office in advance for this service.

If you are thinking of undertaking night classes this September and require the services of an Irish Sign Language interpreter or speedtext operator, again, let us know in advance or email us: kdrc@eircom.net, as demand for these services are very high.

Encouraging Signs, Developing Deaf Studies in Ireland Conference: 9-11 September 2004, Venue: University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD), Dublin. Two of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre (KDRC) members of staff will be presenting at the Conference, William White and Catherine White. Other themes of the Conference will be: Policy, Politics and Rights, The Role of Linguistics in Promoting Recognition of Signed Languages, Applied Linguistics Developments, Interpreting, Applied Linguistics Developments: Teaching Signed Languages, Living and Learning Bilingually Deaf Culture, Community and Identity. Interpreting will be provided (ISL/English, ASL/English), speed-text provided, deaf-blind interpreting on request (please contact us at the Centre for Deaf Studies). Fees: €120 (€75 for students/OAPs with supporting documentation). Accommodation available on campus (€53.50 pp/per night). To register: contact Centre for Deaf Studies, TCD. Tel: 01 830 12 52, fax: 01 830 12 11 or email: cdsinfo@tcd.ie or www.centrefordeafstudies.com.

Deaforward will have another update information meeting to listen to Deaf people's views on local services. The next meeting will be held at the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre on Friday 22nd October from 7.00pm to 10.00pm. The meeting will be conducted in Irish Sign Language. If you would like to attend but require the services of an interpreter to translate the information into English, please do let us know as soon as possible.

Veronica White is available to undertake outreach visits to elderly Deaf people or Deaf children in their homes all over Kerry as part of her outreach work. If you know of anyone who would like to use this service, contact Veronica through the KDRC or email us: kdrc@eircom.net.

The Education Equality Initiative project is now up and running at the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. Very shortly we will be looking for Deaf people who would be interested in becoming trained and accredited Irish Sign Language tutors and Deaf Awareness Trainers. If you would like further information about this project, please contact Catherine White, Project Co-ordinator. This project is funded by the National Development Plan, with support services from Leargas. The project is a joint initiative with the Kerry Education Service.

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26 August 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 34)

Well this week we had the Rose of Tralee festival and had a great time.

We want to thank Hilda Earley and Catherine White for interpreting at the opening ceremony of the festival in Tralee. We'd also like to thank the organisers of the festival for ensuring access for our members at this event.

As it is a busy time locally for us, the office will be closed all this week. We will open again next Monday.

The Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) is holding its National Youth Deaf Conference on 11th September 2004. They are keen for two representatives from Kerry to attend the conference. Are you interested in going to this event. We would really like local Deaf to go!! Please email us: kdrc@eircom.net or let us know as soon as possible so that we can inform the IDYA.

The National Disability Authority is having a one day conference in the Tullamore Court Hotel in Co. Offaly on the 30th of September. The theme of the conference is "Access for all - Towards Best Practice in Accessible Public Services". If you would like more information, contact our service, email us: kdrc@eircom.net or the NDA direct.

Lastly, we'd like to send our best wishes to any of our younger members who sat Junior or Leaving Certificate exams this summer. Some of the results of exams were announced recently and more are to come. To ensure access at college or further training in Sept, now is the time to contact your local training centre or college.

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