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6 April 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 14)

Hello to all our members and readers. We hope you are enjoying the longer and brighter evenings. We'd like to start by thanking Tony Sheill from the Royal Association for the Deaf and his colleagues for meeting with members of our service during the week in Limerick. We have now completed our funding applications for our Youth Exchange: lets hope we will be successful and obtain the funding. We really appreciate the support from RAD especially with the funding applications.

Kenmare Church has recently installed a loop system. The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses has also taken the initiative and installed a loop system too. We are really grateful for both of these services for improving access for hard of hearing members.

In addition to the above, the AIB Bank in Tralee has introduced counter loops which should improve access for bank customers. If there is a place where you would like to see improvements in access, please let us know and we will write to those services and businesses.

The planned inter-agency meetings with the Health Service Executive have been postponed until individuals meetings are planned with each of the agencies. We want to ensure the views of all our members are represented at this meeting. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing, a parent/family member or a person with a cochlear implant and interested in attending these meetings, please contact us.

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13 April 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 15)

Hello and welcome to our weekly news section. We'd like to start by thanking Monsignor Dan Riordan of St. John's Church in Tralee for the use of their Pastoral Centre for our monthly mass. It's great to have the use of such a great space.

We would also like to thank them for allowing us to hire their rooms for our EEI training sessions. The Centre is centrally located and makes it very handy for our members especially for those from out of town.

For those of you who are interested in our Youth Exchange: the funding committees met this week so we are waiting to hear if we are successful with our funding application. If we are successful, we hope to travel to the UK on the 16th July for a week. We will visit a wide range of services and places and it should be a great learning opportunity. We hope to bring 12 people from the age of 15 to 19. This exchange is open to Deaf only. We also hope to bring 4 Deaf leaders with us as well as Interpreting support.

There are a number of other events happening in July around the world which might be of interest to you all:
The first is the International Deaf Dance and Music Festival which will be held in Paris, France on July 5 to 8, 2006. For full information, please visit their website at www.festival-silence.org.

The second event is the 20th Nordic Culture Festival for the Deaf which will be held in Iceland from the 10th to 16th of July 2006. For more information, click on www.deaf.is/2006.

The third event is the Deaf History International Conference in Berlin, Germany from the 31 of July to the 4th of Aug, 2006. This is the 6th Deaf History International Conference. It will look at legal, political and sociological oppressions and other forms of discriminations towards the Deaf Community. It will look at how we overcome the past and its consequences, and how to present solutions for the present and the future. For more information, www.igjad.de. For more information on news from around the world, go to www.deaftoday.com.

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20 April 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 16)

Hello and welcome to our weekly notes section. We hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend. A big thanks to our members who gave Easter eggs, boxes of chocolates and other treats to our staff. We will have enough chocolate and treats for a few weeks at least.

Our office will be closed this week to give our hard working staff a few days break. They really deserve it. We will re-open for work on Monday 24th of April.

The only activity that we will be involved this week is a meeting with representative of the Health Service. It will be held in our office in Tralee on the 20th of April at 10.30am. We will ensure that Deaf, hard of hearing, cochlear implants, parents of deaf children and elderly are represented at this meeting. Please let us know if you are interested in being a representative for any of the above categories. We hope to have an open meeting with the wider community later on in the year and will let you know of the meeting in advance.

Again, Happy Easter to you all and we will have more detailed notes next week.

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27 April 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 17)

Easter Holidays already been and gone, hope it was an enjoyable time for all. During the Easter holidays the Health Service Executive South representatives Joe Morrissey and Michael Butler had the opportunity of meeting with several representatives of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre staff and Board members.

It was an opportunity for HSE to find out first hand views board members and staff have regarding the future direction of Deaf and hard of hearing services in Kerry. We look forward to positive results in the near future for Deaf and hard of hearing people in Kerry with the HSE.

11 of our EEI tutors in training have almost completed their FETAC Level 4 Communications Module.

In the pipeline, they will shortly receive their training and qualification for the CACDP Level 1 Certificate in Deaf Awareness.

They will also have the opportunity of receiving City and Guilds 7302 Introduction to Teaching so a very busy training schedule ahead of them.

The project is also undergoing an external evaluation. If you are interested in providing input (which can be both positive and negative comments) into the external evaluation, please let us know so we can give you the details to contact the external evaluator directly.

We are also busy organising our EEI end of project Conference for Saturday 21st October 2006. If you are interested in attending our Conference please let us know by email: kdrc@eircom.net as soon as possible as seating is very limited.

The Kerry Deaf Adult Learning Programme is funded and supported by the Department of Education and Science with Leargas. The Kerry Deaf Resource Centre and the Kerry Education Service jointly manage this programme under the Education Equality Initiative Phase II Project.

Michelle Ward has very kindly agreed to represent the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre for the Rose of Tralee this year. We wish her all the best throughout the selection process and hope she will develop some wonderful memories of the process.

If you have booked your trip to Knock, your final payment for the trip is due on Friday 19th May. For further assistance with the trip to Knock, contact Veronica White, Lay Chaplain, National Chaplaincy for Deaf people.

If you are a hearing child, aged over 18 years of age, with one or two Deaf parents, you may be interested in knowing about the Coda Conference to be held in Minnesota in July this year. For further information contact Catherine White for further details by email: kdrc@eircom.net or go directly to the conference website www.coda-international.org/minnecoda.html.

Finally, staff and board would like to wish Willie a speedy recovery and look forward to his return to the office. The office is already so much quieter without you Willie.

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