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2 February 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 5)

Hello and welcome to our weekly notes. It's been a very chilly few days but at least we have blue skies.

We'd like to express our thanks to CACDP who provided training to 13 of our Deaf students on our EEI project. Two Deaf professionals came over from the UK and provided Sign Language Assessor training. Over a three day period. The student received over 30 hours intensive training. A huge thanks to the trainers and to our students for their commitment to the training.

We'd also like to thank Cllr. Tom Mc Ellistrim (TD) who have given great support to our service over the past few years. Tom came to visit us last week as part of the Minister's visit. His commitment to our service and to our members is greatly appreciated.

KDRC would like to thank Brenda Healy for allowing us provide Deaf Awareness training on a Disability Studies course last week. The course is run by UCC. We were delighted to be given the opportunity to provide information which is of importance to Deaf and hard of hearing people.

We mentioned last week that we have a new Outreach worker Therese Gallant. If you would like to meet with Therese, her mobile is 087 785 3315. She can be contacted by email at: kdrcstaff@eircom.net. Therese will be available at Tonnahy House, Killarney Road, Castleisland every Friday morning. She will also provide outreach services by appointment in Day Care Community Centres in the following areas: Brosna, Ballymacelligott, Ballyhar, Firies, Farranfore, Castleisland, Cordal, Currans, Currow, Kilcummin Lyreacrompane and Scartaglen.

KDRC has developed a number of factsheets on Educational, Employment and Legal Supports. If you would like a copy of these, please send us your contact details and we will forward you copies of these.

The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People has updated their website which includes the Dublin Deaf Choir Video and information on the recent launch of their DVD. Check out their website: www.ncdp.ie.

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9 February 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 6)

Hello and welcome to our weekly news section. We would like to thank the following for volunteering to be candidates in our recent CACDP assessor training- Eanna Curtayne, Darren Curtayne, Rory O'Shea, Sandra Gutteridge, Steven White and Sandra Kearney. Without their input, the assessor training would not have been so successful.

Our EEI project will have an open meeting on 23rd of February in the ITT north campus in Tralee. The meeting will include representatives from CACDP (UK). The aim of the meeting is to determine how our deaf related qualifications can be mainstreamed. The meeting is open to all especially to those in education services. Time 3-5pm. Interpreters will be provided.

A Pre-Marriage course for Deaf People intending to get married in the coming year will be held in St. Vincent's Centre for Deaf People Drumcondra, Dublin 9 on Friday 31st March 06. Time 7.45 - 10pm, Saturday 1st April 06 10am - 5pm (Light lunch included), Sunday 2nd April 06 11am to 2pm. It costs €50 per couple. For more information please contact: National Chaplaincy for Deaf People, 40 Lr Drumcondra Road, Dublin 7, Tel: Office 01 830 5755 Fax: 01 860 0284 Email: office@ncdp.ie.

The National Chaplaincy for Deaf people have organised an overnight conference in Knock on the 19th and 20th May in the Belmont Hotel, Knock. It will cost €75 and will include overnight accommodation, light meal on arrival, and breakfast/dinner on Saturday. It will also give people the chance to meet with over 100 Deaf people from 4 Dioceses in Germany. Limited places available. Book early to avoid disappointment. For more information, contact: veronica@ncdp.ie. Mobile phone/text: 086 890 1359.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the Chaplaincy for their support to our service and members throughout the past year. A particular word of thanks to Joe Jones and Frankie Berry.

Lastly, we would like to welcome students from Trinity College's Centre for Deaf Studies. Suzanne Carey, Trish Mc Mahon, Eilish Lane are on placement with us this week as part of their Interpreting studies. We would also like to thank Veronica, Catherine, Tracey and Willie who will work with them while they are in Kerry.

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16 February 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 7)

Hello and welcome to our weekly notes. As Spring is on its way, it will be great to see the evenings getting longer.

We'd like to start by thanking Tony Sheil from the Royal Association for Deaf People UK (RAD ) for meeting with us recently in Limerick. We are hoping to arrange a youth exchange programme between RAD and our service. We are in the process of applying for funding. If we are successful, we hope to send a group of 15 young people along with 4 or 5 Deaf leaders to the UK for a week in July. If you are between 15 and 25 years of age and from Kerry, Cork or Limerick and interested in this exchange, please send us your details. RAD will then bring a similar group to Ireland in Easter 2007. This will be an exciting programme, our thanks to Tony Sheil and everyone at RAD.

We'd also like to thank Fr. Ambrose for celebrating our monthly mass last week. Fr. Nolan was unable to attend so we really appreciated the Prior stepping in. We'd like to send our best wishes to Fr. Nolan and we hope to see him soon.

Three of our EEI students have successfully passed their ISL 1 Assessor training. Congratulations to Susan O Callaghan (Cork), Lorraine Coleman (Cork) and Bernadette White (Kerry). We'll keep you informed on who else passes the training in our next news update. Our thanks to CACDP for providing the assessor training and for ensuring Deaf professionals were involved in all aspects of the training.

We are currently updating our page on equipment on our website. We hope to have this completed shortly. Please accept our apologies while we make the changes. If there is a particular information you would like to see on this page, please let us know. As soon as the site is updated, we will be looking for feedback.

Lastly, we'd like to wish all our readers and members a very Happy Valentine's Day.

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23 February 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 8)

Hello to all our readers and members. As we type our notes, it is a lovely Spring morning in Kerry.

Our EEI project will hold a Management committee meeting on the 23rd of February in our office from 10 to 12 noon. If you would like an item on the agenda, please contact Catherine as soon as possible.

The UK Examining Body Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP) will provide a first and unique opportunity for education and training providers and anyone else interested to find out more about how to mainstream six new stand alone Deaf qualifications which have been adapted to suit the Irish context.

The EEI Project are delighted to host the CACDP Open Meeting which will be held at the Institute of Technology, North Campus, Solas Building, Room L106, Dromtacker this Thursday afternoon from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. If you would like to attend, let us know by email at: kdrc@eircom.net.

Our next monthly Mass will be held on the 2nd Sunday of March. As usual an Interpreter will be provided. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.

A big thanks to The Irish Daily Mail who ran an article last week on Mary Anne White's fight for a national cancer screening programme. Mary Anne was Deaf and died in December 2004. We are honoured to know that her story is still being told. Write to your local TD or your Government Minister and demand that this programme be established.

Comhairle produced a booklet in March 2005 "Entitlements for People with Disabilities". They have now produced a leaflet with an update for 2006, along with a leaflet on publications and resources for people with disabilities. For more information, contact Comhairle or through Citizen Information Centres direct. Information can also be gotten on their website www.comhairle.ie or at Oasis's website www.oasis.gov.ie.

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