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4 May 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 18)

Hello and welcome to our weekly news section. We hope all our readers and members had an enjoyable Bank Holiday. Hope it finds everyone fit, healthy and getting ready for the summer.

We'd like to start off with good news. As you are aware we hope to facilitate a Youth Exchange between young Deaf people from Ireland and the UK. Our partner in the UK have recently informed us that their application for funding has been approved. The closing dates for both organisations were the same. However, we will have to wait until May 16th before we know if we are successful. It's great to know one half of the project has been approved, hopefully their good luck will rub off on our application.

As a reminder, the Youth Exchange will commence on the 16th of July. We hope to fly 12 young Deaf people from the age of 15-19 to the UK for a week. We will meet with a similar number of UK Deaf young people there. We also hope to bring four Deaf leaders with us and two professional sign language interpreters. Next Easter (2007) the UK group will travel to Kerry to meet again. If you are interested in going on this exchange and live in Kerry, Cork or Limerick- please send us your details. As soon as our application for funding has been approved, we will contact those who have been selected to go. Our huge thanks to the RAD for all their support in this project. From start to finish, they have ensured Deaf professionals have been involved in all stages of application, planning and implementation of this programme. For more information on RAD, click on www.royaldeaf.co.uk

We would like to send our best wishes to all the sign language interpreters who will be undergoing their formal accreditation assessments on June 19th good luck from all of us here in Kerry.

On a sad note, Kerry Deaf Resource Centre would like to express its sympathy to Maura and Hugh Buckley on the recent death of their son. Maura and Hugh are well known throughout the Deaf Community and have been very very active and supportive over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their family at this time.

Michelle Ward is representing the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre this year. Please do come along and provide your support to Michelle (who is Deaf and uses ISL as her language), you can contact the Rose of Tralee Office for further details see website: www.roseoftralee.ie. The contact person is Rebecca Kemp.

You can come along to any of the dates below to have the opportunity of meeting Michelle. The dates are: Sunday 7th May, Killarney Races; Saturday 20th May Tearmann Production at Siamsa Tire, Tralee; Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May Kerry Rose Selection Brandon Hotel, Tralee. Tickets for the Rose Selection per night is €25.00. Do come along and lend your support and have great fun too.

The EEI project would like to thank John McGrath for all the tutoring he did throughout the project. Last week saw John and the students have their final session for FETAC Level 4 Communications Module. The project won't be the same without you John but thanks for everything you have done to make the learning experiences very lively, funny, but more importantly culturally appropriate.

The EEI Project are looking for reliable childminders, preferably with signlanguage skills who would be available for several weekend sessions. If you have an interest, please contact Catherine White 0879064230 or by email: kerrydeaflearn@eircom.net.

We are also looking for sign language interpreters who would be available to work in Tralee and surrounding areas. If you do have an interest, let us know by email: kdrc@eircom.net. That's it for this week.

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11 May 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 19)

Hello and welcome again to our weekly news section. We'd like to start by thanking CACDP for providing weekend training to our EEI students. A special word of thanks to Ian for coming over from the UK to provide the training. We are now in the last stages of our training so the pressure is on. A huge thanks to all the students for their commitment to the training. They have maintained their interest throughout the training. It's great to see them receive qualifications in Deaf related subjects. We have a range of training lined up for the forthcoming months. We will finish off the project by hosting a conference in October 2006. The project will then wind down and finish up in December 2006. This has been a very fruitful and challenging project and we are indebted to all those who worked with us to ensure Deaf people obtained meaningful and accredited qualifications.

Some news from around the world: in Italy a falling tree kills a Deaf Italian tourist. A century old tree fell on a group of Deaf Italian tourists, killing one person and injuring seven others. The tourists had spent the day sightseeing and were about to board a bus in a square outside the train station to return to their homes near Rome. The bus driver attempted to alert them by shouting but this was in vain as the tourist were unable to hear him.

In Japan, people with a hearing loss may be given the right to drive. The National Policy Agency (NPA) recently commented that persons with severe hearing loss may be granted the right to drive in the next two years under certain conditions. Persons with a hearing loss have been lobbying to be granted driver's licenses for some time. The NPA is striving to have the Road Traffic Law changed to lift current restrictions. Currently, a driver must be able to hear a car horn from 10 metres away to qualify. The International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences ran tests at the request of the NPA and determined that deaf drivers can drive safely if they have wide mirrors. There are currently about 129,00 people in Japan with a severe hearing loss.

The first World Federation of the Deaf Children's camp takes place in Denmark from the 29 July to 6 August 2006. For more information, go to the following website: www.ddu.nu/wfdcc2006.

The first national Deaf People of Colour Conference is planned for March 29 to April 1, 2007, at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The theme is "United we prevail-in diversity we thrive." This first-of-its-kind conference is for Deaf people of all ethnicities: African-American, Latino, Asian, (Native) American Indian, Caucasian, biracial, multi-racial. Areas of emphasis include teaching, learning, employment, health. and community issues.

This is interesting, in Ireland we are only at the beginning stages of getting the issue of deafness in general on the agenda- while in other countries they have progressed so much that they are looking at ethnicity and diversity. For more information, go to: www.deafpeopleofcolor.org

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18 May 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 20)

We'd like to start of our weekly news by informing you of a job vacancy in the Mid West. Enhancing Disability Services Project/ PAUL Partnership are looking for an Irish Sign Language Interpreter and Information Officer. The successful candidate must be qualified to the level of ISL trainee Interpreter. Be a registered interpreter with the Irish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (IASLI) or be 'eligible to apply' for registration. Have a clear understanding of the code of ethics by which ISL Interpreters must abide. Have a willingness to work anti-social hours from time to time. Have the ability to use adaptive communication equipment. Be impartial. An application form and job description is available from Majella Moloney, Information Officer, PAUL Partnership, Unit 25a, Tait Business Centre, Dominic Street, Limerick, or emailed to info@paulpartnership.ie

It is fantastic to see new developments in the Mid West- well done to all those involved in this fantastic development.

To all those who are keen to participate in our Youth Exchange to the UK, the grants committee will be making their decision on the 16th of May. Fingers crossed we will be successful with our application, a huge thanks to RAD and Willie White for their hard work in this initiative. Thanks to Veronica White and to Bernadette O Connor for attending meetings in relation to this project and to all those who have supported us in the application stages.

The successful Disability Discrimination Summer School is on again this year from the 6th to 16th of June. The school looks "Towards Effective Test Case Strategies Using the European Union Framework Employment Directive (2000/78/EC) in a Disability Context" It will be held at the National University of Ireland, Galway. For more information, go to the following:
website: www.eusummerschool.info or e-mail: disability@eusummerschool.info Tel: 091 492085 Fax: 091 495569 SMS/Text message: 087 6660634. It is very important that members of the Deaf Community participate in this type of training. Deaf and hard of hearing people are being discriminated on a daily basis in Ireland and we need to learn how to stop this.

Lastly, our thanks to the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People who are organising an event in Knock this weekend- a number of our members will be attending, we hope the event will be successful for everyone involved.

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25 May 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 21)

Hello to all our readers and members. Although the evenings are getting longer, it's a pity the weather is not improving. Hopefully, things will improve shortly.

Our Youth Exchange visit to the UK will go ahead in July. Our application for funding has been successful, big thanks to Willie White for his hard work. A big thanks to Tony Sheill and all at RAD for their support and input too. We will fly out to the UK on the 16th of July. We will bring twelve young Deaf people, along with four Deaf leaders and two sign language interpreters. If you are interested in taking part, please send us your details by email: kdrc@eircom.net immediately. We will notify the successful people shortly.

Best wishes to Michelle Ward, she is our Deaf entrant for the Kerry selection for the Rose of Tralee. We have a few free tickets for the Saturday night, if you are Deaf and would like to go, send us a text: 087 633 4687 or email: kdrc@eircom.net with your name. Michelle was featured in the Kerry Eye's newspaper this week, great publicity for her and our service.

Our equipment page is up and running again on our website. We still have one or two things to change. However, we would appreciate any feedback that you may have!! Our thanks to Alma Bermingham for all her hard work. To view the pages, go to www.kerrydeaf.com/equipment/index1.html

A reminder to all our members in the Sliabh Luchra areas, our Outreach service in Castleisland is going from strength to strength. We have a drop in service on Friday mornings in the HSE Centre, Toonahy House every Friday mornings from 10 to 2pm. Therese and Noreen will be able to assist you with any queries that you may have. They sell hearing aid batteries and have a range of equipment on display. They also do Outreach services to Day Care/Community Centres by appointment.

An interesting item from abroad, The Hard of Hearing Hall of Fame www.hardofhearinghalloffame.com announced the selection of George Washington, the first president of the United State of America as the Historical Person selection for their Hall of Fame. Selection criteria is based on consideration of George Washington's achievement as both commander in chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, as well as his presidency, and his own hearing loss. According to one source, "Washington's hearing worsened in 1789 to the point where he could not hear ordinary conversation". This makes George Washington not only the first president of the United States of America, but also the first deaf president of the United States.

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