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7 September 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 36)

Our office re-opened on the 1st of September as we were closed for annual leave in August. We had a rota of staff that worked on a number of projects during their annual leave. We would like to thank them for helping us out during their holiday time.

Our EEI students sat their CACDP Deaf Awareness exam at the weekend. We'd like to thank Catherine White and Suzanne Carey for organising everything on the day.

Our monthly mass will be held this Sunday 10th of September at St. John's Pastoral Centre at 3pm. Tea and Coffee will be served. An Interpreter has been booked for the Mass.

Melinda Napier will provide training to our EEI students shortly. If you have any questions about City and Guilds Training, you need to send your email directly to Melinda Napier. Also read the City and Guilds handbook as it is a valuable resource.

If you intend to provide sign language classes in Kerry, Cork and Limerick, please let Suzanne Carey know suzcarey@gmail.com or William White kdrc@eircom.net. We know in advance when rooms are needed. We will also need to know when students are sitting their exams.

Interesting Reading: Sign Lanuage as expressive and receptive communication skills. Awareness and appreciation of the Irish deaf community and its culture. Download pdf (size 264k).

CACDP Registration: Any tutor providing classes must register with CACDP. Tutors must also attend the Annual Standard Meetings otherwise their details will be removed from the registered list of tutors. If you want to find out more information about Annual Standards Meeting, go to www.cacdp.org.uk

We will host a EEI conference in October to mark the closing of our project. This will also be an opportunity to showcase the work and training that was carried out over the period of the project. The event will close with a Certificate Awards ceremony for our students. A social evening will be organised by the Munster Tutor Network. If you are interested in attending these events, please contact us by email kdrc@eircom.net.

We hope to offer Deafblind training to our EEI students in November. The amendments to the Curriculum are nearly complete.Thanks to Suzanne Carey for helping with the changes. This training will be very valuable and very informative for all the students.

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14 September 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 37)

Sign Language Exams A large number of students sat their Level 1 CACDP exams at the weekend. Good luck to all of the students, let's hope the results will be good. A big thanks to Bernadette O Connor for organising everything on the day. Thanks also to the two CACDP examiners.

Sign Language Classes The Kerry Education Service has just released its Night Class programme. Sign Language classes will be held in a few locations throughout Kerry. There is information available on their website. Click on Adult Education, then Centres and it will list the classes throughout Kerry www.cokerryed.ie

EFSLI Conference The European Forum of Sign Language Interpreting is holding its AGM & Conference in Prague from the 15 to 17 September 2006. The conference theme is "Innovative Practice in Team Interpreting". KDRC will be sending a representative to this forum. If there are issues of importance for local interpr eters and you would like to see these raised at the congress, contact us and we will pass on your issues. For more information on the conference, go to www.efsli.org.uk

NCDP Weekend in Knock The National Chaplaincy for the Deaf are arranging a relaxing weekend in Knock in aid of the NCDP. Accommodation will be in the Knock House Hotel Friday 3rd November to Sunday 5th November. It cost €130 per person sharing. If you would like to go, please contact us by email: kdrc@eircom.net and we will pass on your details to the NCDP.

International Interpreteriong Conference The University of Western Sydney will host the Critical Link 5 congress in Sydney in April 2007. This conference will debate how best to advance the profession through working with service providers, service recipients, employment agencies, accreditation bodies, education institutions and governments, who share with interpreters the responsibility for improving the quality of interpreting. This will be the 1st time that the congress will be held in the southern hemisphere. For more information, check out www.criticallink2007.com.

Email Updates If you would like to receive this newsletter by email or if you received this in the past and would like to get it again, please send us: kdrc@eircom.net your email address.

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21 September 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 38)

Hello and welcome to our weekly notes section.

All-Ireland football finals: We'd like to start off by congratulating the Kerry team for winning the All-Ireland football finals at the weekend. There was a great atmosphere locally and the streets were ablaze with Kerry flags.

Cork Deaf Association Conference: While we're on the topic of celebrations, Cork Deaf Association will celebrate their 40th year in October. They will hold a one day conference on the 6th of October in the Gresham Metropole Hotel. The conference will cover "Noise Pollution & The Danish Perspective". It will be followed by "Deaf Culture & Language" and "Building a Tinnitus Service".

Cork Deaf Celerations: The conference will be followed by a Dinner Dance in the Metropole Hotel on the 6th of Oct. On the 7th, they will hold a Fancy Dress Family Fun Afternoon & Children's Art competition. The celebrations will close on the 8th with a Mass and a Photographic Exhibition and short talk on the history of the Cork Deaf Club and Association. Best wishes to everyone involved in the events. For more information, you can email: mail@corkdeaf.ie or text 021 4506 190.

EEI Conference / Celerations: Kerry Deaf Adult Learning Programme will have its own celebration on the 21st of October. This programme is part of our Education Equality Initiative (EEI). We will start with a conference in the morning. This will be followed by an awards presentation to our students. The timetable for the conference has just been announced, we will have guest speakers from the Dept of Education and Leargas, followed by speakers from KDRC, KES, EUD, CACDP and ITT. For more information, contact kerrydeaflearn@eircom.net or by text 087 906 4230.

World Federation of the Deaf President: We are thrilled to inform you that Markku Jokinen, the President of the World Federation of the Deaf will present at the EEI conference. This is a great achievement and honour for the project. Markku is an extremely busy President and we are thrilled he will take time out to fly to Ireland, his talks are always very informative.

Munster Deaf Tutor Network (MDTN): The celebrations will end with a Dinner Dance organised by MDTN in the Meadowland Hotel. If you would like to attend and join the celebrations, contact Bernadette O Connor at bernieoc@yahoo.com or Bernadette White (text only) 086 064 5560.

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28 September 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 39)

Hello and welcome again to our weekly news section.

City and Guilds Training: We would like to extend our thanks to Melinda Napier from the UK for providing City and Guilds training to our EEI students. Melinda provided ten days of training over three weekends. This was very informative and of great value to our students.

Irish Deaf Woman's Group: The IDWG has secured 'ZEST' funding from National Women's Council of Ireland to have three workshops and a conference. The events will run until April 2007 with the aim of empowering Irish Deaf women. The activities will be planned by the newly appointed Project Worker Michelle Goodwin and the IDWG steering committee.

Some of the costs of the workshops and conference will be covered by the ZEST funding. 1st Workshop: Weekend Assertiveness Course, 4th and 5th November in Dublin (Location to be confirmed). 2nd Workshop: Weekend Citizenship Rights Course. January 2007 (Location to be confirmed). 3rd Workshop: Weekend Empowerment Course. April 2007 (Location to be confirmed).

National Open Forum: March 10th 2007 on International Women's Day. If you want any more information on the any of the workshops or the conference please contact the IDWG text only mobile number: 086 1719570 or email: projectworker.deafwomensgroup@yahoo.ie.

ITT Interpreting Access: We would like to thank the ITT for providing Interpreting access at the official opening of their "all weather pitches". The opening was carried out by the Taoiseach Mr. Bertie Ahern. It is great to see more and more interpreting access for members of the Deaf Community.

EEI Conference / MDTN Dinner and Dance: Don't forget our own celebration on the 21st of October. If you would like information, please contact us and we will send you information.
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