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1 February 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 5)

Community Foundation for Irelandís grants The Community Foundation for Irelandís grant making process that exists to assist and complement the work of charitable organisations in Ireland. In 2006, 200 groups benefited from the support of the Foundation and its donors. The closing dates for receipt of grant applications occur annually on the following dates: March 31st, July 31st and November 30th. For more information, write to The Community Foundation for Ireland, 32 Lower O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. Tel: +353 (0)1 8747354, Fax: +353 (0)1 8747637, email: admin@foundation.ie Website: www.communityfoundation.ie

Arts and Disability Awards 2007 Individual disabled artists or a partnership of individual disabled artists living in N. Ireland or the Republic of Ireland working in any platform can apply for the above awards. The aim of the awards are to challenge and inspire creativity, experimentation and artistic excellence. How much is available? Up to €7,000. Information is available in standard print, Braille, large print, audio tape, floppy disk, CD and e-mail. Contact the Arts and Disability Forum, Ground Floor, 109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1FF, by email: gillian@adf.ie

Reminder of Elderly Trip to Dublin If you would like to join the group travelling to Dublin on the 12th and 13th of February with The National Chaplaincy and Cork Deaf Association, please contact the organisers as soon as possible. Hotel accommodation needs to be booked as soon as possible. Here is a reminder of the proposed trip, the group will visit St. Joseph's Deaf Heritage Centre, St. Joseph's Home for Deaf and Deafblind and to the Dublin Deaf Association Social Club. For more information, you can contact Veronica White (NCDP) via our service or Susan O' Callaghan via the Cork Deaf Association.

"HANDS ON" Primary School Teaching On HANDS ON last Sunday, the programme looked at the traditional route to becoming a primary teacher. This route is closed to Deaf people because Irish is required to register as a teacher and most Deaf people in Ireland are not taught Irish.

Irish makes up a significant component of the course and it wouldn't be possible to pass without completing the Irish modules.
However, there is good news for Deaf people who would still like to become a teacher. It is possible to register with the Teaching Council as a RESTRICTED teacher without Irish. Restricted teachers are allowed to take up positions in Deaf schools.

The programme showed two examples of how to get a teaching qualification. Philip Grehan got his teaching qualification in America and registered with the Teaching Council here as a restricted teacher. He subbed in St Joseph's, replacing a teacher who was on maternity leave from last September until Christmas. The second option showed how Montessori Colleges are willing to waiver the C1 in Leaving Cert Irish. In their courses, Deaf students have the choice of doing Cultural Studies or Irish. This could allow Deaf people to register as a restricted teacher with a Montessori qualification.

Hands On are in touch with the Dept of Education and Science to what how the Irish requirement could be changed. They hope to come back with an update later on in the series.

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8 February 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 6)

Open Meeting with Local TD's As you know elections will be held over the coming months. It is very important that the issues that affect Deaf and hard of hearing people are brought to the attention of those in Government. When election candidates call to residential areas, they are unable to communicate directly with householders who are Deaf or hard of hearing. If residents cannot access what these people are saying, how can they vote for them. To ensure people have access, we will have an open meeting with some of the candidates on the 19th of February at 7pm. If you would like to attend and to put your concerns to the candidates, please let us know by email: kdrc@eircom.net as soon as possible.

Samhlaíocht's Easter Parade Samhlaíocht's 15th Annual Easter Arts and Bumble Bee Festival will take place from the 6th to 9th of April. Our service has been fortunate to secure funding under the Kerry Group Five Community Project. The theme of this year's festival is "STARS" and our service will celebrate DEAF STARS including Marilee Matlin the famous actress to Lou Ferrigno, the Incredible Hulk. If you would like to get involved in the carnival with our group, please contact us by email: kdrc@eircom.net.

The annual festival, which has been running successfully for 14 years, includes a carnival, street theatre, music nights, competitions, a market, comedy club, guided walks, workshops for adults and the Bumble Bee Festival of workshops and activities for children of all ages in a variety of subjects. For more information, check out www.samhlaiocht.com.

Tralee Times Rre-launch We would like to send our best wishes to Tralee Times as they re-launch this month. The aim of Tralee Times is to encourage people locally, to put their ideas, concerns and issues into a public forum for debate and discussion and to inform residents of Tralee and it's environs. They have included the latest Kerry Deaf Update via a link on the homepage at Good www.traleetimes.com luck to all those involved in the Tralee Times and we would like to thank them for including our updates on their website.

Job Vacancy: Office Manager The Irish Deaf Society (IDS), the national representative organisation of the Deaf in Ireland, strives to highlight societal needs of the Deaf, hard of hearing people and their families by providing a number of social and personal services. We are seeking a Full time Office Manager.

An Office Manager shall assist the Programme Development Manager (PDM) with the office management, including the human resources and building maintenance. Requirements:
  • Experience in human resources management
  • Good office operational and organisational skills
  • Computer literate
  • Awareness on the Irish Deaf community, Deaf culture and language
  • Knowledge of Irish Sign Language is desirable. Training will be provided
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Adaptable, flexible and hard working
Third-level education is desirable but not essential.

Job description is available on request. Candidates meeting the above requirements shall submit CV's to Kevin Stanley, Programme Development Manager, Irish Deaf Society, 30 Blessington Street, Dublin 7. email: kstanley@irishdeafsociety.ie, Fax: + 353 1 8601960, www.deaf.ie.

Closing date: 5.00 p.m., 15th February 2007.
The Irish Deaf Society is an equal opportunities employer.

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15 February 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 7)

World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) Youth Camp The 4th WFD YOUTH CAMP 2007 will be held in Segovia, Spain from the 6th to 13th July 2007. This year's theme will be "Youth + Politics". The Youth Camp is held every four years in conjunction with the World Congress of the WFD, and Spain is extremely proud to host it because Spanish Sign Language is soon to be recognised as an official language of Spain.

World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) The WASLI 2007 conference will be held in Madrid, Spain from the 12th to 15th July 2007. For information and registration. details go to: www.wasli.org and click on WASLI 2007. There are two early bird registration offers:
  • €420 for the General Meeting on 12th July plus conference 13th
  • 15th July: €330 for only attending the conference.
This fee includes transfers to and from Madrid airport and hotel; conference participation; meals and accommodation.

World Federation of the Deaf Congress (WFD) The 15th World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf will be held in Madrid, Spain from 16th to 22nd July this year. This congress is held every four years. Many workshops and seminars will be organised on a range of different topics, including Human Rights: Linguistic and Cultural Rights, Sign Languages, Education, Technology and Accessibility, Mental Health, Medicine: Biotechnology and Bioethics, Developing Countries, and Women.

A large contingent from Kerry will be travelling to Madrid for the Congress. Deaf Action Group (DAG) has been fundraising for this event since the last Congress in Canada in 2003. For more information and registration details see www.wfdcongress.org.

Deaf Children and Teen Camp Coinciding with the WFD Congress is the Deaf Children and Teen Camp where young people from 6 to 17 years old from all over the world will participate in sport, cultural and exciting activities and workshops. Deaf children and youth will have the opportunity to get to know different cultures and to exchange experiences with peers worldwide. 120 Deaf young people will come together thanks to the efforts of the WFDY and the CJS-CNSE. More information is available on the WFD Congress website.

Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) International Conference The 24th CODA International Conference, called CODA OLE, will be held in Barcelona / Spain from 26-29 July. Information about the event and the organisation is available at www.coda-international.org.

Those of you who have no financial resources to go to CODA International there is a fund for codas from non-American countries who are in need of financial support. Usually it covers the conference fee but not travel costs and accommodation. It might be possible to share hotel accommodation with other codas. If you are interested in this option please contact CODA International.

Job Vacancy: Assessment Office with the Health Service Executive The HSE arising from its obligations under Part 2 of the Disability Act 2005 are recruiting 32 Assessment Officers to work in each of its Local Health Office catchment areas.

The Salary scale for the post is: €45,313; €46,460; €47,804; €49,151; €50,503; €51,709; €52,939; €54,135; €55,322.
1st LSI-57,367 2nd LSI ‚ 59,419. The closing date is Friday 2nd March 2007. Please download Job Specification & Terms and Conditions in Word doc Download (size 71k).

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22 February 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 8)

Kerry Deaf Activities Group We have set up a small activities group for Deaf people from Kerry. As it is now approaching Spring and hopefully better weather, we will have a cycling group twice a week on Wednesdays at 6.30pm and Sundays at 9.30am. On Thursday evenings, we will go to the cinema or to local events / attractions. In addition to this we will have an art group every Friday at 2.30pm to prepare our entry in the Samhlaoicht Easter parade. If you are interested in joining these activities, e-mail us at kdrc@eircom.net or text us at 087 633 4687

KES Students Awards We would like to send our best wishes to Bernadette White who won a Special Project Award- Silver at the recent Kerry Education Service Student Awards 2006. The award was presented by Mr. Sean Kelly, Executive Chairman of the Irish Sports Council at the Manor West Hotel. Bernadette was a student and Board member on our Education Equality Initiative project. This is another great award for the students/ EEI project.

Suceessful Elderly Trip to Dublin We would like to thank Veronica White (NCDP) and Susan O Callaghan (CDA) for organising a very successful trip to Dublin for elderly Deaf people. In total, 20 people from Cork and Kerry participated in the trip. Our sincere thanks to St. Joseph's Heritage Centre, the Tuesday social group in Dublin Deaf Association and St. Joseph's House for Deafblind for all their support. We would like to thank NCDP and CDA for their support of this event - our members thoroughly enjoyed their time in Dublin.

Opening of new Tralee Bus Station The grand re-opening of the Tralee Bus Station will take place on the 26th of February at 12 noon. An interpreter will be provided for the speeches. If you would like to attend or represent KDRC at the opening, please let us know by email: kdrc@eircom.net.

Gaining Strength Together Forum The Irish Deaf Women's Group AGM will be held on the 9th of March 2007 at 7.30pm. They will also be holding a Cheese and wine reception. This will be followed on the 10th of March with the Gaining Strength Together Forum from 9.30am - 5pm. To round off the events, they will have a Dinner to celebrate the end of Forum at 7.30pm. The theme is a very important theme for Deaf women everywhere. We hope to send Deaf women from Kerry to the events.

For more information on the AGM, Forum or Dinner Dance or if you want to put your name down for it, please contact IDWG at 0861719570 or email: Michelle Goodwin by email: projectworker.deafwomensgroup@yahoo.ie

Job Vacancy: Assessment Officers The Health Service Executive arising from its obligations under Part 2 of the Disability Act 2005 are recruiting 32 Assessment Officers to work in each of its Local Health Office catchment areas.

The posts are being established in line with Part 2 of the Disability Act 2005 and will provide a service to all persons who fall within the definition of disability under this Act. The office holders will facilitate the carrying out of an assessment of need consistent with the provisions of the Disability Act 2005 and Education of Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004. For more information, go to www.careersinhealth.ie.
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