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25 October 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 43)

Hello and welcome to our weekly round up of news on Deaf events.

Irish Deaf Sports Association Race Night
The IDSA is holding a fundraising race night in aid of the 21st Summer Deaflympics in Taipei in Taiwan in 2009. The event will be held on the 17th November, in the Best Western Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, at 8.00pm (sharp). The IDSA are planning to send 50 to 60 athletes in badminton, basketball, men's football, swimming, waterpolo along with coaches and trainers. For more information on the IDSA, log on to Further information on the Taipei Deaflympics is available on

Annual Report From The Equality Authority
During 2006 the Equality Authority had 853 casefiles under the Employment Equality Acts (404), the Equal Status Acts (366), and the Intoxicating Liquor Act (83). It dealt with 10,585 queries under five different Acts ­ Employment Equality Acts (2933), Equal Status Acts (1560), Maternity Protection Acts (3716), Parental Leave Act (2195) and Adoptive Leave Act (181).

Allegations of discrimination on the disability ground make up the largest group of Equality Authority casefiles under the Employment Equality Acts, the Equal Status Acts and the Intoxicating Liquor Act ­ accounting for 23% (197/853) of all our casefiles. This reflects the significant barriers faced by people with disabilities in seeking to participate in Irish society. For more information, go to

Arts & Disability Awards Ireland 2007
The Arts & Disability Awards Ireland is a bursary programme open to individual disabled artists living in N. Ireland and Republic of Ireland, working in ALL artforms. Closing dates for this year for round two is November 2007 (round II). For more information, Tel: 048 9023 9450, Fax: 048 9024 7770, Textphone: 048 9032 5744 by email: or Website

Community Foundation of Ireland Small Grants Scheme
Applications are now welcome for Round 3, 2007. Six key areas of funding:
  • Carers
  • Older People
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • People leaving Institutions
  • Sexual Minorities
  • Families at Risk.
Grants tend to be in the region of €1,000 - €2,000. However the panel may decide to award a higher or lower figure than this. The maximum funding available is ¤5,000. The small grants scheme does not support core or capital costs. Closing Date for Round 3.12pm, Friday November 30th 2007. Late applications will not be accepted. For more information, log on to

Our sympathies to Liam Mc Grath on the recent death of his mother Hannah Mc Grath. Liam is actively involved in Cork Deaf Enterprises- our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

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18 October 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 42)

Hello and welcome to a round-up of news from the Deaf World.

Santa Visit to Fota
The Cork University Hospital has invited a group of children from the Cork Deaf Association to participate in a fun filled morning for Christmas in Fota House. It promises to be very magical and full of excitement. CDA have graciously invited our service to bring children from Kerry.

The event will take place on Thursday, 6th December from approximately 9am ­ 1pm. Children will travel by Limousine, Royals Royce or Vintage Car to Fota House where they will get refreshments and a very special goody bag. They will get to meet Santa and his reindeers and they will also get a chance to see the elves making toys. They are accepting applications from deaf, hard of hearing and hearing children as well as their brothers and sisters. If you would like to go to Fota, please let us know, we need to let Santa know as soon as possible.

Appointment of Director to NCDP
In July of this year Fr. Gerard Tyrrell was appointed as Director of Services for the Chaplaincy for Deaf People by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Fr. Gerard is 45 years old and was ordained in 1987 for the Dublin Diocese having studied in Holy Cross College Clonliffe. He is a native of Drimnagh in Dublin. He attended the Catholic Deaf Association Conference which was held last April in Dublin. He will shortly begin attending classes in ISL in the Centre for Deaf Studies. We would like to extend our best wishes to Fr. Gerard and offer him a warm welcome to the Deaf Community.

Call For Research Participants
Do you have DEAF or HARD OF HEARING CHILDREN? Are they in MAINSTREAM PRIMARY SCHOOL in REPUBLIC OF IRELAND? Would you and/or your family be willing to share your experiences of mainstream education and obtaining services?

Elizabeth Mathews is a PhD researcher examining the mainstreaming of deaf education in Ireland. She is currently seeking parents/guardians of D/deaf or Hard of Hearing children who are in mainstream primary school in the Republic of Ireland who would be willing to take part in this research. If you are interested, she can travel to your home town to interview you. The interview can be conducted in English, Gaeilge or Irish Sign Language. For more information and a full CV of the researcher, please contact Elizabeth by email:, Voice phone: 01 708 6219, Fax: 01 7086456, by post: Elizabeth Mathews, NIRSA, Hume Building, NUI Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

Research supported by scholarship from the National Children’s Strategy and the John Hume Scholarship Fund, NUI Maynooth.

Sign Language Alphabets on Bebo Page
We have uploaded approx 40 sign language alphabets from around the world on our BEBO page. If you would like to see these, go to (the alphabets are saved in our photos section on the right hand side).

Office Admin Vacancy (CE Scheme)
Partnership Tra Li has a vacancy on its CE scheme commencing early November. The successful candidate will be based in our office in Tralee. A knowledge of Deaf issues and sign language is a distinct advantage. For more information, contact our service. Our thanks to Partnership Tra Li and FÁS for their continued support for our service.

Fulbright Scholarship: Supporting Deaf Education
Funding for Study or Research in the United States. The Fulbright Programme in Ireland is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and is accepting applications from Irish academics and professionals researching or working in deaf education for a 2008 ­ 2009 Fulbright Scholar Award.

The competition for Irish students, scholars and professionals for Fulbright Awards 2008 ­ 2009 will open on Monday 15th October and close on Friday 14th December 2007. The Fulbright Commission is keen to promote diversity, access and equity in our awards and activities. It is committed to encouraging applicants / awardees from communities that have been under-represented in higher education to date.

The mission of the Irish Fulbright Commission is to build on the deep historic, cultural and economic ties between Ireland and the United States and to create mutually beneficial and sustainable educational exchange programmes which are responsive to national and global challenges and opportunities. For more information and application forms, go to

Supported Employment in the Czech Republic
APPN, which provides a supported employment service and career counselling for Deaf and hard of hearing people in the Czech Republic has launched its website in English - APPN was set up in 2005 to improve the position of Deaf people in the labour market through education and the promotion of the Deaf community and Deaf culture to potential employers. It has a staff of 26, who are both Deaf and hearing with Sign Language skills. APPN provide a wide range of services including job coach, courses for clients in computer skills and languages (Czech, English and German), phone interpreting for Czech Sign Language users, free internet and materials and advice in Sign Language for Deaf entrepreneurs. The KDRC in conjunction with Kerry Supported Employment are planning to host a visit from APPN at the start of 2008.

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11 October 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 41)

Hello and welcome to our weekly news section.

Monthly Mass
We will hold our monthly mass for members on the 14th of October. The Mass will be held in St. John's Pastoral Centre in Tralee from 3-5pm. Veronica White from NCDP will interpret the event. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards. If you require transportation, please let us know in advance.

St. Joseph's School for Deaf Boys Celebrations
St Joseph’s School will celebrate their 150th Anniversary (1857 ­ 2007). A number of events have been arranged::
  • Fri 19th Oct: Launch of Historical Book (invite only)
  • Sat 20th Oct: Exhibition Deaf Heritage Centre / Book Sale
  • Sat 20th Oct: 7.30pm Gala Dinner Dance, Citywest Hotel, Saggart, Co Dublin.
Ticket: €75.00 Over 18’s only. Closing Date 30th September. No Payments at the door. Cheque/postal order payable to “St Joseph’s Deaf School”. They can be posted to St Joseph’s D.H.C., Cabra, Dublin 7. For more information email:

National Gallery of Ireland
David Breslin will give a tour of the National Gallery in sign language on the 11th of October at 6.30pm. The tour is free of charge. For more information, you can contact the Education Section by Fax 01 6610099 / Tel 01 6633506. Further tours will be held on the 6th of Dec and the 7th of Feb 2008.

Ireland/ Finland Youth Exchange
The 2nd part of the EU Deaf Youth Exchange Ireland-Finland took place last week. Two Deaf people from Kerry participated in the exchange in Finland. The Irish part of the event was organised by the Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) who strive to represent Deaf people between the ages of 18-35 throughout Ireland. The participants had the opportunity to visit a number of locations in Finland. They also met with Markku Jokinen, the Executive Director of Finnish Association of the Deaf and President of World Federation of the Deaf. In addition, they had got to visit the Finnish Association of the Deaf (FAD) For more information on the IDYA, go to

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4 October 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 40)

Hello and welcome to a weekly round of news from the Deaf World.

Communication Tactics Training
On the 11th of October, our office will close for in-house training. We will provide CACDP Communications Tactics to our staff and to EEI students who now work for our service. Our thanks to the Community Foundation of Ireland for supporting this initiative. The trainer on the day will be Susan O Callaghan. If you would like to attend, please contact us.

Deaf Cruise In The Caribbean
At the end of October, the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas will set sail with over 4,000 passengers. The Deaf Freedom Cruise will be the first time an entire cruise ship is devoted to Deaf and hard of hearing passengers. This cruise was made possible by the staff of Passages Deaf Travel. The ship will sail from Miami and will cruise to Cozumel, Haiti, Caymen Islands and Jamaica. A number of Deaf people from Kerry and from other counties in Ireland will join the cruise. We'd like to send them our best wishes. Bon Voyage from all of us here.

Lawsuit in Utah re Lack of Interpreters
The Utah Statesman newspaper recently reported that a lawsuit filed by Deaf students over the lack of sign language interpreters has been settled out of court. Students of Utah State University sued the university of failing to provide qualified sign language interpreters and violating the Americans With Disabilities Act in November, 2005. The university has two years to hire full-time interpreters at a ratio of one interpreter per two students and will continue to provide notetakers and other accommodation as needed.

The rights of sign language users to interpreting services are violated regularly. The development of the National Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) should address many of the issues here. However, with the introduction of Equality legislation, there is now legal frameworks and support for a Deaf person to take a similar case in Ireland.

Inclusion Of Sign Language In New Zealand Curriculum
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has congratulated the government of New Zealand on the introduction of sign language into the school curriculum, making New Zealand one of the first countries to do so. New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) was officially recognised in 2006 and is now offered as a choice for all students ­ Deaf and hearing.

The curriculum guidelines were developed through extensive consultation and collaboration with the Deaf community, parents, and NZSL users, as well as with leading national and international educators and teachers in the field. Over a four-year period, the draft guidelines were prepared, tested in schools, circulated to other interested groups for comment, and refined into the final document. The NZSL curriculum provides the basis for NZSL programs in early childhood settings and in primary and secondary schools, and it gives students the opportunity to learn NZSL at an early age.

Would a similar development in Ireland be welcomed?

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