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27 September 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 39)

Hello and welcome to our weekly news edition.

CACDP Training
Level 1 ISL Tutor-Assessor Workshop on Saturday, 20 October.
Level 2 ISL Tutor Workshop on Sunday 21 October.
Training will take place in the Dublin Deaf Association, 40 Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin. Closing date for applications is the 28th of September 2007. If you would like a copy of the application form, we can email you a copy.

The workshops are free. However, places are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Places will be confirmed after the closing date. Please note that these workshops do not award a teaching qualification.

A one day meeting will be held to discuss current services in Ireland for people who are deafblind or who have severe sight and hearing disabilities. The meeting will be hosted by Peter Kelly TD and will hear from deafblind people, their families and professionals working in the field of deafblindness. The meeting will launch a new organisation DEAFBLIND IRELAND. The aim of the organisation will be to reach out and build a future for deafblind children and adults in Ireland.

The meeting will be held on the 10th of November from 10.45am to 3pm in the Longford Arms Hotel. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided.

Sign Language Interpreters Munster (SLIM)
A one day training course will be held for interpreters in Munster this Saturday in the Cork Deaf Association. Interpreters will be provided with CACDP Communication Tactics for Deaf and deafblind. If you would like more information or would like to attend, please contact us ASAP.

Official Opening Of Limerick DCC
We would like to send our best wishes to the Deaf Community Centre in Limerick on their official opening this week. DCC is newly established and provides educational, social, cultural and community activities through the use of Irish sign language. DCC also offers Deaf people free access to internet services, videocalls, mutlichannel TV, and Deaf Adult Education. A range of leisure activities are available on a limited basis which includes badminton, table tennis and snooker/pool.

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20 September 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 38)

Hello and welcome to another edition of our weekly news.

Sign Language Classes
Tralee Community College will hold sign language classes as part of its night class programme. Level 1 sign language classes will be held on a Monday night for 20 weeks at 7.30pm for 2 hours. Enrolment will be on the 24th of September from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in the Tralee Community College. The cost for the course is €300. For more information, telephone 066 712 1747 or email:

We hope to run our own sign language classes during the autumn / winter, as soon as we have confirmed dates and times, we will let you know.

ISL Awareness Week
Irish Sign Language Awareness week will take place from the 22nd to 28th of Sept 2007. The Irish Deaf Society is organising a range of activities including an ISL Parade, ISL Cultural Evening, Coffee morning and opportunities to learn ISL. For more information, go to

ISL Variety Show
Dublin Theatre of the Deaf will present an ISL Variety Show at the Teacher’s Club in Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 on the 25th of September 2007 @ 8pm. Admission for adults will be €7.50. For Unemployed, Student, Child and OAP, it will be €5. For more information, you can email:

Frontrunners Is Back
Frontrunners is a Deaf International Youth Leadership Training Programme with focus on International Project Management.

Participants in Frontrunners come from all over the world, aged 18 to 30 years old. The participants campaign for deaf causes, in our own country and worldwide. Information is available on their website in eleven different sign languages

Virtual Interpreter In BSL
IBM has developed a computer program that claims to translate the spoken word into British sign language and then sign it out using an an animated digital figure, or avatar. The new technology hopes to allow a person giving a presentation to have a digital figure projected behind them signing what they are saying. IBM cautions that the Say It Sign It (SiSi) system is still a prototype and is not yet available commercially. IBM expects to expand the product to use other sign languages. To read more on this issue, go to

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13 September 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 37)

Hello and welcome to another edition of our weekly news from around the Deaf World. We hope you enjoyed our special editions from the WFD congress in Madrid. We appreciate the positive feedback we got from many of our readers, both Deaf and hearing.

WDF Photos On Kdrc Bebo Page
We have uploaded photos of our recent trip to the WFD congress in Madrid on our BEBO page. If you would like to view these photos, go to

DCC Scout Group
The Deaf Community Centre (DCC) in Limerick is hoping to set up a deaf Scout group to cover Mid West. They are looking for people who wish to be scout leaders for this group. Training will be provided. Contact Sandra in DCC by email: if you are interested.

International Deaf Club
Stephen Gilligan and Des Murphy of Irish would like to inform you of an International Deaf Club which will be held in the NAD in Dublin on the 22nd of September at 5pm. The event will include games, food, wine, drama and of course socialising. For more information, contact Irish by fax: 01 484 6449, text 085 726 3511, e-mail / MSN:, Website

Deaf Actors Wanted
Deaf and hearing Actors wanted for a new comedy play showing on 22nd, 23rd and 24th November. This will be a Christmas show presented by Dublin Theatre of the Deaf. If you are interested come along on a Monday and Thursdays to the Dublin Deaf Association Drama Hall from 7.30pm to 10pm. Rehearsals start on 1st October. If you are interested, email to Kevin G. Mulqueen:

Interpreter Available In Limerick CIC
Mairead Hegarty, Sign language interpreter will be available in Limerick Citizens Information Centre on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday and Thursday morning, to interpret for anyone who has a query in relation to their rights and entitlements. Limerick Citizens Information Centre is located on Catherine Street.

BORD GAIS Energy Supply
BORD GAIS have a Special Services Register for domestic customers who would prefer to have some of the Bord Gais services adapted to suit the customers' needs. This includes being able to contact Bord Gais by minicom, fax or email. If you would like more information or want to register, go to

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6 September 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 36)

Hello and welcome to our final edition of news from the recent World Federation of the Deaf congress. This week we will look at the area of technology and how this area is positively impacting on the lives of Deaf people .

The congress posed the question "Is it possible to design a world for each and everyone using the new technologies? Are we on the right way or are we still in danger to be excluded from the Information Society?" .

The congress featured a number of interesting presentations and commissions including papers on "Solar Powered Hearing Aid Batteries", "Pocket Interpreters" and "Virtual Classrooms in Sign Language". We will you a synopsis of these three interesting papers.

Solar Powered Hearing Aid Batteries
Approximately six million hearing aids are produced a year but only 12% gets to developing countries (WHO 2001). A standard sized battery, which is used in 99% of all behind-the-ear hearing aids, costs 1 dollar and last about one week. This cost is unaffordable in developing countries.

Five years ago a Botswana NGO was started, called Godisa. The mission of the project is to
  1. supply low cost hearing aids and batteries especially to children and
  2. employ and empower Deaf workers. They developed rechargeable batteries which cost almost the same as disposable battery but last two to three years. To charge the hearing aid and or rechargeable battery a solar powered battery recharger was invented but not patented.
The Botswana project will transfer all technology for free. The Deaf workers in Botswana are available to teach other Deaf how to assembly the products. Similar projects are being set up in Brazil, Jordan, Pakistan and Mexico. For more information, log on to

Virtual Classrooms In Brazilian Sign Language
The first graduation programme in Brazilian Sign Language started in 2006. The aim of the project was to train sign language teachers using LIBRAS (Brazilian Sign Language) as the basis of education via the internet. The structure was planned by Deaf Educational Designers together with other professionals. The project was set up to comply with a law that requires the introduction of LIBRAS in educational studies at all universities .

500 students were chosen for the programme, 447 were Deaf and 53 were hearing bilingual students. Prior to this project, there were only a handful of Deaf students in universities in Brazil. Students accessed lectures and course content via virtual classrooms. They can also access course readings that are translated into sign language. This enabled Deaf people to participate in 3rd level education from the nine provinces of Brazil: Amazonas, Ceará, Bahia, Federal District, Goiás, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.

The Pocket Interpreter - A Pocket Revolution
Due to the success of an 18 month project in Sweden, Deaf people are now able to contact a sign language interpreter via 3G mobiles. This enables Deaf people to communicate directly with hearing people without the need to book an interpreter in advance. Third generation (3G) or UMTS have a high transmission capacity and are able to handle moving imagery such as sign language. If a Deaf person requires an interpreter, they dial a number for a national relay service- an interpreter appears on the screen of their mobile phone, the interpreter then translates the call between the Deaf person and the hearing person they want to communicate with .

According to SDR, approximately 4,000 to 6,000 people Deaf people use a 3G telephone, this represents approximately half of the number of people in Sweden who are Deaf. During the initial trials distance interpretation via mobile video calls worked very well. In total, 710 calls were made to the Interpretation Centre. The trials found the service fulfilled an important function. It created flexibility, extended accessibility to interpretation and increased the opportunity for spontaneous communications between deaf and hearing people which did not exist before. For more information, go to and type in Pocket Interpreter in the "search" section .

If you would like more information on any of the presentations / topics we have covered over the past few weeks, contact the WFD. Their website is

Monthly Mass
Just a reminder that our monthly mass will be held this Sunday at 3pm at St. John's Pastoral Centre in Tralee. An interpreter will be present. Tea and coffee will be served.

Signed Kerry Football Up For Auction
A signed Kerry football Jersey up for auction (large size) proceeds going to the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre in Tralee. To make a bid on the jersey, text or ring 087 633 4687. Closing date is mid-day on the Friday before the All- Ireland final.

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