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26 June 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 26)

APPN Visit
Last week we had a visit from Marie Horakova and Tamara Kovacova from APPN, a supported employment service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people based in Prague, Czech Republic. The agency recently celebrated its 2nd birthday. To date approx. 170 people have gotten jobs through the service. We hope to have a follow-up visit to their offices in Prague before the end of the year. This was a great opportunity for our service to learn about supports for Deaf job seekers. It will also allow us to develop support and networks for Deaf people coming to Ireland from the Czech Republic. Our thanks to Marie, Tamara and Suzanne Carey for all their hard work and support.

IDS Summerfest
A Summerfest is being held again this year by the Irish Deaf Society and the Irish Deaf Sport Association at St Joseph's Grounds Navan Road (Swimming Pool) on Sunday 6th July 2008, from 12pm till late. There will be Annual Sports Day Tug-o-war, Wellington boots, Children & Adults race, Bounty castle, water slide and many more. A BBQ will also be provided. Kids ­ please bring spare clothes. Admission is free. The Summerfest is being hosted in conjunction with Greenbow, MSDP, IDYA, 191st Deaf Scouts Group & IDWG. “Participating in any activities will be at your own risk”

Scouting Ireland Jamboree 2008 Interpreters Needed
Jamboree 2008 will celebrate the Centenary of Scouting in Ireland. Over 10,000 Venturers, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers from Ireland and overseas are coming together at Punchestown in County Kildare. The Jamboree teams have a wide range of exciting activities and events organised to take place during what will be an action-packed Jamboree.

191st Dublin Deaf Scout Group leaders will be participating as a staff member for duration of the stay, therefore Deaf leaders will need ISL interpreters for the opening and closing ceremonies as well as a concert held on a visitors Day. The opening ceremony at the Jamboree will start on Saturday 2nd August, Visitors Day will be on Wednesday 6th August and the closing ceremony will be on Sunday 10th August.

If ISL interpreters wish to participant and work with the Deaf Leaders, contact Kevin G Mulqueen, 191st Dublin Deaf Scout Group email:

Stronger Leaders Leadership Development Programme
Stronger Leaders is a groundbreaking professional development programme specifically tailored to equip the leaders community and voluntary organisations in Ireland with the knowledge and skills required to guide their organisations through this period of legislative, social and economic change. Intended for Chief Executives, or persons in equivalent positions (e.g. Administrators, Directors, Coordinators and Managers) in community and voluntary organisations, the course offers leaders and their organisations an invaluable opportunity for growth and development. The closing date for receipt of applications is 11 July 2008. For more information and an application form see:

Deaf Performing Artist Network (USA)
D-PAN is comprised of Deaf performers and creators, music industry professionals, and members of the general public concerned with creating equity in the entertainment industry between hearing and non-hearing constituencies. D-pan produce media content designed specifically to serve Deaf audiences. Deaf actors, writers, performing artists, directors, and producers are afforded the opportunity to showcase their skills. D-pan is based in the Unites States; however, audiences worldwide will reap the benefit of experiencing music and entertainment content, which speaks directly to them in sign language. If you would like to see one of their productions, go to the following site, it is an interpretation of Christina Aquilera's song BEAUTIFUL

Interview With The President
Derek Mooney recently interviewed President Mary McAleese at her annual forum. In the transcript there are references to access issues for Deaf. If you would like to read the transcript, check out the following link:

EFSLI Conference
The European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters will hold its annual AGM and conference in The Netherlands from the 12th- 14th of September. Lorraine Leeson from the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College will be one of the guest speakers. For more information on the conference and banquet, check out
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19 June 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 25)

Community Employment Vacancy
We are looking for a person to work with us on a part time basis. The person needs to be eligible for a Community Employment (CE) position. The candidate should have knowledge of Deaf issues and sign language. Knowledge of office systems/computer skills would also be an advantage. The position will commence the first week of July. For more information, please contact William White on

Parents of Deaf Children Research
Grainne Moran, a Masters student at Trinity College, is undertaking research into the experiences of hearing/Deaf parents of deaf children. She is seeking parents of deaf children of primary school age who would be willing to be interviewed about their experiences of everyday life, services and education. Interviews will take place during July. If you are interested in participating, or would like any further information, please contact Grainne by email: or by phone: 0861276337.
Please download 'Grainne_Moran_MA_Research.doc' in Word doc here (size 32k).

Farewell To Krista & Steve Walker
We would like to send our best wishes and bon voyage to Krista and Steve Walker who are returning to the States after a six-month trip to Ireland. Krista was involved in a research project, which focused on Deaf parents and their hearing children. She had the opportunity to meet with Deaf parents from different parts of Ireland. We look forward to seeing Krista's research when it is completed and look forward to implementing the learning from it. Steve provided a number of workshops to Deaf and hearing interpreters with the National Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS). Both Krista and Steve got involved with a number of community events including the recent KODA camp. They have been very supportive of our service and our members. We have gained so much from their trip to Ireland and have benefited greatly from their knowledge and expertise. We would like to wish them safe travels and look forward to meeting them again in the future. They will be greatly missed.

Study on Pregnancy, Childbirth, Early Motherhood & Disability
A national study exploring the strengths and weaknesses of the publicly funded Irish health services provided to women with disabilities during pregnancy, childbirth, and early motherhood. They study group hope to meet with 18 - 20 deaf women.

A research team in Trinity College Dublin, led by Prof. Cecily Begley are undertaking a research study with the specific aim to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the publicly funded Irish health services provided to women with a disability during pregnancy, childbirth, and early motherhood.

The National Disability Authority commissioned the study and it is due to be completed in November 2009.

The primary objective of the study is to speak with 90 -100 women who have one of the following: (a) Women with a visual impairment/blind. (b) Women who are deaf/ hard of hearing. (c) Women with a physical disability. (d) Women with a mental health illness. (e) Women with an intellectual disability

Women must be 18 yrs of age or over and currently pregnant, and/or have given birth in the past 6 months; and/or have given birth within the last two years.

The study can be a voice and a forum for women to let their experiences be heard and make recommendations to improve services. If you need further information, please contact Denise Lawler. She is willing to come to any support groups or forthcoming meetings to explain the study more if necessary. Denise Lawler, Lecturer in Midwifery/Research Assistant, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, 24 D'Olier Street. Dublin 2. Text/ Mob: 086 3789758 Tel: 086 3789758.
Please download 'TCD_Maternity_Research.doc' in Word doc here (size 32k).
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12 June 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 24)

Lisbon Treaty Information
The Irish Deaf Society has produced a DVD in ISL with information about the Lisbon Treaty. We have several copies of this DVD at the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. If you are interested in getting a copy of the DVD or if you would like to watch it but do not have a DVD player, please call into the KDRC where we can organise this for you.

The IDS is also holding an information night on the Lisbon Treaty where there will be a person from the yes vote and from the no vote to present their views will be there to discuss the issues involved in the referendum. This will be held on Monday 9th June 2008 in the Drama Room, at the Dublin Deaf Club, Drumcondra, from 7.30pm to 10pm. Interpreters provided. All are welcome. For more information on the IDS evening or DVD you can contact them at or fax 01 860 1960.

KDRC Golf Classic
Enda Curtayne will organise a Golf Classic with all proceeds going to our Centre. It will be held on the 22nd of August in Dooks Golf Club in Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry. It will cost 250 euro per team (4 people in each team). For more information on the event, you can tel/text: Enda 086 192 6160. The income from this helps us to pay bills and overheads throughout the year. As with a lot of community groups, we rely on voluntary fundraising to cover costs, as we do not receive sufficient funding from the HSE or Government Departments. Our sincere thanks to Enda and his supporters for organising this event again for us.

Deaf Football Open Day
A Deaf Football Open Day will be held on Saturday 21st June at the Corduff Sports Centre, Dublin 15, from 12.00 ­ 17.00. It will be an enjoyable day for all the family football skills and competitions for boys and girls aged 5 -18 years old. There will be parents/adults novelty penalty competitions. Round 1 of the Deaf Women's Regional Futsal League will also be held and there will be the chance to see the Ireland Deaf Men's World Cup squad in a practice match for the upcoming World Cup in Greece, which is on in July 2008. For further information contact Paul O Reilly at or 087 1273243; Jamie Wilson at or 086 0472135 (text only) or Oisin Jordan at or 086 6079223.

Volunteer Interpreting
The Irish Deaf Youth Association is looking for Volunteers for this year's IUK Camp in Wales! The IUK camp is a camp for Deaf teenagers aged between 13 and 18. There are 8 participants from each country; Ireland, NI, Scotland and Wales. Two leaders, male and female will also be there. This year's camp will be held in Wales. I am looking for volunteers in interpreting, preferably one male and one female. The interpreter will have their flights and accommodation paid for but not the actual interpreting during the lectures and activities. The dates of the camp are from 16th August to 23rd August. There will also be a training day on July 19th, which they will also have to attend. This will be paid for too. If you are interested please contact Caroline McGrotty at

Street Performance World Championship
The Street Performance World Championship will be held over the weekend of June 14th and 15th in Dublin's Merion Square. Street performers from all over the world are coming to Ireland to show their talents. There will be a Sign Language Performance area in Pitch 1 all day Saturday and Sunday, where interpreting will be available thanks to the Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College. It promises to be a fun day out for all the family. For more information and for a timetable of performances see

Deaf Education Research Postponed
The email update on 19th May 2008 included news about research into Deaf education by Elizabeth Mathews. We planned to host an open information night and focus group session on Wednesday June 11th and Thursday June 12th. These sessions will be postponed to a future date, possibly in July. As soon as new dates have been arranged, we will let you know. If you are interested in participating in the research or have any questions about it, please contact the KDRC or Elizabeth at telephone: 01 7086219, MSN: or email:
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5 June 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 23)

Lisbon Treaty
In June you will be asked to vote in the forthcoming referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Cork Deaf Association have organised an information evening regarding the Lisbon treaty. Kathleen Lynch TD and Declan Ganley from Libertas will be in attendance on the night. It will be held on Monday 9th June at 8PM in Deaf Centre, Cork. For more information, contact Carl by text 086 3805108/ Tel: 021 4505944/ Fax: 021 4506190.

Invite To President of Ireland
A group from our service will travel to Dublin on the 3rd of July to attend a Garden Party with the President of Ireland. This has become an annual event for our service. The group will get to visit the stately home of the President, Aras an Uachtarain, and will enjoy entertainment on the lawns. They will also have an opportunity to meet the President for photos. This event is always special to members of the Deaf community as President Mc Aleese has a Deaf brother. A good day is guaranteed for our group.

Hands On Travel
Hands On Travel provide travel/guide services exclusively in sign language. They have just completed their third trip around Ireland. They do not use interpreters as all communication happens directly between the guide and the participants. Small group sizes, ensure intimate involvement for everyone. This level of attention and care is what Deaf clients appreciate the most. Their trip to Ireland as always, was a wonderful exploration. An Irish Deaf guide was on hand in Dublin before the group travelled throughout Ireland. For more information on this service, go to

CODA conference - UK and Ireland
A CODA conference (Children of Deaf Adults) will be held in the UK from the 5th - 7th Sept. This will be an opportunity to meet CODAs. It will also be an opportunity to discuss what it means to be CODA or HMFD (Hearing, Mother Father Deaf) in the UK? What kind of world do you want to see? It will be held in the YHA Thameside, London. It will cost £80 sterling which includes 2 nights bed and breakfast and 2 meals on the day of the conference. 25% deposit due by 21st June 2008, remaining balance to be paid by 19th July 2008. For more information, contact Marie Dimond mazpower20034@ or Adrian Bailey

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