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26 February 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 9)

Radio Interview On Emergency Services
Joe Duffy, the well-known RTE Radio 1 presenter covered the lack of access to Emergency Services for Deaf and hard of hearing on his popular show last week. The first item was so well received on Tuesday the 17th of February, that they gave more radio air-time to the issue the following day. There were a number of Deaf people who called into the show via sign language interpreters.

Our thanks to the show for preparing transcripts of both shows which are available on their website.

To see the transcript for Tuesday, 17th of Feb, go to
www.rte.ie/radio1/liveline/1258724.html
Wednesday 18th of Feb, click on
www.rte.ie/radio1/liveline/1232144.html

Street Collection Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to assist us with our upcoming street collections. Unfortunately, we do not receive sufficient funding to pay for all our overheads during the year and have to resort to fundraising events such as Street collections and Golf Classics.

We require volunteers for the following:
Castleisland: 21st of March.
Tralee: 27th of March.
Killarney: 4th of April.
Listowel: 18th of April.

Interpreting Services/ Accreditation
There has been much talk recently of sign language interpreting services and accreditation. Hands On TV aired a full programme on the issue last Sunday on RTÉ.

The National Sign Language Interpreting Service hopes to address some of these issues with an upcoming Accreditation Process for interpreters. Our own William White has been adopted to the Board. The accreditation will be held in June and information should be available shortly for those hoping to go forward for accreditation.

Sign Language Interpreters Munster (SLIM) have had a number of workshops to support Munster based interpreters who are keen to get accredited. Suzanne Carey and Melissa Howlett hosted a workshop on the Code of Ethics in Waterford at the weekend. The Irish Assoc. of Sign Language Interpreters originally developed the Code of Ethics. While IASLI is no longer in existence, SLIM members continue to use this Code. We have enclosed a copy of the Code as below. If you are unable to open a pdf attachment, please download a free Acrobat® Reader software, you can view and print Adobe PDF files. If you're still unable to open a pdf, please contact us and we will send you an alternative version.

Please download 'IASLI Code of Ethics' in pdf
Download (size 120k)

Pre Marriage Course
The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People would like to advise those intending to get married during this coming year or in 2010 to attend a Pre marriage course. This course is organised by ACCORD. An ISL interpreter will be provided. It will be held from the 3rd -5th April 2009 in 40 Lower Drumcondra Rd, Dublin 9.

The course will run from 8 - 10pm on Friday. On Saturday it will be from 10am - 4pm and Sunday from 11am - 2pm

Refreshments and light lunch will be provided throughout the weekend. For more information, email office@ncdp.ie or text: Frankie: 0876471058 or Fr Gerard: 087 2860704

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre 10 Years Old
Finally, on a very happy and positive note, our service was ten years old on the 1st of February. It was business as usual and we didn’t have any celebrations. However, we would like to thank all our staff, our members, and supporters for their support and encouragement over the past ten years. We look forward to working with you all in the coming years. We have achieved a lot in the past. However, we have a long way to go to ensure the rights that are enshrined in law are respected and upheld for all of our members.
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19 February 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 8)

Parenting Our Children Seminar
A sign language interpreter has been provisionally booked for a seminar being organised by La Leche League in association with the ITT, HSE and the Kerry County Childcare Committee. The workshop will be on the 28th of February in Solas Building (L106) in the IT Tralee from 1.30pm to 4pm. Registration will open at 1pm. The theme of the afternoon will be "Parenting 12 to 18 year old". David Coleman a clinical psychologist, broadcaster and author will facilitate a workshop. A graduate of UCD, he has been practising for over 10 years. If you would like to attend, you can text Caroline 087 2912832 or Denise 087 9676603 or email: parentingconference@gmail.com

Tutor Training With Signature
There will be a number of workshops coming up for new and existing Sign Language Tutors and Assessors. The training will be based in Cork and will be provided by Signature (formerly known as CACDP).
  • 13 June- Level 1 ISL Qualification Specification/Assessment Training for NEW Teacher-Assessors. This training course includes guidance on the content of the Qualification Specification and the assessment process for each unit. Training will be held from 9.30am - 4.30pm. The fee is £140 sterling (£100 if you book before 20 April 2009). The closing date for applications is the 15th of May.


  • 14 June- Level 2 ISL Qualification Specification/Assessment Training for NEW Teachers. This training course includes guidance on the content of the Qualification Specification and the assessment process for each unit. The fee will be £140 sterling (£100 if you book before 20 April 2009). Training will be held from 9.30am - 4.30pm. The closing date for applications is the 15th of May.


  • 27 June- Level 1 ISL Refresher Qualification Specification/Assessment Training for EXISTING Teacher-Assessors. This training course includes more in depth information on the topics for assessment and will also give teachers the opportunity to share their experiences with others. Training will be held from 9.30am - 4.30pm. The fee is £140 sterling (£100 if you book before 5 May 2009). To register for this, the closing date is the 29th May


  • 28 June- Level 2 ISL Refresher Qualification Specification/Assessment Training for EXISTING Teachers. This training course includes more in depth information on the topics for assessment and will also give teachers the opportunity to share their experiences with others. Training will be held from 9.30am - 4.30pm. The fee for this session is £140 sterling (£100 if you book before 5 May 2009). The closing date to apply for this training is the 29th of May.


  • 11 July- Level 1 ISL Practical Assessment Training for Teacher-Assessors. This training course includes practice assessments and role-plays for ISL101, ISL102 and ISL103. Guidance on the teacher's role will be provided. The training will be on from 9.30am - 4.30pm. The cost for training is £140 sterling (£100 if you book before 15 May 2009). The closing date to apply for this training is the 12th of June.


  • 12 July - Level 2 ISL Practical Assessment Training for Teachers. This training course includes practice assessments and role-plays for ISL203. Guidance on the teacher's role will be provided. The training will be on from 9.30am - 12.30pm. The fee for this training is £70 sterling (£50 if you book before 15 May 2009). The closing date to apply for this training is the 12th of June.
European Award For Languages 2008
We would like to extend our best wishes to Dr. Lorraine Leeson, Director of the Centre for Deaf Studies in Dublin. Lorraine was honoured with a Language Ambassador of the Year Award for 2008. The award recognises the achievements of individuals in the teaching or promotion of languages. The award sees language learning as a powerful tool for building an inclusive society. It encourages an awareness of cultural diversity and an understanding of different values and beliefs. Lorraine has been engaged in using and promoting sign language since qualifying as a sign language interpreter in 1992. She was directly involved in the establishment of Deaf studies/ sign language interpreting training in Trinity College. Well-done Lorraine.
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12 February 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 7)

KDRC E-Mail Spam
Our e-mail address has been temporarily blocked for a few days. Our Internet provider has taken this step to prevent e-mail spammers from using our main e-mail address. We are in the process of configuring a new e-mail account. If you have sent any e-mail to us in the past week, we would ask you to re-send them again. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

UCD Equality Society
On the 12th of February, Mr. Niall Crowley, former CEO of the Equality Authority will give a talk on 'Equality- The Search for Solutions in a time of crisis'.

The budgetary cuts of the National Disability Authority, and the most dramatic 43% cut in new funding of the Equality Authority has seen the effective disarming of civil society at a time when we all need to acknowledge our rights and responsibilities. Mr. Crowley's address to the society, will examine some of these issues while also looking forward to seek solutions in our present situation.

There will be a questions and answers session followed by a wine and cheese reception. The event will commence at 7.30pm sharp. If you require ISL interpretation on the night please contact the society by Monday 8th February 2009. For further information, email ucdequalitysociety@gmail.com or text 087-9706112.

Deaf European Parliamentarian
Dr. Ádám KÓSA, President of the Hungarian National Assoc of the Deaf has been put forward as a candidate for the 2009 European Parliament elections. Dr. KÓSA, the 12th candidate said? "It would be a great honour and privilege to represent the interests not only of people with disabilities, but the whole nation as the first Deaf and sign language user representative in the European Parliament.

The European Parliamentary elections will be held in 7th June 2009. The final decision, therefore, is in the hands of citizens at Hungary! The European Union of the Deaf fully supports Dr. Ádám KÓSA's candidacy and hopes that he will be the first Deaf European Parliamentarian in 2009.

International Journal Of Interpreter Education- Call For Manuscripts
The International Journal is currently seeking submissions for its inaugural issue, due to be published in November 2009. Submissions are sought under the following four sections:

Research Articles: Theoretical evidence-based research articles that present findings from research on, or related to, interpreter education and training.

Commentary: Practice-based presentations of reflections on educational practices and teaching activities that provide meaningful advancements in the processes of preparing future interpreters; maintaining the skills of current interpreters, or promoting the professional development of practicing interpreter educators.

Open Forum: The editors invite publishable interviews with leading scholars, transcripts of debates or presentations of case studies that extend our understanding and analyses of trends in interpreter education and training.

Dissertation abstracts: Abstracts of Masters or PhD dissertations related to interpreter education.
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5 February 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 6)

Monthly Mass
Our next monthly mass will be on Sunday the 8th of February. It will be held in St. John's Pastoral Centre in Tralee from 3-5pm. As always, tea and coffee will be served. Veronica White from the NCDP will interpret the mass into sign language. If you require transport to this event, please contact us.

Love With A Twist
The Irish Deaf Youth Association will be holding "Love With A Twist" on Valentine's night. There will be lots of games on the night, including a Slave Auction, How Well Do You Know Your Partner and many more. There will also be lots of tasty surprises in store too. The event is open to everyone single, couple, gay, lesbian, straight, bi, or transgender.

They will also be giving away a romantic weekend away in any of the Maldron Hotel in Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Portlaoise, Cork and Wexford. The prize includes a 2 night stay B&B and one evening meal for 2 people. For more information, go to www.irishdeafyouth.com

President Obama's Inaguration In Sign Language
Deaf Link Inc. has created a free video link on its Web site (www.deaflink.com/pres/pres09.html) of Obama's swearing in ceremony. The speech is shown with closed captions through American Sign Language.

Deaf Link provides video-based sign-language interpretive services to businesses and government customers via a Web cam and a secure Internet connection. The company's service allows for two-way communication between a company employee and a deaf or hard-of-hearing customer.

Centre For Deaf Studies - Bristol
The University of Bristol's Centre for Deaf Studies 1st Symposium in Applied Sign Linguistics - ‘Sign Language Learning and Teaching' will be held on the 26th of September 2009. The organisers have sent out a call for Papers and Pre-Conference Seminars. Lorraine Leeson from the Centre for Deaf Studies in Dublin will be one of the keynote speakers.

Major advances in sign language research have altered the ways we teach and learn sign languages as second or/and first languages in schools, language programmes of Higher Institutions and lifelong learning programmes. Recent developments in sign linguistics research influence decisions made for the integration of specific methods, curricula and teaching materials for the learning and teaching of sign languages. The aim of the symposium is to tackle these issues and generate, for the first time, academic discussion over the emerging field of Applied Sign Linguistics.

Abstracts can be sent via e-mail to Maria Mertzani at edxmm@bristol.ac.uk.

Our Sympathies
We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family of Lena Mc Mahon who passed away last week. Lena was originally from Cork and settled in Tralee in the 1950's. She was one of our oldest members and recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Our thoughts are with her two daughters Teresa, Mary and her son Patrick and their extended family. May she rest in peace.
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