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28 May 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 22)

Ryan Commission To Inquire Into Child Abuse
The Ryan Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse published its report last week. For the past 10 years the Commission has been investigating allegations of child abuse in residential and day schools from the 1930s-1990s. It took statements from 500 witnesses, including statements from past pupils of St Joseph's School for Deaf Boys and St Mary's School for Deaf Girls.

The full report can be viewed online at the Commission website: www.childabusecommission.ie.

The Catholic Institute for Deaf People has issued a statement on the report, which says: "The recently published Ryan Commission report details the shocking abuse of Deaf children especially in St. Joseph's Institution. The number of cases and the types of abuse indicate that this was endemic in the Institution. Bad as this abuse was, it was compounded by the fact that the children abused were Deaf and without a voice.

It is no consolation to anyone including the victims and the current Board of the Catholic Institute for Deaf People (CIDP) (now the trustees of the Schools and Managers of the Residential Centres), that this happened in a different era and under different Management. It still happened, clearly people knew that children were abused and nothing was done to protect them. To all of those people, the current Management apologises unreservedly."

The CIDP's full statement is available here: www.cidp.ie/statement.html.

There are a number of groups representing victims of child abuse in the industrial schools and other residential schools. Information about the work being done by victims’ groups is available at www.alliancesupport.org.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Eibhlin Byrne opened a book of solidarity for the victims at the Mansion House in Dublin. To date more than 2,500 people have signed the book.

Irish Deaf Society: Statement On The Ryan Report
The Irish Deaf Society has made the following statement on the report from the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse:

"IDS Statement following the Publication of the Ryan Commission Report

The Ryan Report was published this week, which has detailed horrific examples of the abuse carried out against children in the state run schools. Many Deaf people suffered at the hands of the abusers.

The IDS has expressed its disappointment with the reports and the subsequent reaction to them, especially, feeble apologies, lack of accountability of policymakers and prosecutions of the abusers.

Nevertheless, the reports do recognise the failures of the institutions to provide the best possible education for Deaf children in the past. At least, this is acknowledged in the official report.

As well, the IDS note that the lack of fluency in ISL among the staff in these institutions is acknowledged in the report. This is a well known fact for many years.

Having stated that, however, IDS has to move on from there and ensure the whole episode not be repeated again in the future, and it intends to ensure that fluency in ISL is a priority in the prevention of such a repeat.

On a personal level, if you have been affected in any way by this report, we can offer free independent help.

Please contact the IDS at deaforward@irishdeafsoceity.ie for advice."

Counselling For Deaf Victims Of Child Abuse
On its website the CIDP goes on to say that it "has agreed with Faoiseamh the CORI Counselling Service, Staff Care Counselling Service and the DeafHear.ie Counselling Service that they will provide services for Deaf people who have been abused. These services are free and interpreters will be arranged for any person who wishes to access these services again free." See www.cidp.ie/child_protection.html.

CIDP "is also conscious of the needs of its own staff both past and present and has put in place an agreement with Staff Care to be available to its own and past staff (as well as Deaf people requiring counselling) who may be understandably distressed at the abuse of children in the past who attended the Deaf Schools and Residences. The contact number of the Staff Care helpline is detailed above."

Faoiseamh is the agency of the Conference of Religious in Ireland (CORI).

Staff Care is a non denominational agency working in the North and South of Ireland, set up initially to serve the staff of agencies experiencing trauma but now working as well with those who have experienced abuse.

DeafHear.ie is an independent agency providing services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing People. It has a staff of Social Workers, a Family Therapist and a Mental Health Service. The Social Work/Family Therapy staff are skilled counsellors generally operating through ISL.

The contact numbers and the methods by which the agencies can be contacted are as follows:

FAOISEAMH
Phone: Republic of Ireland 1800 33 12 34
Northern Ireland 0800 97 32 72
Fax: 01-2600503
Email: info@faoiseamh.com
For further information on Faoiseamh see: www.faoiseamh.com

STAFF CARE
Phone: (24 / 7 Freephone) 1800 409 388
Fax:(one working day response) 004890565727
Email: (one working day response) staffcare@belfasttrust-hscni.net
For further information on StaffCare see: www.staffcare.ie

DEAFHEAR.IE
Phone: (Open Mon-Fri: 9am - 1pm and 2-5pm) 01-8175700
Fax / Text: 01-8783629
Minicom: 01-8175777
Email: info@deafhear.ie
For further information on DeafHear.ie see: www.deafhear.ie

For any other information you can contact Liam O'Dwyer, CEO of CIDP, at lodwyer@cidp.ie or text 087-6753475.

KODA/Spirit Of Sign Fundraising Event
On 26th June 2009 a Greyhound Buster race Draw in Aid of KODA & Spirit of Sign will be held at Greyhound Stadium, Curraheen Park, Cork. 8pm till late. The first race is at 8.00pm with doors opening 6.45pm. Tickets are €10. This includes admission to the race night and a racecard. There will be special prizes on the night. For more information, you can contact Lorraine: 086 1269435 (text only), Robert: 086 3624351 (text only) or Veronica: 086 8901359. Proceeds from this event will go to Spirit of Sign drama group and KODA (Kid of Deaf Adults).

Deaf Scouts Ireland
Dublin Deaf Scout wants to expand and encourage more young members to join this coming September. Scouting Ireland is a multi-denominational, co-educational, youth based association with a membership close to 40,000 across the island of Ireland. It is affiliated to the World Organisation of the Scout Movement. The Scouts cater for several different age groups: Beavers 6-8 years old; Cubs 9-11 years old; Scouts 12-15 years old and Venture Scouts 16+.

Please see the attached poster for more information or if you have any questions contact the Deaf Scouts at Scouting Ireland, 191st Dublin Deaf Scout Group, 2nd Floor Office, 40 Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9. Tel / SMS: +353 86 167 1574 Office Fax: +353 01 860 0231 Email: info@dublindeafscout.com Website: www.dublindeafscout.com

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Irish Deaf Youth Sexual Health Workshop
The Dublin Aids Alliance, in conjunction Irish Deaf Youth Association, is holding a workshop on sexual health, sexually transmitted infections and contraception on the 6th of June. There are only 15 places so email nigel@irishdeafyouth.com to get your place. The workshop will start at 10am and take place in No. 53 Parnell Square. See www.irishdeafyouth.com for more information.
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21 May 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 21)

Volunteers Required
Our service will hold a fundraising event in Castleisland on the 22nd and 23rd of May. We are looking for volunteers to fundraise outside Garvey's supermarket. If you are available, please let us know? Our thanks to Garvey's for allocating these days to our Centre.

Breastcheck Screening Women In Tralee
BreastCheck – The National Breast Screening Programme has arrived in Tralee to provide women with free breast x-rays (mammograms). The Government-funded screening service is offered to women aged between 50 and 64 and BreastCheck urges all invited women to attend their appointment.

Women should advise in advance if special needs are to be accommodated. A sign language interpreter can be made available on request at the BreastCheck screening units. All BreastCheck screening units are fully accessible to people with disability.

Women will be screened at a BreastCheck mobile digital screening unit located at Kerry Community Services Headquarters, Rathass, Tralee, Co Kerry. A BreastCheck mammogram is a simple procedure that takes approximately half an hour in total and is offered to women aged between 50 and 64 every two years. The aim of screening is to detect early breast cancer. The vast majority of women screened are found to be perfectly healthy with less than one per cent diagnosed with cancer.

BreastCheck advises all women aged between 50 and 64 living in Tralee and surrounding areas to make sure their name is on the BreastCheck register. We can make a call on your behalf to 1800 45 45 55. Alternatively, you can fill in an application form or go online at www.breastcheck.ie.

Cervical Screening Now Available Nationwide
In September 2008, Ireland’s first national cervical screening programme was introduced. CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme provides free smear tests to women aged between 25 and 60. Having a regular smear test is the most effective way of reducing a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer.

A smear test is a simple procedure that can detect pre-cancerous cells in the cervix (neck of the womb). Screening will be provided every three years to women aged between 25 and 44 and once they have received two ‘no abnormality detected results’ every five years to women aged 45 to 60. The great majority of tests are found to be negative or normal.

To have a free smear test, please arrange an appointment with a smeartaker (doctor or practice nurse) of your choice who is registered with CervicalCheck. If you need an interpreter, the HSE needs to be contacted in advance for sanctioning for an interpreter. CervicalCheck has registered over 4,050 smeartakers nationwide and 94 smeartakers (GPs, practice nurses, Women's Health, Family Planning and Well Woman Clinics) in Co Kerry. A full list of registered smeartakers can be found under the 'Find a smeartaker' section on the CervicalCheck website (www.cervicalcheck.ie) or by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55.

AHEAD Work Placement Programme
The AHEAD WAM work placement programme has five work placements available to graduates with disabilities, on the ESB Disability Traineeship programme. These are across a number of areas such as Engineering, IT, Accounting and Human Resources. The minimum qualification requirement to apply for a traineeship is NFQ Level 6 or Higher (certificate).

For more information, contact Fiona Ring, WAM Project Worker, AHEAD WAM Programme, Temple Grove House, Room 5, 1-4 Temple Hill, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Phone: 01 278 9325; by email: fiona.ring@ahead.ie. Website: www.ahead.ie. Deadline for applications is 22 May 2009.

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Simply Signing News
Simply Signing's new book "I can sign, The Alphabet" was unveiled on RTE 1 The Afternoon Show on Wednesday May 13th. The book is illustrated by Stephen Wylie and written by Lorna McCormack. 'I Can Sign, The Alphabet', book will be available in 40 Tesco stores nationwide and Irish Deaf.com from the end of the month

Irishdeafkids.ie
Many thanks to irishdeafkids.ie for use of an article on the new captioning tool available on youtube that featured in the KDRC update last week. Irishdeafkids.ie was setup in 2008 to help parents make informed decisions about their children’s' education and communication options. For more information and to sign up to IDK's newsletters go to www.irishdeafkids.ie.
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14 May 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 20)

DS3 Introduction To University Programme Sponsored Places
DS3, the Deaf Support in Third Level project, with University of Limerick are offering Deaf/hard of hearing students the chance to attend the Introduction to University Programme. This is a one week summer programme held at the University of Limerick Campus. The programme is designed to allow students experience the academic and social side of college and to help you to make more informed choices about your course and career. You will also have the chance to see what supports are available to Deaf/hard of hearing students in third level. The programme is suitable for students at the end of 4th or 5th year. There are two sessions: from Monday to Thursday 15th-18th June or Monday - Thursday 22nd - 25th June.

Places are very limited; the deadline is this Friday 15th May. To be considered for a place email clarkeem@tcd.ie and simply state why you would like to attend this programme. For more information see www.ul.ie/~iup/.

Also DS3 has recently produced a series of ISL videos on Tips & Supports for Deaf/hard of hearing students, and on the CAO form. These videos have subtitles, and can be viewed at www.youtube.com/user/ds3proj.

Spirit of Sign "Down Through the yEars"
How much do you know about the challenges that deaf people have faced throughout history? From cave dwellers to space-travellers, from medieval monks to the Nazi holocaust, we take you on a deaf journey through time. Hilarious and heartbreaking, you will witness history through different eyes and different ears. Cork Deaf drama group, Spirit of Sign, will perform their play "Down Through the yEars": A Brief History of the Deaf World at UCD Student Centre Theatre on Saturday 16th May 2009 at 8pm. Tickets now on sale at €20 each from TDC Committee. The ticket includes admission to the theatre and fingerfood/party at the UCD Student Bar after the play. The Montrose Hotel, located close to UCD are offering a special rate for people attending Down Through the yEars (www.montrosehotel.ie). This event is being made possible by the joint financial assistance of Tallaght Deaf Club & Art & Cultural Society of the Deaf Ireland Founded 1986. For additional details/transport contact the TDC Secretary at mobile: 087-2944338 or email: tallaghtdeafclub@eircom.net.

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Advocacy Training
Advocacy training will be held in Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, US in June/July of this summer. Grassroots Advocacy Leadership Training is for International Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals. The intensive eight-day program focuses on the development of leadership skills among emerging and promising leaders from around the world. The presenters of the program will offer extensive training in the areas of creative thinking, organizing dynamic forces, collaborating with government and non-government agencies, and advocacy and empowerment. The program is offered in collaboration with the World Federation of the Deaf and will provide hands-on training and strategic planning and goal setting to future leaders of the international deaf community. For more information, contact Tracey Kempton at tracey.kempton@gallaudet.edu. You can register for the course online at www.regonline.com/grassroots_advocacy.

EUDY Camp
Congratulations to Nora Duggan from Kerry who was chosen to represent the IDYA and Ireland in this summer's EUDY Junior Camp. This is the first time there is a camp for people aged 13 - 17 years old by EUDY. The camp will take place in Malminharju (about an hour outside Helsinki) from the 3rd to the 10th of August. For more information about the camp see www.irishdeafyouth.com.

Captioning On Youtube
YouTube videos are increasingly being used as a teaching tool, as digital tools, the Internet and whiteboards become more common in education. CaptionTube, a new tool for putting subtitles on youtube videos, will increase the number of captioned video clips being made and played. Teachers, lecturers, trainers and presenters can caption video clips used in their work, with just a Google account and a bit of time. CaptionTube enables users to create captions for their own videos, or for any other clips they find on YouTube. A time-line in CaptionTube’s editing tools allows users to accurately match the captions created to the video’s images.Another video captioning tool, DotSub, allows other users to contribute to the captioning process - possibly better for shared or collaborative projects. Captions / Subtitling give Deaf and hard of hearing people full access to video content. To see the captioning on a video click on the link above to the DS3 project.
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7 May 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 19)

Siguage World Federation of The Deaf (WFD) Congress- Durban
The next international conference to be hosted by the WFD will be in Durban, South Africa from the 14th - 24th of July 2011. We have been fortunate to send large delegations to previous congresses in Canada and Spain.

The theme of the Durban congress will be "Global Deaf Renaissance". There will be a number of Commissions including Deaf Education, Sign Language & Deaf Studies, Developing Countries, and Human Rights.

In addition, there will be Special Interest Groups - Deaf Ethnic Groups, Deafblind, Deaf Mental Health, Sign Language Interpreters, Families, Technology, CODA (Children of Deaf Adults, and Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.

If you would like more information on the congress, go to www.wfd2011.com.

Fashion Show For St. Mary's School For Deaf Girls
There will be a Fashion Show in aid of St. Mary's School for Deaf Girls on the 6th and 7th of May at 7pm. The show will be held in St. Joseph's School, Navan Rd, Dublin. Entry costs are 7euro for adults, €5 for students, and €4 for children. Liam Grier, a Deaf Fashion Designer will be in attendance on the 7th of May. There will also be jewellery on sale both nights.

Irish Deaf Swimming And Waterpolo Race Night
The Irish Deaf Sports Association (IDSA) is sending competitors to Taipei in Taiwan for 21st Summer Deaflympics (Olympics for deaf sports) from the 5th to 15th September 2009.

To raise funds, the Irish Deaf Swimming and Waterpolo are hosting a "Race Night" in Keily's Pub in Donnybrook on the 9th of May. The first race will start at 8pm sharp. With the current recession, it is even more important for the team to raise funds. Please show your support on the night, as everyone is welcome to attend. For more information on the IDSA and Taiwan, go to www.irishdeafsports.net and www.2009deaflympics.org/.

Accessible Performance In Ballymun
AXIS in Ballymun will be hosting a special performance of ‘The Consequences of Lightning’ on Wednesday 27 May 2009. The show will cater particularly to the needs of the Deaf and hard of hearing communities. The performance will be captioned and a loop system will be available for maximum accessibility.

AXIS believes being an audience member involves more than being able to hear what is happening on stage; other senses are just as valuable. The tactile nature of the set and props, the heat from the lights, the reverberation of the sound; all elements combine to make a performance. This is an opportunity to experience theatre in AXIS like never before.

To book a ticket, go online at www.axis-ballymun.ie. Tickets are available at a special discounted rate of €12 each for group bookings of 8 or more (via box office) or €15 for individuals.

Summerfest - Annual Sports Day
Summerfest will be held on the 19th of July in the grounds of St. Joseph's School for Deaf Boys on the Navan Rd, Dublin 7. Admission is free and it will be held from 12noon to late. There will be tug-o-war, children & adult races, bouncy castles, water slides and many more activities. It is advisable for children to bring spare clothes.

Volunteers are also needed- for more information, contact Deaforward at deaforward@irishdeafsociety.ie or by text at 086 384 7023
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