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26 November 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 48)

Violence against women conference
The Clare Women's Network is holding a conference in Thomond Park on Thursday, 26th Nov. The subject is Violence Against Women. They are keen to have members of the Deaf community attend and will provide ISL interpreters. In addition, they will have a loop system on-site for the hard of hearing. They are especially interested in Deaf women's experience of domestic violence, i.e.. prevalence, reporting it and inclusiveness of support services. If you would like more information, contact Sarah Ferrigan, Project Administrator by email: clarewomen@eircom.net.

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Centre for deaf studies public lecture
Etaoine Howlett will give a lecture on "Where do we go from here? Hearing parents induction into the world of d/Deafness". It will be held on the 26th of Nov from 7pm to 9pm in Maxwell Hall, Hamilton Buildings, Trinity College, Dublin.

The presentation is based on a PhD research which explored the experiences of 14 hearing parents of deaf children in initially encountering and subsequently engaging with the deafness field in Ireland – a domain which, at the outset, lay outside their existing knowledge-base given their status as hearing members of society. A significant feature of their experiences lay in the contextual reality within which they operated – an environment where oralism pervaded both at the level of discourse and service provision. This powerfully impacted on the ‘career’ of these hearing parents, particularly in the early years following the identification of their child’s deafness.

Dublin theatre of the deaf 'The Canterville Ghost'
The Dublin Theatre of the Deaf will have a production of the popular story by Oscar Wilde.

What happens when An American Family buys an English castle? The Ghost goes to haunt them. Curtains open at 8pm on the 26th, 27th and 28th Nov. Tickets cost €10 for adults. OAPs, students and unemployed cost €7. Children 5euro. Family rates apply: make sure to ask when getting tickets. Tickets are also available on the nights. There will also be an opportunity to win prizes in the raffle. For more information, email: dublindeafdrama@yahoo.ie.

Hands On looking for CODA stories
Hands On TV want to do a positive story on Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) experiences of growing up. CODA's have a unique experience of growing up in both the hearing and Deaf world. Hands On want to hear the good, the bad, the ugly and downright hilarious stories. They hope to film between the 10th and 11th of Dec. If you would like more information or would like to contribute, send an email: anne@mindthegapfilms.com.

Indoor wall climbing Dingle
The Health and Leisure Department of the Inst. of Technology would like Deaf people to come along to the Indoor Climbing Wall in Dingle on the 9th of Dec. As part of their training, students gain experience of organising and delivering sessions for various groups with different disabilities. An interpreter will be provided at the session. If you would like to come along, please contact us immediately.

Simply signing- "Now I Can Sign Programme”
Simply Signing now offers you the opportunity to join their national “Now I Can Sign Programme (NICSP)”. This programme was designed and developed for childcare facilities, schools, teachers, child minders and parents who recognise the significant benefits gained by incorporating Irish Sign Language (ISL) into their regular curriculum and activities. NICSP yearly membership gives you the resources, tools and support to facilitate a quality ISL signing programme utilizing the resources and services brought to you by Simply Signing. For more information, go to www.simplysigning.ie/NICSP_Home.html.

Please download 'Now I Can Sign Programme' in Word document Download (size 120KB)

Hungary parliament recognises sign language as official language
In Budapest, on the 9th of Nov, The Hungarian Parliament unanimously adopted a bill seeking to recognise sign language as an "independent and natural" language. The bill was drafted to offer the sign language users the opportunity to use sign language in official communication, the state secretary at the Social and Labour Ministry said earlier. The new law also grants Deaf people the right to use an interpreter in public administration or in legal situations. http://english.mti.hu/default.asp?menu=1&theme=2&cat=25&newsid=265665.
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19 November 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 47)

IDS vacancies
The Irish Deaf Society has two full time positions available. The posts are for a Development Worker and an Administrator. The positions will be based at the Deaforward at the Irish Deaf Society. Duties will include assisting the Advocacy Manager.

Purpose of post:
To provide an independent advocacy service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in Ireland. The service aims to make a demonstrable difference to people’s quality of life, by helping them to become more aware of their own rights, to exercise those rights and to be listened to and responded to. In some situations, an advocate may need to represent another person’s interests. This is called non-instructed advocacy and is used when a person is unable to communicate their views.

If you would like more information about the posts, please contact Eddie Redmond: eddie@irishdeafsociety.ie. Closing date is Monday 30th of Nov at 5pm. Send cover Letter and CV to: Human Resource Manager, Irish Deaf Society, 30 Blessington St, Dublin 7.

Please download 'IDS Job Adverts.doc' in word document Download (size 44KB)

Hands On (back on air)
Hands On, the programme for the Deaf and hard of hearing communities in Ireland kicked off its 14th series on the 15th November in a brand new time slot at 12.50pm, on RTÉ 1.

On Sunday, Hands On aired a powerful programme on the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse report, (The Ryan Report) in which the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect that took place in Ireland’s three schools for the Deaf was revealed.

For the first time, members of the Irish Deaf community spoke openly, without concealing their identity, about the abuse they suffered at the schools: Sexual abuse by supervisors in the dormitory at night, physical abuse in class and even having their hands tied behind their backs to prevent them signing. Children who attended the Deaf schools were unique in the context of the Ryan Report - their parents had no option but to send their children to Cabra – it was the only place they could get an education. The Catholic Institute for Deaf people makes a formal apology on the programme.

This year the programme will cover a wide range of topics from hearing parents coping with the education and communication decisions they need to make for their deaf children; presenter Sarah Jane Moloney challenging celebs to compete against each other to learn sign language in “Celebrity Sign Off”; informative items on cancer; marriage equality and the Civil Partnership Bill; to issues in the lives of deaf teenagers – drugs, alcohol, bullying, sex, and peer pressure; unravelling your family tree, and a full account of this year’s 21st Deaflympics in Taipei, to name but a few!

Deaf X factor
Hands On is looking for the most talented Deaf person in Ireland! Are you great at juggling, art, football, magic, fast signing? Show us your talent and you could win a fantastic prize. Hands On will film contestants around the country, finishing with a GRAND FINAL in Dublin with a guest Celebrity judge!

To enter contact Hands On by text 086 173 6131, by email deaffactor@gmail.com or on the Hands On Facebook page. Closing date for entries by 18th November

St. Joseph's school christmas cards for sale
It's that time of the year again that we start to buy presents and CARDS for Christmas. St. Joseph's School for the Deaf has handmade cards for sale. A pack of 10 only cost 5euro. If you would like to buy a pack, contact Michelle Goodwin (Art Teacher) by email at goodyvonne2003@gmail.com.

Johnny Corcoran deaf photography
Are you looking for the perfect gift this Christmas? Well then, Johnny Corcoran has a special offer for the festive season. Would you like to have your portrait done or would the grandparents like a picture of the kids for Christmas? How about a calendar of family shots? What about damaged old photos you’ve been meaning to get repaired? Or maybe you need some personalised party invitations? For more, go to www.johnnycorcoran.ie/Xmas.jpg.
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12 November 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 46)

Krista and Steve Walker return to Kerry
We were delighted to see Krista and Steve Walker return to Kerry on a surprise visit last week from Washington. Many of you will have met Krista and Steve when they were based with our service in early 2008.

Krista was in Ireland for a six-month research project. Her research looked at the level and types of involvement Irish Deaf parents had with their hearing child's school; their satisfaction with their interaction with the schools; as well as the awareness, attitudes, and perceptions of school teachers and administrators regarding Deaf parents and their hearing children.

As well as carrying out detailed and comprehensive research in Ireland, Krista has developed a document for teachers "Creating a Positive Learning Environment for Kids of Deaf Adults- KODA's". As soon as her work is completed, copies will be available. If you would like a copy, please send us your details.

Thanks to Tommy Mc Ellistrim TD
A number of months ago it was announced that a number of long serving TD's in the Irish Government were due to get a pay increase even though we were in the midst of a recession.

Thankfully, a Kerry based TD Tommy Mc Ellistrim offered to donate his increase equally to a number of charities in Kerry. This week, Tommy arrived in our office with a cheque for €1,000. We'd like to thank him sincerely for this donation and for continuing to support our service. It is greatly appreciated.

KDRC christmas party
Our annual party will be held on the 13th of December in the Meadowlands Hotel Tralee. It will be on from 2-6 pm and promises to be a wonderful event. We will have a 4-course meal, spot prizes and Santa. It will cost €20 per adult and €10 per child. If you would like to attend, please send us your names as soon as possible.

December monthly mass
Our monthly mass will also be held on the 13th of December at 1oc in Meadowlands Hotel. Veronica White of the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People will interpret the mass.

If you require accessible transport to this, please let us know immediately.

Supporter of the year nominations
It's that time of year again where we are looking for nominations for our Deaf and hearing Supporter of the Year Awards.

Do you know of a person, organisation or a service that has been supportive of Deaf issues in the past year. Has someone contributed to improving the lives of Deaf people in Kerry? Has access improved in a particular service?

If so, send us their names and we will consider them for an award. The successful people will be announced at our Christmas party on the 13th of December and will be presented with a framed certificate, a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine. Get your nominations in now.

Irish deaf news on youtube
In the latest edition of Irish Deaf News- Eddie Redmond gives an update on the H1N1 virus (Swine Flu). In addition, it looks at the Texas Army Massacre, Trade Union Demonstrations, Sex Abuser Found Guilty in Wexford, Anglo Irish Banks let staff go and lastly Jedward to Win X Factor??

If you would like to see this edition, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uexbhj6QDuo&feature=related.

Hands On (back on air)
Hands On, the programme for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities in Ireland is about to kick off its 14th series on the 15th November in a brand new time slot at 12.30pm, on RTÉ 1.

This Sunday, Hands On explores the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse report, (The Ryan Report) in which the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect that took place in Ireland’s three schools for the Deaf was revealed.

For the first time, members of the Irish Deaf community speak openly, without concealing their identity, about the abuse they suffered at the schools: Sexual abuse by supervisors in the dormitory at night, physical abuse in class and even having their hands tied behind their backs to prevent them signing. Children who attended the Deaf schools were unique in the context of the Ryan Report - their parents had no option but to send their children to Cabra – it was the only place they could get an education. The Catholic Institute for Deaf people makes a formal apology on the programme.

This is the first of ten programmes in the Hands On series, produced by Mind the Gap Films.

This year the programme will cover a wide range of topics from hearing parents coping with the education and communication decisions they need to make for their deaf children; presenter Sarah Jane Moloney challenging celebs to compete against each other to learn sign language in “Celebrity Sign Off” ; informative items on cancer; marriage equality and the Civil Partnership Bill; to issues in the lives of deaf teenagers – drugs, alcohol, bullying, sex, and peer pressure; unravelling your family tree, and a full account of this year’s 21st Deaflympics in Taipei, to name but a few!

HANDS ON, programme 1, November 15th

Child Abuse
Following the publication of the controversial Ryan Report this summer, four Deaf people who experienced abuse while attending the three Deaf schools, speak openly about their experiences for the first time on TV. They describe the abuse they suffered, the impact it has had on their lives, and the anger and disappointment they feel because abusers have not named or prosecuted.

The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (CICA) report was published in May this year, ten years after the Commission was established.

A chapter is devoted to each of the Deaf School, St. Mary Immaculate School, Beechpark, St. Mary’s School for Deaf Girls, Cabra, and St. Joseph’s School for Deaf Boys, Cabra. These schools stood out from the many industrial schools named in the report as the children who attended the Deaf schools were not guilty of any crime, nor had their paretns neglected them They were sent to the schools to receieve an education and be cared for.

Liam O’Dwyer of the Catholic Institute for Deaf People (CIDP), apologises to victims, on behalf of the CIDP, and outlines the systems that have been put in place to prevent such abuse happening again.

We meet with John Kelly of the Irish Survivors of Child Abuse, Mary Raftery, journalist and producer of the documentary series States of Fear, and solicitor, Colm Hickey, who explains what victims can do now that the deadlines for applications o the Residential Institutions Redress Board have passed.

Don’t miss it, Sunday 12:50pm, RTÉ 1.
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5 November 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 45)

Mental Health Forum
The Irish Deaf Society's Mental Health Forum will be held on Friday 6th November at 8pm in the Dublin Deaf Club, Drumcondra. The evening will be presented by Frankie Berry and nurse Stephen Browne. Everyone is welcome. There will be a Questions & Answers session and refreshments will be served afterwards.

Disability Access Route To Education (DARE)
Traditionally people with disabilities have been under-represented in the Irish higher education system. To combat this the government has established a new initiative for students with disabilities who want to progress from second to third level education. DARE - Disability Access Route to Education - is an admissions scheme for school leavers with disabilities, including Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, whereby eligible students compete for a quota of reduced points places in the colleges that run the scheme.

Applicants eligible for DARE may gain entry to college courses on less than the full CAO points. For example, a course that is 450 points through CAO may be offered to a student eligible for DARE with 410 Leaving Certificate points. Students must meet any specific college and course entry requirements where they apply. Applications can be made online through the CAO website. At present the scheme is available at a limited number of third level colleges.

For more information see www.accesscollege.ie.

Open Meeting To Discuss St. Mary's Heritage
Interested in preserving the heritage of St Mary's School for Deaf Girls, Cabra? Are you a past pupil, pupil, or staff/ex-staff? Or just interested in helping us preserve this very important part of our heritage? Men are also welcome to join this group, as supporters. There will be an open information meeting to discuss these questions at 14 November 2009 at 5pm in the Games Room, Dublin Deaf Club, Drumcondra. A new group on facebook has also been set up: St. Mary's School for Deaf Girls Heritage.

Deaf Heritage Centre Anniversary Dinner
The 10th Anniversary Celebration (1999-2009) of the Deaf Heritage Centre will be on Saturday 14th November 2009 at Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 at 7.30pm - 1am, with a hot buffet. Admission is €20. All are welcome. To book in advance contact Deaf Heritage Centre 086 8567214 (text only)

For more information about the Deaf Heritage Centre, see their website: www.deafheritage.ie.

Please download 'Deaf heritage and mass'
in pdf Download (size 140KB)

Annual Mass For Deceased Past Pupils
The annual mass for deceased past pupils and staff of St Joseph's, Cabra, will be at Sunday, 15th November 2009 at 12 noon in the Sports Hall, St Josephs. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Fundraiser For St Joseph's, Stillorgan
A table quiz to raise money for St. Joseph's Home for Deaf and Blind Adults will be held on Thursday, 12th November at 7.30pm at St. Joseph's, Brewery Rd., Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. The entry fee is €10 per person, or €40 per table of four. There will be good prizes to win, as well as a raffle! An ISL interpreter will be provided on the night. Please bring your friends along to join in the fun! To book a table email suecorr@eircom.net or phone Stephanie at 01 2839160 before 9th November.

Supporting Deaf People Online Conference
The seventh Supporting Deaf People online conference will take place between the 3 - 6th February, 2010. This year's themes are: Interpreting in specialist settings; Interpreters, fallout and vicarious trauma; and Effective interpreting, politeness, face and culture. There are also workshops on being a deaf interpreter, deaf perspectives on interpreting, etc. For more info see here: www.online-conference.net/sdp2010/programme.htm. Registration is now open. A discount is available to people who attended previous SDP conferences.

Swine Flu Information
The HSE have a website with up to date information about swine flu and the vaccination programme: www.swineflu.ie. This website has information to answer your questions about the free Swine Flu Vaccine, who needs to get it, where you can get it, vaccine safety, information for people with at-risk conditions and pregnant women.
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