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25 March 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 12)

Captioning all english videos on youtube
Google recently announced an ambitious plan to automatically add computer generated captioning to all English videos on youtube. Using the expertise it has gained over the last ten years Google aims to automatically convert English speech into text on nearly every video in its archive. This will be a huge benefit to Deaf and hard of hearing people and will provide millions of hours of speech accessible to search engines for people doing research. More information is available on the following website: http://singularityhub.com/2010/03/04/googles-youtube-rolls-out-automatic-english-captions-to-all-videos/.

Community foundation new website
The Community Foundation for Ireland is delighted to present their new look website to correspond with their 10 year anniversary. The Community Foundation has gone through tremendous growth and expansion over the past ten years. It has made grants on behalf of donors of over 6 million euro, mostly in Ireland. The new website will highlight the progress and achievements it has made since its establishment.

On behalf of KDRC we would like to express our appreciation to the Community Foundation, which provided us with support in the past, and wish them the best for the future. Their new website is: www.communityfoundation.ie.

Deaffest film and television festival
Are you Deaf and involved in Film and TV production. If so, Deaffest is the UK’s only Deaf-led film and television festival, which celebrates the talents of Deaf filmmakers and media artists from all over the world.

The 2010 festival will be held at Light House in Wolverhampton from Fri 21 – Sun 23 May. This dynamic and thriving festival helps to nurture talent in the Deaf community and showcase the work of Deaf filmmakers and producers.

The application process is for films to be screened during the festival programme and entered into the Best in Festival award, which will credit the most outstanding film in Deaffest 2010 and offer the winner recognition and publicity in association with the festival. Films entered for submission must be returned with this form by Wed 31 Mar 2010.

Deaffest welcome submission of films made at any time in the past as well as recent productions. However, they are unlikely to show films that have been exhibited previously at Deaffest. There should be a significant Deaf involvement in the production. You will be asked to describe this in your submission form. All submitted films must include captions/subtitles in English. For more information on how to submit your work, go to the following website http://deaffest.co.uk/2010/02/10/deaffest-2010-submissions-now-open/.

Deaf stars film
While we are on the topic of Deaf films- we came across a movie called "See What I'm Saying". This is a new film that follows the journeys of four extraordinary Deaf entertainers over the course of a single year as their stories intertwine and culminate in some of the most important events of their lives. It is a powerful and unique look at Deaf entertainers that touches on the human nature of these unsung artists. The entertainers include an international Deaf comic famous around the world but unknown to hearing people? A modern day Buster Keaton who teaches at Juilliard but is currently homeless? A hard of hearing singer who is considered "not deaf enough?" For more information about the movie and to see some clips from it, go to www.seewhatimsayingmovie.com.

ASLI call for papers
The next conference of the Association of Sign Language Interpreters UK (ASLI) will be taking place on 16th and 17th October 2010 in Nottingham, England. The conference theme is ‘Developing the interpreter; developing the profession' and, in honour of the launch of ASLI's CPD system, will provide an opportunity to attend both workshops and presentations, sharing knowledge, experience and generating new reflections on interpreting.

This call for papers invites proposals for papers from all stakeholders: Deaf and hearing interpreters, consumers, sign language and interpreter trainers and interpreter researchers for the UK and further afield.

Thematic areas include:
Mentoring and the personal and professional development of interpreters. Consumer perspectives on interpreting development.
Developing the profession.
Engaging with the Deaf community.
Quality in the profession and interpreting services.

For the full list of thematic areas and contact information go to the following weblink: www.asli.org.uk/call-for-papers-p306.aspx.
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18 March 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 11)

Cutbacks to Kerry Deaf Resource Centre
We earlier this week, we sent an email to our readers informing them of cutbacks to our funding. We would like to thank everyone for this support on this issue. We are urging people to continue their support. We plan to continue our lobby to stop our funding cuts. We urge you to write to the Minister for Health, to local TD's, or contact your local radio stations and call for a stop to our funding cuts.

We are demanding funding increases and not funding cuts. You can also email Deirdre Scully A/Local Health Manger of the HSE at Deirdre.Scully@hse.ie

We cannot allow cuts to services, which are already over-stretched. There has to be other avenues where money can be saved.

In an article by Ken Foxe, Public Affairs Correspondent www.tribune.ie/news/article/2009/jul/26/the-minister-his-wife-and-126k-expenses/ it claims the former Minister John O'Donoghue, his wife Kate Ann, and his private secretary Therese O'Connor ran up a travel bill of over €126,000 in the space of just two years.

Among the expenditure were a series of €900-a-night hotels, €7,591 on "airport pick-ups" during a two-day trip to London, €120 for hat rental, €250 for water taxis and €80 to "Indians for moving the luggage".

On one luxurious trip to Venice, the former arts minister, his wife and the civil servant ran up hotel bills of €5,834 at the Albergo San Marco, the Hotel Cipriani and the San Clemente Palace. The ministerial entourage travelled to Italy by government jet, where they were collected by a private airport boat and taken to their luxury accommodation.

It's fascinating to see how much the Government is willing to spend on one Minister - in just two years, over €126,000.

In addition, we had the outlandish expenses run up by Senior Executives in FÁS and by many other Government Departments and Public Bodies.

This is in stark contrast to our service. In eleven years, we have been forced to operate on very restricted funding. Our initial funding for a number of years was only €30,000. Eventually after a long campaign, it increased to €60,000 and very slowly up to €100,000. In 2009, we were told it would be increased to €102,000. This is very small in comparison to the budget for one Minister.

We have now been told we must operate on a reduced budget of €94,950. It is shocking that we are expected to run a full time service for Deaf and hard of hearing in Kerry on such a limited budget. This reduction in funding will place enormous burden on our service and may impact on the level of service we provide to our clients.

Over the years, we have endeavoured to employ staff who were Deaf or who were lone parents. In one way, this has worked in our favour as a person in receipt of Disability Allowance can earn €120 per week and lone parents can earn €146.50 per week without their allowance being affected. In addition, we have been fortunate to have Community Employment staff funded by FÁS. As a result of this, we have been able to take on staff to meet the needs of our service and our clients. This has enabled us to stretch our annual funding and to maximise services for our clients. However, it is unfair to expect members of our society who already face huge disadvantage to work on such low income. The work of these employees is crucial to the success of our service. It is ironic that they work hard to support our service, yet we are unable to pay them full time salaries.

While, we accept we are in a recession - it is very difficult to cut the wages of people who are already underpaid. Without supplementary Social Welfare payments, they would not be unable work with us. If we cannot pay full time salaries, they are unable to come off welfare payments. How can we empower these individuals to get out of the benefits trap if we cannot provide them with appropriate salaries?

How can we cut the low paid yet allow the Government waste hundreds of thousands of taxpayers money on luxuries.

We are severely under-funded and any cuts will have a significant impact. The funding we receive is a Section 39 grant from the HSE. Therefore, we do not get sufficient funding to cover the full cost of staff positions. As a result, we have to stretch this limited funding to cover staff costs, services and activities for our clients and overheads.

We need your support to halt these cuts. Any help and support would be greatly appreciated.
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11 March 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 10)

Subtitled Movies in Cork
We've just heard from Susan O Callaghan of the Cork Deaf Assoc that The Reel Picture Cinema in Blackpool will make history on Wednesday 10th March. At 6.45 p.m. the cinema will screen a subtitled version of Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, making it the first Cork cinema to show a mainstream film which has been subtitled for the Deaf and hard of hearing.

Tickets are €10 with a special price of €14 for two people attending together. A celebratory wine reception will be held before the screening at 6 p.m. in the cinema foyer. Come along and celebrate this special event! http://entertainment.ie/cinemas/The_Reel_Picture_Blackpool/Cork/37417/6.htm

Subtitled Movies in Thurles
The IMC Cinema in Thurles plans to start showing films on a Monday evening with subtitles. This will be of great benefit to people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or who English as a second language. If you would like more information, contact the General Manager- Colm Nolan. The cinema is based in the Thurles Shopping Centre, Co. Tipperary. It is a fully digital and has loop system facilities and is also wheelchair accessible. www.imccinemas.ie/home.asp?idcinema=32.

Poetry in Sign Language Workshop
The Centre for Deaf Studies will hold a workshop ‘Is there poetry in ISL? – potential examples?’. The workshop will be facilitated by Donna Jo Napoli Professor of Linguistics, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania (USA) and Rachel Sutton-Spence, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Deaf Studies, University of Bristol

The workshop will be limited to 20 participants. It will be held from 10 am to 1 pm – Saturday, March 13th at Room B, CDS, 40 Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9. For more information or to book your place, email Dr. John Bosco Conama at comamaj@tcd.ie.

Please download 'poetry_ISL.doc' in Word Document Download (size 116KB)

Munster Deaf Sports Council (MDSC) Easter Events
MDSC have issued their latest news/report for this year's Easter weekend in Kilkenny.

Saturday 3rd of April:
Football Tournament at Watershed Leisure Centre - 11am - 6pm
Basketball Tournament at Watershed Leisure Centre - 12noon -4pm
Karate/ Judo Exhibition at Watershed Leisure Centre - 1pm - 3pm
Tea, Coffee and Sandwiches- 1.30pm- 3pm (2 euro per person).

Sunday 4th of April:
Football Tournament at Watershed Leisure Centre - 11am - 2pm
Futsal Tournament at Watershed Leisure Centre - 12noon - 4pm
Tea, Coffee and Sandwiches- 1pm- 2pm (2euro per person).

Golf Tournament in Kilkenny Golf Club, Glendine, Castlecomer Rd, Kilkenny. Meet up 11.30am for noon tee off. For more information, contact JP Doyle 086 219 8055.

Dinner & Dance, 3 course meal, spot prizes and DJ in Hotel Kilkenny (€30 per person) 7.30pm - 1.30pm. Contact Milton Reidy for tickets at 083 3714499. A deposit of €20 is required.

EFSLI 2010 AGM & Conference
The European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters will hold their AGM and Conference from the 10-12 September in Glasgow, Scotland. The theme of the Conference is 'SYNERGY - Moving Forward Together'

The Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI) is proud to welcome EFSLI members back to their beautiful country. The conference venue is the Radisson SAS hotel, located in the heart of Glasgow and less than a 5-minute walk from the main railway station. There are also a range of other hotels and hostels close by to suit all budgets.

EFLSI be looking back on the development of the profession of interpreters of signed languages, can we be satisfied that we are fully equipped for the challenges and changes the future will bring? Are the goals and values of interpreter practitioners and educators shared by providers and service users?

This conference will explore the missing links at both a micro and macro level, and encourage reflection on the skills and knowledge necessary to equip signed language interpreters from all parts of Europe for a constantly evolving environment

As well as providing you with an informative and stimulating conference, EFSLI guarantee you will enjoy yourself. Bring your dancing shoes, try the haggis and savour the whisky! For more information, please visit the official conference website: www.efsli2010.org.uk.
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4 March 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 9)

Signing Song - Intercultural Event
As part of the upcoming Intercultural Evening on the 8th of March in Reuben's Cafe, we will have a group of Deaf people translating a song into sign language. The song is 'Imagine' by John Lennon. If you would like to get involved in this event, please let us know. Rehearsals will take place in our Centre on a weekly basis until the 8th of March.

EU Sign Library
The European Union has recently launched a new sign language website: www.signlibrary.eu. The website is part of a project which aims to give access to literature for Deaf people by translating world literature into Sign Language.

At present the project has partners in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia who will translate a set of literary works and texts into the respective national Sign Language. An expert jury consisting of deaf peer-group-members and European literary and linguistic experts have chosen the texts. Sign language poets and interpreters from the peer group of Deaf people prepare these texts and translate them into Sign Language. These are filmed available online or you download them for free.

The website will offer an open-space community and the possibility for visitors to update their own “releases”. As part of the project guidelines for the production of sign language books will be developed. These will provide information on how to translate world literature into sign language. People and communities who are interested in producing sign language books (e.g. Publishing Houses, sign language Poets, Teachers, people studying sign language etc), will get hints for a professional (but not expensive) production, including information on the translation into "glosses“, sign language-performance, recording, edition, and production of additional material like glossary or digital text and the production of the video-files.

The project aims to lay the foundations for the development of a long-term online-library for all of Europe.

Please download 'Sign Library Progress Report' in PDF Download (size 200KB)

Cork Deaf Association (CDA) Race Night
The Cork Deaf Association has re-scheduled their Race Night in the Shelbourne Bar in Mac Curtain St to Friday, the March 12th at 8.30pm. Sponsor and name a horse for €10 and if your horse wins, you win a cash prize. Race cards available at the CDA and at the Shelbourne Bar. If you dress up in green, there's a prize for the best costume. Fantastic raffle prizes to be won and free finger food. If you would like more information contact the CDA at mail@corkdeaf.ie or text/fax: 021 4506190.

Please download 'Race Night' in PDF Download (size 476KB)

KODA Updated Information For Registration
A note to the Kerry and Cork parents attending the KODA conference in the States in the summer. The organisers have updated information on their website about registration. This includes information on arrival and departure dates, conference registration, day camp registration, registration for kids with no day camp, sleep accommodation and meals. For more information, go to www.greenbowdeaf.com/faq/index.html.

Launch of CODA UK and Ireland Website
On the 21st and 22nd of August in Brighton, there will be a launch of a website for CODA's (Children of Deaf Adults) for the UK and Ireland. The event will be open to Deaf parents with hearing children, hearing individuals with one or both parents who are Deaf, students/researchers who are learning or studying CODAs or anyone who wants to show support and celebrate the launch of the website!

There will also be a number of workshops: "Drama/Arts and Crafts for Kids" & "CODAs as Interpreters". Presentations by guest speakers to be announced. In addition there will time given to "CODA Achievements/Experiences". It will cost £5 for adults and kids are free. If you would like more information about the event, transport and accommodation, you can email codaukandireland@live.co.uk.
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