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28 October 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 42)

Tralee Local Employment Service
Tralee Local Employment Service and job club in Tralee, Listowel and Castleisland is available for free. There is couple of job advertisements as well.

Please download 'This weeks Job's Advertisement' in Word Doc Download (size 1MB)
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21 October 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 41)

Unique Bar in Ballymun
Staff with a range of disabilities may soon be behind the bar pulling pints and mixing cocktails as part of the first-of its kind initiative planned by a Ballymun-based organisation. Hand on Heart Enterprises is a non-profit organisation that was first established in Ballymun six months ago with the aim of creating and promoting employment for disabled people through innovative business ideas.

Over recent weeks, the team at Hand on Heart has been inviting people with disabilities to training events in Ballymun Industrial Estate to help assess the adaptations needed for people with disabilities in a working environment.

The first bar events will be starting in the Axis Centre from mid October. Deaf and blind people working behind the bar will be able to communicate through handheld iPads and gestures.

Caroline Mc Grotty, a Deaf person from Glasnevin who works with Hand on Heart says "A lot of people who I know that are Deaf that have worked in bars and cafes but always behind the scenes, doing the washing up, cleaning or changing barrels for instance', she explained.

"They very rarely work front of house, serving people or taking orders. With the café and bar idea, putting people with disabilities on the forefront is a big step and a step in which I hope other businesses will take notice." For more information on the new bar, go to

FAI Inclusive Supporters Club
The Irish Deaf Sports Assoc (IDSA) would like to inform Deaf people about Inclusive Supporters Club in the new AVIVA Stadiums. An idea was floated by the Football Assoc of Ireland around a concept of a supporters’ club/association for fans with disabilities. FAI aim is to bring the Irish football experience to all fans in world-class accessible stadium representing its member’s views, issues and concerns of Irish fans with disabilities. More information can be found on link:

To join membership: Application forms for membership is available on FAI website, There are two options of membership,
  • Full Member, fan with disability
  • Associate member, able bodied fan who must join with a full member (relation, friend etc).
Full Member will be asked on the form if they want to avail of the opportunity to purchase a season ticket. There are 2 options, to buy a season ticket or block booking. More detail can be found on link (membership & ticket section):

There are 330 tickets available and it first come, first served. Remember it not just for Deaf/HOH only as it open to other disabilities. So, if you want to buy ticket, fill out the application forms ASAP. Once you filled the form, please allow few workdays before FAI will get in touch with you.

Please note: For Andorra game, if you want to go the match, please use block booking option because there is minor technical problem with Season Ticket now but that will be sort out before or after Andorra match.

The IDSA will not accept any responsibility with application forms or tickets.

Opportunity to work with deaf in Slovakia
Caroline Mc Grotty has informed us that the Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) are registered under the European Voluntary Service (EVS) programme.

The IDYA is allowed to send members to other European countries to work voluntary for a period of 6 or 12 months. The person who is sent has their training, accommodation, flights and food all paid for, they even get a bit of pocket money too to spend on their own things. The work is of a voluntary nature.

Recently they have been contacted by the EFFETA which is an institution for Deaf and hard of hearing people in Slovakia. They are looking for youths from Ireland who are Deaf of hard of hearing to participate in their EVS programme from the 2nd February 2011. More information on the Association is available at - .

NOTE: you must be between 18 and 25 to participate in this programme. If you are interested or know of anyone who will be interested, send an e-mail to Kathy at

Tralee Local Employment Service
Tralee Local Employment Service and job club in Tralee, Listowel and Castleisland is available for free. There is couple of job advertisements as well.

Please download 'This weeks Job's Advertisement' in Word Doc Download (size 1MB)
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14 October 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 40)

Kayaking With Institute Of Technology (ITT)
The Health & Leisure Department at the ITT has invited Deaf and hard of hearing clients to join them this Saturday (16th of October) for Canoeing and Kayaking.

It will be held from 10am to 12.30 in Cappanalea, which is 11km's from Killorglin. If you are interested in participating, please let us know. Contact us by text or email (details below) for more information or to put your name on list.

More information on Cappanalea is available at

Best Wishes With Ethiopian Trip
We'd like to extend our best wishes to Veronica White and Willie White from our service who will be travelling to Ethiopia on the 23rd of October. They will be working with four Deaf people from different parts of Ireland and with Fr. Stephen Monaghan of the Vincentian Lay Missionaries (VLM).

The Vincentians in Ambo want to develop a Deaf Centre in the area. The Centre would open up vocational opportunities for the Deaf, skills development and some income generating activities. The Centre would be a place where the Deaf Community could meet and socialise, organise themselves as a community, improve their sense of esteem and grow in confidence and realise their full potential.

Best wishes to everyone involved and we look forward to an update on their return in November.

Christmas Party
Our annual Christmas party will be held on the 19th of December in the Ballyroe 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.

Supporter of the Year Awards
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 19th of December and will be presented with a framed certificate, a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine. Get your nominations in now.

News For The Deaf
News for the Deaf is shown on RTÉ daily after the Nuacht (News in spoken Irish). Many people miss this segment as it’s shown before 6pm.

RTÉ has now included this item in its online RTÉ Player service. The RTÉ Player is a free online catch-up service, which lets you watch a variety of programmes for up to 21 days after they are broadcast on RTÉ One and RTÉ Two television.

All programmes in the RTÉ Player are streamed so you simply "click and play". To find out if your computer supports the RTÉ Player and about the broadband speed needed to stream programmes, visit the FAQs section.

If you would like to view News for the Deaf, go to .

If this link is not available, go to the RTÉ Player Service and click on "Nuacht and News with Signing".
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7 October 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 39)

Monthly Mass
Our monthly mass will be held this Sunday at 3pm in St. John's Pastoral Centre in Tralee. As usual, Veronica White of the National Chaplaincy will interpret the mass. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards. If you require accessible transport to this event, please contact us.

Education Finance Board
Are you a former resident of St. Mary’s School for Deaf Girls, Cabra, or St. Joseph’s School for Deaf Boys, Cabra prior to May 1999? Are you looking for further training? If so, you may be entitled to support from the Education Finance Board scheme for yourself, your children, grandchild and/or other designated relatives. Former residents must register their details online at

Applications for children or grandchildren who are attending school will require an education endorsement form signed by their school. If tuition is provided outside of their school, you must submit information about the qualifications of the tutor and their PPS number. A child of a former resident may be able to avail of €900 per year (max €30 per hour).

Further information and criteria is available at

Surfing With IT Tralee
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Health and Leisure Dept of the Institute of Technology, Tralee for including Deaf and hard of hearing clients of our service in their recent surfing activities in Banna Beach. We had a great time on the day and were delighted to be a part of this fun filled event. The next event is kayaking and canoeing on the 16th of October, if you are interesting in attending, please let us know.

Conference Logo Design - WASLI
The World Association of Sign Language Interpreters wants your help to design a logo for its conference in Durban, in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in 2011. The theme of the conference is "Think Globally - Act Locally". The WASLI conference will be held from 14 - 16 July 2011. Please email your submissions (in Word, PDF, or JPG file) by 15 October 2010 to

Cork Interpreting Leaflet
Cork-based interpreter Cormac Leonard has put together an information leaflet about accredited Sign Language interpreters working in Cork. The leaflet will be available in Deaf services in Cork, including the Cork Deaf Club and the Cork Deaf Association. It will be used to promote interpreter services in Cork within courts, hospitals, and other service providers and to ensure there is an awareness of the rights of Deaf people to interpreters, and also an awareness of how to book one. The leaflet was published with the assistance of the Cork Deaf Association. For more information, go to,

Please download 'Cork Interpreter' in PDF Download (size 1.3MB)

Dublin Deaf Scout Leader Wanted
The 191st Dublin Deaf Scout Group has been in existence for over fifteen years and has over thirty members from six-year-old Beavers to teenage Venturers. Its numbers are expanding and the Group is looking for volunteers to lend a hand. Volunteers will help with the running of the group, activities, games and trips. Volunteers will also get the chance to go on camping trips.

Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm in Drumcondra, Dublin. If you have been in the Scouts already, they would love to hear from you, but you don’t need any Scout experience as training and guidance is provided. For more information please contact:

Deaf Linguist Wins “Genius Grant”
Congratulations to Deaf linguist, Professor Carol Padden, who is the first Deaf person to win a ”Genius Grant”. Properly known as the MacArthur Fellowships, the awards are granted to a small group of American citizens each year.

The award recognises potential for great creative work in a wide variety of fields. MacArthur Fellows receive 500,000 dollars. The funding is no-strings-attached; the purpose of the award is to allow talented individuals to delve into their work and explore their potential as professional leaders, without needing to worry about money.

Professor Padden's research focuses on the unique structure and evolution of sign languages and on the specific social implications of signed communication. Her early research on American Sign Language clarified misconceptions about the grammatical use of visual space, showing, for example, how signers use points in space to refer to different subjects. More recently she has carried out research on the emerging Al-Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language (ABSL).

Although various sign languages in use around the world are relatively young and rapidly developing, Padden and her colleagues have demonstrated that emerging languages, even if not yet mature, can nonetheless quickly adopt complex grammatical structures. She also writes extensively about historical factors impacting the development and use of sign language, including obstacles to interaction and integration of Deaf culture within larger society.

For more information about Carol Padden’s award see:
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