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28 February 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 9)

Your view on buying hearing aid?
Are you Deaf or hard of hearing and wear hearing aids? Have you experience of buying hearing aids from private suppliers? We want to hear about your experiences, good and bad? What advice would you give people who are going into the hearing aid market for the first time? If you have any comments, positive or negative, please get in touch with us.

Research on CODA issues
A final year Speech and Language Therapy student in University College Cork is carrying out a final year research project. The purpose of this project is to explore the life experiences of adult hearing 'Children Of Deaf Adults’ (CODA's).

The results of this project may help people understand more about the unique life experiences of the hearing children of deaf adults. This increased understanding may benefit other hearing children of deaf parents and their parents.

If you are interested in participating in this research, please contact us for more details.

Information on remote interpreting service
A short clip has been produced in sign language on the pilot Remote Interpreting Services. Using Internet video software the interpreter can be ‘virtually’ present at any service location that has a broadband Internet connection available.

The only additional hardware to provide remote ISL interpreting is a webcam. This allows the remote interpreter to interpret the conversation between the service provider and the Deaf service user without the need to travel to the location.

To view the clip, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdOkYGy8VIw.

More information is also available at http://slis.ie/index.php/news/story/remote_isl_interpreting_pilot_project_2011/.

Training course - Deaf Managers / facing the challenge
Deaf people can face many obstacles when they want to succeed in Management? It can also be difficult to fully access training in Ireland on this topic? A training course is being organised at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh from the 16th - 17th of May to tackle this issue. The course will look at "How Deaf People Can Succeed in Management? How to get the Best out of Deaf Staff and Managers?"

Information is available in British Sign Language and International Sign at www.sml.hw.ac.uk/business/cpd/deaf-managers-facing-the-challenge.htm.

Topics covered will include:
  • Managing Deaf and hearing Staff;
  • Communication skills and cultural awareness for the bilingual/bicultural workplace;
  • How to identify and work around barriers for Deaf people and how to break through the 'Glass Ceiling';
  • Essential management skills for the Deaf manager and executive, current and aspiring (Option for Deaf participants);
  • Skills for managing Deaf staff, identifying their needs and skills and supporting them in their career development and as managers (Option for hearing executives);
  • Tapping the Deaf Potential - the legal, moral and business case for hiring and developing Deaf people as managers.
How you and your organisation will benefit from this training course?
You will learn transferable skills about management, which you can put into practice. You will network and learn from those who have more experience working in management and with the Deaf community. You will have a better understanding of tools and techniques essential for the specific development of Deaf people as managers. You will be able to transmit best practice processes to your organisation.

Who should attend the course?
  • Deaf Managers and Executives;
  • Managers responsible for Deaf Staff, including Deaf Managers;
  • Aspiring Deaf Managers.
Course fee is £395 sterling per person. Further information is available via email: Tessa Padden: T.E.M.Padden@hw.ac.uk or Saiqa Anne Qureshi: S.Qureshi@hw.ac.uk
Register online www.eventelephant.com/thedeafmanagerfacingthechallenges.
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21 February 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 8)

IDS Charity Shop
We'd like to send our best wishes to the Irish Deaf Society with their latest venture. They will be opening a new charity shop in Phibsboro in Dublin shortly.

Volunteers are required for an hour or two a week. If you have any free time, contact Janette by email at funds@irishdeafsociety.ie or text: 086 7851713.

The IDS are also looking for unwanted clothes, bric a brac, books, jewellery etc. They will be organising a Clothes Drop day on Saturday 5th March from 11am-4pm at the Dublin Deaf Association, Lwr Drumcondra Rd. Alternatively, donations can be left at their HQ at 30 Blessington Street, Dublin 7 (just off Dorset Street) anytime Monday to Friday (9am-5pm).

Greenbow 15th anniversary celebrations
We'd like to send our best wishes to Greenbow, the group for Deaf lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender in Ireland. They will be celebrating their 15th anniversary from the 17th to the 19th of March. If you would like more information on their upcoming events, go to www.greenbowdeaf.com.

Dublin archdiocese mass for children who suffered sexual abuse
On Sunday 20th February at 3pm a Liturgy of Lament and Repentance for the sexual abuse of children by priests and religious will be held in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. Margaret Woulfe will interpret this mass.

The liturgy will ask the forgiveness of God and of all survivors for the failure of those Church leaders and many others in the family of the Church to respond with love, integrity, honesty, understanding and compassion to the pain and distress of survivors. During the liturgy which has been prepared principally by survivors, Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will wash the feet of a group of people who have suffered in various ways through abuse.

Munster Deaf Sports Association (MDSA) upcoming events
On Saturday 23rd of April, the MDSA will hold the 10th Inter Provincial Basketball Championship League 2011 in Cork Institute of Technology.

Team Ulster will play against at Connacht at 10.00am. Team Leinster will be in action against Munster at 11.00am. There will be a break at 12.00pm. This will be followed by the loser of Match 1 against the loser of Match 2 at 1.00pm. Then the winners of Match 1 and 2 will play against each other at 2pm.

In addition, there will be the Men's Football Semi-finals. The 1st match will be between Munster and Ulster at 11.00am in the Cork Institute of Technology Sports Stadium. At 11.15am in Pitch Two, Leinster will play against Connacht. Later in the evening at 5pm, there will be a match for the 3rd and 4th place. The evening will end with the final at 7pm.

The MDSA will also hold a drinks reception and 3-course meal on the 24th of April. Tickets cost €30. There will be spot prizes and a Deaf karaoke. The event will be held in the Oriel House in Ballincollig in Cork. The night will kick off at 7pm with a drinks reception and food will be served at 7.30pm.

For more information, contact the MDSA secretary Susan O Callaghan or their treasurer Bernadette O Connor by email: munsterdeafsports@gmail.com or by text 087 2155104.

Deaf pilgrimage to knock
The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People is planning a pilgrimage to Knock from the 30th of April to the 1st of May. It will cost €75, which includes accommodation and evening meal in the Knock House Hotel.

If you are interesting in going, text Fr Gerard 087 286 0704.
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14 February 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 7)

Breaking musical barriers
In a very unique awareness-raising event, two Deafblind musicians will perform a gig on guitar and piano on Friday, 4th March. Russ Palmer, a music therapist and songwriter, will travel from Finland to Cork to perform with Orla O’Sullivan, the world’s first Deafblind music teacher, pianist & performer, in the Cornstore Bar & Restaurant (Cornmarket Street, 7 to 8.30pm).

The duo will also present a Masterclass, entitled "Two Musical Journeys – a Deafblind Perspective", in the Cork School of Music on Saturday, 5th March (2 - 4pm). Both events are open to the public but the Masterclass may be of particular interest to students of music, disability studies, music therapy or psychology.

Please download a 'Breaking Musical Barriers' in Word Doc Download (size 74KB)

New initiative announced for voluntary sector work placements
The Minister for Social Protection has announced a new work placement programme, known as Tús. This will provide 5,000 short-term working opportunities in community organisations for people unemployed for over a year.

The placements will help community sector organisations by supporting the delivery of their services. Tús, which will operate in rural and urban areas, will be delivered using the infrastructure developed for the Rural Social Scheme.

In specific circumstances funding will be provided from a material budget maintained by the Local Development Company/Údarás na Gaeltachta in each area to participating community and voluntary organisations. €30 million will be committed in 2011 to establish Tús with an increased investment of €100 million expected in 2012. More information is available at www.welfare.ie/EN/Schemes/RuralandCommunitySupports/Pages/tusfaq.aspx#26.

SLIS Manager Vacancy
The National Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) is seeking a Manager, based in Dublin, who will be responsible for the development and delivery of core strategic objectives and initiatives.

An in-depth knowledge of issues pertaining to the Deaf community as well as to Irish Sign Language is desirable.

The successful appointee must have:
Experience in a management role and the capacity to work with and support the SLIS Board of Management. Ability to manage budgets and have knowledge of financial/budgetary processes. Excellent communication, presentation, negotiation, relationship and team-building skills.

SLIS is the national agency for the provision of sign language interpreting services in Ireland. SLIS is committed to the Deaf community and their needs in terms of interpreting and related services. SLIS's role is to promote, represent, advocate and ensure the availability of quality interpretation services.

The role offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Apply in confidence to: Seamus Farrelly, HRM Search & Selection, 47 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2. Tel (+353 1) 632 1818 or email: seamus.farrelly@hrm.ie.

Please apply by sending a hard copy of your CV by post or a soft copy by email before 5pm on Friday 19th February 2011. Your application should include the names of two referees and a short cover letter. A full job description is available on www.SLIS.ie or www.hrm.ie.

South Dakota's new Governor
We like to bring you interesting news from around the Deaf world from time to time. In the States, South Dakota has elected a new Governor; he is the first child of Deaf parents and was elected into his position on the 8th of January. He knows American Sign Language and he is well known in the Deaf community. Here is a clip on Youtube where he mentions his parents- underneath there is a button with “cc”- click on this and subtitles will come on. www.youtube.com/watch?v=h78lAI2Msfk.
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7 February 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 6)

Job Vacancy
Manager vacancy with SLIS - Sign Language Interpreting Service.

The National Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) is seeking a Manager, based in Dublin, who will be responsible for the development and delivery of core strategic objectives and initiatives.

An in-depth knowledge of issues pertaining to the Deaf community as well as to Irish Sign Language is desirable.

The successful appointee must have:
  • Experience in amanagement role and the capacity to work with and support the SLIS Board ofManagement.
  • Ability to manage budgets and have knowledge of financial/budgetary processes.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, negotiation, relationship and team-building skills.
SLIS is the national agency for the provision of sign language interpreting services in Ireland. SLIS is committed to the Deaf community and their needs in terms of interpreting and related services. SLIS's role is to promote, represent, advocate and ensure the availability of quality interpretation services.

The role offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Apply in confidence to: Seamus Farrelly, HRMSearch & Selection, 47 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2. Tel (+353 1) 632 1818 or email: seamus.farrelly@hrm.ie.

Please apply by sending a hard copy of your CV by post or a soft copy by email before 5pm on Friday 19th February 2011. Your application should include the names of two referees and a short cover letter. A full job description is available on www.SLIS.ie or www.hrm.ie.

Please download a 'Job Description of Manager at SLIS' in Word Doc Download (size 41KB) and 'Job Advertisement of Manager at SLIS' in PDF Download (size 745KB)

Monthly mass for deaf community
Our monthly mass will be held this Sunday 13th of February 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.

Bag packing for Ethiopia deaf project
As many of you know, a group of Irish Deaf people, two hearing siblings from a Deaf family and Fr. Stephen Monaghan flew out to Ethiopia in 2010. This was part of a Deaf project that hopes to build a Deaf Centre in Ambo. Land is currently being secured for the project. Once compensation has been agreed and paid for, an application will be submitted for overseas aid. If successful, plans to build a Centre will be lodged with the local Council in Ethiopia.

To raise extra funds for the project, a number of bag packing dates have been organised in Tesco's in Douglas Shopping Centre Cork.

Volunteers are needed on the 10th and 11th of February from 11am to 9pm. Also on the 12th of February from 11am to 6pm.

If you are available, please let us know and we will contact the organisers on your behalf.

Upcoming national elections
As many of you know, Ireland will go to the Polls to vote in a new Government on the 25th of February. Do you know if you are registered to vote? If not go to www.checktheregister.ie and see if your details are there and up to date.

If you are not registered, you can fill in a RFA2 form and give it to your local County Council.

In addition, if you have moved and your details are not correct, you can fill in a RFA3 form. These must be filled in and returned 14 days before the election.

John Bosco Conama presents more information on this in sign language at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kzsx3ocIeq8.

An open meeting on the General Election will be held on the 15th of February at 7.45pm in the Deaf Centre in Drumcondra.

The Irish Deaf Society has also drawn up an information fact sheet that you can present to candidates who may do "door to door" campaigning. To get a copy of this, contact the IDS.

Census 2011 question on Irish Sign Language
After many years of campaigning by the Deaf community in Ireland - the upcoming Census on the 10th of April has a question on sign language usage in Ireland.

This is a huge development in Ireland and a major achievement by those who campaigned for this to be included in the Census.

In the Census form on page 15 it will say "Do you speak a language other than English or Irish at home? What is the language?" Underneath, write down in full IRISH SIGN LANGUAGE.

This will enable the Government to see how many sign language users there are in Ireland? Make sure to fill this section in whether to live alone or in shared accommodation.

For more information on this, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=j00jzgYPX2Q and see John Bosco Conama giving clear instructions on how this section can be filled in by sign language users in Ireland.
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