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25 July 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 30)

Spirit of Sign 5th Anniversary
Cork Deaf Drama, Spirit of Sign, will have its 5th anniversary celebrations on 19th November in Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain St, Cork from 1pm - 6pm and 7pm - 1am. There will be exhibitions in the afternoon and a social night with DJ. Tickets are €20, with €10 non-refundable deposit. Please text Catherine Landers: 08 76112287 or Anthony White: 086 1266213 for tickets before 28th October.

WFD 2015 HOST
At the World Federation of the Deaf congress held in Durban, South Africa, earlier this month the decision of who will host for the next WFD congress in four years’ time was announced. There were three candidate cities: Berlin, Mexico City and Istanbul. In the finish the winner was Istanbul, Turkey. The theme of the congress has not been announced yet. For more information about Istanbul’s candidacy, have a look at the website: www.wfd2015istanbul.org

European Deaf Football Championships
The 7th European Deaf Football Championship was held in Demark, and the Irish Deaf team participated, flying the flag again for their country. They lost their first game 0-1 on Tuesday June 28th against Russia. After that disappointment, they fought hard during their next game versus Belgium, to win 2-1. The next game saw them face the host team, Denmark, which they won by a close 3-2. However they were prematurely knocked out against our neighbours Great Britain, drawing 2-2 to full time, and losing 4-2 after added time. They seeded seventh in the final placing of the tournament, and hope to beat that during their next tournament.

Miss Deaf World
Miss Deaf World was held in Prague from 1st-11th July. The winner was 20 year-old Ilaria Galbusera from Italy. Second place went to 17 year-old Russian Elena Korchagina, and third to 27 year-old Indonesian Dian Inggravati Soebangil.

Lady Gaga Learning Sign Language
After being inspired by numerous deaf fan-made video responses posted on Youtube, Lady Gaga has expressed an interest in learning American Sign Language, and has already booked an ASL tutor. She hopes to soon respond to the videos online, and to also include sign Language in her future live performances. For more on this story see www.h3.tv/videos/lady-gaga-learning-sign-language/.

Deafhear "Communication with your Deaf Child"
Deafhear has produced a new factsheet which outlines the importance of communication for a deaf or hard of hearing child’s development. It provides ideas and guidance for supporting the development of your child's communication skills through everyday activities such as play, mealtimes and daily routines. The factsheet provides tips for ensuring the home environment is designed to help your child develop good communication skills. For more information, go to www.deafhear.com/ParentsCorner/CommunicationandYourChild.pdf.

Deafhear "Communication Options and Opportunities"
Deafhear has also produced a factsheet which provides information on the "communication options and opportunities" available to deaf and hard of hearing children and their families. It should be read in conjunction with the factsheet “Communication and Your Child”. For more information, go to their Parent's Corner www.deafhear.com/ParentsCorner/CommunicationOptions.pdf.

Hearing Protection
Specsavers are now selling the new generation of earplugs. They claim they effectively cut out unpleasant background noise without blocking out the sounds you want to hear, such as speech and music. They are available in five new variants designed for use in specific environments and are available from Specsavers Hearing Centres.
  • FlyFit - protect during long flights, and eases pressure on the ear during take-off and landing (cost €20).
  • SwimSafe - prevent water entering your ears while allowing you to hear ambient sounds (cost €20).
  • PartyPlug - ideal for rock concerts and nightclubs, they block excessive noise while allowing you to hear the music clearly (cost €20).
  • SleepSoft - block noise from traffic, noisy neighbours and snoring while allowing you to hear high frequency sounds like alarm clocks, doorbells and babies crying (cost €20).
  • WorkSafe - eliminate dangerous noises from DIY equipment while speech, radio and the environment remain clearly audible (cost €20).
  • MusicSoft - designed primarily for DJs, musicians, and those exposed to loud music on a regular basis. MusicSafe will attenuate the damaging frequencies without compromising on the quality of the music (cost €25).
  • MotoSoft - protects from Engine and wind noise damage on you hearing, but allows you to hear and communicate clearly (cost €28).
Our Sympathies
We would like to extend our sympathies to the family of a great friend and supporter of our service Patrick Lyons from Dromartin, Ballyduff. Patrick had a great sense of humour and was a true gentleman. He will be missed by all of us who knew him.
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18 July 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 29)

Race Night fundraiser
A fundraiser 'Race Night' is being held Friday 26th August in the Corner House Bar, Barraduff at 9pm. The fundraiser will be called the "Jack O Leary Race Night" and all proceeds are being donated to our service. Jack's parents and family are organising this event. Please show your support by attending on the night. Best wishes to everyone involved and a big thank you to the O’Leary for all their hard work in arranging this event.

Sharing the Journey Summer Project
Sharing the Journey is delighted to offer a Summer Project with a difference in Dublin! It is open to all children aged 5 - 15years and will give them the opportunity to learn Irish Sign language (ISL) while enjoying activities such as Performing Arts, Sports, Creative writing and Outings. Participants will enjoy high quality introduction workshops in drama, dance, African drums, tag rugby and Yoga while immersed in ISL and Deaf awareness.

The venue will be St. Vincent’s, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. Activities will run from 10am - 3.30pm daily and will run over 2 weeks (Week 1: 8th to 12th of Aug, Week 2: 15th to 19th of Aug)

The activities will be loosely divided by age. Group A (5 - 9yr) Group B (9 - 12yr) Group C (12 - 15yr). It costs €70 per child per week, with reduced rates for siblings and groups who book together. This covers cost of classes and materials. All children who enroll before the 15th July 2011 can avail of an early registration rate of 50euro per child per week.

For further information and enquiries contact Theresa on 087 9163168 or email: sharingthejourney2011@gmail.com.

Deafhear "Communication with your Deaf Child"
Deafhear have produced a new factsheet which outlines the importance of communication for a deaf or hard of hearing child’s development. It provides ideas and guidance for supporting the development of your child’s communication skills through everyday activities such as play, mealtimes and daily routines. The factsheet also provides tips for ensuring the home environment is designed to help your child develop good communication skills. For more information, go to www.deafhear.com/ParentsCorner/CommunicationandYourChild.pdf.

Deafhear "Communication Options"
Deafhear has also produced a factsheet which provides information on the 'communication options and opportunities' available to deaf and hard of hearing children and their families. It should be read in conjunction with the factsheet 'Communication and Your Child', which focuses on the broader aspects of communication and its importance in children’s development. For more information, to their Parent's Corner at www.deafhear.com/ParentsCorner/CommunicationOptions.pdf.

Hearing Protection
Specsavers are now selling the new generation of earplugs. They claim they effectively cut out unpleasant background noise without blocking out the sounds you want to hear, such as speech and music. They are available in five new variants designed for use in specific environments and are available from Specsavers Hearing Centres.
  • FlyFit - protect during long flights, and eases pressure on the ear during take-off and landing (cost €20).
  • SwimSafe - prevent water entering your ears while allowing you to hear ambient sounds (cost €20).
  • PartyPlug - ideal for rock concerts and nightclubs, they block excessive noise while allowing you to hear the music clearly (cost €20).
  • SleepSoft - block noise from traffic, noisy neighbours and snoring while allowing you to hear high frequency sounds like alarm clocks, doorbells and babies crying (cost €20).
  • WorkSafe - eliminate dangerous noises from DIY equipment while speech, radio and the environment remain clearly audible (cost €20).
  • MusicSoft - designed primarily for DJs, musicians, and those exposed to loud music on a regular basis. MusicSafe will attenuate the damaging frequencies without compromising on the quality of the music (cost €25).
  • MotoSoft - protects from Engine and wind noise damage on you hearing, but allows you to hear and communicate clearly (cost €28).

    Our Sympathies
    We would like to extend our sympathies to the family of a great friend and supporter of our service Patrick Lyons from Dromartin, Ballyduff. Patrick had a great sense of humour and was a true gentleman. He will be missed by all of us who knew him.
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    11 July 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 28)

    Street Collection Killarney - Volunteers Required
    We have a street collection in Killarney on the 15th of July and require volunteers. With restricted funding, this event is a very important source of income for our service. If you are available for a few hours, please let us know.

    Demolition of St. Joseph's School for the Deaf
    An historical yet sad event for many in the Deaf community took place last week in Dublin. St Joseph’s School for Deaf Boys in Cabra, a Victorian four-storey building with Tudor character, which was constructed in 1856, was demolished.

    This is to make way for work on a €15 million project "The Deaf Village". The building of the Deaf Village will be spread over three phases, with Phase one being the most significant and costly. Phase one will entail the provision of new sporting, administration, social, educational, heritage and religious facilities. In Phase one there will also be some overnight accommodation for visitors and parents to the Village.

    Phases two and three will comprise the proposed amalgamation of the Cabra schools and residences for Deaf Boys and Girls and the moving of St. Joseph’s House Brewery road from Stillorgan to Cabra to become part of the Deaf Village, together with new independent living facilities. Another aspect of the Village is the establishment of a Centre for Deaf Education managed jointly by Deafhear.ie, the IDS, CIDP, CDS Trinity College and the Deaf schools.

    Reminder of trip to Kenmare
    Just a quick reminder to all those involved in the upcoming "Cool Youth Club" trip to Kenmare. The camp will run from the 17th to the 23rd of July. This promises to be an exciting event with a five full day programme with activities such as canoeing, sailing, games, team challenges, water trampolines and cruising.

    For those travelling from Kerry, please contact Veronica White to confirm travel arrangements to and from the camp. For those travelling from Cork, the camp Co-ordinator is Susan O'Callaghan.

    We hope everyone involved has a great time. Our thanks to Susan and Cork Deaf Association for including Deaf people from Kerry in the camp.

    Deafhear Online Survey for Parents with Deaf Children
    DeafHear´s has launched an online survey on the experiences of parents of deaf and hard of hearing children in Ireland.

    This comprehensive survey will provide important information on the issues faced by parents of children with hearing loss. This information will assist DeafHear in providing the services and supports required by parents and children into the future, and also in lobbying and influencing other service providers to respond to the needs and issues identified in the survey.

    The survey will be open for a number of months, and initial results will be published on their website on their new section "Parents Corner" in the autumn.

    To complete the questionnaire, go to www.deafhear.com/ParentsCorner/Survey.html.

    Our Sympathies
    We would like to extend our sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Laura Sadlier who passed away unexpectedly last week. Laura was in her early thirties, a sign language interpreter and a lecturer in the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College.

    In a statement made by the Centre for Deaf Studies "Laura's passing has left us with a significant gap that will be very hard to fill. Her warmth, kindness, humour, intelligence and skill will be sadly missed by us all. Our condolences go to her family and many friends in the Deaf community, the interpreting community and the international academic Deaf Studies community".
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    4 July 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 27)

    Update of Ethiopia Deaf Project
    There have been significant developments recently with plans to build a Deaf Centre in Ambo, Ethiopia. Fr. Stephen Monaghan of the Vincentian Lay Missionaries flew to Ethiopia recently and met with the local Deaf community again.

    On his return, we learnt that all those involved with the land have agreed to compensation. Payment for the land has been completed and the land has now been fenced off. An application for Overseas Aid Development has been completed and submitted to the relevant funding authority. If things go according to plans and funding comes through, we hope to have the Centre built by August 2012.

    In the meantime, VLM hosted a fundraising ball in Dublin with proceeds going to their development work abroad. The Irish Deaf group involved with the Ethiopian project including our own Veronica White attended the event and had a great time. A number of workshops have also been organised to spread awareness about the project.

    We would like to thank Fr. Monaghan for all his hard work, to VLM and to all those who have fundraised on our behalf. Further updates will be available in due course.

    WFD Congress Africa 2011
    We would like to send our best wishes to all the Irish Deaf delegates who will be heading to Durban in South Africa over the next 2 weeks for the World Federation of the Deaf congress.

    This event is held every four years and we've been lucky to attend many of these events in the past. The event aims to inspire its attendees to take forward the concept of a renaissance, a rebirth of Deaf communities worldwide. Good luck to everyone involved and safe travels.

    For more information and updates, go to www.wfd2011.com/information/letter.html.

    Access to Sign Language Interpreting online
    The Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) is accepting applications for people who want to access sign language interpreters online in Ireland.

    If you would want to access local service providers such as FÁS, Social Welfare, County Councils etc, ask them to register with SLIS.

    Thereafter, an appointment can be made to access an interpreter via a webcam by texting/calling SLIS on 087 980 6996 or emailing bookings@slis.ie.

    EFSLI Conference Italy
    The European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters 2011 conference is still open for registration. The event promises to be another highlight in EFSLI’s history. The conference will be held on the beautiful Amalfi Coast in Italy from the 16th - 18th of Sept. The programme includes prominent international speakers and Italian themed social events.

    For interpreters, translating from sign language to a written language and vice versa is a recent development, which involves both Deaf and hearing interpreters. This work includes working with subtitles, news or when parts of books are translated, or when a video text becomes a signed speech.

    The conference will encourage participants to reflect on this development, to share experiences, knowledge and expertise of specific translating techniques working between written and sign language - "meeting of two languages and two modes".

    For more information, go to www.efsli2011.org.

    Our Sympathies
    We would like to extend our sympathies to Aileen Curtayne and her family on the recent death of her father James Coffey. James was a very popular person in the Killorglin area. Aileen works for Deafhear, Killarney and is well known in the Deaf community.
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