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26 September 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 40)

Computer and literacy classes
The Deaf Adult Literacy Service (DALS) provides a range of classes for Deaf adults throughout Ireland. As part of this service, computer and literacy classes have been provided in our Centre in Tralee. Classes normally run during the academic year (funding permitting).

If you are keen to join any of these classes, please let us know as application forms need to be submitted to DALS. Classes normally run during office hours. If tutors are approved, we will notify you of when classes will commence.

For information on classes throughout Ireland, you can contact Susan Whelan (DALS) by email:

SNA cuts - Hands On item
By the end of 2011 the government will remove over 200 SNAs from schools around the country in order to meet targets within the National Recovery Plan.

Most special schools will keep their existing number of SNAs, but many mainstream schools will lose some of theirs. The government believes that despite these cuts students will still have access to the SNA support that they need.

Hands On which is shown on RTE is planning to cover this very important topic in an upcoming programme and we would like to hear from anyone who has been affected by these cuts - whether you are a parent of a child who requires SNA support, a teacher, or an SNA - we would like to hear about your experience. This will be for research purposes and you are under no obligation to appear on Hands On. All information will be treated confidentially.

If you are happy to share your experiences, you can email:

National Disability Authority Conference
The NDA Conference 2011 will take place in Croke Park, Jones Road, Dublin, 9am–4:30pm, Thursday, 13th October. The theme will be "People with disabilities participating fully and safely in the community".

Three sign language interpreters are being provided by the NDA for this event.

If you would like to register for the conference, please email Jacinta Byrne:

Events with NCDP
The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People arranges various events for Deaf people in Cork and Kerry via our own Veronica White.

Once a month, a mass in sign language is held in Kerry and in Cork. Transport for Kerry based Deaf people can be arranged for the Cork mass (limited numbers). In addition, there are activities for elderly Deaf people living in both counties in conjunction with the Cork Deaf Centre.

The NCDP also travel to Lourdes every September. This year, they also attended the World Youth conference in Madrid and will be heading to Cardiff this week for a conference.

If you would like information on any of these activities, please forward us your details and we will pass them onto Veronica.

Deaf rapper "SIGNMARK"
World-renowned Deaf rapper SIGNMARK is making his Irish debut this November 5th at the Dandelion Nightclub. The event will be accessible to both Deaf and hearing

Tickets cost 20euro before the 1st of Oct. Thereafter, they will cost 30euro. This promises to be an amazing night. If you would like to attend, you can get tickets by emailing:

Information on the event in sign language is available at .

Deafhood congress
The Irish Deaf Society is organising another event as part its 30th Anniversary celebrations. It will be a one-day "Deafhood" congress. It will be held on the 5th of Nov at the Chartered Accountant House, Pearse St. Dublin. The event is free and places are limited so make sure to book a place early.

More information in sign language is available at
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19 September 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 39)

Deafhear Hearing Help Programme
Deafhear in Killarney will hold an 8-week Hearing Help course shortly. The course will cover topics such as:
  • What is hearing loss?
  • Managing with hearing aids.
  • What is Tinnitus?
  • Benefits of lip-reading and listening skills.
  • Coping with communication problems at home, at work and on social occasions.
The training will be held in the Shanakill Family Resource Centre, Monavalley, Tralee. It will run from the 7th of October - 25th November from 2-2.30pm. Each session will cost €6. For further details please contact: Sally Harvest: 086 246 4640.

Hands On TV Programme
Hands On are doing research for a piece they are doing about Deaf and hard of hearing people who work, or have worked, in the service industry - maybe in a restaurant, a cafe, a pub, or something similar.

They want to ask people some questions about their experiences such as: Are the other staff and the customers Deaf-aware? What could be done to make working in this industry better for Deaf and hard of hearing people? How is communication with other staff and customers, are there any difficulties?

If there's anyone out there who would like to share their experiences with them, email Fran at

Lady Gaga Learns Sign Language
Famous pop star Lady Gaga has revealed that she is taking sign language lessons to learn to communicate with her Deaf fans. The artist has been inspired to take up American Sing Language after watching videos of her Deaf fans signing along to her songs on Youtube.

It is reported that the star wants to be able to include signing in future live tours.

In a recent National Deaf Children's Society newsletter, the NDCS say its delighted that her music and concerts could be made accessible to young Deaf people. Many of her songs tap into the experiences that many Deaf people share such as bullying and feeling different to other children but Lady Gaga channels these in a positive way.

EmployAbility Job Seekers Fair - Dublin
EmployAbility Service is a free, confidential service, supported by FAS. They provide support to individuals with a disability to secure and maintain paid employment in the open labour market, leading to independence and career progression.

The EmployAbility Jobseeking Fair 2011 on 22nd September. It is aimed at providing both graduates and non-graduates with professional advice and information on all aspects of sourcing and securing suitable employment.

A sign language interpreter will be provided at the event. It will be held in Wood Quay Venue (at rear of Dublin City Council Offices, Dublin 8.) To book a place at the seminars 'CV & Interview Preparation' and 'Social Welfare Entitlements' & 'Return to Employment', email:

Alternately, feel free to drop by for general information & advice throughout the day from 10am – 2pm.

If you are based in Kerry and unable to attend the event and would like regular emails with job vacancies, please send us your email details. We receive regular updates from the Local Employment Service and can forward these onto local jobseekers.

Please download 'Job Fair 2011' in Word Document Download (size 57KB) and 'directions and map' in Word Document Download (size 180KB).
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12 September 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 38)

Sports activities for Deaf with it Tralee
The Health & Leisure Department at the Institute of Technology Tralee has been in touch about upcoming activities as follows:
  • Surfing - 21st September (Banna Beach).
  • Low ropes climbing - date to be announced (Dingle).
  • Water sport -19th October (Cappanalea).
  • Orienteering - 23rd November (Tralee).
  • Rockclimbing - 7th December (Dingle).
As we know from previous experience, these events are great fun and we are sure that it will be equally successful this year. If you are interested in participating in any of these activities, please let us know and we'll put your name on list.

Sign language users wanted for event in Dingle
Solas Na Coinnile is a unique cancer related service, which is based in the Kerry region. On the 23rd of September, they will have an "Evening of Reflection by Candlelight" in Dingle.

They would like a small group of Deaf sign language users to translated a song into sign language on the night. If you are keen to participate on the night, please let us know. For more information on the service, go to

Signature awards nomiation for Irish interpreter
A woman who has been instrumental in raising awareness for the Deaf community has been recognised for her tireless work as she has been named one of the finalists in the 2011 Signature Annual Awards in the UK.

Originally from Tralee, Leicester based Catherine White has been helping to improve access for deaf people across the world for 25 years.

Amongst her many achievements in that time she has helped to establish a national set of standards for Interpreting Services for the Deaf Association of New Zealand and has even worked with Sinead O’Connor to teach her sign language for her music video ‘Am I Not Your Girl’.

She currently works as a freelance sign language interpreter in Leicester though is best known to local residents for her commitment to supporting those who use BSL as their first language and hearing children of deaf parents (CODA). Throughout her years in communication her contribution to interpreting services has been immeasurable, from providing interpreting services at the Deaflympics in several different sign languages, to influencing local and national policies improving the standards of deaf access and providing expert training to trainee and newly qualified interpreters across the world.

The judging panel at the 2011 Signature Annual Awards was so impressed with Catherine’s continued efforts to promote better inclusion for deaf people, that she has been named as one of the four finalists for 2011 Communication Professional of the Year.

Beyond providing vital interpreting services, which provide local deaf people with better access, Catherine is very proactive in arranging and supporting events, which enhance their engagement in their local community. Jim Edwards, Chief Executive of Signature, said: "We were extremely impressed with the ongoing work which Catherine carries out in order to engage the local community with deaf culture. “Whilst her career has always been focused on deaf issues, her dedication does not stop when she clocks off – she continues to work over and above in order to give her all to the deaf and CODA community."

The winners of the 2011 Signature Annual Awards will be announced during a prestigious awards ceremony in London on Friday 18th November 2011.

For more information on the Awards, go to
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5 September 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 37)

Re-Open After Annual Leave
Our service re-opened on the 1st of September after our annual leave in August. If you would like to make an appointment to meet with any of our staff, please contact us.

We hope our staff members enjoyed their time off. We would like to thank Veronica and Suzanne who made themselves available during August for medical, legal and emergency call outs.

Update on Deaf Centre in Ethiopia
We have great news to share with you in relation to building a Deaf Centre in Ambo, Ethiopia. The Irish/Ambo project has secured the 1st stage of funding to build a Deaf Centre in there. Contracts should be signed shortly and hopefully the builders will start thereafter.

A huge thanks to everyone for their support- we couldn't have done it without you. A special word of thanks to Stephen Monaghan, the Deaf community and the Vincentians in Ambo, to the student supporters from Castleknock and to everyone in the Deaf and hearing community who has supported us to date. The hard work begins now and we are thrilled to see this dream slowly becoming reality.

For more information and updates, you can join the group at

Jack O'leary race night
A huge word of thanks to the O'Leary family who organised the Jack O Leary race night on the 26th August with proceeds going to our Centre. The event was held in the Corner House Barraduff.

Along with the races, up for auction were a signed Kerry Jersey and boots, and a signed shirt worn by Padraig Harrington at the Irish Open. Punters were able to sponsor a horse, a race and bet on a horse. It was a great night and very enjoyable.

We would like to thank the O'Leary family for all their hard work; we really appreciate their support. A big thanks also to everyone who helped on the night, for providing spot prizes, sponsoring races and turning up on the night. Our thanks also to the Barraduff Corner house to hosting the event.

AA breakdown text service/ iPhone APP
For anyone who is with the AA Ireland car breakdown cover, their service is now accessible to Deaf people. AA Ireland can now by contacted by a text service and the number is 01 6711475 (it is a landline but it can receive/send texts).

In addition, AA Ireland has launched a new iPhone App for members and non-members. If you have broken down anywhere you can use this app to quickly contact them. Anyone with an iPhone can download and install the free AA Ireland App to access location based Roadwatch traffic updates, map views of traffic and search features.

As part of the App you'll be able to set renewal reminders for important motor renewal dates such as AA Membership / Car Insurance / Road Tax / Car Service / NCT.

Redress Board Final Closing Date
The 16th of September is the last day on which applications can be made to the Residential Institutions Redress Board (RIRB). The Minister for Education and Skills has announced that the Redress Board is to be wound down. All applications must be in writing using the Redress Board’s standard application form.

Following its establishment in 2002, the Redress Board has received over 15,000 applications, with awards averaging €63,000.

In order to qualify for an award, you must satisfy the residency criteria and have been subjected to sexual, physical or emotional abuse or neglect and suffered from a physical, psychiatric or other injury consistent with that abuse. You may have a claim if you were resident in an industrial school, reformatory school, children’s home or other state-linked institution in the Republic of Ireland while you were under the age of 18. It may be possible to apply on behalf of a person who has died since 11 May 1999.

For more information, go to
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