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29 October 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 44)

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22 October 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 43)

Update on Ethiopia Deaf project.
We have just been informed by Stephen Monaghan of significant developments in the Ireland/Ambo Deaf project in Ethiopia. The building of the Deaf school is in the final stages. As it is now rainy season, it will be another few weeks before this is completed.

Next door to the proposed school is the Mogor College. The owners have agreed to sell the property and 5 building to the Vincentians for the expansion of the Deaf Centre/school. The purchase of the College and land has been funded by the Ethiopian Deaf Fund in Ireland and a long-term loan from the Vincentian Province in Ethiopia.

Stephen says "the College offers us a ready made facility for the immediate development of Phase 2 & 3 and of the Deaf Centre and a great deal of potential for further developments down the road. It was pure providence that this land came on the market at this time and it was only thanks to the efforts of so many people who have fundraised for the project that we were in a position to make an offer. The title to the land will be transferred to the Vincentians after negotiations with the local government, who are fully supportive of the Deaf project. Thanks to all who have contributed to the Ambo Deaf Project and made this possible. However, the work goes on and the need for funds to support the new development is essential. Looking forward to your continued support and interest".

Outdoor activities with ITT health and leisure.
This week we will be heading to Dingle to pursue Outdoor High Ropes climbing. Numbers are limited to ten participants. If you are interested in participating, please contact us for more details.

A huge thank you to everyone in the ITT and to everyone who has participated in events up to now. A big thank you to everyone who completed and returned our Sports Indemnity form- please remember, in order to participate in activities this form must be filled in.

Arts and craft classes
Christina O’Donoghue is running Christmas card making classes in our Centre on Thursday afternoons. If you would like to join these classes, please let us know. Participants can make cards for their own purposes or donate them to our Centre and we will sell them as part of our fundraising drive. Our thanks to Christina for setting up these classes.

Drugs and alcohol awareness workshop for deaf people.
The Centre for Sign Language Studies (CSL) in Galway will be running this workshop on the 3rd of November. The workshop is open to all and will run from 11am to 1pm. Neil Wilson will facilitate the training with support from the Western Region Drugs Taskforce. It will be held in the CSL Training Centre, Tuam Road Retail Park, Tuam Road, Galway.

To book a place please email CSL at or text CSL at 083 4201769.

Information on the children's referendum in sign language.
As you know, voting will take place on the Children's Referendum on Saturday the 10th of November. The Irish Deaf Society have been asked by the Commission to translate their information, provided in English and Irish, into sign language.

To view the clip, go to>.

If you want the information on DVD, you can email

Book and gift club.
We just got a new delivery of items for our Book and Gift Club with Bullseye Books. These gifts are sold at a reduced cost to clients of our service. If you are keen to buy any of them, you can see them in person in our office. Orders must be submitted by 30th of October.
  1. 10 Book Set- Questions & Answers €15.
  2. 30 Handcrafted Cards – €8.
  3. 5pc Glass Bowls - €8.
  4. Christmas Storyteller Bear - €15.
  5. Princess Frame - €9.
  6. Dress Up Dolls - €7.
  7. 4 Book Set "Action Rhymes" - €8.
  8. Magnetic Memo Board - €10.
  9. Guardian Angel - €10.
  10. Santa's Key - €9.
  11. Roller Race Cars - €8.
  12. Giggle Quotes - €6.
  13. Dairy Cookbook - €8.
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15 October 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 42)

Garda vetting for staff and volunteers.
Our service is currently conducting Garda Vetting for all full/part-time staff and volunteers. Garda Vetting is particularly important to those that have access to children and/or vulnerable adults. In addition, it reduces the risk to our organisation, our staff and volunteers and more importantly to our clients and service users.

This vetting is mandatory for staff and to individuals that volunteer with us on an on-going basis with our service. If you would like to go through this process, please contact our Manager and he will forward you on the relevant paperwork.

Sporting activities with the ITT.
We are continuing with gym activities with the Health and Leisure Dept in the ITT. From now until December, we will have gym sessions every Tuesday in the South Campus from 4-5pm. This week, we will participate in canoeing and kayaking in Cappanalea. If you are interested in any of these events please contact us for more information.

Sports indemnity form.
'The Plough and the Stars' will be performed in Siamsa Tire on the 25th of October. The play will be accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing theatre goers as it will be subtitled (captioned).

Captioning is similar to television subtitling and gives deaf and hard of hearing audiences access to theatre performances with the actors’ words appearing on a display unit (or units) on or near the stage at the same time as they are spoken or sung. Character names, sound effects and off-stage noises are also shown. The captions are prepared in advance by a trained captioner who operates them as the action unfolds on stage.

Set amid the tumult of the 1916 Rising, ‘The Plough and the Stars’ is the story of ordinary lives ripped apart in the idealism of the time. The residents of a Dublin tenement, shelter from the violence that sweeps through the city’s streets. A revolution that will shape a country’s future rages around them. What kind of Ireland awaits them?

Arts & Disability Ireland’s are internationally recognised for their work creating lasting change in the way people with disabilities are involved with, and engage in, artistic and cultural life in Ireland. Arts & Disability Ireland is the resource and development organisation for Arts and Disability in Ireland. They champion the creativity of artists with disabilities; promote inclusive experiences for audiences with disabilities and work to enhance the disability-related capacity of arts organisations.

Deaf Community Centre (DCC) Limerick events.
The DCC in Limerick would like to inform Deaf people in Co. Kerry of upcoming events. On the 20th of Oct at 5pm, Cormac Leonard will give an interesting presentation (in sign language) on Deaf People in Prisons in the 19th Century in Ireland. This will be held in DCC, 96A O'Connell St, Limerick.

There will also be a public tour in sign language in the Limerick City Gallery of Art on the 10th of November 10th at 2pm. You can book in advance by emailing or by calling in person to the Gallery.

Irish Deaf Golf Union (IDGU) in Japan
We would like to send congratulations to the Irish Deaf Golf Union team who took part in the World Deaf Golf Championships in Japan last week. If you want to see how our team did, go to

The next IDGU tournament is taking place at Stepaside, Dublin on the 21st of October, which is open to all! Green fee is €12 per player (including prizes). Please confirm your place with the Secretary of IDGU. Prizes for both newcomers and regulars. If you are interested in learning more about the IDGU, go to

Residential Institutions Statutory Fund.
The Government has recently passed a new law called the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012. As a result, a new Residential Institutions Statutory Fund will be set up shortly. This follows on from the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002 and the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (Amendment) Act 2005. It replaces the current Education Finance Board (EFB).

The Minister for Education and Skills is in process of appointing new Chair and Board member for the Fund and will advertise new CEO within months. 110 million euro is being made available to support those who received compensation from Redress Board such as counselling, access to service and education support. For more information, go to
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8 October 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 41)

Monthly mass in sign language.
Our next monthly mass in sign language will be held on the 14th of October at 3pm. As usual, it will be held in St. John's Pastoral Centre in Tralee. Veronica White from the NCDP will interpret the mass. Tea and coffee will be served after the mass and this will give everyone a chance to chat afterwards. If you require transport to the event, please let us know in advance.

Upcoming activities with Cork Deaf Association (CDA)
CDA have a range of activities coming up from now until December. As always, these events are open to Deaf adults and children from Co. Kerry.

The following activities will be organised for elderly Deaf: Crafts (16th October), Flower Arrangement (30th of October & 13th of November), Mass with Fr. Gerard from Dublin & Bingo (27th November), and Christmas Lunch (4th of December details to be confirmed)

A number of activities will also be organised for children: Xmas Party (24th of November details to be confirmed), Fota Winter Wonderland (6th December details to be confirmed).

In addition, there will be an open Christmas fundraiser fair in Ballypheane in aid of Deaf project in Ethiopia on 25th November. If you are interested in attending any of these activities, please let us know and we will inform CDA.

EFSLI working seminar - Dublin February 2013.
The 3rd European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters Working Seminar will take place in Dublin, Ireland, on 27 & 28 February 2013. The theme of the seminar is "Quality Assurance & Assessment in Sign Language Interpreter Education in Europe".

Across Europe there are approximately 50 training programmes at formal institutions for sign language interpreters. Training of sign language interpreters is conducted at an educational institutions (private or public) or by individual trainers. We would like to send our best wishes to the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College Dublin, as they will be hosting the event. For more information on the event, go to

CODA research.
Hearing children of Deaf parents are often referred to as CODA- Children of Deaf Adults. Different researchers have interviewed adult CODA's about their experiences of growing up in Deaf families and if they ever interpret for their parents. But very few researchers have talked to young CODA's about their experiences of growing up with Deaf parents, and how they feel about interpreting for their parents (or other family members).

Although it is generally accepted that children should not interpret for their parents, as professional interpreters are available, spoken language brokering research reveals that young people often do help their parents or other family members to communicate in a range of different settings. But rather than feeling embarrassed or resentful about it, some researchers (such as Angelelli and Valdes) say that these young people should be proud of their bilingual skills and be treated as gifted people who can use the skills they develop at a young age to become leaders of the future.

The aims of the research project funded by the Macquarie University Safety are:
  1. To copy the spoken language brokering research and see if and when young CODA's (between the ages of 13-18) do any language brokering for their family members, and how they feel about their language brokering experience.
  2. To see whether adult CODA's (aged over 18) still assist their own parents or family members as language brokers, how they feel about it; and how many adult CODA's who did this kind of interpreting role when they were young chose to become professional interpreters.
It is hoped that this survey will give a picture of how young CODA's can be encouraged to pursue a career as sign language interpreters, and help interpreter educators to identify the training needs for CODA's. The researchers are also keen to hear from Deaf people with Deaf parents as they often take on this type of brokering role.

This research is open to CODA's internationally and it would be great if Irish CODA's could contribute their experience to the research. For more information, you can contact the following: Associate Professor Jemina Napier, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, email: or Gerry Shearim:
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1 October 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 40)

Congratulations to Dr Gill Harold.
We would like to send our best wishes and congratulations to Gill Harold on completing her Degree of Doctor of Philosophy with the National University of Ireland, Cork. Gill's thesis looked at "Deafness, Difference and the City: Geographies of Urban Difference and the Right to the Deaf City".

Gill has asked us to thank Willie White and all in the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre for their willingness to help with the research at every turn: to Susan O'Callaghan at Cork Deaf Association whose positive and welcoming attitude helped immensely in making the research possible: Michelle Goodwin, Sean Herlihy and those at the Irish Deaf Youth Association who helped considerably with co-ordinating the research in Dublin: the Deaf communities in Kerry, Cork, Dublin for embracing the ethos of her research: to Deirdre Herlihy for the friendly advice offered along the way: and to all the Irish sign language interpreters she worked with throughout.

A copy of Gill's thesis has been presented to our service. This is a valuable resource for the Deaf community, for academics and for Government Departments/ Public Services.

We would like to thank Gill for her open attitude and for her in-depth consultation with the Deaf community and wish her all the best for her future academic and professional career.

Interpreter access at UN day for eradication of poverty.
The United Nation's Day for the Eradication of Poverty will be held on the 17th October at 12pm in Dublin. Sign language interpretation has been organised for the event.

People are living in poverty if their income and resources (material, cultural and social) are so inadequate as to preclude them from having a standard of living, which is regarded as acceptable by Irish society generally. As a result of inadequate income and resources people may be excluded and marginalised from participating in activities, which are considered the norm for other people in society.

Given the level of funding cuts to Deaf organisations and payments to individuals- the issue of poverty is becoming a bigger issue in the Deaf community. Show your support on the day to make sure the issues facing the Deaf community are listened to.

Video streaming of conference of interpreter trainers.
For the first time, the Conference of Interpreter Trainers will have live streaming of three plenary sessions and a business meeting to allow interpreter educators around the globe to take part. The conference is being held from the 17th-21st of October.

CIT is a professional organisation dedicated to laying the educational foundations for interpreters to build bridges of understanding. While focused primarily on interpreters working between American Sign Language and English, CIT welcome educators who work with other languages, whether signed or spoken.

This is a great opportunity for interpreter trainers in Ireland- for more information, go to

EFSLI autumn school "Deaf interpreters in a team".
Registration for the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters Autumn School is now open. The training will take place in London from the 23rd-25th of November. An early bird discount is available if you register by 30th September.

The training will enable participants to work with other interpreters (Deaf and hearing), to learn how to understand each other's roles on becoming a feeder interpreter, with tips on co-working, the dos and the don'ts, and so on. It will also focus on the hands-on practical aspects and put participants to the test by doing it for real.

Training will be delivered in International Sign by four experienced trainers: Lorna Allsop, Robert Adam, Mark Schofield and Christopher Stone.

Online registration and detailed information is available at:
. Should you need any further assistance, you can contact Marinella Salami by email at

World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) Congress.
The next WFD congress will be held in Istanbul Congress Centre in 2015. The World Youth Camp will also be held a week prior to congress in Kefken. Information on both international events including accommodation are now available at

We would like to extend our best wishes to the Turkish National Federation of the Deaf who will be organising this important event. Our service has sent delegates to a number of WFD congresses in the past- Vienna, Brisbane, Montreal and Madrid. If you are interested in attending Istanbul 2015, please let us know.
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