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30 April 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 17)

Interpreting access to dept of social protection.
In a recent Deafhear Killarney newsletter, they had an interesting article on interpreting access to Dept of Social Protection services.

"A senior Department of Social Protection official has informed DeafHear that the Department will always book an ISL interpreter when requested and required by Deaf clients. The Department assured DeafHear that funding was not an issue and there was no limit placed on funding where interpreters were required.

The Department of Social Protection have an important role in providing welfare payments and new employment support service Intreo. The Intreo service will be very important as the services integrates welfare/income payments with information on employment, training and personal opportunities. The Department would like to know of any instances where a Deaf client is/was refused an ISL interpreter when accessing services from the Department of Social Protection".


We would like to commend the Department on their statement. It is great to see a Government Department being so proactive in ensuring Deaf sign language users are afforded full and equal access.

Thank you to Abigail Cahill.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to Abigail Cahill for providing a range of art, crafts, design and illustration classes to our members over the past few months. This Thursday will be Abigail's last class. Her classes have been creative, artistic, colourful and very enjoyable. Participants have created wonderful pieces of art and have acquired many new skills. Our thanks again to Abigail and we wish her well in her future career.

Sign language interpreters Munster (SLIM) training.
On the 11th of May, Willie White from our service will provide training to members of SLIM. The proposed training will look at language register and the linguistics of sign language. The workshop will be held from 11am to 4pm in our Centre in Tralee. Ray Greene will send more information on the topics and content of the training to SLIM members.

World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) president lecture
The Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) is delighted to announce that the President of the WFD, Mr. Colin Allen, will give a lecture in the Trinity Long Room Hub on Thursday, 16 May at 7pm. The theme of the presentation will be "Equality for Deaf People". Due to space restrictions, CDS ask that you register for this (free) event at http://wfd.eventbrite.ie.

This event would not be possible without the support of the Trinity Long Room Hub, Bridge Interpreting, Sign Language Interpreting Service and Interesource Group (Ireland) Limited.

LGBT & same sex marriage workshop.
The Kerry Festival of Pride for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) will take place from the 20th–26th May.

As part of the festival, Martin Greenwood, Chair of Ciarrai Amach would like to provide a workshop to the Deaf and hard of hearing community on "LGBT in Kerry & Same Sex Marriage" It will be held in our Centre on the 21st of May from 2.30-3.30pm. A sign language interpreter will be available for this presentation. Space is limited so please inform us in advance if you would like to attend.

Deaf sports ireland (DSI) summer activities for deaf youth.
DSI is organising a Summer Youth Activities Programme for 7 weeks in Dublin. They will start from the 1st week of June and finish 19th July. DSI will finalise the schedule of sports available for youth in the next 2 weeks. For information in sign language, go to http://youtu.be/_WlWY3ipSjs.

Deaf holiday club.
David Ward, a local Deaf person is keen to establish a Deaf Holiday Club for sign language users in Co. Kerry. As part of the club, members would travel abroad in a group of other sign language users. Members would also participate in a savings club. If you are interested, please send us your details and we will forward them to David.

More availability of interpreters due to end of academic term.
During the academic year, many colleges and universities employ sign language interpreters to provide access for Deaf students. As a result, there is less availability of interpreters throughout Ireland.

As we are approaching final exams and summer holidays, there will be less demand for interpreters in academic settings until September. If you require an interpreter, this is a good time of the year to book an interpreter.

In addition, for students going back to college/university or enrolling for the first time in September, make sure to contact your Access Officer or Disability Officer in advance of the new term so they can start the work of sourcing interpreters for you.
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22 April 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 16)

Thank you to Listowel church collection.
We would like to thank Listowel Church and the parishioners of Listowel for their support of our Church Collection over the weekend. In addition, we would like to thank Laura, PJ and Niamh for volunteering as collectors for the Saturday evening mass and for two masses on Sunday morning. We appreciate everyone's contribution to this collection - a sincere thank you to everyone who supported the collection.

Deaf sports Ireland (DSI) survey.
As part of DSI's strategic plan, they are carrying out research to determine what activities DSI could provide in the near future. The results from this survey will contribute to DSI's activity plans for this summer.

The deadline to participate in the survey is the 29th of April. If you would like to participate in the survey, go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/TPZ2WVH.

Cork/Kerry elderly Deaf social group trip to Kerry.
On the 30th of April, elderly Deaf from Cork and Kerry will spend a day in Co. Kerry. The Cork group will travel by train and will meet with the Kerry group in Tralee. The group hope to travel to Fenit on the day (weather permitting) and a number of other local attractions. If you would like to meet the group, please contact us and we will get further details from Susan O'Callaghan and Veronica White.

Registration for Ireland/Ethiopia deaf project cycle now open.
The Ambo Ramble Cycle will take place on the 30th June. The main event is a 120Km cycle for experienced cyclists over 18yrs of age. The 1st cycle starts at Marion Hall, Ballinahassig, Co. Cork and follows a 120Km route through West Cork, taking in Bandon, Clonakilty and Kinsale before arriving back at Ballinahassig. See details of route on Map My Cycle www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/131283891.

There is also a short 40km course for the less experienced cyclists who would like to take part and support the cause. Details of route to follow. The closing date for online entries is on Friday, June 10th at 5pm. To register, go www.iregister.ie/event-registration/?ee=144.

The cycle will be limited to 500 riders. Registration of &30 secures entry. If you would like to fundraise, you can set up a fundraising page on iDonate under Ambo Lazarist Deaf School. There will be further updates on www.theamboramble.blogspot.com or you can contact Miriam O’Regan by email at ambodeaf@outlook.com.

St. Mary's Deaf Heritage.
St. Mary's Deaf Heritage has been established to research the history and collect artefacts that were used at St. Mary's School for Deaf Girls in Cabra, Dublin. The history of the school goes back a long way to 1846 when the Dominican Convent in Cabra opened its door to the education of deaf girls. The committee is made up of ten volunteers are keen to research and preserve this important history.

The group is also affiliated to the Deaf Heritage Centre in the newly established Deaf Village Ireland in Cabra, Dublin. A conference is due to be held in June which will be open to past pupils of St. Mary's and those with an interest in Deaf education and heritage.

As this is a newly formed organisation, the committee would appreciate your support and donations if possible. For more information, you email astmarysheritage@gmail.com or you can write to St. Mary's Deaf Heritage, 2nd Floor, Thomas Mahon Building, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7.

European Masters in sign language interpreting (EUMASLI).
EUMASLI is an innovative international master study programme that is intended to contribute to the development of the professional field of interpreting between Deaf and hearing people in Europe. It aims to prepare participants for research, development, and management functions in their respective countries. Applications are now open for EUMASLI II, which will be offered in September 2013. The deadline for applications is the 26th of April.

Entry Requirements:
  1. A first academic degree, preferably, but not necessarily in sign language interpreting or related subjects. A minimum of three year's work experience as a practising professional sign language interpreter by the time of admission to the programme.
  2. Appropriate English language to fully participate in the programme (equivalent to level 6.5 of the International English Language Testing System, IELTS, corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Languages). While the programme is not specifically designed for Deaf interpreters, applications by Deaf people who fulfil the general requirements are welcomed.
For more information, go to www.eumasli.eu.
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15 April 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 15)

Upcoming collections - volunteers required.
We are looking for volunteers for street collections on the following dates: 7th of June in Tralee, 28th of June in Listowel, 12th of July in Killarney and 13th of September in Castleisland.

IDS information roadshow.
We would like to thank Geraldine Broderick and Patrick Doody for hosting an Information Roadshow in conjunction with the Irish Deaf Society. The event was held in our Centre last Monday night (8th of April).

The Roadshow covered a wide range of topics including Know Your Rights, Local Property Tax, ISL Recognition Campaign, Inheritance Tax, Proposed Water Charges, and the upcoming EUD conference in Dublin. If you missed the workshop and would like more information, handouts are available from Geraldine and Patrick. Our thanks to them and to the IDS for the Roadshow event.

NCDP monthly mass.
We would also like to thank Fr. Placid Nolan and Veronica White for organising a monthly mass in sign language last Sunday. If you would like to attend future masses, the mass is usually held on the 2nd Sunday of each month in St. John’s Pastoral Centre at 3pm.

HSE meeting for parents on children's services.
The HSE, working in partnership with Brothers of Charity Southern Services, Enable Ireland (Children’s Services) and St John of Gods (Children’s Services) invite you to an Information session for parents on the planned reconfiguration (changes) of children’s services in Kerry.

There will be one meeting in Tralee on Wednesday 17th of April at 6pm. It will be held in The Canteen, Kerry Community Services Building, Rathass, Tralee. Please note, there is no sign language interpreter available for this meeting.

However, the 2nd meeting will be accessible to Deaf parents as a sign language interpreter is available on that date. That meeting will be held on Monday, 22nd of April at 10am in the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service, Fairhill, Killarney.

ITT (APA) certificate awards.
The Institute of Technology Tralee will be presenting Certificates to those who participated with us in the Outdoor Activities before Christmas, and to everyone who is currently taking part in the gym sessions this year. An Awards Night is being organised on the 25th of April at 6pm (location to be announced). At this stage, we are unsure if an interpreter will be available. However, if you are Deaf or hard of hearing and participated in any of these activities, please contact us and we will arrange to get a certificate for you.

Bullseye books and gift club.
We have a new delivery of items from the Bullseye Books and Gift Club. These are on display in our office this week. If you would like to order any item, payment is required in advance. Items will be delivered to our Centre next week.
  1. Sewing Caddy 8euro.
  2. Reward Stamps €10.
  3. Cake Pops Bakeware Kits €8.
  4. 30 Handcrafted Cards (green box) €16.
  5. Dazzling Headbands €12.
  6. 4 Book Set – Farm Words etc €9.
  7. Guardian Angel €10.
  8. Sugar & Spice Cook Book €8.
  9. Finger Paints – numbers €8.
  10. Scoop Collander €5.
  11. Clapping Bear Happy & You Know It €15.
  12. Ladies Interchangeable Watch €15.
  13. Granddaughter Bracelet €8.
  14. 4 Book Set – Things that Go €8.
WHO - summary of report in international sign.
The first ever WHO/World Bank World report on disability reviews evidence about the situation of people with disabilities around the world. The WHO have produced a summary in International Sign which will be of interest to the Deaf community www.who.int/disabilities/world_report/2011/report/en/index.html.

The summary includes: What do we know about disability? What are the disabling barriers? How are lives of people with disabilities affected? Addressing barriers. Recommendations. Translating recommendations into action. Conclusion.

Following chapters on understanding disability and measuring disability, the report contains topic-specific chapters on health; rehabilitation; assistance and support; enabling environments; education; and employment. Within each chapter, there is a discussion of the barriers confronted, and case studies showing how countries have succeeded in addressing these by promoting good practice. In its final chapter, the report offers nine concrete recommendations for policy and practice, which if put in place could lead to real improvements in the lives of people with disability.

Travelling to America with ESTA visa - be aware.
Many people including Deaf and hard of hearing people will be travelling to the USA this year on holidays. In addition to an airline tickets, passengers are required to apply for an ESTA visa.

As a result of numerous bogus sites being established, the US Embassy in Ireland would like to inform all travellers, that there is only one official ESTA registration website https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. If you search for ESTA on the Internet, you may be directed to bogus sites. In addition, the fee charged can be significantly higher than the official ESTA fee.

The ONLY way to register for ESTA is through the Department of Homeland Security’s Custom and Border Protection Service website at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

The Embassy also recommends you apply for an ESTA, at least two weeks in advance of the planned departure date. This timeframe will allow the very small number of registrants whose ESTA registration is not approved time enough to make an appointment for a visa application at the Embassy.

Please keep in mind that due to caseloads and staffing, the Embassy is rarely able to accommodate last-minute visa application appointment requests for ESTA registrants who are denied pre-approval too close to their planned travel date
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8 April 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 14)

Students on placement with our service.
Last week, our service hosted the final two students from the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College. Both students are in the 4th year Sign Language Interpreting programme and spent the week on placement with our service.

Frances Langan took a career break as a Staff Officer from the Department of Justice and Equality in 2009 to undertake the Bachelor Degree in Deaf Studies.

As part of her placement, she hoped to achieve a number of learning outcomes and some valuable experience. She was keen to make sure it was a rewarding experience for both parities concerned. She hoped to improve her all round knowledge of the Deaf community and, in particular her ISL productive, receptive and interpreting skills. In the past, Frances had been involved in the Dublin Deaf Drama Group and the IDS Fusion Workshop for the St Patrick’s Day Parade in 2012. She also attended many other Deaf community social and group events in her capacity as observer whilst on placement in 3rd year.

Maurice Newman worked as a journalist for approx 20 year. He is well versed in the arts of proofreading, writing, sub-editing, and page layout.

Over the past few years, he has been involved, on a voluntary basis, with 'Share the Journey' working with deaf youngsters from toddlers to teenagers. In addition, he has been active in the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf.

We would like to thank our staff and clients for warmly welcoming all the 9 students from CDS. We appreciate the time and effort that was spent on the students and hope their learning contributes positively in their future careers.

ISL everywhere app.
In a recent update, we included an item on a new sign language app that will be launched shortly. The app developers have launched a beta test version with approx 50 signs, the alphabet and numbers 1-10. They would appreciate if people could view the app and provide feedback and suggestions.

They will try to incorporate as many of these suggestions as possible in the final build. The final version will hold approx 1,000 signs and phrases, fairy tales and language learning by the end of April. The smart phone app version will follow in May. To view the beta version, go to www.sharingthejourney.ie/mobile.

Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) alumni ball.
A group of this year's 4th year students (the first 4th year cohort to graduate from CDS) have formed an alumni group with a view to establishing a social and professional network that caters to all students of CDS - past, present, and future - and foster the establishment of useful links between them for many years to come. This year's prestigious inaugural event will include a pre-dinner drinks reception, three-course dinner with wine and/or soft drinks, some excellent guest speakers, an awards ceremony, and a free raffle with prizes. There will also be a post-Ball networking session in a nearby hotel where, drinking, dancing, finger food, and 'networking' will be encouraged. Tickets for the evening's entertainment are priced at €60 per person.

It is hoped the Alumni Ball becoming an annual event. Everyone who has graduated over the past 11 years is invited to attend, as will all future graduates. Other invitees include staff from CDS, members of TCD School of Linguistic, Speech and Communications Sciences, members of Irish and international Deaf organisations and communities, and all who have an interest in the ISL community in this country, including interpreters, sign language teachers, and Deaf Studies professionals in all walks of life.

For more information, you can check out their Facebook page www.facebook.com/events/calendar#!/events/130606557123467/.

Upcoming activities in Cork Deaf Association (CDA).
CDA would like to inform every one of upcoming events in their Centre in 5 Mac Curtain Street in Cork City.
  1. JOB Clinic - Every Thursday afternoon from 2pm till 4pm there will be a Job Clinic. You can get help with finding a job, preparing a CV, career guidance, interview techniques, writing a letter to an employer and applying for college and university places. The job clinic starts on Thursday 18th April.
  2. Equipment Demostration Morning - Every Wednesday from 17th April, CDA will hold an Equipment Demonstration Morning from 9.30am till 12.30pm. There is no need for an appointment, drop in and see all the latest devices including doorbells, telephones, listening devices, smoke alarms, pagers and tinnitus technology. You can also apply for free equipment with your medical card.
  3. One to One Life Coaching - "Confidence & Motivation"- Believe in yourself and feel positive. "Time Management"- Manage your time more effectively. "Career Guidance"- Achieving your goals.
For more information, contact Carl Plover, Resource Officer, Mobile: 086 380 5108, email carl@corkdeaf.ie or Tel 021 4505 944.
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1 April 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 13)

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