Kerrydeaf.com clickable hompage link   Backward rollover button Inactive Back | Forward space Forward rollover button
Kerryman local news  
Kerryman

30 December 2013 (VOL 10 WEEK 52)

Closing for christmas.
Our service will close on Friday the 20th of December and will reopen on Monday the 6th of Jan 2014.

Emergency interpreting cover during holidays.
If you require a sign language interpreter during the holiday period for a legal or medical emergency, you can contact the Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS). SLIS may not be able to guarantee an interpreter immediately due to the limited number of interpreters on call. The contact number for their 24hr Emergency Helpline is: 087 6725179.
^ Top
Line breaker

23 December 2013 (VOL 10 WEEK 51)

Closing for christmas.
Our service will close on Friday the 20th of December and will reopen on Monday the 6th of Jan 2014.

Emergency interpreting cover during holidays.
If you require a sign language interpreter during the holiday period for a legal or medical emergency, you can contact the Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS). SLIS may not be able to guarantee an interpreter immediately due to the limited number of interpreters on call. The contact number for their 24hr Emergency Helpline is: 087 6725179.

Subtitled movies throughout Ireland during Christmas

Subtitled movies throughout Ireland- full listings, dates, times & trailers: www.yourlocalcinema.com/ireland.html

Now available to cinemas with subtitles: Anchorman 2, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, Walking With Dinosaurs 3D, The Hobbit The Desolation Of Smaug 3D, Frozen 3D, Gravity 3D, Hunger Games Catching Fire, Saving Mr. Banks, Carrie, Homefront, Nebraska, Free Birds, The Butler, Philomena & more.

Twitter! http://twitter.com/yourlocalcinema/favorites

Shows added as announced - check website regularly. All digital-equipped cinemas can screen most of the latest films with English-language subtitles, for people with hearing loss. That's almost every cinema. Please ask your nearest cinemas to screen films with subtitles! IMPORTANT! Shows sometimes change - Check with the ACTUAL cinema or cinemas website before you plan a visit.


Latest subtitled trailers

12 Years A Slave, Godzilla, Interstellar, The Monuments Men, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Maleficent, Rio 2, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, I Frankenstein, Robobcop, Noah, 47 Ronin, Mandela Long Walk to Freedom, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Oldboy, The LEGO Movie, 300: Rise of an Empire & more.


"Fact is that as we age, loss of some hearing or sight is inevitable...Access to film via subtitles & audio description is something that we all may appreciate, eventually..."

The Your Local Cinema .com listings & information service is an award-winning social enterprise supported and funded by the UK film industry. Without sponsorship support, the service would simply not be able to operate. View sponsors and visit their websites here: www.yourlocalcinema.com/sponsors.html


The service exists to meet the needs of a niche, specialist audience - film fans with hearing or sight loss that need assistance to enjoy the cinema experience. Not just our ageing society, but people of all ages. Profit plays no role as an incentive. Social benefits such as equality, inclusion and community integration are the goals. The positive feedback received from those helped provides the motivation to continue the passionate, dedicated work. Click below for a selection of quotes and reports from people with hearing or sight loss who have discovered - or rediscovered - the joys of cinema-going, thanks to subtitles and audio description. Complaints? Praise? Add your own quote or report! www.yourlocalcinema.com/quote.html


We receive accessible listings directly from cinemas. Unless urgent amendments are required, listings are updated on the YourLocalCinema.com website by Thurs/Fri. We can take NO RESPONSIBILITY for postponed or cancelled shows. If cinemas inform us of changes we will tell you via the YourLocalCinema.com website. If cinemas don't inform us, we can't inform you. Please check with the ACTUAL cinema or cinemas website before you plan a visit. We recommend that you should always request confirmation that a show is definitely on.

^ Top
Line breaker

16 December 2013 (VOL 10 WEEK 50)

Trip to Ethiopia July 2014.
Towards the end of July 2014, a group of Irish & American CODA's (Children of Deaf Adults) will travel to Ethiopia including our own Veronica White & Willie White. Participants from a previous trip three years ago will also be travelling.

The group will visit a Deaf school in Ambo in December 2012, which we have been supporting as part of the Ethiopia Deaf Project.

While they are in Ethiopia, they will meet with the Deaf community again in Ambo and will provide training and workshops- this will include team building, self esteem, self-confidence and empowerment building. It will also give the team the opportunity to visit the school, which celebrated its first birthday in December 2013, and talk with the local community about their dreams and visions for the proposed training centre and Deaf centre. As part of the trip, they also hope to visit the Centre for Deaf Studies, Deaf schools and services in Addis Ababa.

Your support would be greatly appreciated. Any amount from €1 upwards will be accepted with gratitude. If you would like to donate to Willie or Veronica, donations can be dropped into our Centre or you can go to www.gofundme.com/ethiopiadeafproject (on the donate page, if you don't have a Zip/Postal Code, type in your home town).
^ Top
Line breaker

WFD-WASLI joint statement about the sign language interpretation at Mandela's memorial service.
The memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela took place on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) are concerned about the quality of sign language interpretation during that event.

The memorial service was followed on television by several deaf South Africans, who were disappointed on the level of interpretation of this high level gathering. A board member of the WFD Youth Section, Braam Jordaan described that the interpreter did not know South African Sign Language (SASL):"The structure of his hand, facial expressions and the body movement did not follow what the speaker was saying." He raised concerns also how this interpreter was chosen to interpret without any professional qualifications, evaluations and screening. Also the current WFD Vice-President Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen followed the event on television and confirmed the poor level of sign language interpretation. She commented: "What is he signing? He knows that the deaf cannot vocally boo him off. Shame on him." During the television broadcasting a proper sign language interpreter was provided on the left corner of the screen, which made it obvious that the interpreter, who was present in the event, did not know SASL or any sign language at all.

WFD and WASLI would like to announce a public statement about the importance of quality interpreter services in any public event. It is the responsibility of organisers to ensure that access to information is guaranteed for deaf audience. Article 21 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) points out that deaf people have a right to choose their form of communication and State Parties shall ensure "accepting and facilitating the use of sign languages and all other accessible means of communication of their choice by persons with disabilities in official interactions". The same article continues that State Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure recognizing and promoting the use of sign languages. Further the Article 9 of UNCRPD requires "State Parties to take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access on an equal basis with others. to information and communications..." This means professional sign language interpreters, who know the national sign language and deaf culture.

WFD and WASLI want to underline the need to co-operate with local Deaf organisations, in this case in South Africa; stress the need for trained, qualified interpreters to be used, and the emphasis on the need for access that is based on direction from deaf people.

Best wishes for Christmas.
We will close this Friday at 1am for our annual Christmas holidays. We would like to thank all our staff, Board members and supporters for their continued support during 2013.

On behalf of our Board and staff, we would like to wish all our clients and supporters a very Happy Christmas. Best wishes for a Happy and prosperous New Year. We look forward to working with you all again when we re-open on the 6th of January 2014.

Emergency interpreting cover during holidays.
If you require a sign language interpreter during the holiday period for a legal or medical emergency, you can contact the Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS). SLIS may not be able to guarantee an interpreter immediately due to the limited number of interpreters on call. The contact number for their 24hr Emergency Helpline is: 087 6725179.
^ Top
Line breaker

9 December 2013 (VOL 10 WEEK 49)

Successful christmas party.
We would like to thank everyone who turned up for our Christmas Party in Stokers Lodge on Sunday. We would also like to thank Fr. Nolan who said Mass before the party at 1pm and to Veronica White for interpreting. We were lucky to have Santa turn up too. Luckily for our deaf kids, Santa had sign language and our deaf kids were able to chat with Santa and tell them what they wanted for Christmas in sign language.

We would like to thank all the staff in Stokers Lodge for their hospitality and hard work. The food was amazing and enjoyed by everyone.

Our sincere thanks to all the shops and businesses in Tralee that sponsored spot prizes. It has been a challenging year for alot of businesses with the current recession and we really appreciate their continued support. Our sincere thanks to everyone that helped us organise the party and help out on the day.

Supporter awards.
We would like to thank everyone who submitted nominations for our Supporter Awards. The following were acknowledged for their support of our service and our clients during 2013. Both winners were presented with a framed certificate and a box of chocolates.

Helen O'Donoghue who has Deaf siblings was acknowledged with a Supporter of the Year Award for outstanding support shown to our service in 2013. This included organising a fundraising day in Supervalu Killarney, for selling Ethiopia Deaf Project calendars, securing spot prizes for our Christmas party, baking cakes for our staff & clients, for promoting awareness of our service & furthering her sign language skills and Deaf Awareness.

Johnny Prendergast was acknowledged with an Outstanding Contribution Award for developing ‘Interpreting Access' cards, taking responsibility for sign language materials for students, assisting with Street Collections, assisting & participating in ITT sports & leisure activities, securing spot prizes for our Christmas party, and for working closely with staff & clients of our service.

Fr. Tyrell christmas mass in limerick.
The Deaf Community Centre (DCC) would like to invite you to a Mass in sign language, which will be celebrated by Fr. Ger Tyrell from the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People (NCDP).

Fr. Ger will also introduce the new Bishop of Limerick, Dr Brendan Leahy at the Mass. It will be held in the Major Hall in DCC, 96a O'Connell Street, Limerick on Sunday 15th December @ 2.30pm. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served afterwards.

Later, that evening a Christmas meal will be held in Marco Polo Restaurant from 5pm. To book your place, you can contact DCC at 086 7348641 before the 13th of December.

Review of visiting teacher service.
The Minister of Education and Skills has recently approved a review of the Visiting Teachers Service for Deaf and hard of hearing children in Ireland. Following the review, recommendations will be made to the Department of Education and Skills about the delivery of the service, which are currently provided by the Visiting Teacher Service.

The Department is keen to hear from: Parents/carers of children who currently receive support from the Visiting Teacher Service; Children who currently receiving support from the service; & Interested parties. Please note the deadline for receipt of completed questionnaires is 20 January 2014.

Questionnaires can be completed online at http://education.ie/en/Parents/Services/Visiting-Teacher-Service/Review-of-Visiting-Teacher-Service.html.

Alternatively, you can download, complete and return a word copy by post to: Review of Visiting Teacher Service, Block 3, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 or by email to vtreview@education.gov.ie.

Closing for christmas.
Our service will close on Friday the 20th of December and will reopen on Monday the 6th of Jan 2014.
^ Top
Line breaker

2 December 2013 (VOL 10 WEEK 48)

Reminder of our Christmas party.
Our annual Christmas party will take place on Sunday 8th of December in Stokers Lodge in Tralee (near Tralee Train Station). The party will be held from 2 to 6pm. It will cost €20 per adult and €10 per child. Santa will come for a short visit during the party and we will also have spot prizes.

If you would like to attend, please send us your details and payment this week.

Reminder of Christmas fair for Ethiopia Deaf Project.
A Christmas Fair with all proceeds going to the Ethiopia Deaf Project will be held in the Ballyphehane Community Centre on the 8th of December starting from 12.30pm.

Come and join us for a great family day out. The Fair will have every type of stand imaginable, Mac Benefit make up, Jellybean for children's clothes, Christmas bargains, knitted baby blankets, hat and scarves, crochet, home baking, jewellery, handbags, custom chocolates, organic skincare, stalks and stems for all your flower needs, designer cards, scensey candles, perfumes, hot food, and much more. Not forgetting Santa, face painting and nail painting all for free. So come and join us for shopping, raffle, then a sit down with a cuppa and a cake, while listening to Bishopstown Community School singing Christmas carols.

For more information on the project, go to www.facebook.com/ethiopiadeafprojectambo.

Indoor rock climbing.
Our next activity with the Inst. of Technology will be Indoor Rock Climbing in Dingle on the 11th of December. The session will start at 9.30am. This will be our last event with the ITT for this academic year. If you would like to attend, please send us your details as soon as possible.

Thank you to church collections.
We would like to extend a warm thank you to the following Parishes who allowed us to fundraise outside their churches over the past few months: Lyracompane, Knocknagoshel, Castleisland, Ballyhar, Firies, Cordal & Currow. We would also like to sincerely thank all the parishioners for the generosity and for all the volunteers who collected for us. We appreciate all their support.

Thank you to Bishopstwon community school.
We would like to thank the Principal of Bishopstown Community School for inviting our Manager Willie White to their school during the week. A special word of thanks also to two of their teachers Deirdre Herlihy & Denise Dowling who gave a very warm welcome and provided detailed information on the school ethos and activities with their Deaf & hard of hearing students. Willie also got the chance to meet many of their student during his visit.

For more information on the school, go to www.bishopstown-cs.ie.

Thank you to UCC.
We would also like to thank the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences in UCC for inviting Willie White to give a talk to students of their Department during the week. The talk covered sign language interpreting, principles of communication, communication supports and assistive technology for Deaf & hard of hearing.

The talk was attended by ENT's who work with Deaf and hard of hearing and we hope the information will be of benefit to them in their work going forward.

Interpreting training for palliative care.
Una MacConville is looking into the experiences of Deaf people and interpreters in primary care & palliative care. She has informed us via Suzanne Carey of an online training curriculum to prepare interpreters to work in palliative care settings.

For interpreters, conversations involving palliative care, especially those at the end of life, can be among the most difficult to convey - not only linguistically and culturally, but personally. Yet to date, there has been little training for interpreters in this field. This seven-hour workshop curriculum is free and can be downloaded. Note that the curriculum was designed for health care interpreter trainers to use in preparing experienced medical interpreters to work in palliative care settings.

For more information, go to http://www.chcf.org/publications/2011/11/interpreting-palliative-care-curriculum.

ISL 4 All.
Isl4all is a campaign to raise and promote awareness of Irish Sign Language. A place to meet, exchange views and swap stories. A platform to build towards the ultimate goal of having Irish Sign Language recognised as an official language of Ireland. The administrators have a few things up their sleeves for the coming weeks including competitions, news from how ISL is being debated in the Seanad along with funny videos and pictures of what they've been up to recently. They want to start things off with getting as many people to learn one single phrase of Irish Sign Language. To join Isl4all, go to www.facebook.com/pages/Isl4all/350402648439125.
^ Top
 
Blank space Blank space Blank space Blank space
Links Support Training Services Contact
Home :-)
Designed by Alma Bermingham © 2003-