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25 February 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 8)

Mea Maxima Culpa- Documentary on clerical abuse.
A new documentary, which is of significant interest to the Deaf community, will be screened at a number of cinemas in Dublin and Cork this week.

The documentary examines the abuse of power in the Catholic Church system through the story of four Deaf men who set out to expose the priest who abused them during the mid-1960s. Each of the men brought forth the first known case of public protest against clerical sex abuse, which later lead to the sex scandal case known as the Lawrence Murphy case. Through their case the film follows a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland's churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican.

The documentary has generated alot of publicity internationally. 'Silence in the House of God' is a 2012 documentary film directed by Alex Gibney. The title is derived from the Latin phrase "mea maxima culpa". It is taken from the Confiteor that is part of the Roman Catholic Mass. It translates into English as "through my most grievous fault".

The documentary features the voices of actors Jamey Sheridan, Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke, and John Slattery, who provide the vocal translation of the deaf interviewees.

For more information on screening times and locations, go to http://entertainment.ie/cinema/.

WAM programme - 21 paid work placements in civil service.
Are you a graduate with a disability/specific learning difficulty and seeking valuable work experience? If so, the AHEAD WAM (Willing Able Mentoring) Programme, is offering a six-month, paid, mentored work placement in a number of locations in Ireland.

In order to qualify for the Civil Service Placements 2013, an applicant must:

Have a disability/specific learning difficulty; Be currently unemployed; Graduated from May 2013; Have Level 8 qualification according to the National Framework of Qualifications; Be a member of the European Economic Area (EEA); Be ready to undertake a full-time, graduate level work placement.

For more information, go to www.ahead.ie/wam_currentopportunities_CS_0213.

Representative for official opening of DVI.
Our service has been officially invited to the opening of Deaf Village Ireland on the 4th of March.

We are looking for a person to represent us on the day. If you are interested, please send us your details ASAP.

Good news for ISL interpreter training in NI.
We would like to send our best wishes to the Queen’s University Belfast MA in Interpreting. Graduates of the course will now be eligible to register with the NRCPD in the UK. Graduates who complete the course using the language combinations Irish Sign Language/British Sign Language, Irish Sign Language/English or British Sign Language/English will meet the requirements to register as Registered Sign Language Interpreter.

The Queen's University Belfast School of Modern Languages worked with NRCPD to complete the approval process. NRCPD regulates communication professionals who work with Deaf and deafblind people. Their role is to safeguard the well-being and interests of people who rely on those professionals.

NRCPD have stipulated that students on the course should achieve NRCPD Trainee status before they undertake practical assignments or work in the field.

For more information, go to www.nrcpd.org.uk/page.php?content=54.

Online search engine for BSL interpreters.
Recently, we’ve had an increasing number of enquiries for British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters. In Ireland, we generally use Irish Sign Language (ISL) Interpreters and these interpreters can be sourced through a range of agencies in Ireland such as www.slis.ie, www.bridgeinterpreting.ie and a www.cslstudies.com/.

However, if you do require registered BSL interpreters, ASLI have developed a search engine, which covers 13 regions in the UK. For more information, go to www.asli.org.uk/interpreter-search-p3.aspx.
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18 February 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 7)

TJ computer services.
We would like to send our best wishes to Trevor Jones who worked with us as a Technical Officer for 4 years. Trevor is hard of hearing and is now in the process of setting up a new service called "TJ COMPUTER SERVICES".

Trevor's new service will provide: PC and Laptop Repair, Virus and Trojan removal, Laptop Screen repairs, Laptop Board Repairs, Broadband set-up (permanet.ie, eircom etc).

The new service aims to complete all repairs within one working day. It will specialise in anti-virus/anti-spyware programs including spam protection as well as wireless and wired networking solutions. In addition to repairs, it will also provide computer sales. If you would like to find out more or to enquire about repairs costs, you can email tj-computer-services@hotmail.com or text/call 083- 3815140.

Bullseye book and gift club.
Our Book and Gift Club is back for the first time in 2013. We have a range of items on display in our office if you would like to view before purchasing. The following items can be ordered before the 22nd of February:
  1. 30 handcrafted cards in a gift box- €18.
  2. 4-book set of nursery rhymes- €7.
  3. Dairy cookbook- €8.
  4. Knitted wild animals book- €8.
  5. Magnetic memo board- €10.
  6. Cake storage 3 piece set- €12.
  7. 2013 diary with a key lock- €8.
  8. Pop up food covers- €8.
  9. 5 piece bowls with lids- €9.
  10. Quick and easy chocolate and baking book- €6.
  11. Guardian angel (boxed)- €10.
  12. 24 pencils and erasers pack- €8.
  13. Granddaughter bracelet- €8.
  14. Daisy jewellery making kit- €8.
Official opening of Deaf Village Ireland (DVI)
As We would like to send our best wishes to DVI, as they will be celebrating their official opening on the 4th of March.

There will be a variety of events planned, with more details to follow over the coming weeks. Minister Leo Varadkar and Archbishop Dermot Martin (among others) will officiate the event, which starts at about 10am. A number of fun events will run throughout the day culminating in a Ceile in the evening. DVI is aware that being a Monday, it could be a bit tricky for people in work or school to get away, which is why the evening events might allow more people to help them celebrate the opening.

More details will be available on their website at www.deafvillageireland.ie or on their Facebook page- search for Deaf Village Ireland.

Tender to develop new website for SLIS.
The Sign Language Interpreting Service has issued a tender for the re-development of their website. If you or anyone you know has an interest in developing websites and would like to tender for the job, the closing date for receipt of tenders is Wed 13th of March.

The tender has gone has gone live on the E-tenders website at https://irl.eu-supply.com/app/rfq/publicpurchase_frameset.asp?PID=62761&B=&PS=1&PP=ctm/Supplier/publictenders.

Registration now open for the Ambo ramble cycling fundraiser.
The Ambo Ramble is a 120Km Cycle Event, which will be held on the 30th of June. The aim of the Cycle is to raise funds for The Ethiopian Deaf Project, which recently opened a school for the deaf in Ambo, Ethiopia. The event is being run in con-junction with Kilgrew Cycles

Registration for the event is now opened. To register go to www.mycharity.ie/event/miriam__oregans_event/ and follow the following instructions:

Click "sponsor me now". Enter the amount €30. In the message box type "registering" if you intend to participate in the cycle or type "donation" if you want to leave a donation of any amount. You can also place a check in the box underneath if you want the organiser to see your name- this is important if you are registering to cycle on the day. Otherwise, leave it unchecked if you are leaving a donation and you want to remain anonymous. Lastly, you follow the steps thereafter to input your credit card details.
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11 February 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 6)

Video-Clip of Offical Opening Of Deaf School in Ethiopia.
As many of you are aware, a group of people from Ireland including our own Veronica White and Willie White have been actively involved in supporting the development of a Deaf school in Ambo, Ethiopia.

We are delighted to show you a 5-minute video clip of the official opening. To view the clip, go to the following link http://youtu.be/8zqq5LnFLqg.

The Lord Mayor of Ambo, the Irish Ambassador to Ethiopia and representatives from VLM- the Vincentian Lay Missionaries, officially opened the school. Stephen Monaghan represented the Irish community- our sincere thanks to him for all his work to date on the project and to everyone who has supported us in any way over the past few years.

CDS students of placement.
Last week, we had the pleasure of working with Annik Dennehy, a 3rd year student in the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) in Trinity College. This week we welcome two more students.

Caroline Corrigan is a fourth year student in CDS, studying Irish Sign Language (ISL)/ English Interpreting. She first learned ISL while still at school, taking evening classes for a few months. Initially Caroline studied Interior Design. ISL was put on hold for a while but the interest was always there. A few years ago she took up ISL classes again and then decided to apply to CDS to study interpreting. In recent years Caroline has volunteered for Dublin Deaf Drama and the Irish Deaf Women’s Group.

Amanda Mohan is a final year student in CDS, training to become an ISL/English Interpreter. Her interested in learning ISL was sparked by her grandmother, whose parents were Deaf. She has been actively involved in the Deaf Community for the past 4 years, and was most recently involved in the Sencity Dublin event held in the RDS. She is from Drogheda, Co. Louth, and is on the committee of the Drogheda Deaf Society.

We would like to welcome both Caroline and Amanda to our service and to Co. Kerry. If anyone would like to meet with them this week, let us know.

Two-day workshop for adults with or waiting for cochlear implants (CI).
Sally Harvest from Deafhear in Killarney would like to inform adults with or waiting for a CI that a 2 day workshop will be held in the Killarney Dromhall Hotel from the 11th-13th of March.

Deafhear would like to open this up to as many clients as possible from all over Ireland. This will give them the opportunity to meet others with the same ‘listening device’ and discuss challenges and successful management of their (or their partners) CI process and rehabilitation.

If you would like further information, please contact Sally by email at sally.harvest@deafhear.ie or mobile 086 246 464.

DSI upcoming events.
Deaf Sports Ireland will be holding a meeting for Deaf and hard of hearing women who wish to play futsal at national and international levels in 2013/14 on Thursday 7th Feb at Deaf Village Ireland. The aim for the meeting is to outline the development plans for Deaf & hard of hearing women.

If you would like further information, you can text Paul on 087 1349877. He will also be happy to share information with people who cannot attend the event on the day.

Deaf Sports Ireland (DSI) is also pleased to announce details of the 41st Deaf Men Football & 12th Basketball Inter Provincial Championships, which will be held in Belfast this year on the weekend of 29th – 31st March 2013. All of the facilities are top-class. Please note that the Men’s Football tournament will commence on the Friday night under floodlights at Crusaders superb Seaview Stadium.

The official hotel for this event is the fantastic 5* Hilton hotel (4 Lanyon place Belfast BT1 3LP). Working with UDSC and Belfast City Council, DSI has secured a great offer of half-price accommodation for players and officials of 54 € per room per-night B&B.

The Gala dinner and awards night will also take place Saturday 30th March at 8pm in the Hilton Hotel. Tickets for a 3 course meal cost £25 sterling / €28. These must be purchased in advance, as this event will be sold out.

For more information, you can email admin@deafsportsireland.com.
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4 February 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 5)

Access and contribution to the classroom by deaf children.
Dr Gary Morgan from the Deafness, Cognition and Language Centre in City University London will present a lecture in Dublin on Monday 11th February at 7.30pm.

The lecture is on "Access and contribution to the classroom by deaf children". It will take place in the multi-purpose room of the Deaf Village on Ratoath Road, Cabra. It is free to attend. If you would like to attend, you can reserve a place by emailing Alyssa at alyssacoffman1@gmail.com.

Gym activities with ITT reminder.
This is a reminder of our upcoming gym sessions with the Tralee Institute of Technology. Classes will start on the 12 of February at 10am and will last for 8 weeks. If you are interested in participating, please let us know ASAP.

CDS student on placement with our service.
We would like to welcome Annik Dennehy who is on placement with our service this week. Annik is a 3rd year student on the Centre for Deaf Studies sign language interpreting programme in Trinity College.

Annik first came across sign language while volunteering in Belarus with Chernobyl children and her interest grew from there. She worked with The Cork Deaf Association on placement earlier this year and has started attending IDYA events in recent months. A lecture given in CDS last November on Deaf-Blind interpreting sparked an interest with her, which she hopes to pursue in the future.

If you would like to meet with Annik and learn more about the CDS, she will be here until Friday.

Play in Cork for deaf and hard of hearing.
The Half Moon Theatre in Cork along with a number of other theatres will be hosting a play that will be of great interest to Deaf and hard of hearing audiences. This is part of a national tour of the play "FOLLOW". It is being presented in partnership between Arts & Disability Ireland and WillFredd Theatre.

FOLLOW began its life when Shane O'Reilly, a young Irish ISL (Irish Sign Language) proficient actor and a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), joined WillFredd's team. This raised the question of whether it was possible to create a truly integrated piece of theatre, which is fully accessible to both a Deaf and hearing audience at the same time? WillFredd Theatre took the challenge on the chin and went into the Dublin Deaf Community to meet with people and to hear their stories and experiences of growing up as part of the Deaf community in a hearing world.

According to its website, FOLLOW is the first piece of theatre in Ireland created for both a Deaf and hearing audience and is inspired by sign language as a form of communication and narrative device. It will be staged in Cork from the 4th - 9th March. For more information and dates in other locations, go to www.willfredd.com/Productions/Follow/.

Volunteer in Ethiopia IMHO August 2013.
As a result of our own work in Ethiopia- we have developed links with the IMHO- the International Medical Health Organisation who are also involved in a range of project in Ethiopia.

The IMHO will be organising a volunteer trip to work with the Deaf community in Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar and Awash in Ethiopia from the 11th-24th of August.

Over the past few years a team of committed volunteers have been working in partnership with dedicated local leaders in Ethiopia in developing educational programs for deserving but highly disadvantaged Deaf youth, as well as strategising for how best to engage with and support Deaf organizations, students, and professionals. For the second year in a row, a volunteer service trip is being organized to Ethiopia, in which international volunteers will interact with local Deaf persons, conduct educational service programs for deaf children, visit with local organisations at the forefront of developing services for the benefit of the Deaf community, and explore this truly magnificent country! This 13-day/12-night trip is being sponsored by the International Medical Health Organization (IMHO).

It cost 1700 (US dollars) per person and this is all-inclusive from time of arrival until departure. Volunteers will also have to pay their own airfare and visa fees.

If you are interested in applying or would like more information, you can contact Greg Buie, IMHO Programs Coordinator & Trip Director, at gtbuie@gmail.com.
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