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29 July 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 30)

Access to Southdoc service.
From time to time, we receive queries from clients on how to access SouthDoc services. SouthDoc provides access to family doctor services for urgent medical needs outside of normal hours - evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays. SouthDoc also provides a call out service to those unable to travel.

Due to the way their system operates, appointments are made via a telephone number which is not accessible to Deaf and many hard of hearing patients. We have been informed by SouthDoc’s Operations Manager that they are working hard to remedy this situation. They are currently developing a new system which will enable people seamlessly access their service. They hope to have an update on their progress from late September onwards. As soon as we have this information, we will let you know.

On a positive note, information on SouthDoc locations and operating hours are now available at www.southdoc.ie/index.cfm and they can also be contacted by by email at: info@southdoc.ie.

In the meantime, do not forget to register your mobile details with www.112.ie who in turn will be able to contact emergency services on your behalf.

ISL recognition campaign in Co.Kerry.
The Irish Deaf Society’s (IDS) has been campaigning for official recognition of Irish Sign Language (ISL) for a number of years. As part of this initiative, Geraldine Broderick, John Patrick Doherty and our service have written to all Kerry based TD’s , Town &anp; County Councillors.

We are pleased to say that Norma Foley was the first Councillor followed by Jim Finnucane to contact us to say they have placed a motion with Tralee Town Council & Kerry County Council in support of ISL.

Tralee Town Council are due to meet the first Monday of September and Kerry County Council on the third Monday. Fingers crossed the motion to support the official recognition of ISL will be passed and Tralee & Co. Kerry will join the growing lists of Councils that support this campaign.

Supports for deaf students for upcoming academic year.
It’s that time of year again where we come to the end of the academic year and students can switch off from studying. However, this is an important time for Deaf and hard of hearing students to check what educational supports will be available to them for the upcoming academic year. This is especially critical for students entering 3rd level for the first time.

In order to avail of supports, students will need to meet with their Disability / Access Officer and/or the lecturers and tutors.

AHEAD lists a range of different supports that can assist a Deaf or hard of hearing student to participate in lectures and tutorials. Not all colleges can provide all the supports mentioned. However, if one or a combination of the supports listed will be useful to you, you should request them from your college.

To see the lists of supports, go to www.ahead.ie/inclusiveeducation_supportsinthirdlevel_02_supports and scroll down to DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING STUDENTS.

Reminder of annual leave in August.
Our service will closed for annual leave for the month of August. We will close on Wednesday the 31st of July at 5pm and will re-open on Monday the 2nd of September at 10am. We would like to thank our staff, Board members, volunteers and supporters for their hard work and commitment to our service to date. We hope you enjoy your time off and we look forward to working with you all again in September.

Interpreter for medical/legal emergencies during annual leave.
If you require a sign language interpreter for medical or legal emergencies during August, you can contact the Sign Language Interpreting Service emergency number at 087 672 5179.
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22 July 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 29)

Tribute to Laura Merrigan.
We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family, and friends of Laura Merrigan who passed away suddenly this weekend. Laura was an active supporter of our service and was well known to our staff, supporters and clients. Her aunt Therese Gallant who has worked with our service for many years originally introduced Laura to our service.

While Laura had no background in sign language or the Deaf community, this did not stop her from being very proactive in our organisation. As a teenager back in 2007, Laura organised a Smoothie Morning fundraiser with students from the Youthreach Project in the KDYS Tralee with proceeds going to our service. Over the years, Laura became very active in our Street and Church Collections. Regardless of the weather, Laura, PJ and friends of Laura would turn up at locations throughout Kerry and work tirelessly to raise funds for Centre.

After a number of years, Laura began working with our service on a voluntary basis as part of her training with the National Learning Network. A few weeks placement extended to months and Laura became an integral part of the service. She was awarded a Supporter of the Year Award in our annual Christmas Awards. This was in recognition of her extended work experience with our service. It also recognised her for the work she did with our clients including literacy support, computer tuition and arts & crafts.

Laura had a fantastic personality and was well liked by everyone. She was a great worker and an asset to our service, clients and staff. We appreciate and thank Laura most sincerely for the work and effort she put into supporting our service.

On behalf of our service, we would like to offer our sympathies to her mother, her aunt Therese, her extended family, friends and PJ. She will not be forgotten by all of us here in Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. She will be missed by all of us who had the pleasure of working with her.

Good luck to the Irish participants in the Deaflymics.
We would like to extend our best wishes to all the Irish Deaf participants who are heading to Sofia, Bulgaria to participate in the 2013 Deaflympics.

The 22nd Summer Deaflympics is an international multi-sport event that will run from July 26 to August 4. This is the biggest sports event for Deaf athletes in the world. The Bulgarian capital hosted the 1993 Summer Deaflympics, thus becoming only the second city, together with Copenhagen, to host two Summer Deaflympics.

On the 30th of June, with just under four weeks remaining to the Sofia 2013 Deaflympics, the Deaflympics flame was lit in Paris's Stade Pershing, site of the first Games of Silence in 1924. Sports leaders paid tribute to Eugene Rubens-Alcais, the French founder of the Deaflympics.

Before heading towards Switzerland, deaf cyclists stopped at the Bistrot de la Porte Doree. It was in this cafe, some 90 years ago, that Rubens-Alcais and colleagues had the idea for the first international multi-sport competition for deaf people.

French deaf cyclists took five days to carry the flame through France before arriving in Geneva on 5 July, where it was handed to the Swiss team in a ceremony before the United Nations headquarters. Along the way, the cyclists visited deaf schools and centres, to inspire the next generation of deaf athletes. If you want to keep up with the action and the medal totals, go to www.sofia2013.com/.

President Obama appoints Deaf lawyer.
Keeping with international news, the Deaf community internationally was thrilled to hear that President Obama recently appointed a Deaf Lawyer.

U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Claudia Gordon, a black deaf individual, to take over as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Recently, she was with the Department of Labor where she primarily dealt with discrimination issues at the federal level with mainly contractors. Gordon will be working as a liaison between the Obama Administration and the disability community.

The NAD (US) and National Council of Disability (US) applauded the decision by the Obama Administration.

"The NAD sees this as a great window of opportunity to have one of our own in the White House. With her amazing background and steadfast dedication to changing policies for the better, we will definitely achieve significant progress,"italic> praised by President Chris Wagner. (NAD Press Release)

"Her vast experience and the relationships she brings to the table bolsters the President and his Administration’s continued and ongoing commitment to issues important to the disability community – whether they are global, like the UN Convention, national as in regulation enforcement or personal, as in the issues that touch our lives on a daily basis such as employment, education and immigration. We look forward to working closely with her,"italic> said National Council of Disability President Jeff Rosen. (NCD Press Release)
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15 July 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 28)

Successful youth camp in DVI.
We would like to thank Susan O’Callaghan from Cork Deaf Association and all the volunteers and participants in the annual Youth Camp which took place in Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) last week. The camp was open to Deaf, hard of hearing & hearing teens with Deaf parents and/or other Deaf relatives from Co. Cork and Co. Kerry.

A range of activities took place from Monday to Thursday in DVI and in various locations throughout Dublin. Our thanks to DVI for providing the accommodation and for the use of their extensive facilities.

We would like to thank our own Patrick Doody, Geraldine Broderick and Veronica White for volunteering at the camp. We appreciate their hard work.

If you would like to join future camps, please send us your details.

112 emergency services text access.
A pilot project to enable Deaf and hard of hearing contact Emergency services via text message has now been put on a permanent footing. To use the service, you will need to register your mobile phone.

The services in Ireland which can be contacted by 112 include the Garda Siochana, Ambulance Service, Fire Brigade and the Irish Coast Guard. In addition, the 112 service also works in all EU countries which will be of relief to Deaf and hard of hearing people travelling there on holiday or business.

You can contact the 112 service by text in situations such as: Life is at risk. Crime/trouble is happening now. Someone is injured or threatened. Person committing crime is near. There is a fire or people trapped. You need an ambulance urgently. Someone is in trouble, or missing, at sea. Someone is in trouble on the cliffs or on the shoreline

Emobile, Meteor, Three, O2 and Vodafone participated in the original Pilot. You will need to check if the remaining mobile phone communication companies have joined the service?

To register your mobile, you can call to our service and we will assist you. Alternatively, you can go to www.112.ie/Registering_your_mobile_phone/143 and follow the instructions.

Roscommon County Council passes motion on ISL.
As part of the Irish Deaf Society’s campaign for legal recognition of Irish Sign Language (ISL), Roscommon County Council is the latest Council to pass a motion calling on the Government to legally recognised ISL.

According to John Bosco Conama - while County Councils do not have the power to impose policies on a national level. Once a policy is passed at local Government level, the message is passed to national Government and they are obligated to respond to these motions. Hence more motions, the better the awareness of ISL at national level.

Our congrats to Roscommon County Council for being proactive in their support of this campaign.

Closed for annual leave in August.
Our service will closed for annual leave for the month of August. We will close on Wednesday the 31st of July at 5pm and will re-open on Monday the 2nd of September at 10am. We would like to thank our staff, Board members, volunteers and supporters for their hard work and commitment to our service to date. We hope you enjoy your time off and we look forward to working with you all again in September.

If you require a sign language interpreter for medical or legal emergencies during August, you can contact the Sign Language Interpreting Service emergency number at 087 672 5179.
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8 July 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 27)

Successful Ambo Ramble cycle fundraiser.
We would like to thank everyone who supported the Ambo Ramble Cycle fundraiser last weekend in Cork. The 1st cycle for more experienced cyclists was 120km and the 2nd cycle was 40km long. We had a huge turn out of both Deaf and hearing cyclists from all over Ireland. We would especially like to thank all the Deaf and hearing cyclists from Kerry who came to support us too. Our sincere thanks to all the, organisers, volunteers, sponsors, and cyclists. We couldn’t have done it without your support. A special word of thanks to Miriam and Patrick O’Regan for proposing the cycle and for their trojan work leading up to the event. Photos of the event which were taken by John Duggan, a well known member of the Deaf community are available to see at www.facebook.com/ethiopiadeafprojectambo.

Thanks to Cork Deaf Association (CDA) smiley camp.
We would like to thank CDA’s Smiley Camp for visiting Co. Kerry during the week. The Smiley Summer Camp takes place over one week in July every year. It involves a range of activities and outings for deaf and hard of hearing children and children with Deaf and hard of hearing people in their families.

On Wednesday, the younger camp members aged 4-7 visited the Coolwood Wildlife Park in Killarney and older members walked Tomies Wood and O'Sullivan's Cascade.

Our thanks to Susan O Callaghan (CDA) for including our service, deaf and hard of hearing kids, their parents and Deaf volunteers from Co. Kerry. Our thanks also to Susan her team of volunteers for their hard work on the day. Susan also provided training to volunteers recently and our own Geraldine Broderick and Patrick Doody attending the training and are now approved Smiley volunteers.

If your child would like to participate in future camps, you can contact Susan O’ Callaghan in the Cork Deaf Association. Alternatively, send us your details and we will pass them onto Susan. If you would like to know more about CDA, more information is available at www.facebook.com/corkdeaf.

New Sign Language App for Android Phones.
Concise ISL is a new app for Android phones has been developed by two young, Irish engineers, one of whom is Michael Kelliher from Co. Kerry, who is Deaf and a life-long practitioner of Irish Sign Language. The app was developed in conjunction with Kevin Doherty

The Concise Irish Sign Language Dictionary is an Irish Sign Language (ISL) video dictionary, currently containing over 750 signs. The app developer’s aim is to provide a comprehensive ISL dictionary system in an easy-to-use form. Each word is portrayed in video form and accompanied by high quality images of the letters used in each hand to form the sign.

To download the app, go to Google Play and look for The Concise Irish Sign Language Dictionary or click on the following link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gmail.dohertkc.conciseisl.

Irish Sign Language recognition campaign.
Congrats to the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) and their onward & upward campaign on getting recognition on ISL as an official language. Dundalk Town Councillor Jennifer Greene (Sinn Fein) recently proposed a motion "That this council calls on the Government to give official recognition status to Irish Sign Language which would improve the lives and well being of our deaf and heard of hearing citizens" and it was passed!

Congrats to the IDS and sincere appreciation to Jennifer Greene for putting forward the proposal. Hopefully, other County Councils throughout Ireland will follow suit.

CODA Ireland UK Get-Together.
A gathering of Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) will be held in Cornwall from the 27th - 30th September. The cost is only 55 sterling per person and that includes 3nights accommodation. Transport and Food is to be arranged individually, however car sharing can be arranged if required. Many CODA’s from Kerry and from Ireland have attended get-togethers in the past. Guaranteed to be a weekend full of fun with other CODA’s.

CODA UK & IRL provides information, guidance and support for hearing individuals with Deaf parent/s". Our own Catherine White is a Director of CODA UK & IRL. If you would like more information on the get-together, more information is available at www.codaukireland.co.uk or by email: marie@codaukireland.co.uk.

Best wishes to everyone involved in the event.
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1 July 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 26)

Thank you to Dooks Golf Club.
We would like to extend a big thank you to Dooks Golf Club for their recent Charities Golf event. The proceeds of the event were shared amongst 5 charities and we were delighted to be nominated as one of the recipients. Our thanks to Dooks, the golfers who participated on the day and to all the sponsors. We greatly appreciate your support.

Thank you to recent street & church collections.
We would like to thank all those who collected for us during our Street Collection in Tralee and at a Church Collection in Duagh recently. Due to bad weather, we had to cancel a Street Collection in Listowel. We hope to organise an alternative date due shortly. Our thanks to everyone who supported each collection; we greatly appreciate all your support.

HSE hearing test waiting list update.
We have just been informed that the waiting list for hearing tests for medical cardholders with the HSE is now approx 3 years. Applications that were submitted in May/June 2010 are now been seen.

The staff in the Hearing Service is committed to working through the backlog. We appreciate all the support they have provided to our clients over the past number of years. If you are submitting an application for a test, we would recommend you submit a letter from your GP outlining the reasons why you require a test as this may assist the Hearing Service in prioritising applications.

Irish Sign Language survey.
In the 2011 Census, Question 15 asked: Do you speak a language other than English or Irish at home? This allowed Irish Sign Language (ISL) users to indicate that they used ISL. The question had to answered in a particular format, otherwise the information would not be recorded. As this was the first time in the history of Irish Census, many people and in particular the person filling in the questionnaire did not answer this question or answered it incorrectly.

According to the Census 2011, 1,077 Deaf people declared they used Irish Sign Language and 2590 used Irish Sign Language in general. The Irish Deaf Society is now carrying out a quantitative survey nationwide to examine the number of ISL users in Ireland. This is very important, as it will show the actual numbers of ISL users in Ireland is higher. If you would like to participate in the survey, please go to the following weblink www.irishdeafsociety.ie/survey/index.html.

Pre-school vacancies
The Catholic Institute for Deaf People is seeking to fill the following positions for a new Pre-School opening this September at Marian Campus, Dominican Convent, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7.

The 'Preschool Assistant' will work, under the supervision of the Preschool Manager and the Preschool Leader, providing safe, high quality education and care for Deaf and hard of hearing preschool children, complying with all relevant legal and statutory regulations and implementing all the agreed policies and procedures of the Preschool.

The 'Pre-school Leader' will work under the supervision of the Preschool Manager. He / she will be responsible for the implementation of Aistear: The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework and the provision of an enjoyable, challenging, language-rich learning environment for each child. He /she will have responsibility for the planning and preparation of daily activities and routines in a safe and positive setting in accordance with all the agreed policies and procedures.

Applicants must supply suitable character references and be prepared to complete a Garda vetting application form. Applications due by Monday 8th July at 5pm. A job description is available on request. For further information phone / text Alison on 087-6205426 or email her at alison@cidp.ie.

Please send your CV and covering letter on why you are suitable for this job to Mr. Liam O’Dwyer, Catholic Institute for Deaf People, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath road, Cabra, Dublin 7 or email lodwyer@cidp.ie.

Honorary Doctorate for Liisa Kauppinen.
Last week we mentioned that Liisa Kauppinen was being awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Trinity College. This is a major achievement from Liisa Kauppinen and for the Deaf community nationally and internationally. We've had a large number of enquiries about Liisa and here are further details on her work to date in the Deaf community.

Dr Kauppinen is Deaf and was CEO of the Finnish Association of the Deaf for 30 years, General Secretary and President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and served as the permanent WFD representative to the United Nations for 20 years. She still continues to serve as an expert for the General Secretariat of the WFD. She has been a major inspiration to Deaf communities internationally, and an articulate and intelligent ‘voice’ on the need to explicitly state the human rights of Deaf people at national, European and global level, all the while decrying the lack of opportunities for education and training, the under-employment of Deaf people, and the lack of recognition of signed languages as ‘real’ languages. She has supported the development of Deaf self-advocacy in Ireland and was a key supporter of the move to establish a Centre for Deaf Studies at Trinity College in 2001/02.
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