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27 May 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 21)

Street collection in Tralee volunteers required.
We will be holding a Street Collection in Tralee on Friday 7th of June from 10am-5pm. We are looking for volunteers on the day. With ongoing cuts to our funding, we are more reliant than ever on the income generated from these collection days. If you have any spare time on the day, please contact us.

Supervalu collection day in August volunteers required.
We are also looking for volunteers for a collection point in Supervalu on the 1st or 2nd Friday in August. The date will be confirmed as soon as we have volunteers available. The collection will be from 8.45 to 5pm approx. We are allowed one collector at a time. If you have any spare time, let us know and we will schedule in collectors throughout the day.

The Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children in Ireland.
After many years of meetings and research, The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) finally published a Policy Advice Paper on the Education of Deaf and hard of hearing children.

We wanted to remind parents of this important policy document. The NCSE believes that Deaf and hard of hearing children should be able to leave school with levels of educational attainment that are on a par with their hearing peers of similar ability. The NCSE hope that this policy advice will be a positive influence in achieving this goal and in shaping the future direction of the education of Deaf and hard of hearing children in Ireland.

Their advice emphasises the critical importance of early identification and assessment for Deaf and hard of hearing children so that they can have meaningful access to language as soon as possible. They have considered the educational and health supports that are required by Deaf and hard of hearing children in mainstream and special settings. The best national and international evidence that was available to them at the time informed their recommendations.

The policy is attached for those reading our newsletter in email format. For those reading this in other formats, please contact us and we can send you the policy by email. For more information or a printed copy of the policy, you can contact the NCSE, 1–2 Mill Street, Trim. Co. Meath. Website: Fax: 046 948 6404 Tel: 046 948 6400.

Alternatively, please download 'deaf_education_report' in PDF Download (size 1.5MB)

Thank you to Tralee cinema.
We would like to thank Tralee Omniplex for screening a subtitled version of Iron Man this week. The cinema has stated that they will do their best to provide subtitled movies going forward. If you would like to be informed of accessible movies, please send us your text number. We may not get too much advance notice so that best way to contact everyone will be by text message.

Best agency supporter award from Kerry pride.
Last week, LGBT Pride was celebrated in Co. Kerry. As part of the celebrations, our Centre held an LGBT Awareness workshop, which also looked at Same Sex Marriage. This was a very informative and interesting workshop, which was presented by Martin Greenwood with support from Martina.

On Saturday night at the Pride Celebration Party, our Centre was presented with the Best Agency Supporter Award. We are thrilled and honoured to have been selected for this award. Our thanks to everyone in Kerry Pride and Ciarrai Amach for the workshop and for the award. It will take ‘pride’ of place in our Centre.

Caring communities (round 2) is now open for applications.
The second round of Caring Communities grants is now accepting applications.

There are four distinct categories in this round: Youth Unemployment. Emergency Respite Care. Older People. LGBT Communities.

As the aim of Caring Communities is to fund innovative and replicable projects, which will encourage shared learning and create models for peers, priority will be given to applicants who can clearly demonstrate that this can be achieved.

Capital, Core or ongoing costs such as rent, salaries and the main work of an organisation will not be supported. Additionally, successful applicants will be encouraged to network with other grantees directly and to report on progress as well as being required to participate in a learning event in early 2014.

The Community Foundation has been very supportive of Deaf related projects in the past. For more information, go to
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20 May 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 20)

Update on HSE national policy.
We've been informed by SLIS that Caoimhe Gleeson from the HSE has put together the final draft version of a national access policy for Deaf people to HSE services. Thereafter, it should go through a ratification process within the HSE.

Fingers crossed, we will see a national policy implemented in Ireland before long. If and when we have further information, we will let you know.

Local property tax (LPT) in sign language.
A guide to the Local Property Tax in Irish Sign Language with subtitles has been launched. It includes information on how to complete and submit the return, details of who is liable, information on exemptions, deferrals and guidance to assist in valuing your property.

To view the clip, go to

National standards for residential services in sign language.
The National Standards for Residential Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities will apply to residential and residential respite services across disability sectors in Ireland, whether they are run by public, private or voluntary bodies or organisations. They give service providers a framework to develop person-centred care for all people with disabilities and promote services that facilitate a good quality of life. They were developed following extensive consultation with people from all across the disability sector.

Information on the standards is now available in sign language. For more information, go to

Training for interpreters on refugees and asylum seekers.
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is running a two-day training programme for community interpreters with funding from the European Refugee Fund. The project is funded in order to support refugees and asylum seekers. The training is available to those providing interpreting in relevant languages including Irish Sign Language/English Interpreters.

However, if you wish to attend, the trainers would like to speak to you in advance to discuss the issues specific to Irish Sign Language/English Interpreters." The course is free of charge. All enquiries can be made directly to the Education Office at the Rape Crisis Centre by email

Reminder of Ireland / Ethiopia deaf project cycle.
The Ambo Ramble Cycle will take place on the 30th June. The closing date for online entries is on Friday, June 10th at 5pm. To register, go

The main event is a 120Km cycle for experienced cyclists over 18yrs of age. There is also a short 40km course for the less experienced cyclists who would like to take part and support the cause.

As below posters for 40km/120km cycling fundraiser in aid of the Ireland/Ethiopia Deaf Project on the 30th of June and the 'After Party' on the same day.

Registration now open. All support greatly appreciated.

Áras an Uachtaráin

Alternatively, please download 'cycleposter_1may.pdf' and 'party_poster.pdf' in PDF Download (size 324~kB) Download (size 65~kB).

Sign language at Eurovision.
The winner of the 2012 Eurovision, Loreen performed her winning song Euphoria in sign language with children from Adolf Fredrik Children's Choir and Manilla School at this years Eurovision in Malmo, Sweden. In total, there were 68 children signing alongside Loreen, which was seen by a staggering 125 million people throughout the world.

The Eurovision is now the largest singing contest in the world and we commend Loreen and the Eurovision for highlighting sign language to such a global audience. Loreen also highlighted sign language at the Melodifestivalen earlier this year.

1st deaf person to sail around the world solo.
Gerry Hughes from the UK has become the first Deaf person to sail around the world single-handedly and one of only 300 sailors to complete the feat.

Hundreds of admirers lined Troon Marina in South Ayrshire to watch him return more than eight months and 51,500km (32,000 miles) since he set off in his boat Quest III. 'It has been a lifelong ambition to sail around the world so it is difficult at the moment to comprehend what I have finally achieved,'italic> Mr Hughes said. 'The last eight months have been amongst the toughest of my life but despite all the challenges of the expedition, it has been a period I have thoroughly enjoyed. Sailing has always been my first love and it provided a real escape from my deafness when I was a youngster.'italic>

Mr Hughes was introduced to sailing by his father as a two-year-old and wanted to sail around the since he was 14. The married father-of-two set off on his fraught voyage around the five capes on September 1. On one leg his boat even capsized as a result of massive waves. He has also suffered continued problems with his onboard electronic equipment. He was able to communicate with 3,000 supporters on his Facebook page.

Congrats and well done to Gerry from all of us here in KDRC.

Book and gift club.
Our Book and Gift Club has received a new selection of items. If you would like to view them, call to our office this week. Please have payment with you if you would like to order any item.

The items on display are:
  1. 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt Jigsaw' €8.
  2. 'Doodlepedia' €7€.
  3. 'The Hairy Bikers Great Curries' €13.
  4. 'Le Tour 100' €13.
  5. 'Little Puppy - Hand Puppet Book' €7.
  6. 'The Perfect Afternoon Tea' €6.
  7. 'The Micheal Morpurgo Classics Collection - 16 book set' €24.
  8. 'Princess Poppy's Cookbook' €7.
  9. 'RWI Phonics Story Books and Magnet Collection - 19 book set' €20.
  10. 'Oxford Science Study Dictionary' €5.
  11. 'The Slow Cookbook' €8.
Summer Youth Activities Programme
DSI is pleased to announce the first Summer Youth Activities Programme for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, CODA and Sibling participant. Full information can be read at below. Find attached the application form. Completed and signed application forms along with cash or cheque/postal (payable to Deaf Sports Ireland) must reach the address below before Monday 27th May. Any queries, please contact Paul Ryder by email:

Summer Youth Activities Programme

Alternatively, please download 'syap_application_form.pdf' in PDF Download (size 175~kB).
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13 May 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 19)

James O' Brien RIP.
We would like to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of James O'Brien who passed away suddenly on Friday after a short illness.

James was Deaf and a member of the travelling community. He was a past pupil of St. Joseph's School for Deaf Boys and was well known in the Deaf community. He was also well known in the hearing community in Tralee where he lived for most of his life. May he rest in peace.

Our thanks to everyone who provided support and communication support during his illness. Our thanks also to Veronica White (NCDP) for providing interpreting access at the removal and funeral.

Successful interpreting training workshop.
We would like to thank all the interpreters who participated in a training workshop in our Centre on Saturday. The training was specifically for trained and/or accredited Deaf and hearing sign language interpreters who work in the Munster region and who are members of SLIM- Sign Language Interpreters Munster. Interpreters came from Kerry, Limerick/Mid West, Cork, Kilkenny and the South/Southeast of Ireland.

Sharing the journey workshops
As part of their Summer Project 2013, Sharing the Journey is organising a range of workshops for deaf and hard of hearing children.

All teachers, workshop presenters and play leaders and youth leaders are Garda vetted and have completed Child Protection and Deaf awareness training. Activities are presented bilingually in Irish Sign Language and spoken English.
  1. Week 1: 1st–5th July (Ages 6–9 years). A Summer Project with a Difference! Have fun with music, art, cookery, tag rugby, and yoga, adventure trips and much more, while learning Irish Sign Language and becoming Deaf aware. 10.30am–3.30pm. Cost: €50 for first child reduced rates for siblings and friends.
  2. Week 2: 8th–12th July (Ages 12–16 years) "Your Project. Your Choice!" Includes base activities and outings that are selected, planned and organised by the teenagers themselves, with the support of trained youth leaders. Cost €40 per person.
  3. Week 3: 15th–18th July (Ages 6 and under) "Let's Explore" 4 days, 2 base days and 2 outings. Base activities include 'Little league'; 'Art and Crafts; 'Let's Make Music'; Yoga; Drama; Storytelling; and Free Play. Outings to The Zoo and Imaginosity are planned in consultation with parents. We ask that under 4's be accompanied by an adult. All parents and older brothers and sister are welcome to join us on our days out. Cost €10 per child, €5e for siblings (aged 6 and under).
  4. Week 4: 22nd–26th July (Ages 9-12 years). Performing Arts - enjoy 4 days high-quality workshops in Drama, Dance, Music, Performance and Yoga ending with Our Big Day Out to Causey Farm. 10.30am–3.30pm. Cost: €50 for first child reduced rates for siblings and friends..
For more information or to book a place contact Theresa on 0879163168 or visit their website at

Irish Deaf Hub - new dedicated website on deaf issues.
Irish Deaf Hub is a new dedicated Deaf website that will feature issues and events of interest to the Deaf community including Sports, News, Event, Mental Health, Insight on the Deaf Community, Jobs, History, Legal issues etc.

The website will be regularly updated. From time to time, it will also include special features. The current special feature is on St Joseph's House in Dublin. To check out the website, go to

If anyone wishes to send in Deaf-related articles, events, news, feedback or comments, you can email or

Deaf news from around the world in international sign.
H3.TV is a new website with information in International Sign. It broadcasts video programming of special events on the Internet so Deaf and hard of hearing people around the world can view and be part of these activities.

In previous signed broadcasts, it has covered many major events worldwide including the Deaflympics, the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), International Committee of Sports of the Deaf, and "Travel with Dawn" series exploring China, Hong Kong and South Africa. For more information and to view news clips, go to
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7 May 2013 (VOL 11 WEEK 18)

Assistive technology course VTOS programme (Tralee).
The Assistive Technology VTOS programme is looking to recruit new students for its course starting in September. A sign language communication support worker will be available for interested Deaf students.

The Assistive Technology Programme is a two year programme where students cover a variety of subjects including: Internet Skills, Digital Media, Computer Skills, Functional Mathematics, Arts & Crafts, Health & Fitness, Progression and Career Guidance.

Students have the opportunity to obtain accreditation to FETAC Level 3 and Level 4, which in terms of career progression sets them up for entry to a variety of PLC courses. The programme runs five days a week from 9.00am to 3.00pm and is modular based. If you would like further details, we can email you a copy of the course brochure. Otherwise, you can contact Paschal O' Leary, Assistive Technology Co-ordinator on 086 8158678.

Successful Cork Kerry elderly trip.
We would like to extend our thanks to all those who participated in the Kerry/Cork Elderly trip to Tralee and Fenit last week. A special word of thanks to Susan O'Callaghan and Veronica White for organising the day. In addition to Susan and Veronica, we would also like to thank Patrick Doody and Therese Gallant for volunteering as drivers on the day.

We had a total of 22 participants and volunteers and had a great day. Our thanks also to the staff of Stokers Lodge for their kind hospitality and to the St. Brendan's Visitor Centre in Fenit.

Healthy eating class.
We would like to thank Veronica White for hosting informal training for our staff and CE workers on healthy eating during the week. As part of the training, we were given print outs of the healthy eating pyramid. If you would like a copy of this, please contact us.

Compassionate, caring, addiction workshop (Fermoy).
Sr. Una Boland will present a workshop "Compassionate, Caring, Addiction, God in the bits and pieces of our lives" on the 18th of May from 10am-4pm. The interpreters for the workshop will be Veronica White and Frankie Berry.

The venue is the Corrin Enterprise Mart, Fermoy, Co. Cork. Directions are available on their website at

Deaf women on abuse and violence workshop (Galway).
The Centre for Sign Language Studies is hosting a workshop on supporting Deaf women on abuse and violence. The workshop will be held on the 18th May at Connaught Hotel in Dublin Road, Galway, from 2 -5pm. It is funded by OLC Trust.

Irish Deaf Women Swimming Dover to Calais.
The Irish Deaf Channel Swimmers 2014 (IDCS) will swim from Dover to Calais in July 2014. The group aim to fundraise for the Irish Deaf Women's Group (IDWG), which is a voluntary, non-profit organisation, funded by membership contributions and fundraising activities.

We would extend our best wishes to all the swimmers including Bernadette White who is originally from Kerry. For more information on the swim, go to

Miss India worldwide won by Deaf contestant.
For the 1st time in its history, Nehal Bhogaita, a Deaf contestant from Leicester, won Miss India Worldwide. The competition was held in Kuala Lumpur and the winner announced just a few days ago.

Catherine White who is now living in Leicester introduced our manager Willie White to Nehal. Willie can see clearly why the judges selected her as their overall winner- a beautiful, talented and energetic woman with a fantastic personality and a smile that would light up a room.

On the competition website, they say "Nehal wants to be a role model for people like her who are deaf and she has done just that. For her talent, Nehal performed Bollywood dance routine that highlights her own conviction of never giving up. While she is unable to hear the music, she dances using the vibrations of the beats".

Well done and congrats to Nehal :-)
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