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27 April 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 18)

Referendums 22nd of May 2015.
An ISL (Irish sign language) video has been produced by the Referendum Commission and gives independent information on the upcoming referendums. To view the clip, go to:

On Friday 22nd May 2015 the government will be asking Irish citizens to vote on two Referendums: the Marriage Referendum and the Age of Presidential Candidates Referendum.
  • The Marriage Referendum
    In this referendum, people may vote Yes or No to the proposal to include a new clause about marriage in the Constitution. This new clause provides that two people may marry each other regardless of gender.

  • The Age of Presidential Candidates Referendum
    In this referendum, people may vote YES or NO to the proposal to reduce the age at which candidates are eligible for election to the office of President from 35 to 21.
The Referendum Commission is urging people to register to vote by Tuesday 5th May so they may be eligible to vote in the two referendums. You can check the electoral register online at or at your local post office, Garda station, public library or local authority office. If you are not on it, download the forms, or get one from the post office, library or local authority office. Fill it in, have it stamped at your local Garda station and ensure it gets to your local authority before 5th May.

Polling stations will be open from 7.00am - 10pm. The Referendum Commission's website has more information at: careers event - building the future.
AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability is once again hosting the Building The Future careers event aimed at students and graduates with disabilities from higher education.

Date: 22nd May 2015. Time: 10am - 3pm. Citi, 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.

There will be an opportunity for you to meet and chat with employers about jobs they have on offer, WAM placements, their graduate programmes and general advice. There will also be a number of workshops on the day and a Walk-in CV Clinic where you can have your CV "examined" - just make an appointment on the day for the CV clinic.

If you are not sure how well you perform in job interviews why not attend a Mock Interview carried out by some of the most successful companies based in Ireland and get feedback on how to improve your performance in an interview. You can book your place for the mock interview when you register online. Places are limited for the mock interviews so book early!

If you are interested in attending, registration is FREE. Registration closes on the 14th of May. If and want more information you can email: or visit their website at:

Help improve services - have your say on palliative care.
During the month of April the Let's Talk About Care campaign is calling on people throughout Ireland to share their experiences by completing an open survey at

The aim of the campaign is to improve services and it would be great if the needs of the Deaf community were recorded in this important survey. The campaign is inviting patients, carers and families to share their good and not so good experiences of care of people with non-curable and serious illnesses.

The survey is being led by All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) - and supported by the HSE. It is open to people (or their carers or families on their behalf) with serious conditions such as advanced respiratory disease, chronic kidney disease, motor neuron disease, cancer, heart failure and dementia. Help to improve services, HAVE YOUR SAY!

Subtitled film in Tralee Omniplex.
The next subtitled film, "A Little Chaos", will be shown in the Tralee Omniplex on Wednesday 29th April at 8.30 pm. A female landscape gardener is awarded the esteemed assignment to construct the grand gardens at Versailles, a gilt-edged position that thrusts her to the very centre of the court of King Louis XIV. The film stars Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Stanley Tucci.

20 April 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 17)

Equipment delivery for Deaf and hard of hearing clients.
For all our clients who have submitted applications to us for conversational listening devices, doorbells and TV - we have just received a large number of equipment deliveries. Staff members have been in touch with approved clients to inform them of this. If you would like to collect your orders, please contact us.

Thank you to Listowel church collection.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the parishioners of Listowel Church for supporting our Church Collection there over the weekend. Our sincere thanks also to Therese Gallant and Noreen Cronin for organising the collection.

Mass for the Deaf.
The next monthly Mass in sign language will be held on Sunday the 26th of April. It will be held in St. John's Pastoral Centre in Tralee at 3pm. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards. For more information, contact John Patrick Doherty from the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People (NCDP).

Kerry Deaf women's group (KDWG) social lunch.
The next get-together of The Kerry Deaf Women's Group will be on Wednesday, the 29th of April at 12.30pm. The event will be a lunch at Kirby's Brogue Inn, Rock Street, Tralee. All Deaf women are very welcome to join them.

KDWG's also have a Facebook page- just type Kerry Deaf Women's Group into Facebook. You can request to join the group and get updates on future events.

Cork Deaf visit to Co.Kerry.
The Cork Deaf Folks Group will be making a visit to Killarney on the 12th of May. The group should be arriving into Killarney around 11am. They will also be stopping off at Hannigan's Restaurant for lunch.

If you would like to meet with the group, you are welcome, as they would love to meet up with Deaf people from Co. Kerry while they are here.

Fundraiser cycle for Ethiopia Deaf project.
The Ambo Ramble Fundraiser Cycle for the Ethiopia Deaf Project will take place on Sunday, the 28th of June. It will take place in Ballinhassig in Cork.

The Ethiopia Deaf Project is a 100% voluntary charity that has built and is supporting a school for deaf children in Ambo Ethiopia. All money raised from this year cycle will go towards building a classroom for deaf children aged 4-7. Our own Willie, Veronica and Steven White have visited the school in Ethiopia and worked with the local Deaf community there.

Registration takes place in Marion Hall, Ballinhassig at 8.30am. Cyclists will start at 9am for the 130km route/ 9.30am for the 40km route.

This year the 130Km is taking the back road to Kinsale, out to the Old Head, into Garretstown, taking the coastal road to Clonakilty. This is where the organisers have a pit stop with plenty of food and delicious cakes. Cyclists can stop to eat and chat before heading off cross country toward Ballineen/ Enniskeane, Bandon, Crossbarry and back to Ballinhassig from where the cycle originally started.

The 40Km takes the back road to Bandon via Halfway and Crossbarry, then down the steep hill into Bandon. A water and fruit stop will be just on the outskirts of Bandon. Cyclists will then head back the main Bandon-Cork road to Ballinhassig.

Once again there will be lovely food from O"Cruoloai's, more cakes and plenty of fun. Cyclists will also be able to avail of hot showers and parking.

This is one of the last big cycles before the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle and would be an ideal training opportunity for those cycling in that event too.

Registration is now open and only costs €30 and includes a free t-shirt.

Ireland UK (IUK) youth summer camp.
The IUK Summer Camp is back and will be held this July!! The aim of the camp is to inspire and empower young deaf in the Irish and British Deaf communities to fulfil their full potential.

If you are between 13 - 17 years old and free this summer - information and application forms are just waiting for you at or by emailing

13 April 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 16)

CODA 2020 Strategic Planning Survey.
CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) International established an ad-hoc "CODA 2020 Strategic Planning Work Team" to work on developing and drafting a plan for the organisation's consideration. The committee was Chaired by Krista Leitch Walker (Germantown, MD, USA), and included our own Willie White.

A comprehensive summary from the CODA 2020 Strategic Planning Survey is now available at: Survey - Comprehensive Summary.pdf.

The committee also included the following: Sandra Boe (Sun City West, AZ, USA) Billy Collins (Austin, TX, USA) Rebecca Kindblade (Memphis, TN, USA) Paola Manola (Philadelphia, PA, USA) Jayde Perry (Perth, Australia) Darlene Prickett (Bowie, MD, USA) Francine Stern (Los Angeles, CA, USA) Ray Williams (United Kingdom).

Development of Accessibility App survey.
Robert Quinlan is doing a project for his final year BA Multimedia at CIT. The project is the development of an app, which will improve accessibility at museums and other heritage and cultural centres. The app will be suitable for people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, Deafblind, blind/people with sight loss, and people for whom English is not their native language.

Finding out people's opinions and their access needs are an important part of the app development. For this reason Robert would like you to participate in a survey. It is quite short and should only take 2-3 minutes to complete. Here is survey link:

National Deafblind Awareness Day.
The Anne Sullivan Foundation for Deafblind People are asking you to join them for National Deafblind Awareness Day on Saturday the 18th April between 2pm and 4pm at Tallaght Stadium. There will be Exhibition Stands on the day from a range of other organisations and service providers. Guest Speakers include Orla O'Sullivan and Joanne Milne.

Entrance is Free and all are welcome. For more information please contact: or call 086 3617316. For further information about the Anne Sullivan Foundation for Deafblind people go to their website:

Woman lobbies for Usher Syndrome recognised as disability.
Carol Brill has type two Usher Syndrome, a genetic condition that causes combined sight and hearing loss. Carol is working with two organisations, Fighting Blindness and the Anne Sullivan Foundation for Deafblind People along with other stakeholders. They are campaigning to get legislation passed in this country to have deaf-blindness recognised as a disability so that services can be put in place.

Carol was recently interviewed on TV for the Nationwide programme. She believes more needs to be done for people who are deafblind. Carol is hoping that legislation recognising deaf-blindness, as a disability will be passed by the current government. The full article can be read by going to the following link:

New Obama receptionist breaks down barriers.
Every now and then we like to include a good news story. This news item highlights the possibilities that Deaf people, given the right opportunities and support, are able to achieve and thereby make a real contribution to their communities. Leah Katz-Hernandez, 27, is Deaf and works in the White House. "It's a fantastic opportunity shows that Deaf people can do anything," she said through an interpreter, who is provided for her at work.

With a desk just steps away from the Oval Office, Katz-Hernandez is usually the first to greet anyone from world leaders to White House staff members who have an appointment with the President or his top-level aides. She also oversees the White House guest book and the Roosevelt Room, the West Wing meeting room, and is responsible for collecting cell phones before meetings with the president.

"Katz Hernandez is defined by her accomplishments, not her disability", said Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary. To read the article go to:

Subtitled film in Tralee Omniplex.
The next subtitled film, Cinderella, is to be screened in the Tralee Omniplex on Wednesday 15th April at 8.20 pm. When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger. The film stars Cate Blanchett and Lily James and is directed by Kenneth Branagh.

6 April 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 15)

Happy Easter.
No newsletter this week due to Easter.
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