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22 December 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 51)

Christmas Holidays.
Our office will close Tuesday the 22nd of December at 5pm for Christmas holidays. We will open again on the 4th of January at 10am.

Exciting Development In 2016.
In the New Year, our service will begin testing/piloting a new Video-Remote Interpreting Service (VRIS).

The service will initially be open to our clients based in Co. Kerry. After our testing period is complete, we hope to open it up to callers outside of Co. Kerry.

In this initial stage, two freelance interpreters Veronica White, Catherine White and our Manager Willie White will be available to interpret online via Skye and other video-messaging apps such as FaceTime, GoToMeeting, Hangouts and Oovoo.

Our Manager will only be available for calls of a short timeframe. For all other VRIS calls, slots will be available with Catherine & Veronica who will be available on an appointment basis.

A charging system will be put in place for all calls to Government Depts & Public Bodies. Details will be available in due course. This will also give us the potential to expand the service and include other freelance interpreters.

Interpreting Cover Over The Christmas Period.
If you require sign language interpreting access in Co. Kerry over the Christmas holidays for medical/legal emergencies only, you can contact Catherine, Veronica or Willie. They will do their best to accommodate your request.

Happy Christmas & Happy New Year.
On behalf of our Board, Manager and staff, we would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2016. Our sincere thanks to everyone who worked with us and supported us in 2015. We look forward to working with you all again in 2016.
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14 December 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 50)

Supporter of the Year Award Winners.

ISL Vlogs.
KDRC recognises and appreciates the outstanding development & contribution of 'ISL Vlogs' to the Deaf Community in Ireland.

ISL Vlogs is an online video platform where Deaf people can uploads videos in sign language on a wide range of issues of importance to Deaf individuals & the wider Deaf community.

This award acknowledges those who set up ISL Vlogs, the Facebook page administrators & mediators and all the individuals who submit videos to ISL Vlogs. It is a fantastic resource for all of us with an interest in Deaf issues, Irish Sign Language (ISL), the Deaf Community & Deaf Culture.

Thank you. It is great appreciated by us all.

Mary Jo Walsh.
KDRC recognises and appreciates the commitment & involvement of adult CODA's (Children of Deaf Adults) in the lives of their Deaf parents. This is especially important, as their parent becomes elderly and at times less independent.

We recognise the support given to your mother Cecilia, ensuring her communication needs were met & for creating Deaf awareness amongst professionals your mother came into contact with on a daily basis.

Thank you. It is much appreciated.

David Lyne.
KDRC recognised and appreciated the creative talents of David Lyne in the array of crafts he produced showcasing Irish Sign Language.

In particular, we appreciated the hand carved products he created for KDRC and our staff. Many of these were designed with the "I Love You" handshape in sign language, which is an important part of Deaf Culture in Ireland & internationally.

We present this award to his CODA/KODA children (Children/Kids of Deaf Adults) in memory of David's many Deaf artistic talents.

Mary Duggan.
KDRC recognises and appreciates the work you do out in the community with members of the Deaf Community. We recognise you for your communication support skills and for building Deaf Awareness both on a professional and personal level.

We also appreciate the work you do on creating awareness of the important role of Deaf people as Carers.

Thank you. It is much appreciated.

Neil Maguire.
KDRC acknowledges & appreciates the outstanding technical expertise given to us by Neil Maguire on assistive technology for Deaf & hard of hearing clients.

Neil has been a constant support to KDRC since our establishment in 1999. He has a wealth of knowledge in the area of specialised equipment for Deaf & hard of hearing. Neil has always been a valuable resource to our staff & clients.

Our sincere thanks to him for his outstanding advice, guidance & support over the years.

Catherine Tolan.
KDRC recognises and appreciates the commitment & involvement of adult CODA's (Children of Deaf Adults) & their families in the lives of their Deaf parents.

This is especially important, as their parent becomes elderly and at timesless independent.

We recognise the support given to your father Richard, ensuring his communication needs were met & for creating Deaf awareness amongst professionals your dad came into contact with on a daily basis.

Thank you. It is much appreciated.
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7 December 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 49)

Final reminder of Christmas party.
Just to remind you that our Christmas party will be held in The Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee on 13th of December. It will be held from 2pm to 6pm.

We need to give final numbers to the hotel in the next few days. We would appreciate it if you could confirm your attendance immediately.

It will cost €20 for adults and €10 for children. It promises to be a lovely afternoon with a four-course meal, spot prizes and Santa. If you would like to attend the party, you can text us on 087 633 4687 or email: kdrc@eircom.net.

Thank you for spot prizes for Christmas party.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the shops, businesses and hotels in Tralee and Killarney for sponsoring spot prizes for our Christmas party.

In addition, we would like to thank our staff and volunteers for all their hard work in securing spot prizes from our generous sponsors. Our sincere thanks to everyone and we know our lucky winners will be delighted with their prizes.

Reminder of supporter of the year nominations.
It's our last call for nominations for our Deaf and Hearing Supporter of the Year Awards. We need your names this week as successful people will be announced at our Christmas party. Each winner will be presented with a framed certificate, a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine.

Do you know of a person, organisation or a service that has been supportive of Deaf issues in the past year. Has someone contributed to improving the lives of Deaf people in Kerry or indeed nationally/internationally? Has access improved in a particular service? If so, get your nominations in this week by email, text or fax.

2016 Calendars now on sale.
We have just received a box of 2016 calendars with all money going directly to the Ethiopia Deaf Project (EDP). Calendars costs €3 each (pluspostage). The EDP committee can assure you that every euro goes directly to the Ambo Lazarist Deaf School (ALDS) in Ambo, Ethiopia.

This is a project that our Centre has also supported since it was 1st established. Our Manager has visited Ambo Ethiopia twice over the past few years and has seen the how the school has gone from a dream to a reality. The school now takes in students from Grade 1 to Grade 8. It also employs two Deaf tutors with all teaching done through Ethiopian Sign Language.

For more information on the project, which was originally envisioned by Fr. Stephen Monaghan who is also well known in the Irish Deaf Community, go to www.facebook.com/ethiopiadeafprojectambo

Ethiopia Deaf Project looking for sponsors.
The EDP committee are now looking for sponsors to make a monthly donation to sponsor deaf children's education in Ambo, Ethiopia. It will cost €21 per month or €250 per year. Donations can be set up by monthly direct debit with your bank.

Most of the children attending ALDS come from very poor circumstances. Yet they manage to turn up at the school each morning with huge smiles on their faces. They are delighted with the opportunity to be able to learn in a school that fully understands their needs, celebrates their abilities and challenges them each and every day to achieve their full potential. To see a clip of deaf students in the school being taught by a Deaf teacher, click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV6W1yYw8F0.

Your sponsorship will ensure that a student receives the best possible opportunity in both education and in life. Maybe this Christmas, you, your family, a club/group would consider sponsoring a student? For more information, contact the EDP committee via their Facebook page- details of which are above.

Deaf model wins America's next top model.
While we are on the subject of international news, we would like to extend our congratulations to Nyle Di Marco, a Deaf model who won this year's America's Next Top Model (ANTM)

Nyle comes from a Deaf family with his parents, both of his brothers and his grandparents all born Deaf. He is a strong & proud Deaf sign language user and has worked tirelessly to create awareness of the richness of American Sign Language (ASL) and the Deaf community & Deaf Culture.

ANTM is broadcast on American TV and internationally. This is a brilliant win for him, his Deaf family and the Deaf community worldwide. It is also another example of how Deaf people can compete at a national and international level.


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