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27 July 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 31)

Successful codaland conference in the UK.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the organisers of the recent CODALAND conference in Reading in the UK. The conference welcomed approximately 169 adult CODAs (Children of Deaf Adults) from 15 countries including our own Willie, Veronica and Catherine White.

Catherine was also the Keynote speaker at the conference & spoke eloquently about her experiences as a CODA growing up in Co. Kerry. She also spoke about how her awareness of CODA developed through her work in the Deaf community in UK and New Zealand and from attending CODA events throughout the world.

An in-depth coverage of the CODALAND conference and CODA news will be shared with you in a later update.

Sign language video guide to Deptpartment of Social Protection.
Requests by the Irish Deaf Society and DeafHear to make the Department of Social Protection's (DSP) website more accessible to Irish Sign Language (ISL) users has recently been implemented and the Department of Social Protection has recently put up a video in ISL providing an overview of the Department, its role and services. To view the Department of Social Protection's website go to: www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Video-guide-to-the-website.aspx.

C3 family day outing.
Are you wondering what to do with your deaf/hard of hearing children and young teenagers this August? Are you running out of ideas? Why not bring them along to a fun filled family day organised at Fort Lucan Outdoor Adventureland, Westmanstown, Lucan, Co. Dublin on Saturday 22nd August 2015. Meet 11.30am at the front gate, entry for adults is €4 and includes complimentary tea or coffee. Children €10.50 and includes one free go in the Waterfall. If you are interested in going please email c3deafgroups@gmail.com by the 15th August to give your name and how many children you are bringing with you. For more information about Fort Lucan Outdoor Adventureland go to their website: www.fortlucan.com.

Deaf women's leadership workshop.
Cork Deaf Club have organised a leadership workshop for WOMEN ONLY on Saturday 26th September from 10am to 4pm. There are only 12 places available so if you are interested in going please email Irish Deaf Women's Group at irishdeafwomen@gmail.com or text them on 086 1719570 Admission is free. Sinead Winter and Gaye Regan will present the workshop.

Social night deaf women's leadership workshop.
After the Deaf Women's Leadership workshop why not stay on for a social evening where you will have the chance to chat to Sinead and Gaye. Nora Duggan will also give a presentation. The evening will be from 8 pm to 10 pm.

EFSLI training for deaf and hearing interpreters.
The European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters has a number of training opportunities over the coming months. EFSLI ensures schools are accessible for both Deaf and hearing interpreters by providing interpretation between English/International Sign. EFSLI is looking for interpreters for the following schools:
  • Interpreting for the Deafblind (Stockholm 25-27 September). Organized in collaboration with EDbU (European Deafblind Union) and hosted by STTF (Swedish Association of Sign Language Interpreters). The President of EDbU, Sanja Tarczay, will attend the training and deliver a presentation on Deafblind citizen's needs with a European perspective.
  • Interpreting in educational settings (Belgium 23-25 October). The training will be provided in collaboration with EUDY-European Deafblind Union, and hosted by BVGT (Flemish Association of Sign Language Interpreters). Call for trainers published.
  • Interpreting sensitively and effectively with victims of sexual violence (Dublin 27-29 November). The training will be provided in collaboration with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, and hosted by Trinity College Dublin.
For further information about EFSLI schools, please contact training@efsli.org

20 July 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 30)

Thank you for Killarney street collection.
We would like to extend a big thank you to those who donated to our Street Collection in Killarney last Friday 10th July. Our thanks goes to the volunteers from the Kerry Volunteer Centre in Tralee: Pat Crowley, Alison Fitzmartin, Susan McDonough, Hummara Rizvi and Margaret Roche who helped collect the donations. Thanks also to Mary Jo Walsh, Aoife O'Donoghue, Rebecca O'Donoghue, Therese Gallant, Noreen Cronin, Sandra Kearney and Frances Woodley. All money raised is very much appreciated and goes towards the overhead costs here in our Centre in Tralee.

Thank you to Coda visitors and best Wishes for Codaland Conference.
Our service welcomed approximately 30 adult CODAs (Children of Deaf Adults) from the U.S. including the founder of CODA International Millie Brother.

The group were touring Ireland and stayed in Tralee on the 10th & 11th of July. Some of the group also got to visit our Centre during their stay.

A sincere word of thanks to Willie, Veronica and Steven White, Steve and Krista Walker, Mary Jo Walsh and Catherine Tolan for meeting with the group.

Willie, Veronica, Krista and Steve will meet the group again this week in Reading in the UK for the CODALAND International Conference. The conference will host approximately 180 CODAs from 16 countries including our own CODAS from KDRC.

JUSTISIGNS Workshop: Police interpreting within the Deaf Community.
The Centre for Deaf Studies at Trinity College Dublin and Interesource Group (Ireland) Limited with Deaf Community Centre in Limerick are delighted to invite you to the next series of JUSTISIGNS training "Police Interpreting within the Deaf Community" by Prof. Lorraine Lesson, Prof. Terry Janzen and Prof. Barbara Shaffer. This event is under the auspices of the JUSTISIGNS Project, funded by the European Commission.

This workshop focuses a key issue in discourse: contextualisation. Contextualization is a feature of discourse where the speaker or signer includes information to assist the addressee in understanding assertions made in the discourse.

In this seminar, we examine the idea of "double contextualization" in the interpreting process, and work to better understand how the choices interpreters make influence the texts they produce and impact the developing intersubjective relationships among the discourse participants they are interpreting for. The workshop will be run on two occasions:
  • Monday 27th July at the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) 1st Floor, Phoenix House, 6-9 South Leinster Street, Trinity College, Dublin 2, from 10am to 4.30pm.
  • Wednesday 29th July at the Deaf Community Centre (DCC) in 96 O'Connell Street, Limerick, from 10 am to 4.30 pm.
  • An Irish Sign Language interpreter will be provided for both workshops. This event is free of charge but registration is required as places are limited. To register please email: leesonl@tcd.ie.
Irish Sign Language recognition campaign.
Tipperary County council has recently passed the motion calling on the government to recognise Irish Sign Language. It is now the 46th council to do so. There are now only four more councils to go. Cllr. Andrew Moloney proposed the motion and he was assisted by a local supporter, Linda Rankin. Well done to Cllr. Moloney and Linda for all their hard work!!!

No subtitled film this week.
There will be no subtitled film screened this Wednesday 22nd July. The cinema is hoping to have a subtitled film for the following Wednesday. You can check to see which film is subtitled by going to www.omniplex.ie/cinemas/cinema/1021.

Reminder of Our Centre Closing For Holidays.
Just a final reminder to everyone that we will close for annual leave at 5pm on Friday 31st July and reopen on Tuesday 1st September at 10am. Again, we would like to thank all our supporters and staff for their hard work and commitment to date and wish them a happy and relaxing holiday time.

13 July 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 29)

Irish Sign Language Classes.
This week our service focuses on Irish Sign Language (ISL) classes in Co. Kerry. Freelance tutors generally provide ISL tuition on a one-to-one basis or group classes. Tuition is generally provided by Signature or FETAC approved teachers.

As our Centre is an approved course provider with Signature, we generally refer sign language students to Signature accredited tutors. The freelance tutor then informs students of upcoming courses, the costs of classes and any exam fees.

Students also have the option of attending classes external to our service that are provided by FETAC accredited tutors. If we are informed of FETAC classes, we are happy to share these details with students also.

Here is an example of the classes a Signature tutor can provide. Please note these courses do not qualify a person to teach ISL or to do sign language interpreting.

10 Week Introduction to ISL.
This is an ideal course for people who would like to learn the basics of sign language.

Classes are usually one hour long. As there is no formal exam or accreditation, the Tutor generally presents students with a Certificate of Attendance.

Level 1 ISL Signature Certified Sign Language Course.
This course is designed to teach learners to communicate using Irish Sign Language (ISL) on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use.
  • Level 1 is approx. 60 hours in total. Classes are usually two hours long.
  • Level 1 is divided into three units.
  • Unit 101: Introduction to ISL. Unit 102: Conversational ISL.
  • Unit 103: Conversational ISL.
At the end of each unit, students sit an exam. When a student passes all three Units, they receive the Level 1 Certificate awarded by Signature.

Level 2 ISL Signature Certified Sign Language Course.
This course enables learners to develop an ability to communicate with Deaf people using ISL in a range of familiar contexts, participating in lengthy and open-ended exchanges.
  • Level 2 is approx. 82 hours in total. Classes are usually two hours long.
  • Level 2 is divided into three units.
  • Unit 201: Receptive Skills. Unit 202: Productive Skills.
  • Unit 203: Conversational Skills.
At the end of each unit, students sit an exam. When a student passes all three Units, they receive the Level 2 Certificate awarded by Signature.

Home tuition in ISL for families with a Deaf child.
If a family has a deaf child and wants to learn sign language, The Dept. of Education provides payment for sign language tuition in the deaf child's home. These classes can be provided by Signature or FETAC accredited tutors.

An application is submitted to the Special Needs section of the Dept. of Education and Science along with a copy of the child's audiogram.

When the application is approved, a tutor is sourced and classes can commence. The service is available to all deaf children up to the age of 18.

During the school year, one hour of teaching time per week is provided. In July and August up to 7.5 hours can be claimed for. A claim form is submitted to the Department with a breakdown of teaching hours. The Department then sends a cheque to the parents or to an agreed third party and it then becomes their responsibility to pay the tutors.

APPS and websites.
Irish Sign Language (ISL) is now available on a variety of apps and websites. Please see below a sample of what is currently available on the Apple App Store/Google Play Store & on the Internet.

6 July 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 28)

Thank you to ring of Kerry charity cycle and volunteers.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle 2015 for selecting our service as a minor beneficiary of this year's cycle. Our service will be awarded €2,000 around October of this year. We hope to invest this money in new computers for our staff and service users.

Our thanks also to Willie White, Suzanne Carey, Susan O'Callaghan and Krista Walker for volunteering with the cycle in Killarney at the weekend.

Thank you to Ballincrossig school for donation.
Sincere thanks to Ballincrossig National School for donating a €100 to our service recently. One of their students is deaf and all the students are learning sign language. Our thanks to Geraldine Broderick for teaching sign language to the students. The school also has an SNA (Special Needs Assistant) with sign language skills. It is great to see a small rural school being so progressive and inclusive.

We would also like to thank the school for inviting our Manager Willie White & Geraldine Broderick to meet their students, staff and Chair of the School/Parents Association.

Ethiopia Deaf project successful cycle.
The Ethiopia Deaf Project would like to thank all those who supported their recent cycle in Ballinhassig in Cork. The cycle was made up of two routes, 40km and 130km.

Our service would particularly like to thank the cyclists from Co. Kerry who cycled on the day. A special word of thanks to Steve Walker who made the trip from America to participate in the event. Our thanks to Krista Walker and Willie White for volunteering on the day with registrations, interpreting, marshalling and food duties.

Thank you to Listowel street collection.
We would like to extend a big thank you to all the volunteers and to those who donated to our Street Collection in Listowel last Friday 26th June. All money raised is very much appreciated and goes towards the overhead costs here in our Centre in Tralee.

Happy birthday to the Centre for Deaf Studies Dublin.
We would like to extend a very Happy 15th Birthday to the Centre for Deaf Studies which is based in Trinity College Dublin. CDS offers a range of courses including Deaf Studies, Irish Sign Language Teaching and Irish Sign Language Interpreting studies. Best wishes to everyone in CDS from all of us here in KDRC.

Cake sale & barbeque fun day.
The Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) is holding a barbeque and cake sale with games for all ages on Saturday 11th July at Deaf Village Ireland. This event is open to all ages. Entry is €5 per person and under 16's going free. The barbeque and games will start at 3 pm and the cake sale at 8 pm.

This event is to fundraise for Michael and Fiona to attend the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section (WFDYS) in Istanbul Turkey in July 2015.

Introduction of Eircode for Irish residences and businesses.
This summer Ireland will be introducing a postcode system called Eircode. This is a unique code assigned to your business or house address. Every business, house, flat, or apartment in urban or rural areas will receive their own individual Eircode shortly.

The implementation of Eircode will be very simple, and it will not affect your current postal service. Each residence and business will be sent a letter in summer 2015 informing them of the Eircode for their address and how to use it. You do not need to change your address; an Eircode is simply added to the end of your address.

The use of your Eircode is not mandatory, however it is likely that organisations will ask you for your Eircode especially those delivering goods or services to your address, as it will make it much easier for delivery of goods to your home by having a unique code to indicate precisely where you live.

In the case of a medical emergency, an Eircode will allow emergency services to reach you quickly.

If you would like more information about the use of Eircode for Irish residences and businesses go to their website: www.eircode.ie.
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