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25 May 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 22)

Water conservation grant.
As many of you are aware, Irish Water is in the process of issuing customers with their first water bill for the period 1st January to 31st March 2015. They are asking all primary residences to register with them by 30th June 2015 so that householders can qualify for the Government's water conservation grant of €100 per year.

The Department of Social Protection will be contacting those householders, in late August or September, who have registered with Irish Water by 30th June setting out the grant application and payment process for 2015. There will also be an information campaign giving further details on applying for the grant.

The €100 grant will not be deducted from or appear on your Irish Water bill. The water conservation grant will be payable separately through the Department of Social Protection and will be paid from September. For the latest information on the water conservation grant please visit

European Hearing Learners Sign Language Survey.
Professor Lorraine Leeson, Director of Research, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity College, Dublin is part of an Irish and Swedish Research team who are looking for hearing learners of a sign language in Europe to complete The Sign Language Acquisition Corpus (SLAC): Learner Perspectives Survey.

In 2013-14 the research team completed a data collection process at Trinity College, Dublin in parallel with colleagues in Sweden who collected data from students at their university. The research team's goal is to compile a digital searchable corpus of language use by second language users. This is a significant move forward in the field of teaching and learning sign languages. They believe that this project will be the first time that researchers will approach the question of how sign languages are learned by hearing adults in this way.

The research team now wishes to consolidate their local data with input from a wider range of sign language learners across Europe. Their aim is to learn more about how adult hearing learners of a sign language experience the process. To do this, they have prepared a questionnaire, which draws heavily on the work of Rico Peterson (2009) who has previously surveyed American Sign Language learners across North America. The questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The language of the study is English. To complete their questionnaire, go to the following link:

The closing date for completion of surveys is: 30 May 2015.

Irish Research Team Professor Lorraine Leeson, Trinity College, Dublin ( Patrick A. Matthews, Trinity College, Dublin ( Sarah Sheridan, Trinity College, Dublin ( Swedish Research Team Dr. Johanna Mesch, University of Stockholm ( Dr. Krister Schönström, University of Stockholm (

Four day adventure trip.
DeafHear is hosting a four day adventure trip for Deaf or hard of hearing (hoh) teenagers and young people (age 14 – 20 years) to Tramore in Co. Waterford from 18th to 21st August 2015.

They will be staying at a local hostel, having a BBQ party, team games on the beach, film night, attending the Dunmore East Adventure Centre and the local legendary Fun Fair. The cost of the trip is €175 per person and includes: accommodation, all meals, games and activities, transport to/from all activities each day. Travelling from/to the Waterford City meeting points on the first/last day is also included.

Places are strictly limited to 34 participants on a "first come, first served" basis. If you are interested in going they will require a completed application form along with a €75 (non-refundable) deposit. Closing date for applications is Friday 10th July 2015.

To download an application form go to:®ionId=2.

Cork community and voluntary awards.
The Lord Mayor's Community and Voluntary Awards will take place in Cork City Hall on Thursday 4th June at 7.15pm. A Sign Language Interpreter will be provided. Members of the Deaf Community are welcome to attend. The awards are to recognise the great work of voluntary groups in Cork.

Categories are: Age Friendly Groups; Community and Neighbourhood services; Sports; Art and Culture; Equality and Social Inclusion; Children and Youth. Please e-mail Ursula at or phone 021 4924703 if you would like to attend.

Subtitled film to be screened in Omniplex Tralee.
Based on Thomas Hardy's book, "Far from the Madding Crowd" will be screened on Wednesday 27th May at 8.30 pm. The film is set In Victorian England, where the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor. The film stars Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts and Michael Sheen.

18 May 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 21)

Our Services.
Every week we bring you a wide range of news and interesting information on d/Deaf related items. This week, we wanted to recap on the services we provide to Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and Deafblind adults and children and to their families. This includes sign language users, hard of hearing clients who communicate through speech and to clients with cochlear implants.

These services are provided in our Drop In Centre in Tralee and on a limited outreach basis throughout Kerry. Services are provided on a 'request' basis by our full time Manager, 4 part time staff that work 2days per week each and one CE funded position.

Customers can drop by our office without appointment Mon/Tue/Wed/Thurs 10am - 1pm and 2 - 5pm. Friday 10am- 1pm. However, if you wish to meet with a particular member of staff, we advise customers to contact us for an appointment to guarantee their preference of staff member.

Even when you do not have a particular enquiry, we are happy to offer customers a place to sit and relax, have a cup of tea, and to use computer facilities to check email and the internet. We are also happy for groups or professionals that work in the Deaf community to book our rooms and facilities.

As we are a designated service provider and not a membership organisation, most of our services are provided free of charge. However, a limited numbers of services incur a charge such as Deaf awareness training, sign language classes and sign language interpreting. For more information on any of our services, please contact our Manager, William White.

Deaf Awareness.
  • Provide information on Deaf related issues
  • Deaf Awareness training
  • Sign Language Classes.
Educational/IT Supports.
  • Adult literacy classes (via the Deaf Adult Literacy Service)
  • Computer literacy tuition
  • Art and craft classes
  • Internet, Email and videophone access.
Equipment for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafened and Deafblind.
  • We make applications on behalf of clients to the HSE Medical and Surgical Aids and Appliances Scheme
  • Submit applications to Intreo (FAS) for the Workplace Equipment Adaptation Grant.
Elderly Outreach Service.
  • We visit Day Centre Centres and Active Retirement Groups
  • Give Talks to community groups about assistive equipment and hearing tests.
Family Support.
  • Support families on deaf related issues
  • Referral to Visiting Teacher Service
  • Domiciliary Care Allowance - assist with applications forms
  • Sign Language Home Tuition scheme - we make applications to the Dept. of Education for this service.
  • This is a weekly home tuition service for deaf pre-school children and deaf school-going pupils to provide training in Irish sign language for these children, their siblings and parents
  • Referrals to Speech and Language.
Hearing loss supports.
  • Referral for hearing tests with the Hearing Service HSE
  • Sell hearing aid batteries
  • Hearing aid tube replacement / cleaning.
Sign language interpreting supports.
  • Book sign language interpreters for GP appointments
  • Book sign language interpreters for medical appointments with Kerry General Hospital
  • For all other appointment, we refer clients to a number of Sign Language Interpreting agencies.
Other supports.
  • Translation of written information into sign language
  • Interpret phone calls for clients
  • Assist with form filling
  • Provide Information on rights and entitlements
  • Support clients with intellectual disabilities/mental health difficulties
  • Support foreign Deaf clients living in Ireland
  • Support Deaf travellers
  • Support and accompany clients in legal settings
  • Crisis intervention.
  • Weekly email newsletter - to receive newsletter,
    email us at:
  • Text alerts to clients: to receive texts,
    send your number to 087 633 4687
  • Website:
  • Facebook page:
  • Our service can also provide information and support via Skype/Facetime/Glide.

11 May 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 20)

Book and gift club.
Our Book and Gift Club is back again this month. If you would like to view items before ordering, feel free to drop in to our Centre. Staff members here will order the products for you and will send you a text message, email or fax when they are ready for collection.

The books and gifts on sale this month are: Farm Bowling Set €13; Babushka Manicure Set €7; Folding Stool - large €12; Owl Glitter Frame €11; Peter Rabbit Storyteller €15; Friendship Bracelets Pack €8; Thermal Insulated Basket - Spotted €12; Jumbo Flower Peg €6; 8 in 1 Screwdriver Set €8; Squeeze Paints €10; Car Emergency Kit €20; Garlic Chopper €7; Photo Selfie Stick €6 and Glitter Box (Elephants) €5.

National chaplaincy for Deaf people update.
John Patrick Doherty is the Lay Chaplain for the Deaf in Co. Kerry. He has asked us to give you an update on a number of activities with the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People (NDCP)
  • The Mass for the Deaf in Co. Kerry was cancelled at short notice. Fr. Finucane was not available due a death of a family member. John Patrick would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused due to the short cancellation. As these masses are organised by John Patrick and the NCDP, please pass on your contact details to him in the event of any changes or cancellations in the future
  • World Youth Day will be held in Krakow Poland in July 2016. The Archdiocese of Dublin will lead a pilgrimage of Youth (16-18years old) and Young Adults (18-28 years old). If you are interested, you can get more information from NCDP
  • A Pilgrimage to Lourdes for the Deaf community will also take place from the 7th - 12th of September. NCDP are also looking for volunteer helpers for the trip.
If you are interested, you can email the NCDP office at

Deaf education centre seminar series.
Strategies for Deaf Learners with Autism will be presented by Dr. Raschelle Theoharis on the 13th of May. It will be held in Cabragh Hall, Deaf Village Ireland from 5:00-7:00pm (please note the change in time!)

English and Irish Sign Language Interpreting will be provided

Deaf and hard of hearing students with autism spectrum disorders have unique learning characteristics and needs that present challenges in a variety of settings for teachers, family members, and caregivers. This presentation will address the specific characteristics and learning needs of deaf and hard of hearing students with autism spectrum disorders with a communication perspective and offer strategies and examples for dealing with a variety of situations in different environments.

If you are interested in attending this upcoming seminar please email me on to reserve your seat. More information and our ISL Video can be found on their website at or on their Facebook page.

St. Mary's School for Deaf Girls family day 14th of May.
As you may be aware St. Mary's Director of Care Mary Kiernan is retiring at the end of this year after 24 years at St Marys.

This Thursday May 14th they will hold a Family Fun Day to say farewell and thanks to Mary for her years of dedication to the Girls. It will also give them the opportunity to introduce the new Manager of St Mary's Boarding. There have been recent renovations at the Boarding and any prospective boarders will get a chance to look around.

Kicking off at 4pm they will have a series of brief talks for Parents focusing on:
  • Anti-Bullying
  • New Pharmacy Regulations (vital for Parents to attend as new regulations come in this year)
  • Introduction to their Nursing Team, Jeanette and Juliette.
There will also be a Petting Farm, Face Painting, Bouncy Castle, music and a special surprise performance during the afternoon. A live Jazz Band will perform whilst everyone tucks into a delicious BBQ from 5:30pm - 8pm.

Please feel free to bring the whole family! You can RSVP by texting any of the staff members or by emailing

4 May 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 19)

May Bank Holiday.
No newsletter for the 4th of May - due to Bank Holiday.
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