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30 November 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 48)

KODA signing a song at Kindergarten concert.
As we are approaching Christmas, we had to share with you a clip of a young KODA (Kids of Deaf Adults) who surprised her Deaf parents by signing "Santa Was His Name O" & other songs at her Kindergarten concert.

The clip has been seen by over 8 million people and becomes very popular again at this time of the year. To view the clip, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQeygYqOn8g.

Christmas mass in Sign Language.
The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People (NCDP) Christmas Mass in Co. Kerry will be held on Sunday, the 6th of December at 3pm.

It will be held in St. John's Pastoral Centre in Tralee. For more information, please contact John Patrick Doherty, NCDP Lay Chaplain.

Christmas Annual Leave.
We wanted to give everyone advance notice of our Christmas holidays this year.

Our Centre will close up for Christmas annual leave on Tuesday the 22nd of December at 5pm. We will reopen on Monday, the 4th of January at 10am.

Ethiopia Deaf Project 2016 Calendars.
2016 calendars with all proceeds going to the Ethiopia Deaf Project will be on sale in our Centre in the coming fortnight. Calendars cost €3.

We will have approx 100 calendars for sale. If you would like to buy a calendar or sell some on our behalf, please contact. We truly appreciate it if you could continue to support this worthy project in the run up to Christmas and into the New Year 2016.

Irish Deaf Society (IDS) National Council Meetings.
The National Council is an umbrella group, comprising of local Deaf organisations that work together to determine the primary concerns andpriorities affecting the Deaf Community. This in turn leads to policy development and lobbying for equality and rights of Deaf people.

Due to work commitments, we have been unable to attend NC meetings. We are happy to give our position to one of the Deaf representative groups in Co. Kerry such as the Kerry Deaf Group or the Kerry Deaf Women's Group. If you are a member of either group, you can contact our Manager or Eddie Redmond in the IDS for more information on how to become a member of the NC.

The 1st meeting of 2016 will be on the 6th of February and this will be held at Deaf Village Ireland. The time is yet to be confirmed. The 2nd meeting of 2016 will be on the 3rd of September. The time and location will be discussed at the February 2016 meeting.

For more information in sign language about membership (affiliation) of the NC, go to www.irishdeafsociety.ie/about/affiliations/.

EUDY - European Union Of The Deaf Youth.
We would like to extend our best wishes to Micheál Kelliher and Nora Duggan, both of whom are from Co. Kerry with their work with the EUDY.

As part of European Action Week, the EUDY wants everyone to work together for better Deaf education in Europe. The EUDY is developing a survey and is looking for your support.

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/EUDYouth/?fref=nf or use the following hashtags #eudyeaw15 if you are using the search function on Facebook or Twitter.
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23 November 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 47)

Interpreting access for Doctor Appointments.

Would you like a sign language interpreter when you visit your local Doctor (GP)?

Did you know that we have a GP Access Policy with the HSE (Health Service Executive) in Co. Kerry? This policy explains how an interpreter can be provided and paid by the HSE.

To book an interpreter for a Doctor's appointment, contact a staff member here (of your choice), as an email must be sent to the HSE to get approval for the payment. Once the request has been approved, our service can also book the interpreter on your behalf. All information will be treated with the strictest of confidentiality.

If you prefer to keep the appointment confidential & would prefer to book the interpreter direct, please be aware that an email must still be sent to the HSE for approval of payment.

Further information is available in our GP Access Policy. If you would like a copy, please let us know.

Interpreting access at Kerry General Hospital.
Would you like a sign language interpreter for In-patient/Out-patient appointments in the Kerry General Hospital? If yes, the Kerry General Hospital will pay for the interpreter.

You can book the interpreter directly yourself or a staff member here (of your choice) can book the interpreter for you. All information will be treated with the strictest of confidentiality.

If you book the interpreter directly, please inform them they must get a hospital staff member to sign an "Attendance Sheet" and submit that with their invoice to the Accounts Dept.

Thank you to Church Collections.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the following Churches in Ballymac, Firies & Ballyhar & their parishioners for supporting our Church Collection at the weekend.

The income generated from these collections directly support clients living in the area. Our sincere thanks to everyone for their support and in particular to the volunteers especially in this cold & wet weather conditions.

Thank you to board & staff of Cork Deaf Enterprises.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Cork Deaf Enterprises (CDE) for inviting our Manager to meet with their Board of Directors in their Centre last week. The meeting was part of CDE's organisational review, which will also contribute to its future planning process.

Willie also had the opportunity to meet with CDE staff prior to meeting with Board members. As part of his talk, Willie also gave an overview of the services provided by our Centre.

CDE provides training and employment to Deaf individuals with an interest in the restoration of furniture and in particular re-upholstery and French polishing. If you would like more information on Cork Deaf Enterprises, go to http://deafenterprises.ie.

Reminder of Christmas party.
Our Christmas party will be held in The Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee on 13th of December. It will be held from 2pm to 6pm.

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.

Reminder of supporter of the year nominations.
It's that time of year again where we are looking for nominations for our Deaf and Hearing Supporter of the Year Awards.

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, send us their names and we will consider them for an award. The successful people will be announced at our annual Christmas party (details of party coming soon). Each winner will be presented with a framed certificate, a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine. Get your nominations in now.
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16 November 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 46)

Christmas Party.
Our Christmas party will be held in The Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee on 13th of December. It will be held from 2pm to 6pm.

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.

Volunteers required to gather spot prizes.
We are looking for volunteers to assist us in obtaining spot prizes and donation for our Christmas Party. Our Centre will provide you with a letter that you can hand into local shops & businesses. Alternatively, if you would like to donate a spot prize, we are happy to accept them here in our Centre in Tralee.

Thank you to Church collections.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to a number of Churches in the Sliabh Luachra area, Castleisland, Scartaglen, & Cordal & their parishioners for supporting our Church Collection at the weekend.

Two of our part time staff members live in the Sliabh Luachra area & the income generated from these collections directly support their clients. Our sincere thanks to everyone for their support.

IT Tralee seminar for students with disabilities.
The Institute of Technology in Tralee will host an Information Seminar for students with disabilities in the Senior Cycle, PLC or FETAC Level 5/6 programmes.

This event is taking place on Thursday, 26th November, as part of College Awareness Week and it will be of interest to students with disabilities, their families, Career Guidance Counsellors and other Educators, Special Needs Assistant, Carers and related Support Agencies.

There is no charge for this event but please book your place by Friday, 20th November using the attached booking form. If you require access at the seminar or if the material attached is not accessible to you, please contact Valerie Moore directly by email Valerie.Moore@staff.ittralee.ie or 086 3682453.

Please download 'Seminar for Students with Disabilities 26 Nov 2015.pdf' in PDF Download (size 76KB)

Please download 'Seminar for Students with Disabilities Booking Form 26 Nov 2015.pdf' in PDF Download (size 180KB)

Special remembrance mass for Deaf community.
You and your families are invited to a special remembrance mass in Dublin for those who have passed away in the Deaf community since November 2014.

It will be held on Saturday 28th of November at 7.30pm The Emmaus Chapel, Deaf Village Ireland (DVI), Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. This mass will also remember Deaf friends from Co. Kerry: Richard Tolan, Cecelia Walsh & David Lyne.

After the Mass, light refreshments will be served in The Hub.

Upcoming government elections in 2016.
It is expected that the Irish Government will announce a General Election for 2016.

To prepare & empower the Deaf Community, the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) has put together a PowerPoint presentation that they would like us to share with our readers. The IDS are also in the process of putting together a Manifesto for the Deaf Community.

This will focus on issues such as:
  • Irish Sign Language (ISL) Recognition Act
  • Ratify and Implement the UN Convention
  • Speedy Implementation of Five Most Urgent Priorities (as agreed in November 2013).
The IDS plans to:
  • Contact each political party asking them what plans they have for ISL recognition including Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein, Labour & others
  • Aim to get all parties to include ISL recognition in their manifestos
  • Parliamentary Party meetings
  • Employ a part time worker.
] The PowerPoint presentation is attached to this email. For more information on any of the points in it, please contact the IDS directly.

Please download 'Worskop.pdf' in PDF Download (size 4.3MB)
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9 November 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 45)

Thank you to church collection volunteers.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to volunteers and parishioners of Brosna and Knocknagoshel for supporting our Church Collection over the weekend. The income from these collections enables us to cover the overhead costs of running our Centre in Tralee. We are very grateful to all those who supported the collection.

Supporter of the year nominations.
It's that time of year again where we are looking for nominations for our Deaf and Hearing Supporter of the Year Awards. 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? Has access improved in a particular service?

If so, send us their names and we will consider them for an award. The successful people will be announced at our annual Christmas party (details of party coming soon). Each winner will be presented with a framed certificate, a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine. Get your nominations in now.

Sign language access at Cork city Christmas lights.
We have been asked to inform you that Cork City Christmas Lights will be switched on Thursday the 19th November at 6.30pm outside Brown Thomas, Patrick Street, Cork. A Sign Language Interpreter will be present on stage. There will also be singing and sign language versions of some of our favourite Christmas songs. Any queries text Ray Greene on 086 3970452 or Niamh White on 087 7093826.

Ethiopia Deaf Project school extension opened.
As many of you know the Ethiopia Deaf Project (EDP) is an Irish based Charity that established and supports a Deaf school in Ambo Ethiopia. This month the school celebrated another huge milestone when they officially opened a new extension to the school. This new development will enable the school to enrol younger deaf children in the Grade1- Grade 4 classes.

EDP committee members from Ireland along with supporters from the Children's Charity Shop Clonakilty flew out to Ethiopia for the official opening. While they were there, they also organised and participated in the inaugural 10km Ambo Fun Run which also raised awareness of the school. We would like to extend our best wishes to the EDP project on this fantastic achievement. We look forward to seeing the extension on our next trip there.

For more information on EDP, go to www.facebook.com/ethiopiadeafprojectambo.

Ethiopia Deaf Project 2016 calendar on sale shortly.
EDP organises a number of fundraising activities during the year, which our Centre always support. The project is in the process of compiling a 2016 Calendar, which will go on sale shortly.

Our Centre has agreed to fund a page again in the 2016 calendar. If you would like to purchase a calendar from us, please contact us and we will put one aside for you when they arrive. Last years calendar was 3euro plus postage and we would imagine the costs would be similar for the 2016 edition.

Remarkable documentary on deaf people in Haiti.
While we are on the subject of Deaf people abroad, do you ever wonder what happens to Deaf people when there are in natural disasters such as earthquakes or tsunamis and when there are outbreaks of war? A remarkable documentary can be seen on BSL Zone that shows how Deaf people rebuilt their lives following the earthquake in Haiti.

The earthquake in January 2010 killed at least 230,000 people and left over 300,000 injured. Many thousands of people were left homeless. In the chaos that followed, the Deaf community found itself more isolated than ever, but thanks to an organisation International Deaf Emergency, founded by Emmanuel Jacq, they have been able to begin the task of rebuilding their lives.

In the documentary Haiti: Source of Hope, which was made for the French TV series L'oeil et la main, director Sandrine Herman set about finding out how Deaf lives had changed, and how they were being put back together. The documentary has English subtitles and can be viewed at www.bslzone.co.uk/watch/haiti-source-hope/.

BSL Zone.
While you are checking out the documentary on Deaf people in Haiti, have a look around the BSL Zone website. While the majority of the programmes online are in BSL (British Sign Language), many of the programmes are subtitled in English also.

The site has an extensive lists of programmes including: Real Life, Drama, Chat Shows, Zoom Short Films, Web Exclusives, Comedy, Deaf World, Children,mPunk Chef, Deaf History, Wicked, The Hub, Sports and Behind the Scenes. Towatch any of the programmes, go to www.bslzone.co.uk/watch/.
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2 November 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 44)

Farewell to staff member Frances Woodley.
On Friday we said a fond farewell and thank you to Frances Woodley who has worked with us for the past two years. Sadly due to funding restrictions, we were unable to keep Frances permanently. She has been a great worker and support to our customers and staff.

We would like to thank her for all her hard work. She will be missed by the people who got to know her well here in the Centre. We would like to wish her well with her future career.

Thank you to Castleisland street collection volunteers.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered at our Street Collection in Castleisland on Friday. A particular word of thanks to Therese, Noreen, Mary Jo, Christina and Sandra.

Visit by vice-president of CODA International.
We had the honour of welcoming Vice President of CODA International (Children of Deaf Adults), Dr. Jennifer Hensley and Deaf colleague Dr. Patrick Graham, Assistant Professor in Western Oregon University to our Centre last week.

Our thanks to Willie, Catherine, Veronica, Rodney, Connor, Johnny, Patrick, Geraldine, Paul and Mary for meeting with them and for showing them around our beautiful county and our Centre too.

For more information on CODA International, go to: www.coda-international.org/.

Congratulations to a newly married couple.
We would like to extend our congratulations and best wishes to Lorraine Leeson, Director of the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College and Haaris Sheikh of the Interesource Group who got married in Limerick at the weekend. Best wishes to them on a long and happy married life together.

KDWG's zumba & salsa christmas party.
The Kerry Deaf Women's Group (KDWG) are holding their Christmas Party on Saturday 14th November in the Ashe Hotel, Maine Street, Tralee at 7.30pm.

Tickets costs €45 and will include a mulled wine reception, four course dinner, beautiful dance performances and workshop with Zumba instructor, Linda Flanagan and professional Latin dancers from London, Arthur and Aiste. There will also be late dancing with amazing DJ Nat. B&B at the hotel will cost €40 per person sharing or 60euro for a single room.

Please send a deposit to Bernadette O Connor to book your place. You will also need to let her know in advance if you are on a special diet e.g. gluten free or vegetarian. Bernadette can be contacted at www.facebook.com/groups/kerrydeafwomensgroup/?fref=ts.

170th Anniversary of Catholic Institute for Deaf.
To mark the 170th Anniversary of the Catholic Institute for Deaf (CID) 1845-2015, a Remembrance Mass in honour of CID co-founder, Rev. Monsignor William Yore, will be held in the Emmaus Chapel, Deaf Village Ireland, on Sunday 8th November at 12noon.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will be the main celebrant. DHC will also present an historical talk on the life of Rev. Yore in the DHC Hall after the Mass.

Irish Deaf Society Santa fun run.
The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) is organising a 5km Santa Fun Run on Sunday, the 29th of November. This fundraiser for the Deaf community promises to be an enjoyable event.

It will start at 12noon in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. It costs €15 per adult and €5 per child (under 12). Participants will get a free Santa t-shirt, hat, a prize and refreshment. The deadline for registration is the 22nd of November. You can register online or directly to the IDS, Deaf Sports Ireland (DSI) or at Deaf Village Ireland (DVI).

Deafhear Killarney Christmas party.
DeafHear Killarney will be holding their Christmas Party on Tuesday 8th December from 2pm at 10 Fleming's Lane Killarney. There will be party food, arts and crafts, family activities and a visit from Santa! Everyone is welcome!!! If you would like to attend you can text them on 086 8056202 or email: killarney@deafhear.ie.


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