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27 June 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 26)

Deaf Adult Literacy Service (DALS) Classes.
Our Deaf Adult Literacy classes are now on summer break until September. We would like to thank the Deaf Adult Literacy Service (DALS) for supporting these classes in our Centre. We would also like to thank Christina O'Donoghue for teaching the classes for the past academic year. We look forward to working with her and her students again in September.

If you are Deaf and would like to avail of literacy & computer classes when they resume in September, please send us your details and we will forward them onto the DALS Co-ordinator & tutor.

More information can be found at:

Big thank you for our Tralee Street Collection.
We would like to extend a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped out and to those who donated to our collection on Friday, the 3rd of June in Tralee. All money raised is very much appreciated and goes towards the overhead costs here in our Centre in Tralee.

Killarney Street Collection - Request For Volunteers.
Kerry Deaf Resource Centre is looking for volunteers to support us with our upcoming street collection on Friday, the 8th of July in Killarney town. If you are in the position to volunteer and would like to help, please contact Noreen Cronin or Therese Gallant in our office, by text to 087 633 4687 or via email:

The income generated from these collections contributes to overhead costs of running our Drop-In-Centre in Tralee, and towards the costs of our outreach service for elderly clients with a hearing loss who also have mobility and travel difficulties. Help is always welcome.

Book And Gift Club.
Our Book and Gift Club is back this month with some lovely products on offer. If you would like to view them before ordering, feel free to drop in to our Centre. Out staff members here will order the products for you and will send you a text message, email or fax when the products are ready for collection.

The books and gifts on sale this month are:
  • Paint a Tea Set €7.
  • Collapsible Lunch Box €8.
  • Rotating Aquarium €13.
  • 4 Books Set - Things That Go €9.
  • LED Swivel Torch €8.
  • 2 Books Set - Vehicles €11.
  • 100 Solar String Lights €10.
  • Dinosaur Toy €15.
  • Play Lap Tray €12.
  • Cordless Switch Light €10.
  • Crocodile Dentist €6.
  • Snakes & Ladders €10.
  • 50 Cards - Birds €20.
  • Insulated Baskets €10

RTE Looking For Irish Sign Language Presenters.
In some rather exciting news, RTE are looking for some Irish Sign Language Presenters. RTÉ News and Current Affairs provides a daily bulletin News for the Deaf and wishes to create a panel of Irish Sign Language Presenters to provide this service. They have released some guidelines as to who they're looking for to fill the position.
  • S/He is required to translate News for the Deaf through Irish Sign Language
  • Must have good clear signing
  • Ability to confidently translate English into Irish Sign Language
  • Good television presence and appearance
  • Must be reliable
  • Must have flexibility in terms of their availability - i.e. must be available to provide this service late afternoon and at weekends.
  • The selection will be by audition, likely to be held in July/August.
Please submit Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter (attach as one document) by email to

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 1st July 2016. Some further information can be found on RTE's Youtube page:
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20 June 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 25)

KDRC Manager Travelling to Ethiopia In August.
Our Manager Willie White will be travelling to Ethiopia to work with the Deaf community for 3 weeks in August. This will be his 4th volunteer trip to Africa and his 3rd visit to Ethiopia.

The aim of the trip is to provide workshops and training to Deaf adults and children who communicate through Ethiopian Sign Language in Ambo, Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa. These workshops will also be open to their hearing relatives, friends and supporters.

Willie is paying for his own flights, vaccinations and accommodation in Ambo. However, he is fundraising to help with the costs of bringing a Deaf tutor with him to Ambo for 4 days. In addition, he hopes to give each Deaf adult participant in Ambo a daily allowance for attending the 4-day training programme there.

Willie will then travel to Bahir Dar with Visions Global Empowerment for 10 days. All participants are expected to contribute approx. $1,200 US Dollars towards their work with the Deaf community there. He will then finish off his trip in Addis Ababa where he will also work with the Deaf community.

If you would like to make a donation, you can go to

Volunteers for Killarney Street Collection.
Our service is looking for volunteers to support us with a Street Collection in Killarney on Friday, the 8th of July.

If you are available, please contact Therese or Noreen Cronin in our office. They will provide you with the times that volunteers are required.

We appreciate any offers of help on the day even if it's just for an hour or two.

The income generated from this collection will contribute towards the overhead costs of our service.

Thank You to Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle 2016 for selecting our service as a minor beneficiary of this year's cycle. Our service will be awarded €2,000 euro around October of this year.

This funding will enable us to purchase more computers for our Internet/computer room that is available free of charge to our Deaf and hard of hearing clients.

Our thanks also to Suzanne Carey, Susan O'Callaghan and Veronica White who will volunteer on behalf of our service during the cycle in Killarney on the 2nd of July.

For more information on this year's Charity Cycle, go to

Research on Barriers for Deaf Accessing Public Services.
Tom Martin and Jim Mc Devitt of TMA Management Consultants have been asked by the Citizens Information Board to undertake research on the barriers faced by the Deaf Community in accessing public information and in accessing public services.

Tom and Jim hope to meet with representatives of the Deaf community in the coming weeks to examine the issues that Deaf people experience when they try to access services from Government Departments and public services.

They are also planning to develop a questionnaire in sign language in the coming weeks. As soon as this is available, we will share it with you in one of our updates.

We would like to thank Tom & Jim for hosting a Skype meeting with our Manager last Friday. Our service is delighted to have been given the opportunity to participate in this important research.

Workshop for Sign Language Interpreters in Dublin.
The Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) in Trinity College is hosting a discussion panel on "Fitness to Practice: Preparing and Maintaining Interpreter Skill Competence".

The panel will take place on Thursday 23rd of June from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in Room 103-4 South Leinster Street, Dublin 2.

The panellists are: Dr. Christine Monikowski (NTID), Dr. Rico Peterson (NTID) and Robert Lee (UCLAN), and moderated by Prof. Lorraine Leeson (TCD).

Irish Sign Language (ISL)/ Spoken English interpreting will be provided. Live Streaming will occur via the TCD School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences Facebook page.
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13 June 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 24)

Thank You Tralee Street Collection.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who supported our Street Collection in Tralee last week. Special word of thanks to our staff members and volunteers that assisted on the day. A particular word of thanks to the people of Tralee for supporting the collection. All income raised in this collection, go towards the overhead costs of our Centre in Tralee. Our sincere thanks to you all. We really appreciate everyone's support.

Ongoing Delay with Equipment Grant Scheme (MSAA/RAGS).
As many of you know, the HSE funds a grant scheme for equipment for Deaf and hard of hearing clients via our service & DeafHear Killarney. For reasons outside of our KDRC's control, there continues to be a delay in funding for 2016 applications.

Unfortunately, we have not been given any further information as to when this funding will be put in place. Therefore, we will continue deferring new applications until the 2016 funding is in place. Applications will re-start ASAP thereafter.

Catherine Landers - Winner of Cork Lord Mayor's Voluntary Award 2016.
We would like to extend our congratulations to Catherine Landers in Cork who was selected as a winner in their recent Lord Mayor's Voluntary Awards 2016.

Catherine leads the Deaf Folks Group, a social group for elderly Irish Sign Language users from Cork city, county and beyond as far as Co. Kerry. The group meets fortnightly at Cork Deaf Association (CDA).

CDA in a recent Facebook post say "Catherine is a volunteer and a very valued member of CDA. She has been with us for almost 15 years and never ceases to amaze us with her dynamism, extraordinary work ethic and caring attitude and approach."

She has been instrumental in a diverse range of CDA initiatives from kid's camps, to creative community activities and social support groups for the Deaf Community. She is also heavily involved in the promotion of Deaf issues and is a compassionate, professional and highly committed advocate for our service users"

KDRC would like to congratulate Catherine & thank her for including Deaf individuals from Co. Kerry in the elderly Folks Group. To read more about the award, check out

Deahear Cochelar Implant (CI) Workshop.
DeafHear Dublin would like to invite adults with CIs (or those on the waiting list) to join them for a CI workshop in Dublin "CI technology, Accessories & Rehabilitation"

It will be held on Friday, the 17th of June 2016 from 11am - 3pm at DeafHear Resource Centre, Deaf Village Ireland (DVI), Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7.

The workshop will include general information and discussions, and information from a CI Company, Advanced Bionics (AB).

To book, please text/call 086 246 4640 or email: Tea/coffee & scones will also be served. The cost is €5per person

Irish Deaf Society (IDS) Summerfest.
The IDS would like to invite everyone to their SummerFest events that will take place on Sunday, the 17th of July. It will be held in Deaf Village Ireland (DVI), Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7 from 12 - 6pm

The SummerFest will include:
  • BBQ
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Traditional Games
  • Frisbee
  • Dodgeball
  • Kids' Corner
  • Giant Games and much more
Family, friends and relatives most welcome. For more information or to volunteer, email

Reminder of Annual Leave.
Just to remind everyone that our Centre closes for the month of August for annual leave. We will close on Friday, the 29th of July at 1pm and re-open Thursday, the 1st of September at 10am.
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6 June 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 23)

Bank Holiday.
Our office will close on Monday the 6th of June for Bank Holidays. We will open again on the 7th of June at 10am.

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