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24 April 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 17)

Easter Holidays.
For last week and this week's update there will be no newsletters due to Easter holidays'.
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17 April 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 16)

Easter Holidays.
For next week and this week's update there will be no newsletters due to Easter holidays'.
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10 April 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 15)

Thank you and farewell to CDS student on placement.
We would like to say a big thank you and farewell to Catherine Murphy, a 3rd year Deaf Studies student from the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) in Trinity College.

Catherine was on placement with our service for the past 4 weeks and finished up with us on Friday. Catherine was a pleasure to work with and had a fantastic rapport with our staff and service users. We hope she learnt a lot from her time with us.

On behalf of our team here, we would like to thank Catherine for all her hard work while she was with us. We would also like to wish her all the best for her remaining time in CDS. We look forward to seeing her complete her studies and graduating. Hopefully we will see her work professionally in the Deaf community thereafter too.

Krista and Steve Walker from the USA on a flying visit to Co. Kerry.
Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming our long-time friends and colleagues, Krista and Steve Walker from Maryland in the USA.

Many of you will remember Krista from her 1st research trip to Ireland back in 2008 where she looked at supports and services for Deaf parents with hearing children. In the Deaf community, kids of Deaf parents are known as KODAs. Krista's research was valuable to those of us who work with Deaf parents and their KODA children.

Krista and Steve were back in Ireland on a surprise visit to celebrate our Board member, Susan O'Callaghan's surprise 40th birthday and baby shower. Before they headed back to the USA, we also got the chance to celebrate Krista's birthday here in the office. As always, it was a pleasure to welcome them back to Ireland and to their home from home here in Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.

Congrats to Deaf entrant in Rose of Tralee Clare selection night.
We would like to congratulate Gillian Lafferty who competed in the Clare Rose of Tralee selection night on Saturday night in The Dromoland Inn in Co. Clare.

Gillian's was sponsored by and represented DCM Compliance. As Gillian is Deaf and a sign language user, she also represented the Deaf community too.

We were delighted to hear via an interpreter colleague Carri O'Donnell that funding and sponsorship for a sign language interpreter was sourced, which meant Gillian had full access at the event too. Our own Catherine White was the interpreter on the night.

During her interview on stage, Gillian chatted about many things ranging from the support she receives from her family and friends and about the importance of sign language. Gillian also had the opportunity to talk about the Irish Sign Language (ISL) Official Recognition Campaign too.

On behalf of all of us in KDRC, we would like to extend our hearty congratulations to her for participating in the Rose Selection night. It was fantastic to see another Deaf woman compete in the regional selection nights. Fingers crossed it won't be too long before we see a Deaf Rose being crowned the winner.

Irish Deaf Society (IDS) spring roadshow in Co. Kerry.
The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) Spring Roadshows are taking place around Ireland from the 19th - 28th of April.

We are delighted to hear one of their information roadshows will take place in Tralee in the Grand Hotel on the 22nd of April from 11am - 1pm.

For more information, you can contact the IDS via their Facebook page at or their website:

Easter opening hours.
Finally, on behalf of our Board and staff, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter. We will close this Thursday at 5pm. We will be closed Good Friday and the Bank Holiday Monday and will re-open again on Tuesday at 10am.

A sincere thank you to everyone who brought us Easter Eggs, chocolate and cakes during the week. We are very grateful for your kindness. We hope everyone has a fantastic Easter and hope the Easter bunny is kind to you and you get lots of yummy Easter Eggs.
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3 April 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 14)

Susan O'Callaghan (KDRC Board Member) on maternity leave.
We would like to extend our sincere best wishes to one of our Board members, Susan O'Callaghan who is going on maternity leave shortly until mid-November.

In addition to being a great support to KDRC's Board and Manager, Susan also works with Cork Deaf Association as a Resource Officer.

We, at KDRC would like to wish Susan all the best with her maternity leave and the future birth of her baby.

Susan will be missed here in KDRC. However, we will eagerly await her return in November. We would also like to wish Susan a very Happy Birthday.

Thank you KDRC staff member for securing donation of carpet for office.
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to one of our staff members Therese Gallant for her work on securing a donation of carpet for the stairs in our office.

Over the summer, we were planning on painting our office space and changing the carpet on our stairs. We were in the process of saving up for the renovations. In the meantime, Therese came up with a few creative sponsorship ideas. Within 24 hours, not only did she find a company to sponsor the carpet, it was also fitted. The only cost to our service.

Registration of Irish Sign Language (ISL) tutors for home tuition scheme.
The Department of Education provides an allowance to parents of deaf children to enable them obtain 1 hour a week of sign language tuition for their deaf child during school time and up to 7.5 hours of tuition during the summer months. The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) are now calling on all ISL Home Tuition Tutors to register with the IDS.

On a recent mailshot, the IDS say "In reference to the Irish Sign Language (ISL) scheme provided and funded by the Department of Education, the home tuition services whereby ISL tutors visit the home of Deaf and hard of hearing pre-school children and school-going pupils to provide language teaching and learning of ISL for the child, their families and parents/guardians.

All teachers/ tutors must complete and abide by the full application process, including the issue of an approved letter confirming that the tuition has been sanctioned and the date of commencement of the tuition.

All tutors must comply with the Vetting requirement beforehand as from 29th April it is against the law for people to start work with children or vulnerable adults until they have been vetted.

Qualified ISL teachers can apply for registration through the Teaching Council and be vetted through that organisation.

ISL tutors who are proficient in ISL or hold a QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) certificate must affiliate to the Irish Deaf Society who can then apply for vetting on their behalf.

Requirements for Teachers/ Tutors:
  • Regular membership of the ISL Academy.
  • Attend our Continuous Professional Development workshops for the scheme.
  • Tutors must meet us so we can verify their identity.
  • Vetting must be updated every two years.
In co-operation with the Archdiocese of Dublin Child Safeguarding and Protection Services, the Irish Deaf Society will facilitate the vetting of ISL teachers/ tutors, liaising with the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to process the Vetting Application Form on the receipt of the relevant documentation from teachers/tutors, thereby allowing the Department to provide funding for ISL tuition to parents/guardians".

For more information on the registration scheme, please contact Tracey Treanor at the Irish Deaf Society by email at:

The Irish Deaf Society also has a range of information for parents at:

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