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23 April 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 17)

Data Protection and our newsletter.
In our newsletter last week, we talked about the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into force on the 25th May. As a result of this, we are making changes with how we store and use data.

As part of these changes, we are currently updating our newsletter mailing list. If you no longer wish to receive our newsletter, we are happy to delete your email details. Please send us an email with the word 'Unsubscribe' in the subject line and we will immediately delete your details.

For more information on the new GDPR policy and data protection, go to: www.dataprotection.ie.

Recent training with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare.
Our service would like to thank the Cork Kerry Community Healthcare for an invitation to a briefing for Section 38 and 39 agencies in Cork last week. Our Manager, Willie White represented our service on the day. The briefing covered the additional requirements on agencies arising from legislation and/or changes in HSE policy/practice and included: Incident Management; Children First; Healthy Ireland; and Your Service Your Say.

We look forward to attending future briefing sessions so we can ensure we are following appropriate policies, procedures and protocols.

Thank you to Patti Canne (Masters in Social Work) for training.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Patti Canne for providing training to our staff, Board members and invited guests last week.

Patti is pursuing her Masters in Social Work in Gallaudet University and had a wealth of information and theories to share with us including: Empowerment Theory, Community Participation Theory and Erikson's Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development.

Patti is returning to the USA shortly and we are truly grateful for all her support, input and training while she was on internship with our service. Thank you Patti.
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16 April 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 16)

KDRC Data Protection Policy.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on the 25th May 2018. Our service is committed to ensuring we follow appropriate data protection guidelines, policies and legislation. To ensure we comply with the new GDPR policy, we are implementing changes in how we store data.

Will our new policy be shared with service users?
Yes. We have already begun to inform service users of our new Eight Rules of Data Protection policy. Our Manager is also ensuring that Irish Sign Language (ISL) users are provided with information in person through ISL. In addition, our new policy has been placed on notice boards in our Centre.

What are our eight rules of Data Protection?
  1. Obtain and process the information fairly.
  2. Keep it only for one or more specified and lawful purposes.
  3. Process it only in ways compatible with the purposes for which it was given to you Initially.
  4. Keep it safe and secure.
  5. Keep it accurate and up-to-date.
  6. Ensure that it is adequate, relevant and not excessive.
  7. Retain it no longer than is necessary for the specified purpose or purposes.
New Procedures as a result of Data Protection.
As part of these new policy guidelines, KDRC has been reviewing all files held in our Centre. Any files that do not comply with the Eight Rules of Data Protection are being shredded.

In addition, we are also examining data held on our computers, tablets and mobile phones. Again, if deemed necessary, any data held not meeting these guidelines are also being deleted.

For more information on Data Protection. If you would like more information on Data Protection for individuals and/or organisations, go to www.dataprotection.ie
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9 April 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 15)

Book and Gift Club back again.
Payment is by cash or by cheque to Bullsyeye Book Club. This week we have the following products:
  • Peppa Pig Placemat (€3).
  • Glass Stones Art (€9).
  • Squeezy Banana (€5).
  • Name 5 Board game (€10).
  • Dream Angel Suncatcher (€9).
  • Box of 24 Happy Birthday Cards (€16).
  • Light Box (€11).
  • Extendable Duster (€5).
  • LED String Clip Lights (€11).
  • 9 in 1 Hammer (€10).
  • Pyramid Baking Sheet (€8).
  • EGG Poacher (€5).
  • Guardian Angel (€9).
  • Wood Learning Clock (€8).
Ethiopia Deaf Project Raffle Results.
The Ethiopia Deaf Project are delighted to announce the winners of its fantastic raffle. Congratulations to everyone who won amazing prizes:
  • 1st prize: Nollaig Ryan (43" Smart TV).
  • 2nd prize: John Coleman (32" Smart TV).
  • 3rd prize: John Harvey (Laptop).
  • 4th prize: Pauline O'Brien (Tablet).
  • 5th prize: Kath Daffy (TV sound Bar).
  • 6th prize: Paddy Loughzel (Digital Camera).
  • 7th prize: Killian O'Higgins (Food Steamer).
  • 8th prize: Killian O'Higgins (Tassimo Pod Coffee Machine).
  • 9th Prize: Mrs Hill (Bluetooth speaker).
  • 10th prize: Leslie Stack (Blender).
Our thanks to Veronica White and Willie White for selling the tickets on behalf of EDP. We were delighted to see one of the main prizes being won by a person in Co. Kerry. Sincere thanks to everyone who supported this great project. We know it will make a huge difference to the lives of many Deaf people who live in Ambo, Ethiopia.

Gallaudet Student on final weeks of internship.
As many of you will know, we have a Deaf (Masters in Social Work) student from the world-renowned Gallaudet University on internship with our service. Just to let you know Patti Canne is now in the final weeks of her internship. We would like to thank everyone who has shown such a fantastic welcome to Patti. If you would like to meet with Patti before she leaves, her last day with our service will be on the 27th of this month before she flies home on the 30th!!
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2 April 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 14)

Bank Holiday.
Our office will close on Monday the 2nd of April for Bank Holidays. We will open again on the 3rd of April at 10am.
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