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24 September 2018 (VOL 13 WEEK 39)

Credit/Debit Card payments now accepted.
In our newsletter last week, we mentioned we were working on introducing credit and debit card payments in our Centre.

We are delighted to let you know that payments and donations via a range of bank cards are now up & running.

Please inform a staff member if you wish to pay by card. If you require a receipt, they can also be emailed or texted to you via our SumUp payment system.

Online forms to receive or cancel weekly newsletter updates.
As part of our Data Protection changes, we have now introduced online forms to make it easier for customers to sign up for our newsletter or to cancel them if they are already receiving them.

These links will be included in all email correspondence. If you would like to register for our weekly newsletter, you can add your details at: https://goo.gl/forms/XgIaOu4C6GuKv7II2.

If you already receive our newsletter but wish to cancel it, please go to: https://goo.gl/forms/hnLjIWDg7t3nn0Tr2.

Introduction To Sign Linguistics Classes.
Our Introduction to Linguistics of Irish Sign Language (ISL) classes are back for the upcoming academic term.

These classes are ideally suited to students with prior sign language knowledge. They are also suitable for families with a deaf family member or those wishing to pursue Deaf Studies.

Classes will be tutored by our Manager, Willie White and will cover subjects such as Placement, Classifiers, Role Shift, Non-Manual Features (NMF's), Timelines and Referent Points. The course will also look at language registers, handshape articulation, gender and regional sign variations. For more information, contact our Manager.

International Week of the Deaf and International Day of Sign Languages.
Did you know International Week of the Deaf has been taking place this week from the 23rd - 30th of September. This year's theme is "With Sign Language, Everyone is Included".

In addition, International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) has been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and will be celebrated annually on 23 September from 2018 onwards. The objective of IDSL is to raise awareness on sign languages and strengthen the status about sign languages.

These events are supported by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). In Ireland, the representative body is the Irish Deaf Society (IDS).

If you would like more information, check out https://wfdeaf.org/iwdeaf2018/ and www.facebook.com/IrishDeafSociety/.
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17 September 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 38)



Castleisland Street Collection - Thank You.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the volunteers who supported our Street Collection in Castleisland during the week. A particular word of thanks to Noreen and Therese who organised the event and secured volunteers.

As always, we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the collection, we truly value your support. Lastly, our thanks to the business owners in Castleisland for allowing us space to collect outside their premises.

Reminder Of Tralee Street Collection.
Just a gentle reminder that we will have a Street Collection in Tralee this Friday (21st of September) If you can volunteer for any length of time, please contact Noreen & Therese in our office and they will give you more information on times/location etc.

Introduction of cedit card facility.
Over the coming weeks, our service will finally introduce a credit card payment facility. If you purchase items such as hearing aid batteries or equipment, you will be able to pay through your credit card on our new Sum Up facility.

You can opt to input your PIN number or by contactless. Payment by cash will continue to be accepted. Please inform a staff member which option you prefer to use.

Reminder of our battery recycling rervice.
To ensure we are following good environment practices, our Centre introduced a battery recycling option. Initially, we mainly accepted hearing aid batteries. However, this has now extended to include the following batteries 1) AA. 2) AAA. 3) 9V. 4) C. 5). D. 6) 6V.

This enables batteries to be disposed of correctly and protect our environment from contamination. The batteries are broken down & reused to make new products. We accept batteries even if they were not purchased from our Centre.
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10 September 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 37)

Deaf Adult Literacy Service (DALS) Classes Back Again.
Our deaf adult literacy classes are back on for the forthcoming academic term. On Tuesday and Thursday morning from 11am - 1pm, we will have QQI Level 2 "Quantity and Numbers and Writing". Our sincere thanks to the Irish Deaf Society and the Deaf Adult Literacy Service (DALS) for sponsoring these classes. Tuition is provided by professional deaf tutors so classes are fully accessible to deaf sign language users.

For more info on DALS, go to www.irishdeafsociety.ie/classes-for-deaf-adults/.

Volunteers Required fror Street Collections.
Our service has a number of Street Collections coming up and we are looking for volunteers. If you have an hour or two to spare, we would really appreciate your support.

The collections will be on the following days:
  • Castleisland (Friday 14th of September).
  • Tralee (Friday 21st of September).
For more info, contact Noreen & Therese in our office. All money raised from these collections will go towards supports for service users in these areas.

National Survey of Services for Children with Permanent Hearing Loss.
The HSE is looking for parents to give feedback on the health and educational services available to children who have permanent hearing loss. The working group for the Integrated Care Pathway for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is making recommendations on improving the service.

An online survey is available until the 14th of September 2018 to collect this information. If your child has permanent hearing loss, the workgroup would appreciate it if you could spare time to complete the survey.

To have your opinion made known, please log on to: www.surveymonkey.com/r/DHHparent.
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3 September 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 36)

Opening hours until Christmas
Just to let you know our Centre is open again after our annual leave/summer holidays. We look forward to working with you all again. If you would like to meet with a particular member of our team, please contact us for an appointment.

Our opening hours from now until Christmas will be:
  • Mon/Tue/Wed/Thurs: 10am - 1pm and 2 - 5pm.
  • Fri: 10am - 1pm.
Our newsletter will be back again next week. If you no longer wish to receive our newsletter or emails from us, please let us know.

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