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24 February 2020 (VOL 15 WEEK 9)

Dr John Bosco Conama - standing for Seanad elections
This morning we heard the wonderful news, that our friend and colleague, Dr John Bosco Conama has submitted his nomination to stand for the Seanad elections on the Administrative panel.

He will be launching his campaign fundraiser soon. As part of his campaign, John is asking friends, family, colleagues and supporters to contact their local elected reps and ask them to support him. You can use www.whoismytd.com to check who they are. To follow John's campaign, use the following hashtags online #JBC4Seanad

On behalf of all of us in KDRC, we would like to wish John the very best of luck. It would be truly historical if a member of the deaf community was selected to be a member of Seanad Éireann. We will be watching his campaign closely and hoping for success.

Munster wedding extravaganza - Irish Sign Language interpreting access
The Munster Wedding Extravaganza will be held on Sunday, the 1st of March at the Southcourt Hotel in Limerick.

This year, Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreting access will be provided at the event. This will be of interest to deaf brides and grooms, members of their wedding party and family members.

A wedding worth €30,000 could also be won! To enter this fantastic prize, go to https://www.spinsouthwest.com/win/win-wedding-worth-e30000-castle-oaks-hotel-954842.

Tours of Áras an Uachtaráin - Irish Sign Language (ISL) access
On Saturday 21 March, all public tours of Áras an Uachtaráin, the home of the President of Ireland will have Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreting access.

Tours will be held at the following times: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Tours are free of charge, but places are limited, so advance registration is required. To book you place, please send an email to: phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie.
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17 February 2020 (VOL 15 WEEK 8)

Self-Harm Awareness Conference - Sign Language Interpreting Access
St Patrick's Mental Health Services and Pieta House host the fifth annual Self-Harm Awareness Conference to mark Self-Injury Awareness Day.

Sign language interpreting access will be provided on the day. For more information on the event which will be held in Dublin, go to: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/self-harm-awareness-conference-2020-tickets-86672595065.

Autism Conference in Cork - with sign language interpreting access
Following on from the huge success of their very first all-autistic Irish conference in Feb 2019, two more events are taking place this year in Cork.

The AUsome Autism Conferences 2020 will take place on the 29th of March and the 15th of November.

They will be held in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork from 9am-5pm. The cost of the conference will be €89 per person (non-refundable). These events will be of great interest to parents, professionals and people with autism themselves.

We have been informed that there will be Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreters for all the speakers.

For more information on the guest speakers and to book your attendance, go to: https://konfidentkidz.ie/seo/autism-training-events/ausome-conference/.

Student placements / work experience - all slots now booked out
Throughout the year, our service offers placement opportunities to students from a range of schools, colleges and universities.

These work experience opportunities have been very popular this year, and as a result, all our available slots for the remainder of the academic year (end of May 2020) are now full. We would like to thank everyone for their interest with working with our service.

Sincere thanks to our manager, staff and Board members for supporting the students while they are here with us. We hope to have further slots in the new academic year September 2020 / January 2021 onwards, so look out for further opportunities then.
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10 February 2020 (VOL 15 WEEK 7)

Due to power cut- no newsletter for this week
Due to Storm Dennis, we have an electricity power cut which prevented us from creating a newsletter for this week.

We hope to be back up and running within the next few hours and hope to have our newsletter back to normal again next week.
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3 February 2020 (VOL 15 WEEK 6)

Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) Student Placement and Research
In a previous update, we mentioned we have a student on placement for 8 weeks from the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) in Trinity College (TCD).

Here is some background to Heidi "Hello, my name is Heidi Veldheer and I'm a 4th year interpreting student at the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College Dublin. I'm currently on placement at KDRC for 8 weeks and have really enjoyed my time here so far. I am originally from Holland, but have have been living in Ireland for the past 20 years. I am based in Ennis, Co. Clare. Once I am qualified as an interpreter I hope to be working along the west coast of Ireland and am looking forward to working with you all".

I am also working on a research project aimed at Deaf adults in Ireland who have gotten a cochlear implant after the age of 18 and their experience of working with interpreters. If you are interested in taking part in this research, below is the link to my online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HPZMYXX. The survey is completely anonymous.

There is also a video available with the survey questions translated into Irish Sign Language (ISL): https://vimeo.com/384739473 (password: Cochlear).

Michelle Ward - parachute jump for recovery Haven
Michelle Ward from Tralee is well known in the local deaf community and is doing a Parachute Jump in aid of Recovery Haven on the 29th of this month.

Michelle says she is doing the jump "Because it is a such an amazing service. A wonderful place for people on a difficult and often lonely journey especially when you have no family. A safe environment, providing psychological and social support for these living with cancer, their families and carers. Michelle's goal is €520 - half of which will cover the cost of the jump with the other half being donated to Recovery Haven.

Best of luck to Michelle from all of us here in KDRC and if you would like to sponsor her, please go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/my8xp-recovery-haven-kerry.
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