Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 02.06.14
EFSLI SUMMER SCHOOL 2014 TRAINER ANNOUNCED- SHARON NEUMANN SOLOW.
It has been announced that Sharon Neumann Solow will be the trainer at this
year’s European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters’ (EFSLI) Summer school.
It is to be held from 11th – 13th July in Dublin. For more details and to
register by 7th June go to:
BROADCASTING AUTHORITY OF IRELAND (BAI) CONSULTATION ON ACCESS RULES
The BAI is looking for your opinion on the proposed changes to rules
governing the levels of subtitling, sign language and audio description.
Information is available in sign language and other formats at
The proposals are aimed at making television more enjoyable and accessible
for people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, partially sighted or blind.
The access rules have been in place since 2005 and were last reviewed in
2012. The consultation will remain open until 23rd July. The BAI is
seeking responses from the general public, representative groups and
Revised draft rules propose that by 2018 between 87% and 92% of programming
on RTÉ 1 television will be subtitled. TV3 will be required to reach a
subtitling target of between 51% and 55%. The revised rules also include
the provision of Irish sign language on RTÉ Junior.
These changes will be implemented for the first time in Ireland on
Eastenders on RTÉ later this year after an internal trial run on a number of
Fair City episodes.
30th CODA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 16TH – 19TH JULY 2015
The UK and Ireland will be hosting the 30th CODA (Children of Deaf adults)
International Conference in Berkshire, England next July 2015. So if you
want to catch up with other CODA’s from around the world, spend a weekend
engaged in fun or relaxing activities, keep the dates free. More
information will be coming soon at:
LISTEN TO HOW DEAF HEAR WITH A COCHLEAR IMPLANT
On the Cork Deaf Association’s facebook page, they showed a link from the UK
’s Daily Mail on an article about a study conducted by a Professor at the
Arizona State University which has revealed what it sounds like to hear with
a cochlear implant. They conducted an experiment with a patient with
natural hearing in one ear and an implant in the other. “That allowed us to
have him match the sound quality of an implant with his hearing ear,” he
To listen to how hearing sounds with a cochlear implant go to the following
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL CRITICS’ AWARD FOR DEAF FILM
A memorable film, The Tribe (Plemya), that only uses Deaf actors and is
filmed entirely in sign language, without subtitles or translations, was the
top prize winner at Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival.
Directed by Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, it tells the story
of Sergey, a teenager, who is starting life at a special school for the
deaf. His difficult journey of integration is dominated by harsh gang laws,
which include prostitution and violence. The director made a clear choice
to make a silent film and to use a cast of unknown deaf actors ‘off the
street’. He explains that he wanted to paint his subject realistically and
pay homage to an under-represented type of communication, although, says
Slaboshpytskiy, subjects such as love and hate don’t need translation.
COSTA RICAN PRESIDENT COMMITS TO SIGNED SPEECHES
An interesting development in Costa Rica has surprised the Deaf Community
worldwide. The incoming Costa Rica President has committed to sign language
interpretation during public speaking events and during activities to
discuss disability policy. President Solís said that the decision was a
“sign of respect and recognition of the rights” of the Deaf community there,
which numbers some 70,000 Costa Ricans.
It would be a huge advance for Irish society if the government here were to
give the same level of respect and recognition to our own Deaf community.
OUR CONTACT DETAILS:
Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.
4 Gas Tce, Tralee, Co. Kerry, IRELAND
Charity Number CHY20854
Text (+353) 87 633 4687
Fax (+353) 66 712 0386
Tel (+353) 66 712 0399
KDRC provides services to Deaf and hard of hearing people at county level
and contributes to national issues of equality, access and rights.