Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 06.02.12

MONTHLY MASS IN SIGN LANGUAGE.
Our next monthly mass in sign language will be held on the 12th of February
at 3pm. As usual, it will be held in St. John’s Pastoral Centre in Tralee.
Veronica White from the NCDP will interpret the mass. Tea and coffee will be
served after the mass and this will give everyone a chance to chat
afterwards. If you require transport to the event, please let us know in
advance.

GYM ACTIVITIES WITH ITT.
Would you like to join us for gym activities for a few weeks? If so, we will
have one-to-one gym activities with students from the Health & Leisure Dept
of the Inst. of Technology starting on the 15th of February. The classes
will be held in the ITT South Campus and the time slots are 4-5pm or 5-6pm.
There will be no charge for these classes. If you are interested, please let
us know immediately.

CHANGES TO CE SCHEME AND IMPACT ON DA.
There were major announcements made this week in relation to Community
Employment (CE) schemes in Ireland. One of the changes may impact on people
in receipt of Disability Allowance.

As of the 16th of January 2012, new participants on CE schemes will not be
able to claim another social welfare payment at the same time. Existing
participants will keep their social welfare payment until they are no longer
eligible to participate in a CE scheme or they leave the scheme voluntarily.
Otherwise they will keep it until December 2014, which is the final cut-off
date for getting a concurrent social welfare payment.

As Disability Allowance is a means tested allowance, make sure you get full
information from FAS on whether or not this payment will be cut if you
accept a CE position. Further information is available via the Live Advisor
service at
http://www.citizensinformationboard.ie/services/accessibility_services/livea
dvisor.html

RECYCLING OF BATTERIES.
Do you use hearing aid batteries or any other type of batteries? If so, you
can bring them to our Centre once they are used and we will recycle them for
you.  We accept all types of batteries and we will recycle them in an
environmentally friendly way.

NCSE REPORT- EDUCATION OF DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CHILDREN.
A new policy advice paper on the Education of Deaf and hard of hearing
children has been published by the National Council for Special Education.
This is a very comprehensive report and well worth reading.

On www.irishdeafkids.ie they say according to the NCSE presentation the
current challenges are:

How best to support deaf/hard of hearing children to learn language at an
early age? How best to inform parents about communication and education
options? What professional development should be provided for teachers? What
supports should be in place in schools? What health and education services
are needed for deaf/hard of hearing children?

The new policy paper confirms the need to provide early identification and
intervention for deaf children; to provide for interaction with hearing
peers; to facilitate CPD for teachers and to equip classrooms with
technology. To read the report in full, go to
http://www.ncse.ie/uploads/1/DeafEducationReport.pdf

DEAFHOOD WORKSHOPS.
If you couldn’t make it to the Deafhood workshops this month- there is good
news more workshops will be run in March. They will be held in the Dublin
Deaf Assoc. on weekends of 3rd/4th and 10th/11th of March.

The cost of the 4 days workshop is €150 and this is non refundable. These
workshops have been highly popular and you will need to reserve a place and
pay before the deadline on the 24th of Feb.

The organisers of the event are Lianne Quigley and Lorraine Creed and they
will accept payment by cash, cheque, postal order or laser. Alternatively,
you can send your payment to: The Irish Deaf Society, 30 Blessington Street,
Dublin 7 (make sure to say the payment is for the Deafhood 7 workshops).

Further information is available by email at deafhoodireland@gmail.com

HANDS ON- LAST PROGRAMME OF THE SERIES.
Hands On, the programme of interest to those of us in the Deaf community
came to an end for this series on Sunday. The programmes have been hugely
informative and entertaining. We would like to thank the Production team for
their hard work this series. We are grateful to them for mentioning our
service a number of times during the series- thank you.

If you missed any of their recent programmes, go to
http://www.rte.ie/player/# and search for HANDS ON. Look forward to seeing
the new series later in the year.

OUR CONTACT DETAILS:
Kerry Deaf Resource Centre
4 Gas Tce, Tralee

Mobile (text): 087 633 4687
E-mail: kdrc@eircom.net

www.kerrydeaf.com
www.facebook.com/kerrydeaf

Fax: 066 712 0386
Tel: 066 712 0399