Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 13.04.15

CODA  2020  STRATEGIC  PLANNING  SURVEY
CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) International established an ad-hoc “CODA 2020 Strategic Planning Work Team” to work on developing and drafting a plan for the organisation’s consideration.  The committee was Chaired by Krista Leitch Walker (Germantown, MD, USA), and included our own Willie White.

A comprehensive summary from the CODA 2020 Strategic Planning Survey is now
available at
https://codainternational.wildapricot.org/Resources/Documents/CODA2020Survey
-ComprehensiveSummary.pdf

The committee also included the following: Sandra Boe (Sun City West, AZ,
USA) Billy Collins (Austin, TX, USA) Rebecca Kindblade (Memphis, TN, USA)
Paola Manola (Philadelphia, PA, USA) Jayde Perry (Perth, Australia) Darlene
Prickett (Bowie, MD, USA) Francine Stern (Los Angeles, CA, USA) Ray Williams
(United Kingdom)

DEVELOPMENT  OF  ACCESSIBILITY  APP  SURVEY
Robert Quinlan is doing a project for his final year BA Multimedia at CIT.
The project is the development of an app, which will improve accessibility
at museums and other heritage and cultural centres.  The app will be
suitable for people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, Deafblind, blind/people
with sight loss, and people for whom English is not their native language.

Finding out people’s opinions and their access needs are an important part
of the app development.  For this reason Robert would like you to
participate in a survey.  It is quite short and should only take 2-3 minutes
to complete. Here is survey link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/5S5L76N

NATIONAL  DEAFBLIND  AWARENESS  DAY
The Anne Sullivan Foundation for Deafblind People are asking you to join
them for National Deafblind Awareness Day on Saturday the 18th April between
2pm and 4pm at Tallaght Stadium.  There will be Exhibition Stands on the day
from a range of other organisations and service providers.  Guest Speakers
include Orla O’Sullivan and Joanne Milne.  Entrance is Free and all are
welcome.  For more information please contact:
lenglish@annesullivancentre.ie or call 086 3617316. For further information
about the Anne Sullivan Foundation for Deafblind people go to their website:
www.annesullivan.ie/

WOMAN  LOBBIES  FOR  USHER  SYNDROME  RECOGNISED  AS  DISABILITY
Carol Brill has type two Usher Syndrome, a genetic condition that causes
combined sight and hearing loss. Carol is working with two organisations,
Fighting Blindness and the Anne Sullivan Foundation for Deafblind People
along with other stakeholders. They are campaigning to get legislation
passed in this country to have deaf-blindness recognised as a disability so
that services can be put in place.

Carol was recently interviewed on TV for the Nationwide programme. She
believes more needs to be done for people who are deafblind. Carol is hoping
that legislation recognising deaf-blindness, as a disability will be passed
by the current government. The full article can be read by going to the
following link:
utv.ie/News/2015/03/20/Woman-going-deaf-blind-fights-to-have-condition-recog
nised-33959

NEW  OBAMA  RECEPTIONIST  BREAKS  DOWN  BARRIERS
Every now and then we like to include a good news story.  This news item
highlights the possibilities that Deaf people, given the right opportunities
and support, are able to achieve and thereby make a real contribution to
their communities.  Leah Katz-Hernandez, 27, is Deaf and works in the White
House.  “It’s a fantastic opportunity shows that Deaf people can do
anything,” she said through an interpreter, who is provided for her at work.

With a desk just steps away from the Oval Office, Katz-Hernandez is usually
the first to greet anyone from world leaders to White House staff members
who have an appointment with the President or his top-level aides.  She also
oversees the White House guest book and the Roosevelt Room, the West Wing
meeting room, and is responsible for collecting cell phones before meetings
with the president.

“Katz Hernandez is defined by her accomplishments, not her disability”, said
Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary. To read the article go to:
www.today.com/news/new-white-house-receptionist-west-wing-pioneer-deaf-peopl
e-can-2D80574114

SUBTITLED  FILM  IN  TRALEE  OMNIPLEX
The next subtitled film, Cinderella, is to be screened in the Tralee
Omniplex on Wednesday 15th April at 8.20 pm.  When her father unexpectedly
passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother
and her daughters.  Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to
change after meeting a dashing stranger.  The film stars Cate Blanchett and
Lily James and is directed by Kenneth Branagh.

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

KDRC provides services to Deaf and hard of hearing people at county level
and contributes to national issues of equality, access and rights.

Charity Number CHY20854

Text     (+353) 87 633 4687
Fax      (+353) 66 712 0386
Tel       (+353) 66 712 0399

E-mail:       kdrc@eircom.net
Website:    www.kerrydeaf.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/kerrydeaf

Can also be contacted via Facetime, Skype & Glide Video Messaging.