Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 14.03.16
VIS SERVICE- VIDEO INTERPRETING/INFORMATION SERVICE
We are delighted to see that demand for our VIS service continues to grow each month. As you may know, VIS is now divided into two different services.
1) VIS- Video Information Service. If you have a query in sign language on Deaf related issues or rights & entitlements etc, you can contact our Manager via webcam/video technology. To date the most popular way to access this service is via Skype & Glide Video Messaging. Our user names for both is kerrydeaf
2) VIS- Video Interpreting Service. If you require the services of a sign language interpreter for video calls to & from Government Depts & Public Bodies, Veronica White & Catherine White are available on a freelance basis.
Catherine & Veronica can also be booked via other sign language interpreting services. In addition to Skype, they can interpret on other video messaging apps such as Facetime, Oovoo & Google Hangouts
VIS appointments with Government Depts and Public Bodies must be made in
advance, to get interpreting payment approved in advance. To date, the most
popular way to access interpreters via our VIS is Skype. Our user name is
UPDATE ON BATTERY LIFE IN FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS
A few years ago our service supplied flashing light/vibrating pad fire alarm
systems funded via the Fire Brigade Service in Co. Kerry.
If you received one of these alarms, it may be time to replace the batteries
in the units. The life of the batteries once activated is approx 5 years
old. If your alarm is now showing a ‘fault’ red light signal, batteries may
need to be replaced. If you are unable to check the battery yourself, you
can bring the units to our Centre and we will be happy to check for you.
Apart from the batteries, it’s important also to note that the smoke alarm
which is, placed on the ceiling have a 10-year life span. The year to
replace them is clearly marked underneath. We believe most transmitters are
ok until 2021/2023?
EQUIPMENT GRANT SCHEME- MSAA/RAGS
As many of you know, the HSE funds a grant scheme for equipment for Deaf and
hard of hearing clients via our service & Deafhear Killarney. For reasons
outside of our KDRC’s control, there is a minor delay in funding for 2016
To prevent a build up of applications, we are going to defer any new
applications until the 2016 funding is in place. Applications will re-start
CDS STUDENTS PLACEMENT- THANK YOU.
Last week our Centre hosted two students from the Centre for Deaf Studies
(CDS) as part of their 4th year placement module. Ciara Grant & Romy
O’Callaghan are in their final year of sign language interpreter training &
spent a week in our Centre under the supervision of our Manager, Willie
Our thanks to Willie who acted as placement mentor/supervisor for the week &
to Catherine White who also spent a few hours with the students. The
students also benefited greatly from time spent with clients & staff of our
We would like to wish Ciara & Romy all the best with the remainder of their
studies and send them our best wishes for their future interpreting career
with the Deaf community.
BOOK & GIFT CLUB.
Our Book and Gift Club is back again for 2016. The following products are
available to purchase this week. If you would like to view them before
ordering, feel free to drop in to our Centre. Staff members here will order
the products for you and will send you a text message, email or fax when
they are ready for collection.
The books and gifts on sale this month are:
·Spirooli (Fruit & Veg Spiraliser) €15.
·Vehicles Book Set €11.
·Hummingbird Solar Lantern €12.
·What goes where’ Book €8.
·‘Frozen’ Look & Find Book €9.
·Nail Art €8.
·Friends & Family Frame €12.
·Photo Lap Tray €12.
·8 in 1 Screwdriver €8.
·Deluxe Hot & Cold Heat Pack €9.
·Noisy Animals Book €11.
·Are you my Mummy x4 Book set €8.
·Wooosh Frisbee Ring €3.
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 & international issues of equality, access and
Charity Number CHY20854
To donate, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/
Text: (+353) 87 633 4687
Tel: (+353) 66 712 0399
Skype: kerrydeaf (by appointment)
FaceTime: firstname.lastname@example.org (by appointment)
FaceTime: (+353) 87 633 4687 (by appointment)