Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 16.07.12

THANK YOU TO VOLUNTEERS.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the volunteers who assisted us with a Street Collection in Killarney on Friday. The income from these collections is a vital source of income to our service. We appreciate the time and effort these volunteers contributed on the day. Our thanks also to everyone who participated in the planning and organising of the collection.

DEAF PEOPLE TRAVELLING WITHIN THE EU- PUBLIC CONSULTATION.
Do you have any problems with travelling within the EU? Have you ever been
denied boarding because you are Deaf or had other problems? Now you have the
chance to share your problems and obstacles with the EU through the public
consultation:
http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=EUCitizenship3&lang=en

This is a very important issue for the Deaf community throughout Europe. A
number of years ago, Deaf people from Kerry were denied boarding a plane in
Spain after the World Federation of the Deaf congress. This had a major
impact on their travel plans. Later on, the airline did compensate the group
for the inconvenience but it did not adequately address the discrimination
they faced. If you have experienced any discrimination when you travel,
please fill in this survey.

GP & DEAF PATIENT SURVEY.
Last week, we informed you of an online survey which will look at better
communication between a family doctor (GP) and Deaf patients with sign
language including ISL interpreters. In particular, Internet and apps on a
smartphone, iPhone or Android.

If you are a trained sign language interpreter, qualified medical/
healthcare professional or medical student- the App developer would like to
meet with you or get your feedback. You can contact Alma by email at
redscrapbook@yahoo.co.uk

Alma hopes to develop an awareness information pack for general
practitioners with communication guidelines on working with Irish Sign
Language users. It will give the practitioner a better understanding of the
communication strategies used between the doctor and Deaf patient, with or
without a sign-language interpreter. The app will include Deaf awareness
training, and communication tactics with Irish Sign Language users and with
sign-language interpreters in medical settings.

Best of luck with Alma Bermingham and we look forward to the App becoming
available online for the Deaf community and the medical profession.

CORK DEAF ASSOC (CDA) LOOKING FOR CHURCH COLLECTORS.
CDA are looking for volunteers for upcoming collections on the 21st and 22nd
of July. Volunteers are required for the following Churches- Farranree,
Douglas, Curraheen Road, Dennehy’s Cross, Holy Trinity Church, Fr Matthew
Quay, North Cathedral, The Glen, Knocknaheeny, Lower Glanmire Road, & The
Lough.

CDA have been extremely supportive of our service over the past number of
years and we have been involved in a number of inter-agency initiatives with
them. If you could show your support at any of the places above, they would
really appreciate it.

SUPPORTS FOR DEAF STUDENTS FOR UPCOMING ACADEMIC YEAR.
Although, we are only mid way through the summer holidays, its important for
Deaf and hard of hearing students to check what disability supports will be
available to them for the upcoming academic year. This is more important
than ever with the ongoing cuts due to the recession in Ireland.

On the AHEAD website, they list a range of different supports that can
assist a Deaf or hard of hearing student participate in lectures and
tutorials. Not all colleges can provide all the supports mentioned. However,
if one or a combination of the supports listed will be useful to you, you
should request them from your college.

Students must bear in mind that to avail themselves of any of the supports
listed below, they will have to negotiate for them with the
Disability/Access Officer and/or the lecturers and tutors.

To see the lists of supports, go to
http://www.ahead.ie/inclusiveeducation_supportsinthirdlevel_02_supports and
scroll down to DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING STUDENTS.

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