Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 16.11.15

CHRISTMAS PARTY
Our Christmas party will be held in The Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee on 13th of December. It will be held from 2pm to 6pm.

It will cost 20euro for adults and 10euro for children. It promises to be a lovely afternoon with a four-course meal, spot prizes and Santa.

If you would like to attend the party, you can text us on 087 633 4687 or email: kdrc@eircom.net

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED TO GATHER SPOT PRIZES
We are looking for volunteers to assist us in obtaining spot prizes and donation for our Christmas Party. Our Centre will provide you with a letter that you can hand into local shops & businesses. Alternatively, if you would like to donate a spot prize, we are happy to accept them here in our Centre in Tralee.

THANK YOU TO CHURCH COLLECTIONS
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to a number of Churches in the Sliabh Luachra area, Castleisland, Scartaglen, & Cordal & their parishioners for supporting our Church Collection at the weekend.

Two of our part time staff members live in the Sliabh Luachra area & the income generated from these collections directly support their clients. Our sincere thanks to everyone for their support.

IT TRALEE SEMINAR FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
The Institute of Technology in Tralee will host an Information Seminar for students with disabilities in the Senior Cycle, PLC or FETAC Level 5/6 programmes.

This event is taking place on Thursday, 26th November, as part of College Awareness Week and it will be of interest to students with disabilities, their families, Career Guidance Counsellors and other Educators, Special Needs Assistant, Carers and related Support Agencies.

There is no charge for this event but please book your place by Friday, 20th November using the attached booking form. If you require access at the seminar or if the material attached is not accessible to you, please contact Valerie Moore directly by email Valerie.Moore@staff.ittralee.ie or 086 3682453.

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SPECIAL REMEMBRANCE MASS FOR DEAF COMMUNITY
You and your families are invited to a special remembrance mass in Dublin for those who have passed away in the Deaf community since November 2014.

It will be held on Saturday 28th of November at 7.30pm The Emmaus Chapel, Deaf Village Ireland (DVI), Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. This mass will also remember Deaf friends from Co. Kerry- Richard Tolan, Cecelia Walsh & David Lyne.

After the Mass, light refreshments will be served in The Hub.

UPCOMING GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS IN 2016
It is expected that the Irish Government will announce a General Election for 2016.

To prepare & empower the Deaf Community, the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) has put together a PowerPoint presentation that they would like us to share with our readers. The IDS are also in the process of putting together a Manifesto for the Deaf Community.

This will focus on issues such as:
· Irish Sign Language (ISL) Recognition Act.
· Ratify and Implement the UN Convention
· Speedy Implementation of Five Most Urgent Priorities (as agreed in November 2013)

The IDS plans to:
· Contact each political party asking them what plans they have for ISL recognition including Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein, Labour & others
· Aim to get all parties to include ISL recognition in their manifestos
· Parliamentary Party meetings
· Employ a part time worker

The PowerPoint presentation is attached to this email. For more information on any of the points in it, please contact the IDS directly.

Download: PP for 14 NOVEMBER.pdf