Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 18.05.15

OUR  SERVICES.
Every week we bring you a wide range of news & interesting information on d/Deaf related items.

This week, we wanted to recap on the services we provide to Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and Deafblind adults and children and to their families. This includes sign language users, hard of hearing clients who communicate through speech and to clients with cochlear implants.

These services are provided in our Drop In Centre in Tralee and on a limited
outreach basis throughout Kerry. Services are provided on a ‘request’ basis
by our full time Manager, 4 part time staff that work 2days per week each
and one CE funded position.

Customers can drop by our office without appointment Mon/Tue/Wed/Thurs
10am-1pm and 2-5pm & Friday 10am- 1pm. However, if you wish to meet with a
particular member of staff, we advise customers to contact us for an
appointment to guarantee their preference of staff member.

Even when you do not have a particular enquiry, we are happy to offer
customers a place to sit & relax, have a cup of tea, and to use computer
facilities to check email & the internet. We are also happy for groups or
professionals that work in the Deaf community to book our rooms &
facilities.

As we are a designated service provider and not a membership organisation,
most of our services are provided free of charge.  However, a limited
numbers of services incur a charge such as Deaf awareness training, sign
language classes & sign language interpreting. For more information on any
of our services, please contact our Manager, William White.

DEAF  AWARENESS.
Provide information on Deaf related issues
Deaf Awareness training
Sign Language Classes.

EDUCATIONAL/IT  SUPPORTS.
Adult literacy classes (via the Deaf Adult Literacy Service)
Computer literacy tuition
Art and craft classes
Internet, e-mail and videophone access.

EQUIPMENT  FOR  DEAF,  HARD  OF  HEARING,  DEAFENED &  DEAFBLIND.
We make applications on behalf of clients to the HSE Medical and Surgical
Aids and Appliances Scheme
Submit applications to Intreo (FAS) for the Workplace Equipment Adaptation
Grant.

ELDERLY  OUTREACH  SERVICE.
We visit Day Centre Centres and Active Retirement Groups
Give Talks to community groups about assistive equipment and hearing tests.

FAMILY  SUPPORT.
Support families on deaf related issues
Referral to Visiting Teacher Service
Domiciliary Care Allowance – assist with applications forms
Sign Language Home Tuition scheme- we make applications to the Dept. of
Education for this service. This is a weekly home tuition service for deaf
pre-school children and deaf school-going pupils to provide training in
Irish sign language for these children, their siblings and parents
Referrals to Speech and Language.

HEARING  LOSS  SUPPORTS.
Referral for hearing tests with the Hearing Service HSE
Sell hearing aid batteries
Hearing aid tube replacement / cleaning.

SIGN  LANGUAGE  INTERPRETING  SUPPORTS.
Book sign language interpreters for GP appointments
Book sign language interpreters for medical appointments with Kerry General
Hospital
For all other appointment, we refer clients to a number of Sign Language
Interpreting agencies.

OTHER  SUPPORTS.
Translation of written information into sign language
Interpret phone calls for clients
Assist with form filling
Provide Information on rights and entitlements
Support clients with intellectual disabilities/mental health difficulties
Support foreign Deaf clients living in Ireland
Support Deaf travellers
Support and accompany clients in legal settings
Crisis intervention.

PUBLICITY.
Weekly email newsletter- to receive newsletter, email us at kdrc@eircom.net
Text alerts to clients- to receive texts, send your number to 087 633 4687
Website- www.kerrydeaf.com
Facebook page- www.facebook.com/kerrydeaf.com
Our service can also provide information & support via Skype/Facetime/Glide
Video Messaging.

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.