Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 20.05.13

UPDATE ON HSE NATIONAL POLICY.
We’ve been informed by SLIS that Caoimhe Gleeson from the HSE has put
together the final draft version of a national access policy for Deaf people
to HSE services. Thereafter, it should go through a ratification process
within the HSE.

Fingers crossed, we will see a national policy implemented in Ireland before
long. If and when we have further information, we will let you know.

LOCAL PROPERTY TAX (LPT) IN SIGN LANGUAGE.
A guide to the Local Property Tax in Irish Sign Language with subtitles has
been launched. It includes information on how to complete and submit the
return, details of who is liable, information on exemptions, deferrals and
guidance to assist in valuing your property.

NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR RESIDENTIAL SERVICES IN SIGN LANGUAGE.
The National Standards for Residential Services for Children and Adults with
Disabilities will apply to residential and residential respite services
across disability sectors in Ireland, whether they are run by public,
private or voluntary bodies or organisations. They give service providers a
framework to develop person-centred care for all people with disabilities
and promote services that facilitate a good quality of life. They were
developed following extensive consultation with people from all across the
disability sector.

Information on the standards is now available in sign language. For more
information, go to
http://www.hiqa.ie/standards/social/people-with-disabilities

TRAINING FOR INTERPRETERS ON REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS.
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is running a two-day training programme for
community interpreters with funding from the European Refugee Fund. The
project is funded in order to support refugees and asylum seekers. The
training is available to those providing interpreting in relevant languages
including Irish Sign Language/English Interpreters.

However, if you wish to attend, the trainers would like to speak to you in
advance to discuss the issues specific to Irish Sign Language/English
Interpreters.” The course is free of charge. All enquiries can be made
directly to the Education Office at the Rape Crisis Centre by email
etadmin@rcc.ie

REMINDER OF IRELAND/ETHIOPIA DEAF PROJECT CYCLE.
The Ambo Ramble Cycle will take place on the 30th June. The closing date for
online entries is on Friday, June 10th at 5pm. To register, go
http://www.iregister.ie/event-registration/?ee=144

The main event is a 120Km cycle for experienced cyclists over 18yrs of age.
There is also a short 40km course for the less experienced cyclists who
would like to take part and support the cause.

SIGN LANGUAGE AT EUROVISION.
The winner of the 2012 Eurovision, Loreen performed her winning song
Euphoria in sign language with children from Adolf Fredrik Children’s Choir
and Manilla School at this years Eurovision in Malmo, Sweden. In total,
there were 68 children signing alongside Loreen, which was seen by a
staggering 125 million people throughout the world.

The Eurovision is now the largest singing contest in the world and we
commend Loreen and the Eurovision for highlighting sign language to such a
global audience. Loreen also highlighted sign language at the
Melodifestivalen earlier this year.

1st DEAF PERSON TO SAIL AROUND THE WORLD SOLO.
Gerry Hughes from the UK has become the first Deaf person to sail around the
world single-handedly and one of only 300 sailors to complete the feat.

Hundreds of admirers lined Troon Marina in South Ayrshire to watch him
return more than eight months and 51,500km (32,000 miles) since he set off
in his boat Quest III. ‘It has been a lifelong ambition to sail around the
world so it is difficult at the moment to comprehend what I have finally
achieved,’ Mr Hughes said. ‘The last eight months have been amongst the
toughest of my life but despite all the challenges of the expedition, it has
been a period I have thoroughly enjoyed. Sailing has always been my first
love and it provided a real escape from my deafness when I was a youngster.’

Mr Hughes was introduced to sailing by his father as a two-year-old and
wanted to sail around the since he was 14. The married father-of-two set off
on his fraught voyage around the five capes on September 1. On one leg his
boat even capsized as a result of massive waves. He has also suffered
continued problems with his onboard electronic equipment. He was able to
communicate with 3,000 supporters on his Facebook page.

Congrats and well done to Gerry from all of us here in KDRC.

BOOK AND GIFT CLUB.
Our Book and Gift Club has received a new selection of items. If you would
like to view them, call to our office this week. Please have payment with
you if you would like to order any item.

The items on display are:
‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Jigsaw’ 8euro. ‘Doodlepedia’ 7euro.
‘The Hairy Bikers Great Curries’ 13euro. ‘Le Tour 100’ 13euro. ‘Little
Puppy – Hand Puppet Book’ 7euro. ‘The Perfect Afternoon Tea’ 6euro. ‘The
Micheal Morpurgo Classics Collection – 16 book set’ 24euro. ‘Princess
Poppy’s Cookbook’ 7euro. ‘RWI Phonics Story Books and Magnet Collection- 19
book set’ 20euro. ‘Oxford Science Study Dictionary’ 5euro. ‘The Slow
Cookbook’ 8euro.

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

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

Mobile (text): 087 633 4687
E-mail: kdrc@eircom.net

www.kerrydeaf.com
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Fax: 066 712 0386
Tel: 066 712 0399