Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 25.03.13
OUR SERVICE’S ETHOS.
Over the years, many people have asked us what is our underlying ethos and
principles. As with many companies, we have Memorandums and Articles of
Association, Aims, Missions, and Primary Objectives etc.
However, it can be very difficult to reduce this information to one or two
sentences. Our overall guiding principal over the years was and is “Deaf
Can”. We believe if Deaf and hard of hearing people are given the necessary
tools in terms of education, training, employment, access and support, they
‘CAN’ do whatever they want in life. We still believe in this ethos 13 years
after our establishment and we must thank the Deaf community, our staff and
supporters and our own Catherine White for guiding us in developing this
We have now developed a further ethos which reflects the work we do on the
ground in 2013 “KDRC provides services to Deaf and hard of hearing people at
county level and contributes to national issues of equality, access and
We would like to thank the Deaf community, our staff and supporters and
Elfrieda Carroll for assisting us in defining who we are as an agency in
IRISH SIGN LANGUAGE (ISL) APP.
ISL Everywhere is a new and exciting mobile website and smartphone app. ISL
Everywhere is a collaborative project between Sharing the Journey, the Irish
Deaf Society and the Centre for Deaf Studies.
Free, easy to use and easy to access ISL Everywhere has many unique features
including; over 1,000 signs and phrases, focusing on the everyday vocabulary
of a young child’s life; a simple but very effective word association
feature, which helps parents expand their child’s vocabulary and their
understanding of the world around them; Bedtime stories; Printable resource
materials and rainy day activities.
A promo for ISL Everywhere is available to view at
IRISH REMOTE INTERPRETING SERVICE (IRIS) OPEN DAY AND EVENING.
The Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) will host an open day and
evening on its IRIS service. It will be held on the 27th of March from
This would be a good opportunity to see IRIS in action and try it out for
yourself. If you have any questions on the service or have opinions and
suggestions, SLIS would be more than happy to receive feedback and questions
on the day.
For more information on SLIS or IRIS, go to www.slis.ie
LANGUAGE AND INTERCULTURAL STUDIES.
Dr. Jemina Napier who is well known in the Deaf community would like to
inform you of PhD student scholarships which are being advertised at
Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Jemina has recently relocated
to Scotland after 15 years in Australia.
Two of the scholarships are specifically to work with Jemina on a project on
language brokering experiences in the Deaf community. Ideally, she is
looking for a deaf/ hearing team – with at least one of the PhD students
being a native signer. The students’ can propose their own topics but they
must be related to her project to some degree.
These scholarships would be suitable for students currently completing MA
degrees and would be open to Deaf, hearing, CODA’s (Children of Deaf Adults)
etc. Applications and proposals must be submitted by the 30th of April. Any
queries can be directed to Jemina Napier at this email: [email protected]
INTERPRETING PAPERS FROM ROBYN DEAN.
At the recent Medisigns Conference, Robyn Dean gave a presentation that was
of huge benefit to interpreter trainers, interpreting researchers and for
interpreters themselves. Robyn has graciously sent copies of her paper to
us. The papers are as follows: “Beyond Interesting- Using Demand Control
Schema to Structure Experiential Learning”. “Consumers and Service
Effectiveness in Interpreting Work: A Practice Profession Perspective”.
“Context Based Ethical Reasoning in Interpreting”.
If you would like a copy of these papers, please let us know. Our thanks to
Robyn Dean for a very informative presentation and for sharing her knowledge
with the wider community.
WELCOME BACK GERRIE O’GRADY.
We would like to extend a warm welcome back to Gerrie O’Grady, the Manager
of Cork Deaf Association. Gerrie was on leave for the last 8 months. We look
forward to working with Gerrie again
CLOSING FOR EASTER.
Our service will be closed from Good Friday to Easter Monday (inclusive) and
will re-open on Tuesday the 2nd of April. We would like to wish all our
staff, clients and supporters a very Happy Easter.
OUR CONTACT DETAILS:
Kerry Deaf Resource Centre
4 Gas Tce, Tralee
Mobile (text): 087 633 4687
E-mail: [email protected]
Fax: 066 712 0386
Tel: 066 712 0399