INTERPRETING ACCESS TO DEPT OF SOCIAL PROTECTION.
In a recent Deafhear Killarney newsletter, they had an interesting article
on interpreting access to Dept of Social Protection services.
“A senior Department of Social Protection official has informed DeafHear
that the Department will always book an ISL interpreter when requested and
required by Deaf clients. The Department assured DeafHear that funding was
not an issue and there was no limit placed on funding where interpreters
The Department of Social Protection have an important role in providing
welfare payments and new employment support service Intreo. The Intreo
service will be very important as the services integrates welfare/income
payments with information on employment, training and personal
opportunities. The Department would like to know of any instances where a
Deaf client is/was refused an ISL interpreter when accessing services from
the Department of Social Protection”.
We would like to commend the Department on their statement. It is great to
see a Government Department being so proactive in ensuring Deaf sign
language users are afforded full and equal access.
THANK YOU TO ABIGAIL CAHILL.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to Abigail Cahill for providing a
range of art, crafts, design and illustration classes to our members over
the past few months. This Thursday will be Abigail’s last class. Her classes
have been creative, artistic, colourful and very enjoyable. Participants
have created wonderful pieces of art and have acquired many new skills. Our
thanks again to Abigail and we wish her well in her future career.
SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS MUNSTER (SLIM) TRAINING.
On the 11th of May, Willie White from our service will provide training to
members of SLIM. The proposed training will look at language register and
the linguistics of sign language. The workshop will be held from 11am to 4pm
in our Centre in Tralee. Ray Greene will send more information on the topics
and content of the training to SLIM members.
WORLD FEDERATION OF THE DEAF (WFD) PRESIDENT LECTURE
The Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) is delighted to announce that the
President of the WFD, Mr. Colin Allen, will give a lecture in the Trinity
Long Room Hub on Thursday, 16 May at 7pm. The theme of the presentation will
be “Equality for Deaf People”. Due to space restrictions, CDS ask that you
register for this (free) event at http://wfd.eventbrite.ie
This event would not be possible without the support of the Trinity Long
Room Hub, Bridge Interpreting, Sign Language Interpreting Service and
Interesource Group (Ireland) Limited.
LGBT & SAME SEX MARRIAGE WORKSHOP.
The Kerry Festival of Pride for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
(LGBT) will take place from the 20th–26th May.
As part of the festival, Martin Greenwood, Chair of Ciarrai Amach would like
to provide a workshop to the Deaf and hard of hearing community on “LGBT in
Kerry & Same Sex Marriage” It will be held in our Centre on the 21st of May
from 2.30-3.30pm. A sign language interpreter will be available for this
presentation. Space is limited so please inform us in advance if you would
like to attend.
DEAF SPORTS IRELAND (DSI) SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR DEAF YOUTH.
DSI is organising a Summer Youth Activities Programme for 7 weeks in Dublin.
They will start from the 1st week of June and finish 19th July. DSI will
finalise the schedule of sports available for youth in the next 2 weeks. For
information in sign language, go to http://youtu.be/_WlWY3ipSjs
DEAF HOLIDAY CLUB.
David Ward, a local Deaf person is keen to establish a Deaf Holiday Club for
sign language users in Co. Kerry. As part of the club, members would travel
abroad in a group of other sign language users. Members would also
participate in a savings club. If you are interested, please send us your
details and we will forward them to David.
MORE AVAILABILITY OF INTERPRETERS DUE TO END OF ACADEMIC TERM.
During the academic year, many colleges and universities employ sign
language interpreters to provide access for Deaf students. As a result,
there is less availability of interpreters throughout Ireland.
As we are approaching final exams and summer holidays, there will be less
demand for interpreters in academic settings until September. If you require
an interpreter, this is a good time of the year to book an interpreter.
In addition, for students going back to college/university or enrolling for
the first time in September, make sure to contact your Access Officer or
Disability Officer in advance of the new term so they can start the work of
sourcing interpreters for you.
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
Fax: 066 712 0386
Tel: 066 712 0399