Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Updates 21.05.12 *updated*

LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMME FOR DEAF ADULTS OPEN DAY
The Life Skills Programme, which is located in the Deaf Village Ireland (DVI), will be hosting an open day on 7th June from 3-7pm. It provides social and life skills to Deaf adults.

Visitors will be given a tour of the accommodation and an outline of the 2012 programme. The 2012 programme, which starts in September, is open to women only. However, classes and organised social events will be open to both men and women. Programme participants should be over 22 years old. During the open day you will also have the opportunity to meet some of the tutors and chat to past pupils, and light refreshments will be served.

For more information or to attend the open day, contact the service at lifeskillsprog@yahoo.com or 018387833 by June 4th.

COUNCIL OF IRISH SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS AGM
Marking the first anniversary of its establishment, CISLI (Council of Irish Sign Language Interpreters) held its AGM on 19th May at the Dublin Deaf Club in Drumcondra. A new student representative was elected to the committee, and a number of motions were passed.

Within the past year CISLI has undertaken a number of initiatives to support interpreters in their work and to that end has set up a facebook page and a new website. The website has information about the organisation and its objectives, as well as related documents, such as the members’ code of ethics. See http://cisliireland.wordpress.com/.

ST VINCENT’S DEAF FOOTBALL CLUB ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
This Friday 25th May St. Vincent’s Deaf Football Club is holding its AGM. The meeting will be held at 7.30pm in the Card Room, 2nd floor of Drumcondra Deaf Club.

A good turnout is required if the club is to continue into next season and enjoy the facilities of the new Deaf Village. The fate of this club lies with each of its members. Support is vital so it is important the football family attend this vital meeting.

DEAF SPORTS IRELAND
Last December Irish Deaf Sports Association officially relaunched itself as Deaf Sports Ireland. Deaf Sports Ireland is affiliated to Deaflympics, European Deaf Sports Organisation and the Irish Sports Council. A new website – www.deafsportsireland.com – has also been launched. The website has sections relating to the Deaflympics as well as up-to-date news on national sporting events.

CENTRAL EUROPEAN ALLIANCE OF THE DEAF (CEAD)
Five central European Deaf associations (Belgium, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Holland) signed an agreement in April of this year to form the Central European Alliance of the Deaf.

The co-operation uses ideas from the Scandinavian and European (EUD) alliance models and will strengthen co-operation between central European Deaf associations and EUD. It aims to co-ordinate to organise and develop workshop, congresses, culture festival, and other events. CEAD has five goals: Empowerment; Lifelong Learning; Education/PISA; Employment; and Deaf Culture.

For information about CEAD, including a copy of the formation agreement and links to CEAD and other alliances, go to: http://eud.eu/news.php?action=view&news_id=193