Kerry Deaf Resource Centre 21.04.14

We are sending our newsletter out a few days early with it being Easter
weekend. On behalf of our Board, staff and supporters, we would like to wish
you all a very Happy Easter.

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Bryan Walsh for giving a very
informative talk in our Centre during the week on his recent cochlear
implant operation. This was an opportunity to hear first hand the real
experience of someone who has had an implant.

Currently, there are numerous clips on the Internet showing the joys and
smiles of people getting their implant switched on. However, they rarely
show the issues families face when deciding to go for an implant or not. In
addition, they rarely cover the amount of appointments and assessments you
have to go through before you are accepted as a candidate for an implant.
After the operation and subsequent switch on, there is little coverage of
the issues people face including post-op issues, re-tuning of implant,
ongoing rehabilitation and the challenges & reality of an implant.

Bryan was very frank in how he made the decision to get an implant, how the
operation went and how he has been doing since his cochlear was switched on.
Bryan’s talk was very informative and very detailed. He also allowed alot
of time for questions & answers. He has agreed to come back to our Centre
over the next year to let us know of his achievements and the challenges &
difficulties he faced. We would like to thank Bryan sincerely for his talk
and look forward to getting further updates from him in time to come.

We have a new delivery of items from the Bullseye Books and Gift Club.
These are on display in our office this week. If you would like to order
any item, payment is required in advance. Items will be delivered to our
Centre this week.

The items available this week include:
Dolce & Gabbbane Female Fragrance Set- 30euro/ Disney 365 Bedtime Stories-
8euro/ Friends 4pc Coasters set- 8euro/Kids Storage Pink Seat- 12euro/Kids
Storage Red Seat- 12euro/ 24 Colouring Pencils Pack- 7euro/Utility Light-
5euro/Cupcake Trinket Box- 5euro/Grandma’s Recipe Book- 8euro/Pink Heart
Frame- 8euro/Owl Chunky Pad- 6euro/White Family Collage Frame- 7euro/501
Things to Draw- 8euro.

Congratulations and well done to the CDA who will receive all the funds
raised at this year’s O2O Charity Cycle. The O2O Charity Cycle will be held
on 14th June 2014 and the 310 km long route takes cyclists from Dublin to
Cork. Participation in the 310 km cycle is by invitation only. You can see
the route by going to:

The CDA’s very own social worker Terence Rea, will be cycling on the day.
You will soon be able to sponsor Terence and the other cyclists. The CDA
are planning to hold a fantastic event for children on the day of the cycle
too. More details will be available soon on the CDA’s Facebook page:

DEAFHEAR WEEKEND “CHILDREN NEWLY DIAGNOSED WITH HEARING LOSS” will host its bi-annual information weekend for families with
children who have been newly diagnosed with a hearing loss. The weekend,
led by experienced DeafHear staff, gives families the opportunity to gain
information about supports available locally and nationally from
professionals and peers. There will also be a session with a Deaf person
and their sibling/family members with regards to their experiences growing
up in a hearing family.

This year it will be held from Friday 5th Sept – Sunday 7th Sept at The
Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. The cost of attending is 70 euro
over 16 years and 40 euro under 16 years. All accommodation, meals,
information pack and children’s activities will be provided by DeafHear.
More information available from Siobhan Egan, Family Resource Worker in
Deafhear, Pery Street, Limerick. Mobile 086 605 2205 Email:
[email protected]

Every so often we like to look at achievements of Deaf people in Ireland and
abroad. This week, we heard about Sam Lutalo-Kiingi, the first Deaf African
graduate to achieve a PhD in linguistics. Given the challenges many people
face on the African continent, it’s fantastic to see opportunities are
available for Deaf people to pursue academic success.

Sam’s doctorate thesis was entitled ‘A Descriptive Grammar of
Morphosyntactic Constructions in Ugandan Sign Language (UgSL)’, and is the
first attempt at describing the morphosyntax of an African sign language,
many of which are severely under-documented. To read more about Sam
Lutalo-Kiingi, go to:



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

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre
4 Gas Tce, Tralee, Co. Kerry, IRELAND

Mobile (text): 087 633 4687
E-mail: [email protected]
Fax: 066 712 0386
Tel: 066 712 0399