Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 03.02.14

In our last update, we mentioned about the Irish Sign Language Recognition
campaign’s second debate in the Seanad (House of Senators).  Unfortunately,
the Bill was not passed into law.  However, if you would like to see the
transcripts of the debate, go to the following.

On page 38 of the transcripts of the debates, Senator Marie Moloney from Co.
Kerry mentioned our own Willie White in her speech “I presume that most or
our guests know Mr. Willie White, who did a great deal of interpreting for
former President Mary McAleese.  I know him well and worked with him in
Kerry promoting ISL”.  Our thanks to Senator Moloney for supporting the
campaign and for acknowledging the work of our Manager, Willie White.

In the absence of official recognition, County & Town Councils throughout
Ireland continue to pass motions calling on the Irish Government to give
official recognition to Irish Sign Language. The latest Council to do so is
Sligo County Council. It is now the 32nd local authority to do so. The
motion was delayed from last year as Sligo County Council had to deal with
urgent issues surrounding the Lissadell House saga. Congrats to Sligo County
Council and to those who presented the motion on behalf of the Deaf

The Mid-Term Camp 2014 is an exciting camp for deaf and hard of hearing
children that will take place from the 20 – 22 February 2014.  The camp is
for boys and girls, aged between 10 and 15 years.

The camp will be hosted in Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) and in the residence
of St. Mary’s school for Deaf girls, Dublin.  The cost is 50euro per child,
which covers accommodation, food and planned activities. This is an ideal
opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing children from around the country to
meet their peers, make new friends, enjoy the state-of-the-art sports
facilities in DVI and see first hand the Deaf schools.  Parents will have a
chance to meet and talk with staff at pick-up time on the Saturday when tea
and coffee will be provided.

There are limited places so get in touch as soon as possible.  You can
call/text Noeleen in CIDP at 087 413 1619 or email [email protected].
Information is also available on Facebook, by searching “Mid-Term Camp
2014”.  Please do not hesitate to get in contact with Noeleen if you have
any questions or require further information.

Five training days are being offered for professionals working with
individuals who are deafblind. The Professional Certificate in
Deafblindness/Mult-Sensory Impairment is designed to improve skills and
insights necessary to identify and meet needs relating to multi-sensory

This programme is targeted at health, education and social practitioners in
the field of disability.   This course takes place at the University College
Campus in Cork.

7 March: Overview on Deaf/Blindness. 9 May: Access to Learning.
20 June: Communication Strategies. 20 September: Mobility and Orientation.
15 November: Functional Assessment

An Irish Sign Language will be organised by Deafblind Ireland (if
It will cost 50 euro per day. A fee reduction is available if you register
for the full five days. For further information or application email
[email protected]

Signature are now able to hold Teacher Training for Level 3 certificate in
Irish Sign Language (ISL3) in Ireland.  Before they arrange an event they
would like to know how many Centres are interested and how many teachers
would be interested in going.  The cost of this event is half price this
year costing only 80 euro per person.  This event will be delivered in ISL
and is expected to run from 9.30am – 4.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided
but participants must bring own lunch.

Overview of the new qualification. Explanation of the assessment criteria.
Topics. Assessment procedures. Resources.

Teachers must read before attending, and bring to the event, the
Qualification Specification.  For a copy of the qualification Specification,
please visit

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

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