Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 04.11.13

As a result of our last update, which focussed on sign language interpreting
access to Government Depts and Public Bodies, we had a number of requests on
how to access the Dept of Social Protection (DSP).

DSP have assured us that interpreters can be booked for clients if they
require access to Social Welfare Offices, Community Welfare & the newly
established Intreo services.

Staff in any of these offices can log onto the DSP intranet and go to the
‘Information & Customer Section’. In this section, they will find a policy
‘Procedures for Translation & Interpreting’. This policy lists a number of
contact people in the Department who can sanction a request for an

For more information on the DSP’s access policy, you can email
[email protected]

Over the coming weeks, we hope to launch a limited Fire Alarm scheme for
Deaf and hard of hearing in Co. Kerry. If you want to apply, consideration
will be given to those who do not have a fire alarm in their home or have an
alarm that is not accessible to them. You will need to submit your name,
address, PPS number & outline why you require an alarm.

In Phase 1, if you have a mild hearing loss, you can apply for a standard
smoke alarm and optical alarm. This scheme will be initially restricted to
50 applicants. If you are Deaf or have a severe hearing loss, approx 25
vibrating & flashing light strobe wifi alarm systems will be available. Our
thanks to Kerry Fire Service and the Kerry Co. Council Community &
Enterprise Dept for supporting this initiative.

In a recent update, we mentioned that RTE was beginning to feature
programmes with sign language interpreters imposed on the screen. Our own
Catherine White was the interpreter for the initial programmes.

The company with responsibility for creating these interpreted programmes
are delighted to announce opportunities for Deaf and hearing freelance
onscreen presenters to work with their award-winning and highly skilled team
based in Gateshead, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

If you are fluent in Irish Sign Language (ISL), British Sign Language (BSL),
American Sign
Language (ASL) or International Signs (IS) and are passionate about access
for Deaf people, then this could be the job for you.

ITV SignPost are looking for people of all ages who have NVQ level 4/6 in
BSL, an equivalent post graduate or degree qualification, or an ISL
equivalent standard. You should also have: skills in telling children’s
stories in sign language, experience in translating information for TV,
websites or DVDs, a background in acting or drama, enthusiasm and commitment
to produce high quality sign language translations

If you are enthusiastic, have a commitment to delivering high quality sign
language translations and want to work with a professional bi-lingual team,
please send your CV to Joseph Sheridan, Deaf Team Manager or contact for an
informal chat. Email: [email protected] SMS: 07825 960503 FaceTime:
[email protected] / 07825 960503

Hands On is back on your screens for its 18th series! Programme 1 takes a
look at this year’s Deaflympics, how Ireland fared and what the future holds
for Deaf sports.

Caroline McGrotty visits the Football and Badminton teams who represented
Ireland in Bulgaria; following them in their preparations before the
Deaflympics and catching up with them on their return. Featuring interviews
with Football Coach Jamie Wilson, Assistant Manager Geoffrey Foy, Captain
Darren Dunne, midfielder Seán Young, Badminton Director Ivan Gryzlov and
badminton players Shane Keogh, Johnny Corcoran and Aidan Connor.

While the teams did Ireland proud, Hands On wonders why this is the first
year since 1981 that Team Ireland came home from the Deaflympics without a
medal? Paul Ryder of Deaf Sports Ireland explains the challenges facing
Irish Deaf sport. Hands On ask Nora Duggan and Deaflympic veteran Dee
Byrne-Dunne if they feel the glory days of Irish Deaf swimming are over for
good and if enough is being done to develop female Deaf athletes.

Be sure to tune in at 12.30pm, Saturday November 16th on RTÉ One, or you can
catch the repeat at 10.30am, Sunday November 17th on RTÉ One. The programme
will also be made available on the RTÉ Player and at

Since its establishment, Simply Signing’s mission is to promote the
education of Irish Sign Language to all children, to provide a colourful
access through our publications, devoted to early intervention and
educational work with children, educators and their caregivers.

Simply Signing has been working very closely on a fantastic project with the
Dublin Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland. As many of you know signing has been
identified and is advocated as a vital form of communication support for any
child with delayed speech and/or temporary or fluctuating hearing loss. As
consultants on this project, Simply Signing filmed 250 ISL signs and
developed a wonderful animated signing character for children.

This will be an enjoyable and wonderful tool for all children, and children
with hearing loss and special needs. Simply Signing would like to take this
opportunity to congratulate all the team in DSI Dublin and all involved in
this project. To view the clip, 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

Mobile (text): 087 633 4687
E-mail: [email protected]

Fax: 066 712 0386
Tel: 066 712 0399