Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 05.03.12

The Mental Wellness Exhibition will be held in the Killarney Sport and
Leisure Centre on Sunday and Monday, March 11th and 12th.

The event is organised to help prevent suicide and to create suicide
awareness. Over 50 groups will have information stands. GP and
Psychotherapist, Dr Terry Lynch, who has written ‘Beyond Prozac and Selfhood
’, will be the keynote speaker on Sunday at 4.30pm. A sign language
interpreter will sign all talks on the Sunday from 2pm onwards, including Dr
Lynch’s talk. Admission is free but donations of old mobile phones would be
welcome as a fund-raiser. There will be a full panel of speakers as well as
workshops and special events.

The Monday session will have a special focus on secondary schools. GAA stars
Colm Cooper, Kieran Donaghy and Darren O’Sullivan will be present on Monday
to support the event. Admission free. Any person in need of support may
contact the suicide helpline by texting the word HELP to 51444. Further
information is available from

The Children of Deaf Adults conference will be held on the 28th of April in
dDeaflinks Staffordshire in the UK. The costs are £5 sterling for adults and
kids are free. Food will be available at a charge of £3 sterling per person.
There will be a full conference programme and activities for kids.
Volunteers are also required.

The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for anyone interested
to access new research/information about CODAs/HMFD (hearing, mother father
Deaf). To meet new people, make friends and share knowledge, stories and
experiences. For some it’s an opportunity to celebrate their heritage and
for others it may be a place to discover new ways of dealing with unresolved
issues, whether for themselves or their family.

Professor Bencie Woll, Director of DCAL-UCL will talk about research
comparing early sign language acquisition in hearing and deaf children of
deaf parents and also more generally about DCAL. Cathy Petters from Deaf
CAMHS will talk about Deaf CAMHS and her work with CODA’s and their families
as a Family Therapist.

Further information is available by email from [email protected] or
online at

A gathering of adult CODA’s from Ireland and the UK will take place in June
in Ballyhoura in Co. Cork. This promises to be a great event and an
opportunity to catch up with other hearing adults who grew up in a Deaf
family. This follows on from other CODA events that were organised over the
years, the most recent being in Co. Kerry, Duke’s Barn in the UK and in

There are 13 confirmed CODA’s from UK and Ireland (including Co. Kerry) and
a few more waiting to confirm. It will be held from the 21st to the 24th of
June. If you are interested, you need to confirm ASAP, as accommodation is
limited. It’s open to any CODA over the age of 18. For more information, go
to CODA Ireland (Hearing Children Of Deaf Adults) on Facebook.

The MDSC is now taking new applications for membership.

Benefits to members include co-operations with local SIDO’s for an array of
sporting activities. Information from SIDO will be forwarded to members. If
you have any issues at a local level, MDSC will liaise with SIDO. Insurance
cover to attend all sporting events taking place in Munster if booked
through MDSC. Access to all sporting programmes taking place in Munster.
Membership Card (for entry to sports venues/ gyms. Updates on all Deaf
sports events/training by email/text. Access to MDSC facebook page. Ten
percent discount on MDSC polo shirt. Membership for IDSA/CISS/EDSO. Monthly
newsletter by email or post. Free entry to any IDSA National & Regional
Championship. Free Deaflympics PR email from IDSA Deaflympics Rep.

For more information on membership, email: [email protected] or
text 087 2155 104.

In this weeks edition of IDN- Eddie Redmond presents the following items in
sign language.

Taoiseach signs EU Fiscal Stability Treaty. Policeman shot by Raoul Moat
found dead. Two men found guilty for assault referee at Croke Park. Red
Cross Agency
to enter Homs city to help. Davy Jones of the Monkees died aged 66

To view the clip, go to and allow
it time to load up.

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