Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 05.05.14

We would like to thank Willie White from our service for representing us at the recent Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) UK & Ireland conference in London last weekend.

The aim of CODA UK & Ireland is to achieve a greater awareness of CODAs, to promote positive attitudes and inclusion, whilst developing opportunities for individuals to celebrate their heritage of this unique group. Over the years, the term CODA has come to symbolise hearing children of Deaf adults over 18 years old. The term KODA is now used for hearing kids of Deaf adults under 18 years of age.

At the conference, our own Catherine White from Co. Kerry presented a paper
on the history & background to CODA and how the concept of providing
supports to hearing children of Deaf adults came about?

This was followed by a paper by Jemina Napier who talked about the research
on language brokering between hearing children of Deaf adults and the wider

Marie Dimond & Ray Williams talked about the positive attributes of being a
C/KODA and some of the challenges growing up in a bi-lingual/bi-modal

There was also discussion groups, one of which Willie facilitated. The
conference finished off with presentation of awards to volunteers, which was
facilitated by the guest presenters, CODA Board members & Willie.

CODA UK & Ireland is now designated as a Community Interest Company. They
are currently accepting applications for new members. In addition, they are
actively looking for volunteers to support their ongoing work. For more
information, go to

CODA UK & IRELAND will be hosting a KODA camp from the 28th – 31st of August
in the Blackwell Adventure Centre near Birmingham. The camp is aimed at
hearing children with Deaf parents aged 0-17. The majority of the workshops
will take place in the hall next to the Arboretum Community Project Café in
the Arboretum Park, Derby.

The workshops, activities and trips, decided by the children, are an
opportunity to meet other KODAs, share experiences, learn new skills, and
have fun, in a safe environment. This will help to promote positive
attitudes within the family unit and support Deaf parents. This could be a
great opportunity for an Irish KODA to meet KODA’s from around the UK.
Places are limited and a waiting list may apply. The fee per child is
75-pound sterling. If you are interested, email [email protected] or
check out

The Cork Deaf Elderly group will be coming to Stokers Lodge in Tralee on
Tuesday the 13th of May at 11 am.  The group would like to meet with the
Deaf community in Co. Kerry and in particular with elderly Kerry Deaf. If
you would like to attend, you can let us know or you can turn up on the day.

Willie White from our service will be giving a talk to the Cork Parents’
Forum in the Cork Deaf Association (CDA) on Thursday 22nd of May at 7.30 pm.
Willie will give a talk on the benefits of being part of the Deaf community.
Susan O’Callaghan will also give a presentation on Communication.  A sign
language interpreter has been booked for the presentations. The talk will
take place at the CDA’s office at 5 MacCurtain Street, Cork.

Cork Deaf Association’s Youth group is hoping to plan a trip to Belfast in
August. The trip is also open to Deaf & hard of hearing youth from Co.
Kerry. As part of the trip, the group hope to meet with other Deaf & hard of
hearing youth from the North. The trip is in the early stages of planning at
the moment. As soon as more details are finalised, we will let you know. If
you are interested, send us your details and we will pass them on to the

As the current academic year is drawing to a close, now is a good time for
new students to think about what supports 3rd level colleges and
universities offer?

AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability has
specific information relating to supports for Deaf and hard of hearing
students. If you go to the following website, scroll down until you see
Supports for Deaf & hard of hearing.

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

Charity Number CHY20854

Text     (+353) 87 633 4687
Fax      (+353) 66 712 0386
Tel       (+353) 66 712 0399

E-mail       [email protected]

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