President Mary McAleese, Patron of the Sign Language Interpreting Service
(SLIS), attended the SLIS Accreditation Award Ceremony on the 1st of
October. She was welcomed by Tony McQuinn, CEO, Citizens Information Board,
Anne Coogan, Chairperson, SLIS and Cora Pollard, Manager, SLIS.

Suzanne with President of Ireland

The President presented Suzanne Carey, a sign language interpreter from
Kerry with her R1 Accreditation. Willie White- Manager of our service had
the honour of presenting the President with a bouquet of flowers.

Speaking at her first function as patron of SLIS the President said: “The
interpreters who receive accreditation here today are an important resource
to Deaf people and to our society generally. Their skill and fluency ensure
that the great diversity within the Deaf community will be given its best
voice and that the dignity and right to equality of each Deaf person will be
more than mere words.” Speaking from personal experience she added: “growing
up with a profoundly Deaf brother, a stand-out memory is of him tugging at
my sleeve at noisy family gatherings, to say “remember me – I’m here too” as
he struggled to be included in a hearing world that made little concession
to those who could not hear.”

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MDSC will hold their 30th Annual Regional Meeting on Saturday, 10th October
2009. Elections will also be held for new MDSC committee (2 years term
2009 – 2011) along with nomination for the Irish Deaf Sports Assoc (IDSA)
Executive Committee (4 years term 2009 – 2013).

It will be held in the Deaf Community Centre, 96A, O’Connell Street,
Limerick at 2pm. All are Welcome. For more information, contact Bernadette O
Connor (Secretary) at [email protected]

A seminar and workshop on Social Networking for the Deaf Community will be
held on the 12th and 13th of October in Dublin. This workshop will be free
to participants as the Catholic Inst. for Deaf People will cover the costs
of the event.

There will be three sessions each lasting three hours to explore Social
Networking and

whether it can deliver benefits to the Deaf community and organisations
working with the Deaf.

Nathalie Mc Dermott from ‘On the Road Media’ will be deliver the
Seminar/Workshop and has vast experience of this area. Nathalie is an
acknowledged expert in this field and is based in London.

If you would like further information, you can e-mail [email protected]
If you would like to represent our service at this event, please let us know
as KDRC can send two representatives.

There will be an Advice and Information session on the Arts and Disability
Awards on the 14th October from 11am-2pm. The event is free and lunch will
be provided. It will be held in the Fire Station Artists’ Studios, 9-11
Lower Buckingham Dublin 1

If you would like to attend and have communication requirements, please
contact [email protected]

The Arts & Disability Awards Ireland is a bursary programme for individual
disabled artists living in N. Ireland & ROI working in ALL art forms. The
closing date for the next round of applications is the 2nd of November. The
bursary programme can award 5,000 sterling or the euro equivalent. It is
open to residents of N. Ireland and the ROI and working in all Art forms.

Deafblind Ireland will host a training day on Saturday, 21st of November
from 9.45-3.30pm. The theme of the training will be “A matter of
Communication – exploring a range of communication issues experienced by
Deafblind children and adults”

Overview of Communication with congenitally Deafblind people/ Functional
sensory assessments/ Video analysis of programmes with
Communication/ Communication and language development/ Communicative

The training is open to Special Needs teachers/ Support Assistant/ Families
and carers/ Disability Organisations/ Representatives of user organisations/
SLTs/ Psychologists

The training day is free (lunch optional at 10 euro). It will be held in The
Dublin Deaf Club, 40 Lower Drumcondra Road. Dublin. For more information,
Text: 086 1777200/ E-mail: [email protected] Tel: 043 47636


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

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