Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 05.11.12

This week we say goodbye and a huge thank you to two of our Community Employment workers. The first is Trevor Jones, our Technical Officer who has been with us for the past 4 years. Trevor has worked tirelessly with our Deaf and hard of hearing clients in relation to their assistive technology needs. He has also been a valuable resource in our office maintaining all our computers and office equipment. He is well liked by all of staff and clients and will be greatly missed.

Unfortunately, due to funding cuts, we
are not in a position to offer him a permanent position and as a result, we
no longer have a designated Technical Officer in our service. Please bear
with us, as this will have a major knock on effect in our office. However,
we will do everything in our power to support the huge number of clients we
have with assistive technology.

The 2nd person we are saying farewell to is David Martin. Many of you will
know him from answering the phone, dealing with customer queries at
reception and for assisting other staff in their duties. David is known as
the friendly American in our office. His contract has also come to an end.
We would like to thank David for his time in our service and want to wish
him every success in his future career.

The door will always be open to Trevor and David and we hope to continue to
see them when they visit our service. Best of luck to both of them and on
behalf of everyone here, a huge thank you to both of them.

We will host an Information session ‘Sharing Knowledge’ in our service this
Thursday from 6.30 to 8.30pm. The session is part of a national series of
talks supported by the Irish Deaf Society.

The talk will cover issues such as Employment, Homeowner issues, Deaf
Village Ireland, Education Finance Board, Government Levies and the Signs of
Life Calendar. Geraldine Broderick will facilitate the session in sign

Hands On is back on air on Sunday 18th of November at 12.10 on RTE 1. It
will be on every Sunday (with a repeat the following Saturday) until
February with a
short break over Christmas. Ten brand new programmes will be hitting your
screens over the next few months with loads to look forward to. Tune in
Sunday to find out all the latest news of interest to the Deaf community on
everything from sport, music, education, health, current affairs and much

The ITA will hold its autumn meeting on Saturday 24th of November in The
Granville Hotel in Waterford. To facilitate people travelling from different
parts of Ireland, registration will open at 10am and the meeting will
commence at 11am. The guest speaker will be Mr. Liam Skinner, FRCS (Orl Hns)
M.D from Waterford Regional Hospital. His talk will also include a question
and answer session. Soup and sandwiches will be served at 1pm and admission
is free. However, if you want to make a donation on the day, there will be
an opportunity to do so on the day.

The Granville Hotel is approx 10 mins walk from the train and bus station.
For more information on the ITA, telephone 01 817 5700 or email
[email protected]

We are thrilled to announce the official opening of the Deaf School in Ambo
Ethiopia. Many of you will know a group from Ireland including Willie White
and Veronica White from our service travelled to Ambo two years ago and met
with the local community there. The trip was organised by Fr. Stephen

After many fundraising events and hard work especially by Fr. Monaghan, a
school for the Deaf has been built and will be officially opened on the 30th
of December. In addition, a plot of land opposite the school has recently
been purchased. This has 5 buildings on it and this will in time be
developed into a Vocational Skills Training Centre and a Deaf Centre.

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the project to date.
Fundraising is still an important issue for the school. We would appreciate
it if you could show your support at a Christmas Fair being organised my
Miriam O’Regan in the Ballyphehane Community Centre in Cork on the 25th of
November. Miriam has been a fantastic support and we wish her well on the
day. Members of the group who travelled to Ambo will be present at the
Christmas Fair to share their experience and help out on the day.

Lastly, if you want more information, go to our new Facebook ‘likes’ page at

The workshop for Drugs and Alcohol Awareness for the Deaf People scheduled
for Saturday, 3rd November in Galway has been postponed. A new date will be
rescheduled sometime in December or January 2013. If you wish to register
your interest to attend the workshop, please send an email to
[email protected]

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