Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 06.10.14

There will be a Mass for the Deaf community in St. John Pastoral Centre, Tralee in the Blue room on Sunday 19th Oct at 3pm.

Fr. Gerard Finucane will say the Mass with communication support from the new Lay Chaplain for the Deaf, John Patrick Doherty.

If anyone would like to do readings or the Gospels, John Patrick would happy to forward you the reading information. For more information, you can email [email protected] or text 087 9062947.

NEW  IRISH  SIGN  LANGUAGE  COURSE  FOR  BEGINNERS  ONLINE has introduced a new online course for anyone interested in
learning Irish Sign Language (ISL).  The course offers a flexible and
accessible way of learning that is suitable to the student.  Each module on
the online course can be played from your own PC at anytime.

There is also general introduction to ISL, which will give students the
confidence to communicate in a variety of situations that arise on a daily
basis.  It includes videos on different topics, a range of different
vocabulary, the alphabet and many other commonly used signs.

The online course costs 60euro and once payment has been made you will have
access to the course for three months. To join the course, go to the

Hands On: At the moment, RTÉ are undecided if Hands On will be coming back
on air or if a new Deaf TV programme will be introduced in time for Autumn
2015.  RTÉ are also looking into which programmes would be suitable for Deaf
viewers.  Two new documentaries are due to be shown by May 2015.

The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) handed a petition with 664 signatures to Colm
O’Callaghan, Head of RTÉ Production. This petition highlighted how
disappointed the Deaf community were when they not consulted on this
decision to axe Hands On. The IDS also highlighted their concerns that the
proposed documentaries are made without Deaf input.

ISL programming: At present, RTÉ are airing an average 3.5 hours of ISL late
every Wednesday night (not including RTÉ news/Weather).  The IDS informed
RTÉ that whilst they appreciate the increase in ISL, they would like to see
more prime time ISL viewing.  RTÉ announced that “Storytime” for children
will be ISL translated and be shown in the morning at 7.30 am.

RTÉ DVDs: All RTÉ DVDs in future will have subtitles.

RTÉ News for the Deaf: Two new presenters have been hired.  So watch out to
see who they are!

As part of ISL Awareness Week, the Irish Deaf Youth Association organised a
flash mob to sign a song to promote the awareness of Irish Sign Language at
St. Stephen’s Green.  To view the clip, go to the following:

On the 6th of September the Irish Deaf Channel Swimmers had a party to
celebrate the wonderful seven Deaf women who swam the English Channel back
in July.  At the event, they revealed they had raised a massive
29,214.44euro for the Irish Deaf Women’s Group.  For those who were unable
to attend the event you can view the presentation by clicking on the
following on the following link.

A new smart phone app from Convo, a Deaf-owned and operated company allows
users to create personalised ring tones of light to identify incoming
callers, and adjust the brightness in a room to make sign language easier to
see onscreen. The app works with Phillips Hue Wifi enabled light bulbs,
which can be made to change colour or turn off & on via a smart phone app.

For more information, go to:

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.