Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 07.01.13

On behalf of our Board and staff, we would like to wish all our clients,
service users and supporters a very Happy New Year. We hope you had an
enjoyable Christmas.

A special word of thanks to everyone who sent us Christmas cards and dropped
gifts into our office before Christmas- we really appreciate your kindness
and best wishes.

We look forward to working with you all again in 2013.

It is only two years since a group of Deaf and hearing people from Ireland,
including our own Veronica White and Willie White flew to Ethiopia to
support local Deaf people there in their campaign to set up a Deaf school.

We are thrilled to announce the school was officially opened on the 30th of
December in Ambo. Stephen Monaghan attended the official opening on behalf
of those who supported the project in Ireland.

Phase 2 of the project can now begin. Land opposite the school with 5
buildings was purchased in late 2012 and it is hoped that a Deaf Centre and
a vocational skills training centre will be developed there.

We would like to thank everyone for their support to date. Photos of the
school will be available in due course and will be available at

If you would like to support this project, don’t forget we have 2013
Ethiopian Deaf Calendars on sale in our office. Cost 5 euro each with all
proceeds going directly to the project.

This conference will be held on the 1st and 2nd of March in Dublin. The
seminar will present findings from a recent European Commission funded
project, MEDISIGNS, and outlines some key training materials and resources
available to support the training of interpreters (as well as healthcare
professionals and members of the Deaf community) for work in healthcare.

The target audience for this conference is interpreter trainers as well as
interpreting students, interpreters working in healthcare, healthcare
professionals and members of the Deaf community.

The conference speakers are internationally renowned experts from the fields
of interpreter training, Deaf studies, healthcare and legal medicine and
this is an event not to be missed and the first of its kind in Ireland.

One paper of interest to the Irish Deaf community will be provided by Ms.
Caoimhe Gleeson from the Health Service Executive in Ireland. Her paper will
be “Providing Access to Public Service Healthcare for Deaf Patients:
Challenges & Milestones”

The conference is promoted by Interesource Group (Ireland) Limited and
hosted by the Centre for Deaf Studies, the MEDISIGNS project, partnered with

A programme outline is available at

A fundraising cycle with all proceeds going to the Ireland/Ethiopia Deaf
Project will be held on the 30th of June. The event is being run in
con-junction with Kilgrew Cycles.

Registration on the day will be held at 8.30am in the Ballinhassig Marion
Hall, Cork. It cost 30 euro to register if paid in advance through the “My
charity page” or 50euro on the day. To register, go to

Stewarding, signage and ambulance cover will be in place. Food and water
stops will be in Clonakility and at the finishing line in Ballinhassig.
Please note hard shell helmet must be worn or you will not be allowed
participate in the event.

We would appreciate all your support for this worthwhile event.

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