Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 10.01.11

We would like to wish all our staff, clients and supporters a very Happy New
Year. We re-opened for business after our Christmas break on the 5th of
January and look forward to working with you all in 2011

With the extreme road conditions, we had to cancel our Christmas party- our
apologies for any inconvenience caused by this.

With temperature levels also going well below zero, alot of people in Kerry
had severe water issues and burst water pipes. If this happened to you- make
sure to report this to your local Council. We can also contact the Council
on your behalf. Although, the bad weather has passed for now, Kerry County
Council uploads useful information on their website in relation to bad
weather conditions, water restrictions, advice to householders
with burst pipes, and where roads were gritted in Kerry at,3302,en.html

You can also register to receive updates by email at

To fully access public services, most Deaf people require an ISL interpreter
to facilitate communication. At present, the interpreter must be present at
the same location as the Deaf person to undertake an interpreting role.

The Irish Deaf Society, Deafhear and the Sign Language Interpreting Service
have established a steering committee to oversee the development of a remote
interpreting pilot project.

Using internet video software the interpreter can be ‘virtually’ present at
any service location that has a broadband internet connection available. The
only additional hardware to provide remote ISL interpreting is a webcam.
This allows the remote interpreter to ‘interpret’ the conversation between
the service provider and the Deaf service user.

The Steering Committee will identify a sample range of public services to
participate in the project, with a particular focus on the Government
Departments and public services that are currently paying for interpreting

The pilot will include a number of:
Citizens Information Centres.
Mainstream Schools (with children of Deaf Parents).
Local Authority Offices.
Health Centres.
Revenue Commissioners.
Passport Offices.

Service providers must register with the project prior to making a booking.
Initially, service providers will be asked to submit a completed Expression
of Interest form to the Steering committee. The registration process will
involved a remote interpreting site test to ensure that the necessary
equipment is available and that the staff are familiar with the process.

Further information is available at

With swine flu in the spotlight again- the Irish Deaf Society has produced
an information piece signed by Eddie Redmond. The information is in
conjunction with the HSE and can be viewed at

The video gives information on the following:
Who can get the vaccination?
Who is at risk?
How the vaccine works?
How safe is the vaccine?
How long does it take for the vaccine to work?
What are the side effects of taking the vaccination?
What if I don’t feel well after the vaccine?
Do I have to pay for the vaccine?

If you are unable to see the video/ or if the video is ‘jumpy’ the IDS would
advise you to let youtube “load” before watching it. Look at the red bar
under the clip move from left to right, and then you should be able to play
the clip. If you have further questions about Influenza A H1N1/Swine Flu
contact [email protected] or go to

Our next monthly mass will be held on the 16th of January from 3-5pm in St.
John’s Pastoral Centre. Veronica White (NCDP) will interpret the Mass with
Fr. Placid Nolan. As usual tea and coffee will be served afterwards. If you
require accessible transport to the Mass, please let us know in advance.

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