Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 11.04.11

KDRC has developed a laminated business card with the following message “I am Deaf. I am a sign language user. Please note- The Equal Status Acts 2000 + 2008, and the Disability Act 2005 place legal obligations on Government Departments and Public Bodies to provide access. Failure of refusal to provide access is discriminatory”

On the back of the card, it says, “For access, I require a sign language interpreter (trained and qualified). Interpreters can be booked via Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) Tel: 01 413 9670. Mob: 087 980 6996. E-mail: [email protected] Website:

If you would like a copy of this card, send us your details and we will post them out to you.

Arts & Disability Ireland is delighted to announce the first ever national tour of captioning and audio description with Fishamble: The New Play Company.

Captioning is similar to television subtitling and gives D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences access to live performances with the actors’ words appearing on a display unit (or units) on or near the stage at the same time as they are spoken or sung. Character names, sound effects and off-stage noises are also shown. The captions are prepared in advance by a trained Captioner who operates them as the action unfolds on stage.

We are delighted to see that “The Pride of Parnell Street” which will be held in Siamsa Tire, Tralee on April 28th will have captioning and audio description access. For more information on this, go to

The Institute of Technology Tralee and the CARA APA Centre will host the European Congress in Adapted Physical Activity (EUCAPA) on the 6th & 7th of May in the Solas Building, North Campus ITT, Tralee. Sign language interpreters will be available at this event.

This conference would be of special interest to the following: people with disabilities, families and carers, professionals, volunteers or students involved in the area of disability services, sport, recreation or leisure services, physical needs education and health services. For more information contact: Niamh Daffy, CARA APA Centre by e-mail at [email protected]

4th National APA Conference.pdf

The IDSA has launched a 3 year Strategic plan for 2011 to 2013. Their vision is to develop social and community benefit for Deaf/hard of hearing participants at grassroots, club, and national levels. To develop a sustainable membership base and infrastructure. To enable progression of existing and potential athletes and to compete at competition level.

The IDSA has 5 development areas of action:
Governance & Policy Development.
Regional Council and Club Development.
Communication and Marketing.
High Performance.

In the past, the IDSA focus was on international level. However in the past few years, they have looked at developing activities for young deaf children at grassroot level.

They are now keen to develop events for senior Deaf men. They would like to know your views on this? What activities would you be interested in? For example, a small tournament with 5 or 7-a-side indoor football for senior men (age from 30+ or 35+) for fun. The IDSA have a grant to cover the hall cost, equipment, balls etc and may get support from Local Sport Partnerships to support sports for Deaf men.

If you are interested in this, contact Paul Ryder, IDSA Administrator by e-mail at [email protected]
For more information on the IDSA, go to

The programme for the EFSLI conference in Italy has been announced. Go to the EFSLI and click on “programme”. This is usually a very popular conference for Irish sign language interpreters. The event kicks off with a welcome dinner for participants on the 15th of Sept followed by the EFLSI AGM on the 16th.

There will be a range of speakers from  Europe, the USA and Canada on the 17th and 18th, including conference favourite Sharon Neumann Solow from the USA.

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