Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 11.11.13


Our service will be meeting with a Sociologist next week who is currently involved in a development project:  Interpreters in palliative care: on signing terms—matters of life and death for deaf persons. This is a project funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation and the HSE National Social Inclusion Unit.

The project is in its early stages and the researcher is keen to find out about the challenges for Deaf people in health care settings and particularly in palliative care contexts. She is also keen to find out about the challenges for ISL interpreters, interpreting in health care and again particularly palliative care.

The researcher considers Kerry Deaf Resource Centre to be a very active and dynamic organisation, which has been instrumental in providing interpreter services in primary care. If you would like to get involved in this research, we can pass on your details to the research team.



As part of the National Disability Strategy, the Disability Stakeholders Group will hold its 1st first thematic meeting at the end of November on Irish Sign Language (ISL).


The Programme for Government states on page 54 that ‘We will examine different mechanisms to promote the recognition of Irish Sign Language’.


Willie White from our service has been invited to attend this meeting but due to other commitments is unable to attend. However, our service is keen to ensure the views of the Deaf community in Co. Kerry are still represented at this upcoming meeting.


Have you any thoughts/views on ISL recognition? If so, we would be delighted to hear from you. In addition, what would you like to see Government Departments & Public Services do to ensure access for the Deaf community to their service.


You can email your suggestions to [email protected] or you can text us on 087


6334687 or send a message to us on our facebook page at



There are a number of get-togethers planned for the Kerry & Cork Deaf Folks group. On the 3rd of Dec, the group will meet at 11.30am in the Macroom Castle Hotel for a chat & cup of tea, which will be followed by Christmas lunch. It will cost 32euro per person and includes tea/biscuits/3 course lunch.


On the17th of Dec, Fr.Gerard Tyrell will say Christmas Mass in the Cork Deaf Association (daytime- time to be confirmed). This will be followed by bingo. Fr. Gerard will also say mass for members of CDC at 7.30pm approx. If you would like to attend any of the events, please let us know, as numbers will need to be confirmed.



Simply Signing has developed a set of 4 Communication Fans, which depicts Irish Sign Language and widget symbols. Each fan has 5 signs and 5 symbols colourfully presented to support the inclusion and teaching of deaf children, children with special needs, children with social communication difficulties and second language learners. Also designed to support visual and kinetic learners.


Set 1- Doctor/ hospital appointment. Set 2- Mealtime. Set 3- Social skills. Set 4 Feelings. For more information, go to or text 086805 3987



We have now received a supply of fire alarms for Deaf and hard of hearing. If you want to apply, consideration will be given to those who do not have a fire alarm in their home or have an alarm that is not accessible to them. You will need to submit your name, address, PPS number & outline why you require an alarm.


In Phase 1, if you have a mild hearing loss, you can apply for a standard smoke alarm and optical alarm. This scheme will be initially restricted to 50 applicants. If you are Deaf or have a severe hearing loss, approx 25 vibrating & flashing light strobe wifi alarm systems will be available. Our thanks to Kerry Fire Service and the Kerry Co. Council Community & Enterprise Dept for supporting this initiative.



The sign language interpreted performance of ‘Wicked’ on the 10th December is almost sold out. The event will be held in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Grand Canal, Dublin. Wicked was a smash hit in both the West End and Broadway.


Tickets can be bought via Ticketmaster or by contacting the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.
KDRC provides services to Deaf and hard of hearing people at county level and contributes to national issues of equality, access and rights.

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