Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 12.03.12

The recession continues to take effect in Ireland and we have seen ongoing
cuts to funding for Disability services. In 2010 & 2011, many organisations
saw significant cuts to their funding including our own agency. This had a
major impact on service delivery and cuts had to be implemented across the
board. In late 2011, we were informed that further cuts were in the pipeline
for 2012. At the time it was projected that cuts would be in the region of
4.6 per cent. This was later revised to approx 3.6 per cent.

Last week our funding from the HSE for March was cut by 878.16 euro. If our
funding is to be reduced in the region of 3.6per cent, our overall HSE
funding will drop by approx 3,000 euro. Again, this is not a significant
cut. However, when you add in previous cuts over the past few years, this
reduces our funding to approx 91,000 euro. When you calculate cuts from
other Govt. Depts, the accumulative affect is very tough for the voluntary,
community and disability sector.

Our service has campaigned for many years for increased funding. We have
also campaigned for the introduction of policy and procedures to enable
broader access for Deaf and hard of hearing clients. We have seen very
little progress since our establishment in February 1999. Our client numbers
continue to increase and demand for services are ever growing. We are now in
service for 13 years and have a proven track record in the Deaf and hard of
hearing communities, but it raises the question? How can we provide our
client groups and their families with a comprehensive service on a budget of
91,000 euro?

We are now calling on our clients and supporters to write to their local
TD’s and Ministers and asked for a halt to these cuts. A review of funding
for disability services is required and further action needs to be taken to
protect the viability of our service.

Two DEL-funded three-year PhD studentships are available in the School of
Modern Languages at Queen’s University. These are full studentships for
appropriately qualified applicants, to include tuition fees and a
maintenance grant.

The broad research areas are:
The local deaf community, its demographics and the extent to which deaf
people have successfully integrated in / been excluded from wider social
organisations and processes (education, health, the arts etc). This
studentship is tenable from 1 April 2012, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Signing for performance, with particular reference to theatre and/or
television. This studentship is tenable from 1 September 2012, or as soon as
possible thereafter.

Successful applicants will hold a good honours degree in any related
discipline, and have demonstrable proficiency in British Sign Language. A
postgraduate qualification in any related discipline is desirable. A working
knowledge of Irish Sign Language is also desirable.

All potential applicants are strongly advised to make informal enquiries to
Professor David Johnston, at [email protected] in the first instance.

Application is via the Queen’s direct admissions portal at: (closing date 20 March 2012
for both studentships).

In order to be eligible for both the fees and maintenance elements of this
studentship, applicants must be UK nationals or EU citizens who have lived
in the UK for the last three years for purposes other than studying.

Deafness and Education International is a peer-reviewed journal published
quarterly. It is now available FREE of charge online until the 15th of

The journal provides a forum for teachers and other professionals involved
with the education and development of deaf infants, children and young
people, and readily welcome relevant contributions from this area of

Submissions may fall within the areas of linguistics, education,
personal-social and cognitive developments of deaf children, spoken
language, sign language, deaf culture and traditions, audiological issues,
cochlear implants, educational technology and educational l issues that
impinge on deaf children and young people.

The types of submissions considered include research papers, work in
progress reports, reviews, survey articles, conference reports and response
to previously published articles. To access the Journals, go to

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre
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