Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 13.01.14

Since October 2013, RTE have been providing three hours of Irish made
programmes through Irish Sign Language every Wednesday night. Catherine
White & April Drew both from Co. Kerry have been two of the on-screen
interpreters for a number of the aired shows.

To date, the following programmes have been interpreted, The Gathering,
Dirty Old Town, Dragon’s Den, Local Heroes. If you have Sky TV, you will be
able to set your timer to record these programmes. Alternatively, you will
be able to view them on the RTE player. Here is a link to one of the most
recent shows.

Many Deaf people in Ireland received compensation through the Residential
Institution Redress Board (RIRB). The RIRB has changed its name to CARANUA.

CARANUA will offer survivors support, information, advice and advocacy;
enhanced access to publicly provided services and grants to avail of
services in health, education and housing. In Ireland it will also work with
statutory bodies to improve their capacity to understand, recognise and
address the particular needs of survivors arising from their adverse
childhood experiences.

CARANUA will be responsible for improving the health and well being of
survivors of institutional abuse who received awards through the courts or
the RIRB.  Funding for its services and activities comes from a fund of 110
million euro committed by religious congregations.  CARANUA is committed to
using these funds to the best benefit of survivors.

CARANUA will ensure that the process of applying for services and grants
will have individual survivors at its heart.  It will be simple to use and
offer choice to survivors.  From January 6th 2014, CARANUA began accepting
applications from people who are eligible to apply. To be eligible, you must
have received an award through settlement, Court or the RIRB. Applications
will be accepted online or by post.  Where necessary, personal assistance in
making applications will be available by telephone or face-to-face. If you
would like to make an application for support, information is available at

The European Union of the Deaf (EUD) is currently looking for an experienced
International Sign interpreter to provide interpretation and translation for
the INSIGN project team throughout the full duration of the project, in
particular to the EUD Executive Director.

The INSIGN proposal intends to give response to the European Parliament
decision of 10-13 December 2012 for the implementation of a Real Time Sign
Language Application and Service, following an evident need as there is
currently no direct communication access for deaf or hard of hearing
citizens to Members of the European Parliament and administrators of the
institutions of the European Union and vice versa with deaf or hard of
hearing person inside the EU institutions.

Applications must be sent to [email protected] by Friday, 17 January 2014
At 12 noon (Central European Time) at the latest. Late applications will not
be considered! Please indicate ‘INSIGN Interpreter Application 2014’ in the
subject line. For more information, go to

On Wednesday 22nd of January at 7.30pm, the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS)
will hold an Information night in the Green Room, Thomas Mahon Building,
Deaf Village in Dublin.

The agenda for the event is: Do you want a degree in Irish Sign Language
teaching, interpreting or working with Deaf people? What is CDS? How to
apply for courses in CDS? Are the courses free? How to pay for the courses?
What benefits? For more information on CDS, go to

At fifteen-years-old, Haben Girma had skied, kayaked, cycled, danced, and
travelled to Mali without her parents. That’s a lot for any teenager, but
Haben was doing all those things while deaf and blind.

And her adventures didn’t stop there. She has since become the first
deaf-bind student to graduate from Harvard Law School. Haben is a disability
rights advocate who is thinking deeply about the ways people with
disabilities move through the world. To read more about this inspiring
person, go to

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