Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 14.01.13

We would like to send our best wishes to the Institute of Technology, Tralee
(ITT) who have been awarded the United Nations Education, Science and
Culture Organisation (UNESCO) Chair.

The Institute outlined to UNESCO how they, together with their international
partners will work towards “Transforming the lives of people with
disabilities through PE, Sport, Fitness and Recreation”.  The UNESCO Chairs
Programme seeks to advance research, training and programme development in
higher education by building networks and encouraging co-operation through
transfer of knowledge across borders.  Influencing legislation policy and
practice will also be core objectives of the role for IT Tralee.

Our service and clients have benefited greatly from working with the Health
and Leisure Dept in the ITT over the past few years. We have engaged a wide
range of indoor and outdoor sporting and leisure activities. We would like
to congratulate everyone in the ITT and in particular Tomas Aylward, Ursula
Barrett, Trevor Jones and all the students and staff we’ve had the pleasure
of working with over the years.

The Institute of Technology, Tralee is already recognised internationally as
a pioneer in achieving social inclusion through the vehicles of PE, Sport,
Fitness and Recreation. In announcing the UNESCO Chair Dr Oliver Murphy
noted that “the UNESCO Chair recognises the key role IT, Tralee plays
internationally in the field of Adapted Physical Activity. As well as
endorsing IT Tralee as an organisation with the capacity to lead change in
the lives of those with disability internationally, this also is an
important development as we embark on the building of The Centre for
Universal Inclusive Sport Health and Leisure Education (CUISHLE) at the ITT
North Campus”. This facility will house teaching, sporting, recreational,
social, cultural, artistic, and educational activities.

Sencity is a multi-sensory music event where the audience can hear but also
feel, see, smell and taste the music – everybody is enabled to capture the
music’s passion, diverse emotions, vibes and lyrics through different
channels. Created and celebrated by people with and without hearing
abilities. Sencity has already inspired people all over the world – and the
journey continues! For the first time this live music event is going to take
place in Dublin on February 9th, 2013 (Concert Hall, RDS).

Over the past 12 months, the organisers who are from Germany worked with
members of the Irish Deaf community and managed to put together a motivated
local team of 16 Deaf and hard of hearing youngsters who met up on a weekly
basis to work together on SencityDublin2013.
This one of a kind multisensory concept is realised by a range of
specialists, including: international live artists, aroma jockeys who
intensify the feeling of the songs performed with fitting scents, food
jockeys who create sensations that impart what the music could taste like,
make-up artists, masseurs, hair dressers and many more. The senses are fired
up by laser- and light shows that turn songs into colours, shapes and
pictures. On stage, there are sign dancers translating lyrics and emotions
into Irish Sign Language.

One of the most exceptional features is the vibrating dance floor, which
responds to the music’s bass frequency. This so called SenseFloor is unique
in the world and is provided by a special company from Holland. For more
information, go to

Sign4Life has created a free app to enable people learn the basics of Irish
Sign Language. It is free on the android app store for the month of January.

Sign4Life is made up of four hearing students from Pallaskenry who began
learning sign language during Transition Year. After a talk given by Maria
Allen, Principal of the School for the Deaf in Limerick, they were inspired
to create something of benefit for the Deaf and hearing communities.

Initially, the fledgling company thought about doing a website but then felt
an app (or application) which could be downloaded to a smart phone would be
more useful and user-friendly. “We went and visited the school and the Deaf
Community Centre and we had their support. We needed their support to go
through with this,” Colleen explains. 15 percent of all proceeds go to the
Limerick School for the Deaf.

The app can be downloaded at

If you would like to learn more about Sign4Life, go to

We would like to send our best wishes and congrats to the Deaf
Communications Infrastructure Development (DCID) project. The project was
awarded 865,000 pounds sterling from the EU INTERREG IVA Programme. It
brings together a consortium of six public sector and not-for-profit
organisations from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Each
organisation specialises in adult education and vocational skills
development. The purpose of coming together is to build an infrastructure
that addresses the critical current shortage of communication professionals
working with Deaf people to access public sector services.

If you live in Northern Ireland or the border counties and would like to
train to teach sign language- here is a link to their upcoming training

Further information on the project is available at

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