Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 15.04.13

We are looking for volunteers for street collections on the following dates:
7th of June in Tralee, 28th of June in Listowel, 12th of July in Killarney
and 13th of September in Castleisland.

We would like to thank Geraldine Broderick and Patrick Doody for hosting an
Information Roadshow in conjunction with the Irish Deaf Society. The event
was held in our Centre last Monday night (8th of April).

The Roadshow covered a wide range of topics including Know Your Rights,
Local Property Tax, ISL Recognition Campaign, Inheritance Tax, Proposed
Water Charges, and the upcoming EUD conference in Dublin. If you missed the
workshop and would like more information, handouts are available from
Geraldine and Patrick. Our thanks to them and to the IDS for the Roadshow

We would also like to thank Fr. Placid Nolan and Veronica White for
organising a monthly mass in sign language last Sunday. If you would like to
attend future masses, the mass is usually held on the 2nd Sunday of each
month in St. John’s Pastoral Centre at 3pm.

The HSE, working in partnership with Brothers of Charity Southern Services,
Enable Ireland (Children’s Services) and St John of Gods (Children’s
Services) invite you to an Information session for parents on the planned
reconfiguration (changes) of children’s services in Kerry.

There will be one meeting in Tralee on Wednesday 17th of April at 6pm. It
will be held in The Canteen, Kerry Community Services Building, Rathass,
Tralee. Please note, there is no sign language interpreter available for
this meeting.

However, the 2nd meeting will be accessible to Deaf parents as a sign
language interpreter is available on that date. That meeting will be held on
Monday, 22nd of April at 10am in the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service, Fairhill,

The Inst. of Technology Tralee will be presenting Certificates to those who
participated with us in the Outdoor Activities before Christmas, and to
everyone who is currently taking part in the gym sessions this year. An
Awards Night is being organised on the 25th of April at 6pm (location to be
announced). At this stage, we are unsure if an interpreter will be
available. However, if you are Deaf or hard of hearing and participated in
any of these activities, please contact us and we will arrange to get a
certificate for you.

We have a new delivery of items from the Bullseye Books and Gift Club. These
are on display in our office this week. If you would like to order any item,
payment is required in advance. Items will be delivered to our Centre next

Sewing Caddy 8euro. Reward Stamps 10euro. Cake Pops Bakeware Kits 8euro.
30 Handcrafted Cards (green box) 16euro. Dazzling Headbands 12euro. 4 Book
Set – Farm Words etc 9euro. Guardian Angel 10euro. Sugar & Spice Cook Book
8euro. Finger Paints – numbers 8euro. Scoop Collander 5euro. Clapping Bear
Happy & You Know It 15euro. Ladies Interchangeable Watch 15euro.
Granddaughter Bracelet 8euro. 4 Book Set – Things that Go 8euro.

The first ever WHO/World Bank World report on disability reviews evidence
about the situation of people with disabilities around the world. The WHO
have produced a summary in International Sign which will be of interest to
the Deaf community

The summary includes: What do we know about disability? What are the
disabling barriers? How are lives of people with disabilities affected?
Addressing barriers. Recommendations. Translating recommendations into
action. Conclusion.

Following chapters on understanding disability and measuring disability, the
report contains topic-specific chapters on health; rehabilitation;
assistance and support; enabling environments; education; and employment.
Within each chapter, there is a discussion of the barriers confronted, and
case studies showing how countries have succeeded in addressing these by
promoting good practice. In its final chapter, the report offers nine
concrete recommendations for policy and practice, which if put in place
could lead to real improvements in the lives of people with disability.

Many people including Deaf and hard of hearing people will be travelling to
the USA this year on holidays. In addition to an airline tickets, passengers
are required to apply for an ESTA visa.

As a result of numerous bogus sites being established, the US Embassy in
Ireland would like to inform all travellers, that there is only one official
ESTA registration website If you search for ESTA
on the Internet, you may be directed to bogus sites. In addition, the fee
charged can be significantly higher than the official ESTA fee.

The ONLY way to register for ESTA is through the Department of Homeland
Security’s Custom and Border Protection Service website at

The Embassy also recommends you apply for an ESTA, at least two weeks in
advance of the planned departure date.  This timeframe will allow the very
small number of registrants whose ESTA registration is not approved time
enough to make an appointment for a visa application at the Embassy.

Please keep in mind that due to caseloads and staffing, the Embassy is
rarely able to accommodate last-minute visa application appointment requests
for ESTA registrants who are denied pre-approval too close to their planned
travel date.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre
4 Gas Tce, Tralee

KDRC provides services to Deaf and hard of hearing people at county level
and contributes to national issues of equality, access and rights.

Mobile (text): 087 633 4687
E-mail: [email protected]

Fax: 066 712 0386
Tel: 066 712 0399