Kerry Deaf Resource Centre update 18.03.13

A new app for healthcare professionals who provide services for Deaf clients
was launched in February by MEDISGIGNS. The MEDISIGNS App has been developed
by Interesource Group (Ireland) Ltd in which the Centre for Deaf Studies
(CDS), Trinity College Dublin is a partner along with experts from
University of Nicosia, Cyprus, the Foundation for the Promotion of
Entrepreneurship, Lodz, Poland, Stockholm University, Sweden and Heriot-Watt
University, Scotland

One of the core goals of the MEDISIGNS project is the creation of CPD
training in a blended learning environment for interpreters/medical staff
and Deaf people as well as developing tools, such as the App, to improve
access to healthcare through improved communications. If you would like to
test the App, you can get in touch with the App developers at
[email protected]

We would like to extend our best wishes to Professor Lorraine Leeson who
will be the 2013 -14 “Julian and Virginia Cornell Distinguished Visiting
Professor” at Swarthmore College in Philadelphia. Lorraine is the Director
of CDS in Trinity College and is well known nationally and indeed
internationally. Lorraine is looking forward to being stateside for a year
and we wish her all the best with this new venture.

Our service has been hosting 3rd & 4th year Deaf Studies/Irish Sign Language
(ISL) Interpreting students from CDS in Trinity College for the past few
weeks. This week we will welcome back two interpreter students who also came
to our service as part of their 3rd year training last year.

CONOR O’BEIRNE is now a 4th year student and first started learning sign
language from a library book as part of his Gaisce awards in Transition Year
in secondary school. At the time, he was deciding which college course to
choose and originally wanted something in nursing or sports. He put down the
Diploma in Deaf Studies course as a back up option as the course sounded
interesting and it also was a further option for getting into college

He accepted the Deaf Studies course and also applied for a PLC course in
nursing as Deaf studies was only at diploma level at that time. Luckily for
Conor, at the introductory lecture they were told that this had now changed
to a Degree. This was ideal for Conor and meant he didn’t have to through
the CAO system to pursue a PLC course and risk not getting into college.

Although he accepted Deaf Studies, he didn’t really know what he was getting
himself into, but he has never regretted his decision. It has opened more
doors and opportunities than he could have imagined. He feels lucky as the
nursing option may have lead him having to move abroad in search of work.

ANTHONY CLAFFEY is also a 4th year interpreting student in CDS. This is his
second visit on placement to our service. He had such a good time last year
that he wanted to come back again this year.

His first interaction with a Deaf person was on a visit to England when he
was 14 years old to meet his friend’s sister who was Deaf. This is where he
learned to lip read. Anthony funnily enough bumped into his friends sister
at a wedding last year (15 years later) and she was shocked seeing him
fluently using sign language.

His application to CDS came about as a result of his travels abroad to
Australia and the Far East. He met a number of Deaf people on his travels
and travelled with some of them to a number of different countries, learning
sign language as he went along. He remembers ringing home to Ireland and
asking his brother to post him a book on ISL to read because his Deaf
friends were sick of him pestering them to teach him sign language. Upon
returning to Ireland his interest in ISL and the Deaf Community had grown
considerably and he decided to apply to CDS and train up in Deaf Studies and

The national Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) is delighted inform
you of upcoming vacancies.

The first vacancy is for an IT Project Development post and more details are
available at

The 2nd vacancies are for Irish Sign Language/ English Interpreters. The
Interpreter posts are a year long contract that will be mainly working on
the IRIS project (Irish Remote Interpreting Service – run in collaboration
with DeafHear and IDS) but they will also act as an in-house interpreter.
More information is available at

Both jobs have a closing date of 1pm Thursday 4th April 2013 and interviews
will be held for the Interpreters on Monday 15th April and the IT job on
Tuesday 16th April. More information and application forms can be requested
by email on [email protected] or by voice/sms 087 650 6651.

Deafhear Killarney will host an Easter Fun Day on Tuesday 2nd April from
11am to 1pm in St Brigid’s Community Centre Tralee.

The event is for families with deaf and hard of hearing children aged
between 2-11 years, siblings are also welcome! On the day, there will be an
Easter egg hunt, cookie decorating, arts and crafts and a chance to make an
Easter hat. Deafhear would like you to come along and have some Easter Fun.
Meet other families. Meet the staff of Deafhear. Advice and information will
also be available. For more, you can ring 064 66 20052 and ask for Jo.

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