Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 19.09.11

The Deaf Adult Literacy Service (DALS) provides a range of classes for Deaf
adults throughout Ireland. As part of this service, computer and literacy
classes have been provided in our Centre in Tralee. Classes normally run
during the academic year (funding permitting).

If you are keen to join any of these classes, please let us know as
application forms need to be submitted to DALS. Classes normally run during
office hours. If tutors are approved, we will notify you of when classes
will commence.

For information on classes throughout Ireland, you can contact Susan Whelan
(DALS) by email: [email protected]

By the end of 2011 the government will remove over 200 SNAs from schools
around the country in order to meet targets within the National Recovery

Most special schools will keep their existing number of SNAs, but many
mainstream schools will lose some of theirs. The government believes that
despite these cuts students will still have access to the SNA support that
they need.

Hands On which is shown on RTE is planning to cover this very important
topic in an upcoming programme and we would like to hear from anyone who has
been affected by these cuts – whether you are a parent of a child who
requires SNA support, a teacher, or an SNA – we would like to hear about
your experience. This will be for research purposes and you are under no
obligation to appear on Hands On. All information will be treated

If you are happy to share your experiences, you can email
[email protected]

The NDA Conference 2011 will take place in Croke Park, Jones Road, Dublin,
9am–4:30pm, Thursday, 13th October. The theme will be
“People with disabilities participating fully and safely in the community”.

Three sign language interpreters are being provided by the NDA for this

If you would like to register for the conference, please email Jacinta Byrne
at [email protected]

The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People arranges various events for Deaf
people in Cork and Kerry via our own Veronica White.

Once a month, a mass in sign language is held in Kerry and in Cork.
Transport for Kerry based Deaf people can be arranged for the Cork mass
(limited numbers). In addition, there are activities for elderly Deaf people
living in both counties in conjunction with the Cork Deaf Centre.

The NCDP also travel to Lourdes every September. This year, they also
attended the World Youth conference in Madrid and will be heading to Cardiff
this week for a conference.

If you would like information on any of these activities, please forward us
your details and we will pass them onto Veronica.

World-renowned Deaf rapper SIGNMARK is making his Irish debut this November
5th at the Dandelion Nightclub. The event will be accessible to both Deaf
and hearing

Tickets cost 20euro before the 1st of Oct. Thereafter, they will cost
30euro. This promises to be an amazing night. If you would like to attend,
you can get tickets by emailing [email protected]

Information on the event in sign language is available at

The Irish Deaf Society is organising another event as part its 30th
Anniversary celebrations. It will be a one-day “Deafhood” congress. It will
be held on the 5th of Nov at the Chartered Accountant House, Pearse St.
Dublin. The event is free and places are limited so make sure to book a
place early.

More information in sign language 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