Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 26.01.15

In 2012, the Deaf Education Centre embarked on creating resources for an
Irish Shared Reading Project for families with deaf children.  The programme
provides resources and support to hearing parents and caregivers so they can
learn to read with their deaf or hard of hearing children through Irish Sign
Language (ISL).

The pilot run of the Shared Reading Programme for children 0-4 years is
nearly finished and the resource packs will soon be made available to any
families who are interested in January 2015.

The Shared Reading Programme for children 4-8 years has just finished
filming in ISL and the Deaf Education Centre are presently organising these
resource packs, which will be made available over the coming months.

If you would like to take part in the Shared Reading Programme please fill
out the Enrolment form, which is available to download and send it to the
Deaf Education Centre via email on [email protected] or contact them if
you have any questions.  To find more information about their Shared Reading
Programme go to:

You can download the Enrolment form at the following:

Are you a parent of a deaf or hard of hearing child?  Are you looking for
information about your child’s education and language?  Check out the Irish
Deaf Society’s parents’ section on their website:
The parents’ section covers topics such as Early Intervention, Educational
Options, Improving your Child’s Personal Development, The Deaf Community and
Irish Sign Language, Common Fears and Questions, Further Support,
Publications and ISL Everywhere, an app available on Apple itunes and Google
Play Store for Android mobile users.  The parents’ section on the site uses
information which is taken from their booklet, “Guidebook for Parents”,
which you can download at the link above.

The HSE, as part of their responsibilities under the Disability Act,
recently published new National Guidelines on Accessible Health and Social
Care Services.  The guidelines provide practical guidance to all health and
social care staff on how they can provide accessible services to patients
and clients with a disability.  They provide clear practical advice about
communicating with Deaf and hard of hearing people which includes asking the
person how best to communicate with them and providing assistive technology,
such as listening devices, as required.

For people who are sign language users, the guidelines state: “Patients and
service users are entitled to request and be provided with a qualified sign
language interpreter.  While the onus is on the service user to request an
interpreter, it is the responsibility of staff to make the arrangements.
Staff should routinely let service users know that: they have the right to
an interpreter to assist in communication, there is no cost to the service
user and Staff will arrange for the interpreter”.

Once these guidelines are implemented in full patients and clients should
feel confident that they are able to acquire the correct information, be
able to communicate their needs and concerns and understand any information
that is explained to them so that the whole process is less stressful.

Have you ever wanted to take a tour of a parliament building before and find
out what goes on behind the scenes?  Well now you have an opportunity to
take an online tour in ISL of the Parliament Buildings that are home to the
Northern Ireland Assembly.  This is the legislative authority for Northern
Ireland established under the terms of the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement

The online tour is approximately 10 minutes and covers the architecture and
design of the building, which was opened in 1932.  The tour explains the
political history, the present parliament and takes you on a tour of the
building explaining the use and functions of many of the important rooms
such as the Great Hall, Assembly Chamber and the Senate Chamber.

If you would like to take the tour go to:—isl/

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.
4 Gas Tce, Tralee, Co. Kerry, IRELAND

Charity Number CHY20854

Text     (+353) 87 633 4687
Fax      (+353) 66 712 0386
Tel       (+353) 66 712 0399

E-mail       [email protected]

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