Update on building work in Ethiopia.
We've have just got an update on the building work of a Deaf Centre in Ethiopia. Stephen Monaghan has just flown home after a week visiting Ambo. According to Stephen, building work is progressing very well. There are four classrooms, a library, two offices, an Audiology room, staff room, storeroom, four toilets and two showers.

On behalf of the Vincentian Lay Missionaries, the Deaf community in Ambo and team of us who flew out to Ethiopia to do training workshops and a need assessment, we would like to thank everyone who has supported the project to date. We are thrilled with the progress and hope to have the Deaf Centre completed by the end of June/early July.

Ethiopia Deaf Centre building work
Ethiopia Deaf Centre building work.

Ethiopia Deaf Centre building work with Fr Gemechu VLMEthiopia Deaf Centre building work with Fr Gemechu VLM.

ITT sports- awards night.
Were you a participant with us in the ITT sports, adventure activities and gym sessions from Sept to Dec and again in Jan to April? If so, you are invited to attend an Awards night as part of the ITT's APA Awards night.

It will take place this Thursday (26th April) in the Meadowlands hotel from 6pm. To make sure we have everyone's names, please confirm with us which sessions you participated in? Our thanks to the ITT Sports & Leisure Dept for all their hard work and for ensuring members from the Deaf community were able to participate in all the events.

Sign Language Association of Ireland (SLAI) meeting.
SLAI will hold an Open Forum on Saturday 9th June in Dublin Deaf Association, Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9. The meeting will be held from 9.30am till 4.30pm. The aim of the forum is to review work to date and discuss strategic developments for the future of SLAI. This meeting would be of interest to sign language tutors in Co. Kerry and across Ireland.

In their announcement, SLAI says 'your presence will be valued and much appreciated'. If you would like a copy of the programme and registration form, contact SLAI or we can send you a copy.

The former MP Lord Jack Ashley passed away this week. After becoming completely deaf at the age of 45, Lord Ashley realised from sitting at the Houses of Parliament how isolating deafness could be and relied on his wife to repeat all the words spoken in the chamber.

It was through this experience that he campaigned throughout his long career for better legislation for people who are deaf or disabled, and firmly believed in equality for all. He also paved the way for many Deaf people to enter political life. It was also a result of this that he successfully campaigned to have live captioning on television.

He was the President of RNID (now known as Action on Hearing Loss) since 1987 and had many notable achievements. CEO Jackie Ballard said: 'Jack was a great role model to anyone with hearing loss. He was such a gentleman, very kind and very giving. He had a brilliant career before and after losing his hearing. But he wasn’t just a supporter of the deaf; he was a champion for people of all disabilities. ‘Jack never stopped working for what he believed in right up until his death and would always speak up on behalf of people who are deaf or disabled. He was a tireless campaigner and there are many people in this country who have a lot to thank him for.'

Listowel Church Collection
We would like to thank a group of volunteers who carried out a Church Collection for our service over the weekend. We would also like to thank Listowel Church and its parishioners for their generosity.

The collection brought in €984.01. This will make a huge difference to our service in light of funding cuts again from the HSE which has reduced our annual funding to a mere €91,000. 

Published by: KDRC Kerry Deaf Resource Centre
29 May 2012 15:42 GMT
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