OPEN MEETING ON TV ACCESS FOR DEAF COMMUNITY The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) is holding an open meeting to get the views of the Deaf community on TV access. Do you think there is enough Irish Sign Language on TV? Are you satisfied with the subtitling on Irish TV? What do you think of the access to television available at the moment? Some clips with examples of 'good' and 'bad' subtitling/ISL will be shown and the BCD will ask for your feedback on these clips. The meeting will held on Saturday June 20th, at the Mercer Hotel (off Grafton St) from 11am-1pm. Refreshments and interpreters will be provided. If you wish to attend please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. SUMMERFEST Summerfest, the annual sports day organised by the IDS in conjunction with IDYA, Greenbow, MDSP, IDWG and IDSA, will be run again this year on Sunday, 19th July, from 12pm until late St Joseph's Grounds, Navan Road (beside Swimming Pool, Dublin 7. Activities will include tug-owar, Wellington boots, children and adults races, bouncy castle, water slide and many more. It is advised that kids bring spare clothes, and please note that parents are responsible for looking after their own children. All Welcome and admission is FREE! Volunteers needed: If you want to volunteer at the Summerfest please contact IDS before 19th June at 086 3847023 (text only), email: email@example.com or call 01 8601987
Following recent EU elections we would like to congratulate Dr Adam Kosa, a Deaf candidate for the Hungarian party Fidesz (Civic Union) who won a seat in the European elections. Dr. Kosa is the first Deaf Sign Language user to be elected to the European Parliament. However, there are another three Deaf national parliament members around Europe: Helga Stevens, a member of the Belgian parliament who was recently re-elected and was the most popular candidate for her party in that constituency; Dimitra Arapoglu is a Deaf member of the Greek Parliament; and Helene Jarmer was elected for the Green Party in Austria. As the European Union of the Deaf noted this "clearly proves that sign language is no barrier in the world of politics. It will serve as an inspiration for all Deaf Europeans to follow their historical paths to serve their countries through their Parliaments." For more information about each of the parliamentarians see the EUD's website: www.eud.eu. DEAF FILM NIGHT: THROUGH DEAF EYES A documentary about Deaf life in America, Through Deaf Eyes, recently screened on RTE, will be shown at the Dublin Deaf Association, on Saturday, 27th June 2009 at 8 pm sharp. Refreshments will be provided. The Deaf Community and friends of the Deaf Community are invited to the screening. GREENBOW KARAOKE NIGHT Greenbow, the Deaf Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual and Transgender Society of Ireland, are holding a Karaoke Night at Pantibar, Capel Street, Dublin 1 on Wednesday, 24th June 2009 at 8pm. There will be spot prizes! And interpreters will be provided! Please bring your Straight/LGBT friends and family. Everyone is welcome and admission is free! For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org e or text: 086 3671375. STREET PERFORMANCE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND Final reminder to everyone that the Street Performance World Championship is on this week in Merrion Square, Dublin. This is a free family festival which brings the best circus entertainers in the world to Ireland. There will be a sign language interpreted performance area (Pitch 1) on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st, supported by the Centre for Deaf Studies, TCD. SLIS ACCREDITATION Finally we would like to extend our best wishes to all the hearing and Deaf candidates who completed the SLIS accreditation process last week. Congratulations to the members of the exam and planning committees and to the administrator Ailish Finnegan for their hard work throughout the week. The results will be out in July - Good luck to all the candidates!