RTÉ One, Saturday, 12.30pm, Repeat Sunday 10.30am
Hands On

Hands on - New series

Back on our screens on Sunday 14th November at 12:05pm, RTÉ One!!

Hands On, the programme for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities in Ireland, will return to your television screens on Sunday 14th November, 12.05pm on RTÉ One.

Produced by Mind the Gap films, the 15th series of Hands On promises to be entertaining, enthralling, explorative and educative.

This series we bring you a new strand, Hands On: Rewind, where we return to some of Hands On's most popular and controversial items, including the recent court case which saw Joan Clarke challenging her exclusion from Jury service because of her Deafness. We tackle the Irish Government about promises they made about Irish Sign Language recognition and follow up our shocking report which highlighted the difficulties experienced by Deaf people trying to contact the emergency services. We'll return to these topics and discover what progress has been made since these issues were last highlighted by Hands On.

In the current lean economic climate, we will also explore the options available to those who find themselves out of work and highlight what support services are available for Deaf people seeking employment.

Later in the series, we will take a look at Irish Deaf Heritage and the resources that tell the stories of hundreds of years of Deaf life In Ireland, while a feature programme explores the fascinating life of Fr Cyril Axelrod, a South African priest, who despite being Deaf and Blind, is fluent in 9 languages and has travelled five continents doing charity work for those less fortunate than himself.

Throughout the series we'll bring you our usual mix of stories for and about Ireland's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities from sport, humour, presenter challenges, education, discrimination and features on some of the most fascinating and inspirational figures from the Deaf community in Ireland and abroad.

It's certainly a series not to be missed!

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