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Hands On

Sunday 12th December

Hands On would like to thank everyone for watching in 2010. We wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a joyful New Year! Join us when we return for the second half of this series on Sunday 9th January 2011!

As always you can follow us on Facebook and watch past episodes on Youtube at www.youtube.com/HandsOn3

Happy Holidays!!

ISL Challenge

At the beginning of the series, we met three brave volunteers nominated by their Deaf family and friends to take on the ISL challenge: to transform themselves from novices to proficient Irish Sign Language users in the space of 14 weeks. This week we go back to the classroom to see how much progress they've made - if any!

If you want to learn ISL at the Irish Deaf Society, see below for contact details.

Hands On: Rewind

In 2008, we brought you a shocking report, highlighting the problems Deaf people were experiencing in contacting the emergency services by means of the only method available to them: the minicom. See what happened back in 2008, when Hands On presenter Julianne attempted to ring the dedicated minicom number to demonstrate how it worked.... We also remind viewers of the danger for Deaf people not having easy access to the emergency services with a shocking story from Bernadette Power.

Two years have passed and Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources brings us some positive news about a new way for Deaf people to contact the emergency services via SMS which will be available in the coming months.

Deaf Village

The Deaf Village project - a result of 5 years of work by the Catholic Institute for Deaf People (CIDP) in consultation with the Deaf community and Deaf organisations - will be built in three phases on the grounds of St Joseph's School in Cabra at the total projected cost of 25 million euro.

With construction due to commence in January 2011, we hear from Liam O'Dwyer of the CIDP as to what people can expect from the new Deaf Village and a number of Deaf organisations tell of their hopes for and concerns about the project.
For details about how to submit a name for the new Deaf Village and win a prize, see below.

So be sure to enjoy Hands On with a nice warm cup of tea this Sunday, RTE1 at 11.50am!!!
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For Irish Sign Language Classes contact;
Irish Deaf Society
E-mail: islclasses@irishdeafsociety.ie
Telephone: 353-1-8601878
Fax: 353-1-8601960
Mobile Phone Number: 086 3807033

Emergency services:
Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

Deaf Village:

Catholic Institute of Deaf People

Irish Deaf Youth Association

Irish Deaf Sports Association

Deaf Heritage Centre

Irish Deaf Women's Group
30 Blessington St,
Dublin 7.
Tel: 01 860 1878
Fax: 01 860 19160
Email: irishdeafwomen@gmail.com

The following is an update from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources:

"The new Emergency Call Answering Service for Ireland was launched in late November this year.

Planning for SMS element of the new service is underway.

In a change to the information broadcast in Sunday's programme, it is now envisaged that the SMS service will be operational in March 2011 and users will be able to register early next year.

Registration will be possible through the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources website at www.dcenr.gov.ie As well as this, a dedicated website for the 112 service will also be established.

Further detail will be available at www.dcenr.gov.ie".

Deaf Village competition:

From the CIDP:

"Up to now the Project has been called the Deaf Village Project or the Village Project. CIDP is now inviting the Deaf community and Deaf organisations to suggest an alternative name for the Village.

The name chosen should reflect the activities that will be located in the Village Phases one, two and three, namely Administration, Heritage, Social, Sports, Education and Residential. The prize will be a voucher for €300 and there will also be a second prize of €100.

The names will be reviewed by a panel comprising an independent PR consultant Jim Walsh, CIDP CEO Liam O'Dwyer, Eileen Coffey, Maggie Owens and Sean Herlihy. The panel will decide on the best two names and will award the prizes. The Panel will then send their recommendations to the CIDP Board.

The final decision on the name for the Village will be referred back to the Deaf community / organisations at an open meeting in January or February 2011 and the name to be used will be reached by consensus.

Entries for the competition will close on the 14th of January 2011 and should be sent to:
Nuala Byrne
Catholic Institute for Deaf People
40 Lower Drumcondra Road
Dublin 9
Fax: 01-8825541
Email: Nuala@cidp.ie

There will also be a competition box in the DDA lounge.

There is no limit to the number of entries per person that can be sent in but each entry must have the name and address of the person sending in the entry or else it will not be accepted.

Please note that the final name selected for use by the Deaf community / organisations and CIDP may turn out to be different to the name selected by the Competition Panel of Judges their brief is to decide on the name they feel suits the Project best and they will award the prizes to the two best names in their view. The final say on the name itself will have to be left to CIDP and the Deaf community together."

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