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Hands On

This Week - Sunday 29th January 2006.

This week on Hands On, Eddie meets artist Niall McCormack at his exhibition in Mayo, Tim Grace chats with Teresa, and Sean interviews Fr. Micheal Cullen and consultant Philip Ryan about the strategic review of the CID. Also, later in the programme than usual, we have Senan with the news and a brand new Molly and Mr. Milk for our younger viewers.

Niall McCormack

Eddie Redmond visits artist, Niall McCormack, at his one-man exhibition in his hometown of Westport. Eddie asks Niall about his particular style of painting and if he thinks his Deafness is reflected in his art.

Teresa's Column (Tim Grace)

Teresa interviews ex-Bohemian's footballer, Tim Grace. Tim has six Deaf children and has been involved in the campaign for better Deaf education. He tells us about the various football clubs he has played for and his work with the Irish Deaf Society, the Irish Deaf Sports Association, the Tallaght Deaf Club and the Deaf Scouts.

News with Senan

In the US the Hunger strike is over, but the protest continues at the School for the Deaf in Michigan

Ryan Commerson has ended his hunger strike after meeting with Michigan State education officials. "The meeting went well," said Commerson in an e-mail to The Flint Journal. "I agreed to stop the hunger strike, but not the protest. I will continue to protest and to call for the resignation letter from Cece Winkler."

He is also pushing the school to change its philosophy from "total communication" to a "bilingual, bi-cultural" method. The main difference in the two methods is that bilingual and bi-cultural places more emphasis on teaching American Sign Language by having staff with higher ASL skills.
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St. Joseph's is organising a Spring Camp

St. Joseph's School for Deaf Boys is hosting a Spring Camp during the mid-term break in February next for Deaf boys aged 11-14.

The camp will include, Horse-Riding, Swimming, and trips to the Zoo, the Cinema, and lots more.

For more information contact St. Joseph's:

Text: 085 1280587
Fax: 01 8380230

And now to our competition, Warner Brothers have given us DVD's of the Dukes of Hazzard and the Island.

To win a copy of either of these send the name of one of the stars by text or email.

Text your answer to 086 173 6131 or Email your answer to handson@mindthegapfilms.com

The winners will be picked at random and announced on the show. Good Luck!

The lucky winner of our fully stocked Polar Express Hamper, is John Heenan from Dublin.

Catholic Institute for the Deaf

At the Deaf Club, Sean meets Fr. Michael Cullen, the chairperson of the Catholic Institute for the Deaf. The Institution has hired independent consultant, Philip Ryan, (who is also interviewed) to conduct a strategic review of what the CID is about and what it is trying to achieve. Sean asks what they think the report will reveal, if it will be generally available to the Deaf community and whether more Deaf people will be welcomed onto on the CID board.

Molly and Mr. Milk. (Letter W)

Molly and Mr. Milk have a brand new adventure this week, in the land of W. Molly has her wand at the ready and Mr. Milk is transformed into a whale!

To win a Molly and Mr. Milk T-shirt, all you have to do is draw a picture of a whale and send it, with your name, address and age, to:

Hands On
6 Wilton Place
Dublin 2.


CONTACTS

Niall McCormack
http://www.niallmc.com/

Custom House Studios
The Quay,
Westport,
Co. Mayo
Tel: 098 28735
Email: customhouse@eircom.net

Warner Brothers
www.warnerbros.com

The Plaza Hotel
http://www.plazahotel.ie/

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