Hands On, Series 16 Programme 7


15th January, 12.25pm, RTÉ One



Forget the long days and cold, dark nights; the next programme of Hands On will brighten up your Sunday! Curl up in front of a warm fire, with a cup of cocoa and watch this Sunday’s programme!


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The world of Deaf sport was rocked in February last year when, for the first time in history, the Winter Deaflympics in Slovakia was cancelled. It would have been the games’ 17th run. Rumours of corruption and poor handling of the games travelled fast, while Jaromir Ruda, the head of the Slovakian Deaflympic Committee, was arrested for fraud and embezzlement. Following the scandal in Slovakia, Athens withdrew their bid for the 2013 Deaflympics, leaving the future of Deaflympics looking shaky. Ciarán Moloney finds out what really happened and what this means for the future of the Deaflympics.


Take 5! Cathy Heffernan

The world of journalism is cut-throat and competitive, but Irish Deaf woman Cathy Heffernan made it! She defied the odds and landed a job at The Guardian newspaper in London. Eddie Redmond sends roving reporter Sarah Jane to find out the secrets behind Cathy’s success! Cathy is a woman of many talents – not only is she a sub-editor for The Guardian, but she recently produced a documentary, ‘Deaf Sisterhood’ for the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust. She shares his experiences with Sarah Jane and offers advice to other Deaf interested in getting into media.


Emergency SMS

For years the Irish Deaf Commmunity has been in the unenviable and dangerous position of having no way to independently contact the emergency services.  The emergency relay service was the only option up to now – messages were sent via the minicom, an outdated technology that relies on a landline – no good in case of an emergency outside the home or a fire that requires a quick exit!  Finally, after years of campaigning from the Deaf organisations, the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has finally launched an emergency SMS service for Deaf people and people with speech difficulties which means that in emergencies, you can now send a text to the number 112 to contact the ambulance service, Gardaí or fire brigade. Seán Herlihy finds out how to register and how it works!

To register or find out more about the new Emergency SMS text service, check out:



To find out more about the Deaflympics, check the following websites for updates:

International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) http://www.ciss.org/ http://www.deaflympics.com/about/ If you are interested in sports and would like to get involved then contact Deaf Sport Ireland (formerly IDSA):




Staff Picks:

Disability hate crime begins with verbal abuse

The economics of college

Can a quality education be delivered online?

High on aspirations, low on funds

Miles is top dog in Seanad — by a whisker

Tyndall develops pain-free glucose test

Sarah scores ‘brailliant’ grades despite impairment

Slam PhD forces academics to get to the point


RTE Player:

Behind the Walls – Documentary – Part 2

Two for the Road – Series – Episode 3


Higher & Further Education News & Views

Cabinet uncertainty over Waterford IT status

Government clarifies stance on proposed ‘technological university’ for Waterford

‘Career zoo’ attracts variety of species

John Drennan: Trinity upgrades staff to ‘professors’

Bright future ahead for new students at renowned college

UCC says €22k fee for five-star rating is worthwhile

UCC research offers blood pressure treatment hope

University intakes – Education must mean employability

DCU to offer more online learning

Warning about ‘avalanche’ of VEC teacher retirements

Trinity decision on professors to ‘disadvantage other lecturers’

Unfilled posts put vulnerable at risk

The American way: so much spent on so few graduates

Minister meets CIT’s first cloud computing masters students

If students are consumers, why doesn’t HE practise good customer service?

Disability Headlines

Parenting: Blind mum keeps her kids in order

Eleanor’s big success is clouded by loss of her special assistant

Broadcaster never let disability stop him from pursuing his vision

Intellectually disabled excluded from digital age

Further detailed analysis of CSO disability survey

Transplant teen hospitalised as condition worsens

Many disabled people see harassment as inevitable, says equality watchdog

Bid to tackle ‘routine’ disability hate crime in Wales

Rally denounces cuts in special needs provision

Call for disability funding

Rights agency warns about impact of cuts in Republic

Welfare cuts leaving the disabled ‘prisoners’

Eye-controlled wheelchair developed for handicapped

Jab ‘linked’ to sleeping disorder is scrapped

General Education Stories

Parents get stuck in

Project Maths sees increase in higher level exam uptake

4,300 pupils took oral Irish despite ban

Teachers take 7 days paid marriage leave

Results day comes a week before changes ratified

Concerned parents nix Friday release

New Maths curriculum a hit in the Junior Cert

57,000 teens prepare to open Junior Cert results

Lots to celebrate as students everywhere proclaim shock and delight at results

Quinn seeks details on maths teachers

Fifty unqualified maths teachers in survey

Schools celebrate as classy students steal show with 12 As

Kenny presses minister on crisis in maths

Improving maths levels ‘will take 10 years’

Nine children start full-time classes as staffing row resolved

‘Education will not be spared’

Chance to grow school choice ‘lost in boom’

Up to 35,000 wait on back to school payments

Second-level schools crying out for leaders

Mental Health in the Media  

Accept mental illness as part of human condition

Prevention of suicide remains a low priority

Self-harm more likely to lead to suicide in young men

Group to lobby Taoiseach over psychiatric unit

HSE to accelerate mental health plan

450 people hospitalised 10 times in 7 years by self-harm

Mental health provision for children delayed by outdated laws

Activist confronts doctors’ diagnosis

The merits of knitting in treating depression

Employment Features

1,124 people placed in job internships

54% of jobless have been without work over a year

250 jobs created at IT firm

800 jobs on the way, claims embattled IDA

While I’m not the biggest fan of the Late Late Show, last Friday offered some great coverage of disability issues. First we had Keith Duffy and his wife Lisa speaking about their personal experience with Autism, then renowned adventurer Mark Pollock spoke about his experience of acquiring not one, but two disabilities. If that wasn’t enough there is also a wonderful performance by the unique Crystal Swing and a new favourite singer of mine – Claire Maguire.

You can watch the show on the RTE Player here: http://www.rte.ie/player/#v=1097811