RIT/NTID Celebrates Deaf Awareness Week




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RIT/NTID will host several events taking place during the seven days of workshops, entertainment and awards planned for this year’s Deaf Awareness Week in Rochester, Sept. 23-29.

The event is being organized by the Rochester Deaf Awareness Week planning committee in partnership with the Rochester Recreation Club for the Deaf and the Genesee Valley Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

“Rochester is known as ‘Sign City’ because of the large deaf population here, and because of the wonderful community of deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing people who make the area uniquely deaf friendly,” says NTID President Gerry Buckley. “I am proud to live in a community where there are so many opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to live our lives to the fullest, and where NTID has played an integral role in that for nearly 50 years.”

The kickoff begins Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at Monroe Community College, Building 4, 1000 E. Henrietta Road. RIT/NTID alumna Diana Cho, an online deaf life coach, will be keynote speaker. Admission is free.

Events on the NTID campus include:

• Mon. Sept. 24, 4:30-7 p.m.: Workshop: Beautiful You! Mixed Media Collaging. Primarily for deaf and hard-of-hearing women and girls, participants will create personal mixed media collages to keep, presented by Loriann Macko, assistant director for Outreach and Alumni Relations at NTID. (A fee to cover supplies and materials and registration by Sept. 21 required).

• Tues. Sept. 25, 1-3 p.m.: “We Will Not Be Ignored: Working With the Deaf Community in Public Health Research.” Matthew Starr, senior instructor for the National Center for Deaf Health Research, will update the deaf community on his work and public health research. Free in the Student Development Center.

• Fri. Sept. 28, 2-4 p.m.: “My Deaf Native American Culture: The Onalee Cooper Story.” Onalee Cooper, of Rochester, whose father was chief of the Tuscarora Nation, never knew much about her rich family heritage until a few years ago, when she decided to explore her Native American roots. She’ll talk about what she learned. Free in the Student Development Center.

• Fri. Sept. 28, 7-8:30 p.m.: “Artistic and Literary Visual Stories: The HeART of Deaf Culture.” NTID faculty members Patti Durr and Karen Christie present a new DVD set which includes stories about Deaf experiences through artwork, ASL literature, English literature, film and scenes from deaf-themed plays. Free in the ASL and Deaf Studies Community Center, RIT Student Alumni Union.

At 11 a.m. on Sept. 29, several NTID students, faculty, staff, alumni and retirees will join members of the Rochester Recreation Cub of the Deaf as they challenge members of the Buffalo Club of the Deaf to an old-fashioned baseball game at Genesee Country Museum in Mumford. They will play the game as it was played 100 years ago, in period uniforms as a tribute to William “Dummy” Hoy, a deaf major league player destined for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Admission is $12.50, $10 for seniors and students, $6 for children 4-16 and free for children under 4.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, which will be held throughout the week in various venues, visit the DAW website.