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ISD to host first free three-day deaf celebration event next month

By Krystal Sidzyik, The Daily Nonpareil
summarized by Abby Wilson, Staff Writer

The Iowa School for the Deaf will be hosting its first-ever Deaf Cultural Celebration weekend in late April - the 21st through the 23rd. The overall focus of the event is to bring the deaf and hard of hearing community together and it is also open to the public as well. Through this event, the school wants to provide parents and families with deaf and hard of hearing children with tools and resources to aid their children in becoming successful and more literate.The Iowa School for the Deaf will be hosting its first-ever Deaf Cultural Celebration weekend in late April - the 21st through the 23rd. The overall focus of the event is to bring the deaf and hard of hearing community together and it is also open to the public as well. Through this event, the school wants to provide parents and families with deaf and hard of hearing children with tools and resources to aid their children in becoming successful and more literate.

The itinerary for this event is robust, with multiple activities happening each night. The event will kick off on Friday with a social barbecue and carnival with many activities to participate in for only 25 cents. Saturday and Sunday will consist of various workshops and panels that focus on a multitude of topics ranging from how to express yourself in ASL, deaf culture, and career paths for deaf adults. An art exhibition showcasing work by deaf artists and a resource fair are also planned for the weekend. Finally, comedy performances by Crom Saunders and Keith Wann will conclude Saturday and Sunday nights.

While this event is focused on bringing the deaf and hard of hearing community together, it will be fully accessible to English speakers as well. The school's event coordinator, Deborah Cates, expressed the overall belief that accessibility to communication is an important issue within the deaf and hard of hearing community, so it is important to model accessibility at all times.

The itinerary for this event is robust, with multiple activities happening each night. The event will kick off on Friday with a social barbecue and carnival with many activities to participate in for only 25 cents. Saturday and Sunday will consist of various workshops and panels that focus on a multitude of topics ranging from how to express yourself in ASL, deaf culture, and career paths for deaf adults. An art exhibition showcasing work by deaf artists and a resource fair are also planned for the weekend. Finally, comedy performances by Crom Saunders and Keith Wann will conclude Saturday and Sunday nights.

While this event is focused on bringing the deaf and hard of hearing community together, it will be fully accessible to English speakers as well. The school's event coordinator, Deborah Cates, expressed the overall belief that accessibility to communication is an important issue within the deaf and hard of hearing community, so it is important to model accessibility at all times.

You can read more about this event or register to attend at this link here.



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