April 9, 2015

College and Community Celebrating Deaf Culture

Students in the Western Nevada College Deaf Studies program are on a mission. Not only are they learning sign language and studying deaf culture, they are preparing for a career in the field. Their goal: to assist those who need services, and bring enjoyment and confidence to the deaf community.

To share its vision, the college has designated this week as Deaf Pride Week on campus To celebrate, Deaf Studies students and faculty members are offering events for the community at the Carson City Campus, 2201 West College Parkway.
Headlining the week will be a free DEAF FUN DAY on Saturday, April 11, Noon to 5 p.m.

The event will feature a Bounce House, Photo Booth, Face Painting, Arts and Crafts, Food and Raffles.

Other Events Include:

Friday, April 10, 6-9 pm "Open Hands Night"
Carson Nugget Community Hall, WNC Carson City Campus, Aspen Building.

Deaf Community Members, interpreters, Faculty and Deaf Studies Students will perform music interpretations, story telling and more.
Tickets: $10 Seating is limited.

Saturday, April 11, 8 am-12 pm
Interpreting Workshop
Offers a workshop for classroom teachers. Taught by Shannon Archer, EIPA certified Interpreter and Adjunct Faculty Member. Certificate Upon Completion and CEU's will be given
Register in advance at http://www.campusce.net/wnc/category/category.aspx
For General Information and Questions please call 775-445-4274

WNC Deaf Studies students say they are proud to be part of the program.

“It is a beautiful language and has an incredible culture that surrounds it,” said Kennadie Frias. Classmate Nichole Bennett agreed.

“I fell in love with the language and culture. As a psychology major, I hope to open my own practice in which I can provide therapy for the deaf.”

Christa Babbitt said she learned that 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents, and 90% of them do not learn American Sign Language. “There is a big need,” she said.

For additional information, please contact:
WNC Information and Marketing Services
2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: 775-445-3234
Fax: 775-445-3198
E-mail: info_desk@wnc.edu

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