Deaf Awareness Week to be Held at William Woods

Deaf Awareness Week, including a night of silent games, will be held at William Woods University, starting Monday (April 9). The event is sponsored by the Hands Up Club, a student organization for American Sign Language Interpreting majors.

All week, art work created by students from the Missouri School for the Deaf will be on display in the corridor gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts. The public is invited to view the art from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

On Tuesday, “Through Deaf Eyes,” the two-hour PBS special about the history, culture, oppression and triumphs of deaf people in America, will be shown at 7 p.m. in room 2 of the Burton Building.

Silent game night will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday in room 6 of the Burton Building. Participants will not be allowed to use their voices, so they must find other means of communication while playing various board games.

William Woods University is one of 25 schools in the United States and Canada that offers a four-year degree in American Sign Language interpreting. There are about 60 students currently majoring in ASL interpreter training at WWU.

Last fall, WWU established the American Sign Language Learning Community in one of the residence halls. The idea is to help students improve their signing abilities, so residents in the learning community communicate with sign language.

WWU also has the Charlotte Rose Hamilton ASL Interpreting Lab, where students may practice their signing skills. Members of the Fulton deaf community serve as tutors in the lab.