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Deaf Awareness Week at the University of Vermont

Deaf Awareness Week 2007

Voice interpreters will be provided at all events. Admission is FREE! 

Monday, October 8th: KICK-OFF Presentation

“Forget Sight! Forget Sound! Journey into the DeafBlind World”

Deaf at birth and diagnosed with Usher Syndrome Type I at eight years old, Christine "Coco" Roschaert grew up with the label of being "different" from her peers at the Deaf school she resided at in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. In her teens, it was difficult for Christine to label herself as Deaf-Blind, because it felt shameful that she had Usher Syndrome - something that took away sight, the most precious asset of Deaf people.  Eventually during her senior year at Gallaudet University, Christine hit rock bottom when her vision worsened, so she attended the Canadian Helen Keller Centre and "discovered" her identity as a Deaf-Blind woman. Knowing that she wanted to be "different" for the rest of her life but not judged by her disabilities, Christine set out to graduate from Gallaudet in 2006 with a Bachelor's in Communication Studies with a concentration in advocacy. During her journey as a Deaf Blind person, she renamed herself Coco, traveled to countries like the Philippines and Thailand, built a strong network of Deaf-Blind leaders you've never heard of, and aims to continue her dream of working internationally in the field of advocating human and education rights for Deaf Blind people. This coming October 2007, Coco will depart for Nigeria, Africa through a volunteer organization in Canada where she will work with a Deaf school in the Northwest to establish their first Deaf Blind class, which will take two years. Coco doesn't know where life will take her after Africa, but she knows she'll empower, educate and empathize people anywhere she goes - so that Deaf Blind people don't have to feel "different" negatively.

Votey 105, 6 pm – 8 pm

Tuesday, October 9th: JAPANESE DEAF FILM “I Love You”

Asako is a deaf woman determined to start an acting group in her small town with the support of her daughter Ai, who is hearing. Through her struggles and successes, Asako inspired both deaf and hearing people to work together to accomplish great things.  This groundbreaking Japanese film was made by a hearing and a deaf director.

Living/Learning Commons 216, 6 pm – 8 pm

Wednesday, October 10th: ASL OPEN MIC NIGHT

Join us in an evening of ASL poetry and storytelling at the Fireplace Lounge of Living/Learning Center at the University of Vermont.  ASL students, interpreters, ASL pros, die-hards, and anyone who can sign are encouraged to come on stage and give it a try!  Those who do not know ASL or are not comfortable with signing in front of an audience can join us by being our audience members to witness ASL storytelling and poetry in motion. 

Living/Learning Fireplace Lounge, 6 pm – 8 pm

Thursday, October 11th: “What is Audism?” Panel

The audience will learn what audism means (the act of discrimination or stereotypes against deaf or hard of hearing people) and how it has an impact on the Deaf community and deaf individuals.  People on the panel will share their experiences with audism as well how their positive interactions with people who are not practicing audism makes a difference.  Together, as a community we can change the oppression that deaf people face on a daily basis.

Waterman Memorial Lounge, 6 pm – 8 pm

Friday, October 12th: Deaf House Demo

Ever been curious what a deaf person’s house looks like?  Or even a deaf-blind person’s house?  How they wake up in the morning?  How they make phone calls?  Your questions will be answered if you come see all the neat adaptive technology used by deaf and deaf-blind people!

Living/Learning Fireplace Lounge, drop in anytime between 9 am – 5pm

Saturday, October 13th: ASL Storytelling with Peter Cook

Peter S. Cook is an internationally reputed Deaf performing artist whose work incorporates American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting, and movement.  He has traveled extensively around the country and abroad to promote ASL Literature.  For over ten years, Peter has been a teacher at Columbia College’s ASL-English Interpretation Department where he received the 1997 Excellence in Teaching award. In 1998, Peter set up a video production company called PC Production and is now based in Chicago.  He loves to tell stories to his son.

Fleming 101, 6 pm – 7 pm; following the performance, there will be Q & A with Peter and a light reception.

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