University of Vermont

The ASL Program at UVM presents Deaf Awareness Week 2008

Deaf Awareness Week SMall posterDeaf Awareness Week 2008

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

For a printable PDF poster of all the events, please download and distribute.
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Monday, September 29th: KICK-OFF Presentation

“A Look at Deaf Immigrants through Deaf Eyes: Past, Present, & Future” with Arkady Belozovsky

America is a nation of immigrants. Even today, America continues to accept legal immigrants and, at the same time, struggles with illegal immigrants. Some immigrants, legal and illegal, were and are Deaf. How did they experience the welcoming in the Deaf community when they entered the country? We will examine the process of Deaf immigrants learning to make a connection with Deaf Americans. This presentation will focus on Deaf East Europeans, more specifically Deaf Russians from pre-revolution to the post-Soviet era, entering the USA .

Arkady Belozovsky is a Lecturer in American Sign Language/Deaf Studies at Brown University.  He earned his M.S. in Linguistics and Interactive Multimedia Development from Rochester Institute of Technology.  His teaching experience includes ASL, Deaf Studies, and Russian Sign Language (RSL) at the collegiate level.  His research interests include the cultural history of USSR with particular attention to Deaf intellectual history, Deaf Russian-American Studies, curriculum development, second sign language acquisition, sign language pedagogy, cross and intercultural communication, and comparative linguistics in RSL and ASL.  Arkady has given numerous workshops and lectures locally, nationally, and internationally.  For over 13 years, he has also done freelance interpreting in various sign languages (RSL, ASL and International Sign Language).  Arkady Belozovsky is a 3rd-generation Deaf person in his family and a native of Ukraine.

Davis Center Chittenden Bank Room (4th floor), 6 pm – 8 pm

Tuesday, September 30th: ASL GAME NIGHT

Join us in an evening of ASL games amongst peers and ASL students.  ASL V students will be your hosts which means a good time is guaranteed!  Everyone is welcome, regardless of signing level and experience!

Davis Center Chittenden Bank Room (4th floor), 6 pm – 8 pm

Wednesday, October 1st: ASL SKIT NIGHT

Join us in an evening of ASL poetry and storytelling at Brennan's Pub at the University of Vermont.  Students from ASL II, ASL III and ASL V classes will perform several different pieces.  Meanwhile, other students,  interpreters, ASL pros, die-hards, and anyone who can sign are also 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. 

Brennan's Pub in the Davis Center (basement), 6 pm – 8 pm

Thursday, October 2nd: ASL MOVIE NIGHT: Audism Unveiled

Directed by Ben Bahan, H-Dirksen Bauman, and Facundo Montengro, Audism Unveiled exposes and explains another form of oppression prevalent in the Deaf community. Going beyond definitions, this powerful documentary uses real life experiences from Deaf people of varied social, racial, and educational boundaries -- by showing how this form of oppression does lasting and harmful damage.  This film will give audience members a first-hand opportunity to see the many faces of audism and the deep emotional scars resulting from this discrimination.  A post-movie discussion will follow.  

Brennan's Pub in the Davis Center, 6 pm – 8 pm

Friday, October 3rd: 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!

Davis Center Atrium, 1st floor near Cat Pause, drop-in anytime between 9 am to 3pm

Saturday, October 4th: Vermont Expo

Sammy RuizThe Vermont Expo for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened and DeafBlind is hosting a series of workshops along with dinner and evening entertainment in Brattleboro VT.  Booths and vendors will also display and sell various products.  To attend the workshops from 9 am to 5 pm, it is FREE.  If interested in attending the dinner and evening entertainment, registration is required.  Deadline is: September 22nd and the form can be downloaded here. (MS word, opens in new window)

Red Roof Inn
1380 Putney Road Route 5
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Interpreters and CART provided for all workshops. DeafBlind interpreters provided upon request. (Deadline for this request is September 15th.)

Workshop Presenters:
"Empowerment - Help or Hinder" with BJ Wood
 "Coping with Hearing Loss" with Michael Harvey
"Deaf Art" with Brenda Schertz
"Technology - Which One Is For Me?" with Jeannie Brown

Dinner and Evening Entertainment: 
Deaf Magician Sammy Ruiz (pictured)

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