“Deaf Awareness Day” at the Texas State Aquarium to Include Sign Language Presentations and More

September 25, 2019

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – On Thursday, September 26 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., the Texas State Aquarium (TSA) will host its second annual Deaf Awareness Day event in commemoration of National Deaf Awareness Week. This event, held as part of Aquarium’s ongoing Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, will offer guests who are deaf or hard of hearing an educational and comfortable environment to explore, discover and create shared memories with their friends and family. 

Deaf Awareness Day will feature an American Sign Language (ASL)-friendly presentation schedule, including an ASL-modified Diver in the Water show at 3 p.m., and ASL translators at the Wild Flight Show at 2:30 p.m. and DOLPHINS! presentation at 3:30 p.m. “What to Expect” signage will be placed at participating exhibits and three “calm zones” will be provided for guests.

Several deaf awareness booths in the lobby will provide resources to guests, with representatives from the TSA Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center, Driscoll Health Plan, Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and Special Olympics.

Support for the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative is provided in part by a partnership with the Driscoll Health Plan and a grant from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation. Community Partner, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center, is providing staff and volunteer training for the event including basic conversational American Sign Language training.

To purchase tickets for Deaf Awareness Day, interested parties can email Annie Vlach at avlach@txstateaq.org.

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