“Deaf Awareness Day” at the Texas State Aquarium to Welcome Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community
September 18, 2018
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – On Thursday, September 27 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., the Texas State Aquarium (TSA) will host its inaugural Deaf Awareness Day event in commemoration of National Deaf Awareness Week. This event, held as part of Aquarium’s ongoing Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, will offer guests who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families and caregivers 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. ASL translators will also be available at all afternoon presentations including the Wild Flight Show and DOLPHINS! “What to Expect” signage will be placed at participating exhibits and three “calm zones” will be provided for guests. Dorsey, the Aquarium’s dolphin mascot, will also greet guests as they arrive.
In addition, an educational activity will be available in the upstairs Flint Hills Resources Center and several deaf awareness booths in the lobby will provide resources to guests.
TSA partnered with the Deaf Community Board and the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing on this event, both of which assisted with provide deaf and hard-of-hearing sensitivity training to staff and in sharing this upcoming event with their partners.
Support for the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative is provided in part by a partnership with the Driscoll Health Plan and a grant from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation.
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