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Deaf Seniors of America Conference (seeking signers of all levels)

Hello!

I am excited to announce a unique opportunity for you! Baltimore will be the location of the 12th Biennial "Deaf Seniors of America" Conference, August 21-27, 2013. We are looking for volunteers to help the conference to run smoothly, so the Deaf Senior Citizens will enjoy their event.

This will be an excellent experience for the volunteers who will learn a great deal from the many Deaf people associated with the conference. American Sign Language (ASL) skills are not necessary to volunteer; everyone is welcome and needed. Volunteers who know ASL are especially valued and will not be asked to interpret. Volunteers are needed for tasks such as giving directions, helping attendees follow the workshop schedule, and assisting deaf-blind attendees locate their seats.

To help volunteers prepare for the conference and feel confident in what to do, training sessions will be held August 13 at the Hilton Hotel in Baltimore. Volunteers are welcome to attend one or both inservices to prepare for the conference.

9am-12pm: Sheryl Cooper and Lisa Kornberg will give an inservice for hotel staff and workers on communication and cultural sensitivity, preparing for the arrival of the Deaf Seniors.

1-3pm: Sheryl Cooper will give an inservice training on working with Deafblind attendees.

There will also be a "rehearsal" for volunteers on August 15. This day will be helpful, but not mandatory, for volunteers.

A list of volunteers is currently being compiled. Please contact me as soon as possible before August 3 at [masked] to take advantage of this special opportunity. Include your name, how many hours can you help, your time availability for August 21-27, and whether you will attend one or both inservice training sessions. Feel free to ask questions, as well.

To learn more information about the conference, please check out www.dsa2013baltimore.org

Thank you! We look forward to meeting all of the volunteers soon.

Elayne Fife, MS
DFST Lecturer

Department of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, & Deaf Studies
Towson University
8000 York Rd.
Towson, MD[masked]

Videophone: (443)[masked]
Van Bokkelen Hall, Room 011
[masked]

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  • Tracy P.

    Great experience. I was happy to have been able to participate.

    1 · August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What time should we get there tomorrow? I know about Deaf culture and sensitivity, etc already from school. Should I just come for the Deaf Blind portion? I haven't had training for this. Thanks!

    August 12, 2013

  • Annette

    Sadly, the conference is the first week back to school. As a teacher, I cannot miss that week. Sorry to miss this opportunity. :( However, keep me in mind for future opportunities.

    August 12, 2013

  • Tracy P.

    I'm in. :-)

    August 7, 2013

  • Rose T.

    Please read this carefully. The training for this event will be on Aug 13. This is a huge opportunity for all sign levels, even beginners, to get involved. They could really use some community support!

    July 25, 2013

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