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Students forming Sign Language Club

ATHENS, Ohio (March 29, 2006) -- A group of students hoping to build a bridge between those who can hear and those who can't is forming the Ohio University Sign Language Club.

The club, whose first meeting will be Thursday, April 13, at 8 p.m. in Grover W115, will include students with hearing impairments and others studying in the School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences (the group's original April 3 kickoff meeting was rescheduled due to damage at Grover Center).

The club will include students with hearing impairments and others studying in the School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences.

The meeting is open to Ohio University students, faculty and anyone else interested in learning about sign language. All are welcome regardless of their level of signing proficiency. The club will provide an opportunity to learn about deaf culture, the nuances of sign language and the history that has brought this culture and form of communication to life, according to Liz Yazbek, a first-year student and one of the club's organizers.

One of the club's goals will be to emphasize the similarities between the hearing and deaf worlds, added Emma Kreiner, another student organizer.

"It's not about the hearing trying to fit into the deaf world, or the deaf into the hearing world. Those worlds are much closer than many people realize. We want to be able to just bring them that much closer together and help people get familiar with one another," Kreiner said.

For more information about the club, contact Emma Kreiner at ek837105@ohio.edu or Liz Yazbek at ey120905@ohio.edu.

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Media Contact: College of Health and Human Services Director of Communication Jody Grenert, (740) 593-1433 or grenert@ohio.edu

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