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March 24, 2015 : AUDIO: OUL Deaf Studies Program to Hold Deaf Awareness Days at COSI
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – The Ohio University Lancaster Deaf Studies and Interpreting program is working with Center of Science and Industry (COSI) to hold Deaf Awareness Days next month.  They will be held April 17 and 18.
“The students will be interpreting the different events that take place at COSI,” said Assistant Professor of Deaf Studies Becky Brooks. “They’ve invited different organizations from the community to come in and have tables set up. It will provide access to the Deaf community at COSI.”
Students in Brooks’ class began working on the service learning project fall semester.
“It really gives students an opportunity to work with the community,” said Brooks. “They’ve learned to incorporate what they are learning in the classroom with what is going on in the real world.”
Deaf Studies students from Columbus State Community College and Kent State University will also participate in the two-day event.  Students will be paired with professionals to interpret the different events at COSI.
“This has been student driven,” said Brooks. “The students have been very actively involved.  Students spent hours going to COSI, observing all the different events and making recommendations to COSI about how to make this event more accessible.”
Brooks said they decided to hold the event on Friday and Saturday so that schools with Deaf students could bring those students to COSI. Brooks also encourages hearing people to attend the event because exposure to the Deaf community can bring about great awareness.
“The hope and goal is that as COSI works with us and they influence us, and as we work with COSI, we influence them,” said Brooks. “We hope there will be long-term changes at COSI to offer programs for the Deaf year-round.”