Deaf Cultural Celebration


Click above to access this information in American Sign Language.

Click HERE  for event brochure with brief event explanations.

Click HERE  to REGISTER for Deaf Cultural Celebration. It’s free and required. Registration deadlines: March 22 for families requesting travel stipends; April 14 for everyone else.

It’s gonna be big. Maybe even huge.

The first ISD Deaf Cultural Celebration weekend, set for April 21 – 23 will be full of acceptance, diversity, American Sign Language, English, learning, food and fun. Never before has ISD hosted an event of this kind or scale – and everyone is invited to join the action. What would make this even better? How about free admission?

It’s an experience-packed cultural weekend, but the purpose is simple: “To celebrate Deaf culture,” said Deb Cates, Ph.D., sign language program coordinator. Cates is part of a communication committee at ISD focused on improving ASL use on campus.

Every aspect of the weekend will be accessible in American Sign Language and English. Signers of all levels (or no level at all) are welcome. Guest speakers, panelists and hands-on workshops will provide a bevy of support and tools, especially for parents and educators of young deaf children.

Celebrate ISD (the annual school carnival), an art exhibit, resource expo and entertainment are also offerings throughout the weekend. Breakfast, lunch and evening meals will be offered at no cost to attendees.

To ensure families who need the experience can attend, limited scholarships for lodging and travel are available, thanks to the Iowa Lions Foundation.

Although there is no cost to attend the weekend, registration is required for planning purposes. See link at top.

For scholarship and other information, contact Dr. Cates.