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Collin College Hosts Deaf, Deaf World Simulation

April 3, 2014 – Collin College will host "Deaf, Deaf World," a simulation of Deaf culture, allowing participants to get a feel for the unique experience of living as a Deaf individual. The event is 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at the Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

Attendees will have the opportunity to experience life in an entirely silent environment, learn basic American Sign Language and have the chance to enjoy stage performances of stories, comedies and skits. In addition, they will become familiar with Deaf history, specifically learning about civil rights and the Deaf community.

Dean of Academic Affairs Don Weasenforth noted U.S. Census data estimates 357,574 Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals live in Texas.

"The Deaf community is a significant part of society," Weasenforth said. "Deaf, Deaf World will highlight the Deaf community's contributions to and challenges within the larger community by immersing participants in local Deaf culture."

Admission for Deaf, Deaf World is free. Donations will be accepted and proceeds will go to the Collin College interpreter student scholarship fund.

A silent dinner and entertainment will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m. in the conference center, following Deaf, Deaf World. Entertainment will be provided by Dack Virnig. Advance registration and payment is required for the silent dinner by April 9. Tickets for both dinner and the show are $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 5-17. Tickets for the performance only are $15.

For more information, contact Cris Nunn at CINunn@collin.edu.

Collin College serves nearly 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development.

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