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 will be held on Saturday, April 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center (2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.) 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 p.m. to 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 Thursday, 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.
About Collin College
Collin College is a community college located in North Texas’ Collin County, the only public college in the county. One of the fastest-growing community colleges or universities in Texas, the college serves nearly 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. With seven campuses throughout the college district, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development. Collin College has locations in Plano (Spring Creek Campus), McKinney (Central Park Campus) and Frisco (Preston Ridge Campus). In addition, there are satellite centers in Plano, Allen and Rockwall. For more information, visit collin.edu.