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LSUA to Host Deaf Culture Awareness Program

Released: 09/29/2000

<p> Louisiana State University at Alexandria will host a Deaf Culture Awareness Program on Wednesday, October 11, 2000, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Student Center. This event is free and open to the public. </p><p> Cynthia Pace, director of the Deaf Action Center; Mary Young, educational interpreter at Bolton High School; and Jessica Williams, LSUA student, will share information about interpreting services, advocacy, compliance, communication skills, basic college survival, and emergency signs. They will also demonstrate communication equipment used for the deaf. </p><p> Ms. Pace has a Louisiana Certification for the Deaf, Level V, and Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired, Level III. She has been an interpreter for more than 20 years in the areas of education, legal and governmental services, mental health, and community services. Her professional affiliations include the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Louisiana Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, National Association of the Deaf, Louisiana Association of the Deaf, and the Alexandria Association of the Deaf. </p><p> Ms. Young earned a bachelor&acute;s degree in American sign language and English from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock and her master&acute;s from the University of New Orleans in deaf education. She has her Deaf Education Certification and is currently pursuing certification in English. </p><p> For more information contact Dessie S. Williams, coordinator of multicultural affairs at 473-6473. </p>