Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day raises awareness at the Statehouse

Published: Mar. 2, 2016 at 5:23 PM CST
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The Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing held presentations to raise awareness inside the Statehouse Wednesday.

Informational booths were set up in conjunction with the Kansas State School for the Deaf and the Deaf Cultural Center to promote the state resources available to deaf and hard of hearing citizens.

Interpreters were made available for guided tours and also for legislators to communicate with deaf and hard-of-hearing constituents throughout the day.

For deaf children inside the capitol Wednesday, the event was more about socializing with one another.

“There are a number of deaf students who have come to this event from different districts and states. They have an opportunity to meet their peers from other schools. They have an opportunity to have role models that are deaf and hard of hearing for those students to look up to. It’s a rare opportunity for students to have deaf adults who are role models,” signed hearing-impaired Robert Cooper.