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Sign language expert explores culture of the deaf

Monday, January 21, 2002

Buena Vista University welcomes Diana Kautzky, owner of Deaf Services Unlimited, Inc, to campus for a public lecture at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, in Room one of the Harold Walter Siebens Forum.

The event, "Language and Culture of the Deaf," is a part of BVU's Academic and Cultural Events Series (ACES).

Kautzy will discuss how her business grew from interpreting services to the inclusion of accommodating language differences in the public and private sector. Much of Kautzky's presentation will be done using sign language and interpretations.

"Language plays an integral part in how one learns to live and interact with others," said Dr. Robbie Ludy, professor of special education at BVU. "It is important to be aware that individuals who are deaf and are sign language users, regardless of where they live, consider themselves to be members of a separate cultural group from the societies of hearing individuals with whom they must interact. To truly understand those who are deaf, one must begin to explore the relationship of language and culture."

"Language and Culture of the Deaf" is free of charge.

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