Exploring Deaf Culture in Ukraine

Wednesday, September 4, 2 p.m., S-29

Please join American Sign Language Professor, Michelle Freas, as she explains the current and historical obstacles the Ukrainian deaf community has faced as well as the rights they have sought to secure. Special attention will be given to the Ukrainian Society of the Deaf and their work advocating for educational equality, sign language interpreters, and the recognition of Ukrainian Sign Language as an   official language. Professor Freas will be joined by Dr. Vilma Fuentes. Together, they will share their experiences working inside the Deaf Community in Ukraine. They will explain recent legislative and societal changes that are changing deaf culture in this country.