FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2007
Contact: K.E. Schwab
SRU American Sign Language Club hosts Deaf Awareness Day
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- American Sign Language Club at Slippery Rock University will host Deaf Awareness Day Sept. 27 with a keynote address by Mary Ann Stefko, mainstream and sign language coordinator at Pittsburgh's Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.
The topic of her 12:30 p.m. address in McKay Education Building Auditorium is "Opportunities Are Knocking! Are You Listening!"
The group Sign Shine, comprised of WPSD students, will sign to music. In addition, a Hearing Screening Van will be located in the Bailey Library Quad during the day to provide free hearing tests for members of the SRU community.
Stefko earned a master's of education in counselor education and a bachelor of science degree in communication disorders from Pennsylvania State University. In addition to 20 years teaching experience, she has extensive experience in educational interpreting and is a certified occupational hearing conservationist.
She has worked with deaf and hard-of-hearing children from the preschool to high school levels in residential and mainstream educational settings. She has also taught hearing children sign language and is a frequent presenter at workshops and training programs related to deafness and hearing loss for parents, educators and the business community across Pennsylvania.
The SRU American Sign Language Club meets at 12:30 p.m. each Tuesday in Room 318 Spotts World Culture Building to learn more about the deaf culture and to study sign language.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.
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