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#WhyISign: UC Deaf History Week Educates, Engages and Entertains

Take part in the campus festivities April 9-14, including a presentation by Amy June Rowley on the federal case that determined 'free and appropriate education.'

Date: 4/9/2018 10:35:00 AM
By: Kelsey Niehauser
Phone: (513) 556-2212

UC ingot   The University of Cincinnati will host Deaf History Week Monday, April 9, through Saturday, April 14.

The week will kick off with a presentation by Amy June Rowley who will present “Rowley Revisited: What is appropriate education?” on April 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. in 407 Teachers/Dyer Complex. She will take the audience through the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Board of Education v. Rowley from a revealing perspective of the student who lived the experience.

As a child, Rowley’s school would not provide a sign language interpreter. The result of the 1982 case was an interpretation of the clause “free and appropriate education” in which the Supreme Court held that public schools are only required to provide enough education for students to sufficiently pass grade-level and not necessarily achieve their full potential.

The remainder of the week promises equally interesting and inspiring events celebrating Deaf History that educate and engage the campus community. This includes the American Sign Language Lunch & Learn at noon Monday before Rowley’s presentation and a Scavenger Hunt at 5 p.m. – both at Teachers/Dyer Complex 255C. Students, faculty and community members have the opportunity to show off their skills at the ASL Talent Showcase at Catskeller on the first floor of Tangeman University Center on April 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. The week closes with a big finale at the Greater Cincinnati Deaf Club on Saturday for games, food, community-building, and more.

Keep your eyes open for various other opportunities to learn about Deaf History and Culture across campus. And be sure to stop by TUC on Tuesday to join the ASL Club!

All are welcome to attend any and all of the events, and interpreters will be provided at all events. Join in the conversation and activities online through the hashtags #WhyISign and #UCDeafHistoryWeek.