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Texas State Aquarium to host Deaf Awareness Day on Thursday

Posted at 3:06 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 18:57:07-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The aquarium is providing an opportunity for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing to experience the aquarium through American Sign Language (ASL)-friendly presentations.

The Texas State Aquarium will host its second annual Deaf Awareness Day from 1-5 p.m. Thursday.

The last full week of September is recognized as National Deaf Awareness Week. The event is also a part of the aquarium’s ongoing Diversity & Inclusion Initiative.

The schedule for Deaf Awareness Day includes ASL-modified Diver in the Water show at 3 p.m., and ASL translators at the Wild Flight Show at 2:30 p.m. and DOLPHINS! presentation at 3:30 p.m.

“What to Expect” signage will be placed at participating exhibits and three “calm zones” will be provided for guests.

Several deaf awareness booths in the lobby will provide resources to guests, with representatives from the TSA Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center, Driscoll Health Plan, Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Special Olympics.

To purchase tickets for Deaf Awareness Day, interested parties can email Annie Vlach at avlach@txstateaq.org.