Campus to Host Celebration of Deaf Awareness Day Sept. 19

Campus to Host Celebration of Deaf Awareness Day Sept. 19

Nearly 2000 deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their teachers will visit the Boston College campus on Thursday, Sept. 19, to celebrate National Deaf Awareness Day.

The youngsters, ranging from 3 to 21 to years old, are from school programs for the hearing impaired in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. At BC, they will take part in a variety of social, athletic and recreational events in Conte Forum, followed by a picnic-style lunch in Alumni Stadium.

Co-chairs for the event are Edward Mulligan, director of the deaf and hard-of-hearing program at Newton North High School and a part-time faculty member in BC's Lynch School of Education, and Patricia DiNatale, principal of Boston's Horace Mann School for the Deaf.

Boston College Campus School Principal Donald Ricciato is serving as the University's liaison for the event and 20 LSOE students who are enrolled in Mulligan's sign language courses will work with the youngsters throughout the day.

"BC is a great place to have this event," said DiNatale. "We have had a long and a strong partnership with the Lynch School of Education and by using the campus facilities we can give the children a chance to come together and socialize with others who face the same challenges."

Mulligan noted that BC students have assisted in the Deaf Awareness Day program since it began 12 years ago. "Their response has always been outstanding," he said, "even in those years when the event was not held on the BC campus."

The day's activities will include face painting, jewelry making and field day events for the younger children and basketball and volleyball competition for teenagers.

Prizes for a poster competition will also be awarded.

The event is funded by the Dunkin' Donuts Foundation.

-Reid Oslin


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