CSUN Fair to Streamline the Search for
(NORTHRIDGE, Calif., Sept. 8, 2003) - The simple act of attending a lecture at the local library or a neighborhood council meeting can be a challenge for someone who is deaf and hard of hearing and may need the assistance of an American Sign Language interpreter.
Access Services for the Deaf
Cal State Northridge's National Center on Deafness (NCOD) is hosting a "Deaf Resource Fair" on Thursday, Sept. 18, to make finding the right kind of help a little easier.
"Students who are deaf or hard of hearing go through the educational system, having services provided to them automatically. Graduates enter the real world not knowing where to go or who to turn to for information and services," said Mandy Sherlock, coordinator of NCOD's Increasing Career Choices program. "In providing this Deaf Resources Fair, we hope to close the gap between the people who need assistance and the service providers."
The fair is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the National Center on Deafness' courtyard on the east side of the Cal State Northridge campus. The event is free and parking is available for $4 in a lot off Dearborn Street.
Among those businesses taking part will be Sorenson Media, Scott Wireless, Pyram.com and Adapted Computer Technologies.
NCOD Director Merri Pearson pointed out that many of the university's deaf and hard of hearing students, like many in the community, "are unfamiliar with the rich resources that are available in the Los Angeles area."
"We are here to provide information, and learning opportunities, in order to address their needs," she said.
For more information about the fair, call NCOD at (818) 677-2611.