Quincy University will be celebrating its seventh annual Deaf Awareness Week September 19th – 24th with several activities designed to increase awareness of Deaf issues, people and culture. The public is encouraged to join faculty, staff and students to promote a better understanding of the Deaf community. Members of QU’s sign language interpretation program will provide American Sign Language interpretation at all events.

Monday, September 19th is “ASL Only Monday” and students are asked to use sign language only, all day in their classes and in conversation. That evening is “QU Signs @ The Abbey” from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This will be a silent supper at the Abbey restaurant where people are encouraged to enjoy their food and sign their conversations. Quincy Mayor, Kyle Moore will also be attending. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Quincy Deaf Club and the QU Student Interpreters Association.

On Thursday, September 22nd faculty and students will travel to the Daniel Boone Home and Village for an Interpreted Tour. Costs are $10 per adult, $8 for a senior and $5 for a child ages 5 to 11 and lunch is included with tour price. The group will leave Quincy at 9:00 am and return by 5:00 pm.

For information on carpooling and purchasing tickets please contact Jane Meirose at 217-228-5432, ext. 3101 or meiroja@quincy.edu.

The awareness week will wrap up on Saturday, September 24th at the QU Homecoming football game where students from the sign language interpretation program will sign the National Anthem prior to the 1pm game. Tickets are available at the entrance to the stadium at 20th and Sycamore beginning at 11:30 am.