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Deaf Awareness Week

Deaf Awareness Week




The International Week of the Deaf is commemorated every September. This celebration is a global movement to raise awareness about the life, culture, language and rights of deaf people. Full inclusion through sign language is this year's theme. In harmony with that, Lansing Community College has planned daily activities to raise awareness-including six Survival Signs workshops.


September 18-24, 2017


Lansing Community College
Downtown Campus
422 N. Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933


Downtown Campus Monday-Thursday: Please park in the city ramps. There is a $10 charge.

Downtown Campus Friday-Sunday: Please park in the Gannon Ramp.

West Campus: free parking


Michelle LaCrosse

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International Week of the Deaf


Monday, September 18

10:10 - Survival Signs - Main Campus - GB 2204
6:10 - Survival Signs - West Campus – S147

Tuesday, September 19

10:10 - Documentary and Discussion-Through Deaf Eyes by PBS - Main Campus – GB 2204
12:10 - Survival Signs - Main Campus – GB 2204
6:10 - De'VIA-Deaf Cultural Art - West Campus – S147
9:00 - Silent Dinner at Applebee's 5400 W. Saginaw Hwy. Lansing (hosted by LCC's Sign Language Club)

Wednesday, September 20

12:10 - Survival Signs - Main Campus – GB 2204
4:10 - Survival Signs - Main Campus – GB 2204
6:10 - Documentary and Discussion-Through Deaf Eyes by PBS - West Campus – S147

Thursday, September 21

10:10 - De'VIA-Deaf Cultural Art - Main Campus – HHS 007, 024
2:10 - Survival Signs - Main Campus – GB 2204
6:10 - Strengthening Human Diversity-Panel Discussion - West Campus – S147

Friday, September 22

7:00 - Performance by internationally known deaf performer and storyteller, Peter Cook.
(Performance will be interpreted into English for those who do not know sign language).
DART Auditorium

Saturday, September 23

1:30 - Deaf Self-Advocacy - HHS 006-007

Activity Descriptions

Survival Signs

  • Will provide an explanation of why it's important to use sign language when communicating with Deaf
  • Teach ASL alphabet
  • Teach common courtesy signs such as: My name is.., please, thank you, excuse me

Documentary and Discussion

PBS movie Through Deaf Eyes will be shown followed by a group discussion.

Through Deaf Eyes is a documentary exploring 200 years of deaf life in America. The film presents life through the eyes of the Deaf-a culturally linguistic group that share similar experiences, culture and language. They have faced conflicts, prejudice, and oppression. In time, deaf people began to press for greater self-determination and economic opportunity. They asserted their right to access information, developed communities, and affirmed their identity as Deaf.

Strengthening Human Diversity

Panel discussion with 2 Deaf students and 3 notable Deaf community members. The purpose of this discussion will be to educate about the misconceptions of being deaf and the challenges the deaf population face during everyday life.

De'VIA - Deaf Cultural Art

Powerpoint presentation including audience discussion of the two themes of Deaf cultural art:

  • Resistance Art - presents Deaf artist's view of how the hearing world oppresses those who cannot hear
  • Affirmation Art – highlights the Deaf community's culture, empowerment, and solidarity through sign language


Internationally known deaf performer and American Sign Language (ASL) Chair of Columbia College Chicago, Peter Cook, is coming to LCC to bring poetry and storytelling to life through sign language. (The performance will be interpreted into English for those who do not know sign language).

Registration for this performance is required in order to attend.

See the Performer tab for more information.

Deaf Self-Advocacy

Do you as a deaf person know your legal rights? Do you know what to do when your communication needs are not being met? Come learn more about your rights and how to advocate for yourself.

A Feast for Eyes: An Evening with Peter Cook

Peter S. Cook is an Internationally reputed Deaf performing artist whose works incorporate American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting, and movement. Peter has traveled extensively around the country and abroad with the Flying Words Project to promote ASL Literature with Kenny Lerner since 1986. Peter has appeared in Live from OffCenter's "Words on Mouth" (PBS) and "United States of Poetry" (PBS) produced by Emmy winner, Bob Holman. Peter teaches at Columbia College where he received the 1997 Excellence in Teaching award. In 1998, Peter set up a video production called PC Production that is now based in Chicago.

Peter was featured nationally in festivals such as the Jonesboro National Storytelling Festival, Oklahoma City Winter Tales, Illinois Storytelling Festival, Indiana Hoosier Storytelling Festival, Eugene Oregon Multi-Cultural Festival, The Deaf Way II and the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Peter was invited to the White House to join the National Book Festival in 2003. Internationally, Peter has worked with Deaf storytellers/poets in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Japan.

Peter lives in Chicago and teaches in the ASL-English Interpretation Department at Columbia College. He loves to tell stories to his son.

Peter Cook Peter Cook

Cost: Free

Registration is required in order to receive a ticket to the performance.


Sponsorship Invitation

Platinum Sponsorship

Center for Student Support

Gold Sponsorship

Spicer Group

Voices for Health, Inc.

Deaf Awareness Week Registration

Peter Cook Performance

Peter Cook Performance

Registration for the Peter Cook performance is now closed, but tickets are available at the door.



Center for Student Access

Center for Student Access
Gannon Building - StarZone
Phone: (517) 483-1924
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