SOURCE: Sorenson Communications

Sorenson Communications

August 28, 2013 12:00 ET

Leading Provider of Video Relay Service Celebrates Deaf Awareness

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwired - Aug 28, 2013) -  During September, Sorenson Communications will present "Deaf Awareness Month," a unique, online celebration that takes a look at what it means to be deaf in today's world. The celebration, which begins online Sept. 3, at, is planned to end at the same time as the World Federation of the Deaf's "International Week of the Deaf," held during the last full week of September. New information and American Sign Language (ASL) videos will be added to the Deaf Awareness Month site throughout September.

Sorenson's 2013 celebration of Deaf Awareness Month will include:

  • Information about deaf schools and education
  • Stories about deaf people around the world
  • Profiles about people and organizations that have had an impact on deaf and hearing communities
  • Information about sign language and the deaf tradition of storytelling
  • Spotlights of accomplished deaf athletes

This year, as part of Deaf Awareness Month's focus on deaf schools, Sorenson sponsored the "I Love Learning Because..." Deaf Students Art Contest. Winners will be announced in September and participants' art will be featured in a video posted on the Deaf Awareness Month website.

Ron Burdett, Sorenson Communications vice president of community relations, says, "Sorenson is pleased to share deaf facts and information, available to anyone who has access to a computer. The stories and videos from inside and close to the deaf community give insight into the 'deaf experience.' By sharing them, we are preserving these stories for today's and future generations of deaf and hearing people."

The 2012 Sorenson Deaf Awareness Month website,, presented information about preserving ASL, the deaf tradition of storytelling and profiles of people and deaf-related organizations that changed -- or are changing -- the world for the better.

In 2010, Sorenson launched its first online celebration of Deaf Awareness Month by presenting a variety of videos that featured deaf leaders who promoted causes and whose contributions were significant in the arts, athletics and communication. The 2010 Sorenson Communications Deaf Awareness Month celebration can be viewed by visiting

About Sorenson Communications
Sorenson Communications® ( is a provider of industry-leading communications products and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The company's offerings include Sorenson Video Relay Service® (SVRS®), the highest-quality video interpreting service; the Sorenson ntouch® VP videophone, designed especially for use by deaf individuals; ntouch® PC, software that connects users to SVRS by using a PC and webcam; ntouch® for Mac®, software that connects users to SVRS by using an Apple® computer; ntouch® Tablet, which turns the Apple iPad® with a front-facing camera into a larger-screen mobile VP; and ntouch® Mobile, an application empowering SVRS communication via mobile devices.

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