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Sorenson Communications

March 06, 2015 16:57 ET

Sorenson Communications Celebrates Annual Deaf History Month

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwired - Mar 6, 2015) - Throughout March, Sorenson Communications, the leading provider of Video Relay Service for deaf people who use sign language to communicate, will present an online celebration of Deaf History Month. The celebration site was launched today at www.svrs.com/history.

New information added to the website during March will include American Sign Language (ASL) videos about audism (the discrimination of deaf people), the history of deafness on Martha's Vineyard and interviews with Ben Bahan, Gallaudet University ASL and Deaf studies professor, and Howard Rosenblum, National Association of the Deaf CEO. Stories posted later in the month will include profiles of linguist William Stokoe and ASL preservationist George Veditz, whose 1913 film footage is included in the National Film Registry. A special Deaf History Month issue of the SVRS Messenger newsletter will highlight a new Sorenson feature and will include stories about the winner of the World Deaf Magicians Festival and the 1988 Deaf President Now (DPN) protests at Gallaudet.

Ron Burdett, Sorenson Communications vice president of community relations, notes, "Sorenson is committed to the preservation of ASL, Deaf history and Deaf culture. We share these videos for everyone's enjoyment and as a way to record the significant events of today."

Those interested in following the March Deaf History Month postings may connect with Sorenson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by visiting www.facebook.com/sorensonvrs, www.twitter.com/sorensonvrs and http://instagram.com/sorenson_vrs.

Since September 2010, Sorenson Communications has hosted online Deaf Awareness Month websites that featured Deaf culture-related stories, images and videos. In March 2014, Sorenson launched its first Deaf History Month site. That site can be accessed by visiting www.svrs.com/history2014. Additional Sorenson Deaf Awareness Month websites can be found at www.svrs.com/aware, www.svrs.com/aware2013, www.svrs.com/aware2012 and www.svrs.com/aware2010. There was not a celebration site in 2011.

About Sorenson Communications
Sorenson Communications® (www.sorenson.com) 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.

Disclaimer
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