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Sorenson Communications

September 04, 2014 10:00 ET

Sorenson Communications Presents Annual Celebration of Deaf Awareness Month

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwired - Sep 4, 2014) -  During September, Sorenson Communications, the leading provider of Video Relay Service for deaf people who use sign language to communicate, will present "Deaf Awareness Month." Among other stories, this year's online celebration, which begins today at www.svrs.com/aware, focuses on various aspects of American Sign Language (ASL). New information and ASL videos will be added to the Deaf Awareness Month site throughout September.

Sorenson's Deaf Awareness Month celebration will 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.

Sorenson's 2014 online celebration of Deaf Awareness Month will include:

  • Interviews with poets Peter Cook and Kenny Lerner as well as information about their "Flying Words Project"
  • A feature about idioms that are used in ASL 
  • A profile about a new ASL Bowl, sponsored by the Great Plains Schools for the Deaf, and videos of the winning students' original presentations
  • A special Deaf Awareness Month issue of the SVRS Messenger newsletter, which will announce Sorenson's 2014 Teacher of the Year
  • Videos about a very special deaf cultural center and museum that are dedicated to inspiring a deep appreciation and understanding of the lives of diverse deaf people and their contributions in the United States and worldwide

Ron Burdett, Sorenson Communications vice president of community relations, notes, "Sorenson is pleased to present its annual celebration of what makes deaf culture unique. This online information is informative, entertaining and available to anyone who has access to a computer."

Earlier this year, Sorenson presented a similar website to celebrate Deaf History Month. To view that website, visit www.svrs.com/history.

The 2013 Sorenson Deaf Awareness Month website, www.svrs.com/aware2013, included information about deaf schools and education, sign language and spotlighted accomplished deaf athletes.

The 2012 Sorenson Deaf Awareness Month website, www.svrs.com/aware2012, presented information about preserving ASL, the deaf tradition of storytelling and profiles of people and deaf-related organizations that have 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 www.svrs.com/aware2010

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.

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