Students participate in a 'Deaf, Deaf World'

Published: Apr. 22, 2011 at 9:04 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 25, 2011 at 8:58 PM EDT
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Valdosta State University students got a taste of what life is like for hearing impaired people Friday.

They got a brief introduction to basic sign language and then interacted with people who are deaf and volunteers at mock banks, restaurants, and hotels.

They weren't allowed to speak and they were graded on their communication skills.

"Deaf people walk into a hearing world everyday and have to talk," said Kristie Cornell, a Deaf, Deaf World. "Well now the hearing people are walking into a deaf world and have to sign so it's just that kind of witched role you really see what i'ts like to be a deaf individual."

VSU puts on the program each year and community members and students are invited.

At the end of the program, participants discuss the experience with deaf and hearing impaired community members.

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