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Deaf Professionals: Breaking the Sound Barrier

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UConn Communication Access and Interpreting Services and the Center for Students with Disabilities welcomes you to join us for a memorable event on Tuesday September 26, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT. This is the first celebration of its kind in Connecticut, and our excitement in preparing for this occasion matches your excitement to attend!

Deaf individuals have struggled through a history of marginalization, with limited opportunities for employment and education among countless other barriers. We at the University of Connecticut are honored to host a vibrant community of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, faculty, and staff. Because the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community has grown, so has the community of ASL users on campus. In an effort to increase awareness across the board about the thriving Deaf and Hard of Hearing community here in Connecticut, this evening will offer you the opportunity to meet Deaf scientists, engineers, doctoral students, psychologists, mathematicians, medical providers, counselors, and just about any other professional field imaginable. All are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the ways these professionals have navigated the education and employment system, and what their journeys looked like.

Deaf students transitioning from high school to college: this is your chance to speak with other members of the Deaf community who are willing to serve as mentors and guides. The collective wisdom these panel members offer is considerable. They have traveled the road you are starting down, and their message to you is: you CAN do it! Your options are not limited, and you have support.

Interpreters working with Deaf professionals: this is your opportunity to learn more about their experiences, their skills, and hear their stories. We often work with Deaf individuals who are subject matter experts in their fields. This is an evening of invaluable growth potential as we learn from those we work with daily.

Don’t know ASL? No problem! We have enough interpreters to make this evening accessible for all. Members of the UConn community – and the communities we collaborate with and serve – are welcome to join us for a special night of learning how we can better interact with our fellow colleagues.

The panel starts with an hour of questions and answers, moderated by Steve Simmons, a member of UConn’s faculty as well as a teacher at Norwich Free Academy. After that, an hour of networking between attendees and panel members will be complemented by desserts and beverages.

As one of the key events of the Center for Students with Disabilities 50th Anniversary Celebration, it is our privilege to welcome you to Deaf Professionals: Breaking the Sound Barrier!

Date and Time:

September 26, 2017


Legislative Office Building
300 Capitol Ave #5100
Hartford, CT 06106

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Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 12th. Minors must fill out the Waiver for University Sponsored Minor Programs below in order to attend this event. Both RSVP and consent form may be submitted to


Come See “Newsies” this Saturday!



Hello everyone!

My name is Fernando and I work as an ASL consultant for the UConn Communication Access and Interpreting Services (UCIS) in their collaboration with the Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) to provide interpreted theatrical performances. The third and final performance of the summer season, “Newsies”, is occurring right now and will be interpreted on Saturday, July 15th at 2:00. The interpreters for this show will be Julie Pond and Jon Henry, with myself as the consultant.

“Newsies” is a show inspired by the “Newsboy Strike of 1899” and includes themes of social justice and exploitative labor. During this show you will watch the newsboys as they journey towards finding their voice and standing up for themselves! I will not tell you how it ends; you will need to come see it for yourself!

If you are interested in purchasing tickets to the interpreted performance of this show, please contact CRT’s box office. You may call them at (860) 486-2113 and request tickets in the “interpreted section” or purchase silver or bronze seats online, and then send an email to the box office at and you will be placed in the reserved ASL priority seats. I suggest you contact them at your earliest convenience to guarantee a seat for yourself!

It might be a good idea to get to the theatre early, as well. This will give you ample time to find your seat, to socialize with other patrons, and to check out the lobby video. This is a video with safety instructions and theatre announcements presented in ASL.

We look forward to seeing you there on Saturday, July 15th at 2:00 PM!

UCIS & CRT Collaborate to offer ASL interpreted theatrical performances this summer!

UConn Communication Access and Interpreting Services (UCIS), a division of the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD), is proud to announce their partnership with Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) to make the theatre experience more accessible! CRT’s Nutmeg Summer Series will feature 1776, Noises Off, and Disney’s Newsies – all of which will have a Saturday matinee performance interpreted into American Sign Language!


“We are very happy that we can offer the ASL interpreted performances this summer. We want all the members of our community to be able to enjoy the theatre.  This is a step to make that possible.” Matthew J. Pugliese, Nutmeg Summer Series’ Executive Producer


“The Center for Students with Disabilities, through UCIS, is pleased to partner with CRT to offer this public accessibility initiative to enhance our inclusive and accessible environment for the larger UConn community.” Donna M. Korbel, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of the Center for Students with Disabilities


Come join us in supporting this inclusive endeavor and catch a great show! Watch our video announcement below for all the details!

Connecticut Repertory Theatre

UConn Communication Access and Interpreting Services