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Local Organizations Making it Easier for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People to Participate

Signing during services at Mary, Queen of Peace Parish

Hearing folks are welcome! ASL interpretation provided.

While Pittsburghers may be more accustomed to seeing offers for ASL translation provided for the Deaf/hard of hearing and not the other way around, this role reversal—advertised for a Dec. 13 ASL Slam hosted by the City of Asylum—is just one way in which the organization is inclusive of the local Deaf community.

“All three performers are Deaf and performed in ASL,” said Darin Lee, City of Asylum’s programs and accessibility coordinator. “There was a team of ASL interpreters on hand to interpret the ASL performances for audience members who weren’t deaf.”

The ASL Slam was the second time that the nonprofit organization has featured Deaf artists in its lineup. Lee said that the first ASL Slam was held in 2021. Thanks to a generous grant from the FISA Foundation, City of Asylum had sufficient funding to host that Dec. 13 performance

as well as to host two future events in 2023.