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American Sign Language Festival to provide hands-on experience for UGA

As a part of the Georgia Association of the Deaf’s biennial conference, there will be an American Sign Language Festival on July 20 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education’s Mahler Hall.

The event is open to everyone, even those who don’t know sign language, with an admission price of $5.

All funds will go to the Georgia Association of the Deaf.

This will be the first time the event happens although Peterson and her husband, the other proposer of the event, hope it will become a regular tradition.

“We anticipate more than 100 people in attendance,” Amy Peterson, one of the festival’s proposers, said.

There will be performances from a group consisting of deaf individuals from different countries that reside in Georgia, Peterson said.

There will also be presentations on the history, culture and language of American Sign Language.

“This is a good way for the deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind and hearing to be a part of the festival to get a glimpse of history, culture and language of American Sign Language within the deaf community,” Peterson said.

“When this festival is over, you will learn several new signs,” Peterson said.

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