The Cornell University Deaf Awareness Project (CUDAP) is a student-run program of the Cornell Public Service Center which provides students with opportunities to learn about and participate in raising awareness of the issues facing the Deaf community. Our mission has three parts.
- We work to integrate the Deaf and hearing communities.
- We work to provide an opportunity for students to learn about the Deaf community and American Sign Language (ASL) through meetings, service trips, and events, while educating the Cornell community.
- We aim to incorporate ASL into the school-year curriculum at Cornell University.
Over the past year, we have been holding weekly sign choir workshops during which we teach student-interpreted ASL translations of songs. The Sign Choir has performed in various venues. We also took part in a service-learning trip, where we sent 11 Cornell students to Washington D.C. to work with a non-profit organization called Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf, or HEARD.
In addition, we have participated in the Social Justice Roundtable Series organized by Cornell Union for Disability Awareness, as well as panel discussions and workshops organized by Student Disability Services to raise awareness and educate the community of ways to increase accessibility and inclusion on campus.
Through these initiatives we aim not only to educate the Cornell community, but moreover to bring visibility of the need for ASL to be offered as a language option at Cornell.
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