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Deaf World 2009 - in celebration of Hampshire Deaf Association’s 130th anniversary

Posted Sep 23 2009 10:50pm

Deaf World 2009, the largest exhibition of its kind in the south will be held this year at The Rose Bowl, Botley Road, West End, Southampton on Thursday 1st October, 10am – 4pm. Entry is free and everyone is welcome.

The Deaf World exhibition, solely sponsored by HJS Solutions, is a nationally recognised forum for private, public and voluntary sectors to showcase their products, equipment and support services to the community, particularly deaf people and those with an interest in deaf people.

This is the sixth Deaf World event and each year the exhibition grows bigger and becomes more successful. This year promises to be the best yet with an expected 1,200 people attending and over 50 exhibitors. The exhibition presents an opportunity not only for deaf and hard of hearing people to discover and learn about what services are available, but also for companies and public services to discover their legal obligations and how to make their organisations more user-friendly and accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people.

Hampshire Deaf Association will be hosting the exhibition in celebration of its 130th anniversary. The theme of the day will be 'New Beginnings', as the event will be used to re-launch the charity and reveal the future services that befit the 21st century.

Sheriff of Southampton, Councillor Carol Cunio will be present for the opening ceremony at 10.30am. Throughout the day there will be the opportunity to attend workshops run by organisations in the private, voluntary and community sectors. These include: Deaf Parenting UK, South of England Cochlear Implant Centre, SignTranslate, ‘I-Sign’, and ac2 Productions and Actual Signs & Significan’t.

Refreshments will be available from the in-house café and food outlets nearby. The day promises to be not only educational, but also a fun day for all the family.

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