September 27, 2005

Contact: Bridgid Isworth: (505) 925-4071, (505) 463-6044 Cell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be deaf or hearing impaired? What would you do with your cell phone? How would you place an order at the drive thru? Would concerts be so fun?

At the 2005 Southwest Conference on Disability, conference attendees will get the opportunity to experience a "Deaf, Deaf World" a world where everyone signs and hearing people are the minority.

Visitors can attempt to do their banking with a deaf banker; order food from a deaf waitress; go to a deaf post office; attempt to communicate with a deaf doctor; and if they are not careful, they might also have a run-in with a deaf police person!

Conference attendees can mime, gesture, even write, but speaking will not help as they experience the frustrations of living in a deaf world only in reverse!

The "Deaf, Deaf World" experience can be enjoyed Wednesday, Sep 28 from 10:45 a.m. noon, 3:45 4:15 p.m., and 4:15 5:30 p.m. at the Southwest Conference on Disability, at the Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 2ndSt, NW, Albuquerque.

The 2005 Southwest Conference on Disability is an annual event hosted by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine's Center for Development and Disability (UNM CDD), the New Mexico Governor's Commission on Disability and the New Mexico Department of Health. National Conference partners include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Christopher Reeve Foundation and the American Association on Health and Disability.