“It’s OK to be Deaf”: Mary’s Talks Series on Social Action (Updated)

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Jessica Sergeant will be lead speaker in the first of the 2017 Mary’s Talks series on social action in Kingston. The topic of Jessica’s talk is “It’s OK to be Deaf“.


UPDATE: Social Planning Council of Kingston and District reports:

Weather Cancellation for Mary’s Talk tonight

It’s OK to be Deaf“, A Mary’s Talk sponsored by the Social Planning Council of  Kingston, has been Cancelled for January 24th 7:00 pm

Our Talk will be rescheduled to a later date


Jessica has been Deaf since a baby and is culturally and linguistically Deaf. She did not have access to American Sign Language (ASL) for much of her youth. This led her to experience language deprivation in her early years.

It’s her vision that Deaf people are embraced as part of humanity. This means a major cultural shift in how we perceive them. One way to do this is to recognize that  society benefits from having Deaf people, known as Deaf Gain.

This begins by recognizing Deaf babies as a cultural and linguistic minority and ensuring they have full access to ASL from birth.


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The Talk will take place on Tuesday January 24th at 7 pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 130 Clergy Street East in Kingston.

Admission is free and doors will open at 6:30 pm. Reception to follow in St. Andrew’s Hall.

Deaf people are a cultural and linguistic minority. Jessica will share stories about Language Deprivation, Deaf identity, American  Sign Language, Deaf Gain, and Deaf babies’ need for ASL.

Mary’s Talks provides social advocacy commentary with a local, practical orientation.

In this talk for the series, deaf activist Jessica Sergeant will be commenting on social advocacy issues with respect to the use of  ASL and  its broader cultural uses. She will be delivering her comments  in ASL.

There will be two ASL interpreters available to interpret and  take questions from the audience.

Learn more about ‘Mary’s Talk‘ at Social Planning Council of Kingston and District’s Facebook page or by following them on Twitter.

Contributions to ‘Mary’s Talks‘ can be made to the SPC online using this page on CanadaHelps.org.


Release source: Social Planning Council of Kingston and District | Photo: Facebook


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