(Pictured Left): "American Sign Language interpreters are available to assist visitors on Deaf Awareness Day, Sept. 1, at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher."
Sign language, captioning or scripting will enhance most of the activities of the day – animal feedings, live-animal presentations and films – and interpreters will assist visitors at the admissions lobby, snack bar and selected exhibits.
An interpreter will be available periodically at the Coquina Outcrop touch pool and the “Let’s Talk Turtle” loggerhead sea turtle booth. The dive program, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., will include an interpreter assisting with questions for the diver.
Even visitors who are not hearing-impaired will enjoy an exciting variety of learning opportunities, including conversations with a scuba diver through an interpreter who is fluent in American Sign Language. Information booths on the aquarium’s upper mezzanine will offer details about programs for the deaf and hard of hearing. The aquarium presents Deaf Awareness Day with the assistance of the Regional Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, to draw attention to the needs and interests of the hearing-impaired.
Scheduled Aquarium activities on Sept. 1 include:
10:00 Film (closed-captioned): “Web of Life”
10:30 Dive Presentation (dive script on overhead screen)
11:00 Touch-tank feeding (signed)
11:30 Presentation: Spiny-skinned Animals (signed and voice interpretation)
12:00 Film (close-captioned): “Nightlife”
1:30 Live Alligator Program (signed & large-print script)
2:30 Dive Presentation (dive script on overhead screen)
3:00 Alligators Feeding (signed and voiced by interpreter; large-print script)
3:30 Film (closed-captioned): “Unlovables”
All day: Sign language interpreters at: Visitor Services, Touch Tank, and “Let’s-Talk-Turtle” Sea Turtle Exhibit
For directions and more information on Aquarium programs, visit the North Carolina Aquariums website: www.ncaquariums.com.
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