Deaf VISA hosts the Language Exchnage every other month. Our expenses include food / drink, activity supplies, paper goods, decorations, and a $10 gift card prize. Occasionally, we may need to pay for facility rental, but this is not factored into the sponsorship rate. We have budgeted $110 per Language Exchange event.
The Language Exchange falls under two important areas of our mission: promoting communication, affirming strengths, and connecting communities. It also promotes diversity and inclusion by bringing diverse members of the signing community together for communication practice where all can benefit.
DHH visitors, immigrants, and refugees benefit by practicing ASL and English and can also can benefit by sharing their skills in gestural communication. This helps affirm strengths. Since it is a fun social event, it also connects communities and expands support networks.
Americans may benefit by practicing English, ASL, and/ or gestural communication. They experience the value of diversity and inclusion, and gain new perspectives.
Interpreting students benefit through practice with multiple modes of communication including gesture and drawing which they might not experience in training. They also gain exposre to diverse conumers, and they may be mentored in interpreting at these events.