Display to Showcase Deafmade Inventions

Lissa Diaz

The Bethel University American Sign Language and Interpreting Department presents a showing of Deafmade replica alarm clock systems from the early 20th century. The displays will be available for viewing March 22-26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the ASLID lobby, third floor of the Miller-Moore Academic Center on Bethel’s campus. Students, staff, faculty, and the local community are invited to come and enjoy the displays.

This event provides viewers the opportunity to learn about the Deaf community and how they navigate a hearing-centered world with the aid of their own inventions. An example includes a set-up of toy bowling pins positioned on a shelf over the bed, designed to be triggered when the alarm goes off, knocking the pins onto the sleeper.

“Deaf folks from all different times and places devised ways to convert these sound-based alarms into visual and tactile creations,” says Stephanie Norden, ASL Staff Interpreter. “We look forward to welcoming everyone to enjoy these rare pieces of history.”

This event is free and open to the public. Face coverings are required.

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