On Saturday, September 28th, Conner Prairie, in collaboration with LUNA and the Indiana School for the Deaf, hosted Deaf Heritage Day to unveil the new exhibit that shares the story of the founding of the Indiana School for the Deaf. LUNA provided ASL Interpreters, including a few Deaf Interpreters, all over the Conner Prairie grounds to make the full experience as accessible and inclusive as possible. It was a huge success and the number of participants exceeded everyone’s expectations!

Several Deaf people expressed that this was their first time to Conner Prairie because they didn’t think they would have access to interpreters previously. Deaf people from as far away as South Bend, Lafayette, and Bloomington came. There was even a family with a 16-month-old baby with hearing loss who was able to interface with people from the Deaf School in a very non-threatening venue to ask all the questions they had concerning their daughter and her future.

The new exhibit on the Indiana School for the Deaf is a permanent addition to the Conner Prairie schoolhouse. We’re excited to continue our collaboration with them to make this a fully accessible experience. 

Thank you to everyone who made it out to the event!

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