2019 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day at Silver Dollar City

IMAGE: Opening screen is black with the words “Deaf Awareness Day 2019” in the center in white. Just below, in blue, it says “Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO.” In the upper corners are the logos for MCDHH and Silver Dollar City.
Then, a video fades in showing the ground, and pans up to show the entrance gates to Silver Dollar City.
Next, Opeoluwa Sotonwa (left) and Christopher Johnson (right) deliver their message in ASL. They are seated in front of a waterfall and wearing matching teal t-shirts with the MCDHH logo on the chest. Ope is also wearing a ball cap.
During their message, there are brief photos and clips of interpreters signing during shows at Silver Dollar City. They are also wearing the matching teal t-shirts.
Finally, the video ends with a group photo of MCDHH staff in the matching shirts. In the back row, from left to right, is AJ Housewright, Jessica Kallenbach, and Christopher Johnson. In the front row is Opeoluwa Sotonwa, Laurie Lister, Emily Morrison, and Kristin Funk.

TRANSCRIPT: Hello, I am Opeoluwa Sotonwa, I’m Executive Director for Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. And I’m Chris Johnson, I’m the Deaf Community Advocate for MCDHH. So you may all be wondering where we are right now. Where are we, Chris? It is very beautiful here, we are at Silver Dollar City, in Branson, Missouri. This is an extremely beautiful park with millions of attendees flocking to the park every year. It was established way back in the 1880s. You may be wondering how Silver Dollar City got its namesake. When they first started advertising back in the 1960s, they would give everyone a silver dollar. And since then the name has stuck! We at MCDHH host a Deaf Awareness Day every year with a diverse deaf crowd that attends every year and we all have a great time. We at MCDHH had the opportunity to meet and socialize with many deaf people and we’ve had a great time doing it. We want to take a minute to thank the interpreters who have come out to volunteer their services. We hope to see you all next year. Please make plans to come on out!

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