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Quincy University hosts third annual Deaf Awareness Day

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Imagine a world without sound and not being able to communicate with a vast majority of the people around you.

That's the reality for millions of people who suffer from hearing loss.

Quincy University held its third annual Deaf Awareness Day Wednesday. To mark the event, students and staff were asked not to speak for the entire day.

They briefly felt what it's like to be victims of audism, meaning discrimination against the deaf and hard of hearing.

"It really helps to give awareness to sign language and that's what more people need to learn so we can communicate together, and if they don't use their voice it helps the students realize how hard it is to communicate," Paul Kiel, a QU Sign Language Instructor, said.

Quincy Mayor John Spring presented a proclamation to QU President Robert Gervasi in honor of Deaf Awareness Day.

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