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Deaf Awareness Day at Quincy University

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

We've all heard of discrimination against someone because of their age, gender, or skin color--but what about discrimination against the deaf?

A program was held at Quincy University on Monday to help spread the word about the difficulties faced by deaf people in America. It was all part of Deaf Awareness Week, and some students even agreed to refrain from speaking for the entire day. Organizers say the problems encountered by the deaf don't have to be so challenging.

"A lot of hearing people don't have the correct attitude," said Paul Kiel, a Sign Language Instructor at QU.  "They don't really care about deaf people. That's why we call that discrimination--audism."

The deaf community says unemployment rates are far greater among those with hearing difficulties, partially due to misconceptions about their capabilities.

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