This weekend at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon Adaptive Sports hosted a snow camp. This was the third annual camp held just for teenagers and young adults who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Although the ski and snowboarding skill levels vary between volunteers, they do all have one thing in common. They are all fluent in American Sign Language.
With the help of an interpreter, we talked to some of those taking part in this special program. Will Roach is a volunteer instructor and one of the people behind the idea.
“We thought about all the deaf students who are isolated, and we thought, ‘Why not get them all together, and we could have instructors who are deaf, so they could have direct communication?'”Roach said.
For the participants, communication makes all the difference.
“Well, Will was teaching me, and it’s really nice to talk to other deaf people here. That’s really the best part,” said one of the campers.