ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A busy morning isn’t unusual at the Strong Museum of Play, but one group wasn't just there to play Sunday.
Students from RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf acted as interpreters, showing families who are deaf or hard of hearing around the butterfly exhibit.
“It’s really cool to see those not just taking classes, but taking that classroom knowledge and applying it to real life,” NTID staff member Skip Flanagan said.
The student interpreters work side by side with strong tour guides and receive class credit for participating.
Rochester has one of the largest deaf communities in the nation, which makes events like the Deaf Day of Play important.
“With any culture or sub-community, it’s really wonderful to see them recognized and see them develop that community,” Flanagan said.
Interpreters were also stationed around the rest of the museum and answered any questions from families who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The Deaf Day of Play ran from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.