Model Deaf Community Salutes Riverside Plaza
Riverside, Ca- The City of Riverside’s 7th annual Deaf Awareness Week festivities, coordinated by the Mayor's Model Deaf Community Committee, concluded with special recognition for the Riverside Plaza, for the shopping center’s support of the city’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
The Mayor’s Model Deaf Community Committee was created in 1999 by Mayor Ron Loveridge to raise the profile of Riverside’s large deaf and hard-of-hearing community – many with ties to the California School for the Deaf-Riverside, one of two such schools in the state – and to encourage greater interaction and understanding with the wider community.
Riverside Plaza was awarded the second annual Model Deaf Community Award at the committee’s celebration, show and award ceremony, held for the second year at the Riverside Plaza on Friday, September 22. The event was attended by approximately 300 people.
“The Plaza has been fantastic, responding to the deaf community, and the activities and ideas we present to them,” said Model Deaf Community Chair Zibby Bayarsky.
The first Model Deaf Community Award recipient in 2005 was Regal Entertainment Group, operators of the Riverside Plaza Stadium 16 movie theater, which features regularly-scheduled first-run captioned movies enjoyed by the deaf community.
Deaf Awareness Week included an opening picnic at Fairmount Park on Sunday, Sept. 17, attended by more than 500 people. Open houses, storytelling, sign language lessons, and deaf-oriented entertainment filled the week. Observances concluded Saturday evening with a softball game at Riverside Community College between deaf community members and Riverside Police officers.
Major Sponsors/Supporters of Deaf Awareness Week are: City of Riverside, CODIE (Center on Deafness-Inland Empire), IEHP (Inland Empire Health Plan), and CSDR (California School for the Deaf-Riverside).