The Independence Center and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation are hosting the third annual Yes We C.A.N. (Cultural Awareness Network) Expo! at the Colorado Springs Event Center. The expo will be on Friday, June 7th and run from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. It will showcase exhibitors and information on resources specific to Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind needs and on-site demonstrations of products and services.
“This expo provides resources to all of Colorado, especially within southern Colorado, to find services or information they wouldn’t necessarily know about,” said Angela Tenorio, Deaf and Hard of Hearing program coordinator at The Independence Center.
This resource event is free and open to the public and will house over 60 vendors. AT&T, Meeting the Challenge, Memorial Hospital and Purple are among the top sponsors for the event. AT&T has partnered with The Independence Center for the expo providing numerous opportunities, including three iPads to use at the event and support independence at the Center.
“Because of AT&T’s donation, we are able to celebrate people in the community by giving awards and a nice meal to the recipients, secure a larger venue and a movie screen for ‘Lake Windfall’,” said Tenorio.
Concluding the vendor-portion of the expo, the film ‘Lake Windfall’ will be screened at 7:30 p.m. The film depicts interactions between Deaf, Hard of Hearing and hearing people. The plot focuses on five people in a futuristic setting. Tickets for the film are available for purchase at The Independence Center located at 729 South Tejon for $11 and $12 at the door the day of the expo.
“Get ready for a different kind of movie from a Deaf and Hard of Hearing perspective,” said Matthew Ruggles, Deaf and Hard of Hearing specialist at The Independence Center, of ‘Lake Windfall’. “It isn’t what you expect.”
This resource event has been a staple for the past three years and will continue to bring its services to the community.
“The Independence Center and DVR are dedicated to the continuance of this event, which promote information, services and resources in our community to individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf-Blind,” said Tenorio.