YOSEMITE EXPANDS AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Yosemite National Park has expanded the American Sign Language Program offered to deaf and hearing impaired visitors. The park’s deaf services program offers trip planning, park orientation at the visitor center, and interpretive services for deaf and hearing impaired visitors. The program also focuses on employee training in deaf/disability awareness and outreach to the deaf community.
The park was the first to establish and maintain a dedicated seasonal deaf services position in the National Park Service in 1979. In 2008, the National Park Service honored Yosemite with the NPS Programmatic Accessibility Achievement Award to recognize the Deaf Services program as one exemplifying the concept of universal accessibility. The addition of a Park Ranger dedicated to providing deaf services adds to Yosemite’s capacity to serve these visitors.
“We are very excited to be able to offer these expanded services to the deaf and hearing impaired community,” stated Don Neubacher, Park Superintendent. “It is our responsibility to serve all park visitors to the best of our abilities and these expanded services help us reach these visitors.”
To learn more about the Deaf Services program at Yosemite National Park, call 209-379-5250.