Yosemite Deaf Services

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Yosemite National Park has been providing Deaf services since 1979. In this blog, Yosemite's Deaf services coordinator, Kara Stella, will share updates on park activities that are relevant to the Deaf community. You can contact Yosemite Deaf services at 209/379-5250 (v/txt) or at yose_deaf_services@nps.gov. (VP number coming soon.)

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July 11, 2013 Posted by: Jessica Cole

Yosemite Deaf Services has a brand new email list!


Meet Yosemite's Sign Language Interpreter

July 11, 2013 Posted by: Jessica Cole

Many of you have asked for one guaranteed time and place to find me in the park.  I thought that was a great idea, so this year, I will be at the Valley Visitor Center every Wednesday from 2pm -- 4pm, through August 21st.


Yosemite Deaf Services 34th Season!

June 20, 2013 Posted by: Jessica Cole

Welcome to the 2013 season!  This is my third season as the Deaf Services Coordinator at Yosemite, and I'm excited to be back in the park full-time until August 24.


Sorenson Newsletter

November 21, 2012 Posted by: Jessica Cole

We are so excited to be featured in Sorenson Communication's November newsletter. Please note that there is a full-time interpreter onsite only during the months of June, July, and August. The rest of the year, we work with several interpreters in the area to accommodate requests, so please let us know ahead of time if you're coming to the park and would like services while you're here.


33 Years of Deaf Services

August 23, 2012 Posted by: Jessica Cole

Have you ever wondered how Yosemite Deaf Services got started?


Yosemite Deaf Services at DeafNation World Expo

August 07, 2012 Posted by: Jessica Cole

Yosemite Deaf Services had a fantastic time at DeafNation.


Satisfied Visitors

July 26, 2012 Posted by: Jessica Cole

"I just wanted to write you a Thank You note. Thank you sooo much for making our trip extra special! We had thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Yosemite. I especially enjoyed learning about the history and the making of Yosemite. Thank you for interpreting for us. Brenda wants to go back! We didn’t have enough time to go see the Big Trees. Will have to make it another trip out to see the outskirts of Yosemite Valley (The wilderness)."


DeafNation World Expo!

July 24, 2012 Posted by: Jessica Cole

Yosemite Deaf Services will have a booth at the DeafNation World Expo in Las Vegas next week.  Come by to say hi, ask questions, or just gaze at the gorgeous posters and photographs I'll have on display.  Come tell me what you'd like to see Deaf Services do in the future, and if you've been to Yosemite and used Deaf Services in the past, come tell me how it went.


Video Phone Installed at Yosemite Lodge

July 19, 2012 Posted by: Jessica Cole

Over the winter, thanks to some amazing teamwork and persistence, we got a Sorenson Video Phone installed in the lobby at Yosemite Lodge.


2012 Deaf Services News

July 20, 2012 Posted by: Jessica Cole

There have been several exciting changes for Yosemite Deaf Services since the 2011 season.


Mountains, Rivers, Rocks, Clouds--They're All Deaf!

July 20, 2012 Posted by: Jessica Cole

Yosemite is a naturally Deaf-friendly place.  It's the outdoors!  You don't need to hear here.  You can camp, swim, float, hike, bike, and take in all the scenery without any need for hearing or interpreting.  Working here reminded me of this wonderful Clayton Valli poem, "Deaf World," about the natural connection many Deaf people have with the outdoors.


Last updated: July 24, 2012

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