International Week of the Deaf Events

Image Calvin Young Deaf Traveler and Blogger

  1. Monday September 23rd: International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) Calvin Young from SEEK THE WORLD 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in room C-211 Calvin Young is an International Deaf Traveler who will be sharing his experiences and expertise with the community. In Calvin’s own words “Traveling is the best thing you can do for yourself.” Calvin’s ultimate goal is to show the Deaf community that solo travel can be safe, easy and a lot of fun. He also aims to empower and inspire Deaf people showing that they can do anything they want through his travels.
  2. Tuesday September 24th Learn ASL! 12:30 – 1:30 pm BCC’s Deaf Culture Club will host a one-hour ASL Workshop. Room L-149
  3. Thursday September 26th Movie: Audism Unveiled Film Screening 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Room L-149

For more information please contact [email protected]


Bergen Community College alumnus, Mariagrazia Buttitta, is an author, a motivational speaker, and a mental health & disability advocate who recently graduated with her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from The College of New Jersey. A native Sicilian-Italian speaker, Buttitta authored Now I SEE: How I Battled Blindness, Mental Illness, an Espresso Habit and Lived to Tell the Tale and has been featured in the Huffington Post. She speaks to college students and organizations about her blindness and her long-term battle with depression and anxiety.


If you have questions concerning access, or accommodations for a disability please contact the Office of Specialized Services at (201) 612-5269 or [email protected]

If you wish to request a sign language interpreter, feel free to contact Deaf Services at [email protected]

Early requests are encouraged, a week will generally allow us to provide seamless access.