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November 9, 2005

DeafNation Expo appears for first time in Rochester, brings together over 2,400 people

From: DeafNation - Nov 9, 2005

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DeafNation Expo appears for first time in Rochester, brings together over 2,400 people

Rochester, NY [November 9, 2005] – DeafNation Expo wrapped up its 2005 schedule by coming to Rochester, N.Y. on Nov. 5. “The day was a wonderfully perfect day with the warm weather. In fact, I must have brought the nice weather all the way over from the DeafNation Expo last week in California,” joked DeafNation CEO Joel Barish. “In all seriousness, Rochester was an ideal location to finish up our 2005 schedule. I was extremely impressed with the community, the sponsors and the 2,400-plus attendees, especially since it was our first appearance in Rochester.”

Several companies, including Sorenson VRS, Sprint, Fuse Wireless, and Frontier, sponsored the event. "Sorenson VRS is proud to be the premier sponsor of the first DeafNation in Rochester,” said Kian-Guan Au, Sorenson VRS training and install manager for western and upstate New York. “This year's Rochester DeafNation was a great opportunity for networking, learning about the latest technology trends, and giveaways like the big screen TV from Sorenson VRS.”

"It was so much fun to see Deaf Rochester come to DeafNation Expo. I was reminded once again why Rochester is such a great place for deaf and hard of hearing people to live,” said Mary Beth Barber-Mothersell, Sprint account manager for New York Relay. “Sprint enjoyed meeting with the people who use our services on a daily basis. DeafNation did a great job coordinating this event; people had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the entertainment provided by John Maucere.”

Performer John Maucere was yet again a crowd favorite, surprising expo-goers with fun questions as he visited booths in his SuperDeafy costume. Maucere also presented the Dating Game with Mary Monroe and the John Leno Show, both sponsored by Sprint. Presenters included the National Deaf Business Institute, Deaf Senior Housing in Rochester, and Deaf Rochester News. Sponsors and exhibitors gave away door prizes, and younger people were seen participating in various children’s activities throughout the day.

“I thought the show was very well organized and promoted, which in turn yielded a large and enthusiastic crowd. The highlight of the show was the diversity of vendors in attendance along with the informative presentations on the main stage,” said Fuse Wireless president Bill Trout of Columbia, Md. “DeafNation shows are beneficial to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities for a myriad of reasons.  They expose the community to both new and existing assistive technologies and products, offer informative seminars that help improve the quality of life for Deaf/HOH individuals, and provides very targeted entertainment for attendees.”
“Another really beneficial aspect of doing the expo in Rochester was that media coverage was heavy,” said Barish. “There were newspapers and television stations that stopped by, which showed me how respected the Deaf community is in Rochester. We’re eager about coming back to Rochester next year!”

DeafNation Expo is visiting 12 cities in 2006, with the first one planned for Phoenix, Ariz., on Feb. 11. Admission is free for all attendees, and registration may be completed by visiting

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