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Local school hosts expo for the deaf

John Maucere, aka “SuperDeafy,” signs “I love you” with the crowd during the Deafopia Expo held at the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf on Oct. 6 (photo by Bette Sharpe).

More than 1,000 people attended the Deafopia Expo held in October at the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, 7654 N. 19th Ave. The event included 25 deaf-owned vendors, cooking demonstrations, game show-like entertainment, food vendors, live art installations, and costumed characters who posed for photos.

John Maucere (aka SuperDeafy) was one of many attractions at the Deafopia Expo, held on Oct. 6. The bumbling, fumbling American Sign Language signing dude has been performing the SuperDeafy character in the deaf community around the world for the past 15 years. He was featured as the sign language performer for Super Bowl 2013 with Alicia Keys. His performance at the expo brought hugs, photo ops and laughs to all ages.

Phoenix Day School for the Deaf (PDSD) is an ASDB school campus established in 1967 because Phoenix parents wanted their children, who were deaf or hard of hearing, to go to a school closer to home. Over 350 students attend PDSD, which offers instruction from preschool through 12th grade.

The school will host a College & Career Fair for deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing high school students from the community, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. For more information, visit https://asdb.az.gov/pdsd/.

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