The Quest to End Violence in Deaf America
SIOUX FALLS - Marilyn J. Smith, Founder and Executive Director of the Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS) will present The Quest to End Violence in Deaf America on Friday, May 7, at 1:00 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall.
The presentation, sponsored by Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD), Office on Violence Against Women, and Augustana College, is free and open to the public. Interpreters will be provided for the event.
Marilyn J. Smith is an essential leader in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault and in particular for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Because of Smith's hard work and dedicated efforts, she has increased awareness within the deaf community on domestic violence and sexual assault and also within the hearing community on Deaf culture and American Sign Language.
Smith has won numerous awards over the years, including the Women's eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2009, the Sunshine Peace Award, as well as being one of seventeen individuals to receive the Ford Foundation's prestigious "Leadership for a Changing World" award.
Founded in 1986, ADWAS offers programs such as Transitional Housing, Advocacy, Counseling, Positive Parenting, and Education and Consulting Services.
Marilyn J. Smith's visit is made possible by the US Department of Justice, as part of the Justice for Deaf Victims National Training Project.
Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD)